Thursday, November 06, 2008

But, What Does GOD Say About the Matter?

Matthew 6
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

So many of us, as people of God, spend day after day trying to fit an image or trying to accomplish some task in ministry. For many of us, we have authored our own forms of righteousness without ever hearing God’s instruction or opinion. For this reason, our righteousness has waxed cold. We find ourselves engulfed in good, but dead works.

I am in a season in my life where God is freeing me from what seems to be tons of bondage. I have been taught so much “religion” in my life. I’ve learned what a preacher “should look like.” I’ve been lectured on how a prophet must speak. I’ve been mentored on how a virtuous woman should dress. Nevertheless, there have been few in my past who concentrated on righteousness. Few have simply taught what God demands.

The church has perfected “the look” better than a Mary Kay professional. We have infiltrated the minds of God’s people, causing them to concentrate more on a human expectation than a godly requirement.

Righteousness comes from God and Him alone. He gives us the power to operate according to His word and His will. Pleasing God brings about righteousness… not religious traditions.

The Father wants His people to be free! As we begin praying and preparing for a new year, I know the will of the Father is to bring His people into a season of freedom. Freedom from thoughts that are not of Him… Freedom from practices that are not of Him… Freedom from the bondage of religion that has not come from Him…

God desires a people to seek to please HIM! Then, everything else will come. Wouldn’t it be nice to be free to worship without someone telling you you’re ungrateful just because you don’t shout and jump around the church that day? Wouldn’t it be a blessing to have an opportunity to pray without someone telling you that you’ve been praying too long? Wouldn’t it be great to go and preach the word of God without having to make sure your shoes match your best hat? What if we could just concentrate on pleasing God? What if we could experience giving from a pure heart of desire rather than coercion, guilt, or a need addressed by a false word of prophecy? What if God’s children were REALLY free in what’s supposed to be their own Daddy’s house? Jesus told us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light! So, why are we so heavy? Who are we really trying to please? Let God be true, and every man a liar!

We were never saved just to return to bondage. People of God, get FREE! We cannot know what God has to say when we are so preoccupied with what man has to say. Unclog your ears in this hour. Don’t worry about church as usual. That is dying in this season! Be lead of God. Seek the Kingdom first! Don’t worry about the gainsayers. Do not be concerned with the finances.

Pastors and Leaders – God is saying that you MUST obey and do the “strange” thing He is instructing you to do in this season. Stop doing what you’ve always done just because it has always been done that way. It will not be popular, but do not be concerned with their faces. Do not worry about the finances. Be obedient. Seek the Kingdom. The Father wants you to be FREE in RIGHTEOUSNESS! Seek His Kingdom, and the supply shall never run dry!

To GOD be the glory!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Self" has been the cause of ministry demise. Unfortunately everyone is trying to make an empire of their ministry and flow in their own spirit instead of The Spirit of God. It is destroying the Body of Christ as a whole. When you have one defective member of the body, the whole body is affected and cannot possibly function as God intended it should. When the "church" can understand and manifest the true foundation of all ministry to "love" then it will come to its fullness. Love is absent. Where there is no love there is fear. Fear paralyzes and causes us to act out of such. Self arises to conquer these fears, and divsion is imparted. God is "thirsty"! The Lord is seeking for those who will quench His thirst for a people that are willing to sacrifice all things and walk in the holiness and righteousness that He has made us to be. I pray that many will answer this call from our Father in Heaven. Thank you for your spirit filled words. May God continue to use you as His Voice.