Willing? Or Unwilling? – 7-19-22

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!” Luke 13:34 NKJV

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.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“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! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Luke chapter 13 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

Repent or Perish

13 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had [a]mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it [b]use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. [c]And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ”

A Spirit of Infirmity

10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way [d]raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”

15 The Lord then answered him and said, [e]“Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a [f]large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

The Parable of the Leaven

20 And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like [g]leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures[h] of meal till it was all leavened.”

The Narrow Way

22 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”

And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”

31 [i]On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”

32 And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be [j]perfected.’ 33 Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and [k]assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 13:1 mixed
  2. Luke 13:7 waste
  3. Luke 13:9 NU And if it bears fruit after that, well. But if not, you can
  4. Luke 13:11 straighten up
  5. Luke 13:15 NU, M Hypocrites
  6. Luke 13:19 NU omits large
  7. Luke 13:21 yeast
  8. Luke 13:21 Gr. sata, same as Heb. seah; approximately 2 pecks in all
  9. Luke 13:31 NU In that very hour
  10. Luke 13:32 Resurrected
  11. Luke 13:35 NU, M omit assuredly

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Romans 6:1-2-

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

REPENT; HUMBLY REPENT! AND BE SAVED!
I hear it in my spirit, like we thirst on hot days, like we gasp for breath after swimming underwater – there is a fire crying out in urgency: REPENT!

This time of judgment, I have spoken of for 2 years, is upon us. But so many are living and acting like there has been no shift in the spirit. I pray, still for eyes to be open, ears to hear, hearts soften, and souls saved. My prayers are not answered quickly and I fear for so many people’s souls. 

This blog is my outlet – the platform God gave me to speak the things on my heart, but mostly to discuss the Bible and make disciples. I am sure by now you are all very good at daily repentance and avoiding the judgment of God, because you love him so much you live submitted lives. I am sure you all have learned from my struggles and now trust Him in ALL THINGS. So I am sure this is not for you, my daily readers.

But I know God is cleaning house – shaking the church and there are those who have not woke up and we can pray they wake up.
So for us, the ones who repent daily and try to live humbly in the Lord’s hands, DO NOT pray and intercede for the false prophets, the wolves who have infiltrated the churches, the false teachers, the evil plants, the flesh-serving hypocrites, and so-on. Pray for God’s will as Jesus shows us in these chapters, just pray for God’s will.

We forget God is not like us. We are like Him, if we figure this out. He is fearful and just. And we must not stand in the way of His justice or we will be judged.

1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

If bad things happen to righteous people, how much more will be the eventual reward of the wicked? And if we do not repent? Lord help us!

I do not wish to be so dramatic and “dooms-day” like – But I am telling you. God is not playing. Grace shall not abound. It is time to get our acts together!

He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ”

If we do not bear fruits, we are at risk of being cut down. 
God is cleaning the churches. God is removing the wicked. By the end of this year, God will have HIS army, His Body, in place and ready to go out into the harvest like locust – not devouring unto destruction but bringing it in.

Although, fruits are NOT the only thing God is looking for! He is looking for us to fulfill the great commission – the “Go ye therefore…” that I am always (also) speaking of. Because when we go, signs and wonders should follow us. In Jesus name we will go great exploits.

10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

We can lay hands upon those crippled by illnesses for years – and simply say: you are loosed. AMEN! Do we know? Are we awake? We have been given authority – we read it last week.
It is so simple – God’s word says it and I believe it and that settles it.
But that lying dog of an enemy tries to make it more complicated.
So, a woman of God, recently, told me to look for opportunity to lay hands on the sick and pray for them. Turn up my game more, so to speak. Instead of waiting for God to tell me what to do and lead it in a divine way (waiting on a sign) – I go and ask. Every person that even remotely sniffles, I say – can I pray for you. YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED AT THE NUMBER OF NOs I GET! But of the people who let me pray for them, not one was healed.
I, on the other hand, have had a migraine on and off for days. My skin broke out with boils. And I have my usual health issues, which I have had for years. I asked for prayer from one person. And was not immediately healed. Later another friend messaged me and when I said I was sick and she showed up at my house and laid hand on me and prayed. It did not immediately work. And now I have a small team praying for me. And still I hurt. BUT NOW I AM GOOD AND MAD!
SO NOW, I am praying for complete healing. Besides, how am I going to lay hands on and heal others when I am not healed? Woman (self) I AM LOOSED! Anyone agreeing in prayer with me?!

14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”

Healing is for now. Do not get indignant. The reason’s signs and wonders are not following us is because we are distracted asking for our daily bread. Well, my freezer is full of bread and I DO NOT EVEN EAT BREAD!
I am getting indignant with this whole process. Enough is enough. Christians be loosed! Be Christians! Be fruitful and overflow in signs and wonders!

15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.”

Woe to the hypocrites – didn’t we just read that. Be so careful to be on the righteous side of that. Not because we are any good in and of ourselves – but because God counts our faith as righteousness (go re-read Romans 1, which we already studied this year).

God never leaves us hopeless. He helps us. He take the very little we have to offer and multiplies it. Matthew 17:20 and Luke 17:6 says if we have the tiniest bit of faith, like a mustard seed we can do impossible tings.

18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

I grew mustard in the garden. It only gets a few feet tall. And I looked at the seed and pondered. I was taught that seed represented the smallest of seeds. But off the top of my head, I can think of a million seeds smaller. We seem to have some sort of translation issue or some disconnect.
By now, you all know me – You know I researched it.
I ended up down the rabbit hole (so to speak) of ancient middle eastern plants and discovered that the smallest seed ever known to man was a middle eastern weed (a plant that flourished in Jesus’s time but is extinct now) would grow into a huge tree like structure. And the tiniest seeds were hard to see and control. And before you knew it, there was a huge fast growing annual plant the side of a tree in the middle of your garden. It is very likely that it was this seed that is referenced in the faith of a mustard seed passage as well as this passage.
The kingdom of heaven and our faith is not easy to see with our eyes, and is hard for the world to control – but can pop up a huge tree seemingly overnight! (As well as moving mountains and mulberry trees!)
AND why would anyone let this weed grow up in the garden – because it becomes a home for pollinators and birds, the same reason I grow flowers in my vegetable beds. The kingdom of heaven is not worried soling about our fruits (if we reference the earlier verses in this chapter) but is concern with the entire ecosystem – the big picture – everything, even what we fail to see.

But if you did not understand the idea of multiplying a seed into a tree…

20 And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

How about understanding that a dust sized piece of leaven will make the whole lump rise?
Can you imagine if all the Christians with a dust sized fleck of leaven released it into this world – everything would be physically transformed! The tiniest of our believing would sprout up trees of life!!

But so many have bought the lie and are sound asleep, maybe never actually saved – and never actually engaged in a relationship with Christ.

22 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
And He said to them, 24 
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”

Wow. Many will strive and seek to enter, it says.
I had mentioned that my uncle passed away. And many said to me, ‘you don’t know, maybe Jesus revealed Himself at the last minute? Maybe he called out to God?”
Maybe. And maybe there are unicorns and flying pig in the land of make-believe, in which they live. It is like some Christians have never read the Bible.
They continue with, when you get to your mansion and walk the streets of gold, you may see him. Um, guys… Jesus is preparing a new earth for us, did you skip Ezekiel and Revelations?

Narrow is the gate. It is highly unlikely that my uncle made it, he was stubborn in his ways. I know the truth and do not need to believe a fairytale. It is the corrupted scriptures that created a complacent church. A church that will not make it into heaven.
This is why I repeat over and over – DO NOT BE SO PROUD TO THINK YOU ARE INFALLIBLE. You and/or I can miss the mark. Be diligent. We are not excluded from this teaching because we read and pray daily. We are not better or worse… and we circle back to the opening verses of this chapter – where Jesus himself warns us to repent.

31 On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”
32 And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’ 33 Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.”

And just when you think those Pharisees can do NO GOOD. They warn Jesus to flee Herod.

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ 

Jesus then prophecies His death, resurrection, location and His triumphal entry into the city. When I read this passage, I see Jesus crying. If not physically, then definitely spiritually. He knows few make it to heaven. He knows they will reject Him. He knows, prophets are not accepted. He knows prophets are not heard. I see Jeremiah’s weeping – knowing there is no consoling Him here on earth.

God tell someone about Jesus today! The time is sort and it is time we take this seriously. I cannot be the only one among us telling people. Go pray for the sick, I cannot be the only one praying. Go take this seriously – get into a relationship with God through Jesus in the Holy Spirit and make disciples… as I try to disciple you.

There is an urgency and seriousness in my soul right now that I cannot shake.

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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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