The Lord gave me this word three years ago and I feel the weight of His words even more so today. He is calling us to a place of intimacy where we will truly find out more of who He is.
The world has distorted the image of who the great I Am is. There is a false gospel, a new age Theology that teaches God is all love and will love you in-spite of your sin, so many in the church are bound by lies. Just the parts of scripture that we like are taught so as a church we are bound because we refused to expose the sin and talk about repentance.
God loves us but hates our sin. He doesn’t want us bound but wants us to walk in the freedom He paid for. Our God is a sovereign God worthy of all glory and her we take His Holiness for granted.
This word isn’t to condemn the church but to convict it so we can be prepared for the bridegroom. The time has come; what worked in the past will no longer be effective. The time is getting shorter. Jesus is coming back and we have work to do. The purpose you have is to great to squander it. You don’t want to miss what the Lord is doing in this time if you don’t make room in the place of intimacy.
The Father is saying:
Pay attention, come to me in the secret place and listen to me for my instructions will come and my justice will be served. Those who hear my instructions; be strong and courageous. Do not fear people and what they think, do not cast your pearls to pigs and don’t let anyone discourage you from your purpose and calling.
Wake up! Wake up! My righteousness is near. Pay attention and choose to hear my voice today.
You see, you have forgotten your maker, your first true love. Comfort and compromise you have settled for.
But I am the one who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. I am the one who put the words in your mouth and have held you in the palm of my hand. Where were you? And what could you possibly do for me? I made all this!! I own all this!! Heaven is my throne and earth my footstool.
All I ever wanted was you. All I am looking for is someone humbled with a repentant heart who will reverently respond to what I have to say.
Yet, you use my name lightly and wonder why you are stuck, wonder why you are going in circles and why you are not blessed? It’s because your worship is self-worship and your teachings self-centered. But I will expose your nonsense and let you realize your worst fears. Because when I invited you, you ignored me: when I spoke to you, you brushed me off.
So, remember where you were before you fell. Search your hearts and change it! Remember I am the one who freely gives and I can also take away. Come with me and let me lead you. I never said it would be easy, it will come with a cost. So, don’t run from suffering instead embrace it. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way to finding your true self. When you find your true self, I will faithfully reward and remember my covenant and bless you.
“during that time the Lord had spoken through Isaiah son of Amoz, saying, “Go, take off your sackcloth and remove the sandals from your feet,” and he did that, going stripped and barefoot — the Lord said, “As my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot three years as a sign and omen against Egypt and Cush,”
Isaiah 20:2-3 CSB
He will bring honor to his family name, for I will drive him firmly in place like a nail in the wall. They will give him great responsibility, and he will bring honor to even the lowliest members of his family. ” But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies also says: “The time will come when I will pull out the nail that seemed so firm. It will come out and fall to the ground. Everything it supports will fall with it. I, the Lord, have spoken!””
Isaiah 22:23-25 NLT
“Pay attention and come to me; listen, so that you will live. I will make a permanent covenant with you on the basis of the faithful kindnesses of David.”
Isaiah 55:3 CSB
“Pay attention to me, my people, and listen to me, my nation; for instruction will come from me, and my justice for a light to the nations. I will bring it about quickly.”
Isaiah 51:4 CSB
“My righteousness is near, my salvation appears, and my arms will bring justice to the nations. The coasts and islands will put their hope in me, and they will look to my strength.”
Isaiah 51:5 CSB
“Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my instruction: do not fear disgrace by men, and do not be shattered by their taunts. For moths will devour them like a garment, and worms will eat them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, and my salvation for all generations. Wake up, wake up! Arm of the Lord, clothe yourself with strength. Wake up as in days past, as in generations long ago. Wasn’t it you who hacked Rahab to pieces, who pierced the sea monster?”
Isaiah 51:7-9 CSB
“But you have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You are in constant dread all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, who has set himself to destroy. But where is the fury of the oppressor? I have put my words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of my hand, in order to plant the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are my people.””
Isaiah 51:13, 16 CSB
“For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and injustice; I will faithfully reward my people and make a permanent covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations, and their posterity among the peoples. All who see them will recognize that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
Isaiah 61:8-9 CSB
“GOD ’s Message: “Heaven’s my throne, earth is my footstool. What sort of house could you build for me? What holiday spot reserve for me? I made all this! I own all this!” GOD ’s Decree. “But there is something I’m looking for: a person simple and plain, reverently responsive to what I say. “Your acts of worship are acts of sin: Your sacrificial slaughter of the ox is no different from murdering the neighbor; Your offerings for worship, no different from dumping pig’s blood on the altar; Your presentation of memorial gifts, no different from honoring a no-god idol. You choose self-serving worship, you delight in self-centered worship—disgusting! Well, I choose to expose your nonsense and let you realize your worst fears, Because when I invited you, you ignored me; when I spoke to you, you brushed me off. You did the very things I exposed as evil, you chose what I hate.” But listen to what GOD has to say to you who reverently respond to his Word: “Your own families hate you and turn you out because of me. They taunt you, ‘Let us see GOD ’s glory! If God’s so great, why aren’t you happy?’ But they’re the ones who are going to end up shamed.” Rumbles of thunder from the city! A voice out of the Temple! GOD ’s voice, handing out judgment to his enemies:”
Isaiah 66:1-6 MSG
“Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?”
Matthew 16:24-26 MSG
““I know what you do, how hard you work and never give up. I know that you don’t accept evil people. You have tested those who say they are apostles but are not. You found that they are liars. So remember where you were before you fell. Change your hearts and do what you did at first. If you don’t change, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”
Revelation 2:2, 5 ERV