Monday, January 05, 2009

Happy Is The Man

Psalm 32:2 Happy is the man in whom the Lord sees no evil, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

It's all about remaining "in Christ." We want to be branches "in the vine" that are NOT cutoff, because they are fruitful (John 15). How can we "remain in Christ?" In part, we can be people in whom the Lord sees no evil. Who is responsible for ensuring the Lord sees no evil in you? Who makes the decision of what to allow into the heart? You do. Who is responsible for ensuring there is no deceit in your spirit? You are. We each choose what to entertain in our minds and what to boot out. What is harbored in the mind, makes its way into the heart. You choose.

6. For this cause let every saint make his prayer to you at a time when you are near: then the overflowing of the great waters will not overtake him.
7 You are my safe and secret place; you will keep me from trouble; you will put songs of salvation on the lips of those who are round me. (Selah.)
8 I will give you knowledge, teaching you the way to go; my eye will be your guide.
9 Do not be like the horse or the ass, without sense; ...
10 The sinner will be full of trouble; but mercy will be round the man who has faith in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord with joy, you upright men; give cries of joy, all you whose hearts are true.

We need to make our prayers to him today, at a time when he is near. HE..JESUS is our safe and secret place. People today need a safe and secret place to hide from the calamities that are befalling the world, Jesus Christ is it.

Luke 17 And as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the day of the Son of man. 27 They were feasting and taking wives and getting married, till the day of the overflowing of the waters, when Noah went into the ark, and they all came to destruction. 28 In the same way, in the days of Lot; they were feasting and trading, they were planting and building; 29 But on the day when Lot went out of Sodom, fire came down from heaven and destruction came on them all. 30 So will it be in the day of the revelation of the Son of man. 31 On that day, if anyone is on the roof of the house, and his goods are in the house, let him not go down to take them away; and let him who is in the field not go back to his house. 32 Keep in mind Lot's wife. 33 If anyone makes an attempt to keep his life, it will be taken from him, but if anyone gives up his life, he will keep it. 34 I say to you, In that night there will be two men sleeping in one bed, and one will be taken away and the other let go. 35 Two women will be crushing grain together; one will be taken away and the other let go. 36 37 And they, answering him, said, Where, Lord? And he said to them, Where the body is, there will the eagles come together.

The day of destruction that's coming will coincide with a departure. The day Noah entered the ark, destruction came, the day Lot left Sodom, destruction came, the day the true church "escapes" (Luke 21:36) destruction comes.

Today is a day to be pregnant with the promises of God concerning our future. If our God told us there would be an escape from all that's about to happen, then there WILL be an escape from all that's about to happen. If our God promised that a weak church that held onto his word would be kept from the hour of trial coming on the entire world, then that church WILL be kept from the trial. That's not opinion, its fact. Our God does not lie.

Luke 21:34 'And take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts may be weighed down with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day may come on you, 35 for as a snare it shall come on all those dwelling on the face of all the land, 36 watch ye, then, in every season, praying that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are about to come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.'

Rev 3:10 'Because thou didst keep the word of my endurance, I also will keep thee from the hour of the trial that is about to come upon all the world, to try those dwelling upon the earth.

Let these promises grow within you today. The Lord's promises have never failed to do what they promised to do in the past and I do not expect they will fail in the future. What you believe will happen (or not) may just be your reality in the future. If you do not expect to "escape ALL" as promised in Luke 21:36, then you most likely won't. If you do not have faith to be kept from the hour of trial in Rev 3:10, then you probably won't be kept from the hour of trial. According to your FAITH things are done unto you,

Matt 9: 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

so you need to carefully examine what you really believe. Men of all walks of life, all religions etc have observed that what people believe tends to determine what shows up in their life.

I believe in the near future the wise virgins will be separated from the foolish virgins (Matt 25). The wise have oil in their lamps today, which means they are full of the Spirit of Jesus, which means they are "in the vine" John 15, which means they are "in Christ." Remain in him today, believe that what our Lord said would happen, will happen for you. Our God is no respector of persons, but he IS a respector of faith (Matt 9:28-29).

grace and peace