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“DESIRE”

October 10, 2007

Psalm 37:4  “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” 

Psalm 40:8  “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”

Several months ago, Peter Whittman (aka Cumby) made a statement that has stuck with me ever since.  The exact wording escapes me, but it’s along the lines of “Each of us, at this very moment, are as close to the Lord as we have chosen to be.”  If we are following from afar and focusing on the things of this world, it’s by choice.  If we’re spending serious amounts of time in the prayer closet, it’s by choice.  Our actions and the decisions that we make reflect the contents of our heart.  (I know; this sounds elementary)  Out of the abundance of ones heart, the mouth speaks, the feet travel, and the hands perform.  The following passage, most of us can quote in our sleep, but here it is again because it’s so awesome.

Matthew 5:6  “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”  (The entire sermon on the mount is “beyond incredible.”  In it, one finds the very heart of God; his immeasurable love, his compassion, his holiness, and his calling us to be authentic.  In other words, to be like Jesus.)

Our generation is bombarded by the influences of the world like no other generation.  High-definition images that cater to the wants of the flesh, catchy tunes that hypnotize the mind, permeate almost every home, vehicle, office and factory, while every wicked notion spawned in hell is available to all at the click of a mouse.  Our generation is being saturated and mesmerized by the god of this world as it’s being prepared to receive the strong delusion.  (Who can make war with him?)

When we think of “perilous times” most of us conjure up images of violent earthquakes, dramatic earth-changing events, war, famine, societal anarchy and the like.  Yet these situation; horrific as they may be, will not, in themselves, alter the contents of a persons heart.  If a person loves Jesus, they will love him when things are going well and when things are falling apart in the physical realm.  So while such earth-shattering events are indeed “earth-shattering” they don’t pose the greatest danger.

The greatest danger comes from the love of this world.  We love our stuff and we love a performance.  We place a lot of effort into heaping to ourselves riches for the last days.  In addition, we like to be entertained to the point that a tendancy to “let things slide” emerges.  We often look at I John 2:15 with a legalistic mindset and quickly assign to it a host of traditions and personal regulations which we expect others to conform to.  True holiness is imperative, but has nothing to do with legalism or tradition.  It’s a setting ourselves apart from the world; not loving the things that give honor to the flesh because these entanglements are deadly.  They can take us from our first love and cause us to make “really bad decisions” just as they did for Mrs. Lot and Esau. 

A while back, I listened to a message by David Meyer as he explained the dangers with Harry Potter.  Near the beginning of the message he stated that it shouldn’t even to be necessary to explain why christians should stay away from such influences.  The very fact that there’s a need to address such a topic shows the incredible lack of discernment in the church today.  Lack of discernment leads to the embracing of things which run in total contrast to scripture.  (Such as witchcraft.  It’s not a show; it’s “conditioning” passed off in the form of entertainment.  The powers of darkness are very real and to be steered clear of.) 

II Corinthians 10:5  “Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obediance of Christ;”

We need to “love” the Lord Jesus Christ and make him truly first in our life.  We need to follow him wholeheartedly and be atuned with the Holy Spirit at all times.  We dare not follow a person, a trend, a church, or a lust. (going through steps to “justify” something.  I read a book recently, written by a lady who was involved with the occult and was trying to find a church that would “look the other way.  She had a love that was not of God and she wrote of her deliverance from this)  It’s imperative to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as he will lead us into all truth and bring all things to our rememberance.  If we find ourselves needing to take steps to “justify” something, we’re skating on thin ice. 

This has really been on my heart lately.  We absolutely must keep our hearts with all diligence.  Our greatest danger as saints doesn’t come from the events unfolding upon the earth.  Our greatest danger comes from allowing our hearts to drift.  It happens so subtily and seems so harmless.  I had a thought a second ago concerning “who can make war with him?”  That’s found in Revelation chapter thirteen where the beast rises to power.  He’s going to enter in peaceably and any who don’t go along will be cast as the ones “making war.”  He’s going to restore order and a pseudo-peace causing all who reject the truth to believe a lie.  A lie that will seem logical and give those who are deceived that “warm-fuzzy feeling” for a season.  I don’t think that any of us, including myself, realize just how deceptive these times are.  We must examine ourselves daily and ensure that we’re following Jesus and not another. 

Well I have to close this out.  This was planned for a much later time and in a different context than what has emerged.  Yet this is much needed as I know firsthand, the dangers of slippage.  It takes place without observation until the effects are undeniable.  (In case anyone is wondering, no…the goats haven’t been fed yet.  I’m heading that way now.  lol)  Until next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Psalm 63:5-8  “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:  When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.  Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.  My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.”

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October 11, 2007 (8:45 am est)  Good morning.  This is a “shifting of the gears” from the above post, but it warrents mentioning as it affects us all.  The following link contains an admission by former Mexican president Vicente Fox that globalistic designs have been promoted by he and President Bush.  This is not a “donkeys vs elephants” issue as it has been in the works for several years.  Such happenings only point to the lateness of the hour.  We must look to Jesus at all times and not be perplexed by the things coming to pass on the earth.  Here’s the link which I’ve also added to the end times page.

www.worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58052 

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7 comments

  1. I was wondering where you disappeared to.


  2. Greetings J Kaiser. I’m still here but very busy. Great to hear from you.


  3. We are truly in the endtime brother. Good work on this post.

    God Bless


  4. Greetings timbob!
    Looks like I have some reading to catch up on as I see you’ve been busy here, or maybe it’s been a while since I’ve been around with the move and all. 🙂
    I’ll read and then comment more later, but in the meantime, Blessings to you!

    Susan


  5. Good post, Timbob! I really like your new look. 🙂

    I appreciate you keeping us on the “straight and narrow” while everything around us seems to be in such turmoil! We must keep our eyes on Jesus and never take them off, lest we go down to the pit!

    Bless you!


  6. Thanks for your comment. I’m guilty of getting comfy in that “rut” too. Thanks for reading.
    Joy


  7. Good post timbob and true. May the Lord keep our heart and mind fixed on Christ Jesus at all times. It seems it’s more of a challenge with each passing day to be in the world but not of it.
    The spirit of the age grows stronger and less subtle, yet like frogs in a pot people are so accustomed to it they barely even notice.
    But God is faithful. He truly is.

    Blessings to you and your family,

    Susan



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