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Reach Out. Seek the One, Says the Lord

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REACH OUT. Seek the one, says the Lord

I was talking to the Lord this morning about how far below and not in line with the Word much of the church is in many things, but this morning it was regarding simple “Jesus” kindness and love towards each other.

For example, not once but many times, I’ve known widows and single moms with fatherless children who were hurting and going through terrible things and who regularly go to church or have been home bound because of a sick child and were “invisible” to the church. People knew they were suffering, hurting, etc., and literally no one, zero brothers and sisters even reached out to even pray with them. None.

Not saying it to boast. At. All. Because, it’s simply what Word says to do but sharing because maybe it will help one church or person be the spark and change in his/her church.

On behalf of widows/single moms with fatherless children, I’ve tried to arrange home ministry visits (multiple times) with very large churches in their area as well as at least a handful of churches in their area in general, and no one was “discipled enough” in any of them to visit a widow and her sick child to minister to them. They literally said, “No, we don’t do that.” What is so heartbreaking for me to bear is that this behavior most often comes from church leadership that is supposed to know the Word better than anyone. Who is supposed to be making disciples, so the load of helping others is not on them (a few people) but on the entire discipled flock. Supposed to be.

The Word, in many places, tells us that we take an active not passive role in blessing others.

We don’t wait for them to have to beg and beg to be seen and helped. No, we love Jesus so much that we actively reach out, seek them, make sure they are okay. Need prayer, food, etc. But my observation on many occasions is that these widows and their children were mere inconveniences and not potential good donors, not important enough to them in some way to bother with them. They’d had to practically beg to be seen and heard by their brothers and sisters and shepherds and remind them of their (her and children) existence. This is utter biblical ignorance and not doing the Word.

The Word says in Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” 

God speaks this in command form. We actively do these things. The widow and fatherless child doesn’t have to beg to be seen, helped, ministered to, etc. NO! The church knows the Word (or should) and is very intentional about doing it and making enough disciples so all are helped and blessed among them. I’m using widows, etc. as an example here, but all brothers and sisters among the church should be cared for, about, and sought out.

Prayer

Father, again I cry out. Shake the church awake. I prophesy to the church, ARISE, you sleepers. Shake the scales and blackness off the hearts of Your people, Lord God. Set their Spirits on fire to live Your Word in Jesus’ name, amen.

More related verses

1 John 3:17-18, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

James 2:15-16, “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”

Matthew 25:32-40, “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”

Pray for the Church, Prayer for Pastors

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For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

ESTHER 4:14

We can easily discern by what is happening in the church and what isn’t that it is far from God’s will and mostly in compromise. Everything of God – His Word, gifts, prophecy,  giving, etc. – has been twisted and abused by the enemy, driving people into further confusion and deception. Then instead of seeking Him to know His Word for themselves and what He says about matters, giving, the gifts of the Spirit many, not all, are abandoning them altogether out of disappointment, disgust, and all that the twisting His Word and way brings.

But when His Word and gifts are used as He intended, they draw people, heal them, and set them on fire to continue to co-labor with Jesus to help others for the saving of souls and setting free by the power of the Holy Spirit.

So strongly, I’ve heard the Holy Spirit say how terrible the state of the church looks to the lost and how these perversions of God’s truth are keeping them from Jesus. That’s why we must pray.

When in prayer, the Lord gave me Esther 4:14 to speak to me about pastors.

He used it to speak to me about the overall church and the lost to say if pastors today do not obey His voice or are quenching it, so they can no longer hear Him, that He will raise up others in their place. And all they think they are doing or all of God’s truth they are not speaking to “hold on to” and protect “their” church, position, salary or to prevent “members” from leaving is self-deception and will lead to the very thing they fear – losing it all.

It’s not their church, and there’s nothing they can do to hold onto it if God removes them from their position for not taking care of His sheep. For harming them, lying to and deceiving them, and withholding His truth. For not loving them and for being lovers of self.

God has been, is, and will continue to raise up others to replace every false shepherd and prophet, every wolf in sheep’s clothing with sons and daughters of thunder who don’t “look like” or “seem like” God would use them in the eyes of man. Oh, but praise God, He looks on the heart alone.

Let’s pray that every pastor, shepherd, and teacher of the Word …

Put God and His Word first no matter what. No matter if it causes a church split, no matter it offends, no matter if they lose their 501c3 status, no matter if they lose their position.

See and know that they know God is their Source alone. Not donors, etc. Him alone.

Return to their first love Jesus and always have the Lord and His namesake, His reputation, His people, and the lost in mind when they preach and teach.

Obey God as Micaiah who said in 1 Kings 22:14, “As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.”

Be defenders of the Word like Paul as we defend His Word out of our love for Him, His truth, and people. Everything else leads people into bondage or hell. True love speaks His truth to keep people from these things.

Fear You more than they fear man and be totally delivered from people pleasing.

Be delivered from every man-made side doctrine that adds to and takes away from the Word.

Be delivered from exalting their denominational beliefs above the Word.

Be led by the Holy Spirit.

Teach the full gospel including that the gifts (the ministry of the Holy Spirit) and healing are for today. Perverting the gospel by withholding His truth in any way very serious in the eyes of God and robbing people of freedom.

Make disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

Bow their knees and fully submit to the Lord and everything the voice of the Lord tells them or be replaced by those who will. Souls, lives, His truth and namesake are all at stake here and matter more than pastors being removed from their positions for bringing much harm to His people.

Also pray that…

Every false teacher, prophet, bowed to money and power ones, etc. be exposed and His people learn and study the Word for themselves, so they know that what they are being taught is His truth, that they not blindly accept everything they are taught, and test every spirit as many wolves abound to devour God’s flock in these times.

In Jesus’ name, amen.