I may shock you with this statement but I believe that the various life testimonies of biblical figures support my belief that those who are the hardest of heart are among those who call themselves “God’s People.” How many of you have heard a corrective message of reproof yet you continually sin and “do what you do?” Churchgoers who sit under a corrupt pastor—a man or woman who avoids presenting a hard word–don’t necessarily have a hard heart. They have a dull, deceived heart. If they were to “come out from among them,” there is hope for them. My book “Come Out of Her God’s People” includes my personal testimony of how I overcame 25 years of religious deception. In fact, God used a book, “War On the Saints,” to un-deceive me. Yet those who are incurable are those who have been reproved by a pure, un-compromising word, and they STILL continue to sin. No one can stir their hearts because of their continual disobedience.
Dear reader, allow me to give you a test. How many times has the Holy Spirit pricked your conscience about fornication and refraining from the appearance of evil, yet you have continued to live according to the world’s standards where sex is concerned? Perhaps you have rationalized that as long as you have not been “penetrated,” that anal and oral sex is not fornication. How many warnings have you heard about harboring a secret sin and the benefits of confession to believers, yet you continue to pretend before the brethren that your life is clean and pure? What you need to know is that to enter into the secret place of God where you abide under His shadow of protection, you need to obey His word.
From the pulpits in these times, most messages you will hear are about love and they will be emotional. The truth is that God defines our love for Him by our obedience, without the usual excuses. Simply put, if you cultivate “the fear of the Lord,” you WILL obey His every command, and in so doing, you will demonstrate to Him and most of all to yourself, how much you truly love Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Without the fear of the Lord, we are on a merry-go-round of sin, confession, forgiveness received, sin, rededication, over and over again. If you are in this vicious cycle, stop lying to yourself and others when you boast “I’m blessed!” You are not blessed. In fact, you are a curse about to happen!
Look around you. The fear of the Lord can be taught by the calamities that are reported in the media. The problem is that any Christian who habitually lives and walks in sin cannot hear or discern the signs that erupt every day because of their disobedience. Demons are speaking to them of great blessings coming their way and so they are blind and dull of hearing the truth.Why? Because they refuse to be honest about their sin. Tet for those who want to learn, God will teach you the fear of the Lord. Search Chronicles, Samuel and Kings. Learn how God has dealt with the kings who did evil by disobeying Him and walking in their own ways and how the Lord departed from them. Read how the kings who practiced righteousness were blessed by Him, while the ones who did evil were cursed.
So how should you cultivate a fear of the Lord? I suggest that you start out in 2012 by obeying the Lord in what you already know by staying true to the light you have already been given. Then get on your knees in prayer and ask the Father to put a holy fear in your spirit, so that you can be perfected in your love for Him. Pray “Lord, I want to walk in Your righteousness, to love you through my obedience to your word.” If you are sincere, then your promise for the New year is this. “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I WILL HEAR! (Isaiah 65:24) If you need someone to pray with you, call 518-477-5759.