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Thou Shalt Not Covet

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The tenth and final Commandment given to the children of Israel by our Lord God Almighty was “Thou shalt not covet”.  Exodus 20:17 states “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s.”

Every person is born with a specific set of gifts and a specific calling given by Our Heavenly Father.  In HIS Great Wisdom, HE put HIS plan in action and provided the gifts and callings to cause HIS plan to come to pass.  Our part is simply to develop our gifts and operate in our calling.  We each have a unique purpose and thus should not concern ourselves about what our “neighbor” has.

You should not seek your fulfillment in others’ successes and possessions.  You have been endowed with the ability to operate in your calling, not the other person’s.  When you seek to gain advantage over your neighbor or compare your successes to another, you are not fulfilling your calling.  Instead, you are judging and creating division.

Inner accomplishment is the standard by which we should assess our progress, not by comparing ourselves to others.  Each of us are at different stages of maturity, experience, knowledge, skill, understanding, and wisdom.  When you compare your successes to others, you exalt yourself over the those who have not yet fulfilled their calling.  Your ego will get you into trouble and separate you from communion with Our Heavenly Father.  Many young couples have tried to buy houses and cars in an attempt to keep up with their peers and those purchases have created bondage and disaster in their lives.

External motivation will hinder your ability to recognize your calling or purpose in life.  Envy over another person’s accomplishments or possessions will sway you to follow a path that separates you from your calling.  Jealousy leads to destruction.

As you progress in developing your gifts and calling, your achievement provides a satisfaction and peace about your purpose.  If you must compete, compete with your previous level of success, not someone else.  As a cyclist, I ride around a nearby lake.  My goal is not to outride other cyclists but to simply improve my time around the lake and/or improve my stamina and this increases confidence.  When you compete with another person, you typically cause division and alienation.  One is “lord” and the other is “servant”.  The ego wants to dominate, the heart wants to serve.

We should enjoy the journey rather than just the end result.  In our quest toward fulfillment there are benchmarks of achievement that provide encouragement that your are in the middle of your purpose.

The ego must be nailed to the cross for it is at war with the heart where love is centered.  That spirit wanting to dominate others rather than to minister life must be dealt with.  On a corporate level, the country must repent of its arrogance resulting from military and economic domination.  We must pray for the anointed power and authority provided to those who are willing to immerse themselves in love rather than the conquering spirit that prevailed when Jesus walked the earth.  We are not here to conquer mankind but to restore mankind to Our Heavenly Father.

Arresting Aggression against the Kingdom

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

When Jesus arrived on the scene, the Jewish leadership was expecting a conquering king to redeem the land back from the Romans and establish the kingdom of Israel.  Instead, Jesus came to redeem the people back to the Kingdom of God.  Although He was called to suffer at the cross for mankind, that calling did not prevent Him from “arresting aggression” against the Kingdom.  The following passage takes place during the last week of His earthly ministry:

Mat 21:10-14

10  And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11  So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

12  Then Jesus went into the temple of God[fn6] and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

13  And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’[fn7] but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'”[fn8]

14  Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.

This facet of Love seemed a little unusual for Jesus for the Gospels projected Him as a man of peace and compassion.  What made this different?  What caused Jesus to take action against the money changers?

Previous to this incident, Jesus had prophesied that the Jewish nation would never produce any fruit (the parable of the fig tree) and was preparing to teach in the temple.  Upon His arrival, the temple had become a commercialized market for “sacrifices” and had lost its significance as a house of prayer.  Revelation had been replaced by tradition. 

The temple had been known historically as where the glory of God resided but the people knew that HIS occupation had long since been removed.  The priests continued their sacrifices and supplications as prescribed by the Law, hoping against hope that HIS presence might return.  The leadership had lost the revelation of the importance of holiness and the “Fear of the Lord”.  What was once protected against exploitation had now become the center of commercial activity.  Jesus called it a den of thieves.

Today, we are faced with the same aggression.  People, circumstances, trends, media, laws, and our own ego are attempting to turn our temple into a den of thieves.  This is applicable on a personal, corporate, and national level.  Mystery Babylon has become blatant in its attempt to replace the Kingdom of God.  In the past, men have met behind closed doors to promote their plans of greed knowing that the consequences of their actions would hurt millions of unsuspecting souls.  Christians have become passive and silent hoping that things would just turn out alright.  Now, those plans have come out of the smoke filled backrooms and are openly touted as the answer to all of our problems.  Governments around the world have taken on a character of their own, failing to serve mankind.  Now, self interest, greed, exploitation, genocide, and invasion of sovereign land are the characteristics of global thinking.

Jesus walked at the expression of Love.  Every action, every word, and every encounter were all guided by Love.  Love does not start a fight but it does not back down when confronted by sin.  Spiritual intercession and warfare is critical but don’t think for a minute that there will be no physical outworking of this warfare.  The key is to respond to aggression with Love, not vengeance.  Jesus found it necessary to arrest the aggressive behavior of the money changers.  You may be called on to do the same. 

Cause and Effect at Two Levels

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Most of us understand cause and effect at the natural level.  If you release a ball, it will drop thus reaffirming the law of gravity.  We count on this natural law daily and never give it another thought.  This and other physical laws were placed into existence and were in effect before man’s discovery and understanding of the detailed nature of these laws.  The laws of lift and thrust allow birds and airplanes to supersede the law of gravity.  One law did not negate the other, it performs under different criteria.  Once you relax the laws of lift and thrust, gravity becomes dominant again and propels you back to earth, hopefully with a smooth landing.

The same is true with mankind.  If you eat, hunger goes away.  If you drink water, your thirst is satisfied.  The list goes on.  In the area of economics, if you invest wisely and understand the macro-trends, your wealth will increase.  If you live debt free (or near debt free), you can take advantage of financial opportunities that arise where others must simply sit on the sideline with regret.  Unfortunately, the church historically taught us that “money is the root of all evil” except of course if you give it to the church.  That premise caused many to become passive toward applying the law of cause and effect allowing those who are opportunistic to ruthlessly master the predictable and seize control over passive and unmotivated masses.  The tragic result is that the masses promote servitude to those in control and are robbed of blessing others through the laws of God.  All of their resources go toward “keeping the lights on and food on the table” with nothing left over to help brothers and sisters in need.  It is the ministry of “me and my four and no more”.  This level of cause and effect works the same for everyone, good or evil.  The question is often posed: “Why do those evil men seem to financially prosper?”  It is because those evil men have mastered cause and effect at the lower level.  However, these people are not aware of the higher level of cause and effect.

There is a second and greater dimension of cause and effect and very few people truly understand the way it works or its impact on each of us.  This level is associated with the laws of God.  There is a universal equilibrium of the Spirit of God that is not subject to man’s manipulation.  It’s the bigger picture that most do not see.  The laws of God arm and protect the virtuous and disarm and judge the ruthless.  Nobody operates outside this equilibrium which operates in all dimensions because Our Heavenly Father designed it that way.

The law of faith operates in this second dimension and supersedes the lower dimension.  In 1984, I was stricken with Hepatitis A by eating tainted shellfish. Due to my abuse of the laws of rest and nourishment, I was susceptible to the disease.  As it turned out, I had the worst case my physician had seen and he wanted to hospitalize me.  He told me to contact my employer and let them know that I would be unable to work for a minimum of six weeks, probably eight.  I was devastated.  In the lower dimension of cause and effect, I was destined to six weeks of recovery as my body fought the virus.  However I sought Our Heavenly Father concerning the situation.  HE spoke to me and told me to study and dwell on HIS Word concerning healing.  I did just that since I had nothing else to do and nobody was interested in seeing me due to the health risk.  In twelve days I was healed and back to work on day fifteen.  This higher dimension overruled the lower dimension.

Love operates in the cause and effect realm.  Have you ever wondered how some people just seem “lucky”?  Have you ever asked why some people take an obscure path that seems destined to failure but then end up being abundantly blessed?  These people are probably operating in this second level even though they may be unaware of its operation.  This level cannot be manipulated for self interests because it is activated by something outside of effort.  I am convinced that Love is the activator of this dimension.  Love cannot be bottled up and sold, manipulated, or controlled by the ruthless.  I am also convinced that most people are unaware of this dimension and unable to consciously operate in this dimension.

Doing, thinking, and working has no entrance into this dimension.  The entrance is in your prayer closet, your tabernacle.  This higher dimension is a relational dimension with Love providing the conductance pathway of hearing.  Division causes the door to be locked.  In the following passage, Jesus reminds us that you must forgive before entering in:

Matthew 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (from the Lord’s Prayer)

Matthew 6:14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Matthew 6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

We must operate in restoration rather than condemnation and division.  As we walk and function in love, this higher dimension opens up and we are able to enjoy a closer relationship with Our Heavenly Father.  As you pursue a walk in this realm, there is no limit to the blessings available to you.

30 Acts of Kindness

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Kindness is an act of goodwill towards another.  We need to spread around some goodwill.  America has grown into a self-centered culture and as in the past when this reaches a crescendo the bottom falls out.  Love and service to others can be practiced by acts of kindness.  Psalms 117 has only 2 verses and the emphasis is "How great is His merciful kindness!"

Psalm 117

1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD [endureth] for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Our Heavenly Father’s great merciful kindness is worth of our praise and the whole earth will praise HIM as we all come to understand the fullness of HIS merciful kindness.

Kindness expects nothing in return.  Public acts of charity tend to exalt the giver whereas private acts of kindness focus on the recipient.  The ego always wants in on the action.  The challenge we face is how to do an act of service for another as a true sacrifice.  Our Heavenly Father’s acts of kindness toward us is wrapped in mercy knowing there is no way we can repay the act of love thus we should ponder our kindness with the repayment issue in mind.  If we expect or promote repayment, we have diluted our attempt of an act of kindness.  Kindness is unconditional just as pure love is unconditional.  This attribute of love has action attached to it and if we want to truly walk in love, we will bring forth fruit of kindness.

Acts of kindness do not have to be show stoppers.  They can be simple acts of sacrifice that make someone’s day more tolerable or bearable.  Acts of kindness can crack through those barriers of bitterness that people have raised to protect themselves from the harshness of their individual situations.  Consider how quickly the mindset of America would change if each person would make a commitment to at least one act of kindness every single day.  What would happen if these acts of kindness crossed borders and invaded other countries?

 

It has been said that you can develop a new habit by focusing and acting on it everyday for 30 days.  Why don’t you join me in confirming this theory.  Create a "Kindness List" and number it 1 to 30.  Each day consider an act of kindness, then do it.  Once you’ve successfully completed the act of kindness, update your list with details.  Let’s form a new habit!

The Chaos of Competition

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

In the current age, competition redirects our focus away from love.  Competition for resources, money, jobs, land, etc. turns into a quest for dominance and this particular issue plagues our planet.  When Jesus arrived on earth, the Jews were expecting a conquering Messiah to take over the Roman Empire and the entire earth.  When His ministry began, the blindness of the Jewish leadership prevented them from seeing that Jesus was the Messiah and failed to receive the revelations that were to be brought forth at that time.  Instead, Jesus chose twelve men of various backgrounds to establish His Kingdom and spread the Good News across the land.  In the meantime, the Jewish leadership kept looking toward the heavens for a conquering messiah who would lead them into a position of dominance to rule the world.

Competition is a quest for dominance, dominance is a quest for exalting oneself over another, and exalting oneself is an attempt to make yourself a god.  In the U.S. especially, sports have promoted this cycle.  Athletes are paid millions of dollars to perform every weekend.  Fans choose a team to support and then over time, define their lives by the performance of their team.  Some fans become ruthless bullies when their team wins a national championship and further exalt themselves by disparaging the opposing team and its fans.  All of this is an attempt to exalt themselves above others.

As an individual projects or defines his life based on the performance of someone else, he manufactures an identity other than his own and creates a surrogate power.  A surrogate means "substitute".  The person assigns away his gifts and power to a false identity and thus causes his gifts to lie dormant for the duration of this assignment.  For example, a young boy idolizes a football quarterback, he buys the team jersey with the quarterback’s number, and wears it everyday projecting himself to be that quarterback.  The boy takes his focus off of what he is really called to do and fails to develop his gifts.  Isn’t it harmless to wear the jersey?  Only until he defines his life and hands over his indigenous power to the "false dominance" he sees in his idol.

Cravings, addictions, and compulsions compete with our natural functions and strive for dominance over us.  Chemical addiction is a worldwide problem and society now assumes it to be normal.  Is there any difference in an addiction to smoking versus Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, or Pepsi?  When physical cravings dominate the body, the person’s gifts and calling are put on hold to some degree.  These cravings compete for the person’s resources and will lead to ultimate destruction if left unchecked.  Addiction takes on many forms.  People are becoming addicted to video games, gambling, Internet surfing, etc.  The list is endless.  By looking at your time spent on activities, your expenditures, and your recurring imaginations, an honest assessment will reveal the reality of this issue.

Mar 13:7-8
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for [such things] must needs be; but the end [shall] not [be] yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.

What is the ultimate result of competition?  War.  The financial bubbles occurring over the last 30 years have been about competition for perceived wealth.  The housing bubble was all about individuals obtaining a house they couldn’t afford to impress people they didn’t know thus creating a false identity.  Man’s quest for power is the pursuit of a false identity.  Men begin to believe that they deserve resources held by other countries and focus on a plan to take that country’s resources by force.  Troops are trained to be fierce competitors and conquerors of the enemy.  One major purpose of boot camp is to tear down the soldier’s emotion and rebuild the soldier to "think and respond" according to the conquering mentality.

Jesus prophesied of increased competition in the above Scripture and I don’t expect it to subside until the end of this age.  Must we all succumb to the cravings of competition?  An emphatic No!  The Apostle Paul writes the following:

Ephesians 2

1  AND you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

2  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

3  among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts (cravings) of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

4  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

 

We are not doomed to live by cravings but by HIS GREAT LOVE are we delivered!  The solution to competition is LOVE because when you serve your brother your are not attempting to dominate him.  The world is going to experience this in the age to come!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

We want to thank the readers and contributors to Servias Ministries for a blessed year!  People around the world celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ throughout the month of December.  We are truly thankful for the Love of Our Heavenly Father for sending His Son for our redemption.

Describing the "Kingdom of Heaven"

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Mat 19:14 (Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16)   But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 18:3   And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

A child is noted to be innocent, trusting, pure, loving, teachable, pliable, inquisitive, simple, and non-judgmental.  They have not entered into the cares of the world or the deceitfulness of riches.  They do not dwell on history or the future, their focus is "now".  Jesus revealed a subtle mystery in the above statements and it was recorded by three witnesses- Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Everyone loves a young child.  They know when the child smiles at them, it is genuine and innocent without an ulterior motive.  Isn’t that what we all yearn for, innocent and genuine acts of love?  This is who will reside in the Kingdom of Heaven, those who will genuinely love, trust, and respond with pure hearts.  As Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

Children are known for their simplicity, not complexity.  The world of complex structure is unimportant to them, they just want fellowship.  "Can you play with me?" is the cry of the young child.  Society teaches the child to focus on complex structure and strengthens the soul to deal with all of the complexities created by the developing social order.  What is the endgame of society?  Is it to create enough free time to have everyone vacation or play endless video games?  At our core we are called to be creators.  Building, gardening, producing, healing, etc. are all creative acts that cause us to be fulfilled.  Those acts done in love will cause that "void" in us to be filled. 

A child requires interaction.  He or she will play with anybody, independent of race, age, or gender.  The child expresses love without reservation and will embrace a stranger if allowed to by the parent.  A child’s playtime can be accomplished with as little as a ball and a stick or by playing a game of tag.  Big people need pricey toys to satisfy their playtime.  This world of structure has pulled us into its vortex making us think that we must have bigger, better, more expensive toys in order to fill that "void".

In order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we must shed the world of structure and return to the simplicity known in childhood.  Jesus did not need a McMansion or a private jet to be fulfilled.  He led a simple life.  His followers wanted him to build an army and conquer the Romans.  He preferred to fellowship with Our Heavenly Father and those around him.  He preferred to focus on the eternal rather than the temporal.  We all know that once we acquire a house, car, or similar purchase, it will become less important with time.  The familiar is not as exciting as the unfamiliar.  All the energy spent acquiring "things" could be redirected to more enduring acts.

A simplified life as a child is the way into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Love is kind

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Luke 6:35  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil.

Christians who critically judge others have a hard time embracing this Scripture.  Man’s judgment opposes loving your enemies.  Judgment carries a view of separation, superiority, and competition against the enemy.  Our Heavenly Father is in the business of reconciliation, not separation.  Jesus went to the cross to remove the barrier of separation between us and The Father.  The veil in the Temple was ripped when Jesus died on the cross.  That symbolic barrier of separation was eliminated.  An enemy is one who opposes you, especially with hatred.  Hate is "a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action".  This emotion evokes an action to oppose.  Kindness causes hatred to dissipate.  There is much hatred in the world today.  The U.S. has many enemies around the world.  Why?  By invoking our will against others, hatred ensues.  Who is to say that we have the right to invade other countries?  What man can adequately define "our national interest’?  Only the God of Heaven and Earth can righteously define "national interests".

Why do people become enemies?  Often, the source of this hatred is competition.  The competition may be for money, power, natural resources, or simply pride (ego).  People get distracted by competition.  There is an underlying assumption of scarcity that drives competition.  Competition is divisive in nature by separating the conqueror from the conquered, the elite from the average, and the strong from the weak.  Jesus saw no need to compete or to conquer.  He came to reconcile a divided world.  The best way to kill your enemy is with kindness, a method of conversion rather than destruction.

The word kind in Scripture is also translated as "easy": Matthew 11:30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.  Kindness will promote a lighter burden!

Love has rights

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Man’s definition of love suggested passive responses to conflict.  A person’s rights were secondary if he was to walk in love.  He was to turn the other cheek in a confrontation.  He was to look the other way if lawlessness challenged him.  However, love has many characteristics including mercy and justice.  The first mention of mercy is contained in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19.  The Lord was merciful toward Lot and his family.  His kindness and goodness prevailed in saving Lot from destruction.  Lot had moved to the area and was drawn by his lust.  From a standpoint of justice, Lot should have perished with the rest of the population.  However, The Lord’s mercy superceded justice since Abraham had interceded on Lot’s behalf.  Once Lot had been removed from the city, justice intervened and all perished.  The lawlessness and lasciviousness were wiped out.  God is Love in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.  Love demands justice.  Love prefers that mercy prevail if possible.  Many who have read the Old Testament could not reconcile how Our Heavenly Father could have killed so many people.  When you view their physical death as a chapter in their individual eternity, you can understand the necessity of removing them from further judgment.  If we all are ultimately reconciled unto The Father, we must be cleansed and purged of sin so that we may go before The Throne of God.  All of us will be cleansed of sin whether it is accomplished before our physical death or afterwards.  It was by mercy that Our Father removed the people of Sodom and Gomorrah from their path of destruction.

You have the right to choose your own path.  Even though you are called to "turn the other cheek", you are not required to remain in the presence of those who would abuse you and practice lawlessness in your presence.  At the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the workers of iniquity (lawlessness) to depart from His presence.  He warns us not to judge a person’s heart, but to judge the fruit (or lack of).  He further tells us in Matthew 7 to not only hear His words but to "do" them.  It is your right and responsibility to judge the fruit.  It is your right to cease promoting unfruitfulness in yourself and others.

In 2 Kings Chapter 7, there were four leprous men at the gates of the city during a famine.  These men had no future.  They were destined for death but then made a choice:

3 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, "Why are we sitting here until we die?  4 If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also.

Although contained within another story, these men made a choice to take action and step out of their assumed path of hunger and death.  Once they took action to leave their path of destruction, they found sustenance and life.  John the Baptist (the greatest prophet) told us to Repent!  Repent means to change your mind or current path which is one of destruction.  Was the command to be only considered once in a person’s life and only relevant to salvation?  Paul tells us in Galatians chapter 3 that the Law was our schoolmaster until faith has come.  We are to walk in faith and towards life.  We are to turn away from death and destruction.  That is our right.  Those who are given to destruction must not lead us to the same end.

Through the choices you make, you support either life or death.  If you smoke or take drugs, you are choosing death.  It may not be immediate but its conclusion will not be without pain.  As a child of God you are not a child of circumstance.  Our Father has given us the choice which frees us from being confined to circumstance.  If we were imprisoned by circumstance, we would not need the Holy Scriptures to reveal to us how we ought to live.  We would simply walk out our existence knowing there was nothing we could do about our circumstances.

By giving us a will, The Heavenly Father did not sanction destructive works.  He put laws into place to assure order and overall equilibrium.  You may use your will to attempt to defy the law of gravity and jump off a building.  The law will prevail unless The Father has specifically shown you how to supercede this structural law.  He will not provide the revelation unless it is to promote the Kingdom of God.  Your will is to promote your life and living, not to sanction death and destruction.  We are told to chose life (Deut 30:19 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;).  The Lord God Almighty "commands" us not "controls" us.  He has given us gifts and callings that will sustain our life and allow us to bring forth good fruit.  Our rights are connected with our calling and our gifts.  As our will aligns with The Father’s will, our fruitfulness will increase.  As we develop in our gifts and calling, doors will be opened that are otherwise shut.  Listen, obey, and walk accordingly!  As you walk in love, you will be able to exercise your rights granted by The Father to complete your calling.

Love requires "The Cross"

Friday, March 7th, 2008

When a major revelation is at hand, the counterfeits surface to test those who are in pursuit of the revelation.  Jesus spoke of this occurrence in Matthew 24:

11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

False prophets are those who teach lawlessness and rebellion against God’s Word and Commandments (See Deut 13).  During these end times false prophets are now focusing on greatest revelation in Scripture: Love.  Many have written about their view of love.  Viewing love from the "created’s" point of view is only describing a partial view of love.  Since love is above structure, it defies complete definition by an individual.  Wisdom tells us to go to the Creator of Heaven and Earth to get understanding of love.  Only those with a pure heart shall see God (Mat 5:8).  Access to God comes through The Cross.  Jesus shed his blood so that we could enter in to the Holy of Holies.  Where is the Holy of Holies?

1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Why aren’t we entering into the Holy of Holies daily?  The Father’s Holy Presence is closely guarded.  Sin cannot enter the Temple.  Love can!  We must seek the entrance to the Holy of Holies in us.  If we defile the temple, destruction lies ahead.  Structure would redirect our attention to its imprisonment.  Structure demands attention.  Structure is looking for slaves.  What has you tied down?  What is preventing you from entering in to the Holy of Holies?  What is causing your love to grow cold?  We must be vigilant to protect our temple.  We must not forget that the Blood of Christ provided the way into the Holy of Holies.  The blood was shed at the Cross.  There is no other lawful entrance.  Anybody who claims otherwise is a false prophet.  In Corinthians 3, Paul further warns us:

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; 20 and again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."

He clearly states that there will be those among us will be crafty in worldly wisdom attempting to convince us of other means to gain entry into the presence of God.  Their attempts will be futile.  We are consistently warned against false prophets throughout Scripture.  Our Heavenly Father gave us the Law that we might judge the fruit(the words) of prophets.  If they promote lawlessness and rebellion to God’s Word, their life will follow the path toward destruction.  Those that listen and walk in "wisdom of this world" will follow the same path.  In the Book of Revelations, we are provided with the issues confronting us and possibly preventing us from "entering in":

 14 "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,

‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither [fn7] cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’–and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked– 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."’"

 

Worldly riches can easily cause blindness.  Many people conclude by their own understanding that wealthy people must have some sort of anointing which causes them to be wealthy.  Have you observed how people change when they are around wealthy people?  Are they hoping that the wealth factor will rub off on them?  Are they hoping that the wealthy person will simply take notice of them and write them a check?  Wealth seems to be often linked to blindness, wretchedness, and misery.  Wealthy Christians tend to become complacent.  Their eyes often become blind to The Father’s will for their resources.  They forget the Cross.  Jesus had the opportunity to become the wealthiest man on earth with His talents and abilities.  Actually, He was already the wealthiest man on earth.  His wealth superceded all the created wealth contained on earth.  Eternal life is worth far more than a couple of ounces of gold and silver.  This wealthy man walked in moderation.  He was provided with all the wealth necessary to complete his calling on earth: The Cross.  The Cross provides us with the restoration of fellowship with Our Heavenly Father.  The Blood of the Innocent Lamb provided the lawful means by which we could approach The Throne of Our Lord God Almighty.  Any other attempt is lawless.  Anyone who promotes another means is a false prophet.  Agape Love does not have an issue with the Law.  Love seeks to serve mankind, not control others by usurping requirement of the Cross.