Beautiful wheat

“Should we pull out the weeds?” they asked.”No”, he replied, “you’ll uproot the wheat if you do.” Matt.13nlt

The tares have no fear or regard for the Master they claim to serve; they are disobedient to the words of Christ. They proudly pull up and kill the wheat, thinking they do service to God by killing ‘tares’. The real tares are ugly because they disobey the Lord they claim to serve, killing the precious wheat of God.

The wheat have respect for their Lord and Master; they are obedient to the words of Christ. They do not pull up and kill the tares, but they are the ones killed by the tares. They suffer like Jesus and wait for the harvest with obedience and humility and love and trust. Beautiful wheat.

the fake & the real

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Rev12:11
Fake country……fake news, fake reporting, fake crisis, fake wars, fake actors, fake blood, fake government, fake presidents, fake govt. leaders, fake laws, fake victims, fake show, fake savior, fake power,

fake Church….. fake worship, fake prayers, fake Christianity, fake actors, fake doctrines, fake believers, fake pastors, fake Church leaders, fake traditions, fake show, fake Christians, fake jesus, fake gospel, fake power,

real Babylon, real deception, real delusions, real crisis, real death, real evil, really satanic.

Real preaching, real judgment, real separation, real snakes and scorpions, real Judases, real “repeat”, real voice of the Spirit, real prophets, real witnesses, real kingdom of heaven, real wilderness, real Shepherd, real saints, real narrow path, real blood, real suffering, real persecution, real betrayal, real mocking, real tribulation, real martyrdom, real commandments of Christ, real teachings of Christ, real Master and Lord Jesus Christ, real discipleship in Christ, real conditions, really abiding, really following, really obedient

real devotion, real Israel, real Zion, real remnant, real bride, real gospel, real testimony, real temple, real ekklesia, real deliverance, real food, real drink, real covenant, real forgiveness, real Life, real resurrection, real Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (really),

real repentance, real love for enemies, real love for neighbor, real courage, real forgiving others, real love for one another, really caring for the saints, really serving them, real picking up cross, real dying to self,

real gentle, real humble, real meek, real poor in spirit, real hungry and thirsty for righteousness, really merciful, really pure in heart, real peacemakers, really persecuted for righteousness sake, real insults, really hated, really receiving false accusations of evil, real lonely, real tears, real rejection,

real Jesus, real Word of God, real edification, real rejoicing, real glad, real reward, real prophets, real salt, real light, real fellowship, real unity, real communion, real love, real power, real glory,

real faith, real obedience, real enduring, real overcoming….. real overcomers.

They know not what they do

Forgive them Father, they know not what they do. Luke23

The multitudes who were happy with their lukewarm religion and traditions,

and Religious Leaders who rejected Christ responded to Jesus’ witness in two ways:

1. They decided He was whacked-out nuts and weird, and they left Him and did not want anything to do with Him. They did NOT want to hear it from Him.

2. They decided He was outrageously prideful, a pathetic example of someone claiming to be “a man of God”,  that He had a demon,
that He was a heretic and a blasphemer, a nonconformist, a radical, a traitor, crazy, a threat to their traditions and religious systems of men, and they wanted to kill Him. They did NOT want to hear it from Him and they wanted Him to permanently shut up.

THEY DID NOT WANT HIM.

And He let the multitudes go.
And He let the Religious Leaders accuse and condemn Him unrighteously.
And He let them hate Him, hurt Him and kill Him.
He turned the other cheek, letting them hit Him more.
And He prayed for their forgiveness.
They know not what they do.

JESUS crowned with glory and honor

Jesus, crowned with glory and honor

because of the suffering of death..Hebrews2:9esv

Inaugurate
augur
A function of ancient Roman religion: the augur was the priest who determined the will of the gods by performing a divining ritual involving reading and interpreting the flight, behavior and movements of birds (ravens, crows, eagles, vultures), ie, “taking the auspices”. It was through birds that Jupiter’s will was interpreted. The birds were regarded as Jupiter’s messengers. The augur determined whether the gods approved military and political acts. He also marked sacred areas (templa).

From one history site: “It will be seen from what has been said that the Roman state was a species of theocracy, that the gods were its rulers, and that it was by means of the auspices that they intimated their will to the representatives of the people, that is, the magistrates. It follows from this, as has already been remarked, that no public act could be performed without consulting the auspices, no election could be held, no law passed, no war waged; for a neglect of the auspices would have been equivalent to a declaration that the gods had ceased to rule the Roman state.”

The president: inaugurated leader of a temporary wicked kingdom of this world.

Lord Jesus Christ: Crowned King of the eternal holy Kingdom of God.

Lord Jesus! Crowned with glory and honor!
Joyfully confirm the affection and Kingdom allegiance of your hearts, saints!

Power through brokenness

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously…..1Pe2:22

But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.. 2Tim1:8niv

Power.
As things progress along in this time……..and we see the kingdom of darkness is demonstrating its power….. it is imperative that those in the Kingdom of God understand what their true power is.

Those in the kingdom of darkness utilize various terrible things including selfishness, hate, pride, greed, covetousness, self-exaltation, manipulation, control, deception, cruelty, hurting, inflicting pain, killing, and a host of other sins, to aquire satanic power for evil.

In “Christendom” it is a common misconception that power is in self-preservation at all costs, prominence, acceptance, titled authority, status, success, popularity, strategies, education, theology, creeds, debate, leadership, networking, connections, business management, money and even military might and government-politics. This is not God’s power. This is worldly power.

Those in the Kingdom of God have access to the power of God, as did our Lord Jesus Christ when He lived His life on earth. His power (Holy Spirit power) came from God through this:

dying to self, brokenness, chosen weakness, meekness, denial of self, denying one’s flesh, making self “of no importance”, entrusting self completely to God (giving up any control), obedience to God, enduring suffering, rejoicing, humility, love, and blessing and forgiving those who want to kill you.

Jesus did not retaliate, He did not fight back, He did not threaten, He did not defend Himself, He did not assert His “rights”, He did not try to preserve self, He did not withhold forgiveness.

He had died to self. He had chosen self-denial. He was broken.
The spiritual power of God comes through this self-denial, dying to self, BROKENNESS and responding in faith and love and humility.

The troublemakers

Guest post:

BE LIKE STEPHEN: MAKING THE RIGHT KIND OF TROUBLE

by: A. Brother

“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.”

Acts 7:55-58

When a man gets a full vision of Christ, and has his eyes opened to who Christ really is, and then seeks to communicate that fullness to others, he will run into trouble, and create much opposition.  Here we have that happening.  Stephen had testified to the full message of Christ in front of the religious establishment of his day, and he was rewarded by being dragged outside the city walls and stoned by a large crowd of men.
When any of us begins truly seeking to have his eyes opened to this fullness of life in Christ, and it begins happening, Christ in us will overflow to others, and the truth will often offend and even infuriate those who do not see.  It happened throughout Scripture, and it will happen to those today who make it their sole aim in life to know Christ, the fellowship of his suffering, the power of his resurrection.
My heart is grieving this morning over the state of the Body of Christ.  Not because I choose to be critical, or because I am legalistically imposing the measure of Scripture upon our current modes and methods of doing church.  But because I see the people of God like Jesus saw the Jews in His days among them, and wept.  I was raised in these churches, and spent many years trying to live the life they represented was the Christian life.  The Spirit of God grieves today at the hardness of our hearts, and the proud insistence that we know how to do everything Christian in the best way.
God’s people in our modern, affluent society are like sheep without a Shepherd.  Running to this man or that man who can speak well, or has written some landmark book about the Christian life.  Running after this or that new method, or clever program, or way of doing church that seems to breathe something new into their spiritual walks.
Scripture points back to Christ Himself, who is not only our Savior and Lord, but whose Life must be in us, whose Eyes must illuminate Truth to us, whose Mind must open us up to His fullness.  Our hearts must beat to the drum of His love in our chests.  This is what Jesus taught, that we are the branches to His Vine, and the Father the source of all nourishment.  That remaining in Him is the essential, and all other things are optional.
So why do we concentrate on the optional?
Today we have a plethora of pulchritudinous programming going on among Christians.  (Sorry for the cheesy PPP acronym).  That means a complete array of attractive systems for practicing and distributing the gospel.  The church has become like a spiritual candy store, holding out sweets and treats, hoping to lure people into attending.
Come here to church because we have so many services of different worship styles to meet your needs.  Come here and enjoy cappuccinos while you fellowship after worship.  Does your back get tired while meeting together?  Can’t see or hear the presentation very well?  No problem, we’ve installed expensive theatre-style seats and fabulous sound systems so you can concentrate on hearing the music and viewing the sermon in total comfort.  The Pastor is on a huge screen or multiple screens around the room so you can feel like you’re actually in a more intimate, personal setting.
Tired of traditions that bore you?  No worries, I feel you, we’ve done away with the things that take too much time and effort.  Communion is only hassled with on occasion, and then with little cups and tiny wafers, and love feasts among believers are a thing of the past.
Remember how Paul used to speak on and on to those early believers, cramming in Truth until late at night, meeting in homes day after day, gathering anytime they could find to be together, hungry for the Word, hungry for the Spirit to work, thirsting after righteousness like it was Life itself?  Forget about it!  We don’t need all that.
We have schedules to keep, and people to see, and business to conduct, and lives to live out in the world.  We’ve figured out how to do both!  Just keep your appointment with God in our services once or twice a week, or if you’re really zealous, meet for a Bible study, too.  That will set you on fire.
The reason we’ve settled for this type of Country-Club Christianity is that we have not understood the Christ-life.
We have been taught wrongly, by men who have only known the casual, easy gospel of modern, affluent religion, instead of the radical, revolutionary, life-changing, outside the city gates, stir-up-opposition-everywhere-you-go, stumbling-block, hate-inducing, cliff-edge, religion-destroying, faith- and love-filled Gospel of Christ that God absolutely will not allow to be contained in man-made systems or programs.
You can be a member of the Christian Country Club set, or you can be a member of the Body of Christ.  There is no middle ground.  From the birth of the Body, men have sought to impose their own religious mind-sets upon it, and have succeeded in the form of the huge Christian denominations and organizations throughout history.
The dynamic ekklesia, Christ’s church, which originally meant the “called out to be together” people of God, has been hijacked by religionEvery day more Christians get together and decide they want to form another group, or build another building to meet their needs.  Every day Christians make another list of options they want in their religion.  Every day Christians miss the simplicity of Christ, and His love and power, in favor of building another platform from which to proclaim an easy gospel.  With their list of choice options, they have managed to derail the Spirit of God from reaching men.  Like the Pharisees, they keep others out of the Kingdom as they are keeping themselves out.
The point is this:  Stephen saw what we must see.
Christ is all, and is our focus.  Not our methods and man-made options.  Not our forms of doing church.  We don’t worry about that.  We seek Christ, and He seeks us.  We die, He lives.  Individually and corporately.  Christ leads us by His Spirit, and dictates what we do and how we do it.
Today, Christ may do this.  Tomorrow He may do that.  Just as He did with His disciples, He is busy doing the Father’s work, and will not be pinned down as to where or how He’ll be doing it.  He looks for needs, and He responds.  Today He is in Bethany, tomorrow in Cana of Galilee, the next day in Jerusalem.  Today He’s healing people, tomorrow preaching from a hilltop, the next day He’s confronting the religious leaders.  He is ever meeting where two or three of us are gathered together.  He is not bound by our calendars and schedules.  And He would have us be more responsive and flexible, open to the Spirit of God to respond to one another and to His prompting.  Many of our modern churches are just as hide-bound and fixed in their ways as the highly liturgical churches they criticize.  They just have different traditions.
This dying to the Old Man and living to Christ in the New Man is a messy, hard, can’t-be-contained-in-traditions thing.  No carefully-programmed new church service format or electronic gadget is going to make this happen, or, more tragically, even allow this to happen.  There is no room in our carefully-scripted lives for God to move.
One thing is certain.  If you and I have the explosive, uncontainable Spirit of God in us, we will be like Stephen.  Seeing clearly the Christ we love and serve, and speaking of Him to whoever asks, no matter the consequences.  There is no room for compromise in the Kingdom of God.  We love and serve Christ, without any option.  That is the gospel, the good news of the Kingdom.  This hard, beautiful and ultimately impossible-without-God gospel that is Christ in us.
Like our Lord Jesus Christ, like Stephen, like a host of others including many around the world today, when we stand and tell the Truth from Scripture many will oppose us.  The fury of the oppressor, religious or pagan, has the same result.  The stoning of the one who sees.  The shooting of the Messenger.  The eradication or excommunication of the offender.
Be ready, brother or sister, if you seek Christ in all His fullness.  He will uphold you.
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living in the Repeat

Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. Mark 10:33-34

Yes this thing is on “Repeat”.

->OT Israel– the faithful remnant and the unfaithful harlot: and the Judgment of God upon His apostate people, via the Assyrians/Chaldeans.

->Jesus’ life—- the (Christ-rejecting)Religious Establishment working with the Roman Empire Leaders to kill those in the opposing Kingdom (Jesus and His people).

->First century believers—- under the pagan Caesars of Rome who also killed those in the opposing Kingdom.

->Middle ages Christians under the combined “Church-State Holy Roman Government Pope Empire” (with the inquisition) who worked as one to kill those in the opposing Kingdom.

->1400-1500’s persecution of believers who followed Jesus outside the State Churches, who killed (by the power of the State) believers who would not submit their allegiance to those kingdoms.

Prepare yourself — you are living in the repeat.

service

For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints………….2Cor9:12
I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service……….. Rev2:19

The real new testament “Service”……… is not the “Sunday service” or “worship service” as it is called in Church tradition.

It is service to, that is, direct care, of the widows, fatherless, poor, hungry, sick, needy, persecuted, hurting, suffering saints around you.

It is service that you perform for others (other saints), caring for their needs. It is ministering to the saints in word and deed.

shamed

So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. Acts5:41

In The Church I was shamed by the pastor for rightly discerning false teaching the camp and boldly calling it out. (Warning & exposing the darkness.)

In The Church I was shamed by the pastor for caring for and helping suffering Christians. (Loving one another; loving Christians.)

In the assembly (ekklesia) , I know that I am allowed to use my spiritual gifts that He has given me, as He leads me by His Spirit, to be a witness to the world, boldly preach truth,  to minister to & help the suffering, and to edify the saints.

And there, I am not shamed for doing so.

We will not fight

“Blessed is that servant whom his Master finds so doing! ” Matt.24:46

We will not fight, we will not kill, we will not hate, we will not fear. We will not curse, we will not take oaths, we will not pledge allegiance to the State, to Caesar, to the world, to the pope or to the gods.

We will not resist evil. We will not protect our other cheek. We will not take up arms of war. We will identify ourselves, but we will not defend ourselves. We will be harmless as doves.

We will be glad and rejoice! We will love our enemies and bless those who curse us. We will do good to those who hate us and pray for those who persecute us. We will bless when we are reviled. In our suffering we shall overflow with joy and praise and love and thanksgiving and prayer and trust in our Father. He will give us power and nothing shall hurt us.
We will speak and testify, or else we will be silent, as led by the Holy Spirit. We will not cease to preach of sin, and righteousness, and judgment, and repentance, and also the cross and the blood and the death and the resurrection and life and the power and glory of Jesus Christ. We will not cease to proclaim Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. We will not cease to pray, and to watch, and to hope and to rejoice in our God and Savior and King.