Tuesday, March 6, 2012

When Holy Discontent becomes Holy Digust

I have been so disturbed by some things out of order in the Body of Christ recently. When this happens the first thing I do is check my own heart. The second thing I do is ask myself, and ask the Lord if this is HIM?

Sometimes when I am discontented with the state of the Body of Christ it's a motivation to act. To deal with the situation. To speak into it. To come along side and cajole back to the narrow path.

When I become disgusted, because the test of the prophetic is Love (1 Corinthians 13) I have to back away. Selah. Rest. Find the secret place and get well.

I don't know how others stand it. How leaders and ministers I admire are able to do it. How they see what I see (I know they do) and still stand without rage.

Right now there are some things going on that frankly are nauseating. I won't list them. I will say that I don't think this is just me. This is a manifestation of the Spirit of God in me.

Still in all, I know well the voice of God as he spoke to the People of Israel in Chapter 36 of Ezekiel. You have to read the whole thing to get the context. The issue is God is a good father.
He doesn't turn his backs on his people. He doesn't do things for them because they deserve it.

If you had a son who was rebellious, sloppy, out of order, that many would despise, but he is YOUR SON, he carries YOUR NAME, then you would do all you could to see to it that he represents your namesake. You would do things so that he would not degrade your name.

Father God is JUST LIKE THAT:
Ezekiel 36:22-23
22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

He will do what he does for his Body not because they deserve it, but because they carry his name. I am reminded of that, and as I wrestle with the profaning of God's name by those ho claim to be his, I am brought back to this truth: God will bless who he chooses to bless and he will curse those he chooses to curse. It's not about us, or what we do or do not deserve. It's all about HIM and his HOLY name.

Let's keep it that way and cut out the foolishness.

1 comment:

Fallout said...

When I peruse through the Christian channels I am amazed by some of the tactics that are used to get people to donate money. On yesterday's 700 club someone asked this question. “An evangelist on TV is saying if I sow a certain amount of money by a certain date that God would heal me. Does God really work this way?” I was glad that Pat Robertson was direct in his answer. He said that it was hokum. They're preying on the gullible...some of this is just bad...they're misrepresenting the gospel.