As Many as I love, I Rebuke and Chasten Be Zealous Therefore, and Repent
by Lori Van Dien
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If a fault in you is discovered openly, do you get angry? I did. My husband sat in counseling and told my Pastors every little thing I did wrong over three years. Every wrong attitude, every weakness in my heart. Having an answer for each of his accusations, (some were already repented of), but did not respond to all of them. Later, at home and exhausted, prayed with a friend who called distressed and worried, then went to bed at 4:30 in the afternoon. Feeling sliced and diced, unfairly treated, openly wounded.
It occurred to me later that my trustworthiness in the church was seriously affected by the words of my husband. That upset me. No longer called on to pray, or sing, even though I know it is nothing in me, but Christ who does the work.
What was I upset about? It is God I want to please, not man. I’m going to make mistakes in life. Shouldn’t that make me love God more for letting me know when I’m doing wrong? Examining my heart, I still had areas that needed true repentance.
A mature Christian will look at the things exposed as an opportunity to get right before God NOW, and not put it off to be judged LATER.
The word of God is clear; He is not going to accept certain things into His kingdom (Galatians 5:16-21 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). He’s not going to have any enemies of His word in His kingdom. He is HOLY. If He said, “Be ye Holy as I am Holy,” then it must be an attainable state. Through the blood of Jesus, yes; but we don’t use the blood as a scapegoat. He sees our true heart’s intention. He also knows we are flesh and need His help, spiritually.
How many of us are going to be surprised at the moment of death to find out we were not accepted?
Jesus has given us His word, “Be ready! Because I’m coming when you don’t expect Me.”
He said, “They will begin to knock (on the door of heaven) and say, Lord, Lord, open to us!” And he said, I never knew you. Depart from me ye workers of iniquity.” And they will say, “But haven’t I done many things IN YOUR NAME? Casting out devils, and many other wonderful works, IN YOUR NAME?”
And the King shall say, “I NEVER KNEW YOU.”
Oh! What kind of statement is that? That is to the Christian. The lost don’t do anything in the name of Jesus; do they?
When you are rebuked, brought to your knees over a fault within your heart that you know needs to be dealt with; do not wait until that day.
This warning is serious. If something in you keeps coming to the surface, and you keep ignoring it, God will keep bringing it to you until the day you die and stand in judgment. Because He LOVES US.
He is righteous. He will say, “Remember this time your problem was exposed, and that time, (and on and on). But you refused to hear, you refused change. You refused My counsel.
Instead of getting on your knees and pressing in to Me for healing and deliverance from sin, addiction, pride, anger (whatever it is), you let the conviction pass. You are without excuse.”
There was a man who was without a wedding garment. Jesus commanded him to be bound hand and foot and cast into outer darkness. For many are called, but few are chosen.
Let’s listen to God in our failed ways. His hand is stretched out constantly to heal, deliver and restore in mercy and love.
Whatever it takes, our life is but a vapor that appears for a moment. Take the rebuke seriously. Fast and pray if needed. Call on the church to pray, we are all in this together, and we all need help at times. If God put ministries in your midst, use them.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
God bless you as you open the door of your heart, repent and let Jesus come in and sup with you. He will bring you to higher levels of anointing and use you in ways He wasn't able to before. And it will be a quick work. Time is short and He needs laborers.
1 Peter 1:16
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
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