Searching Jerusalem With Lamps

Zep. 1:12:
“It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And I will punish the men Who are stagnant in spirit, Who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good or evil!’

We want to focus on the first part of this verse. “It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps…” We are in a time of God searching spiritual Jerusalem with lamps. Lamps are indicative of illumination by the Holy Spirit. Mal. 3 says:

 16  Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.
17  “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18  So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

We are at an hour of the separation of the wheat and the tares. This applies  to us as individuals as well the body of Christ as a whole. When Jesus told the parable of the wheat and tares, it was not directed towards the world, but God’s people. Much has masqueraded as being of God. It as John saw in Rev. 13:11:  “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.”  Continue reading

A Vision of the Bride of Christ — Shared by Bren Ward

While in prayer… the Lord gave me a vision of a Holy temple… fully destroyed, except for the foundation.  The foundation that was left standing was the chief cornerstone… which I understood represented Jesus Christ and God’s messages which came through Him. The rest of the stones which were left… was that which God had placed… through His Prophets and Apostles of old and through the outpourings of His Spirit since.

I was aware a tidal wave had come in… and wiped everything else out… as far as the eye could see… so that all which remained was God’s work and not mans.  I knew the temple represented the Bride of Christ… each individual believer. I was aware God Himself had swept His hand over His Holy Temple… His church… and in doing so… had knocked down that which was not in Christ’s image…. but was a work of the flesh inspired by vain imaginations and inherited traditions, rooted in fear… legalistic teachings and not His love.  Continue reading

A Little Reminder

Hab.3:
17  Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18  Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19  The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.

 These passages are a reminder to us of the true roots of sonship. Underneath all the grandiose doctrines of  so-called “Kingdom Teaching” lies the true foundation of all that we will ever experience in God. A respected man of God once said that everyone calling themselves a minister should have a private room somewhere with the walls decorated not with awards and achievements, but sackcloth.  When all is said and done it’s the humility and brokenness in our spirits that qualifies us as sons. Continue reading

Keep Yourself in the Love of God

Jude:
20  But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21  keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

 We are exhorted by Jude to keep ourselves in the love of God. What does this mean? Can we slip out of God’s love? Only in our awareness. Continue reading

Patience

I have never had much regard for patience from a spiritual standpoint. Too often it has been nothing more than a euphemism for passivity. While being “patient,” too many saints have gone to their graves without the word being fulfilled in their lives. The emphasis of the Lord over the years has been what Jesus told the disciples of John the Baptist when they came inquiring: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” And again in Isaiah 62: Continue reading