Sunday, September 12, 2010

Micah: People Willingly Come

God's Flesh: People came to Jesus of their own volition. Jesus never invited them or promoted his meetings. They just crowded around him wherever he was, pursued him, and that with the Pharisees and Law teachers. When you’re genuinely God’s flesh on earth, you don’t need to promote yourself or your church. God makes things happen so that people notice.

In Micah’s time, God told him that when God’s mountain becomes established, people would decide to “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob” (Micah 4.2). In Jesus’ day this was fulfilled initially. One day the Greeks traveled far and wide just to see Jesus (Jn.12). And He said this happened because the hour had come for the Son to be glorified—or for God’s mountain to be established as chief. This cannot happen, said my Jesus, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls and dies.”

Nations deciding on their own to go to God’s house cannot happen by man’s efforts, even with his church programs and activities, no matter how he prays for them. It can only happen when they die with Christ and are taken out of the picture, and only Christ lives in them to establish God’s mountain alone as chief among mountains. Without dying, they do their church ministries full of themselves and their denominations, establishing other mountains.

As it is, most churches drag people to other mountains claiming them to be God’s. If it’s not God’s, you will always find yourself busy trying to get people into your church and making them stay. And if they stay, they have other motives, though religious, except to learn God’s ways that they may walk in His paths—or be like God. If it’s God’s mountain, people willingly come and stay, with no other motive except: “God will teach us his ways. So we may walk in His paths.” When God’s flesh on earth is consummated, all this will come to pass.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Micah: Chief Among Mountains

In the last days, Micah says (Chap. 4) The Lord's mountain will be established. The Lord's mountain is the mountain of His presence. The same as with God's Zion and Jerusalem. In the natural, Jerusalem will be more favored than other nations. But more so in the spirit, Zion and Jerusalem--the Lord's mountain presence--will be established. In other words, God's flesh on earth will be in full blast. 

"It will be raised above the hills..." 

Chief among the mountains. There are other mountains being established. Man's mountains. Here in Manila, men's mountains suddenly pop up---garbage mountains. Denominational mountains, too. Mountains of mundane achievements and accomplishments. Earthly successes. Everyone's on a mountain climbing of some sort these days, trying to make a name for themselves. Even churches. 

But the Lord's mountain will be established as the chief mountain. Make sure it's the Lord's mountain you're climbing. Your career climbing will all be put to nothing. The Lord's mountain alone will be established by God. 

You better realize this truth now. Once the Lord's mountain is raised above the hills, and you're found on top of another mountain, it might be too late to go down and start climbing the Lord's mountain. It's easy to see, if you can see in the spirit, that other mountains are mere hills compared to God's mountain. 

But hills have a tricky way of appearing like high mountains, until you get to their tops, and there discover that they're really just hills. And there in the distance you see a really high mountain, established by God. Always choose the mountain of God. It's the only place where you get God's flesh on you.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Micah: How Lack of Justice Perverts Truth

God was clear with Micah—when justice is despised truth is distorted. And this is so especially when spiritual leaders and rulers do it. “Listen, leaders and rulers of Israel who despise justice and distort truth,” (Micah 3.9).

Justice is declaring right from wrong, good from evil (Micah 3.1-2). This works so powerfully to form God's flesh in us. 

God wanted leaders to judge correctly. Instead, they “judge for a bribe,” (Micah 3.11). They picked people who paid them well and gave them favorable judgment. Those who didn’t got “war” from them (3.5b).

God’s Justice is His Judgment

God’s justice is declaring right from wrong and doing what is right. And this is always done through God‘s anointed servants, like prophets. When God pronounced a judgment, He did it through a prophet. God does not act unless he first tells about it to his servants the prophets (Amos 3.7). In our day it’s pastors, especially prophetic pastors. We have to judge, and judge correctly according to God’s standards.

So it won’t do to say “Do not judge,” or “Don’t be judgmental.” Church people always misquote Jesus here as saying judging is never to be done at all at any time. What Jesus says here is, don’t judge unless you’re sure of your life quality. “First, get rid of the plank of wood from your eyes; then you can wipe the speck of dust from your brother’s eye.” Thus, prophets were always cleansed first before they were used to judge people. Isaiah cried out upon seeing his foul lips. Then an angel cleansed it with a burning coal from the altar.

When there is no righteous judgment in church, the church becomes powerless—it can even become a synagogue of Satan later. When righteous judgment is pronounced in church, God’s justice prevails.

Look at How a Zero-Judgment Church Operates

Many have consulted me about their chaotic churches. On the outside they look good—beautiful worship programs, full of church activities, active members, lots of money, good church buildings, good preaching that blesses, touches, and encourages. But on the inside they stink. They asked me why.

I asked them how they confronted church members in sin. “Confront sinners?” they asked. “We don’t do that—we’re not supposed to judge people in church. No one is perfect.” In other words, what they were saying was that, nobody could deal with a sinning church member, much less a sinning church officer, because they were all into sinning one way or another. “Only God is the judge—He alone can judge,” they added.

Well, too bad. All over Scriptures, God judged through His holy men. He didn’t do the judging directly. He called men to live in fear of Him and be His anointed prophets. If no one among you is clean enough for Him, then He cannot send His judgment—He’d just annihilate you, as He did with Sodom and Gomorrah. And many churches are fast coming to that condition.

So these rotten churches just go on doing ministry without dealing with sin in their midst. Oh, many of them even have mega churches full of people and money. They hope that the problem will just go away—just be forgotten. When the vessel is dirty no truth will come out of it—except entertaining cliches. “How can you who are evil say anything good?” (Matt.12.34). What abundance is in the heart overflows to the mouth and is spoken. No wonder truth is distorted, and God's flesh is nowhere in church.

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