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Who Is King

July 14, 2015 | By | No Comments

In I Samuel the Hebrews demand a king to be like other nations. They see this as a good thing, a way to protect themselves and have a leader who can make them strong and prosper like other nations. If you were to ask them if this action were a rejection of God they would have scoffed at such an accusation.

Yet, God tells Samuel, they have not rejected his leadership as judge of Israel, but have rejected God. Their demand for a king to be like other nations, at the heart of it is their rejection of God’s rule in their lives. They have not the love nor the trust in God that enables them to live with God as their King. They are blind to this truth.

The Pharisees had the same blindness in Jesus’ day when they rejected Him as King. They would never confess that they did not love or trust God. Yet, as Jesus told them, they were blind men leading the blind. They had true spiritual blindness. For if they really had hearts open to God, they would believe in Him.

The same is true today. What we see happening in the disintegration of our culture and rejection of Christ’s teachings is a rejection of God. It is spiritual blindness in the Body of Christ. It is the replacing of God with the desire for us to reign as our own king.

Where ever there is compromise on the laws and truth of God, there can be found spiritual blindness. At its root is a rejection of God and the hidden deception of wanting to be god. It is the same sin that started the corruption of men and women. Adam and Eve fell for the temptation that they could be like God, be their own gods.

As God told Samuel, the Hebrew’s rejection of God would lead to all kinds of evil and abuse in their nation in the disguise of what their hearts desired. We see this in Jesus’ day and we see it in our day. May we pray for our eyes to be opened that where ever we compromise on the truth of God, we are rejecting God’s reign in our lives and replacing God with our own longing to be our own gods.

This is the rebellion and wickedness of man often disguised in a veil of goodness. The human heart is evil and is the great deceiver. The only remedy is complete surrender daily to the reign of Jesus in our hearts. Humility before God in faithful service, transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit. When the conviction of God comes in areas of sin, may we accept the rule of Christ, repent, and receive His forgiveness.

We often resist this reality when confronted by our unsanctified area of life that has refused the reign of Christ. Instead, thank God for His revelation and seek Him with all your heart. “If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from hear, and forgive their sins and heal their land.” Love, Pastor Blake.

The Treasured Gem

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

When you dig for treasure and you uncover a gem of priceless worth, your heart leaps, you smile with joy and you want to tell everyone about your discovery. That is how I feel about Psalm 72. It is a Messianic Psalm written by King Solomon concerning the glory and reign of the future Son of God. Over nine hundred years will pass before Jesus is born. At least two thousand more years will fade away, yet this Psalm speaks of Jesus and of the time He will reign over the nations of the earth. God never ceases to amaze me in the mystery of His revelation and salvation in Christ Jesus. Read More

A Treasured Gem

January 31, 2014 | By | No Comments

When you dig for treasure and you uncover a gem of priceless worth, your heart leaps, you smile with joy and you want to tell everyone about your discovery. That is how I feel about Psalm 72. It is a Messianic Psalm written by King Solomon concerning the glory and reign of the future Son of God. Over nine hundred years will pass before Jesus is born. Read More

Victory Over My Flesh

January 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

As I study the Psalms, one of the strongest truths of the Bible becomes evident: Our flesh longs to be satisfied. It rebels against the rule of God. Our heart is corrupt and will manipulate, deceive, and lie to get its way. It will even use God and religion to disguise its intentions. In the Name of God much evil has been done. Read More

Two Life Impacting Experiences

January 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

Last night at Ezra International I experienced two life impacting moments. The first was the music and testimony of Sergui Popov. He preached with his violin the most beautiful sounds of God. He is a concert violinist, who under communist USSR was one of their star performers. Read More

WILL YOU DIE FOR ME?

January 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

One of the issues Peter feels he does not have a problem with Jesus and His vision for his life is loyalty. “I will die for you.” Yet, Jesus tells him he will deny Him three times before the cock crows. Peter must have been devastated by Jesus’ gripping insight into his heart. So, when Jesus is arrested, he grabs a sword to defend Him and cuts off the high priest’s slave’s ear. Jesus steps in and restores the man’s ear. Then all flee Jesus, even Peter. Read More

Promise, Fulfilled, Celebration

December 19, 2013 | By | No Comments

When I think of Jesus’ Advent, His birth and His Second Coming, three Biblical truths come to my mind this morning. First, that God PROMISED to send a Savior, a Redeemer, a Deliverer, an Anointed One, Who would save us from our sins, Who would reveal the One true God, and Who would restore and exceed the human race’s place in perfect paradise with God forever. These covenant promises begin in Genesis 3 and are the scarlet thread woven throughout the Word all the way through Revelation. These prophecies are absolute evidence of the authenticity of Jesus, His identity and guarantee of our salvation. Read More

Christmas: A Time of Celebration

December 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

The Christmas Season is one of celebrating the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. He has come to set us free. He is the Deliverer, our Redeemer. God born into this world as a baby to die for us, to reveal God to us, and to prepare us for His reign as King forever. I want to encourage us to celebrate not only His birth, but also the revelation truth that He is Coming Again. His ADVENT will one day happen in the twinkling of an eye. All will see Him come in His glory. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus is Lord. Read More

The Soon Coming Age of Christ and His Reign

December 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

Out of the darkness of the Middle Ages came the light of the Age of Enlightenment and Reason. Thus began the cry for the liberation of man, to end oppression and injustice, to stop the cruelty of man against man, and to see all men equal in the eyes of the law. This was a beautiful but hard fought battle that produced the Industrial Age and man’s answer to the enslavement of his fellow man. The fire of this age forged the thoughts of men on how we could be set free. Read More

A Prophetic Word for Christmas

December 14, 2013 | By | No Comments

What many believers do not connect with the Christmas Season is that it concerns the return of Jesus Christ, which is what Advent means, the coming of Christ. This applies to His first and second comings. Beverly and I have both received a prophetic word concerning Jesus’ return, Israel, the Middle east and the world.  Read More