Tuesday June 4th, 2002
Today I am going to ask you a question, a question whose answer is between you and the Lord, not you and me. For I would have no way of knowing if your answer is truthful or not, but, the Lord knowing all things will know if you are being honest in your answer to yourself and Him.
Who do you belong to? Are you Christ' or are you satan's? Now before you try and answer that, you need to look at some Scripture.
First; it is absolutely important and necessary for you to truly understand that you can not belong to nor serve both at the same time. You can not be the Lord's while doing satan's beckoning. So let us start by reading Matthew 6:24 again.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon!
Do you understand that? do you really understand that you can not serve satan and Yeshua at the same time? Let me, using Scripture make it clearer.
And when Jesus had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Mark 8:34) Ok, Jesus said: "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." Do you understand that? Do you understand what the Lord is saying? What He is saying is this, if you are His, you will deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him. Do you know what your cross is? Do you understand what He wants you to do? Your cross is the chore that the Lord has for you to do. What is it? Are you denying yourself anything? Have you ever decided to fast for one day, and on that day, think of what you would have had for meals prepare that food and give it to the poor, or someone you know in need. And then during that twenty four hours have nothing but bread and water, thanking the Lord for the opportunity to suffer a little and to be of service to one more needy. During that fast, ask the Lord what it is that He would have you to do. Ask Him what your cross is.
But, understand this, your cross is every bit as difficult as His was;
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake,
for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake:
But he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master, and the servant as his Lord. If they have called the Master of the house beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household? (Matthew 10:16-25) Have you been scourged for the Lord's sake? Have you had to leave one city and go to another for the Lord's sake? Have you relied upon the Holy Spirit to tell you what to say? Do you understand that you are not above the Lord, but His servant? Do you understand that as His servant, if you really are His servant, you are to do the things He commanded and that these things will cause you to be persecuted? Have you been persecuted?
If you are a disciple of the Lord's than you will understand what Paul is saying in these next few verses, you will understand because you are being persecuted. If you belong to satan, you will not understand because you are not being persecuted.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I know not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. (Philippians 1:21-24)
Is your life here on earth so comfortable that you hate the thought of dying and leaving it? Or are you looking forward to death of this body and life with the King? If you suddenly had a heart attack, and on the way to the hospitals you were awake and the ambulance attendant said to you "are you afraid of death?" what would you say?
What suffering have you done for the Lord? Bear in mind, He has said that our suffering will be worse than His. Have you made this world your home? Have you forsaken the kingdom of God to be a resident of this earth? Have you gone to jail for Christ? I do not mean to visit a prisoner, I mean as a prisoner? Does your doctor do abortions? Why don't you know? Have you never asked him or her? Look around your work place, does everyone there know that you are a Born Again Washed in the BLOOD of the Lamb Christian? If not, you probably aren't.
Does your preacher consider you a challenge? By that I mean does he, if it is a she ignore this question and go find a real church. But does he find your questions and your conversations with him challenging? Do you know the word of God so well that your questions are more than superficial? Or is your bible so covered with dust that if you picked it up and blew it off, you would be in danger of starting the next dust bowl? Do you wonder when, not if, the federal secret police will come and get you? Not for crimes you committed, but for the crime of preaching Gods truths.
If, at this time, you can not truthfully say you are Christ, than we need to wonder why. Part of the reason is you, you and your slothfulness, your being to lazy to seek out God and His cross for you. The other reason is the pulpit. We have church after so called church where the pulpit is more afraid of the government and it's tax status than it is of Christ. We need revival in this country and we need it bad and it must start in the pulpits. And you are going to play a major part in that revival! First, go to the store and buy one loaf of three day old bread, the cheaper the better and then fill a 1 gallon jug with drinking water, I am not talking about designer water, I'm talking about tap water.
Second, go home and find out what you would have for meals over the twenty four hour period starting at 6:am tomorrow morning. Then take that food, put it in a package and tomorrow, while you are fasting, bring it to one you know of who is less fortunate than you.
Third, starting at 6:AM tomorrow morning, start praying, start by reading two chapters of your Bible, John three and John ten. Thank the Lord for this opportunity to fast, help the poor and come to Him, ask Him to help you bear your cross and what your cross is, and beg Him to cause a revival in the pulpits to take place right here in the USA right now. Tell Him you are sorry you have been so content with this life here on this place you are only visiting. Ask Him what you can do. But understand, if you seriously ask Him, He will answer you and expect you to do it.
If you belong to Christ and not satan, your every desire is to serve Christ and fight satan. You know as well as I that this nation needs a cleansing of the pulpits. And you know that you are not doing enough. If you now realize that you are not Christ', but are satan's, you need not stay that way. As long as you have a breath left, you can be His, you can be Saved, but what you can not do is procrastinate.
As for me? Well I will be on bread and water tomorrow, and the meals I would have had, well, they will grace the table of one less fortunate than I. Will you join me?
Let me close with these words of the Lord:
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:16-21)
The Lord be with you all, and may all of you one day be His.
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