The stranger (part 2)

   God desires a pure, holy,  loving and obedient church.  That is why His warnings in Numbers were so dire.  (see: stranger that cometh nigh….)   

He was warning of wolves in sheeps clothing.  Unbelieving, believers. …”salvation is available but God doesn’t do that other stuff anymore.”

When Jesus said: “These signs shall follow those who believe,” there was no experation date.  The determining factor was belief.

We have become a body that doesn’t really expect God to meet our needs, heal the sick or comfort the brokenhearted. We have settled on a Gospel of love and peace;  a Gospel of Salvation and not much else, when the Gospel should have Power and Might.

Jesus stirred up the Religious,  He rocked the boat….He threw out the traditions of man and brought the Power of God.

Luke 4:18,19
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

John 14:12
“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

He gave us that annointing, we just need to take the talents he has giving us and increase them.  (see Mathew 25).    

How did the church lose its power?  When our itching ears overcame our desire for inward change.

The Lord charged the Levites and Priest’s to keep the Tabernacle separate, holy, consecrated, annointed for His work.  To protect it from those who would defile it.   

Today the church cannot enter the promise,  because of unbelief.

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

The desire of my heart is to see people “saved, sanctified,  holy ghost filled and water baptized,  Jesus on their minds.  To find a new life.”  (to quote an old tune)

The key is learning to “delight ourselves in the Lord.”

de·light\di-ˈlīt, dē-\
noun
Full Definition
1 : a high degree of gratification : joy; also : extreme satisfaction
2 : something that gives great pleasure
3 archaic : the power of affording pleasure

We must learn how to both delight ourselves in the Lord and be a delight to the Lord.   “To obey is better than sacrifice”…….”This is my commandment, that you love one another.”

When your life is devoted to pleasing God and loving others….you will find peace, grace, comfort and joy in the midst of our trials.

Lord, help me to be pleasing in your sight.   May I learn to delight myself in You.

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