THE ELECTION TO SIN!

THE ELECTION TO SIN!

“My dear friends, I was doing my best to write to you about the salvation we share in common, when I felt the need of writing at once to encourage you to fight on for the faith which once and for all God has given to his people.  For some godless people have slipped in unnoticed among us, person who distort the message about the grace of our God in order to excuse their immoral ways, and who reject Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.  Long ago the Scriptures predicted the condemnation they have received.” (Jude vss. 3-4) (GNB).

Unfortunately, the standard Christian is enormously naïve concerning the devil and his devices, not recognizing he is the Chief Deceiver, who never relaxes in his attacks on everyone.  He is especially focused on the Christian and the true Church. Every Christian should be on continuous guard to judge everything that he reads and hears, as to its compliance to the Holy Scriptures. We are not to confuse denominational teachings, traditions, or sayings and beliefs of any individuals, no matter how famous he or she is, with the true Word of God.  All humans are imperfect!  The letter of Jude is concerned that the people of God are being taught that God’s grace allows his followers to live in sin without consequences! Many false prophets and godless people had joined the church, and began to persuade God’s true followers, that immorality and sexual perversion was pardoned and acceptable; and God’s grace covered their continuous sinful behavior. The children of darkness, who had infiltrated God’s House of Prayer, and started THE ELECTION TO SIN! “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15). Jude is warning the Body of Christ not to concede to sin, but to spiritually fight the devil and his followers for the true faith and righteousness in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sin has publicly challenged God’s righteousness, by reducing the moral standards that once regarded us as decent and civilized.  Hence, today’s laws have changed to accommodate uncontainable immorality “On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6–3 decision in Lawrence v. Texas struck down the Texas same-sex sodomy law, ruling that this private sexual conduct is protected by the liberty rights implicit in the due process clause of the United States Constitution.”  Other laws are violated without consequences: Although adultery is a misdemeanor in most of the states with laws against it, some — including Michigan and Wisconsin — categorize the offense as a felony. Punishments vary widely by state. In Maryland, the penalty is a paltry $10 fine. But in Massachusetts, an adulterer could face up to three years in jail.” This law is rarely, if at all, executed.”  How many ministers, politicians, celebrities or the next door neighbor are being punished for such a public crime? When their adulterous sins are exposed, all they do is go public with synthetic tears and artificial apologies, and all is well.  Sin has the Church and the world by its throat and is damming all to hell! The Church has permitted the godless among them, to deem God’s righteousness as obsolete; and to present Sin as its new champion. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20).  It is not so much my concern about the world, because it is written that the world hates God and his righteousness.  However, it concerns me a great deal, when God’s called out people are applauding Sin without challenging the godless, who are distorting our Christian faith and the Grace of God.  “David spake to the men that stood by him….for who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (I Sam. 17:26). The Church must not concede to Sin’s campaign results of immorality and perversion.  But we must vote against Sin and place our ballots for God’s supreme righteousness.

The Church is being deceived by false intruders because she has left her first love, who is Jesus Christ.  She has engaged herself in worldly and fleshly prosperity, and is now gazing into hell’s blazing eyes of Sin. Sin is romancing the Church with counterfeit members who fill the pews, the pulpits and their treasuries, while destroying the very fabric of grace.  These implants of Sin go unchallenged because the law of man, has encased in the heart of the Church, the fear of losing a tax exempt liberty. If only the Church would abide in the Holy Spirit, she could easily use her spiritual power to crush the operation of Sin and deliver the sinner from hell.

There are many Christians who will not give concession to Sin. I for one, refuse to elect Sin to lead my soul. I cannot join in Sin’s farce of “Make Believe.” For instance, I know that a man cannot have a baby! I do know that a woman pretending to be a man, can have a baby!  I will not concede in my heart nor in my mind that a man having a baby is true! To concede to such a lie is denying the truth, and I would be a liar, like the Father of lies. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murder 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.” (John 8:44).  Now, because I defend the truth of God, I am deemed a criminal or a lawbreaker.  As I abide by God’s Word, and my religious beliefs, which were honored and rendered good since the creation of man, are now being called abdominal; because the truth collides with The Election to Sin. So my question is, who am I offending by following the true teachings of Jesus Christ?  I am offending the Prince of Darkness and his followers! “Which of you convinceth me of sin?  And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? (John 8:46).  Only the righteous can understand this truth that I am so daring to publicize.  We cannot, go along, to get along with Sin!  We should not dress up Sin and call Sin a lady, so that we may avoid persecution from sinners.  “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” (John 8:47).

We cannot vote for Sin in the House of Prayer.  The letter of Jude challenges the Christian to stand up for the faith in Jesus Christ that we profess. Christians…Did you really think that we would never be called out on our faith? Jesus clearly stated that all who follow him would be persecuted for his name’s sake.  “Remember the word that I have said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord.  If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.” (John 16-20-21). Hear ye, the true Christian, the counterfeit, Sin ridden church is electing to pollute the grace of God, by teaching, preaching and living immoral and perverted lifestyles.  They are claiming that God’s grace is sanctifying them without repentance.  Do not be deceived, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue to sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid.  How shall we, that are dead to sin, live longer there in?  How can we go on living in sin?  And know that our old being has been put to death with Christ on his cross, in order that the power of the sinful self might be destroyed, so that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:1-2) (KJV). (Romans 6:6). (GNB).

An Election to Sin in the Church, is rejected.  We cannot give a false victory to sinners, who are methodically trying to bully and muzzle Christians into silence, by changing and manipulating the laws.  The Election to Sin is a spiritual campaign to dismantle the power of Jesus Christ our Savior.  The tools of Sin are fear, death and persecution.  But the offensive weapons that the Lord has armed the Church with, are his Word and Prayer, which are far greater than any weapons Sin can rally from its arsenal.  “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17). May the Lord’s approval be on this message!

For the record, the message is for Christians all over the world. God bless you all and amen.

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE….CALVARY! (10 of 10)

FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE….CALVARY (Part 10 of 10).

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  (Luke 23:33-34).

“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” In the melody of my soul, I am celebrating the masterpiece of salvation, which God choreographed, in Jesus Christ for humanity! It is a spiritual concerto of an extraordinary journey of faith.  It is a divine path that was composed and orchestrated by the Maestro of Unconditional Love, God our Father. It is impossible for me to crucify my Lord again and again.  Therefore, I presented a question, in which I already know the answer to.  We were not there when they scourged our Lord.  Neither were we there when they nailed him to the cross.  Nor, were we there when he called on his Father. Moreover, we were not there when they pierced him in his side, and when he hung his head and died; nor when he was buried and resurrected.  No, I wasn’t there Yet, Following in the Path of the Divine to CalvaryI BELIEVE!

Arriving at the final installment of this series, I must confess that I have been blessed with so much more spiritual teachings about our Lord Jesus.  First, regarding his personal sacrifice for a world that rejected his true and unconditional love.  Jesus demonstrated on the cross, through absolute and pure love, that he looked beyond our faults, and saw our needs. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  Jesus’ reaction of love toward rejection, prompted my soul to respond in divine rhapsody.  “I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary, to view the cross where Jesus died for me; How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul, He look beyond my fault and saw my need.”  I will never again respond to rejection in bitterness or malice.  Rejection has taken on a new meaning for me; and it has forever lost its power to dismiss and scorn me “because they know not what they do”I have received a new spiritual prescription for my eyes.  Now my spiritual eyesight is focused on praying for those who seek to abolish me, and the ministry that the Lord has assigned to me.  Calvary has taught me this, even though I come in love, and I know my heart is true to Christ; the Pharisees and Scribes will not always welcome my spiritual gifts, and contributions to the Body of Christ.  “Jesus saith unto them, did ye never read in the scriptures, “The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?” (Matthew 21:42).  

Again, I was blessed to revisit Jesus’ declaration of humility on Calvary’s crossed.  Jesus summoned my spirit to yield to the full will of God.  I thought I was humble, “Hello..,” but my humility, is nothing in comparison to the redeeming power of perfect humility.  It is true, if you want to do great things for the kingdom of God, you have to be humble.  The great and restorative power of God, comes through a pure and righteous heart.  “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian in My Heart.”  I don’t want to seek grandeur for my flesh, I just want to be useful to Jesus.  “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12).  The disciples wanted Jesus to exalt himself, just as Satan tempted him to do in the Wilderness of Temptation.  Jesus refused on both counts and because he humbled himself, he now has all power in heaven and earth in his hands! His humility was true and not a religious performance or a form of godliness.  His heart proved him worthy of exhortation in the sight of his Father in heaven.  This is how all Christians should seek to meet God. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” (I Peter 5:6).

In addition, Jesus was crucified knowing that he would be resurrected in three days. “…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19). Jesus went to Calvary in faith believing.  He trusted in his Father’s promise and power to resurrect him in three days!  Jesus ultimate duty was to conquer death and hell! When he had accomplished that, God raised him from the dead. Here, Jesus teaches us to enter Calvary in faith and with the full knowledge that God’s promise of our resurrection is true.  If you fear death, then I say to you: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).  Jesus is coming back again for his Bride, (The Church) that is without spot, blemish or wrinkle.  “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14: 2-3). The resurrection of those who died in Christ is true. “And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted; Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here; behold the place where they laid him.  But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” (Mark 16:6-7).

Remember: “In shady green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along.  Some through the flood, and some through the fire, but all through the blood.  Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long.” Thank you Jesus for living and dying and rising in victory. Lord, you have taught us how to live and how to die in the faith of the resurrection.  I was not there when Jesus was resurrected and spoke to Mary and his disciples.  I was not there when he met them on the shores of Galilee; and gave them the great commission; and when the Lord ascended to heaven on a cloud.  Nonetheless, Following in the Path of the Divine to Calvary, I am expecting Jesus to return for me because….I BELIEVE!

For the record, this has been an honor for me to serve my Lord, on this journey of love. I have enjoyed the comments from those who have found some comfort and peace on the path.  Also, I am honored by all who followed in silence, and are sharing this spiritual journey with their families, friends and congregations.  This was not an easy path to follow, I know there were some thorns along the way.  The incisions will be healed and you be will blessed.  I pray that in at least one of these places of divine, you have found some living water for your weary soul, I have! God bless you and amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE….GETHSEMANE (9 of 10)

 

FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE….GETHSEMANE (Part 9 of 10).

“And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; and saith them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.” (Mark 14:32-34).

“Lean on me, when you’re not strong and I’ll help you carry on….If you need somebody to lean on.” (Bill Withers). What a beautiful song that is marinated in loyalty and smothered in a pledge of dependability.  How so many love to sing that song, but never demonstrating in their life, what true devotion to a friend really means. How many times have we extended words of promise to people, and when the time came for us to deliver on that promise: “and before the cock crowed twice,” (Mark 14:30), we denied our friend and ran away?  Following in the Path of the Divine to Gethsemane, we find that Jesus needs his friends to watch and pray for him.  They promised him that they would not desert him.  Peter pledged, “…Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.” (Mark 14:29).  When trouble arrived in Gethsemane, those very disciples Jesus chose in the very beginning of his public ministry, Peter, James and John, deserted him.  Their words were beautiful, but their devotion and dependability were worthless! In Jesus’ time of great distress he could not depend on his friends to watch and pray.

Jesus, the “Miracle Worker”, the man who calmed the raging sea, casted out demons and raised the dead and fed thousands, is now face to face with his divine purpose of personal sacrifice.  The Lord knew that this time would come, but it was not welcomed! Jesus was not exploding with joy, knowing that death was waiting for him in the short distanceIn addition, we must consider that Jesus is leaving his friends and family behindAfter all, he had a human nature as well as a divine nature.  He had relationships and a great following in his public ministry.  When death comes to take our loved ones, we only look at the lost from own perspective. It’s all about us, and how we will feel. We wonder, how are we going to make without them?  Let’s take a moment and think about the sorrow the dying people are experiencing; when they look up from the sick beds at those they have to leave behind? “…My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.” (Mark 14:34).  Those who are looking death in face, are struggling in their hearts too! Men who will leave their wives and children without a source of income, because he is the sole provider.  Wives leaving husbands and children behind, without them there to care for them and nurture them. I was ministering to a woman whose husband was on his deathbed.  She said to me, “He keeps apologizing to me because he won’t be here to protect me!”  What an unselfish departure of his life! This taught me that there are two sides to dying, and we only look at death as a one sided devastation.  Jesus spent a lot time preparing his disciples for this moment; and his love for them is expressed through his prayers and his tears.  He knew they were weak and that he was his disciple’s strength.  Now, the great one they depended on, is surrendering his life for a cause that they do not yet truly understand. The disciples did what many people do when trouble overtakes their friends, they abandon them.

Why is Jesus asking the disciples to watch and pray for him?  Because he knew that he was going to be arrested and suffer an agonizing death.  How many times have friends promised to stay with you through thick and thin, and went to sleep at your time of need?  You were left all alone to face your situation, and did not know where else to turn. I have faced that situation more times than I would like to admit.  Friends had promised to support me in the ministry,  and when it was time for them to show up, they made excuses; or even stop talking to me because they were lying to me when they said: “God has called me to help you with this or that!”  Is God a liar? No, God did not lie, my friends lied to me, and abandoned me in my time of need. However, I have learned this most important lesson, when it comes to fulfilling my ministry for the Lord.  I will always succeed, when the work I have put my hands to, has been ordained by God. God always gives me the ability to accomplish whatever he has called me to do. Jesus knew that his disciples were not going to stay with him, he had already told them so.  For that reason, Jesus engages his Father in his moment of distress. It is the Father who assigned Jesus this great task of salvation; and it is for this reason only, that Jesus is willing to die.  “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” (Mark 14:36).  Jesus is really asking God, is there another way?  But Jesus knew, that he was the instrument that God had chosen to provide Salvation.  Therefore, he resigned his will and followed his destiny.  Always be sure that your ministry is God’s will and not your will.  If it is God’s, he will give you the strength to endure the desertion of friends, and shield your heart against the criticism of your enemies! Faith in his Father, empowered Jesus to embrace and complete his kingdom work.

There are some things in life that we just have to go through.  This is an agonizing path that God has constructed for our spiritual development.   Nevertheless, Jesus provides us with this most important information on our unknown path.  When we are abandoned by our friends and family in our time of distress.  He teaches us never put your confidence in man, but depend on God alone.  “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence is princes.” (Psalms 118:8-9).  Friends may mean well sometimes, but they make promises they cannot deliver.  Jesus turned to his Father, who is all powerful and all knowing.  Never put that kind of faith in any human being, they are not God!  We are bound to be disappointed by family and friends! Jesus had to go through a great persecution and friends proved unreliable.  Jesus put his trust in his Father and depended on God alone! When we find ourselves in Gethsemane, we must look to Jesus, the one we can depend on!  Although I love my family and my friends, I know they are only human, some with the best intentions.  However, I had learned that friends can’t move my mountains, and they fall asleep when I asked them to pray for me. We must also learn that Following in the Path of the Divine in Gethsemane, that there are some things in this life that we have to face, as Jesus did.  He confronted death through his faith in his Father.  We also must look death square in the eyes and say: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul he leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; they rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the day of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23).  The power of God was waiting for Jesus on the other side of death. So, in your Gethsemane, know that God is waiting to resurrect you on the other side, keep praying and just trust in the Lord and go through.

For the record, this message is for anyone who has been abandoned by family and friends.  Put your trust in Jesus and he will bring you through! God bless you and amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE…..BETHANY (8 of 10)

FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE….BETHANY (Part 8 of 10).

“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.  It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.” (John 11:1-2).

“When death has come and taken our loved ones, it leaves our home so lonely and drear; then do we wonder, why others prosper living so wicked year after year.  Farther along we’ll know all about, farther along we’ll understand why; Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine, we’ll understand it all by and by.” (W.B. Stevens).  This is a famous Baptist hymnal that ask the question, why? Why did God let my loved one die? It is a haunting and agonizing confrontation with God and death.  This inevitable life event, has and will shattered the ground beneath those who have called on God in earnest, to stall death. However, their prayers were not granted, according to their prayer request.  When family members or friends departs from this life, many wonder why God did not intervene to deter death and heal them. In Bethany, Mary and Martha watched their brother Lazarus die, while they called on Jesus to come and save Lazarus from death.  “Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest in sick.” (John 11:3).  Following in the Path of Divine to Bethany, we see Jesus express his power to glorify God the Father and raise the dead.  Also, to deliver consolation to Mary and Martha, by answering the question, why?

It is clear in the gospel of John, that Jesus loved Martha and Mary, and Lazarus. “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.”  (John 11:5) Also, it is as equally clear, that they loved and honored Jesus. Mary anointed Jesus with an expensive ointment and wiped his feet with her hair. (John 12:3). This is an extreme public display of affection for Jesus.  Martha cooked for him and served him, and Mary sat at his feet and took in every Word that dropped from his lips.  There is a tremendous bond of love and faith in Jesus! It is only natural that when they called for Jesus to come their aid, they expected him to hurry and save his friend and their brother.  When Jesus did not return to heal their brother, it was a great disappointment to them.  Everyone else was comforting them, except for the one they expected to be by their side.  I suppose they may have felt that Jesus abandon them.  If you have ever been a caregiver for someone you love, it is an emotional hurricane. It is not because you don’t love them.  On the contrary, it is because you do love them so much, that it hurts to see them suffering and you can’t heal them.  We do everything we can to make them comfortable, but we want more than that, we want to see them well again.  So, we pray and ask God to heal them and make them better, but it sometimes seems as if God has abandon us.  We ask ourselves, how could the God we love and publicly worship, not fulfill our prayer requestIt is an overwhelming feeling of despair and uncertainty.  Finally, Jesus appears after Lazarus is dead. “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” (John 11:21).  Martha and Mary are now blaming Jesus for their brother’s death because they did not understand, why?

Our love for someone is what makes death so painful.  It is the love connection which rips at the core of our soul.  We have given a part of our soul in love. They live in our soul and when they depart from this life, they take a piece of us with them; and that wound in our heart has to be repaired with a greater love.  But many will not receive the mending love of Christ.  They get lost in the deterioration of “what ifs,” and the blame game; and never regain the strength to look at the power of the resurrection, who is Jesus! The mourner stops trusting that God has a greater restoration plan for those who have died in faith believing. We have to remember: “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (I Cor. 2:9). Remember the hope of the promise of God! Jesus said to Martha, “Thy brother shall rise again.” (John 11:23). Yes, Martha believed in the last resurrection, but she wanted her brother now! Jesus said, “I am the resurrection!” I would embrace that as, “Martha you have Me.” Jesus is enough to keep us from falling in our time of despair, if we would just embrace him.  He understands the sorrow and grief that we feel when our love ones die, Jesus wept. (v.35). There were some who stood around criticizing Jesus, “Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? (v.37). When we pray and there is no healing, the spirit of bitterness swells in our heart! Do you think God felt any less sorrow when his Son was crucified?  God’s Son died of an agonizing death. The condition by which our love one dies compounds our reaction. Especially if the departure is a result of evil and injustice, the question of why seems more elusive; and our heart has not recovered.

The question is still, why? Jesus knew all the time that Lazarus was going to die, but he had to wait that he may glorify his Father.  He had to demonstrate God’s power to raise the dead, to give unequivocal proof that God has power over life and death.  But the why is still lingering! The answer is really a fundamental one. It is because of sin, which instituted death!  There was no death until the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when they ate the forbidden fruit, all of humanity fell into sin.  Their act of disobedience ushered in death! We cannot live eternally in this life, due to sin.  We must die to be raised in a new life and in a new resurrected body.  Jesus had to die to pay death the ransom for our sins; and to be a resurrected proof that God has the power to raise the dead! God allowed his Son to die, and he did not show up to rescue Jesus, because his death was necessary to pay our sin debt: and for God to be gloried in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  Our death is necessary for the glorification of God and resurrection. “Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet for the last trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (I Cor. 15:51-53).   We cannot live in the presence of God in our present corruptible state. Knowing this truth, will not cancel the pain of losing a loved one.  Death is and will always be a sorrowful departure.  We are not always ready to let go: and sometimes death comes unannounced and too soon in one’s life.  Sometimes it is the how, which our loved ones depart that overwhelms us.  If we are to have any consolation when death comes and take our loves ones, it is this: We must preach Jesus Christ and repentance and live a righteous life, that they may be saved. This was the consolation that Jesus gave to Martha and Mary, “…I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25).

We entered into this world in sin, and the only remedy to rid our souls of sin is Jesus Christ.  He has the power to forgive us all our sins.  It is imperative that we preach and teach those who are near to us, that in order to live a resurrected life, they must repent now before death comes. “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16:22-23). The scriptures speaks for itself.  The righteous shall live with God and the unrighteous shall live in hell.  With this understanding, I can’t close without giving some consolation to those who’s loved ones, have already died in their sins because they rejected Christ. God will not allow our sorrows for the unsaved, or any pain, follow us for eternity. “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God, will wipe away tears from their faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 25:8); and “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17). We will be in the very presence of God, who is pure untainted Love.  Following in the Path of the Divine in Bethany, calls us to start preaching repentance in our homes and among our own family first, that they too may be saved!

For the record, this message is for everyone who has lost someone to death; and for those who are caregivers.  I pray you find some recovery and peace and consolation in this post.  God bless you and amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

 

FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE…JERUSALEM (7 of 10)

FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE….JERUSALEM (Part 7 of 10).

“And they come to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and brought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves.  (Mark 11:15).

I remember way back when…I could go to almost any Christian church and enjoy a gospel concert or an afternoon worship service for free! These were the times when the gospel was truly free! However, nowadays we are charged a fee to hear the Word of God preached! Jesus reacted in righteous anger at the Temple in Jerusalem. I believe he would react the same way today, if he would walk into many churches.  In fact, he is reacting through those of us who are witnessing churches selling any and everything in the house of prayer.  “Is it not written, my house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?  But ye have made it a den of thieves.” (Mark 11:17).  Let it be noted that selling and brokering in God’s house could not take place, unless it was instituted and approved by the leadership. Jesus disapproves of racketeering in any shape form or fashion in the house of prayer. Following in the Path of the Divine in Jerusalem, Jesus’ ignited a holy cleansing in the Temple. He had to establish once again, the purpose for gathering in the House of prayer.  Jesus’ indignation brought about, misunderstanding and rejection and a planned persecution that will eventually lead to his death.

Jerusalem was the mother church and she was the most despicable of all the churches.  This is where the high priests and counsel governed the churches.  Their leadership was supposed to be based on the Torah (The first five books of the OT).  Consequently, the laws that God had given to Moses, were now greatly distorted for monetary gain.  The moneychangers were now in the temple.  The place that God established his presence, and had been acknowledge as a most holy place, had now been reduced to a money making enterprise.  As Jesus approached public the desecration of his Father’s glory, he exercised his spiritual authority to cleanse these irreligious representatives of the Temple.  Sadly, this is what we see today in the house of prayer. There are all kinds of fundraising events going on! I see Christians selling second hand goods and food in front of the church building! Members use the church as their personal venue to build their businesses.  Instead of evangelizing, they are promoting their business and giving out their business cards! This is so shameful, and I know that the Lord is not pleased.  When we do these things, we are telling the world that God cannot take care of us, and that God is a deadbeat dad!  If we would pay our tithes and offerings, as we should, there would be no need for this type of gross behavior! Also, if the church would simply follow in the path of Jesus, and live a humble existence, so great a sum of money would not be necessary! I will not even go into the elaborate living of the leadership, which is completely ridiculous!

The church is not called to be a worldly business or a pompous corporation.  The church is called to evangelize to the world. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28: 19-20).  Following in the path of wealth, is like a truck that is stuck in the mud.  The more the truck driver presses on the gas, the more it sinks deeper into the mud!  The truck will need a strong tow to pull it out of the mess.  The Church needs a strong tow, which is a spiritual cleansing and a re-direction to the path of the Divine.  The leadership of the church have to overthrow the tables of buying and selling in the church. If money exchange is its primary function of the church, it will continue to sink into the abyss of sin.  This outrage from Jesus was not well received by the chief priests, and scribes and the elders. As I know, this message will not be well received by many leaders who are reading this post! This is the time when I am unfriended and blocked for telling the truth! It’s a normal response when the truth is slapping someone in the face! Rejection is what Jesus encountered when he, by all heavenly authority, corrected the actions of those who were desecrating the house of prayer. This is a call for all churches to stop using the house of prayer as a business; and start using as it was intended.  A place where the saints of God meet to worship God, to be healed, and pray for guidance and instructions to overcome this upside down world!

We can clearly see in the scriptures, that there is a strong hatred for those who come into their own Jerusalem.  Those who speak out against irreligious practices in church.  The reason you will be hated and feared is because you are pulling off the veil of deception.  When Jesus starting cleansing the temple of these “den of thieves,” he was declared an enemy to those in leadership.  “And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people were astonished at his doctrine.” (Mark 11:18). The truth will astonished people who have been lied to in the church about its true purpose.  The truth will awaken the slumbering hearts, and light the path of Christ the Divine. We must work for those who are snoozing, that they may come to see the light of Jesus, and follow him. In Jerusalem, we have to overthrow the tables of the “den of thieves,” which will cause the chief priests, and scribes and the elders to plan for your destruction. This is what the leaders did to Jesus, and we are not greater than the master, so expect it!  This is the backlash when we speak out against immoral practices in the church.  But I give you this message from God, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12).

It is impossible to be true to God and mammon.  The time has come for the righteous to call sin out on the carpet and rebuke it in the name of Jesus!  We cannot continue to ignore man’s fabricated righteousness.  Following in the Path of the Divine in Jerusalem, requires a boldness that can only be ordained by Jesus.  Pray that the Lord will give you the power and authority to overthrow the tables of carnality and restore his house to the “House of Prayer!

For the record, this message is a call to repentance and a call for the righteous to take a stand against the “den of thieves.”  God bless you and amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews