Posted by: dailywordofdestiny | October 16, 2013

SPOTLESS and CLEAN (part 1)

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. … Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything He does; yet we have not obeyed Him. … Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. … God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. … He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” (Isaiah 64:6; Daniel 9:13,14; 1 John 3:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24)

This past week my husband and I had been driving an hour or so and I noted that there seemed to be a lot more police cars stopping travelers. I also noted that some of the police vehicles had no official markings other than their flashing lights. When I was young we called these unmarked cars “ghost cars.” I commented, “It doesn’t seem right that the police can use ghost cars; it gives them an unfair advantage.” Immediately these three thoughts came to me: (I) if you are doing right you shouldn’t fear the law, (2) what if you are BLIND to the fact that you are doing anything wrong, (3) if it’s there but I/we can’t see it, it must be a ghost. I shared my thoughts with my husband and he brought up a word I’d never heard before; “GHOSTING”.

When I got home I looked up the full meaning of the word and want to share what I found with you. I feel in my spirit you may need to have knowledge of it for some future date. Ghosting (uncountable) is (1) the practice of hiding prisoners from inspection from (possibly hostile) outside inspectors, (2) the effect that interference caused by a multi-path reception problem has on a television screen, (3) ghost imaging (look this up on Google…very interesting), and (4) a form of identity theft in which someone STEALS THE IDENTITY (even their role within society) of a specific dead person who is not widely known to be deceased (Wikipedia’s Wiktionary).

Several passages of Scripture address the inability of many to see or hear because their hearts are hardened due to the sin of UNBELIEF. In the spiritual realm this would be like someone who is dead and I believe that it is UNBELIEF that steals our IDENTITY IN CHRIST!

“Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would NOT BELIEVE in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet (53: 1): ‘Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ For this reason they could not believe, because as Isaiah says elsewhere (6: 9, 10): ‘He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.’ Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him. Yet at the same time many;even among the leaders, believed in Him. However, because of the Pharisees, they would NOT CONFESS THEIR FAITH FOR FEAR they would be put out of the synagogue… “for they loved the praise of men more than the praise from God” (John 12:37-42; Proverbs 28:14; John 4:48; 6:35,36).

Many of us can quote John 3:16 but do we BELIEVE what Jesus spoke to Nicodemus? “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life… Whoever BELIEVES in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (17, 18). Today and in the coming days, each of us need to put Jesus Christ FIRST in our life! He should be FIRST on our daily calendar of things to do. We need to be in God’s Word and in His Presence in stillness and in prayer; continually rather than sporadically!

It is always a blessing when the LORD confirms what He is reveals to us; it increases our personal faith and it also affirms that what we are hearing is what others in His body are also hearing or seeing (Galatians 3: 28; Ephesians 4: 4). This week I’d like to share what two friends wrote to me as their words offer us a challenge and also reveal God’s heart in this hour.

Monday, August 3rd E. E. writes:
“I received an invitation to preach in a certain church and as I was praying for this mission I got a vision about the people of this church in which I saw all the people of this church in prison. Some were in very dirty clothes and some a little bit clean and a very few of them had clean clothes. When I prayed, God told me to make deliverance on their lives. I request you pray for this mission so God may use me to do His work.”

Friday, August 7th K. K. writes:
“During worship on Wednesday night, I was blessed to see this picture that God was painting for me. I saw a simple window. It was a double window, like a sliding glass door opening onto a deck. The window was totally blacked out on the left side. It looked as if it had been spray-painted black. There was total darkness, depression, and despair on that side of the window. The right side was sparkling clear and I could see the words ‘joy, peace, happiness, revival, restoration, and healing, etc.’ in bold 3-D letters just bouncing all over the place on the other side of that window. I so longed to open the window and enjoy all those good things (the blessings of the Lord) on that side of the window! I began to do everything I could to scrape off the black paint from the left side. I used a razor blade and I scraped until I was totally exhausted and it would go away in spots but then the black paint would come back over and over again. Nothing I could do would clean that side of the window and make it like the other side. I gave up on cleaning up the junk on the left side and began struggling to open the window which was made to open from the right side. I tugged and tugged and couldn’t get it open. I found a big brick and tried to break the window to get out of the darkness and into the light and into God’s blessings but the window was like rubber and wouldn’t break. Then all of a sudden I believe God spoke just so clear to me, ‘K, just unlock the window and open it; your freedom is right on the other side of that window.’ I was making it so complicated and hard, trying to do it on my own, to be good enough, to be deserving of God’s blessings and His grace; when all I really had to do was open my heart and trust Him and His love for me! I can’t clean up my own life and fix all the mistakes and wrongs; JESUS is my only way to freedom, I just need to open the window!”

Ephesians 5: 13-16 says, “But everything exposed by light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. That is why it is said: ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Be very careful how you live; not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” No one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return. He tells us in Mark 13: 32-37 to “Be on guard! Be alert! Keep watch! If He comes suddenly, do not let Him find you sleeping.”

The LORD would say unto you:
“Blessed are those who cleanse themselves by taking heed to My Word, who learn My principles and meditate upon Me, who keep their eyes open to the wondrous things I am doing, who choose the way of truth and wholeheartedly obey it, who walk in liberty and are not ashamed to speak My Truth. Blessed are those who sing songs of praise and rise in the night to watch and give thanks; for their hearts shall be healthy, their minds sound, their power great, and their habitation safe.”

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