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Revelation of God’s Grief

When it comes to success in the Christian walk, I have heard many Christians use the term “_____ is the key!” Depending on whom you listen to, it varies. Faith is the key! Wisdom is the key! Love is the key! Hope is the key! Patience is the key! Miracles are the key! Steadfastness is the key! Joy is the key! Peace is the key! Hope is the key! Prayer is the key! etc. etc. You get the point.

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I want to share something with you and let you decide if it is a “key” or not.

I have received David Wilkerson’s Pulpit Series (World Challenge) Newsletters for over a quarter of a century. Every third week I would find one in my mailbox. When I would see it there I would grasp it with trembling knowing that something written in it would convict me to higher ground in my Christian walk. I never really considered why it was so convicting. I never thought about the key or secret to it. However, I did realize that at the heart of his messages was sanctification which seems to be a forgotten word in today’s Christian culture:

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. (1 Thessalonians 4:1‭-‬4‭, ‬6‭, ‬8 ESV)

The other day I plugged into YouTube “David Wilkerson Short Sermons” and listened to a bunch of them. Then as I was listening to one of them I caught something very briefly that jumped out at me in a most remarkable way. It is found in the following M4A audio file:

The True Christian

In this short sermon David Wilkerson very briefly mentioned how he asked God to show him His grief so that he could preach what is on His heart and on His mind (found between the 2:30-2:40 minute mark of the 7:54 minute audio).

Wow, here I am, a Christian who has intensely studied and tried to live out the Word of God for over 40 years, listening to countless sermons and teachings. My mouth was wide open. What would happen if I would ask the Lord for the same thing and not relent? “Lord, show me Your grief so that I can speak what is on Your heart and on Your mind!”

In my prayer closet, I have begun praying that. Outside my prayer closet, I am sharing it with every Christian I come in contact with.

I often wondered about the exchange of words between Elijah and Elisha just before Elijah was taken away:

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” (2 Kings 2:9‭-‬10 ESV)

Elisha had asked for a double portion of the spirit that was upon Elijah. Why did Elijah say it is a hard thing when it is known that God can perform countless miracles where nothing is impossible? Here it wasn’t the miracles that were the problem. Elijah knew that a double portion of the Lord’s grief that Elisha would have revealed to him would go along with it. It is not recorded that Elijah wept, but it is with Elisha:

Elisha stared at Hazael with a fixed gaze until Hazael became uneasy. Then the man of God started weeping. “What’s the matter, my Lord?” Hazael asked him. Elisha replied, “I know the terrible things you will do to the people of Israel. You will burn their fortified cities, kill their young men with the sword, dash their little children to the ground, and rip open their pregnant women!” (2 Kings 8:11‭-‬12 NLT)

It must be noted that Elijah was the one who originally anointed Hazael to be king over Syria found in 1 Kings 19:15‭-‬17 and there was no mention of grief or weeping.

Today, our pulpits are flooded with those who are politically correct and have a formula for church growth that totes a gospel that is non-confronting. But I believe that the greatest impact we as individuals can have on this world is if we have a revelation of God’s grief and minister according to that grief. For Jesus Himself was known as the man of sorrows:

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:3 ESV)

Are you praying for a revelation of what grieves the Lord? Are you acting upon that grief? Are you living a sanctified life that will back your actions with power?

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Just Because!

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From what I can see, even though I am a devout Christian, I am also a pretty normal human being. And even though I am loved by my wife, my family, and by those around me, I still have this deep seated need inside to feel love from my Creator. You can say I need a ‘Heavenly Hug’.

During these times I become overwhelmed and literally speak out the Words of God to me, “I love you!” as delivered by the Holy Spirit. Then when I turn to the written Word of God, it becomes even more real through reinforcement:

Because you are precious in My eyes, and honored, and I love you. (Isaiah 43:4a ESV)

The reason I say all this is that I know that I am not the only one out there that feels this way. This goes for whether it be a Christian or someone who is not. Everyone feels a deep-seated need to feel loved and have it reinforced. Even though people love you, there will be times that this love feels so far away and nothing on this earth will seem to be able to quench that need. No drug, no alcohol, no endeavor will be able to scratch its surface. That is why I just want to list these following verses that I am sure you are already familiar with. But when they are in front of your face in simplicity, they become even more precious and real and will quench that need when seized upon:

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 ESV)

By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us. (1 John 3:16a ESV)

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:8‭-‬10 ESV)

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:16‭-‬18 ESV)

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38‭-‬39 ESV)

So there you have it—>You Are Loved! “Why?” you ask—–>Just Because!
Now go and embrace it, then live it by sharing that love!

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Thirst

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I never realized how the subject of THIRST runs through the New Testament the way it does until someone pointed it out to me recently. Of course, I was already aware of John chapter 4 about the story of Jesus and the woman at the well:

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be THIRSTY again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be THIRSTY again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:7‭-‬14‭, ‬24 ESV)

But I never really took notice that the moment Jesus was about to take His last breath on the cross, He said this about THIRST:

Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scriptures Ps 22:15 and Ps 69:21), “I THIRST.”  A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to His mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (John 19:28‭-‬30 ESV)

Also, I never really took notice that contained within the very last verses of the very last chapter of the Bible it says this about THIRST:

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is THIRSTY come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Revelation 22:17 ESV)

As I looked deeper into the Book of Revelation, I found three other verses dealing with THIRST that is only quenched by the living spiritual water of life that is limitless and offered freely and can only be found in Jesus:

They shall hunger no more, neither THIRST anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:16‭-‬17 ESV)

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the THIRSTY I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (Revelation 21:6 ESV)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Revelation 22:1 ESV)

Even going back to the Old Testament, Ezekiel gives us a glimpse of how our spiritual THIRST can be forever quenched. Whether a literal or figurative Temple, Ezekiel’s future vision tells of a limitless river of living water:

Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side. Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. (Ezekiel 47:1‭-‬5 ESV)

Every human being who has ever lived has two kinds of THIRST. First, there is a physical THIRST. You cannot live long without water. Your physical body is made up of a large percentage of water. Second, there is a spiritual THIRST. Every human being has it built within them, but not everyone seeks to have this THIRST satisfied. Even though this spiritual THIRST is far more important than a physical THIRST, many people put off quenching their spiritual THIRST until it is too late and death has occurred. Don’t let this happen to you!

I will leave you with the following two portions of Scripture. The first is how only Jesus can satisfy spiritual THIRST. The second is what happens when the living water that only Jesus can offer is not feasted upon. Come and drink of it before it is too late!

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone THIRSTS, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37‭-‬39 ESV)

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.’ ” (Luke 16:19‭-‬25 ESV)

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Hell No More!

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“The objections raised in all ages to the endlessness of the infernal punishment are understandable; for the thought of a never-ending agony of rational beings fully realizing their distressing plight is so appalling that it exceeds comprehension. But all objections are based on the false principle that it is proper and reasonable to make our human sentiments and judgments the measure of God’s essence and activity.” (Dr. Francis Pieper)

We are truly living in the end times that Paul warned of:

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3‭-‬4 ESV)

The warnings about hell are being erased by our society. Even my smartphone wants to fight with me and change the word hell to he’ll instead. Most unfortunately, the church world has also fallen into this trap. Please click on the following article that examines this:

Hell Not Preached Anymore.PDF

The best and most concise description of the destinations of every human soul is from GotQuestions.com:

The Bible is clear that there are two possible destinations for every human soul following physical death: heaven or hell (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 16:22–23). Only the righteous inherit eternal life, and the only way to be declared righteous before God is through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 3:16–18; Romans 10:9). The souls of the righteous go directly into the presence of God (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23).

For those who do not receive Jesus Christ as Savior, death means everlasting punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:8–9). This punishment is described in a variety of ways: a lake of fire (Luke 16:24; Revelation 20:14–15), outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12), and a prison (1 Peter 3:19), for example. This place of punishment is eternal (Jude 1:13; Matthew 25:46). There is no biblical support for the notion that after death people get another chance to repent. Hebrews 9:27 makes it clear that everyone dies physically and, after that, comes the judgment. Christians have already been judged and sentenced. Jesus took that sentence upon Himself. Our sin becomes His and His righteousness becomes ours when we believe in Him. Because He took our just punishment, we need not fear ever being separated from Him again (Romans 8:29–30). The judgment for unbelievers is still to come.

Second Thessalonians 1:8–9 says, “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.” The misery of hell will consist of not only physical torture, but the agony of being cut off from every avenue of happiness. God is the source of all good things (James 1:17). To be cut off from God is to forfeit all exposure to anything good. Hell will be a state of perpetual sin; yet those suffering there will possess full understanding of sin’s horrors. Remorse, guilt, and shame will be unending, yet accompanied by the conviction that the punishment is just.

There will no longer be any deception about the “goodness of man.” To be separated from God is to be forever shut off from light (1 John 1:5), love (1 John 4:8), joy (Matthew 25:23), and peace (Ephesians 2:14) because God is the source of all those good things. Any good we observe in humanity is merely a reflection of the character of God, in whose image we were created (Genesis 1:27).

While the spirits of those regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit will abide forever with God in a perfected state (1 John 3:2), the opposite is true of those in hell. None of the goodness of God will exist in them. Whatever good they may have thought they represented on earth will be shown for the selfish, lustful, idolatrous thing it was (Isaiah 64:6). Man’s ideas of goodness will be measured against the perfection of God’s holiness and be found severely lacking. Those in hell have forever lost the chance to see God’s face, hear His voice, experience His forgiveness, or enjoy His fellowship. To be forever separated from God is the ultimate punishment.

The following article actually looks at hell as it is taught in the New Testament Greek:

Hell As Taught In NT Greek.PDF

Just recently, controversy has entered the Catholic Church when the Pope was reported as saying, in an informal interview, that he believes hell does not exist and that condemned souls just disappear:

Pope Says There Is No Hell.PDF

In conclusion, no matter how much we may want to dream away the eternal existence and consequences of hell, it doesn’t take away from reality. God will never bend to our interpretation from His original intent, no matter how intensely we believe we are correct. It becomes a dangerous thing to rely on human reasoning rather than the Holy Spirit to interpret the Word of God.

“Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.” (Matthew 5:17-18 MSG)

The most important decision that you will ever have to make in this life is: “Where will I spend eternity?” Eternal life or eternal damnation are the only two choices, with nothing in between or no second chances. Jesus Christ is the only way to escape hell, and He is the way I want to go!

Thomas said to Him, “Lord…how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. (John 14:5‭-‬6 ESV)

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Nothing Sacred

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You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will consider nothing sacred. (2 Timothy 3:1‭-‬2b NLT)

Please read the following three articles. They literally bring new meaning to the words “nothing is sacred anymore”. Notice how none of the sources actually denied what was written and none said that the claims were incorrect:

Drag King

No Hell

Homosexuality Accepted

When I read these three articles I believe God allowed me to feel some of what Jesus felt when He cleared out the Temple, once at the beginning (John 2:13) and once at the conclusion (Matthew 21:12-13) of His earthly ministry.

I believe Paul hit the nail on the head when he wrote the first chapter of Romans. Notice how God deals with this kind of wickedness by abandoning them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desire:

But God shows His anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.  Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, Who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. (Romans 1:18‭, ‬21‭-‬21‭, ‬24‭-‬32 NLT)

Those that continue in this wickedness have their destiny laid out for them:

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9‭-‬10 NLT)

What is heartbreaking is that they refuse to understand and they don’t stop there. They actually invent new ways to sin. No, we are not to give up on them, but at the same time we must face the reality of the situation. No wonder the earth groans for our Lord coming again:

For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as His adopted children, including the new bodies He has promised us. (Romans 8:22‭-‬23a NLT)

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20 NLT)

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Godly Jam

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My Aunt Ann made the best homemade jams I ever had in my life. My favorite was elderberry. Since I also helped to pick the berries that went into them, I learned that elderberry was also the most difficult to make because the berries were very tiny compared to other berries and grow on individual stems that need to be removed.

Now that I have your attention I must break it to you that the jam this article is about is not that kind of jam.

The jam I am referring to stands for justice and mercy (j and m).

God is both a God who judges with justice, and also a God of mercy. How can He combine these two apparently contradictory characteristics? The answer is that the sacrifice of Jesus has made it possible for God to combine both justice and mercy:

But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (Ephesians 2:4‭-‬5 NLT)

I hope this illustration will help you to understand what Jesus achieved for us by dying on the cross and rising again:

Two people went through school together and developed a close friendship. Life went on and they went their separate ways and lost contact. One went on to become a judge, while the other’s life spiraled down and he ended up as a criminal. One day the criminal appeared before the judge. He had committed a crime to which he pleaded guilty. The judge recognized his old friend and faced the dilemma, which, in effect, God faces. He was a judge so he had to be just; he couldn’t simply let the man off. On the other hand, he wanted to be merciful, because he loved his friend. So he fined him the correct penalty for the offence. That was justice. Then he came down from his position as judge and wrote a check for the amount of the fine. He gave it to his friend, saying that he would pay the penalty for him. That was an act of mercy, love and sacrifice.

In His justice, God judges us because we are guilty. Then in His mercy and love He comes down in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, and pays the penalty for us. Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, God is both just and merciful.

The illustration is not an exact one for three reasons. First, our plight is worse. The penalty we are facing is not just a fine but death. Second, the relationship is closer. This is not just two friends; it is our Father in heaven Who loves us more than any earthly parent loves their own child. Third, the cost is greater. It cost God far more than money – He came Himself, in the person of Jesus, and paid the penalty of sin.

We need to understand something about the heart of God — He feels along with us, no matter what it is. Our God is a just God, but wherever He needs to apply justice, He also provides mercy. The themes of justice and mercy are weaved throughout the Bible.

Now to come to the highlight of this article. There is a big ‘but’ that goes hand-in-hand with God’s justice and mercy:

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; BUT he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18 NKJV)

That big ‘but’ is that mercy of being pardoned from eternity in the final hell (lake of fire) is conditional upon our acceptance of it. The consequences are astronomical if not seized upon:

And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 NLT)

So please do not ignore God’s ‘jam’. Feast on His mercy in Jesus Christ like a little boy feasting on his aunt’s jam!

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