Have the birds stopped singing?
For though they have nothing to show, they sing My praises. Though they store up nothing, They worship Me. Take care for nothing, for I have supplied all things for you. Do you worship Me, in the good and during the storm? For I tell you, your praises come before ME as a sweet incense, a beautiful perfume. For remember, you are to offer up a sacrifice of praise. You are to be a living sacrifice. Your life is to be a life of praise to Me. To glorify My name. So remember this, no matter what is going on, no matter what is happening around you, worship Me. Love Me and offer to Me that sweet smelling savor sayeth the Lord.
Works VS. Righteousness
Holiness is not out of service; it is out of love. Even though it is tempting for us as believers to try and live according to our strength; that is not what God intended His relationship with man to be. A popular title for a believer that has been thrown around is a “servant of God.” This is a wonderful title that shows the humility of man toward God, but what a lot of people believe about this title and themselves is revealed in their understanding of what christianity is. What a lot of believers think the purpose of their existence is doing things for God and thinking of the word “servant” and what a servant does; this makes sense, but there is something missing in this equation …God’s grace. What I am addressing is not the title, it is the understanding of the title. Rather than looking at ourselves as a slave that does things for God, we should see ourselves as children who get to spend time with our dad. We are to be lovers of God. This involves both parties. God is doing the work through you and you are loving Him. So now, instead of trying to serve God you make an expression of faith and His grace meets you there to do the work. “We are saved by grace through faith.” We express to God that we love Him and we need His help and we want to be everything He has called us to be, by faith then His power comes and does the work in us. Taking this route gives no place for pride because God did the work not you. The only responsibility we have is to keep our eyes on God and love Him…He will take care of the rest.
Will you come?
Let Me encapsulate you! Allow Me to cover you with all I am. Let Me surround round about you. For those who choose to dwell in My sanctuary, in My presence, the enemy touches them not. Yes, there are many who desire My protective power, yet they refuse Me. They refuse to humble themselves before Me. They refuse to lay down their own lives unto death. They choose to live for themselves, for their own benefit, their own belly. I cry out to you, will you come? For My desire is to cover you as a hen covers her chicks. Come, come today. Pick up your cross, follow Me. Dwell under the shadow of My hand whilst you still may sayeth the Mighty God who loves you, the Lord God of heaven and earth.
Will you come?
Will you come to the waters and drink? Will you come to the waters and be refreshed? For lo, I will strengthen you. I will refresh and revive you. I say come, come drink of the cup in My hand. Come let Me renew you. For lo, My people have been dry and scattered. Well, enough is enough! It is time, time to come together. Time to unite. Time to become one body once again. Let My waters flow over you. Let Me cover you and mark you as mine. For remember, I am the head. You are the body. It is time to look, act and function as one once again. For I have said they shall know you are mine by your love for one another. So love, love one another. Love as I love, walk as I walk, do as I do and be Me on this earth sayeth the Lord God of hosts.
What have you become?
Tell Me, have you become an expression of Me? Have you become an expression of My love? Have you become an expression of My word in action? For lo, many have become exactly what they desire. For those who desire Me seek Me. They become Me on this earth. For many have become that which their hearts lead them. Though many say they are mine, they have become that which is all together opposite of Me. Will you come? Will you turn to Me? Will you become My beloved? Will you become My bride? Will you step into My mercy and grace and become the child I designed you to be? sayeth the Mighty Lord God of heaven and earth.
Where have they gone?
Where, where have they gone? Where have the true worshippers gone? I say, let the true worshippers arise! Let their voices be heard. Let the whole earth be filled with her sound. For lo, I desire those who worship Me, to worship Me in spirit and in truth. For I tell you this, My bride shall arise. My bride shall wear garments of praise. My bride shall be a living sacrifice, holy and sanctified, set apart for Me. For there are many who worship, yet they worship another. For so many are driven by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. I say, My bride is humble, lowly and meek. I say, choose to become My beloved, choose to be My bride. Choose to die to self and exalt Me for all to see sayeth the Lord of hosts.
What are you?
Are you an image of Me and My love or are you just a tinkling bell, a clanging cymbal? There are far too many who claim to be mine, yet in reality they are not. They do not walk in My love. They may show forth a form of love, yet it is not My true love. For the love they show forth is fleshly, sensual. Have I not made you, My people, a new creature? Then choose to walk in My love. For My love is patient. My love is eternal. The world will know you are mine by My love that resides in and through you. For they will see it is nothing like what they carry. For I have said, love, My true love never fails and covers a multitude of sins sayeth the Lord of hosts.
Would you ascend to the most high God?
Would you come up hither? Would you acknowledge Me before all nations? For I have called you up higher to walk according to My kingdom, according to My power, according to My purposes and plans. You are My children. Walk accordingly. Walk like kings and priests. Stop trying to conform to this world. For you have been transformed from this world. You are a child of the light. It is time to walk in a higher plane. Time to walk above the world’s system, above what the world would think or believe. Let them see you as you are. A new creation. Created in Me. The salt and light. Let them see Me says the Lord of hosts.
Holiness Part 4 by Tanner – age 18
Having seen that God is not pleased by good works alone, especially when done in the arm of the flesh, a question that soon arises is “well then, what does God want?” The answer is that He wants your heart. He wants you; your motives, your love, your gifts, your good, your bad, everything you are. He wants you to give Him everything you were born into and remove the sin from His creation so that all that is left is what He created in the beginning; the image of God in His creation. Basically, God is not interested in what you do…He is interested in a sacrifice of your old, rotten, flesh contaminated heart and for it to be burned on the altar and continue to burn for all of eternity. When the sacrifice is complete and when you are empty of all you are, God will fill you with all that He is. That is where all of the works come from…God in you. All that God desires is submitted vessels that His unadulterated power can flow through so that more sons and daughters can come home to the Father. God wants lovers and children not slaves. God’s mission is to bring back His lost children so that He can love on them and so He can spread His glory and love all over the earth. God is always ready to give but only on His standards, and the only standard that God has, in order for us to receive all that He is, is that we lay down our lives and take up His life that is set before us. The only thing that stands in between you and your full identity in Christ is the cross and it is unavoidable…you MUST lay down your life (Matthew 16:24 & Luke 9:23). After this is done you invite the Holy Spirit in and once He is in, you no longer live…God lives in/through you (Galatians 2:20) and produces the works that are worthy of Him. Man’s works are not good enough for God, but God works through man…that is what is required, and that is what pleases God.
Galatians 2:20 (GNV)
I am crucified with Christ, but I live, yet not I anymore, but Christ liveth in me: and in that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith in the Son of God, who hath loved me, and given himself for me.
Matthew 16:24 (GNV)
Jesus then said to his disciples, If any man will follow me, let him forsake himself: and take up his cross, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 (GNV)
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Will you come up hither?
Will you separate yourself? Will you be ye holy as I am holy? When will you finally decide to be in this world but not of it? You see, I have called you a peculiar people. I have marked you as My own. It is time to rise up. Time to come up hither. Time to ascend My holy hill. Time to gather yourself unto Me, fully. I ask of you, who is on My side? Will you come up and spend time with Me? Will you finally dwell in My house? Will you dwell in My presence? Will you choose to lay down your life and let Me take you from glory to glory? For I have said, ALL who come I will in no ways turn away. So come, come unto Me. Turn your affections towards Me so as I can lift you up. Cast off all those old garments of the past and let Me put upon you that new clean garment, so as you may come boldly before Me. I desire to lift you up and have you come up hither with Me sayeth the Lord.