Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Picture of Family - Letter from the Lord

My family is to be the picture of your family.  The tabernacle of Moses was built by the design of the tabernacle in Heaven.  The things I desire to bring to Earth are found in Heaven first and drawn down from the Kingdom of Light.  Your understanding of family must come from Me. Human wisdom is foolishness, for there is a way that seems right to a man that leads to death. 

Trust in Me with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  Trusting in Me means valuing My Counsel over that of your peers.  My word is confirmed in you and never returns void. 

The Father’s will comes first and foremost.  He is the head of the household.  In the same way that I, as a Son, submitted to His will in the garden… so should the household submit to the will of the father.  There are no exceptions to this, I reward those who submit to My will instead of their own.  If the head of the house is unrighteous, the wife ought to sanctify him by her prayers.  I only permit separation when adultery has occurred.  So first, wives must submit to their husbands.

Husbands are to administer grace in gentleness, bearing the responsibility for the household.  I have given man the position of authority in the household, so he must be governed by the fear of the Lord for this is the beginning of wisdom.  Husbands must continue to pursue loving their wives as I pursue My Church and loving her.  I am passionate about My Body; I love her with excessive affections, devotion, loyalty, mercy, and tenderness.  Love must be pursued, do not neglect your first love… pursue it.  A woman that feels loved responds to My heart with affections.  Earthly husbands are to represent the love of the eternal Bridegroom as an earthly picture of a heavenly reality.  Women trust in love, for love is in God, and testifies with their spirit.

Mothers must love with the love of the Spirit.  He is the Comforter, the Helper, and the Teacher.  As mothers raise their children and train them in the way they should go, mothers ought to invite the Holy Spirit to teach the children in My Ways.  In times of frustration, anger, disappointment… invite Him into the situation and the household that My Peace may rest upon you.  As children grow in age and maturity you must grow in grace and patience.  Patience and longsuffering are rarely sought by those that follow Me, but it is My will that My people be patient as I am patient.  Did I not patiently wait for your repentance from a life of sin?  Do I not patiently wait for you to ask for My counsel and seek My face?  My people must respond with My love when faced with children that try to stir anger or frustration.  Though you are immature and children, do I punish you when you sin against Me?  Is it not a greater sin to offend Me than you?  I respond with swift forgiveness and am very slow to anger, so must you be.  The enemy would have you react to circumstance, instead seek My will and invite My Spirit for reacting from the flesh is sin.

The enemy will certainly come against every household, especially those pursuing Me.  I have not allowed this, you have.  You have authority over him as I have given to you.  Exercise that authority over every obstacle & attack.  I am your shelter in distress and will always guide you in the way you should go.  My sheep hear My voice; I know them and they follow Me.  So must you.

This article is not scripture nor should it be interpreted as such.  It is what I felt the Lord speaking to me.  

Monday, October 4, 2010

The zeal of the Lord

Oftentimes, Christians make the mistake of assuming that because Christ is gentle that He is passive.  He is quite the opposite.  He is zealous and passionate beyond explanation.  Isaiah 59:17 even adds to the "armor of God" that we find in Ephesians 6 by stating
"He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak."
Zeal is defined as "eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something".  The Lord is slow to anger, not absent of it.  1 John 3:2 reads
"... But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."
 If we are going to "see him as he is" we must acknowledge that the same zeal that leads Him to pursue us relentlessly will be applied to His wrath against those who are His enemies.  God is perfectly patient, but there are those who will resist Him regardless of His mercies and grace (otherwise there would be no end-time army of the devil).  We must see Him as He is conquering King in Revelations 19 just as we must see Him as the suffering servant in Isaiah 52.
 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 
-Revelations 19:11-15

The more I have meditated upon this lately, the more the fear of the Lord has come.  It delights my soul to have that fear, since it both deters me from sinfulness and guides me in wisdom.  Mike Bickle addresses this in His study on the Book of Revelation NKJV.  I do not pretend to be an expert in eschatology, but I do continually pursue understanding from Revelations; especially since it is a Revelation of Christ not a revelation of the antichrist.  Be blessed dear readers!