Worldwide News: “WHERE CAN YOU HIDE?”

The Bible says, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”   (Proverbs 15:3)   Let’s check out a famous person in the Bible who had it all! He was blessed, highly favored, and extremely wealthy – but he made a grave mistake. All of his greatness went to his head and he fell from the Grace of GOD. After this person fell, he had no place to run and no place to hide from the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

You’ve watched a lot of horror films about people running from aliens, zombies, moving out to the desert, mountains, forests, and the wilderness to escape. Realistically, there are lots of people quitting their jobs and packing up their families to live in remote places and/or move to foreign countries away from everybody. Maybe you know folks who are building underground bunkers and storing all kinds of food (canning, grains, water, etc.), medical supplies, clothing, furniture, creature comforts, and weapons to protect themselves and their families from all dangers seen and unseen.

POINT:   I’m here to tell you and the World that it is good to protect yourself and your families but there is no where to hide from the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! 

King Solomon wrote the Book of Proverbs and he had a lot to say! However, king Solomon was the wisest man (born to earthy parents) in the Bible and he was the biggest fool in Biblical history! This man (king Solomon) had it all and he willingly fell from the Grace of GOD!  Solomon admitted, “And I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly.” (Ecclesiastes 1:17-18)

After the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY removed Saul (the first king over Israel), GOD chose the second king – a man after His own heart – David!   Prior to king David’s death, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY chose Solomon (king David’s son) to reign over all Israel. As you know, king Solomon asked the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for an understanding heart…to be able to discern between good and bad…and to rule over Israel. 

Not only did the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY answer the king’s request, HE gave him much more, “LO, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.” (I Kings 3:12-13)

POINT:   DON’T TRY TO PLAY GOD! Playing the role of the biggest fool, king Solomon chose to interact wisdom with madness and folly …and… madness and folly with wisdom. And, Solomon’s act failed and so will yours and mine (if we play the fool). One thing you should know is that GOD ain’t crazy and HE sees everything that we think, meditate, and do! GOD will not (although HE can) get up in our faces (the next second) as we act up. Instead, HE generally gives us time and space to repent and to make an about-face towards HIM. 

POINT:   YOU CAN’T HIDE! Without a doubt, king Solomon loved two things:   (1) The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY;    and    (2) STRANGE WOMEN – SEX.    With all king Solomon’s wealth and wisdom, he could not hide his sin from the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.   Guess what?   These crazy women turned king Solomon’s heart away from the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.   You cannot serve two masters – GOD and the dEVIL!  Either, you will love one and hate the other.

The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY said to Solomon,  “But if ye turn away and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for MY name, will I cast out of MY sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD GOD of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath HE brought all this evil upon them.” (II Chronicles 7:19-22)

You can run, but YOU CAN’T HIDE!

Have a Blessed Day!

 

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Worldwide News: “The LORD will CLOTHE THEE!”

The Bible says,  “Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the ANGEL.  And HE answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, TAKE AWAY THE FILTHY GARMENTS FROM HIM.  And unto him HE said, BEHOLD, I HAVE CAUSED THINE INIQUITY TO PASS FROM THEE, AND I WILL CLOTHE THEE WITH CHANGE OF RAIMENT.”   (Zechariah 3:4)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

In the Book of Zechariah 3:1-2,  “The Lord GOD shewed Prophet Zechariah a vision of Joshua (the high priest) standing before the Lord and Satan (standing at his right hand to resist him). And the LORD said unto Satan, THE LORD REBUKE THEE, O SATAN; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?”  Actually, these two verses set the tone for Zechariah 3:3-7.   The Lord GOD chose  Joshua (as the high priest), the Children of Israel (as His chosen people),  and Jerusalem (as His Holy City). Likewise, the Lord GOD has chosen us!

How dare Satan to go up against GOD’S chosen! In fact, GOD asked, “Is not this brand plucked out of the fire [paraphrasing, plucked out of HELL FIRE].” Once God puts His brand upon you no one can take away your blessings unless you default on your own blessings and/or surrender your blessings to others.  How did Prophet Zechariah know these things? The Spirit of GOD revealed to Prophet Zechariah (who wrote this Book in Palestine around 557-525 B.C.) HIS plans to cleanse and restore the priesthood, priestly garments, to re-establish holiness, and the reformation of the Children of Israel. At this time, the High Priest is JOSHUA (the son of Yehozadak) [not the Joshua the son of Nun and the one who succeeded Moses and led the Children of Israel to the Promise Land] was chosen for the office after the Jews returned from seventy (70) years of Babylonian Captivity.

During the reconstruction of the Temple, everybody was dirty including the High Priest as there is no way to dig in the dirt, build houses, cities, roads, and the Temple without getting muddy, dirty, and filthy. We see the High Priest is JOSHUA ministering to the people and he was clothed with filthy garments! At least he wasn’t too good not to work! Yet, the Lord GOD expects us to be very aware of our appearances – especially if we are representing HIM!  Would you like to see your minister in the pulpit (on Sunday) unshaven, dirty stains, dirty finger nails,  clothes torn,  ring around the collar, etc.?   You can’t even hear what the Man-of-God is saying for looking at his outward appearance and tripping out! 

You see, the Lord GOD wants us to be holy, to put away our sins, and HE wants us to outwardly reflect what’s on the inside to the World. How can you lead others to Christ if you are not living right? How can you lead others to Christ if you look a total mess or wreck? How can you lead others if you are intoxicated or stoned out-of-your mind? How can you lead others if you are a regular at the clubs? How can you lead others with a bone through your nose or a ring through your tongue or belly? How can you lead others with your pants hanging down to your knees? How can women lead others to Christ exposing G strings or panty lines or dresses up to their navels? How can men lead others to Christ with their under shorts staring folks in the face? How can you lead others when you expose hideous tattoos and ungodly slogans on your body?

Did JESUS run around flashing Himself or wearing inappropriate garments? The answer is “NO!”  During His three and on-half year ministry, the Lord had no where to lay His head but foxes had holes and birds had nests!  The only time JESUS was stripped down was during the beatings (by Roman soldiers) and on the Cross. In short, the Lord GOD wants us to be accountable to HIM and to represent HIM in cleanliness, godliness, humility, and holiness! GOD allowed Prophet Zechariah to see many visions concerning His people as well as the immediate and future restoration of the Nation of Israel, the end time, and the Messiah’s reign over all people. These are overwhelming topics – not for this Blog!

Are you wondering how and when the Lord will take away your sins…your filthy garments…everything that is NOT LIKE Him… and make you brand new?  Well Honey, the LORD JESUS can do it and HE does not use drugs or witch craft!  And, you don’t need a bottle of whisky to drown-out your demons as to not hear them! With spiritual surgery, the LORD will remove your negative issues one by one as you surrender your heart, soul, body, and mind to HIM. You cannot serve two masters! You will either love one master and hate the other! The Lord ALMIGHTY  will cast all of your filthy sins into the Sea of Forgetfulness.    The WORD says,  “BEHOLD, I HAVE CAUSED THINE INIQUITY TO PASS FROM THEE…”      What does this mean?  Again, your iniquities are washed away in the Blood of the Lamb!  Don’t let others enslave you any more!   GOD WILL NOT WASH YOUR FACE IN YOUR MISTAKES and SINS, but others will as it benefits their purposes against you.  Don’t look at others to endorse you because they have no heaven or hell to put you in!     Just remember, “THE LORD WILL CLOTHE THEE!”   – not the people!

Have a Blessed Day!