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Monday, May 26, 2008

Tares and Wheat

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

Mat 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Mat 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Not knowing what a tare was, I did some research. Tares are basically weeds that look like wheat only they bear nothing good. Wheat produces edible grains, which can be used to feed people. Tares, however, produce little black seeds, that if eaten cause paralysis, nausea, intoxication and depending on how much is eaten, convulsions and even death. They are poisonous. The root system of the tare is such that it attaches itself to the root system of the wheat, so carefully intertwining with the roots of the wheat it cannot be separated without pulling up the wheat. But it has to be carefully, deliberately planted to achieve that result. At first sight, you can't tell them apart. It's only when the wheat begins to mature and bear fruit, and the tares mature that their lack of fruit reveals what they are.

Mat 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

Mat 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Mat 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Only the Lord can tell the difference. His Spirit gives discernment as a spiritual gift and in this day and age we desperately need to be asking Him for this gift. He lays out the test-it's by their fruit-by what is produced and evident in their life. The fruit of the Spirit of God is listed in Gal_5:22-23. If that is evident in someone's life it's because the Holy Ghost poured out the love of and for God in their hearts and it manifests itself in kindness, gentleness, long suffering, patient endurance, meekness, goodness, joy and peace. These things because they depend on the unchangeable Lord, are not conditional or dependent on circumstance. When they are pretending, and only look like Christians, and talk like Christians, yet you see no evidence of the Spirit of God in their life, that is a giveaway. Remember, the wheat produces grains because the Lord sends the sun and the rain in the right measure to make it grow. The tares receive the same nourishment but bear no fruit-because the two are different. They resemble each other, but one is good and one is bad. Their natures are different. Someone with a heart for God and someone whose only interested in self can sit under the same anointed message by a yielded, obedient servant of the Lord with very different results. One will be humble and broken, and hungry for more, yet the other unchanged and unmoved even though outwardly they may appear to be religious.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Into the Holy of Holies

I recently heard the Times Square Church choir in New York City singing the song "Take Me Into the Holy of Holies" and I was so gripped by this song..they only sang one verse and the chorus, but it gripped my heart and stirred this ever increasing hunger for God in my heart even more..One day at work I was singing this song and the Lord gave me another verse and I wanted to share...

Take Me In to the Holy of Holies
Take me past the outer court
into Your Holy Place
past the brazen altar
Lord, I want to see Your face
pass me by the crowds of people
and the priests who sing their praise
I hunger and thirst for Your righteousness
but it's only found in one place

so take me in to the Holy of Holies
take me in by the blood of the Lamb
take me in to the Holy of Holies
take the coal, cleanse my lips,
here I am

Take me past empty religion
its traditions and its ways
past the human reasoning
that tries to take Your Spirit's place
take me past the crowds of people
that will only go so far
I hunger and thirst to go all the way
right into where You are

So take me in to the Holy of Holies
take me in by the blood of the Lamb
take me in to the Holy of Holies
Lord, it's not enough anymore
to be where I am.

The song says take me past the outer court (where the casually curious are) and past the brazen altar (where people pray to God,) cos Lord I want to see Your Face, (which He told Moses would kill him to see), past the crowds of people and priests who sing your praise. I know music definitely is a form of expression of worship, and has it's place, but that doesn't do it for me, either. I know that sounds ironic because I just said I heard this song I'd never heard before and it's gripped my heart...but because of what it SAYS not how it sounds.

I'm hungry for YOU Lord, Your righteousness, to be so filled with YOU, that I am consumed, possessed, fully by YOU. To be intimate with YOU, to be so close to you we are joined together (1 Cor 6:17) to see YOU and finally DIE to everything but YOU and your will! I'm not satisfied with just church and little 5 minute prayers and singing, like most people are I want more, I know there is more-YOU said if I delight in the Lord, in YOU, You'd give me the desires of my heart.... and that desire is YOU Lord! I don't want empty religion that has no power of Your Presence, just an appearance of godliness! I don't want flesh or human thinking trying to do the work only the Holy Spirit can do, I want to be where You are because YOU are a consuming fire and will burn up the chaff!!! HALLELUJAH!!!

It was the Priest in the Old Testament who killed the sacrifice and offered it to God. Is not Christ our High Priest? Every sacrifice had to be brought to the door of the Tabernacle to be slain, then put on the altar and offered. Jesus is the Door. We can't crucify ourselves anymore than He could Himself. But if we sincerely hunger and thirst to know Him, that attraction, that lure to the prize of just knowing HIM, will become more vital to us than those things we clutch like little children, not wanting to release. When we come to the Door, and the Holy Spirit takes the sacrifice (us) and shows us a revelation of Jesus Christ-just like He did Isaiah (Isa_6:1-7) it's going to kill us. It's going to show how pathetic and how foolish are all our attempts to "dress holiness, look holiness, talk holiness, be holiness".

All these things are done in the name of religion, for the only way to truly be holiness unto the Lord is to be filled with the Spirit of Jesus Christ-that precious Holy Ghost who cares not for things of this world, but the souls of men, and that Jesus Christ be glorified, and on display for this hurting and lost world to see. Then, the motivation for what we do and how we look will be rooted in truth and reverence for this Holy God we love because He has brought us down to despair and death by showing us how hopelessly inadequate and different we are from Him, and yet He loves us. We owe Him everything! We are fools if we hold back anything from His Lordship! We give up the pathetic things of this temporary life that are corruptible and He gives us that which is glorious and incorruptible-the knowledge of and intimate friendship with Himself! What could be more precious? NOTHING!!!

Aren't you getting hungry to know Him? Aren't you dissatisfied with the same old routine in church? Aren't you tired of empty seats in the House of God, while sin and the devil wreak havoc in the lives of those you know and love? The secret power is knowing HIM, being filled with HIM!! The devil could not run over the disciples, over Paul, because like he said "Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?" The seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19 were just being religious but they didn't know HIM. They hadn't surrendered to Him. Those who fully surrender to HIM-when the devil comes, like Jesus said, he finds nothing in them he can exploit. In short, he runs smack into a wall.

The definition of insanity is for the church to continue in her routine and expect different results. You watch the young people flee out the doors as soon as they're old enough to do so, you see the services all turn out pretty much the same. People let any excuse keep them out of the House of God, because they feel they won't miss anything or it's not important for them to be there. Occaisionally somebody will get a momentary relief and begin to cry and get emotional and lift their hands to heaven, but the next day that pressure is back. I'm sick of it all. Knowing Jesus Christ is the secret power and the secret place! The Church can't show a needy world Christ if she doesn't know Him herself! That is what the world needs to see is CHRIST on display in His house not flesh, not the preacher! That intimate knowledge of HIM in the hearts and minds and lives of His Bride will put a glow on her face, a spring in her step, a smile in her eyes, and confidence and authority in her words. But, there is a cost. You must give up everything you are and count it as dung, so you may know HIM and become as He is in this world. Being like Jesus will cost you dearly.

Do you love Him more than these things you hold on to? Is He not more precious than anything else? YES....it takes faith to bring yourself to the Door and trust that when He sees the sincerity of your heart, He will give you that revelation of Himself that will kill the sacrifice. It will kill all hope of ever finding anything good enough in yourself to bring to Him. It will kill all hope of ever making it to heaven in your own strength or by religious works. It will kill all desire to be anything but His. Hallelujah to the Lamb of GOD!!! Take Me In, Lord, please take me In!!!To my heart, this is pure worship....not being satisfied with anything but HIM, hungering for nothing but HIM....Please, don't anyone missunderstand, I am not castigating the church, or throwing off on it. I just see her need for HIM..I know not every church fits what I said above, but too many do. He alone is the answer...we must get out of the way and seek Him until He so fills us He is all that is left.