Word For Today: September 11, 2019 Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad! Rend your hearts and not your garments!
Beloved of the Lord,
Today has been a very unusual day in the Lord for me. There have been times of weeping in my spirit, times of intimate communion with him, and then times where I felt, God where are you?
It has taken some time for me to gain understanding and how he have me pray and seek his face. There are so many needs and so many things around me, but I said, “Lord I am not going to look at them, I am going to look at you.”
There is a longing of the Lord for us to know him as a person so intimately that Jesus prays it with passionate tears from his heart to the Father.
John 17:3 This is eternal life, that you may know the one true God, and Jesus Christ He has sent.
As I played different worship music today, it was like where are you Lord? Finally I was listening to some Messianic Christian Music and I heard a song by two people, one was a Messianic minister and the other was a 12 year old boy. They both sang the Shama Prayer in Hebrew! It was so beautiful!
I cried at both of them, but even more with the youth. I think the boy was at his bar mitzvah. When he lifted his hands to worship the Lord as one God, tears came down his face.
His worship was pure and holy and I know it touched God an all those who attended. He could hardly sing because of the Lord God that He loved so much overwhelmed him and He overwhelmed God with his love.
As I listened to him sing over and over, I was taken to some of our past meeting when our Christian youth were singing their love songs to God with those same tears flowing down their face.
The Lord reminded me that He is making one new man, Jew and Gentile to be one in Christ. The same love and worship in the Jewish young boy was in the Christian one. There is a generation that will seek Him!
As I played both videos over and over I kept hearing, Hear oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one! The rest of that Shama prayer speaks of loving the Lord with all your hearts, souls, mind and strength.
As I sat with the Lord, walked with him, I would weep, intercede, and feel his heart of love for us to change the spiritual climate and atmosphere in our nation, but it has to start in the church.
Then I felt He led me to write what He wanted me to write and I heard him say, America Christians are you lovers of God, or lovers of me first?
Are you, lovers of the Kingdom of God, or lovers of the world? He said, remember my word,”To be a friend of this world is to be an enemy of God.”
Hear, oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one! Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad
Then He started asking these questions? Where do we truly live Saints of God as citizens of Heaven on the earth or citizens of the earth trying to reach into heaven? Why have we put the needs of men before the needs of God?
Beloved, We can build a religious monument and do great things for God in His name, and have him say to us, Depart from Me, I never knew you!
Does God know you? Or do you know God, intimately, passionately, and burning in love for Him? If not, are we not cold and lukewarm, ready to be spewed out of the mouth of God?
Where has God’s glory gone? Could he say over most of the religious church today the word Icabod, the Glory of the Lord has departed? Is it not time to return to the Lord like Hosea prophesied in chapter 6: 1-3?
1 “Come and let us return [in repentance] to the Lord, For He has torn us, but He will heal us;He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
2 “After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up that we may live before Him.
3 “So let us know and become personally acquainted with Him; let us press on to know and understand fully the [greatness of the] Lord [to honor, heed, and deeply cherish Him]. His appearing is prepared and is as certain as the dawn, And He will come to us [in salvation] like the [heavy] rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
Did we read verse 3 Beloved? SO LET US KNOW AND BECOME PERSONALLY ACQUAINTED WITH HIM,(not know more about him, but know HIM AS A PERSON TO BE KNOWN AND SOUGHT AFTER)
LET US PRESS ON TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND FULLY THE GREATNESS..... GREATNESS.. OF THE LORD... TO HONOR... HEED... AND DEEPLY...DEEPLY CHERISH HIM....!
Isn’t that part of this Shama Prayer? Is this not how Jesus sums up the whole law into two commandments? But you can never live and do the second commandment without the 1st one burning in your heart.
The church in America every day gets more and more seduced by the spirit of religion and the world. We become less and less God seekers and more and more men pleasers? We entertain them with messages that tickle the peoples ears, instead of returning them back to their first love.
God is changing that. He is rising up His remnant worshipping glory warriors with the fire of God as a two-edged sword coming out of their mouth to confront the false prophets of Baal in the House, and the Jezebel Spirit who calls herself the queen of heaven by putting the needs of men before the needs of God.
God is rising up 2 years olds, 4 years olds, teens, young adults and older ones with His glory so filling them that they will be a light in the midst of the darkness in the church. The Lord desire us to return to him. He desires us to repent and rend our hearts and not our garments.
He is looking for a people who will truly be distraught over the spiritual condition of the church in America and will cry out with tears and travail the prayer of 2nd Chronicles 7:14.
At our national day of prayer we give lip service to repent, there are no tears, there is no wailing, there is no continuing to cry out to God for the sins in our own house. We will blame the politicians, political parties without seeing what is in our hearts.
Yet God in his mercy when a heart is truly touched in genuine conviction of the Holy Spirit will return to the Lord. They will come back to their first love, Jesus Christ, and their first work which is to love the lord our God with all our heart, souls, mind and strength.
Only when we are passionately once again falling in love with our Savior King can God change his people and bring forth a glory filled church without spot or wrinkle.
Jesus summed up the whole of the Law with these commandments in correct divine order.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Revelation chapter 2 speaks of our spiritual condition in much of the church in the USA, why? Because we allowed the devil to put the two commandments upside down.
We have made the church pleasing and acceptable to men’s need. It is all about the people, what they want, how they like it, how many do we have in our church, how well are we doing outreach?
We boast of all we are doing, but the true and love passion for God as our first love, seeking the King and His kingdom first, has been replaced by working for him instead of being with him. I didn’t say so, Jesus does in Revelation chapter 2.
1. “To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus write:These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken (you have deserted me your first love) the love you had at first.
5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Do we hear the words of Jesus? Can we allow the Holy Spirit to take the blinders off our eyes to see our church, our American church true spiritual condition?
Except God has left a remnant people who will pursue the Lord with passion and have him as first love, our nation would be lost.
He says in verse 2. I know your deeds and hard work and it is more numerous than at first, and you cant’ tolerate wicked people and tried those who say they are apostles and are not......
Oh if Jesus just stopped there, most of the American Church would be so happy.
But he goes on, Yet, I have one thing against you, one charge against you, you have forsaken me as your first love... repent... all I will take my presence away from you.
Then he says in Verse 5 CONSIDER HOW FAR.... HOW FAR.. YOU HAVE FALLEN... AND REPENT AND DO YOUR FIRST WORK.....
What is that first work? It is our first commandment. This commandment is the life source for us to live Matthew 6:33.
Matthew 22: 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
THIS IS THE FIRST.... THE FIRST.... AND GREATEST... AND GREATEST.. COMMANDMENT.
BELOVED YOU ARE NOT TO LOVE YOUR CHURCH FIRST, YOUR PASTOR FIRST, YOUR YOUTH GROUP, YOUR MINISTRY, YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME, YOUR JOB, YOUR FAMILY OR ANYTHING ELSE FIRST... GOD IS FIRST... GOD MUST BE OUR FIRST LOVE.
Have you ever wondered why the Shama Prayer of the Jews starts with declaring that God is one. That His name and his person is the first words out of their mouth in prayer? Why is it not ours?
We must stop giving lip service we love God first when we don’t. We must stop giving lip service we are seeking God’s kingdom first when we don’t. When our desires and needs are before God’s we lost his glory.
When our church is about making us feel good, wanted, accepted, instead of convicted, changed, and transformed with his glory, we lost his glory. All the acceptance, love, and goodness does not come from mens’ acceptance, but God alone. God is love.
He has already accepted us by shedding his blood for us and for us who believe given us the Spirit of Adoption. Why do you need that validated by men when it comes from God?
When God is our first love and we are burning in love with him, the fruit has to be loving one another.
The fruit has to be laying our life down for one another. The fruit must be esteeming others better then ourselves. The fruit must be to have all things in common, sell our lands if needed, to make sure everyone’s need were met as in Acts chapter 2.
When God is truly our first love and we are burning in love with him. We will love one another as Jesus loved us. When we have the first commandment in the right place, the world will know we are His disciples by the love we have one for the other.
We will love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who use us, as God commands us to do. We won’t try to do it, that love from our first love Jesus will flow out of our bellies like rivers of living water and His glory will be seen upon us.
The anti-christ spirit in this world has infiltrated the church to put the two commandments upside down by trying to meet the needs of men before we meet the needs of God.
The fire of God is here in a holy remnant people to restore the commandments back to the right order so we can rend our hearts and not our garments and truly repent for our sin and what we have done to God and each other.
Then 2nd Chronicles 7”14 will burn us and then God will come and heal our land, our church land, and then our nation. There is no other way, but to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. There is no other way but to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul and mind..FIRST... FIRST.. FIRST.
God is rising up true Apostolic Father’s and Mother’s, Prophets and Prophetess to turn what is upside down right side up and God’s glory will be their main function and purpose alone. Selah! Hear oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One!
Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad