*A quick thank you to my brother Francis who God always uses to ignite a fire within my soul. * The message below was written this morning in response to the photo above.
Anyone who is stating such a thing as this: doesn’t understand the purpose of the law in the first place. Which can be found in several scriptures.
Here is one Romans 5:20:
“The Ten Commandments were given so that all could see the extent of their failure to obey God’s laws. But the more we see our sinfulness the more we should see God’s grace forgiving us.” IF this is true in our heart, that we begin to see and notice just how much mercy God has given us, it should NOT and WILL NEVER push us in the opposite direction of the law. Instead it should help us substantiate JUST HOW GOOD AND GREAT GOD’S LAWS ARE!
Somebody say HAL-LE-LUH-YAH, if you understand this. Amen.
WHY? BECAUSE WE LOVE HIS TRUTH. God’s Truth is pure righteousness and GLORY!
So then what does this mean to someone who says we do not have to follow the law anymore?
If the law is to demonstrate our sinfulness toward God, and we decide ourselves it isn’t necessary to give to God our first fruits, we have missed the entire point of the law.. the very fact that we would have something in our heart that would resist giving to God, our brethren, to the church, or to help the church as much as the church has helped us, then there is something defiled within us. IF you want to claim the church is defiled, so are you. We ALL ARE.
Find a church, even if you are a saint, apostle, doesn’t matter. Not all churches are operate on corrupt motives. IF we allow ourselves to fall into the notion that we don’t have to give- God help us- because then – we are like Cain, who for selfish reasons and anger killed his brother. Although HE WAS THE ONE WHO GAVE AND OFFERED A SUBSTANDARD OFFERING… Which brings up another powerful point.. since the beginning of time – God’s children have been offering things to God. Take Abel and Cain as an example. But why?
All I have to say is WAKE UP AND LOOK AROUND. Does it leave any question as to why? Not only has Our Creator giving us ALL OF THIS BEAUTY for free.. He has given us this life for free. All of nature, our family, every species of life He created, even man and woman, the mountains, every moment of Joy we ever experience- is because He has given it to us. But most precious of all He has given us HIMSELF!!
Praise God HAL-LE-LUH-YAH! GLORY TO THE Eternal KING! So then ask yourself, do I not owe MY GOD SOMETHING IN RETURN?
For a heart that loves, it is an impossibility to say no I don’t owe God. Or to view the church as unnecessary when it is a fundamental building block to every saint on Earth and in Heaven. Look up Malachi 3:10.
And Here is Corinthians 8: 1-5 from the New Testament
Which provides us an example of the condition of heart we should all have:
8- 1 “Now I want to tell you what God in his grace has done for the churches in Macedonia.
2 Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been an overflow of giving to others. 3 They gave not only what they could afford but far more; and I can testify that they did it because they wanted to and not because of nagging on my part. 4 They begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.
5 Best of all, they went beyond our highest hopes, for their first action was to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us, for whatever directions God might give to them through us.”
Thank you Brother Francis for yet another powerful point made. I thank God for the fire of God within you IGNITES THE FIRE OF GOD WITHIN ME. Thank you both, and all others who continue fighting day in and day out.
A word about the scripture above- All I can say is ‘wow, wow, wow! ‘ All they could afford and more!‘ And then in verse 5, notice it says ‘they were ready to dedicate themselves to God for WHATEVER DIRECTION’.. That means whatever task, whatever duty, and they didn’t complain.
This was one of my biggest hindrances that kept me stagnant in the church. I wanted so badly the pulpit, and if it wasn’t the pulpit then whatever task or opportunity did come up – was underneath me and I was headed for something far bigger than some small task. Like washing and scrubbing toilets. Or mopping the floor. Or sweeping. Therefore, the pulpit avoided me like I was the plague. Rightfully so.
Remember my dear brothers and sisters of the Lord- there will always be crooks and frauds within the walls of our church.. always. Because we invite all to come to share in the GOOD AND GREATNESS OF GOD’S MERCY AND GLORY. But, always remember OUR FIGHT is never against the church. For we and God are the church. Don’t ever stop giving simply because certain individuals or even if the majority of individuals have went corrupt. Never. Even if God calls you up and out of the Church for a special duty or task, YOU ARE NOT APART FROM THE CHURCH, EVER. Therefore, do not be deceived. Give all you have, and more! Always. And you will reap a bountiful supply of harvest as God has promised.