September 13, 2011

"Lacking Knowledge"

Hosea 4:6a "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..."

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"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. My people lack knowledge. They lack knowledge of Me. They lack knowledge of My ways. They lack My knowledge. They lack My words of knowledge.

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Sadly, so many claim to know Me, but they do not. They cover themselves with My name, but deny Me in their behaviour. Their actions display their ignorance.

So many loudly proclaim My name attribute *their* churches to Me. They say *their* way is *My* way...and it is NOT.
(Some have *begun* with Me, but have deteriorated into a miasma; a MESS!)

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Some preach a partial gospel. Some smack of exclusivity. Some are mere entertainment centers. Some are social meeting places. Where do *I* measure into these groupings?
I have said, "My ways are NOT your ways"...and so it is. You (man) think you 'know' Me, but you are sadly mistaken.
Will I say to you, "I never knew you"? (at your death) Will you boast of all your accomplishments and your multiplied 'ministries'? (WHO gave you those positions: Me, or YOU?)

-pausing-

Shepherd the flock that is before you. Lead them with love. Let My love fill you, THEN you will truly know HOW to love others. (If YOU are not loved, then how can you give out love to others?)
My faith works by love. I *am* love, don't you see? I gave My life as an indicator of My love for you. You need to find Me and feel the glory of My love for you. It is real. My love is real.
Without Me- without My love- you can do NOTHING. All your works will be as filthy rags, clanging bells, dead straw and stubble. (For without Me, you are nothing...despite any human success.)

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As one is emptied of himself, so shall I then be able to fill the vessel. If one is so 'full of himself' that he cannot see his utter need for Me, then I will pass him by. (It is a simple equation in the economy of faith.)

-pause-

Do not...DO NOT seek the approval of men, of the (human) masses. (Don't you see, they are in My hand?)
I desire a humbled, broken heart in a man. I want 'crushed pottery'. I need those who need Me. I seek a wounded army. (I will be made strong: be shown strong - in the weak, the broken.)

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Declare to yourselves that you are NOTHING. When, and if- you come to this point, you will then be able to BEGIN to hear Me as I am.
You see, there is no need for pretense, showmanship, illusion of character, religiousity or 'charismatic quackery'.
I look for honesty...raw truth. I am wearied by...

-pause-

...the plannings of man and all the church councils.
Stand back and let Me work! Take a seat and stifle your mouths. Shut your eyes and look into the spiritual. Be still...then you will KNOW...you will know I am your God.

(If you persist in *your* rituals, words ad nauseum, ways of religious man, etc; then I will have NO CHOICE but to spit you out of My mouth. I WILL pass you by and you will be 'Ichabod" (i.e., the glory has departed).

This message is for most of My church, My people...but will only be 'heard' by those who have a teachable, desperate heart and desire MY GLORY."


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Scriptures:

Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you."

Galatians 3:3 "Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?" (perfect = complete, whole, mature)

Galatians 2:16b "...For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."

Philippians 3:10 "That I may know Him; and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings..."

Job 28:28 "...Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."

Ecclesiastes 9:18a "Wisdom is better than weapons of war..."

Isaiah 4:21 "Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" (prudent = carefully discreet, cautious)

Isaiah 55:11a "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord."

Isaiah 66:2b "...but to this man I will look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My word."

Philippians 2:7a "But who made Himself of no reputation..."

Philippians 2:21 "For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's."

Colossians 1:9b "...be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding...."

James 4:6b "...God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

I Corinthians 2:5 "...your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."

I Corinthians 2:14a "But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God..."

Job 37:5 "God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things, which we cannot comprehend."




###(Original message was written on 8/14/2007 @ 1:19am)

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