Monday, February 11, 2008

A Call to Repentance: WEEK FIVE - February 3, 2008

"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:32)


This week, we continue to press in during WEEK FIVE of the 40 Weeks of Prayer and Fasting, to offer prayers of repentance for the sin in the church, the sin in the nation, and the blessing of Israel.

We now address these areas:





For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (I Peter 4:17)

"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Rev. 3:14-16)

Jesus wants a pure and true heart; an honest relationship with Him and others. Jesus is a true example of integrity and truth. If we want to be like Jesus, we need to walk with integrity. We need to walk the talk and are to be the salt of the earth. "So He fed them according to the integrity of His heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands." (Ps. 78:72)

Let's teach the truth, the whole truth, and not just love, grace, prosperity and promises; but also justice, and conditions to promises. We cannot serve two masters. Apathy has to go. "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness." (Isaiah 5:20) Integrity is having the guts to tell the truth, though it is costly. It's the ability to endure laughter, embarrassment or injury to stand up for what is right.

Are we willing to be severed from the run-of-the-mill compromising church? This is what it will cost us to ride with Him, who has no darkness. Our family siblings, our immediate family, and even spouse may ridicule us. They may say we're too religious, but it's not religious at all. It's becoming a pure bride and being obedient to the Lord. We may also have our pastor come against us; which happens often. God is separating His people unto Himself. Are we willing to accept that?

(Source: Riding with the King in Unity, by Giles F. Mack, P.O. Box 1761, Branson, MO 65615, pp. 6-10)

(See also the judgment against two of the seven churches of the Book of Revelation. The Church of Laiodicea was found guilty of being neither hot nor cold, but only lukewarm for the truth. Unless they repent, God will spew them out of His mouth! [Rev. 3:14-16;19-22] The Church of Pergamum was guilty of "clinging to the teaching of Balaam" and of "clinging to the teaching of the Nicolaitans," which led to immoral acts. Unless they repent, God will judge this church "with the sword of My mouth." [Rev. 2: 14-16])




Euthanasia is murder -- plain and simple. It is murder of the elderly, who no longer are able to care for themselves, and it is murder of the disabled, who also no longer are able to care for themselves. There are those within the New World Order who refer to these two groups as "useless eaters" who, according to the principles of sustainability, are therefore "expendable" as they no longer produce an economic benefit to the society. Instead, the elderly and the disabled are seen as a "drain" to society, so the "greater good" is to see them removed.

The tragedy of the case of Terri Schiavo is the epitome of this murderous philosophy. The judicial system hid behind their black robes, saying they could "do nothing" for this precious young woman, and so the feeding tube (which gave her her life) was pulled. Terri Schiavo was murdered, and was offered up as a sacrifice to the teachings of euthanasia.

One of the Ten Commandments is: "Thou Shalt Not Murder." STAND IN THE GAP FOR A NATION THAT HAS LOST ITS SENSES, AND WHICH NO LONGER VALUES LIFE. Repent for the sin of euthanasia in America.




(Note: As we intercede for America, we must also intercede for the nation with whom we have a covenant: Israel. Often, her sins are our sins, and vice versa. Please find below excerpts from a teaching by Intercessors for Israel and pray in agreement with these requests.

a. The spirit of humanism:

This past week has seen a multitude of rocket attacks from Gaza and many terror other attacks have been stopped. Yet this nation is asleep. Only a successful attack causes us to draw the correct conclusions- that our enemies are serious about wiping Israel of the map.

It is a liberal humanistic spirit that is killing us, and we need to pray it out!

-- Lord, help Israel's leaders and media understand that it is the thought that counts in all attempted attacks.

-- Open the eyes of Israelis to the reality of the hatred of the surrounding nations against this nation.

-- "Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people. . . They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance." (Psalms 83:1-4)

-- Please O King, let Your fear fall on both us and our enemies this coming year. "The fear of LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death." (Proverbs 14:27)

b. The Root of this problem goes back to the foundation of the State.

Most of the initial pioneers were secular Zionists-although there were those who did believe in Israel's Rock.

Just like in the wars of the Maccabees which we celebrate during Chanukah, the real enemies of the State of Israel were those Jews who wanted to be a nation like any other nation, who wanted to assimilate and not accept that this nation is chosen for His purposes and glory.

Same thing today.

-- Lord, raise up the Sons of Zion against the Sons of Greece. (Zechariah 9:13)

-- Cast out the spirit humanism from Your Body and make us compromise-resistant. Give us the gift of repentance.

-- Expose the spirit of humanism that pervades Rabbinic Judaism and cause Your people to repent. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

A Closing Thought . . .


By A.W. Tozer

He came trembling and fell down before Paul and Silas. . . and said. Sirs, what must I do to be saved? --Acts 16:25~30

In a world like ours, with conditions being what they are, what should a serious-minded man or woman do?

First, accept the truth concerning yourself. You do not go to a doctor to seek consolation, but to find out what is wrong and what to do about it.

Then seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness; Seek through Jesus Christ a right relationship to God and then insist upon maintaining a right relation to your fellow man.

Set about reverently and honestly to amend your doings. Magnify God, mortify the flesh, simplify your life Take up your cross and learn of Jesus Christ to die to this world, that He may raise you up in due time.

If you will do these things in faith and love, you will know peace; the peace of God that passes all understanding.

You will know joy; the joy of resurrection. You will know, too, the comfort of the indwelling Spirit of God, for you have sought to do the will of God at any price!

... After Salvation itself, man's greatest need is to be as filled with the Holy Spirit as the believers at Pentecost were filled. This book contains 4 chapters: 1) Who Is the Holy Spirit? 2) The Promise of the Father; 3) How To Cultivate the Spirit's Companionship; 4) Filled With The Spirit