Birds find nooks and crannies in your house, sparrows and swallows make nests there. They lay their eggs and raise their young, singing their songs in the place where we worship. God-of-the-Angel-Armies! King! God! How blessed they are to live and sing there!
And how blessed all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel; They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain! God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view! God-of-the-Angel-Armies, listen:O God of Jacob, open your ears—I’m praying! Look at our shields, glistening in the sun our faces, shining with your gracious anointing. One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship, beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches. I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin. All sunshine and sovereign is God, generous in gifts and glory. He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions. It’s smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
The TALL SHIP BOUNTY is in the news today as an investigation wraps up that examined why she sank off of the banks of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, during hurricane Sandy. A “generator” failed that was pumping water from the vessel. Of course that was not the reason Bounty sank. It was a storm unpredictable, and a series of decisions made before and after the failed generators. Much like America is facing today. We are running on economic GENERATORS, and paper money to keep this vessel a float. Will they prevail the storms, or will they fail in the midst of them? Read on.
The details embedded in this story have interesting connections and coincidences that make you wonder, “Is the Sinking of the Tall Ship Bounty a harbinger of things to come?”
har·bin·ger : Noun. A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another. A forerunner of something. Synonyms herald – forerunner – precursor – messenger – portent.
The ships of Tarshish (seafaring vessels) were your ocean caravans. Your island warehouse was filled to the brim! “But look! Your oarsmen are rowing your ship of state into a hurricane! Your mighty vessel flounders in the heavy eastern gale. You are shipwrecked in the heart of the sea! Everything is lost — your riches and wares, your sailors and helmsmen, your ship builders, merchants, and warriors. On that day of vast ruin, everyone on board sinks into the depths of the sea. “Your cities by the sea tremble as your helmsmen cry out in terror. All the oarsmen abandon their ships; the sailors and helmsmen come to stand on the shore.
“… Around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, about 300 miles east of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the captain made his move: Instead of continuing with his original plan to stay east of the storm, he ordered the crew to change course. He wanted to pilot the ship northwest of Sandy to harness its winds. Turning more westerly, the boat crossed the path of the oncoming hurricane.” 
[1.] Excerpt from Life and Death on the Bounty by Thom Patterson, Story from CNN March 30, 2013 http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/03/us/bounty/?hpt=hp_c1
Scripture focus for this week. Have you ever had a passage of scripture pop out at you? This one did for me, you are welcome to share your comments below.
March 29, 2013
Daniel 2 New International Version (NIV)
The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”
Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:
“As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.“Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance.
The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.
“This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.
“After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.
Not With Human Hands! ( For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12) ( 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds …)
Read it in The Message translation- Daniel 2: 41-45
“But then the feet and toes that ended up as a mixture of ceramic and iron will deteriorate into a mongrel kingdom with some remains of iron in it. Just as the toes of the feet were part ceramic and part iron, it will end up a mixed bag of the breakable and unbreakable. That kingdom won’t bond, won’t hold together any more than iron and clay hold together.
“But throughout the history of these kingdoms, the God of heaven will be building a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will this kingdom ever fall under the domination of another. In the end it will crush the other kingdoms and finish them off and come through it all standing strong and eternal. It will be like the stone cut from the mountain by the invisible hand that crushed the iron, the bronze, the ceramic, the silver, and the gold.
(The kingdom of God is increasing in power and glory, and there is nothing anyone can do about it, the nations now are as it is described in Daniel, strong and weak nations mingled, like iron and clay. In this day, in the time of these kings who rule, Christ will return, and His kingdom will be revealed.)
“The great God has let the king know what will happen in the years to come. This is an accurate telling of the dream, and the interpretation is also accurate.”
Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”
Anywhere you look in the new testament where witchcraft (a work of the flesh) is trying to embed itself in the church, or among those who are in leadership, or a move of God, you will see it dealt with forth right. No one is left to themselves to work it out. Especially, where deception is involved. The slave girl who had a spirit of divination (python) where the Apostle Paul commands it to come out, didn’t even get the benefit of counsel before he directly took authority over that spirit that sought to defile their work in Philippi.
I think Paul understood the backlash that would come when he dealt with something that controlled the city, and would rather have not “rattled the cage” to get some work done; but, at some point he recognized python’s operation, unchecked, would only serve “it” in the end, for the people would then think that the spirit of the slave girl, and the spirit of the apostle, and his works, were one. Paul did what needed to be done. For a while he suffered for it, but great power was awarded the move of God in that city for what he stood up to. Climaxing into an earthquake that shook loose chains of the imprisoned, and set them free. This is the end result for having a back bone, and standing up against a spirit that masks itself as “acceptable” to move and operate among us.
Taking authority over the spirit of divination (python) will restore the power and effectiveness of the Gospel over the regions it has control over, but brace yourself for the craziness that will unearth when exposed … See Acts 16. Speaking of turning a city upside down … Yet, worth the ride to see the mighty hand of God work mightily among us, in our fellowships, ministries, cities, and even in nations, that have been under such control. When python seeks to infiltrate a work (moving in like the snake that it is) there is nothing more that can be done but to face it head on. Python is not for the faint of heart. In fact, as you can see in Paul’s experience the accusations began to fly. Yet, greater is he (Christ) that is in us then he that is in this world! For it is written that no weapon formed against us shall prosper, every tongue that rises up in judgement shall be condemned or proven wrong. This is your inheritance IN Christ, so come what may, in the end, all will be well and our hands free of blood guilt for dutifully warning. God will restore His power where defeat, and powerlessness, has taken hold.
The Silent Killer
Python is a serpent, like any snake it is a silent killer that suddenly appears, and when it does we need to be instant in season and out, ready to take authority over its power. The ultimate assignment of Python is to squeeze, swallow and destroy. The most disturbing victim of python are new moves of the Spirit of God and new converts. Like all snakes serpents eat eggs, new beginnings are destroyed, when a spirit of python is at large, underdeveloped Christians, and callings are swallowed up, by the demon spirit python. The carnage of premature deaths are left in python’s wake, while the nest of new beginnings are plundered. The Church should be an un-penetrable nest where destinies develop. Another manifestation of Python is the squeezing out of spiritual life and suffocation of spiritual gifting; a rendering of powerlessness, and paralyses of ministry, and good works. Despair, disparagement, hopelessness, and spiritual darkness, envelope as python swallows its prey into increasing darkness; eventually, methodically, digesting the call, and purposes of God in his victims life. The Good news is that God often brings a rash of wake up calls to shake us awake, for He is always at work on our behalf desiring that no man should perish. A stern word is a blessing, a severe warning the same. What ever it takes. He is the author and finisher of our faith, if we are on the wrong path he will work on our behalf, it is not always a sunny day when God works, but it is always a bright and shining one.
When we as Christians (who are the temple of the Holy Ghost) open the ports of our eyes, ears, and sensual courses, to unholy, displays of darkness, drawing upon those things to entertain us, we invite demons to influence, and defile, the sacred altar of our heart. This is us releasing our free will over to spiritual darkness that begins to access what ever reach of authority one has to defile others. If that authority has access to the pulpit, to teach, preach, and lead worship- Python then begins to signal Leviathan the King of all the Sons of Pride to divide from the congregation the deliverers as the twisting spirit then promotes all that is vile and wicked. While the true move of the spirit is suffocated, and what was begun by God is taken over by a spirit of divination, drawing attention to itself, as it perpetuates its supernatural powers, with the stamp of christian approval; seemingly, saying all the right things, just as the damsel did in Paul’s time. The position and influence one has that is defiled by a spirit of divination opens the door to seduce and oppress those under them. To the depth we have walked in spiritual awareness, warfare, and gifting, so to that degree shall this defilement occupy and displace the anointing with a counter kind. In this condition what ever place or platform we have been given becomes devalued by the powers of a lesser being. To gain back taken ground, the spirit of python must be exposed and there is no other recourse but to face it at all cost. Can poison and good waters pour as one? No they cannot, they should not, but in the human vessel they can for a season, until the finger of God brings judgment to those vessels for mixing the holy with the unholy, and causing defilement in the midst of the people.
The Message (MSG)
“But why do you let that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet mislead my dear servants into Cross-denying, self-indulging religion? I gave her a chance to change her ways, but she has no intention of giving up a career in the god-business. I’m about to lay her low, along with her partners, as they play their sex-and-religion games. The bastard offspring of their idol-whoring I’ll kill. Then every church will know that appearances don’t impress me. I x-ray every motive and make sure you get what’s coming to you.
Entwined In Two Spiritual Streams.
We often think that witchcraft approaches us in black hats and green haze.Not so, would that it did, so many now would not be deceived! But, what the Church is dealing with now days is starting to look the ugly that it is. In contrast, the spirit of divination is deceptively presented by those who have willfully, or stupidly, defiled themselves with the occult, and have spoon fed it to the masses from Church pulpits and platforms. Eventually, what you will see at our alters (and all ready do even now) is not of God, but a form of palatable divination for one purpose, and that is to spread it undetected. Paul, in the 16th chapter of Acts became grieved in his spirit. Though the slave girl was proclaiming the truth, and publicly acknowledging God as the most high, yet she made her master money by soothsaying. Her life was intertwined in two spiritual streams.
We cannot serve two masters, bitter and sweet water should not come out of one vessel. Gazing into evil by being a follower of a television program, a series of movies, or books that glorifies the occult, and sexual immorality, and then turn around and participate in worship or prayer services in Church is “mixing” the occult with worship. It is a Baal Christianity! Baal – Hebrew meaning: One who swallows. Notice that when Jesus warned the 7 churches in revelation to repent he mentioned, Baalam, (he who swallows the people) and the teachings of the Nicolaitions (destroy or conquers the people) and the sexually immoral and promiscuous Jezebel (one who exalts Baal who is he who swallows). All these spirits work in our churches today, all of them tied into python, who is under Leviathan (the sea serpent) the twister among the masses- the king of all the sons of pride. Isaiah 27:1 the twisting spirit. Job 41:1-34 What do serpents do? They BITE, SQUEEZE, SWALLOW, and there by DESTROY their PREY. Jesus hates what these deceivers do to His Church and will destroy them, he will put out into utter darkness those who are their followers, and practitioners, and they will have their part in the lake of fire. Revelation 21:8
Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
John 9:4 What to do? Whosoever, calls upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved!! Call upon him while he may be found. We must work in the day while it is daylight, for the night comes where no man can work.
Eventually, we will have to go to bed in the condition we are in as night falls around us, and we have allowed our candle to be replaced by a false light, dimming as darkness grows. Those who can work in the night are the ones who have the light in them.
Luke 11:34-35 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. In another place We will be known by our fruits, not every one that says Lord, Lord, enters into the kingdom of heaven, but those who do the will of my Father. Beloved, believe not every spirit …
NO greater love is this that a man lays his life down for his friends. At the point that we are willing to lose the love of our friends, and for that matter our family, to speak the truth to them in love, though the truth is not loved, and they choose to abandon us, it is in the hope that God’s word does not return void … but will continue to work on them that they will choose the way of life, and in it find their path steady, and may even pray for us, or help one day, when we fall down … isn’t it better to lose a friend for a moment, because we told them the truth, in order that we might gain a brother or sister for eternity?
Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV) Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Hating Even the Garment SPOTTED by the flesh.
The scripture is very clear on what kind of activity warrants what kind of action, there are behaviors we ignore and let others work out their wrinkles and there are behaviors we approach with correction, somehow the church has let discipline go, and any correction is a shock to the system. People are so use to feel good everything, they can’t handle it. A mature leadership will know when more teaching is required, or when patience is needed, or when a shout of warning will save a life, or a yank on the shirt collar keeps them from a snake pit. Understanding that these are forms of mercy. Don not most of us respond appropriately, naturally, when warning some one of danger? How is it that a bit of truth now days is treated like it was an ax let loose on a doll house? I think we need to check how we feel when we hear the truth in warning, and measure it, not on how it was given, but how we have a problem receiving “hard sayings”. Asking ourselves why our reactions are the way they are. Perhaps what we differentiate between a tug and a beating (of the flames off our back) is dependent upon how much darkness we have allowed to envelop in our lives. Head lights in the drive way are not as harsh to the eyes, when standing in the sun. It takes more adjustment for our eyes, while standing in utter darkness. Often times it is not the message that is abrupt, but the condition it finds us in when we hear it, that’s affronted.
Acts 13:10 sorcery trying to undermine the work of the Holy Spirit.
Jude 1: 23 I love you enough, I will risk being burned.
Jude 1:4 grace of God turned into a license for immorality.
Revelation 22:14-15“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs,[unclean] those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Recently, I was in prayer and the Lord gave me a picture. I saw a tree, it was in great shape, a nice full tree with viable limbs and thick with foliage. As I was observing this tree all of a sudden a branch grew out from one of the limbs, and as it grew I began to notice that it was a dead branch. Now how can a dead branch grow? Well, in the natural realm it can’t but in the spirit realm (and this is the vantage point from where we are looking ) a dead tree growing, is symbolic to a work that has no life in it, this is a work that leads to death. Or “acts” that lead to death. It can be a sin, sinfulness, or the sin nature. When we belong to God he is ever working with our conscience to purge dead works out of our lives. He does that through his Holy Spirit that convicts of sin. When the conscience becomes seared, our response to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit ebbs away.
At that point in our life, if we continue in sin, we are perpetuating acts that lead to death. Though the tree may be other wise healthy there is a branch that is “flourishing in sin” according to the picture the Lord gave me. He showed me the destructive power of it when I watched this dead branch grow and begin to diminish the beauty of the limb of the tree it came from. As I watched the tree change seasons, I could see that for a season the branch and the limb were fine, but in time the foliage became less and less, and all other branches associated with the limb began to appear more and more barren. I began to realize that the branch was weighty and cumbersome, and when the winds picked up it became a liability to the entire limb of the tree. Yet, before it could cause the limb to break away from the tree, swiftly, and suddenly, the branch was cut off, to my astonishment.
Dead works are works of the flesh. The branch represented acts of sin, the limb of the tree is that which belongs to the tree. The tree is a planting of the lord in his orchard. When the limb was delivered of the dead branch it began to be covered by a thrust of new life and growth, eventually bearing fruit, even more fruit than all the other limbs.
This picture has so many levels of application It is hard to know where to begin. But one simplified truth is this, God is our husbandman. Our keeper. What belongs to him is managed by him. He knows when to act on our behalf, just when the limb itself appeared to be dying, He knew exactly when to come in and remove the dead branch on the limb, letting it come to a full realization of its fruitlessness, while still preserving that which has life left in it, though its potential growth is being retarded, for a season.
Sometimes dead works (that cover everything that is not born of the spirit) must develop into their full term to display the malignancy that they are. When sin is finished it brings forth death. This very object lesson was given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis when they found themselves to be naked and their sin discovered, God had to “cover” them with the skins of animals by making garments for them, Adam and Eve knew from where the skins of animals came from, and what it cost those animals to make for Adam and Eve their garments. This was their first experience with- when sin is finished it brings forth death.
Genesis 3:21-22 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” [In a fallen state].
Interestingly enough, this eternal story begins and ends with a tree. From Genesis to Revelation, the tree is a story board of our lives. In Christ we are oaks of righteousness the planting of the Lord. It is God’s will that no man should parish but it is his good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Luke 12:32.
The scripture tells us that the wicked was blotted out of the book of life. Indicating that they were in it from the beginning. That the Lord’s intent is that all be saved, so then we will have to be judged out of the book of life, to no longer be in it.
We can go to the fig tree and learn the lesson of fruitlessness. In the scriptures the Lord gives us the parable of the fig tree that gave no fruit in its season to bear fruit, and even when it was given another chance to bear fruit, even three years, it didn’t, eventually it was cut down. Blotted out you can say, because according to the parable it cumbered the ground. In that parable the orchard worker intercedes for the tree and gives it another season to prove itself. This is Christ ever interceding for us. But a season came and went and there was no fruit. Sometimes all that can be done is done and there is no more left to do. Separation to preserve that which is living entails. Luke 13:6.
We can apply the parable of the severed branch as a principle of every aspect of life. We can look at our own dead works that take from us productivity, and the health and well being of our families. We can look at those things that take away from the productivity of a business, or the promotion of Godly relationships, or the health of a fellowship. We can repent of dead works, turning away from sin, which for many of us boils down to living with out having faith. For without faith we cannot please God, and sin means “to miss the mark”.
So whether it is the works of the flesh as written in Galatians 5:19-21The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Or, whether we are just missing the mark, our conscience bears witness and if we listen to the Holy Spirit who convicts us of “missing the mark” we can live a productive life. In every aspect of it.
It is the mercy of God that prunes from us the branches and twigs of dead works we have allowed to flourish. Shall we gain the whole world and lose our own soul? The author and finisher of our faith is not going to allow that to happen if we have put our trust in him. Sometimes, when we have moved away from God’s counsel in our lives, radical separations shake us to the root, businesses are lost, relationships, jobs, a marriage, even our health that wake us up from the bigger picture of where we are heading, and the ultimate loss we are facing, if we do not surrender ourselves to the author and finisher of our faith. When those kind of disruptive, and painful losses occur, a death as the result of “missing the mark” in our lives take place, because of living according to the carnal nature, is naturally taking its tole. The more dedicated we are to the sin nature, the more that nature takes up good ground of potential, and draws away from it the strength of those things that are in Christ”, we will have to see loss to understand- when sin is finished it brings forth death. The good news is as much as their has been loss in our life, there is potential for restoration, if we turn to God and continue to put our trust in him.
1 Corinthians 5:4So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.
As trees from the root to the fruit- our works are examined, as trees in his orchard, we are pruned that we may bear more fruit. Wild fruit trees grow out as high, and wide as they can, but an orchard tree grown for its product is trimmed and pruned to bear full limbs of accessible fruit. In contrast the wild tree has smaller, more sporadic fruit growth, often inaccessible in high limbs, and diseased.
The mercy of God is dealing with individuals, people groups, and nations. What is yielded to him is pruned, whoever is yielded to Him WILL be pruned. Dead trees, on His farm are subject to removal in this old world. But if there is any life left in it, the faithful pruner will war for its life. What is left of it may not look pretty but in due season life will do what life does. It Lives! When every thing that hinders is moved out of the way. We have to “give” ourselves to the work of the pruner. This is our will and desires. When we have gone through the ravages of sin, been given over to it, have suffered loss, we still have one thing more valuable then anything we could ever have, we have our souls, we have our repentant heart, crying out for mercy. God is the author and finisher of our faith, and his desire is that we bear fruit and are fruit will remain.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
The same principle works for lawlessness as well, (acts of the flesh gone viral) when the dead work is cut off from, it can no longer draw from the living. The nature of everything that grows which is dead, cancer, addictions, lust, greed, gluttony will come to its natural end, when it has destroyed the host upon which it feeds, it will die. So also, is it when a wayward heart is left to itself, when sin is finished it brings forth death. This is Satan’s desire for all mankind in his jealous rage against God’s creation. This the nature of sin, and the end for the “man of perdition” when all that intercedes for him is taken out of the way. In the same way, nations erupt in lawlessness, when that which is holding it back is taken out of the way. The prayers and intercession of the saints is what is keeping this world from going into complete anarchy.
In the end the hope is that men and women will call upon the name of the Lord. For God gave His only begotten son that who soever believes upon him will not perish but have everlasting life. Nevertheless, He has said, “My spirit will not always strive with man.” And in a another place, we are urged to call upon Him while he may be found, and whosoever calls upon Him, must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. It is impossible to please God with out faith.
Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
When we come to God in true repentance and trust in the work of the shed blood of Christ, we take on His righteousness, with our conscience cleansed of sin that we may, with boldness, enter the throne room of grace, where by we obtain mercy in times of need, that we might serve Him. The hope is that we never leave the Fathers house, that we never squander our inheritance and loose it in the pig pens of this world, in the deceitfulness of sin, as did the prodigal son. The son who remained in the Fathers house inherited all that was the Father’s, the prodigal found out in his utter lostness there is no place like home, knowing that to be a servant, a door keeper, in the house of our God is far better than to be lost.
The prodigal came home with nothing. But at least he came home. This is the bones of how it works when one is given over to the destruction of the flesh, it is merely letting their carnal desires take them when they choose that over the provision of eternal life, for temporal pleasure that leads to death. This proves a appoint, that in the kind of existence they’re preferring, there is no satisfaction. As the prodigal son left the Father, so it is with God, it is not His nature to leave us, it is our sinful nature leaving Him. Yet, in every son there is the memory of the good Father sealed up his heart, with a natural knowing, that He will never turn away His own child when they come back to Him, and God will do all that is in His power, through the work of the Holy Spirit to bring the prodigal home to Him. He who is the author and finisher of our faith. Nevertheless, the scripture admonishes us to come to Him while He may be found. Not to be foolish with our time in this world, but to live in such away that we are a fruitful vine.