I Will Give You Pastors According To Mine Heart

And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15


 

Just look at the wonder and hope of this glorious passage:

Jeremiah 3:12-15 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. 13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. 14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

 

The promise is for our LORD to give us pastors. Pastors are given to the people of God. These pastors are a gift from the very heart of God. These pastors are not hirelings. These pastors have the heart of a true shepherd. These pastors are trained and nurtured by the very hand of the LORD. Like the Chief Sheppard they have learnt obedience through the things which they have suffered. These pastors are not merely gifted but they are gifts to the sheep, given by God. These pastors will feed you with knowledge and understanding. You are the sheep of his pasture and he has provisioned you with the best of the best. These pastors will care for the sheep more than they care for themselves.

 

These pastors are rare. These pastors are given to those who turn back to the LORD. To those who turn in tears and repentance, calling on the name of the LORD in fear and faith. The LORD is married unto you: he will take you and bring you into the place of peace with God. Only be hasty to reply to his calling. Return from the brackish and stagnant waters of a hard heart. Hear the voice of his Spirit calling you to return from the sunless north. There awaits a glorious walk for those who acknowledge their iniquity and transgressions against the LORD. Do not brush away the voice of your conscience, let the Word of God dwell in you richly. Let the Word of God be a lamp to your feet, shake off the sins that so easily beset you. Take stock of where you are and the company you keep. The LORD is merciful, while he will not cause his anger to fall on you, know this, he will not keep his anger withholden for ever. Turn to the LORD that he may bless you and give you pastors according to his own heart.

Be Ye Clean, That Bear The Vessels Of The LORD 2

Be Ye Clean, That Bear The Vessels Of The LORD 2



 

Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

 

In “Be Ye Clean, That Bear the Vessels of the LORD 1″ we have seen that the vessels that we bear are the various gifts and callings, talents and abilities that we have been given by the grace of God to be help within the body of Christ.

 

Let’s now consider the “depart ye” and “be ye clean” part of this verse. In this particular case they had to complete the journey back to Jerusalem to prepare for the coming of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was going to come as “born of a virgin” for the suffering of death. He was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, for it is by his death and resurrection that his redemption is made known unto all men. So they had to get going and depart in order that all may be ready and properly prepared in time, for his coming.

 

We are told to “occupy” until he come, this coming is his second coming in power and glory, prophesied and promised in the scriptures at least 700 times. We might have all sorts of different ideas, interpretations and thoughts concerning the events of this coming but, we know that he is coming. The return of the Lord Jesus is a lot nearer than when we first believed, this is clearly witness to within the scriptures of the New Testament. So we are to be about our Master’s Business. It is an injunction to get going to be active to be moving on in this journey. God’s callings are his enablings and his enabling is his calling. Having, therefore, gifts according to his grace let’s be good stewards.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

 

Let’s now consider “be ye clean,” we freely admit that gifts and talents are given to us by the grace of God. We may increase their effectiveness through the practice of them but the fact is that it is God who gives them and that, then, leaves us with an accounting, a duty if you like, to equip ourselves and live as those who are in debt. After all, we have received something that we didn’t deserve and to whom much is given much is expected. What then, you may ask, is left for our part?

 

It is to be clean. It is to walk with our hands and our heart clean. It is to walk in the light of a clean and clear conscience. To put on true holiness without which no man can see the Lord. Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

Over and over in this passage the prophet calls the people of God to separate themselves from the ways of the world, to come out from them and to be separated unto God, meet for the Master’ s use. 2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

 

Oh that we would purge ourselves from all impunity, from all worldliness, from all carnal thinking, from everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

 

 

 

 


 

Be Ye Clean, That Bear The Vessels Of The LORD 1

Be Ye Clean, That Bear The Vessels Of The LORD 1


 

Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

 

That Bear The Vessels Of The LORD

Let us think about this phrase. Isaiah is referring to the return after the 70 years captivity in Babylon. If you remember Nebuchadnezzar carted off all the gold and silver parts of the Temple that we used in the Temple for worship when he took Israel captive. Cyrus would then give the command that the Temple and the sacred vessels were to be restored. In Ezra chapter 8 we have the record of the return journey of the Jews from Babylon to their own land. They are wary from 70 years of exile. They have halted by the river to get ready to cross the desert back to their own country, their own Gilead.

 

As they gathered there, Ezra organises for a band of priests and Levites to carry these vessels used in the service and worship of the LORD. On the evening before they set out Ezra commits these vessels into the hands of these men and says, “Ye are holy unto the Lord. The vessels also are holy. Watch ye, and keep them until ye weigh them before the chiefs of the priests and the Levites in the chambers of the house of the Lord.”

EZR 8:28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the LORD; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the LORD God of your fathers.

29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD.

 

This phrase “the vessels of the LORD” – what does this mean to you? Vessels were vessels of service, that is, they were used in the service and the worship of the Lord. I would like you to consider those talents, gifts, callings and enablings that you believe that God has blessed you with. In the last decade there has been a massive increase in the utilisation of what could be called “volunteer services.” This has led to a rise in people wanting to know in what particular way God has gifted them to serve him. In the King James Bible this is covered under the term of “helps.” Unfortunately, this has given rise to an expectation that there is a difference between a volunteer and a professional. The church is no place for professionals, actually Jesus gave a warning that is directed to shepherds but also covers all other aspects of service about being a professional who by definition serves as a profession. He calls such shepherds hirelings because they will desert the flock when the going gets tough. Actually, Paul the apostle, ends up saying that only Timothy shared his lifestyle and concern when it came to considering the welfare of the flock. This is a fairly sobering thought.

 

The wonderful idea about amateur/volunteer service is that it is offered out of gratitude rather than for reward. We have nothing unless we received what we did not deserve and having received we are called to be faithful. The world of accounting is not a bad place to look for an analogy about this. If I was to send my son down the road with some money to buy a small item and he returned with the item and gave me the change. I might thank him for running the errant for me but I would not thank him for giving me the correct change. Being accountable for the money is expected in his duty and relationship as a son. He is not a thief.

 

The underlying law of liberty is “to whom much is given much is expected.” So, if you have gifts and talents, you received them as a matter of grace. You are called to be faithful with them and to develop them to the best of your ability in the Lord Jesus Christ. You are called to offer them in loving service as unto the Lord Jesus Christ. You are not your own, your gifts and your talents are not actually yours. And even if they were you are a debtor not to live unto yourself and your own profit but to live as unto the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Why look for reward, why look for thanks, why get disappointed if your service is not recognised by others, why indeed? Rest in the sure knowledge that the one who called you and gifted you knows you and it is in him that your reward is. See him, rest in him, no that your life is not a waste that your gifts and talents are not to be wasted like spilt milk. It is the Lord’s intention that every joint supply because he is the master, the very centre, on his own body. He knows how all the parts fit and work together.

 

There is a wonderful Scripture that I often think about, and that is:
2 Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

It follows from this that if you are going to do well that you will be tempted to become weary of doing well. This is why we are exhorted not to become weary in well doing.

 

You will not find your greatest fulfilment in living for yourself or in trying to achieve your greatest goals in life. That is if your goals are fashion under the capitalist idea of the best way to benefit the group is for each individual to achieve their greatest potential. The actual truth of the scriptures is quite different. The greatest way to achieve your greatest potential is to seek the greatest potential of the group. We have been brought with a price and we simply do not live unto ourselves. We are in the zone of “freely having received we freely give.” This is why the following Scripture is such a mystery to many: Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Cheers for now

Dan

 

 

 


 

Touch No Unclean Thing

Touch No Unclean Thing

 


 

Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

“Go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing” – this is the call that so many of us seem unwilling or are too hesitant to follow. To become separate from the ways of the world. To cease to walk after the thoughts and desires that used to immerse us. To risk ridicule and estrangement from friends and family. To separate ourselves from everything that we know troubles our conscience in the depths of our heart. To become separate and unfamiliar to those that we have known for ages and have become familiar with. To set out on a journey that seems to be full of hazards. To doubt, within ourselves, the ability to finish once we cast off from familiar shores.

 

All these thoughts flood our hearts and minds. It is not just a simple question of if we want to separate ourselves from our old and familiar life, it is the question of if we are really able to. We fear disappointment. We fear failure. We are uncertain that if we do branch out onto this Highway of Holiness That We May Not Become Prey to the Ravening Beast.

 

Cheer up, pilgrim. Read the passage in context and realise that the Lord Jesus Christ, he is our Salvation. What he calls for he also performs. His callings are his enablings. Read these next few verses and let the hope and certainty that they convey fill your heart and mind as they filled those ancient captives sitting down by the river in Babylon, too sad to sing the songs of Zion within the context of their everyday life and existence.

Isaiah 52:9-13 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD. 12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward. 13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

 

Think on this, “for ye shall not go forth with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you.” You see, there is no need to panic, there is no need to be flustered or rushed in the sense that you are put to flight by the presence of God. If you are willing and hunger after righteousness he will lead you and take you by the hand and escort you along this glorious The Highway of Holiness. Your feet are shod with the gospel of peace and they will not stumble as you walk along the way because Christ in you is the victory and the power to live the life that you are called to live.

 

Truth be known, it is as easy to sing the glorious songs of Zion in the hustle and bustle of your everyday life as it is to sing them in the company of many at conventions and worship services. You do not need to be accompanied by worship leaders, dedicated musicians and the company of like-minded brethren under the leadership of ministers. You are in the presence of the angelic host who praise God night and day and the presence of the Holy Spirit, you can lift your voice in praise of worship to Him, whom on to know is life eternal, in the midst of the bustle and fray of your everyday life. So, dear brethren, lift up your heart and cleanse your hands, come out, separate yourself and be separate, worship God and serve him with a clear conscience because you have been washed in the blood of the Lamb.

 

You can walk on this Highway of Holiness confident that he will keep you from stumbling. You can separate yourself from the ways, the modes and the mores of this world. You can “touch no unclean thing” because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. Rise up in the inner man, the new man, reach your full potential, not by using faith to claim and attain things but, rather, let your faith be used to put on the nature of Christ Jesus. Be glad, he has separated his people unto himself and we have passed from darkness to light out of the kingdom of the evil one into the kingdom of the glorious son of God, The Lord Jesus Christ.

The Worship of Christ Jesus

The Worship of Christ Jesus

And Worshipped Him

 

Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

 

Jesus Christ is the only being in the history of mankind or the universe who has allowed himself to be worshipped with the full blessing and permission of the Almighty God. Even the angels know that it is forbidden for mankind to worship them. Unfortunately our current use of English has so degraded words like worship and awesome that we are inclined to lose the impact of their meaning. Take awesome, this means to be full of awe, that is invoking awe, the fear of God which is the beginning of all wisdom, in all who are in the presence of God who is awesome, if indeed they can come into His presence and yet still live.

 

For us Christians some words ought to be “elevated.” That is reserved for special and particular use. For instance, using swear words cheapen the meaning in the heart and the mind of the user concerning the impact and revelation of those words. Some words should not drop into slang or casual/indifferent speech. Using the name of Jesus when you are angry or to express surprise, pleasant or not, is to cheapen the power and effect of this name. If you consider how awesome God actually is, how could you possibly use the word awesome to describe a day at the beach, the flavour of an ice cream. It is the same for that terrible acronym OMG which is a disgraceful way to express pleasure or surprise. Our speech is to be seasoned: Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

If this sick leper knew enough to worship the Lord Jesus, we, who have experienced his grace and truth first hand, are without excuse and ought to know how to worship him. After all, there will assuredly come a day when every being will worship him whether they want to or not.

To worship, to fall to the knees, to bow the head, to strip the heart of pride and arrogance, to humble oneself, to know the truth that Esther knew, “if I perish, I perish.” One can only live in the presence of the Almighty by his leave and by his grace. We have got into the habit of standing upright lifting our gaze in raising our hands but we ought to remember that the only reason that we are able to do this and yet live is because we bowed our head and fell to our knees in repentance and faith calling out to His grace and truth.

 

A word about reading/studying your Bible; in the English language we have two streams of Bibles. True/false. The false stream contains a truth but the true stream is the truth. The best way to read an English Bible is to read the King James Bible from Genesis through to Revelation. There are many sound, logical, even scientific reasons for doing this. The best way to study the scriptures is to read and then look at short portions continued sequentially through the scriptures. One of the best criteria to selecting those small portions is to consider whole sentences. The King James Bible uses some specialised punctuation but it follows our modern trend of starting each sentence with a capital letter and ending that sentence with a full stop. Some sentences can be several verses long. The problem with verse references are that they do not contain complete thoughts, they are merely reference points a bit like a GPS position which simply tells you where you are. Unless you are familiar with the terrain you will not know anything more. Chapter and verse references are simply that. Meaning comes from context and the first place to look for that is to consider the whole sentence.

 

Of course, if you are reading/studying a modern English translation like the NIV then you will not even see the word worship in this verse. Before some of you start telling me about original Greek, the NIV is perfectly capable of using the term worship in every other instance of worship except when it comes to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. That ought to make you think of what their intention could possibly be.

Let me list a few to show you because the NIV only has trouble with the Greek word for worship when applied to Christ:

Of a fellow servant – Revelations 9:10

Of an angel – Revelations 22:8

Of a false religion – John 4:20

Of idols – Acts 7:43

Of the image of the beast – Revelations 13:15

Of the beast – Revelations 13:4

Of the beast & the image – Revelations 14:9

Of evil spirits and idols – Revelations 9:20

Of the Dragon, the devil Satan – Revelations 13:4

 

Obviously the NIV translators know what the Greek “original” meant they just did not like to apply the real meaning to the son of God in his form as a man. Anyway, the truth is that there is no such thing as a copy of the original Greek and God certainly did not entrust the New Testament to the Greek language using the same principles as when he entrusted the Old Testament to the Hebrew language. That is a myth and a fable that is not supported within the scriptures themselves. Check it out for yourself.

You should always check the scriptures for yourself.

Having A Live Coal In His Hand

Having A Live Coal In His Hand

Isaiah 6:6-7 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

 


 

As soon as Isaiah cried, “I am a man of unclean lips…….I am undone!” action ensued. One of the seraphims reacted immediately. He did not need to be told what to do. He knew what to do. The cry, “I am undone” was enough to send this seraph into action. They did not stop to discuss the situation. He immediately went for the live coal on the flaming altar.

 

Oh note the certainty of this: the seraph was not told to go, that he knew just what to do. In fact, the angels have gone so often for the live coal that whenever they hear a sinner crying out that they are undone, they simply go for it; they have no need to be told. They serve the Saviour. They know his ways. They know what the Lamb of God, himself, would do. They speed to the altar to retrieve a red hot coal. They know where this hot coal must be placed. They know of the love and the heart of the man who sits on the right hand of the majesty on high.

 

This seraph takes the live coal, red hot coal, from off the altar, the altar that stands for blood and fire the two things that we so desperately need today. We want the blood and the fire.

 

Blood! Can you not hear the hiss of the blood of the Lamb as it flows enfolding that red hot coal? He takes it up with the golden tongs and bears it across to the prophet’s lips. This glorious package takes with it the atoning blood. We want, we need this first and foremost. Rise up all of you and claim this first, the blood. Nothing else will do. “This is He that came by water and blood; not by water only, but by water and blood.” You know we both need blood first. So let us take ourselves too are compassionate Lord Jesus, and seek from him that forgiveness which he purchased on the cross. Do you want it? Are you completely satisfied? Do you look upon your past with complacency? Is there nothing to regret? Are there no sins to put away?

 

You know, it is quite natural to respond that you are undone. If so, let us begin by opening our whole nature to Christ, and let us believe that his blood now cleanses from all sin. Let us dare to believe that directly we turn to that blood, and claim the forgiveness which is based on it, that our whole sinful past is gone, blotted out, lost to view; if we were to remind our God about it, this sin that burdened us, He will say, “my child, you need not tell me about it. I have forgotten it. It is as though it had never been.” Next we need the fire, the live coal.

 

Even the seraph knew we needed the coal from off the burning altar; the altar and the fire, the blood and the fire. Have you ever known deep within your self that you have a cold heart? That the Holy Spirit convicts you of a cold heart. Convicted of the worldly life. Convicted of self-seeking pride. Convicted of having come short of the glory of God. Then, praise God, forgiveness. Then the baptism of fire and power.

 

Imagine, if you will, the effect of this live coal, this blood and fire, sealing your lips and marking your mouth. The mouth, from which the heart flows, now sealed and anointed, now washed in the blood and set on fire, now speaking forth that life bringing flow. We, who were undone, now become the oracles of God speaking forth the words of life, the unbound gospel, in a blood washed and anointed stream.

 

Let us trust that God will grant that the live coal, which has never lost its burning glow since the day of Pentecost, will come to every heart, to every mouth, to every life; and that this day of fire will begin to burn in every moment of our lives as we live them out for the glory of God in unbroken fellowship with Him.


 

The Whole Earth Is Full Of His Glory

The Whole Earth Is Full Of His Glory

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Do you know that it is possible to sit in the manifold glory of God and remain unchanged? Unbelievers could have been in that upper room on the day of Pentecost and remain unchanged in their heart of hearts. This is astounding. There are plenty of instances of this type of thing within the scriptures. Look how King Saul spent a day amongst the School of the prophets, himself prophesying, and yet remained hardened of heart unchanged when he left. Such people only hear the noise or are curious concerning the events but never really see the spiritual fire. Had they been with John on Patmos they may have seen the beauty of the waves cascading on the coast but would not have heard the music of the angels. When you come together in the name of Jesus Christ, no matter the venue or the location, if Peter or John were sitting alongside you their smiles would be lit by a supernatural fire and they might say, “can’t you not see? Can’t you not here? God is here, in person, right now. The great God, creator of the heavens and earth is present right now to bless this people. They have asked for it, they have claimed it in the name of Jesus. God has promised and he is come.”

 

When we meet together in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God is here and is working amongst us also. WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE MET, I AM. This is the glorious fact. This is the fulfilment of his promise. This he has done in other times and places.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

It is the goodness and comfort of our God to, sometimes when needed, convict us of a cold heart, of our deep need, and of our utter undoneness. Once we bow our head, humble our heart he then comes Himself and says, “I am here.”

Oh how good it is to gaze upon the craggy mountains, the sweep of the sea, the rolling Hills, the lush valley, the sun dappled dales, the stretch of the desert sands or our favourite landscape for contemplation, but remember these things only remind us of the presence of our creator. What we really need is “every word of God is pure:” consider the preceding verse:

Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?

And so we come to the power of Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

We are in the presence, as we gather with pure hearts in his name, of the one who changes not. He is always the same. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the EVER PRESENT NOW.

And One Cried Unto Another

And One Cried Unto Another

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

 

 

Consider this: “and one cried unto another”

 

Consider this: “the whole earth is full of his glory”

 

Israel is in decline. Unfortunately they don’t realise it. The temple of Solomon is filled with splendour and glorious riches. The people gather in tumultuous praise. There is a thunder to their voice. The temple is sheathed in gold. The priests are robed in splendour. The congregation congratulates itself on the blessing of the presence of God in their midst. Isaiah is standing in the stream of this, surrounded by this pomp and ceremony, this adulation and praise of God, this outward display of worship and thanksgiving.

 

The veil of his understanding is drawn aside and he sees a vision that causes him to tremble. He sees the Seraphims, those that stand before the Lord of the whole earth, they’re standing with their faces covered. He sees the Lord high and lifted up and his train fills the temple. He hears the cry of the Seraphim as they call one to another. It is like an echo that is repeated over and over that booms out across the space, the posts of the doors move and shake and the house is filled with smoke.

 

He cries out, “I AM UNDONE.” “Woe is me,” he says, “I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of the people of unclean lips.” He has seen with his own eyes the King, the LORD of hosts.

 

It hits him like a shock that he is dwelling in the midst of the people of unclean lips. In spite of the pomp, ceremony and splendour of this praise and worship service being conducted in the dedicated temple that King Solomon built for the glory of God, he and the worshippers have unclean lips. In other words, their praises and song is proceeding from a heart that is really hard to the voice and the ways of God. They were people that gloried in the acts of God but they knew little of the ways and the heart of God.

 

If you still your heart and settle your mind on the Lord Jesus maybe you can hear the calls of the Seraphim as they cry out one to another. As these mighty Seraphim praise God they cover their faces. Should not we approach in humbleness of heart and lowliness of mind? It is only through the grace of God and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ that we can even come before the Lord in prayer or praise. Shouldn’t we be humble before him?

 

Let’s consider the term, “the whole earth is full of his glory.” Do you really believe this? If this is the case, then the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and the spirit of God will be equally manifest even if it is only to one or two brethren coming together in the name of Jesus to worship and praise him. Splendour, sumptuous fittings and idyllic locations do not, of themselves, mean that God is present to bless and to comfort. It is the humble and contrite heart that knows the presence and fellowship of the Lord Jesus. Whether you are in a majestic landscape, a dark grubby backstreet or a venue that is fit for the finest of the land, you can know the presence of our God. You can experience the closeness of his fellowship. You can experience the mystery of Christ living in you. The scriptures do not say in vain, “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” Learn to maximise his potential in you by minimising your need to excel. Remember the lesson that John the Baptist teaches, “I must decrease that he might increase.” We have a heavenly calling that is a calling in the power and spirit of heaven rather than a calling to heaven at some future time, to walk now with the Lord Jesus in unbroken fellowship with him. He makes this abundantly possible and he gives us this life as a gift as we lay all aside to know him whom to know is life eternal.

 

Before I close, let me make a suggestion. Develop the habit of reading your Bible on a daily basis. There are two main ways to practice Bible Reading. Both ways should be done with prayer and praise and a heart that is open to the voice of the Lord. The first way is to start in the book of Genesis and read in a general manners straight through to the book of Revelation.

If you read about three chapters a day you have read the Bible cover to cover in about a year. As far as I am concerned the Bible is the word of God and the word of God in the English language can be found in the King James Bible of 1611. It hasn’t been changed or polluted in anyway. When you read the King James Bible in this manner you’ll find that your mind is renewed not only in the spiritual meaning but also in the understanding of the English language that is used. This is because the King James Bible is miraculously formulated to teach your mind how to think.

The second method is the study method. This method shouldn’t replace the first method and would include going through the scriptures sequentially in say four verse bites where you read the full verses, stop, and then look at those verses. Look at the wording, the grammar and the punctuation. Consider what the English actually means so that the Holy Spirit can reveal the meaning and the connections of the rich tapestry of the words.

Become somebody who knows what the Bible, the scriptures, actually say in a language that you understand.

Treasure Hid in a Field part 2

Treasure Hid in a Field part 2

 


 

Matthew 13:44
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

 

If you want access to the treasure you have to buy the field. The price that you are prepared to pay for the field that contains the treasure will depend on the value of the treasure itself. If the treasure is worth more than the sum total of your life possessions then you would exchange the sum total of your life and its possessions for the field. This will give you access to the treasure.

 

The scriptures make a very good observation about our heart and our treasure. Most people get the biblical quote back to front. We say where your heart is, there will your treasure be also but the Scripture says “where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” These two remarks are not really the same.

 

Here is the Scripture

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

So, if you want to know where your heart is, find out what it is that you treasure. For whatever you treasure the most that is where your heart will be and no added faith confessions of where your heart is, will change that. Your heart will always be where your treasure actually is. Have the courage to know what it is that you treasure the most and you can be certain that is where you will find your heart and its intentions.

 

This is born to light within the concept of this Scripture:

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

Seeking is something that you do, of course you cannot do it without the truth and the grace that comes by Jesus Christ but simply accepting the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will not, in itself make you seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness first and foremost in your life.

 

Ask yourself the question just what is the treasure of your life as far as you are concerned. Answer this truthfully and you will get the proper sense of where your heart is actually right now. Seek the real treasure, the treasurer of the kingdom of God and his righteousness and your heart will follow along and you will be able to truly say, “all mine is thine” or “what I most dearly want to do are the things that please him.”

 

Of course if you are one of those people who do not believe that the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are the same then you will not be getting any comfort in this little exhortation :-)


 

The Treasure Hid In The Field

The Treasure Hid In The Field

 

~Hidden Treasure Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

 

I appreciate and treasure these Kingdom of Heaven parables. They do not cheapen or shorten the grace of God. You cannot actually buy your salvation. You can declare your appreciation of this great salvation that is so freely given to you by forsaking all else to follow the Lord Jesus. The treasure of his presence is so valuable to you that it is worth all that you have and all that you could ever be.

 

You see, ultimately, there are two aspects of the cross of Calvary.

 

Firstly, is the substitution – the Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God and the son of man died in your stead and paid the legal price of your sin so that God, the Father, could justly forgive you.

 

Secondly, is the fellowship – you realise that the only real freedom to live this life in his presence, is to believe and agree to the fact that you died in fellowship with him on the cross of Calvary so that you could live in newness of life.

 

In this sense you sell or give over all that you have in order to experience the power of his life and sanctification. Forsaking all you follow him whom to know is life eternal.