If you are willing to receive it – 1-17-22

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 11:12-15 NKJV

I am tired of the violence, tired of the game, timed of the enemy’s tactics, tired of falling for some, tired of laughing at how obvious other tactics are, tired of whatever the heck always feels like it is oppressing me and tethering me!!! It is probable God, Himself – Because I am the violent who takes by force! I declare and decree the word and blood over my life and over this blog and over the lives of those reading! I won’t go down without a fight! It is the days of Elijah – we will call down fire from heaven – but ALSO let us call down those latter rains! Let us build the kingdom like Nehemiah, with sword in one hand while the other hand works diligently! This happens every time the enemy wears me down… I swing harder! It’s a tiresome game.

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Matthew chapter 11 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus

11 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.

And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he [a]sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he of whom it is written:

‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’

11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

16 “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 17 and saying:

‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not [b]lament.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a [c]winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her [d]children.”

Woe to the Impenitent Cities

20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, who[e] are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

Jesus Gives True Rest

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [f]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Footnotes

  1. a.Matthew 11:2 NU sent by his
  2. b.Matthew 11:17 Lit. beat your breast
  3. c.Matthew 11:19 wine drinker
  4. d.Matthew 11:19 NU works
  5. e.Matthew 11:23 NU will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be
  6. f.Matthew 11:29 meek

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Just look at this amazingly beautiful chapter! May God give you the understanding! Always been one of my favorites – from the first moment I read it and said – what? This makes no sense. It is true – it seems this whole chapter is upside down or out of place or from some alternate universe!

But before I get too far into things – I want to thank whoever prayed for me last week when I requested prayer for my sinuses. I learned I was exposed to covid and had to take another test and I am waiting the results with this stupid sinus headache. I started taking my allergy meds and it has helps but Thursday – I felt amazingly healthy! It did not stick, but I am speaking in faith and life – I am healed and God is pulling it out of me and closing the door – so even the allergies cannot return! And if it is covid it is healed as well. 
In early 2020 I shared with you all a dream I had that I got covid and was very sick, but God said he needed it so I would build natural immunity. I rebuked that dream and continued to believe God would be my shield.  I mean, Psalm 91 says that if I abide in the secret place and we studied it and learned how to get there and how to abide… well, abiding is hard. We all know that. Careless moments of flesh knock us off our game.  I believe Psalm 91 and stand by it. But I will tell you last week I really struggled to praise, worship, pray or enter in – always a distraction always a careless mind. So here I am, believing this is sinus allergies – knowing… well, let us speak life… I know My God HEALS! Please continue to keep me in prayer and give me more grace with my spelling and typing – lol.

So speaking of life – in which life does John the Baptist NOT know who Jesus truly is? I mean, he is the first to recognize him: when Mary said she was pregnant John leaped in the womb.  They were cousins and he grew up aware of the prophecies, and the prophecies over his own life. AND he baptized Jesus, heard GOD speak and say “This is my beloved son” and saw the Holy Spirit descend on Him.  In this chapter Jesus also describes John as: there is not one greater.  So obviously John is not in some self-doubt breakdown.  So why does John send his disciples to ask Jesus who he is.

I, myself, think it is so his disciples can see and hear for themselves, since John was in prison and would soon die. He was preparing them to follow Jesus.

Another very logical explanation is cultural understanding kind of writing style combined with Matthew, who was bilingual in Hebrew and Greek may have jumbled his words.  It is feasible. The Jewish learning style and custom is to pose a question, and then argue it. Some may play “devil’s advocate” (as they say) when posing the question to be debated. A slight shift in our understanding of John’s question would then show he sent his disciples to argue this point for better understanding.  Which also, gives you and I some beautiful understanding of Christ and John’s ministry (which often gets lost by people debating why John asked a stupid question).

Elijah prepared the way of the Lord – John prepared the way of the Lord – and now we are closing out the day and soon is the day of the Lord… so this is prophecy for us today!

One has come with FIRE and JOY – who is coming with the latter rains… it is raining! I keep saying, like Elijah’s servant, it is raining! You may see only a hand sized cloud – I see a flood, I see waves, I see water! Like the water that cleansed the earth in the days of Noah, but this time the rain will cleanse the people and like the water of baptism people will go under and come back out and a harvest – oh! We shall bring in the sheaves during torrential rains!  

I am sorry, I try to avoid the prophetic and stick with the tried and true word – but dream after dream of the church splitting down the middle and people falling away and the LIGHT floods down and a title wave overcomes the sanctuary and those who stand – they are shaken, there foundation have been or are being rebuild on the rock and those who stand – Stand therefore Stand! Oh Lord – those who stand start grabbing those being washed away, start grabbing those in the world, Start grabbing those who are broken, needy, impoverished – we are blessed to be a blessing and we all want the blessing… BUT spend it wisely!  

OK – back to the passage – which is prophetic so it is so hard to stay on track.  But next Jesus curses the cities – which seem a reflection of the Pharisees as well as a reflection of the modern church (global whole). We are then cross reference Revelations and the 7 churches… I guess we aren’t getting e away from prophecy today!

Ok back to today’s passage so I can go rest.

AND. THERE. IT. IS!

Can you imagine if the vail between the spirit and earth was lifted in Jesus’s time? I bet no angels had time to run around measuring or preparing… it was war time. I bet the spirit quaked all around – like a Sunday sermon in my church. Lol
John must have been exhausted – accusing kings is a tiring job. Because John as NOT accusing a king as we see in the flesh – but fighting a spiritual battle preparing the way for Jesus. What was the battle? Apparently, none of our business, other than this passage showing it. Then Jesus telling us, when we are battle weary, His work is rest. Keep going. I suppose we need to get into that secret place and dwell there. Walk in the Spirit as Paul said. Stay in His perfect will. I suppose if I did I would not have been exposed to covid – I do not believe (even with my dream) that any sickness is His perfect will. Sickness is a result of the curse of death on the earth. God will use it for His goodness, because that is what God does. God is good. So good. Even with my sinus headache and booger brains – I can declare the Lord is Good! And He loves me so very much.  

Please meditate on today’s verses. There is so much more in here and something specific for each of us. Let the anointing of the Scripture work in your mind and heart – There is so much here for us, “if you are willing to receive it”.

My goodness, today covers fire & water and receiving… it is just missing “Repent, and approach God humbly – for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” These key words that keep coming up! I am just going to start listing them daily! lol

Be blessed by God’s words today.

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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