June 14, 2003
Time to Hunger & Thirst
Have you ever thought what it must have felt like to be the bush aflame by the fire of God and yet not be consumed or burnt, or the donkey that talked to a man to warn him of his ways or the rod used by Moses to do great and mighty miracles? We see Christ Himself coming to earth and doing great miracles and yet they seemed to be as easy for Him to do as our everyday activities. Why?!
I think it would do mankind a whole lot of good to think upon these things as we bustle about trying to make this world a nice place to live. We get so consumed with trying to advance ourselves while our kids end up killing each other and themselves. We get so consumed with making ourselves feel good, while our kids are overdosing in what numbs them and takes them away from the pain of not being loved. And yet, even a bush, a donkey and a rod got to experience the indescribable joy of being in the complete control and sway of one from which all life breathes its next breath.
It’s quite difficult to fill a container full of oil when it’s full of water. And yet, if we want the full value of the oil, the emptier the glass is of the water, the more of the oil that will be able to fill it. Simple Truth, and yet when life gets rough around us because of sickness or disease or our finances are on the rocks, we then reach out to The One from Whom all things exist. And, oddly and wonderfully enough He hears and answers those of a contrite heart. The sacrifices of God are [ 51:17 Or [ My sacrifice, O God, is ] ] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Why is that? Because a broken and contrite heart is one that is empty of one’s own pride and arrogance. Sadly though, many times when God makes our flesh happy, we run off and forget Him almost as fast as we asked for Him. God is a very present help to those of the contrite frame of heart and, He is getting ready to receive the bride of His Son to Himself and wants us to be ready.
Being ready from man’s perspective is when our lives appear in order, and yet we don’t realize it’s not how much money, knowledge, experience, prestige, or works we have, it’s how we’ve prepared our hearts to be emptied of themselves and hungry and thirsty for Him. I’m afraid there’s going to be a rude awakening within this world to many of those who call themselves Christians and who have taken rest in past revelations or within the blessings by which He has blessed them. The world won’t care because they will never have known Him. "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Please note the following verses within this chapter; 6"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 7"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 9" 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' 10"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11"Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' 12"But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' Now, please note the following words I will share will infuriate many of those who have rested themselves within the fact they believe “they are His”, and the fact they believe that all of those who have made the confession that “they are His” will go to Heaven. Note that they were all waiting for the Bridegroom in verse 7. All ten virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps for the purpose of being received by the Bridegroom but were they all received? No! They were probably taking their rest in the fact that they were “virgins/Christians” like the others and were “waiting” for the Bridegroom like the others but with one major difference. Their hearts were not aflame for the Bridegroom for which they were waiting or else their hearts (lamps) would have been ready.
What a shame! We as “Christians/virgins” within this nation have grown so drunk on God’s good gifts to us; we’ve allowed our love to grow cold (our fire and oil to burn down). Now here are some more things for you to think about; did Moses enter into the Promised Land? Not within this life because of disobedience but, because he was a child of God (although a disobedient one), I’m sure he made it into the Promised Land within Glory. Now what is going to happen in the very near future within time and eternity is the Wedding Feast of Christ with those who have prepared their hearts. Do we think that just because our lips make a confession of Him and that we try and perform religious activities that we’d be invited?! I don’t think so. Does that mean we’re going to hell? I don’t think that either, but just as Moses who could not walk into the Promised Land but had to die before he could enter in I feel will be the same fate of those who have not readied their lamps/hearts. So, instead of spending their time in God’s Glorious Presence at the Wedding Feast will more than likely be going through some terrible persecution here below and be killed for their faith because they did not take the initiative to ready themselves and so they will be made ready by the fire of persecution. Also, have you ever wondered why Christ Himself only told one of the seven churches that He was addressing in Revelations that He would keep them from the hour of trial that was coming upon the whole world? Please note the following He spoke to the Church in Philadelphia in Revelations Chapter 3 10-11 10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
For those who are taking their rest in yesterday’s mountain tops; why would He say verse 11 if it weren’t possible for us to lose our crown of life that should be ours? Christ told us to occupy until He returns, that means occupy. It doesn’t mean resting on our laurels and let our love grow cold and our life end up in destruction. I love what the Lord revealed to Brother Bill Gothard “we’re either missionaries for Christ or mission fields for satan”. We get out of this life what we put into it (we reap what we sow). Our problem is we tend to be lazy and thus sow accordingly but there is much reward for those who will go for it. Then there are those who love to be carried along on someone else’s faith and labors of love. It’s time for the Bride of Christ to shake the dust of yesterday’s mountain tops off our feet, trim the wicks of our hearts/lamps of complacency an plunge those wicks ever deeper into the oil of His Infinite Love so that we may be found ready when He shouts from on high to join Him for the Wedding Feast!
Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break
up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD , until he comes and
showers righteousness on you.
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