Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Wisdom of Men Shall Perish

Isaiah 29
13 And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning],
14 Therefore, behold! I will again do marvelous things with this people, marvelous and astonishing things; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the understanding of their discerning men will vanish or be hidden.
15 Woe to those who [seek to] hide deep from the Lord their counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, Who sees us? Who knows us?
16 [Oh, your perversity!] You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be considered of no more account than the clay? Shall the thing that is made say of its maker, He did not make me; or the thing that is formed say of him who formed it, He has no understanding?

No more lip service! Even in the midst of trouble, who will stand? So many of us confess Christ with our lips. We say we a living lives of faith. We claim to believe the word of God, yet our hearts are removed from the Father. God is seeking, in this hour, the remnant that know His voice. He is calling to the forefront those who know His heart and mind. Even now, religion and divine relationship are on the threshing floor. A great separation is taking place. God is calling forth those who are faithful to Him. He is calling forth those who are not caught up in idolatry.

The Lord is speaking to those who claim salvation, but are only as close to God as they are to a man. Too many in the Body of Christ have become separated from the Father, but have a false sense of security due to allegiance to flesh! Literally, people of God are worshipping people week after week, but missing God. As stated in Isaiah 29, so it is today. People of God, many of us are more attentive to the commandments of men than the commandments of God. We are doing what we’ve been taught by organized religion, but have never inquired of the Father, what is it that YOU desire of me? Our pastors are taken care of. Our families are prospering. We love on our leaders, but our relationship with God has waxed cold.

In this season, God will be God. Many of us have watched notorious leaders fall and fail in many ways. We have pointed fingers in many directions. Yet, God is saying that He has allowed the exposure. He is allowing the wisdom of who we consider wise to fail. The Father is showing His people that we must return to our first love. Faith in men will always bring disappointment, but God is faithful!

Despite our positions or titles, we must humble ourselves and always put God first. Too many of us, as leaders, are taking the glory for ourselves. We are only ambassadors in this earth, not worthy of any praise or worship. That honor belongs to God. Our good works must be motivated by a desire to bring Him glory.

So, there is a prophetic word of warning on today. Humble yourself, that God may lift you up. To those who have allowed yourselves to become idols, repent and direct the honor to God. The creation is NEVER greater than the creator, and our Creator is a jealous God. Woe to those who receive gifts and honor, but fail to teach and direct the sheep. Woe to those who value their status more than the salvation of their followers. Woe to those who receive what belongs to God. Too many shepherds are scattering sheep by failing in the ministry of reconciliation. We must preach the Gospel and call the people to repentance. No more compromise. In this hour, God will shake the earth, and all things done in the dark shall come to light. Idols shall be exposed, and those who call on the name of the Lord will be tested in this season. Who will stand when opposition comes and the pastor/leader/idol is not able to save? Do not be caught unaware.

2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

James 1:22
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

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