I continue to warn my brothers and sisters, the Lord is coming back and it won’t matter what people think of you, it will only matter what the Lord thinks of you. The Lord has plainly written this criteria in the scriptures, in many forms, at many locations, so why won’t you listen? I have in front of me a folder that I put together years ago when I was speaking on blog talk radio, I put it together to help me remember important scripture locations. Pasted on the cover of this folder are some of the following scriptures:
Under the subtitle: Broken and Contrite Heart – (Psa 34:18) The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psa 51:17) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Isa 57:15) For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isa 66:2) For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. (Psa 50:5) Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. (Rom 12:1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Obviously, these scriptures have been on my heart and in my mind for many years, because this is the vein in which the Holy Spirit brought me to the understanding I have today.
These scriptures and many others, the Holy Spirit has used to train me in how to acceptably act toward another, how to behave in such a way that does not put me under the judgement of God. It is really no surprise to me that men judge wrongly, that’s what they do, it’s the righteous judgement of God that I fear. I continue to be amazed as we come closer to the return of Christ, how that Christian men are attempting to gather a remnant around themselves, they understand the remnant teaching, yet they completely fail to understand what I speak of today. These men don’t appear to have a broken heart in some cases, they sure don’t have a contrite spirit and they certainly do not fear and tremble at the word.
The following scripture accurately describes the environment I can attest to: (Jer 9:4-7) Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders. And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?
I recall an interaction I had with a young man and his wife who had just received a wind fall of money. I met them on FB, they were teaching others and had a small following of people who would act as yes men in their small circle of influence. A man with a larger ministry had a disagreement with them and attempted to crush them in public. I felt compassion for them and attempted to help, I was met with one of the most disrespectful backlashes from the young man I had ever received. He accused me of wanting to be his friend just because I was desperate and had no friends. I was shocked that my good intentions and compassionate heart should be so misunderstood! Oh yea, and BTW, last time I heard of the young couple, they don’t even claim to be Christians anymore – sad.
I have suffered with proclaiming brothers and sisters so many times due to one thing, they have an evil imagination. They don’t know me, they haven’t taken the time to know me, yet they judge what they don’t understand. Again, I attempted sometime back to enter into fellowship with a man and his friends. After a few brutally honest exchanges, the man claimed that I assumed to much, he appeared to want to make this issue a center of rebuke and reproof against me. I responded to him and told him that my assumptions were based on the sketchy and limited communication I have received from his friends. I told him that I wouldn’t make any such assumptions if people would just tell me the truth and stop lying to me. I know when people are attempting to say something, they hint around, but they just don’t have what it takes to speak the truth, this is a form of lying, this is a form of dishonesty!
The scripture says: (Zec 8:16-17) These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD. (Rom 12:17) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (2Co 8:21) Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
I was friends with a man on FB who wrote a book, very respected in the remnant community, he disagreed with something I said and wrote to me these puzzling words, “My wife and I have decided to unfriend you and we are asking you if we can unfriend you in peace and peacefully no longer talk to you?” What an oxymoron! “Of course you cannot hate me peacefully”, I told the man, “of course not, there is NO PEACE UNTO THE WICKED!” He has not spoken to me once since then, but he is your remnant respected man, is he not? What men accept and what the Lord accepts are two different things.
You see, I don’t think that my assumptions, based on the limited partial, lying, communication I get from you are incorrect. I believe that you think because you wrote books or something of importance, and you have the praise of men and especially women among the remnant community, that you can at will exclude me. You don’t consider, nor do you care that the Lord has received me and you are under the false impression that you get to pick and choose who you approve of. The reason that you won’t be clear and speak the truth to me, it’s because you know that you cannot prove your judgements are righteous, and you know that telling me the truth will give me far to much power, you cannot allow that! This is why I know you are a liar. I could go on about your female friends who unfriended me for no reason at all and you pat them on the back and are pleased.
Now would be a good time for me to rein in your assumptions about why I am speaking this way, just so you don’t get caught in a web of evil imaginations. I know that many people assume that I am just sitting out here alone and hurting and wishing that I could be included in the club. They even wish to think that I am somehow or another being punished by the Lord himself, with stripes and imprisonment. I would ask you to just send those evil imaginations back to the darkness where they belong.
I have for many years been given the grace of God to be alone. Many times when people judge me falsely and leave me, it comes as a major relief, I consider it the protection of the Lord. When I do meet with or enter into a relationship with a person, I need to bare their burdens, when they decide to leave or check out, many times it is a great relief, as the scriptures say “let every man bare his own burden”.
What I know is this, the Lord’s judgement is against his people, he is going to set it straight right before their eyes (Ps. 50). But they don’t acknowledge the judgement of God, they continue to say in pride and stoutness of heart, “judge not, rebuke not, lift not up the holy one of Israel before us”. My interest in fellowship has always been based on a hope and a vision of the gathering of the Saints and the coming of Christ. Since the Lord has shown me what he desires, I wish to be a part of the people who are received by him, FOR HIS GLORY alone! But for those who I speak of here in this rebuke, those who refuse the brethren, those who believe that they get to choose who is received by the Lord, this is what the scriptures say:
(Pro 11:21) Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
(Isa 5:7-8) For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry. Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
As I continue to walk alone with few brothers, I will continue to ask the question. Why don’t you speak the truth to your neighbor – fearing the Word? What is my sin that you treat me with such disrespect and disdain? Why do you continue to whisper behind closed doors, what do you have to hide? Why cannot you be honest in the sight of ALL men?
And the biggest question of all is, why do you believe that the Lord will come and receive you and sanctify you before the whole world when you clearly do not fear and tremble at his Word, neither are you of a contrite spirit?