Let Me hear it!
Does it draw breath? Then I say, let Me hear it. For I say, let everything that hath breath praise My name! Lift up your voice. Let it be heard. For the whole of creation sings. Let your song of praise, your life of worship join in the harmony to glorify My name. I tell you, become that sacrifice of praise. Lay down your life and live for Me. Live as Me. Let your life sing out through your love for Me. For it is through My love, My spirit and My word in you, you become a beautiful song in My ears. For as you lay down your life, you sing a new song, the song of the redeemed sayeth the Lord.
Will you speak it? Will you speak the truth even when all those around you would have you stop? Would you speak it even if many get offended? Would you speak it even if many, who claim to be mine, persecute and condemn you? Just know this, I will give you the words to speak. Just speak My word. Speak it in love. For when you do, it goes forth like a sword. For My word is alive, dividing asunder soul and spirit. Remember, what can man do unto you? For if I am with you, who can be against you? So speak My word. Speak truth, My truth. Speak it in faith. For when they hear you, they hear Me. If and when they persecute and condemn you, they are persecuting and condemning Me sayeth the Lord of heaven and earth.
Romans 8:17-18 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 And if [we are His] children, [then we are His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance], if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory. 18 For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us
As disciples of Jesus Christ expect:
1 – To stand before governors and kings for His sake
(Matt. 24:9, Mark 13:9, Luke 21:12)
2 – To be turned over to counsels
3 – To be persecuted/afflicted
(Matt. 24:9, Luke 21:12)
4 – To be beaten (in churches and synagogues)
5 – To be arrested/ sent to prison
6 – To be hated and detested by all men/ nations
(Matt. 24:9, Mark 13:13, Luke 21:16,17, John 15:18, John 17:14)
7 – To be betrayed by parents, brethren, kinsfolk and friends
8 – To be killed/handed over to death
9 – To be called of the devil and that you do his works.
(Matthew 9:34; John 7:20)
But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. 24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my names sake.
But take Heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues you shall be beaten: and you shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake for a testimony against them
And you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake: But he that shall endure unto the end the same shall be saved
But before all these, They shall lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My names sake.
And you shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren and kinsfolk and friends; and some of you they will cause to be put to death and you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake
The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil:
If the world hates you know it hated Me before it hated you.
I have given them Thy Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Matthew 5:11-12 (KJV)
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Mark 10:29-30 (KJV)
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
18 “If the world hates you [and it does], know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love [you as] its own and would treat you with affection. But you are not of the world [you no longer belong to it], but I have chosen you out of the world. And because of this the world hates you. 20 Remember [and continue to remember] that I told you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But they will do all these [hurtful] things to you for My name’s sake [because you bear My name and are identified with Me], for they do not know the One who sent Me.
But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
4 I have told you these things [now], so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them. I did not say these things to you at the beginning, because I was with you
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 Corinthians 4:9-14 (KJV)
For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it 13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
2 Corinthians 1:5-7 (AMP)
For just as Christ’s sufferings are ours in abundance [as they overflow to His followers], so also our comfort [our reassurance, our encouragement, our consolation] is abundant through Christ [it is truly more than enough to endure what we must]. 6 But if we are troubled and distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted and encouraged, it is for your comfort, which works [in you] when you patiently endure the same sufferings which we [a]experience. 7 And our [b]hope for you [our confident expectation of good for you] is firmly grounded [assured and unshaken], since we know that just as you share as partners in our sufferings, so also you share as partners in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (KJV)
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10 (KJV)
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (KJV)
So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].
Galatians 4:29 (KJV)
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Philippians 1:28-29 (AMP)
And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God. 29 For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, not only to believe and confidently trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
1 Thessalonians 3:3 (AMP)
3 so that no one would be unsettled by these difficulties [to which I have referred]. For you know that we have been destined for this [as something unavoidable in our position].
1 Timothy 4:10 (KJV)
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
2 Timothy 3:12 (KJV)
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution
1 Peter 2:19-21 (KJV)
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1 Peter 3:17 (KJV)
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
1 Peter 4:12-14 (AMP)
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. 13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory [filled with His radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy. 14 If you are insulted and reviled for [bearing] the name of Christ, you are blessed [happy, with life-joy and comfort in God’s salvation regardless of your circumstances], because the Spirit of glory and of God is resting on you [and indwelling you—He whom they curse, you glorify].
1 John 3:12-14 (KJV)
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Revelation 2:9-10 (AMP)
9 ‘I know your suffering and your poverty (but you are rich), and how you are blasphemed and slandered by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan [they are Jews only by blood, and do not believe and truly honor the God whom they claim to worship]. 10 Fear nothing that you are about to suffer. Be aware that the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested [in your faith], and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful to the point of death [if you must die for your faith], and I will give you the crown [consisting] of life.
One major sign that something is the truth is that it will draw lots of persecution. The last thing the devil wants is for us to see who we are in Christ. He wants us to either directly reject God or say we know God and ignore what He (God) says. The devil does not want us to live and walk just like Jesus did. We can do what Jesus did on this earth. (1John 4:17, John 14:12, Galatians2:20, Romans 8:29) Jesus was the son of God; we are sons of God. Jesus was God dwelling in a man; when the Holy Spirit comes, God is dwelling in us…God in man. The one thing that has been attacked the most concerning Jesus is His divinity. The Pharisees couldn’t deny He had power…so instead they denied that His power was from God. The first angle the religious persecute from is denying the power (2Timothy3:5). Then if they can’t deny it because you’re walking it out they’ll either say you’re special, not everyone can do that or they’ll say you’re of the devil. The majority of “Christians” preach against perfection and/or complete holiness. Anyone who says perfection or complete holiness is impossible ignores the scriptures. John the Baptist preached repentance (change) and he was beheaded. Jesus demonstrated the power of God in a man and what was to come and was crucified. Paul preached the transformation of life through the power of God and was scourged, beaten, shipwrecked and imprisoned. John the beloved preached love, truth and true holiness and was arrested, boiled in oil, and then sent to the isle of Patmos (this is the man who wrote Revelations). James preached true wisdom and what a real man of God is and was cut in half with a sword. The point is that if you decide to seek after God with all you are and believe everything the Lord tells you and obey Him without hesitation for the rest of your days you will be heavily persecuted…but this means you are doing the right things. Jesus said if we walk with Him we will be persecuted but it is so worth the persecution to have Jesus and His true freedom (Romans 8:18). God is so worth being persecuted for. He has been persecuted and we will be too if we live in Him but He is so worth it.
John 15:18-21King James Version (KJV)
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
John 15:25King James Version (KJV)
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
Matthew 5:11-12King James Version (KJV)
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10King James Version (KJV)
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
1 Corinthians 4:9-14King James Version (KJV)
9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
2 Timothy 3:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Will you come?
Will you come and dine with Me? Will you come and allow Me to come in unto you? Will you come, come and spend that intimate time I so desire? For lo, I will feed you. I will feed you bread and wine. Allow Me to feed you that which will sustain you. For I will feed you the bread from heaven, I will feed you My new wine. I say come, come dwell with Me. Come dwell in Me. Come in and sup with Me. Come, so I may come in unto you, for that is My desire, that is My good pleasure sayeth the Lord.
Are My mercies new?
Yes, for you woke up this morning. I have said, no man is promised tomorrow. For I have given you this day, this time. I have opened the door for you to worship Me. I have opened the door for you to lift Me up. Look around you, I am the breath of life. All that is around you is a testimony of Me. So I say, take My life, take My love. Be all I have created you to be and share Me with a lost and dying world. Let them see Me. Let them know Me. Reveal to them My mercy, for it endures forever. Yes, I am merciful, yet I am also just and righteous. Show forth Me, My love and I will draw all men unto Me. For all men have that choice. For many are called but few chosen. For I know the hearts of men. I have laid before you life and death. Therefore, choose life, choose Me sayeth the Lord God Almighty.
Will you accompany Me?
Will you go higher? Will you allow Me to give you hinds feet? For I know the plans and purposes I have for you. Will you come up hither? Will you come up higher? For I know how to keep you. I know how to hold you. I know all things you need. I tell you, just follow Me, for I will guide you. I am that lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. Do not be weary just continue to move forward. Just cast your cares and concern upon Me. Let us go as one. For remember, when you are weak I am strong. Rely upon Me, trust in Me. For nothing is impossible to them that believe sayeth the Lord of heaven and earth.
Would you sing it?
Would you sing to Me a new song? Will you sing about My goodness? For I say to you, lift up your voice. Sing hymns, sing melodies, sing praises to My name. Encourage yourself in Me, for I have done great and mighty things. I say, sing to Me a new song. Sing to Me from your heart. Sing to Me from your spirit. For I desire those who worship Me, to worship Me in spirit and in truth. For Lo, I inhabit the praises of My people. Let your house be filled with My praises. As you do, the enemy flees before you. For in your praises to Me you submit yourself to Me, to My will and to My Spirit. So let your voice be heard. Let the atmosphere hear. For I am good and I love you sayeth the Lord.
Have you felt it?
Have you felt the touch of My hand? For I have touched many people. Yet they do not even recognize it was even Me. For there have been times I have put up barriers, walls and hedges around you. Many never realize it. Many call it something else. Yet it is My mercy, My grace and My love that keeps you. It is those who are tender towards Me, who know Me. They recognize and worship Me for all I do. I say to you, come close to Me. Know Me. Let Me reach out and touch you. Allow Me to cover you under the shadow of My hand. For I love you and desire you. I desire to do so much more. Just allow Me to be all you need. Recognize and know I am God, the God who loves you so. For I have called you and made you My own, My beloved sayeth the Lord of hosts.
Has the sun forgot to shine?
Has it? Has the moon ever failed to bring forth it’s light? For I tell you this, just as the earth has remained, so am I faithful. I have never failed. I AM. I am the same yesterday, today and forever. There is no other God besides Me. I have proven myself over and over and over again. Out of who I am, I created you. You are a part of Me. Made to love Me. Made to glorify Me and My name. So I say, raise up your head. Walk no more in the ways of the flesh, of sin and death. Walk in Me, in My fullness. For I have created you for greater. I have created you for greatness. I have created you to fulfill every work and plan I have set forth in Me because I love you sayeth the Lord of hosts.
“IF YOU KNOW GOD, YOU KNOW WHAT HE DESIRES OF YOU, AND IF YOU LOVE GOD, YOU DO WHAT HE DESIRES OF YOU.”
The response I have gotten to preaching holiness from many Christians is “nobody is perfect.” This comment means the same thing and has the same mindset as; “We all sin.” Basically what these people are saying is that sin is acceptable. Which is a total lie according to 1 John and Romans 3:8, but what I want to address is this issue people have with “perfection.” Perfection is possible and it isn’t man’s idea of perfection. God’s perfection is attainable, but only through His power. How do we know it’s possible? Let’s look at scripture…Matthew 5:48; “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.” James 1:4; “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” John also said in one of his letters “I tell you this that you may not sin.” Why would Jesus say to be perfect if we can’t be? Why would James speak as though perfection was possible if he thought it wasn’t possible? Why would John care about you not sinning if it is impossible not to? God desires us to be perfect and we do not want to sin. God is a perfect God and He has the power to change us back into his image. The only thing we have to do is tell Him what we desire (His perfection) and surrender to His grace and power that changes us into our created value so that more of His children can be truly reconciled. What everything comes down to is intimate relationship with God. If you know God, you know what he desires of you, and if you love God, you do what He desires of you. In 1 John it clearly says, “He that says ‘I know Him(God)’ and keepeth not His commands, is a liar and the truth is not in him.” If Christians would simply set their hearts to know God, without any ulterior motives, just want to know and love God…they would be able to walk in the fullness of what God has called them to. If you fix your gaze upon the Lord and listen to Him and obey Him…you will be perfect- you will be holy –you will be His bride. Just love Him.
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
4 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.