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Hear What the Spirit of God is Saying......
It’s sobering to read about the Jewish nation who rejected their Messiah when he walked among them. They couldn’t see. They couldn’t hear. Their leaders branded Jesus a false prophet and killed him like all the prophets of old. A remnant believed, but that was it. Only a few followed, one hundred twenty to be exact.
The remnant is usually the norm in the Bible. When I think about Noah, Gideon’s army, Joshua, Caleb, the Israelites, and the true church of Jesus Christ, the remnant is what God uses. Isaiah 6:13 states, “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump.” Isaiah was talking about the remnant of Israelites that God chose out of the bigger population. It’s interesting that even the tenth went through a severe burning. God spares no expense in his training of a holy core.
He always did this before a major move with His Spirit. He did this with the Israelites when they wandered in the wilderness for forty years before they entered Canaan. All the unbelieving generation died off before he moved into the promise land. Faith is kind of important to Him (tongue in cheek). God’s modus operandi has always been to deliver with a few. Do you remember Jonathan and his armor bearer, Gideon’s army, the prophets, and the disciples? Very few believed in the beginning. That’s why he used only a few.
He even subjected the disciples to the fire of God when he challenged them to leave after a difficult teaching. John 6:66-67 states, “As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve, ‘You do not want to go away also, do you?’ “ Jesus just gave his famous, offensive teaching where he challenged them to eat his flesh and drink his blood. They couldn’t take it and left. Only the twelve remained, one of them even possessed by Satan. He eventually was burned out, too.
It’s pretty sobering stuff. God is still doing this today. Many leave the path of God because of offense and a hard heart. They leave for supposedly spiritual reasons.
You can hear the heart of God in Matthew 23:37. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” God wants people to believe, but he requires people to treat him as a king. He will not beg people to follow him. Kings don’t beg. That’s why he refused to market or sell belief. He looked for the spiritually hungry and humble of heart (Isaiah 66:1-2). He is still looking and finding the same kinds of people today.
Again, why could they not hear? Did they have too much wax in their ears? Did they require prescription glasses in order to see properly? No. The path toward hearing the voice of God and seeing the things of God is found in this one character trait: humility. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5-6). The grace that God gives is wisdom and revelation to understand who he is. The ticket to enter into the things of God is to bow.
Brothers and sisters, God is moving in mysterious and wondrous ways at this time. Many are being offended. Maybe some of you have been offended. I know I have. However, what do you do with your offense? Do you bring it to God and have him cleanse your heart? Bitterness and anger will eventually derail you from going down the right path. Passive aggressiveness will only last for so long.
The Pharisees, the supposed protectors of truth, missed their day of visitation because of pride in their fixed view of how a Messiah should look and act. If we are honest with ourselves, we also have our own preconceived ideas of how God should move and act in our day and age. You may be right in your assessment, but most of the time God reveals his plans to those who spend time with Him in friendship and respect (Matt 6:6, Ps 25:14). What does this mean? You may not be seeing correctly.
It’s okay to admit that you cannot see. It’s the first step toward really seeing.
Brothers and sisters, God is ready to unleash a mighty move of His Spirit on the land, and He is preparing a remnant to ride this wave. Only the humble will be able to stay on their board and ride this ‘Maverick’ sized wave all the way to shore. Take everything to God and ask Him what he would want you to do in every situation. Don’t judge things prematurely.
We as leaders will have to pay a bigger price in this season because teachers are judged more strictly (James 3:1). I also believe that if we start leading people down the wrong path, God will take us out. He may even kill us (Acts 5:5). The anointing is increasing to the point where the glory of God will get to that level of intensity. It’s pretty serious. No one is exempt. God is not fooling around in this season. False shepherds and false prophets will be exposed by the fire of God. Actually, all hypocrites will be brought to the light.
That is why we need to ask God first if he wants us to go to a conference, listen to various teachings, reject certain teachings, stay at places of employment, and so on and so on. We need to seek God in relationship with him, not just rely on our past knowledge. We cannot judge things from just outward appearances; we need to see things with the eyes of the Spirit. The real treasure of God is usually hidden. It is revealed when we ask God in a spirit of humility. Samuel, the man of God, even missed it when he was trying to anoint the future king of Israel (1 Sam 16:7). He reverted to his flesh for a moment until God corrected Him.
Many are missing the move of God in this season. They are not catching the subtleties of the Holy Spirit’s promptings. Some are not receiving all that they can receive. Some are bailing. Some are getting offended. Some are walking in pride. It’s scary. God even blinds the eyes of people who choose to walk in arrogance.
“But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.” These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him. Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God” (John 12:37-43).
These are sobering words. These are sobering days. The fear of man is a snare (Prov 29:25). It’s time to draw near to God and seek His heart (James 4:7-8). Test these words to see if they are not true.