How am I going to fly away with Jesus when I keep dragging the weight of the world around with me? Hot-air balloons rise higher when they drop those dead-weight sand bags. Even a hot-head like me can take a lesson from that.
I understand that many things is the Bible are figurative and symbolic but many also have a literal fulfillment. When Noah was warned of a flood, was it just figurative or did a literal flood happen? When Abraham was visited by angels and learned the cities of the planes would be destroyed, was that figurative or did Lot and his daughters barely escape a literal destruction? When Moses warned Pharaoh of the plagues, did they happen in the real physical world or just in some ambiguous spiritual way? When Babylon was taken during her night of partying, did she really fall? My point is this; Who is warning spiritual Babylon and spiritual Egypt which is Rome and Vatican City? Who will visit that city and warn the people in that system to come out before the angel of destruction visits her and repays her double for all the iniquities she has committed with the kings of the earth? Who will bring the people out of that system and out of that city? Who will lift up their voice like a trumpet? It is better not to see, than to see and ignore. If you see the need, pray that God will use you in a mighty way to warn the inhabitants. Though there be one righteous man in that place, the Lord will not destroy it. Just as he spared Sodom and Gomorrah until not one honest soul remained, He will do the same again. Are we pleading that God hold back judgement till all may fully understand and make a wholehearted decision whether to stand with Him or against Him? He is long suffering and wants not one honest should to perish. It may be that many come out of her (that city and that system).
We think our well-meaning parents are overbearing and we want our own way. They have our best interests in mind and can foresee dangers, they caution, guide and try to impart wisdom. But, we want our own way. We rebel and fail. Did you know some of us never grow out of that spirit even when we grow old? I see in many churches 40, 50 and even 70-year-old bratty babies who still want their own way when God’s way is much higher. His wisdom surpasses even our highest thoughts. Yet, we think we can out-think God. We think we can go our own way. You can’t outfox the Shepherd. Eternal life’s a One-Way-Street. Christ is “The Way”. Given the choice between my way and the “high way”. I’ll take the latter. I’ll take the ladder that was let down from heaven in Jacob’s dream. Christ is that ladder…that bridge between here and the hereafter. So, what’s your next step? I’m sharing this with my pastors so they can share it with their flocks. We can wake ’em up, shake ’em up, so God can take ’em up.
I had two dreams last night.
The first dream: There was a storm coming unlike anything ever seen before. Huge white boulders of ice began to rain down. A stormchaser van was on one side of the street and didn’t escape. I was walking on the other side with only an umbrella and was unharmed.
The second dream: I walked past a room wherin was a pastor and his children. I could smell an unholy smoke coming from this room. Though the children didn’t partake directly, the second-hand smoke did affect them.
I woke and thought how curious.
Our prayers are not to be a selfish asking, merely for our own benefit. We are to ask that we may give. The principle of Christ’s life must be the principle of our lives. “For their sakes,” He said, speaking of His disciples, “I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified.” John 17:19. The same devotion, the same self-sacrifice, the same subjection to the claims of the word of God, that were manifest in Christ, must be seen in His servants. Our mission to the world is not to serve or please ourselves; we are to glorify God by co-operating with Him to save sinners. We are to ask blessings from God that we may communicate to others. The capacity for receiving is preserved only by imparting. We cannot continue to receive heavenly treasure without communicating to those around us. COL 142.3
There is another matter too often neglected by those who seek the Lord in prayer. Have you been honest with God? By the prophet Malachi the Lord declares, “Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from Mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings.” Malachi 3:7, 8. COL 144.3
As the Giver of every blessing, God claims a certain portion of all we possess. This is His provision to sustain the preaching of the gospel. And by making this return to God, we are to show our appreciation of His gifts. But if we withhold from Him that which is His own, how can we claim His blessing? If we are unfaithful stewards of earthly things, how can we expect Him to entrust us with the things of heaven? It may be that here is the secret of unanswered prayer. COL 144.4
But the Lord in His great mercy is ready to forgive, and He says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, … if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field…. And all nations shall call you blessed; for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 3:10-12. COL 144.5