I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. Psalm 130:5
He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat. He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. Psalm 147:14-15
The Word and Jesus Christ are one and the same. He cannot lie and the Word cannot lie! So what God has promised in His written word He will fulfill. As a result for some He will bring deliverance and for others He will bring destruction. For God’s word is unchanging:
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two. Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:15-20
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the LORD! Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster, And will not call back His words, But will arise against the house of evildoers, And against the help of those who work iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out His hand, Both he who helps will fall, And he who is helped will fall down; They all will perish together. Isaiah 31:1-3
The LORD has promised great wealth and prosperity for those who fear and trust in Him. His word is true:
Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. Psalm 25:12-14
I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries. Proverbs 8:17-21
He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered. Proverbs 28:25
But those who are proud cannot expect prosperity but rather demise and punishment. For God’s word is unchanging:
The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. Proverbs 15:25
Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5
A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin. Proverbs 21:4
There is no virtue in being proud! Jesus Christ is the deliverer of many men’s souls for without Him men can do nothing of any importance or value. Yes, He has given many giftings to men. They can swim expertly, drive trucks, build towering buildings and so on but they have missed the point. If what they have done is not unto God it has no value in the Kingdom of Heaven and profits little. For God gives everything man does value.
Man glorifies himself and walks about with great pride admiring his accomplishments and God looks upon him and his accomplishments with disdain. He is not pleased at what He sees that men are accomplishing because it is not in Christ or unto Christ. This displeases God and He refuses to bless such accomplishments. If the world is still functioning it is because of God’s grace more than any pleasure that He may derive from man’s accomplishments.
Is there such a thing as freedom without consequences or freedom without reactions. Can men say, I am free to do as I like? No, men can’t really say that but they make themselves believe and receive that and it brings them into greater separation from God. So, why do men do what they do? Can they really expect no consequences for their actions or words? No, they can expect a reaction but not from where they expected. It will come from Heaven and do the work of bringing justice to a wrong or an untruth. Heaven is not oblivious to what is going on, on earth. The Lord, knows and sees all things and will reward every deed good, bad or indifferent. He is not to be mocked what a man sows he also reaps.
When we operate under His anointing He directs us and uses us for His glory and brings glory even to ourselves but when we operate in our flesh, which is more than likely, we reap the rewards of the flesh, which is burnt up in the fire of the Holy Spirit. Can men say, they are free? No, because true freedom is a life yoked in proper service to the Lord of Hosts. He only can bring us into true freedom. But, true freedom has a price. The price is giving up our selfish will and following His leading and guidance by the voice of the Holy Spirit within us. This is called being “born again.” Not what many religious believe, that being born again is saying you accept Jesus. This is only the first step in a life consecrated in an intimate walk with the Lord that produces the right kind of fruit. Real fruit is fruit produced in us by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. It is nothing we can produce in ourselves, yet many try and will wonder why their “hard work” will be burnt up as so much wood, stubble and hay. God only is the producer of everything of good within us, something many of us find hard to accept. Somehow, we were “taught” that if we did it right we would be spiritual. But, true spirituality is simple surrender and desire to serve only Him-the King of kings and Lord of lords.
We have failed to see what was right before our eyes-that there is nothing good we could offer Him within us. Even the lowest whore is equal to us. Our pride has defiled us already. We are corrupt, unclean and of no value as we are, even when we think we are doing His will. Our outward traditions and forms are empty clay vessels. There emptiness is proven by the fruit in our lives. Little love. Little comfort. A lot of empty fellowshipping, and no miracles of any lasting value. Yet, when we touch the Lord of lords and King of kings and surrender our pride, traditions and desires to Him, He quickens our life and makes us what we ought to be. Now, we are serviceable and useable. Now, we are ready to do His will and not ours. He can move in our lives and make the Word and doing of it possible with much tender fruit coming from us. This is true service and a true intimate relationship with Him. Above all we must not deny what is written on paper in the Word of God before us. We must seek His way and not ours. For God’s word is unchanging:
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:16-17
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:13-18