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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Making of a Samuel

As long as Samuel was judge over Israel, all the enemies were incapacitated. They all feared Samuel and all Israel was safe--because God's hand was heavy against the enemy for Samuel's sake [1Sam.7.13]. God allowed no word of declaration from Samuel to fall to the ground void.

We should see the Kingdom principles behind the making of a Samuel. We need Samuels today in the church. Samuels in church will render devils powerless, fearful, and frozen to inactivity against their will. God will cause our enemies to be at peace with us--because they have no choice. Being a Samuel is being God's flesh on earth.

Barrenness

God had to make Hannah barren. To produce a Samuel, God has to make you nothing. Even Christ, the greatest move of God (sending His Son), was made nothing, taking the form of a slave. Barrenness was a terrible stigma in those days, and Hannah had to undergo it--for meekness sake. God won't do anything great and powerful until he first makes his instrument meek. This is to fulfill another Kingdom principle--God is against the proud but gives grace to the meek. That grace is enabling grace.

Is your church small or almost empty and you wonder why, though the spiritual life of your church is healthy? Well, brace yourself...you may be up for a great promotion. You may be next in line to becoming a Samuel church! Just keep on pressing on towards God, and do everything God's radical ways!

Radical Break from Tradition

Elkanah just went on doing worship the traditional way year in and year out, not stopping a while to think if anything was improving. Churches today just do their traditions each Sunday year in and year out, even if what they're doing isn't bringing down the manifest presence of God any more. Elkanah's other wife still had a rotten character (the Word says a man's glory is his wife), and he still couldn't control her. What good is it for believers to worship God if the man of the house is not man of the house? A lot of Christian husbands are not men of the house, and so are a lot of pastors not men of the house of God--they just do what their members feel like doing. They're people's slaves.

The wife should submit to the husband in all things, and the husband should love the wife. In this case (for some reason men then had an option to have many wives, although Paul clearly stressed monogamy in the New Testament), Elkanah loved only Hannah.

In short, Elkanah's traditional worship was useless. Hannah was fed up with it, too. One day she finally 'stood up' [1.9] and went herself to the Tabernacle to worship in an intimate way, directly, doing away with the usual rituals and man's protocols--or worship programs, as many would call it today. It was so radical that Eli the priest thought it was drunkenness--like how radical worship was on the day of Pentecost when Peter and company were accused of being intoxicated with beer and liquor.

Power Prayer!

With one prayer, the heavenly atmosphere changed for Hannah! Heaven became busy and quick! God was excited and power was soon emitting from his presence! Angels were dispatched to start the making of a Samuel. Unlike how Elkanah's years of traditional worship didn't open anything in heaven's floodgates. We should do away with men's boring and silly traditions (no mater how good they look and how "touched" and "blessed" we feel) and do everything in God's radical and supernatural ways!

Don't settle for less than a Samuel. Don't settle for less than Jesus Christ!

God heard Hannah and Hannah was favored--not just blessed. Being blessed would have made Hannah plain pregnant. Being favored makes possible the making of a Samuel. It's a Samuel blessing we need today!

Blessing Principle Revealed

Many still don't get it, but God designed blessings to be given away--or given back to him, to be specific. To be fully surrendered. Many today still keep majority of the blessings to themselves. They still believe in tithes and offerings alone. They don't realize that it's 100 percent or nothing. They still believe that God gave us one day in 7 to offer to God. No, that's not the essence of the Lord's Sabbath. Sabbath is everyday! One hundred percent! We have to keep the Lord's Sabbath (not the traditional Sabbath) everyday. Genuine Sabbath keeping in Christ is living the LIFE of Jesus everyday--or having Him live our lives daily. That's being super God's flesh!


Hannah told God that if he favored her with a child, the child would be given back to him in full. And Hannah did exactly that. You see how God is pleased with a prayer? Prayer pleasing to God is prayer that says, "I surrender everything fully! I give back everything to YOU, leaving me nothing. Zero!" And that means everything. That's how you become poor in spirit. Blessings are meant to be given back to God. Christians are still blind to this. They still own their churches through denominationalism. They should give up their denominations and give the people back to God. They're God's people, not theirs. They feel that someone "steals" their members when they go to another church. They think they own their members.

When God heard Hannah's all-out faith in God, all heaven was stirred! Samuel was created!

After Samuel was born, we see Elkanah still pursuing his old, rotten tradition. He was not amazed by God's radical ways. He and his naughty, rotten wife went on worshiping God the traditional way, but Hannah quit it altogether [1.22]. She knew the secret--true worship is all about LIFE. If you give God your whole life, that's true worship, even if you don't have men's church traditions and programs. Hannah gave her life..and Samuel's life..fully to God.

That's the making of a Samuel. That's being God's flesh!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

When Lust Turns to Rape

Two sisters, Oholah and Oholibah, were into prostitution since their youth in Egypt, says God. Later on, Oholah, the older, was forcibly "stripped naked" (or raped) and killed by her Assyrian lovers and took her sons away. However, her sister, Oholibiah, did worse. She carried on with her prostitution with the Assyrians and Babylonians, but later "turned away in disgust of them," like how raped victims would feel.

This discussion is vital for being God's flesh on earth.

When God talked of this to Ezekiel in chapter 23, he was actually talking about Israel and Judah, the sisters. God was talking of his "chosen" people. They were prostitutes who learned the trade in Egypt and carried it on to their nationhood. They fondly recalled their lust days in Egypt as they committed sexual immorality with the Assyrians and Babylonians.

Sin is that dirty in God eyes, particularly idolatry. It's an evil sexual act. You have an idol in your heart, God sees  it as committing illicit sex. And illicit sex can later turn into rape. When your illicit sexual partner forcibly strips you naked, lust turns to rape. And it kills you and takes away your sons. Churches (God's people) with idols in their hearts commit illicit sex with the devil and the devil later rapes the church and takes away its sons. The number one heart idol of churches is their denominationalism.

Some churches take their lust to the next level. Like Oholibah, they commit illicit sex with various heart idols, especially those who try to turn their churches into a corporate organization instead of God's family. They try to imitate what the world does and run the church like how the world runs corporations. It all started when churches began desiring to be big churches by adopting worldly marketing strategies. This is their Egypt. And later looked more worldly than the world--their "lust" for Assyrians and Babylonians.

They wanted to look posh and applauded and praised by the world. They used the world's standard in deciding what is success and failure. They weigh success by how much money is involved and how big and grand things look.They worship anything "successful." It's not how faithful but how effective.

"You sat elegantly on a luxury couch, with a costly table spread in front where worship oil and incense you offered to your gods should've been offered to me." Rape always starts out tickling and appetizing. But later, "the mob will stone and cut them down and kill their sons and daughters."

Amid the wholesale prostitution among God's people, God always raises up true righteous people who will zealously preach against prostitution and idolatry in church and promote genuine and rigid holiness. These are God's truly anointed servants who will fiercely preach against sin, looking like they are judgmental doomsday preachers the church will hate. "But truly righteous men will judge and convict them to the punishment given to adulterous women, due to the latter's adultery and the blood on their hands."

Spiritual lust can lead to spiritual rape, when the rapist forcibly strips you naked, kills you, and takes your sons away. In the end, it's the young in the church that suffer the worse results from what their predecessors did. Many Christians today active in church are not aware that the enemy has stripped them naked (without white garments for the wedding event, stripped of Jesus, and pitifully powerless), and are now being butchered to death in spirit.

True Christianity is being God's flesh on earth. It's having Jesus living your life daily, it's HIM wearing your skin.

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