James 5 King James Version (KJV)
5 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
IN HARM'S WAY
My Brothers and Sisters,
We must not forget that prayer changes things. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
The grip of bondage tightens and
God's people are so tightly woven into the fabric of the world that they are convinced that what they have established is the way it is supposed to be. Hence, according to their beliefs and practice, we are supposed to be divided in Faith and worship. We are to loathe those who are not like us. We are to live in fear. We are to take, always wanting more. Charity is only for those whom we feel are deserving. They believe there is a hierarchy within Christ's Church that BEGINS AND ENDS with man.
The people of the world do not KNOW THE WORD. Error shall follow error, as they put their faith in man to ease their suffering and bring them prosperity .
They see the awakened as workers of iniquity, sowing contention, strife and division, wanting to destroy their good works and the church. Yes, there are many people in darkness, attempting to do just that, for one reason or another. But, where lies the true church and what need is there to divide the imitation which is ALREADY DIVIDED? Why labor to tear down that which has fallen, or tear asunder that which has ripped itself from Holiness and Righteousness and the sanctity of TRUE WORSHIP in SPIRIT and in TRUTH?
My Brothers and Sisters, Brethren,
Man doesn't like to change. He marvels at the changing world around him, but holds up a defiant hand at any change directed toward him personally to transform his soul. If there is to be any modification, he requires it must be self-modification, self-approved and self-beneficial.
Why should WE place ourselves in harm's way, opposing and thwarting darkness for the UNGRATEFUL; the blind followers of the world, who throw rocks and stones at us; who warn others not to listen to us; who say that we are profiteers, con artists, conspiracy lunatics, self-seeking individuals, who are maladjusted, misfits of society seeking power, attention and fame, or argumentative, prideful people who just want their own way?
Do not say that you don't hear them. Do not say that it doesn't bother you, but within your battered heart and somewhat bruised ego, realize...
Let not your heart be troubled or taken in by bitterness. It is not that they are UNGRATEFUL, but rather they are in darkness. See how easy it is to be fooled by the enemy to despise our brother, when we allow ourselves to be controlled by our feelings. What you say against another cannot be taken back, therefore , guard your heart and tame your tongue by abiding in Jesus.
The world is once again CHANGING or should we say RECYCLING?! THE REAPERS WILL BEGIN TO SOW! But, what will be their harvest from infertile, polluted ground? Who will drink the bitter wine?
Oh, children, it is nothing NEW! The world is RECYCLING THAT WHICH IS OLD!
It is recycling the old to make room for the NEW WINE and the NEW WINE SKINS! The people cry out for change, but, THEY will not change until they have had enough of THEMSELVES! Until they are drunk on bitter wine and fast asleep for the enemy to overtake them. THEN, they will cry out, LORD SAVE US! Amen!
In a world where we are surrounded by new gadgets, new information and old places which have been remodeled to look new, we find that the MIND OF MAN has NOT CHANGED! God's message to man has not changed, but man refuses to LISTEN, because he'd rather drown out the TRUTH with the noise of the world and drink the bitter wine of foolish men.
The EVIDENCE is all around us, throughout every facet of society; in entertainment, politics, education, religion and social structure. There is a defiant rebellion against God! We are surrounded by wolves in sheep's clothing, led by wolves in sheep's clothing, who cry out "WOLF," to distract and fool their flock from their own disguise.
So, why should WE place ourselves in harm's way for those who seek to harm us and try to shame and discredit us? Shouldn't we be just wiping our feet and moving on to the next town? The problem is, there is no NEXT town to accept us. So, tell me, IS OUR WORK IN VAIN? Is it doing more harm to US, than good for them?
We must RETHINK the equation! We should have taken me, myself, I, we, and any pronoun pertaining to 'US' OUT of the equation before we started! This is not about you and me, this is about the Kingdom of God! Those in bondage are God's Sheep and God's People! Satan is a thief and a liar and we cannot listen to him, no matter whose voice and soul he is using to hurl insults and accusations!
Why address this? Because, it is part of the CYCLE we are currently experiencing. It will be a regular occurrence and every TRUE BELIEVER needs to be AWARE of it! The ATTACKS will come. You're going to see it come through your family, close friends, coworkers, boss, leaders, people on the street and who you interact with. Why? Because, Satan is trying to WEAR YOU DOWN! Just as he attacked Job, he's going to do EVERYTHING he can to stir up PRIDE in you so he can accuse you and condemn you.
But, let the prideful tell on themselves! They have been rebuked! There is no need to watch them and see what will happen. There is no need to fear them. They are bound by fear and love of the world. If all that they have should be taken from them before the eyes of men and the world, will men still listen to them, follow them and glorify them?
The eyes and ears of men in the world are fickle, easy to be charmed and misled, because their soul has no TRUE FOUNDATION upon GOD. What we see predominantly around us in the world today is the RELIGION OF MAN established to live within the WORLD!
Where is Christ's Church and God's Sheep? --SCATTERED! BUT, HIS SHEEP STILL KNOW HIS VOICE! They know His voice because it speaks TRUTH and it can only speak TRUTH!
My Brothers and Sisters, like our Brother, Yeshuah, we speak BOLDLY as our Father instructed us to do, and like John crying out in the wilderness, "REPENT"! We ALWAYS do as we see our Father do. Those who have ears to hear will hear.
Yet, our PRESENCE, our CHARACTER, and ACTIONS, SHOULD Light the Way and the Path for others to follow.
KNOW that you will be marked, shunned, slandered, labeled as discontent and prideful by the prideful, who are lacking understanding because of fear and pride. Therefore, as they did Christ, they will label you an outsider, blasphemer, working under the power and authority of Lucifer to bring in false doctrine and lead others astray. They will continue to preach Christ while they crucify Christ by thought, word and deed, because their hearts have not been changed and their eyes have been blinded. Wherein, they cannot hear the Master's voice, nor follow the TRUE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
If we do as we see our Father do, we see Him make the Sun shine, even upon His enemies. Thus, He loves them unconditionally. If we do as we so our Father do, we see Him sacrifice, even as He sacrificed His ONLY begotten son, that others might repent, follow Him and be saved. If we do as we see our Father do, we know that each and every thing and person is important and of value, therefore, they must be cared for and provided for. If we do as we see our Father do, we bear the burdens of our neighbors, loving them as we love ourselves. And, EACH time we are RIDICULED, CRITICIZED, ACCUSED, SHUNNED, BLAMED, TALKED ABOUT AND CAST OUT, we pick up our CROSS and place ourselves IN HARM'S WAY; not because we are WEAK; not because we are GUILTY or so noble; but, because, when we started this journey, we did not start it ALONE.
Because of He who is always with us, we KNEW we are to be our brother's keeper. We knew we had to bear the infirmities of the weak. We knew we had a charge to keep and a God to GLORIFY! We KNEW that God said it wasn't going to be EASY. We KNEW that we had a cross to bear.
Yes, we, like many others before us had been told of these hardships, heartaches and setbacks, along with many good, many joyous, and many wondrous things. Yet, there is sometimes a river separating the difference between KNOWING and UNDERSTANDING and we can ONLY bridge the gap through the Holy Ghost and Jesus.
Can we TRULY say that we UNDERSTOOD, when we find our hearts broken by the world, wondering HOW and WHY people, even some who call themselves Believers and Christians, can be so ignorant, cruel and unloving? Can we say that we TRULY UNDERSTOOD, when our pride swells up within us because of some untruth or out-right lie that has been told on us; or when they gossip about us, cast us aside and exclude us; or when we who are flesh and blood are no longer considered to be even a thought worth thinking, or to be considered in kindly ways to even be prayed for?
OH, can we say we TRULY UNDERSTAND, when we FEEL like we're all alone in this cold, dark world, without a soul to understand or love us?
TELL ME!!! WHY SHOULD WE PLACE OURSELVES IN HARMS WAY, FATHER?!
Because, YOU HAVE JESUS!!!
And IF you have decided to FOLLOW JESUS, then YOU'LL GO WITH HIM AAALL THE WAY, WHERE EVER HE MAY LEAD YOU!
THANK YOU, LORD; FOR YOU SENT JESUS SO THAT HE WOULD TRULY KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHAT WE WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH !!! The pain, suffering and selfishness we see in the world today is due to people not knowing, understanding, or caring because they are void of THE WORD!
You can't just read the word or recite the word. The Word has to be IN you and you must become a part of Him to know and understand, so, that even when others don't know, understand or care about YOU, the JESUS in YOU leads you to know, understand, care for and LOVE THEM!!! HALLELUJAH!
"They'll know you by your LOVE for one another! "That's how we can tell those who REALLY LOVE AND BELIEVE IN JESUS AND LOVE AND OBEY GOD!
WHERE IS YOUR LOVE FOR ME? Jesus wants to know if you TRULY BELIEVE !!!
WHERE IS YOUR LOVE FOR ME, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS?!
DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE? Do you KNOW and UNDERSTAND?! Then, show your love for me, even if you disagree with me. SHOW ME JESUS !!!
So, My Friends, to be in harm's way, you must first BELIEVE in He who stood there first and was accused, judged, condemned, beaten, scurged, spat upon, tortured, crucified, dead, buried, arose defeating death and setting the captives free, and now sits at the right hand of GOD, interceding on our behalf.
YES, if you see me in harm's way, taking the fiery arrows, of Satan, know that I BELIEVE, not in MYSELF, but IN CHRIST JESUS WHO STANDS WITH ME!!!
As Jesus explained to the Pharisees and Sadducees, I am not ALONE!
Friends, know that we cannot stand by ourselves, believing we can weather the storms of life or that we will achieve GREATNESS in the world! The One must be WITH US--Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, then, we can stand United as the Body of Christ, for the GREATNESS AND GLORY OF GOD!
We work and stand in vain, if we stand without JESUS, the gateway to the Triune God. Alone, all we can produce is the FLESH. We MUST be connected to THE VINE to produce GOOD FRUIT.
What will we see produced by a nation led by the FLESH, sowing flesh? We REAP what we SOW. May the Lord have mercy upon us.
Many work for God, knowing that they've been promised rest, a robe and a crown in Glory and in doing so MISS THE TRUE PRIZE AND REWARD--which is, VICTORY IN JESUS!!! --To be able to LIVE and STAND in VICTORY with Jesus, being IN the world, but, not OF the world, belonging to God, co-heirs to His Kingdom. --Victory, such that, what flows from your heart is NOT contempt, condemnation, animosity, disrespect, accusations, and jealousy, revealing a heart trained by the world to repeat hateful rhetoric verbatim, ad nauseam being in ignorance and complete bondage to the adversary and darkness.
God's people are so tightly woven into the fabric of the world that they are CONVINCED by darkness that what they claim to have ESTABLISHED is the way it is supposed to BE. This lie has led to the enemy infiltrating places of worship. THIS lie was the resounding message across America in the 2016 Presidential Election. Immigrant White America telling the rest of the immigrants and people of color they want America to be how it use to be, predominantly white with white people in charge. They believe that what they THINK they have established on their own, is the way it should BE and the majority of the harvest rightfully belongs to THEM.
What do we say to this? How do we counteract this? SHOULD we counteract this? This is man not wanting to change from within, again.
History repeats itself. Should our Native American Sisters and Brothers make room for us on the reservations? Have people of color labored and helped to save white America, only to be betrayed, also?
Then, again, can we...should we, place ALL the blame on the white man? YES, he has invaded and occupied every nation and continent, acting as human exterminators and mechanisms for involuntary population control and environmental pollution and destruction. Yet, let us not be blinded once again by the enemy's methods to create division. Throughout history, every race has taken its turn and tole upon the global timeline of carnage, pillage and destruction.
We must remind ourselves, this is MAN, going against GOD!
DIVISION is what the ENEMY is trying to accomplish!
The enemy, seeing that man was attempting to produce a "melting pot," returning to his roots of a mixture of all races, had to try to sabotage the plan.
But, who can go against God's Will? Perhaps, if God allows it, they can temporarily forestall the inevitable. However, FREEWILL shall prevail because GOD HAS ESTABLISHED IT! What GOD has joined--established, NO man can tear asunder! What white America fears will transpire before their eyes for the glory of GOD and the world will bear witness.
What do we say? What do we do? WE who are in Christ need to LOOK AND LIVE EACH and EVERY MOMENT, REMEMBERING and KNOWING, VICTORY in JESUS!
"Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”
"AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE!" HALLELUJAH, GLORY TO GOD!!!
John 1 King James Version (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Do you understand, Brethren? "...and the darkness comprehended it NOT."
Although, I foresaw the outcome of the Presidential Election, as it came to a conclusion, my heart was broken and the pain within was almost unbearable. --Not just because my candidate didn't win, but because of what I knew America had lost, that so many people had fought and died for.
It literally sickened me to my stomach to know that I lived in a country filled with so much hatred, racism, greed and selfishness--a country full of hypocrits claiming to trust and believe in God and Jesus. I didn't want to live in such a country anymore.
Fighting my feelings and emotions, I wanted to shut the world out and have nothing more to do with my country. Then, God told me to gird my loins and put my feelings to work, until together, we had worked them into something productive--fruitful.
My Beloved, DO NOT expect to be loved by those clinging to the world. They neither truly love themselves, God or the planet which helps to sustain them. The world is all they know and want for now and life is only that which can be seen.
WE must walk by FAITH and not by SIGHT! Our Brethren caught up in the world have lost sight of Jesus and being led by their flesh, cannot take their eyes off of the things of the world, self and selfishness! Still, there must be abounding, unconditional love in our hearts for them and all hope, as we continue to pursue the hearts of the lost.
STAND and you do not stand alone, for He who was in the BEGINNING shall STAND WITH YOU UNTIL THE END!
God Bless and Keep you as His Holy Spirit comforts you through these trying days and lifts your spirit to higher heights to REJOICE ALWAYS, even now, He calls you to REJOICE!
BLESSED JESUS! BLESSED JESUS! In Your Triumphant Name!
your servant and soldier, United with the One in VICTORY!
Father, we PRAISE YOU! Amen
Published by Mishael T