Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Blessed Are Ye

Scriptures: Luke 6 v 17-23: "And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
18  And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
19  And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
20  And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
21  Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
22  Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
23  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets."

After Jesus had prayed all night to His Father a whole multitude of people gathered to hear Him and to be healed of diseases and delivered of unclean spirits. Virtue went out of Him and healed them all. What a blessing it is when the mighty healing hand of Jesus touches your life.

Those who were vexed with unclean spirits were set free.  Today those would include adulterers,  using the "F" word, prostitutes, strippers, pornographers, X-rated movies, sex offenders, rapists, every kind of sexual lust outside of marriage between a man and a woman.  All can be set free by Jesus because He did not make them sinful.  The Devil did that before this Earth was formed.  

The use of the F word has awful consequences.  It is the name of a demon which surfaced after the Bubonic plague decimated the population of Britain.  The King sent out a proclamation to replenish the population.  It became known as Fornication Under Command of the King.  And so the word was born and became demonic.  When used today the demons use it to draw people to very young children and never see their actions as harmful, disgusting or even wrong.  Please put a boycott on this evil word!

Jesus told His disciples "Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God." He did not mean they were financially poor but poor as far as the things of this world (Satan's kingdom) is concerned. They had chosen spiritual riches by following Jesus and He said it was a blessing to them.

Blessed are ye that hunger now for ye shall be filled. This does not refer to famine but to the hunger for truth; righteousness, the Word of God, the Bread of Life. When you hunger for the things of the Spirit of God you will be filled with spiritual treasures.

Blessed are ye that weep now for ye shall laugh. This is the tears of remorse and repentance that softens the hardness of heart that sin brings, and when that burden is lifted the joy of the Lord fills your heart. The joy of the Lord is your strength. When you are sad and depressed it is called the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61v3) and can be lifted by the garment of praise.

Blessed are ye when men hate you and persecute you; and separate you from their company; reproaching you and casting your name out as evil for the Son of Man's sake. Jesus says we must leap for joy and rejoice when that happens because our heavenly reward is great. 

He also says Woe unto you when all men speak well of you for so did their fathers speak of the false prophets.  Do not seek to be popular, famous and idolized, but rather be meek, and humble, giving all glory to our Father and Jesus.

I know that some people struggle with the things I share on this blog. The problem lies with the fact that many people have lived on a spiritual diet that has grown less and less filling. The things I share seem too much to handle because your soul is starving and the food is too rich.  I cannot apologise for that which the Lord bades me do.  He says Feed My Lambs, and I must obey.

The church in general has watered down the gospel to conform to the desire of the congregations to be entertained.  The real needs, the sins of soul and flesh, leading to spiritual death, are ignored for music, dance and much laughter.  Bright lights like a rock concert keep up the vibe while the Light of the World is ignored.  The people are in spiritual famine while the music plays.

During our church meetings we were blessed if we got to sing one psalm.  The Lord was always urging us to do the work of the ministry because too many were just singing but doing very little.  Sometimes our meetings went on for many hours because we had to stand in the gap for many to be healed or set free.  It was exhausting sometimes but very blessed to this day.

So pray for your Heavenly Father to strengthen you to eat the heavenly manna that He daily provides. He wants to bless you and fill you with that which will sustain you and bring fruitfulness in your life. He loves you and is dismayed at the neglect of His precious children. He says the shepherds feed themselves and leave the sheep to starve. They will have to give an account of themselves before Almighty God and risk eternal damnation.

Likewise those pastors who use their calling to flirt with and have affairs with women and even with men. A gay man came to me for ministry.  I asked him why he wanted a woman to pray for him. He said he was desperate as every time he went to a pastor for help he ended up in bed with them and his problems were worse than before. Happily that man was set free and is married to a beautiful Christian woman and they have been blessed with children.

How do you think God will deal with the pastors who treated this man like that? He will send them where all hypocrites will go, unless they repent and are set free of their unclean demons, and step back from ministry until they are fit for purpose.  It is an insult to Jesus Christ to hold a ministry office while abusing those seeking help.

We have opportunities every day to walk with God and do His will. Those who do are truly blessed. I pray that you, the reader, are one of the blessed.

Prayer: Heavenly Father Your promise was given that as You blessed Abraham so would we be blessed. If we truly love one another and worship You in spirit and in truth, Your blessings will overwhelm us. So if we don't feel blessed Father show us where we are going wrong. In Jesus' name. Amen.