ABOVE ALL ELSE GUARD YOUR HEART!

 

 

“But King Solomon loved many strange women… Solomon clave unto these in love…And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice”

(1Kg 11:1-10)

 

The story of King Solomon is one of the saddest in the Bible. ‘He had it all’, as they say. He was born in a royal home, trained by the best teachers. His father was the greatest King of Israel. God removed his elder brothers and gave him the throne of his father. As a young king he prayed for God’s favor. God appeared to him twice and gave him his heart’s desire. So, what can damage such a testimony? The devil…Yes…but how can the devil do it? The answer is simpler than you anticipate: the king’s fall was thru sexual lust. He ignored God’s commands to have a pure heart.

 

He ‘loved strange women’… In Hebrew, the word ‘strange’ means foreign, adulterous, non-relatives, different than expected, prayed for or planned. The word also means outlandish, strikingly out of the ordinary. It means erratic, capricious and unpredictable, having a tendency to wander away from safety and truth. The same is described as odd, left alone after everybody else is paired. This type of ‘strange woman’ is a religious unbeliever. She can never make a good wife to a Christian man. What she offers to a man is a little bit of religion, a little bit of church-going and some drops of prayer here and there.

 

The reason why Solomon loved these strange women is because he broke the law of God and that of his own conscience. It is the same Solomon who said: “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it” (PV 4:23). But he was careless with his heart, allowing the weeds of the world to take over the good planation of the Word. Little by little, the corruption of sin destroyed the holy seeds. The heart withered and died inside. The worship of God seems far away. The Bible is just a book on the shelf. Prayer is just a mumbling and a quick sign of the cross for all to see…

Once upon a time, young King Solomon advised other parents: “Train a child in the way he should go, so that when he is old, he will not depart from it” (PV 22:6). But he lacked the foundation that keeps a soul secure for a life time. The Lord appeared twice to Solomon. But the visions of God could not help him remain in the way of the Lord. The heart was wild and undisciplined. So much investment and so little fruit…And the Lord became angry with him…

 

Why will a believer fall in love with an unbeliever? Why will a Christian marry a strange woman? This sounds impossible but it is quite common. If your salvation is not deep enough to touch and change the heart, it will only be a religious cover for sin. In my experience I discovered that it is possible for a Christian man to love church activities and Bible school; to be committed to ministry and prayer.  But if he desires a ‘quiet home’, free from the intervention of the Holy Spirit he will marry an unbeliever. This man fears God being in charge of his home and marriage. He fears that a true born again wife will serve him prayer in place of breakfast; fasting for lunch and prophesy for dinner. He is scared that his house will become a church and sin will run away. He is afraid that his worldly friends will sense the holy atmosphere there and will avoid visiting him. He is careful with his reputation. He refuses to be known as a fanatic. He likes church outside the home and not inside.

 

This man will fall prey to religious demons wrapped in female flesh. Pagan worship is free from repentance of sin. To him, there is no need for Crosses to carry or for tears to wash the feet of Jesus. To him, Jesus is too rigid and too narrow minded. His heart is slowly drawn away to the world and the pleasures of sin. God is angry but he is not aware of it…He becomes an old foolish man, surrounded by women who care not for his soul…Sad…Sad…

Dear young brothers and sisters, marry only believers! May the power of the Holy Spirit burn in your heart any desire to love strange characters, agents of the forces of darkness! You have nothing in common with demons! Flee fornication! Serve God with all your heart when you are young so that old age will be a harvest of joy!

Dear Parents: never forget! God expects you to train your children having heaven in mind!

 

What is the solution? Go to the Cross! Jesus died that you might live! Jesus paid with His Blood the penalty for your sin! There is no other name to call, to shout, than the name of Jesus! There is no other hope than the hope of glory! God is not dead! Pray! Repent of sin! Give your life to Jesus! There is no short cut! This is the Gospel of salvation! This is the Word of Eternal life! The God that helps me to write these words loves you!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am saved!

I have eternal life!

I separate myself from anything that corrupts my body, soul and spirit!

I love Jesus!

In Jesus name

Amen!

EVEN SO I COME

 

 

“My Beloved spoke and said unto me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one and come away” (SS2:10)

 

Lord Jesus is my Life, my Friend, my Father, my Brother and my Lover forever.  He is not shy or quiet. He speaks words of strength and compassion. He laughs when He speaks about me…He is so happy…I want to be happy with Him, but this love is so new to me…from where I come from people sell love in little tablets. Here I see it overflowing…He surrounds me with songs of deliverance. He boasts of His love for me to all who have ears to hear. I just discovered this evening that I cannot hide anymore… There are no shadows in this place of light…

 

His light makes me shine. His song make people turn their heads and look…they look at me… I am not used to such a display, but the angels carry cameras and already pictures are seen in the clouds…My dream to be an ordinary Christian is burnt by the fire of His eyes… No regrets, only a panic thinking of what to do with all this love… Do I have to preach about it? What should be the title of my sermon? Can I just sing and preach in tongues? Will anyone understand my language salted by the breeze of heaven? Do lukewarm people ever guess what true passion is? What will religious people think of me? They rejected my English…will they accept my tongues? Is this banqueting table big enough to accommodate all my hungry friends? Is the love banner large enough to cover us all? I want to rest my mind from all this ‘practical’ questions but the wine at the table is too sweet to make me think ‘straight’

 

Suddenly there is a hush…At the head of the table my Lord stands up to testify: He tells all around how he found me, lost and blind…how I was fighting back not knowing what…how I was lonely and poor, dirty from the cares of this world, afraid that I will live and die in vain…His testimony is how He carried me from the darkness to light, how He used His blood to wash me clean, how He filled me with Himself, how we laughed together in one accord for the first time, grateful for a new beginning…

To every word He said the angels clapped their wings and shouted praises…’My Lord is a good preacher- I found myself thinking- ’He can convert the whole heaven… The Gospel is sweet in His mouth…’

His voice is so good to my ears…healing to my soul…

Speak Lord, Thy servant listens…

 

Then He turns towards me saying ‘Rise’…from ashes of defeat, from dirt of failure, from dung of rejection, from useless fears and meaningless doubts…Rise up, even if your ankles are weak and your back aches…Come closer to Me…higher…nearer… touch My hands and see…It is I and not another…Be strong in your knowledge of Me…you are a pillar and nobody can ever push you around…You are fair and beautiful…You are fruitful and strong, for so I made you to be…Leave the past behind and come away…depart…My hands are waiting for Your embrace…It is time to move on, to things unknown by men, to learn a new dance, a new song…This is the time to love…

 

Then the heavenly choir sings a chorus: ‘Forsake your earthly father’s house…the King is enthralled by your beauty…Follow Him…Trust Him…Worship Him… Honor Him… for He is your Lord…

The Bride and the Spirit says Come…

Even so come Lord Jesus!

Even so I come, my Lord Jesus…

FULLNESS OF JOY

 

 

“You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11)

The evening prayer meeting was special. I prepared a message. But there was no ‘green light to cross the street’. Initially, the people were too ‘slow and too scattered’ spiritually. The only thing left to do was to invite the Commander of the army of Heaven! This has happen to me many times. I do not have any fleshly confidence to preach or teach without the clear leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit. I do not have ‘a plan B’. I do not have something ‘on my sleeve’, or how they say it. It is easy for me to let the Holy Spirit take control. He knows the people. He knows the needs and their prayers much more than me. Who am I anyway? Faith has to be 100% for me to open my mouth and preach. This evening that perfect faith was not supplied…The people were hungry for God and not for me…Thank God!

 

We read some scriptures aloud! The Word of God has power inside! Faith comes by hearing the Word of God! It works! Our faith increased! So we prayed for open heavens, for the Holy Spirit to come down and fill His people. This is exactly what He was waiting for…After about an hour of prayer, like a holy wind the Holy Spirit came down…the children were the first to be baptized and started praying in tongues…Have you ever witnessed that? If not, you are missing… The children are the first ones to jump in the river of life…They know the sound of the ‘splash’…they have no reputation to maintain, no worries about the dry cleaner to wash their clothes…they fall down and pray and sing and laugh…Oh, How I love to hear the children Holy Ghost laughter… It is music to my spirit… By now I am sure that you are getting it…Yes, once again we enjoyed the eternal pleasures in the presence of God.

I love Holy Ghost ministry! Nothing like it! No way to fail! Be healed in Jesus name!

To God be all the glory!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

COUNTED ME FAITHFUL

 

 

“I give thanks to Him, who hath strengthened me, even to Christ Jesus our Lord, for that He hath counted me faithful, putting me in the ministry” (1Tim 1:12)

 

“Dear Heavenly Father,

I cannot describe in human words the sweet joy of abiding daily in Your presence…the privilege of praying…the honor of studying Your Word. You said that this is my work: To believe in Jesus! To make my faith visible and real to others… so that they can believe in You too! To the world my work is useless, but to me is priceless…

Dear Lord Jesus, I truly love You…You are so patient with me…Strong on my behalf…Gentle and kind…I thank You for the amazing grace to write down the revelation received, for the benefit of the needy souls…I know that this Word shall break the stony hearts and set the captives free…I thank You for giving me this evening a hint of the mighty anointing that shall be released … The way I feel now, I know for sure that the service tomorrow will be great… souls shall be saved, bondages shall be broken, there shall be healing, deliverance and blessings overflow…

Lord, I am so grateful for calling me to Your service…Your Spirit leads me on…

I give thanks…

Eternally and faithfully Yours,

Malia”

LORD SMITE MY ROCKY HEART!

 

kneeling-at-the-cross

Adorable Jesus! I acknowledge my vileness, my

worthlessness, my ingratitude. With shame and

confusion of face I look up unto You, O bleeding

Lamb, for having slighted your goodness, and

Your loving kindness towards me.

 

Take away this earthliness from my mind; this

coldness from my heart; this insensibility to the

things of God. Preserve me from a secret alienation

of heart; from a growing lukewarmness.

 

You are the Rock of Ages, the everlasting Strength.

Endue me with power from on high to overcome all

my indwelling corruptions, which, like a thick cloud,

intervene between my soul and You, the Sun of

Righteousness; and thus prevent the rays of your

consolation from gladdening my heart, and making

me to abound in the fruits of righteousness.

 

To whom can I look, to whom can I go, but unto

You, O Friend of sinners. Lord, at Your sweet call,

I come for pardon, peace, and holiness.

 

Lord! I am sorely grieved, that I love You so little;

that my affections move so slowly towards You.

 

Stir up my languid desires.

Inflame my cold affections.

Set my whole soul on fire with holy love.

 

How painful, that I should be so little affected

by the agony and bloody sweat, the cross and

passion, of my suffering Redeemer.

 

Why is not my soul all on fire, when I think

of Your love? Why is it not melted into tears,

when I think of my dying Savior?

 

Am I harder than the rock in Horeb?

Am I colder than the northern ice?

 

Lord! smite my rocky heart with the rod of Your

loving kindness; dissolve my frozen affections,

by the melting beams of Your grace.

 

O! blessed Jesus! I praise You for such infinite love,

such abounding grace to the chief of sinners!

 

(Thomas Reade, 1620-1686)

THIS IS THE COMMAND OF GOD: SPEAK THE TRUTH! PUT OFF LYING!

 

 

“Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God… (Eph 4:25-32)

 

Declare war against sin! Hate all lies, big or small! You can be free! We are commanded to ‘put away’ lying. The words ‘put off’ mean to lay aside, to forsake or to cast off. In Greek these words describe the opposite of having a purpose, conceive or settling down. It means that you should not allow a lie to settle down in your spirits; you should not permit a lie to take roots in your innermost being. If you allow a lie to go undetected and settle in your heart, you have allowed the devil to become your spiritual ‘tenant’. From deep within; he will deceive you and use you to deceive others. Your words shall be ‘corrupted’ and grieve the Holy Spirit. This is a serious warning! Not only our conscious mind, but also our spirit must be free of deception.

 

What can you do in case you suspect that you host spiritual corruption, hidden sin or self-deception? Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth and expose the demon hiding in your heart!

The opposite of lying is to be filled with the Holy Spirit! It is to allow the Word of God to sink down and impregnate your spirit. From that innermost holy place, your mouth shall speak words of truth and grace to glorify God and encourage the listeners.

 

Let’s pray according to the Word of God:

“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins. Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer…Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps 19:12-14; 139:23, 24)

In Jesus name

Amen!

WORD FOR TODAY

 

 

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Is 40:28-31)

In Christ I declare:
I have a wonderful testimony! Many shall rejoice when they hear it!
I know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth! He is my Father and my God!
I know that God understands me perfectly!
I know that God does now get tired of me!
I know that God increases my strength when I am weak!
I know that I am healed, delivered and promoted to a higher level!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name
Amen!