Let it go? “Frozen”.

Believers, take a hard look at this:

Lyrics:

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me I’m free!

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry!

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on!

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past!

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And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
(Luk 10:18)

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
(Rev 12:12-13)

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
(Psa 2:1-3)

These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
(Jud 1:12-13)

How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
(Rev 18:7)

I propose that “Let It Go” is an anthem from the lips of a roaring lion.

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Rest.

Linked here is an excellent discourse about the children of Israel entering into God’s rest and the consequences of not entering into His rest by faith.

https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/finding-true-rest-1/

In my opinion this is as good of a teaching on the topic of rest and faith as given as a warning from the Old Testament. The Lord’s Anvil has been speaking on this for decades, it’s the first time I’ve seen the teaching from an Evangelical perspective.

(Nancy also has excellent teachings on marriage.)

 

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Ready for the Storm?

The waves crash in the tide rolls out
It’s an angry sea but there is no doubt
That the lighthouse will keep shining out
To warn a lonely sailor
And the lightning strikes
And the wind cuts cold
Through the sailor’s bones
Through the sailor’s soul
‘Til there’s nothing left that he can hold
Except a rolling ocean

Oh I am ready for the storm
Yes sir ready
I am ready for the storm
I’m ready for the storm

Oh give me mercy for my dreams
‘Cause every confrontation seems to tell me
What it really means
To be this lonely sailor
And when the sky begins to clear
The sun it melts away my fear
And I shed a silent weary tear

For those who mean to love me

Oh I am ready for the storm
Yes sir ready
I am ready for the storm
I’m ready for the storm

The distance it is no real friend
And time will take its time
And you will find that in the end
It brings you me
This lonely sailor
And when You take me by the hand
And You love me, Lord, You love me
And I should have realized
I had no reasons to be frightened

Oh I am ready for the storm
Yes sir ready
I am ready for the storm
Yes sir ready
I am ready for the storm
Yes sir ready
I am ready for the storm
I’m ready for the storm

Lyrics by Dougie MACLEAN
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The Way (Psalm 2:12)

The Lord has been instructing me concerning sanctification lately.

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
(Joh 17:14-17)

As soon as we started following Jesus Christ, obeying His word and following after him we started being sanctified by Him. He started making us different from the world. That is what “saint” is, a sanctified one, one that is set apart from the world and it’s ways and established in THE WAY, Jesus Christ. This opposition between us and the world further creates a separation, as Moses and Israel were brought into opposition (through slavery and the calling out process) with Egypt. God led them to a place of separation at the Red Sea where He destroyed Pharaoh’s armies and put a sea between them and Egypt. Baptism is a reflection of this separation. As saints the world is not our friend.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
(Joh 16:33)

I’ve been providing some technical assistance in excavating a foundation lately. It’s for a strange building (a giant shed with concrete footers). As we have been establishing grade (the level that the building will be built at) we encountered a large pocket of “frost-susceptible” silt (think clay). It has been necessary for us to dig out this silt and replace it with silt-free gravel but given the time constraints, the fact that there are utilities in the silty area and the size of the area instead of cutting ALL of the silt out of the foundation pad my employer has elected to cut out only the areas under the footers themselves. This is making a large horseshoe shaped hole with a gooey blob of silt in parts of the middle. Because ALL of the silt wasn’t removed it was inevitable that the silt-free gravel we put back into the hole became contaminated with the silt. Ouch!

God, wants to get ALL of “sin-susceptible” dirt out of MY foundation.

Last week I was considering this:

And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images. And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them. And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
(2Ch 34:2-5)

I need to strip all of the garbage out. All of the compromises. all of the things that encroach on what should be God’s alone. The “way” is a path away from the world’s normal mode of operation. No more leeks and onions (and clay bricks) for God’s children.

Now finally,

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
(Psa 2:12)

We need to embrace “the way” with all we have. The world is going to burn and we need to stop identifying with what God is bringing judgement against. There are no military or political solutions to what is wrong with this world, only sanctification and judgement.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
(Deu 30:19-20)

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The Law is a Shadow.

I’ve been having a conversation online with a member of the Hebrew Roots Movement (HRM).  I have found some interesting parallels between their understanding and my own. However, their insistance upon the performance of the law as a requirement for pleasing God becomes a sticking point I am trying to iron out with one of them. The following text is a comment I made regarding the observance of the Mosaic law (with a tip of the hat to the Lord’s Anvil who I have had extensive conversations with on this topic).

The law was a shadow, not the thing itself. Like the shadows of my hands shows you the outline of my hands with the sense of proportion and the idea that I have 10 digits they are not my hands themselves. When we are told not to steal, it is not enough to not steal we must not be a thief in our heart, to do so is to sin. The person who is not a thief has had the law written on their heart and their shadow will not steal. The person abiding in the Lord has that law written on their heart, they are at rest and their shadow will be a reflection of this rest. I am open to the possibility that God may want me to observe a rest but that is something I will do as I conform to His will, not because I am trying my hardest to make the proper shadow puppet on the ground.

And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
(Rom 2:27-29)

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
(1Co 7:19-20)

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
(1Sa 15:22-23)

If God desires that I stand on my head every 5th day of the month and I don’t perform it, it is a sin unto me. If He tells me to keep a sabbath rest day and I don’t it is sin to me. If He tells me to fast for a week straight and I don’t it is a sin to me. This is accomplished through HEARING and circumcision of the heart and enablement by the Holy Spirit. Not by my own comprehension and effort.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
(Jas 4:17)

I have been taught and understand that the observance of a day isn’t as important as an abiding rest in His presence daily. When I fail to enter His rest it is a sin to me, no matter what day it is. If I don’t cease from MY OWN works on ANY day it is a sin. My works need to be dead, my heart of flesh needs to be cut off and I need to cease from my own vain endeavors. That is the whole law, not just the shadow of it.

O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
(Hos 14:1-3)

Find the balance of the discussion here.

An excellent video on the topic by Chris White was what kicked the whole thing off:

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Blood

Today as I was meditating on and listening to God’s word I made a connection with three verses I had never put together before and I saw something that I had never heard of or seen before. First, I want to establish the principle of how God holds men accountable for blood:

Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
(Eze 33:1-9)

Here God establishes that if a watchmen is appointed to watch and fails to perform his duty, God holds that watchmen accountable for the blood. Further God explains to Ezekiel that as a prophet HE must sound the alarm over Israel. What is Israel in God’s plan? It is itself to be a light, a salvation to the whole world. A watchmen if you would:

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
(Isa 49:6)

As a watchmen is responsible for his part to preserve those under his “calling” so Israel. as God’s light to the Gentiles, bears a great responsibility with a heavy consequence for failure. Jesus reveals to us how God accounts the blood of those lost for their failings:

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth,from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation*. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
(Mat 23:29-39)

*Thayer gives four definitions for “generation” (genea), the one best suited for this context is in my opinion “a perverse nation”.  Rendering verse 36 thus: “Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this perverse nation.”

Note how much of the righteous blood God holds them accountable for. ALL of it. Not only had they not warned those in danger they had actually KILLED the watchmen, the ones that God had sent to wake them up as a nation. Jesus is informing them that THEY and THEY ALONE were responsible for the blood going back to ABEL. How is that even possible??? Yes, we have the watchmen principle but which of them was represented in Cain? Their “father”:

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
(Joh 8:44)

Now let’s look at Revelation 18 where God is describing mystery Babylon, her deeds, her character, her destruction and finally, the blood that He will hold her accountable for:

And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
(Rev 18:24)

Abel? Check.

Zacharias son of Barachias? Check.

Jesus? Check.

Stephen? Check.

Millions upon millions of aborted babies? Check.

Jesus was standing in the Temple in Jerusalem when He explained the gravity of the curse being laid upon that place, in so doing He was establishing precisely WHO mystery Babylon is. Jerusalem.

Now finally I’ll give you the context of Revelation 18:24

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
(Rev 18:1-24)

If we do not abide in the truth, if we do not cling to and obey Christ, we too can partake in her sin. In verse 18:4 we see just that. WE as God’s light, now have the mantel of watchmen and we can fall under her curse if we do not separate ourselves from her.

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Christian Zionism

This is an excellent video that explores what I have been hinting around at in my study of Psalm 2 here. I’m still working on that last verse, and a summary. This video covers the reasons I believe that the heathen are raging and the people imagining a vain thing:

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