The Great Day is very near
Zephaniah 1:14 -
The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
When a small toddler does mistakes we do not get angry and some may even say 'so sweet' but if an adult does those same things them surely people would get very upset and even tell that person 'are you insane'.
From the time Christ, by His sacrifice made available for us the promise of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God has been teaching and opening the minds of people to understand scriptures and bring people to the Truth. There are some people who are rooted in the Truth but there are many who still love to dapple with untruth.
When Joseph (OT) wore a coat of vivid colours (symbolizing - having various kinds of understandings) the Lord first got it removed by his brothers and then took him through an unforgettable testimony and latter put on him a royal linen coat. Joseph was not that blessed like us for we live in a time of abundant grace because of Jesus Christ. Even after receiving this abundant grace and the promise of the Spirit of Truth yet people love to spiritually wear vivid coloured clothes.
Today as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday most adult Christians still like toddlers love to continue dapple with Easter even when they know what it means. They say what is there in a name?
The main power of Christianity is the Name. The Spirit of God, the Power of God works in us to get us to know the Name of the Lord so that we may have authority and power in Him by His Name.
The Lord is tell us today these men of mighty thinking will very soon see a day where they will bitterly cry. They are called to lead people and with them walking in crooked manner how are they going to be good examples and lead the people to the rightful destination?
The time has come now when the Lord is going to first take account of the leaders and bring them to task. So if the Lord has called you to lead and if you are knowingly wearing vivid coloured understandings, it is time you take them off and stick to the Truth. Do not try to compromise the Truth to please people.
The Lord has not instructed us to gather a crowd in His Name but instructed us to gather His people in His Name. We are called to give the Gospel to all people but only His sheep will hear His voice and follow Him, do not try to manipulate the Gospel so that those who are not listening may listen.
Just 2 days back in the far suburbs of Mumbai there were a few priests who got arrested for converting many people. One may have great respect towards them for what they did but if one really understands what they did and how they did it one would understand why the grace and favour of the Lord was not on them.
These priests had gone to village like areas where people were mostly uneducated. These priests told the people there that the world will end in 2012 and only those Christians who are in Bethlehem would be saved. They told these people that when they become Christians before the end comes they would simply vanish from this place and find themselves in Bethlehem. So many of these people out of fear converted to Christianity and some even sold their property and their belongings because they did not find any need of them in Bethlehem. The priests are now arrested and put behind bars.
These priests void of understanding of scriptures did more damage to the Kingdom of God then good.
Are we like these priests misleading people by our vivid understandings of the Kingdom of God? If so, let us repent so else the wrath of God may soon fall on us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Truth and your Word is Truth. You are Holy and You would not like any unholy thing to be associated with You. You take your people through fire to purify them and those who are not found walking on your instructions would be consumed. Lord, we pray for those weak and having fear of man that your grace be multiplied into their lives and they take courage and not fear the people but fear You alone...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripturesr ]
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
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