For Whom Are You Living?
Jesus said, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel's will save it." Mark 8:34-35 NKJ
Jesus is looking for a people who love God more than themselves. A people who want to spend quality time getting to know Him personally, and His resurrectin power. A people who are seriously looking for the Truth on any given matter, and are not satisfied with just following the crowd. A people who are very careful of whom they get their counsel from. A people willing to lay down their lives for something worth dying for. Jesus not only has a cause, but He is worth dying for. He looks through out the earth looking to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. They are a people who will honour His holy name, and will honour what He honours. Marriage is one of those things God has established that He wants us to honour.
The bible says, "Marriage is to be honoured by all (not just a few) and the bed udefiled" Hebrews 13:4
It was God who established Marriage and made it a Covenant until death for a reason!
Yeshua willingly layed down His life for us, and expects His disciples to do the same through, and in Him. The Holy Spirit will empower us with that same resurrection power that empowered Jesus so that we can do greater things than Jesus did when He walked on the earth. We too will demonstrate the love of the Father by loving like He does and watching to see what the Father is doing, and do that, like Jesus did. That's the whole gospel.
If you are divorced you can still lay down your life until death do you part, like you promises God in the first place when you made your vows to Him and each other. Divorce does not have the power to break a covenant, it only has the power to break intimacy with the one you loved. Divorce only has the power that you give it. You can still be faithful to your covenant spouse once you repent of your sins that helped cause this break up, especially if you didn't want the divorce in the first place. You are now free to be a 'eunuch' for the sake of the Kingdom of God if you so choose, not everyone can or will understand or accept this.
Nobody will make you do this not even God. It will be your choice. But God can use you mightily like He used Hosea if you choose that Ancient path of faithfulness in the sight if unfaithfulness. It will cost you everything but it will bring God glory in the end, but only if your heart is pure towards the Lord, and your hands are clean of your fleshly desires.
He who is able to accept it , let him accept it. Matthew 19:12
If you are not there yet, don't despair because God is in the busness of changing hearts and minds. He promised to take out our hardened stony rebellious hearts and give us hearts of flesh so we can do the things He is calling us to do.
The Holy Spirit will finish the work He has begun in us never fear! His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. 2 Peter 1: 1-3 His job is to bring us to Jesus, as a Bride without spot or wrinkle. He goes before us like an all consumming fire to burn off the dross, and get us ready for our true Bridegroom, Yeshua!
"The Exception Clause"
Sadly, the practice of divorce and remarriage especialy among those in leadership have left many of us confused and seeking answers. Which is a good thing if we turn to the Lord for your answers instead of to man. The Holy Spirit is here to teach us all truth.
God is cleansing His church, so get ready to see a whole lot more life styles exposed and lies uncovered as He continues to work in all of us. If we don't humble ourselves He will do it for us. . . He does it because of His deep love for His rebellious bride. His Church will bow her knee to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, or She will continue to be chastened until She does. But once She does She will be glorious!
One of the lies being exposed these days is. . .
The reason so many have bought into this lie is because it is being taught in Bible Seminaries all over the country. Many Pastors come out of these bible schools believing this lie to be true, so continue to teach it out of ignorance.
This lie has been around since King Henry the Eighth when Erasmus came up with his own theology that diametrically opposed the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the early apostles teachings. Erasmus did it so he could find favour with King Henry VIII.
Many have went looking for this lie because they want this lie, and Satan obliged them by raising up false teachers in the body of Christ who gladdly accommodated them. This lie has kept moving along generationally until now many think it's true.
* Here is the scripture that people use and go looking for when they want to get out of a troubled marriage. I'll use the original Greek words, then give you their true meaning.
Matthew 19: 9-10. .
"and I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for Porneia sexual immorality and marries another commits Moicheia adultery
Porneia is any sexual immoral activity entered into before a marriage covenant has taken place, this is called Porneia, or fornication, it is incest, harlotry, homosexuallity, lesbianism, or even a common law relationship. These illegal type relationships were going on in Jesus day, and are still going on today.
That's why Joseph was called a just man, because he planned on divorcing his "betrothed" wife because he believed she had committed fornication, when Joseph found out Mary was pregnant. Joseph planned on putting her away quietly because he believed she was defiled. (God showed him the truth this baby was begotten by Him not man)
Jesus was talking to the Pharisees who knew all about Moses law of defilement regarding betrothals, so Jesus gave them back their Law instead of His heart because they were proud of Moses Law, but to His disciples who were humble and contrite seeking God's truth, He shared His heart with them about repentence, and the power of forgiveness.
Joseph was called a just man because he was prepared to stand for righteousness sake rather than defile himself by making a covenant for life with someone he believed was not pure before God.
Porneia type relationships are not holy, or of God, Jesus was agreeing with the Pharisees that they need to be divorced from these destructive legal relationships before they became a covenant not after.
The apostles knew what Jesus was talking about, because their betrothal contracts were considered legally binding and the only way you could get out of these was through a legal divorce, that's why they said, "If that's the case it is better not to marry" (better not to make a covenant for life with that kind of person who would engage in that kind of sinful life style, after a covenant was made they would have to be stoned to death).
"Yes!" They now understood that marriage was a life time, indissoluble commitment with no way out except through the death of a spouse. If you couldn't trust your betrothed wife (your legally engaged wife) before you were married to her it would be foolish to enter into a blood covenant ceremony with someone who would only bring you shame and trouble later. (Like Gomer did to Hosea) You would be stuck with her for the rest of your life. You might end up wanting to stone her just to get rid of her, but that is not what Hosea did. God showed Hosea 'the way, the truth and the life' which many are not able to accept.
Hosea was faithful to the unfaithful like Jesus is to us!!!
If you were to ask Hosea he surly could tell you a thing or too about commitment. God used Hosea's and Gomer's relationship to expose the heart of Israel towards God; and God's heart towards Israel. Israel and Gomer were both playing the harlot, like the Church is doing today, and still God is faithful to us, who are unfaithful to Him.
Note: Even though God divorced Israel He never broke His covenant vows to His wife Israel. God says He is still married to Her! His plan is to restore her back to Himself through His Son Yesuah whom she rejected! Hosea was demonstrating the heart of a faithful God to Israel when he stood in the gap for his Gomer, who was later brought to her senses by God's power alone. For God is mighty to save! God is still standing in the gap for His wife Israel waiting for her to return to Him, and She will.
Yeshua didn't advocate the stoning of the woman caught in adultery either, as the Pharisees were prepared to do for selfish reasons and political gain as they tried to manipulate Yeshua into action against Moses law so they could accuse Him. But Yeshua out witted them, He stooped down and wrote in the dust with His finger, what they saw caused them to drop their stones and leave one by one. He answered them," He who is without sin amoung you, let him throw a stone at her first.
After they were all gone Yeshua said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you? "No one Lord", she said. "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more. Yeshua advocated forgiveness, genuine repentance as the answer to her sin. Jesus said to her to. . ."Go and sin no more,"
Yeshua also said to her , " I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
Note Jesus left her free to make up her own mind. God will not force anyone to repent, but we are wise when we do so!
Jesus desire is for both husbands and wives to humble themselves before God and work diligently towards reconciliation, so their covenant relationship can be restored no mater how long it takes. Both need to repent so He can heal their broken and wounded hearts, and soften their hearts toward one another again so they both can be made right with God and each other again.
Jesus blood is powerful enough to wash away any and all defilment, we are bondservants by choice to love our mates like Jesus does, and like Hosea demonstrated God's love to Gomer.
This kind of Love is powerful and effective!!!
God is able to turn a prodigal heart around and send him or her back home to their covenant spouse if they are still available, but if that person has gone and married someone else they too are in rebellion to God's way of doing things.
But a spouse willing to stand in the gap for their covenant partner who is caught in adulltery must have the right motive like Hosea did. Hosea's stand wasn't about trying to get Gomer back so he could be happy (for that would have been idolatry) his stand was about being obedient to God for the sake of God's Kingdom glory to be known to others, otherwise his stand would have been in the flesh, and we all know there is no strength in our flesh. The power to do this is supernatural and can only come from knowing and being intimate with God.
Another scripture that some take out of contex in order to justify what they do is 1 Corintians 7:25-4. .
Now concerning Virgins
In verses 25-40 Paul was talking in Hebrew to some Jewish (male & female) virgins when he says,
"I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgement as one in His mercy has made trustworthy. I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress (they were being persecuted ) that it is good if a man remaine as he is: are you bound to a Parthenoi betrothed, virgin wife then . . Do not seek to be loosed. (in other words don't break your betrothal) Are you Leluseai from a Parthenoi ? are you divorced from your betrothed wife then. . . Do not seek (a new betrothal) Parthenoui, but even if you do marry you have not sinned. (their legal union was not consumated, therefore they are free to marry again after their divorce from their betrothed wife) and if a Bethuwlah if a virgin who was never been betrothed marries she has not sinned.
Paul aware of human nature knew that young people have trouble with their new found fleshly desires, he was only trying to spare them future pain because of their present stuggles and he didn't want them focusing on their love relationships during these difficult times. He wanted them to set their hearts and minds totally on what the Lord was doing!
It is sad to say, but many translations of the bible have lost their true meaning because they have been given a watered down version of both the Hebrew and Greek words that are now under discussion here.
The Word of God has being tampered with through ignorance of Jewish customs causing false teachers, who give their own interpritations to arise!
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit, On the contrary, in Chist we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.
A "Seer" anointing is coming your way, get ready for it!
There are three places in the bible that warns against tampering with scripture! Trouble has come upon us because there are some who have done that very thing!
We must be very discerning in these dark days that we are in.
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewed as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16 NIV
When the apostles taught that marriage was a covenant for life there was no confusion everyone understood that marriage was a life time commitment with no way out until the death of one of their partners; so how come we don't understand this today?
When I was a little girl about 60 years ago, every one including heathens believed that marriage was for life. So what has changed?
"I've Got To Be Me" generation has come along. . it's all about "ME", and my kingdom happiness. "Self" has become our new god!!!
The watchmen on the wall have fallen asleep on the job, they left the gate wide open for Satan to come in and stand in our podiums with his false teaching 'that remarriage is ok', when it is not. Satan has come in to kill, steal and destroy our families with our permission. What Satan is really after is our image of a powerful and faithful God. He wants that image totally destroyed beyond recognition, so our children will not know a God of power, or a God of unconditional love.
Satan has done a pretty good job of doing that wouldn't you say? Our desire for happiness reigns supreme and look where it got us. . . in bed with the devil's plans for our families.
Are you awake Yet?
Satan's plan is for us to think contractually. God didn't really say 'marriage was for life' did He! Satan thinks he has succeeded with the flood of divorces and remarriages going on in society today, but God is faithful even to the unfaithful. The Spirit of God is using the most unlikely of us, to raise up His standard again. The very ones Satan thought he destroyed are now repenting and rising up to fight back. Glory to God!!!!
God's "Blood Covenant Promise" never to leave us, or forsake us will always win the day. God is not like man. His ways and standards are much higher than ours. He's never caught off guard, wondering what the devil is up to. He already knows and just lets things run their course until the time is ripe, then the Spirit of the Lord raises up His standard and check mates the devil at his own game; because God is able to do that. He is after all . . .
A Covenant Keeping God who will never forsake us!
Have you noticed God always has a remnant who refuse to bow their knee to the gods of this world, men and women like Hosea, who are willing to stand on the wall, and cry out night and day for God's grace and mercy to manifest in His people so we can repent of our wicked ways. God hears their cries and responds to their prayers.
These people called by God have kept their campfires burning brightly, sparks are beginning to fly. Others are now catching fire, and their campfires are blazeing up igniting others, until one day the Holy Spirit will cause a sudden swhoosh that will set the world ablaze with the revelation knowledge of this . . .
Great Mystery of His,
God's one-flesh covenant relationship with man / woman, in marriage. . with Him in the center. This is His good news for such a time as this!
What this one-flesh relationship with God really means to the body of Christ today, is being brought forth.
The Secrets of His covenant are being revealed today.
Satanís has been working over time trying to suppress this knowledge, trying to keep as many out of the Kingdom of God as possible; because his time is short.
Satan's schemes are becoming so obvious now, that even those who had their heads stuck in the sand are beginning to stir. Satan thinks he's won our children by default, through our buying his lies for so long. Is he ever going to be surprised because . . .
God has another sting planned for Satan with our youth!
God is going to use our broken and wounded Kids! Yes! The very ones voted most likely not to succeed! That's why Satan hates our children so much, and tries to kill as many as he can through suicide, or with abortion before they're born! Satan's politicians work hard trying to bring things into law so Satan will be glorifyied instead of God through our ignorance.
Who's eyes are we seeing through?
Man's or God's