Being Wary is Not Unloving
by Patricia Backora
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Being Wary is Not Unloving
Numbers Chapter 16; Psalms 146:3; Proverbs 4:23; 22:3; Ezek. 44:10-16;
Matthew 10: 16; 25:34-45; Ephesians 5:15; Hebrews 6:10; Jude 11
My child, I have given you eyes to see and a heart to understand. I never expect you to place blind trust in others, although you are commanded to share My Love even with those people whom it is difficult to like.
If any believer insists on remaining a spiritual toddler, I cannot force him to grow up. But that one will not enjoy the same privileges as those who are willing to go on to perfection into the likeness of Christ. If a person has repeatedly and consistently displayed un-Christlike behavior toward you, never, ever bare your soul to that one, even when he makes friendly overtures to try to regain your confidence. Which one of you, having a new computer or a fine set of crystal, will let a two-year-old toddler have free access to those things? No one who had spent a great sum of money on his dearest treasures would stand idly by and let the child wreck those costly possessions, just because he isn’t mature enough to know better. There are instances in Scripture where I took privileges or honors away from people who had abused My good gifts. Does this mean I was being unloving toward them?
The Kohathites, a division of the tribe of Levi, lost privileges of drawing near to Me by betraying My trust. They were barred forever from ministering in My immediate Presence as priests under the Old Covenant. Why? Because Korah rebelled against Moses in the desert. Against Moses' explicit orders Korah and his supporters took up censors to offer up incense to prove they they were the ones I’d chosen for the priesthood. Such presumptuousness and arrogance. Trying to drum up support among the populace. Jostling for prestige and position. Bickering and backstabbing. Putting one another down to appear better than somebody else, instead of serving one another in love and counting that as the highest privilege! I feel the pain of this in My Body the Church. What a sin against My love!
So the sons of Korah were relegated to serving their brethren in the congregation instead of appearing as priests in My immediate Presence. But under the New Covenant, I make servanthood a position of honor: When you serve one another you also serve Me, for I am one spirit with My people. It is the sons of Zadok who consistently remained true to My revealed will, and it is they who will officiate as Levitical priests throughout My future Millennial Reign, when literal memorial sacrifices pointing back to the Cross will be offered up to remind My people of what I have done for them in redeeming them. I have My own reasons for reinstituting limited animal sacrifice in a literal Jewish Temple during that dispensation of time. This in no way detracts from My own final Sacrifice of Myself, and it does not affect the priesthood of the New Covenant believer who is a living stone in the Temple of My own Body indwelt by My Holy Spirit. This unspeakable privilege you receive through grace and being born again by faith in My Blood, not through being physically born into a certain bloodline.
I highly value a heart indwelt by My Spirit, one which is centered upon Me and the things of My Kingdom. It is of infinitely more value than a new car or computer. I said in My Word that you are to carefully guard this treasure of yours, and to beware of the influences which come to bear upon it.
Truly it is those who are willingly blind who are in greatest peril of stumbling and falling headlong into a pit of captivity to satan. Those who will not heed My cautions are in greatest peril.
I command all those who have harbored an unloving attitude toward My other children to repent now. Not a grudging, superficial apology to that one you have hurt, but a deep, unfeigned repentance. it must be directed not only toward the offended one but especially toward Me, the Head of the Body.
You who are spiritual will be able to tell when repentance is God-directed and deep. I tell you with great sorrow that some who profess My Name look back wistfully upon the world and all its perverse artifices. They bristle, chafe and rankle under My gentle Yoke of Love, half-wishing they had never committed their lives to Me to begin with! They wonder if the Door of Salvation is a swinging door which they can exit and reenter at their convenience. They would far rather be free to deal with others in a mean, petty, selfish, sarcastic manner, as they did before they ever heard the Gospel. All they’re hanging onto Me for is the excellent fire insurance policy I afford them. These souls fail to realize that being transformed into My spiritual image is the very essence of My Salvation, and a necessary prerequisite for being fit for heaven! Their hardness of heart is a grief to Me. They have forgotten their first Love, and do not consider this: Love for Jesus is as Love for Jesus does!
All those who are truly repentant will rejoice in My grace, and communicate with others of My unspeakable goodness in working in their lives. They will even manifest godly humility toward those whom they’ve alienated in times past, and of whom they’ve received forgiveness.
Hearts knit together in My Love and walking joyfully together in My Spirit constitute true Christian fellowship. Where My Love is absent, I also am absent!
Love one another freely, in deed as well as in word. Remember, though, only I am worthy of unconditional trust. No one has the right to wipe their dirty feet all over your heart!
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Fine article, as always you let the spirit do the speaking! We are commanded to "test" the spirits, to see if they are of god. We have to know who's our own spirit is before we can do this! The word is "tested" in every heart every day. The leaven of the pharasees (devils lie) is the most deadly poison known to His eyes! We are not too moved by anything men do, for we know that the LORD has already said" let every man be a liar and the word of God true". Amen and Aman
Another beautifully written piece, that brings the reader into the presence of God. How very practical our Saviour is - and to ignore His wise counsel is to do so at our peril! Such is the tragedy of humanity that with the best will in the world, not everyone can be trusted. A cautioning word for us, but with God`s own tender encouragement that ultimately we always have Him to rely on. Thanks Pat once again - always a joy to come to your writing!