Below are today’s THREE MESSAGES.
The titles are:
* I Don’t Like This!
* “Consider Your Ways”
* God’s Church, Not Ours
love & blessings,
I Don’t Like This!
You may not like what God gives you to do, where He sends you, what He calls you to say, where He tells you to move, what He wants you to let go, whom He wants you to help, where He wants you to serve Him, whom He tells you to let go, what He tells you to sacrifice, what He wants you to leave behind, to whom He wants you to return, what job He chooses for you, what responsibilities He wants you to take on despite your already really full plate, etc. If you can relate to any or all of this or anything else for that matter in the way of not liking something related to the Lord’s will for you, this message is for you.
Do not fuss! Do not complain! Do not argue! Do not resist! Do not debate! Do not throw a temper tantrum! Do not throw a pity party! Do not resist! Do not run the other way! Do not rebel! If you fall prey to any or all of this, repent! Immediately! As soon as you fall into any of this, stand to your feet. Run to the Lord. Seek and receive His forgiveness. Get your attitude right. Humble yourself before God almighty!
You may not like God’s will. You may even hate God’s will. God’s will may be so scary and daunting and intimidating in your human mind that you are vehemently opposed to it and think, “No way! Never! I won’t! I can’t! Not even a chance!”
Friend, read this carefully. These next four words. These words are so important that you and I can’t afford to look above them, around them, underneath them, or to the side. We must look right at them and see the plain truth and nothing but the truth.
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
We are to humble ourselves before God almighty and OBEY HIM! This wicked world is filled with human self-centered “wisdom” that tells us adamantly and pridefully and haughtily that we should live our lives based on what we like, love, want, crave, lust after, etc.
We are NOT to follow the world’s ways, friend! We are NOT to follow the flesh! We are to FOLLOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST whether or not we like the will of God. Each and every day. Day in and day out. Day and night. Without exception. We are to live for the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will give us the love and strength and mercy and grace to do so!
LOVE THE LORD! OBEY THE LORD! NO MATTER THE COST TO YOUR FLESH!
The love, peace, hope, joy, compassion, strength, power, comfort, and passion found in Jesus and in an intimate beautiful personal relationship with Him and in obedience to Him and His perfect will for our lives is worth every ounce of dying to the flesh we must undergo when we get rid of our “I don’t like this!” attitudes and submit ourselves to the splendorous and glorious forever lordship of Jesus Christ, forever God, hallelujah! Praise the Lord! AMEN!
Oh Lord, forgive our self-centeredness – mine most especially! Forgive us for being so consumed with ourselves! Help us to die to self and to live for you! Thank you, oh Lord! Help us not to throw tantrums and pity parties because we don’t like what you tell us to do. Help us to desire what you desire for us. Refine us, Lord. Purify us, Lord! Give us an insatiable desire to please you! To live for you! Oh, God, how we need you! Beyond measure! Cause us to cry out to you for help in following you! Help us to be faithful and loyal to you! Deepen our trust in you! You know what is best, Father! Oh, Lord, help us all! Lord, fill us who follow you over and again with your Holy Spirit, AMEN! More of you, oh please, Father! More of you! Thank you Lord! Gracious Father, thank you, AMEN! And Lord, for anyone who may come across this message who has not yet turned from their sins and placed their faith in you as Lord, turn them to you, oh Lord, AMEN!
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:7-8
“Consider Your Ways!”
“Consider your ways!” Now please note the quotation marks. These are not my words. “Consider your ways!” are the Lord’s words. Please see in the verses below what the Lord tells the people through the prophet Haggai. Twice, the Lord says, “Consider your ways!” Why? Because they are reaping the awful rewards of their disobedience and need to make some serious changes to their “ways”.
In fact, the Lord tells them very clearly what exactly He wants them to do. They have been consumed with themselves and lived in their houses. Now it’s time to re-build His “house”. His temple! I am not a Bible expert, but my understanding is the Jerusalem temple was destroyed by the enemy because of their rebellion against God! Rest assured this message I am compelled to share with you isn’t about people of long ago, their disobedience, God’s call for them to obey Him, and His instructions regarding His temple. This message is about YOUR WAYS and MY WAYS. And how WE need to CONSIDER OUR WAYS!
Is there anything in your heart and life displeasing to God? Are you grieving the Lord in any way by being in rebellion against Him in any area of your life? If so, repent and return to Him! Please read the verses below and seek the Lord and see if He has any instructions for you as you go forward IN OBEDIENCE TO HIM!
Father, wow. I am shocked by how over the years your Holy Spirit has taught me so much and changed me so much through the reading of your Word. You just keep pouring messages through me for myself definitely and also for so many others. Please take this one and use it to bring correction where we need it and change where you desire it that we may day by day live to love you and bring glory to your holy most precious most glorious almighty name, AMEN!
“Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD.” Haggai 1:5-8
“Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.” Psalm 25:4
“Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” Psalm 55:7
God’s Church Not Ours!
The “church” per the Bible is the worldwide body of Christ’s followers. While God calls His followers to assemble together, He makes clear His great desire is for His children to “worship the Father in spirit and truth (John 4:23)” which is not restricted to a church building or specific congregation of people. Nevertheless, God’s people often do assemble in church buildings, and there is a grave danger in today’s times concerning countless church buildings. And it is this.
Note in the verse below how God through the prophet Haggai tells the people to rebuild His temple that was destroyed. Though the term “temple” is used, it is a “church” in the sense that it is a physical building occupied by people gathering to worship and serve the Lord. Please don’t focus on the temple rebuilding back then in this message, though I very much encourage you to read about it and most importantly to read the Bible each and every day as you spend time alone with the Lord. Please focus on this. In the verse below, the Lord emphasizes the temple is for HIS PLEASURE and HIS GLORY.
The danger in today’s times is this. Countless churches are raising unbelievably large amounts of money to build unbelievably big and beautiful church buildings and oftentimes getting into debt for the purpose of the pleasure, comfort, and enjoyment of the people and to attract still more people. Tons of these church buildings are filled with entertainment, comedy, rock band like stages, theatre, games, gymnasiums, exercise classes often rooted in false religion, hobbies, etc.
Friend, with a world in dire need of hearing about Christ and receiving help in following Him and in receiving help in the way of physical provisions, is it glorifying to the Lord when so much money, time, focus, and attention is being spent on the buildings we call churches? Whom are we aiming to please, and whom are we striving to glorify? Let us be careful! And for those of us who are falling short of God’s glory in this, let us repent!
Oh, Lord, I am horrified and grieved at so much of what I have myself witnessed and/or heard about in so many American churches and can only imagine this may be the case around the world. If it breaks my heart as it does, how utterly it must break yours! I have prayed and prayed about this and will continue to dear Father as you lead me. And I have at times judged and condemned, and for that I have sought your forgiveness. Lord, please bring any and all to repentance in this.
Please help people reading this to stand up and confront in love those needing confrontation as you may lead them. Please help them to walk away from church congregations if and when it is your desire and please send them where you want them to go. Please oh, Lord, have mercy and help us! Most of all, dear Lord, help us individually to love and glorify you each and every day and to learn to worship you in spirit and in truth as you say you desire. AMEN!
“Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD.” Haggai 1:8
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”” John 4:23-24