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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Judgment For Rejection

There are dire consequences for those who reject the way God has chosen to lead His children; the Good Shepherd desires only good for His flock. In Zechariah 11 this is explained in great detail. For those who reject His leading and desires~

" Then said I, I will not feed you;
that that dieth, let it die;
and that that is to be cut off,
let it be cut off"

* ( to be cut off infers that one was once a part of.)

" and let the rest eat every one the flesh of the other."

Modern Christians, including pastors and leaders of His flock quip that this is an Old Testament concept; we live under Grace.

In context with that opinion, consider the words of Christ in Matthew 23:38,39~
" You will no longer see me from now on..."
" May your house remain desolate..."

He removes His presence. What good is the journey without His presence. If He does not guide our house and our lives, we would be no better that the Children of Israel traveling through the Wilderness without the Angel of His Presence. To ensure His Presence requires obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

What of those who submit to the authority of the Good Shepherd? Their way is secure. We can shout for joy from the top of our mountains, let us give glory to the LORD. The LORD (our Shepherd) will go forth like a man of war, He will prevail against His (and our) enemies. (Isaiah 42)

Our part, many times, is to stand still and see the salvation of the LORD. Our victory is through our faith; faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Faith is not what we can see! In a great battle in the days of King Johoshaphat, singers, of all things, were sent out before the army of Israel! They sang, " Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever!"

When they began to sing and praise the LORD, the LORD set ambushes against the enemies of Israel. The same applies for us-Our victory follows our Praise of the LORD.

In this manner the principalities and powers in our lives and in the heavenly places are moved. (Ephesians 3:10)

I have been dusting off the old hymnals that have been sitting on my bookshelf and memorizing the great hymns of praise, thankfulness and mercy of our Father. When doubts and fears start to invade; in my spirit I "whip up" one of those hymns of the faith, like the singers did in the days of King Johosaphat and the LORD ambushes those doubts and fears and the Angel of His Presence soon appears.

Our victory over our mountains is attained through Praise. Even when I meet great resistance in my spirit, if I force myself to sing in my spirit, change occurs.

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