Without A Wedding Garment
by Pam Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org)
So many people are noticing and commenting on the shift God has just taken the Church. Things are changing, things are being re-aligned, and the recent does not fit like it did before.
In some areas, it is troubling and in other areas it is refreshing. But those who are prophetically "tuned" see it and observe and consider the changes, knowing that even more change has been prophesied and will come.
For years people have become disillusioned and even disappointed in the Church as we have known it. Sin has been exposed, betrayers seemed to win, thefts occured and offenses have been many.
It has disturbed a lot of people, and many have dropped out of church life altogether. Some have stood back at a distance, working to avoid the bitterness they were feeling in their hearts. They didn't want to lose God; they wanted to find, seek, see and feel what is REAL. They wanted to reject the false.
But it seemed everywhere they looked for the real leadership left them more and more disappointed. People pulled back on their giving. They wanted to believe these mega promises were coming in, but some of the "pulls" were coming off a little too Madison Avenue rather than the Highway of Holiness.
Sacrifice in the right way is good. The Lord says, "Gather My saints together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." (Psalm 50:5 NKJV) It's a mark on the heart that God sees with Spirit eyes.
But many through disappointment and discouragement have stopped giving their "love gifts" to God. The reason was that they did not want to be yoked to the wrong spirits. Some were even angry at God and hurt and wounded.
It has not been easy, it has not been pretty and honestly, there is more to come. But don't present yourself to God without a wedding garment!
God still has need of you, even if He is tearing down the walls of the structured and rebellious church! Are you seeing Him or seeing a man? Will man be your excuse to turn away from God?
Or have you heard His Voice enough to use your heart, mind, soul, and strength to obey His will? Because people have pulled back, our country is in a financial crisis. It started because of sowing wrongly, and we can be deceived, but much of that is now being exposed and will continue to be exposed.
As it says in Joel 2: 13-14, "So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him; A grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God?"
If we don't give an offering to what is right and good, we have not honored Him in a way that He can bless. We must be like Job who even in crisis said, "Blessed be the Name of the Lord." Job, even in his trial, had to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and pray for things to turn around for him.
We may not be able to control the timing, but we can control the outcome if we still look to Him. If you allow bitterness to swallow you up, you will not be able to praise Him and encounter His Presence. "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel." (Psalm 22:3 KJV)
At this critical time, if you give to truth, you will receive and be established in truth. But if you give in to lies and disillusionment, you will be established in that and it is no comfortable place to be!
The enemy of our soul has been on a campaign to make you believe that wrong is right and right is wrong. Did you fall for the lie? If you just give in to it, it is to your hurt.
There is a Wedding going on and you must have the right garment on to be accepted.