Truth or Pretense

Truth or Pretense

Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations?”
Jeremiah 7:8-10

There is a striking similarity to the “gospel” of Jeremiah’s day as to ours. The common lot of man has not changed. The truths of God invariably fall into corruption by the infusion of men’s ideas, their concepts, and their innate desire to explain away the Word of His Truth. Throughout the ages, as Solomon noted, “there is nothing new under the sun”. The names, the phrases, the nomenclature may sound new and may be followed with great enthusiasm but the haunting emptiness of these things can never bring the wonder of His Presence in the human heart.

The darkest times in Israel’s history came when “every man did what was right in their own eyes”. The disconnection and the lack of community and oneness is the revelation of a people who live outside of God. The Holy Spirit within a heart produces the growing sense of our being “members one of another”. A living faith that fuses hearts by the very fire of God within each is God’s answer to a fallen and divided world. When carnal things, issues of the world, whether it be politics, medical protocols, or the latest headline, divide His people, we must begin to comprehend how far we have fallen from His Life within.

God hates mixture and any “gospel” which proclaims an amnesty from God’s Judgments as Israel was saying in Jeremiahs’s day… “we are delivered so that we can do these things” is heresy. The truth will always convict of sin, it will never compromise nor become comfortable with sins defiling scourge. Truth is given to set us free and only actual truth, powerful truth can actually set an individual free in the freedom of Christ.

The litmus test for us to know our current growth in His Truth will be evident in the freedom we have from sin and the corresponding freedom to make Him who is the truth known. Our lives are to be a statement of faith. How we live, how we conduct ourselves, and how deeply we feel the desire to fellowship in the light of Christ with all who walk in the light of Christ.

To rely on confessions without a corresponding walk is the definition of hypocrisy.

“For if we would judge ourselves,
we should not be judged”
1 Corinthians 11:31

If we would but let His Word bring conviction and judgment we will avail ourselves of His Grace. Our journey into truth must begin with our being truthful to our own condition. God never turned away from a penitent heart. He does and ever will turn from those who lean upon something other than the power of His life within to live righteously.

It is a day to let His word have its way in our hearts. To open ourselves to the Sword of the Spirit to cut away our entanglements, our numbness in order to bring us to pure and holy repentance. I have seen many turn themselves away from His truth by their religious confessions. Using His Word to justify themselves from the truth of His Word. There is no remedy for such.

“They that observe lying vanities
forsake their own mercy”
Jonah 2:8

Mercy is not a doctrine, it is a power that enables us to offer our very lives to Him as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1). To live within its sphere of power and to feel the beauty of a broken heart is a joy to those who have tasted of its wonder. Mercy, true and pure will break a heart more completely than any harsh judgment can.

Seek Mercy

Seek mercy, choose mercy, and let mercy’s power infiltrate our hearts afresh. For purity is bound within her garments, meekness shines with the gentle strength of Christ and  His peace reigns where mercy has wrought her good work.

“Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD”
Zephaniah 2:3


The Garment of Salvation

The Garment of Salvation

“Speak unto the children of Israel,
and bid them that they make them fringes
in the borders of their garments
throughout their generations,
and that they put upon the fringe
of the borders a ribband of blue”
Numbers 15:38

The Old Testament is the picture book of all which God has purposed in the New. He has never deviated from His original purpose of having a man in His Image. His Spirit remains in the earth until He has fully accomplished all that He has purposed in Christ Jesus. We see here in even the garments of the “children of Israel” additional embellishments were added as they walked with God.

The “ribband” of Blue mentioned here is the result of an Israelite profaning the Sabbath of God. In the midst of this severe judgement God announces to the children of Israel to add to their garments the fringe of blue, which would ever remind them of His Holiness. By the sewing of this blue into their garments they were to ever be cognizant of this living truth. That blue was to become a part of their garments which were worn in the common course of their everyday life.

“And it shall be unto you for a fringe,
that ye may look upon it,
and remember all the commandments of the Lord,
and do them; and that ye seek not after
your own heart and your own eyes,
after which ye use to go a whoring:
That ye may remember,
and do all my commandments,
and be holy unto your God
Numbers 15:39-40

In the New Testament the Salvation of Christ is presented to us as “robes of righteousness”, garments of salvation and the garments of praise. It is a living garment (His Life and Covering) given to us upon the moment of rebirth through faith and repentance. A garment of pure white wherein the Spirit of God would “weave” into it the attributes and graces of the living Christ (see Exodus 39:2-3). While many today settle for a declared righteousness there is a failure to realize the necessity to “keep their garments white” (Revelation 3:4, 16:15) from the contagion of the world and the horror of religion. We are to so walk with God as there would be the ongoing embellishment of His beauty, holiness and graces woven into the very fabric of our lives (2 Peter 1:5-10). Failure to add these graces results in spiritual blindness and great loss to the believer’s reward in Christ. A salvation which grows into His likeness through the experiences of walking with Him.

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my soul shall be joyful in my God;
for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments,
and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels”
Isaiah 61:10

These garments of glory are a picture of His righteousness becoming ours. It is in our being clothed in Him that His salvation becomes ours, His life being our covering and His righteousness becoming the breastplate of our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:13-17). The day is breaking and the great tribulation is even now at the door of all them that dwell upon the earth. It is a day of the revelation of the Word going forth with great judgement as He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of the Almighty God (Revelation 19:15). Within the scope of this great and terrible day John sees a people who stand before the throne of God worshipping Him that “liveth forever and ever” …

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude,
which no man could number,
of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,
stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands”
Revelation 7:9

Upon the seeing of this multitude clothed with “white robes” John enquired as to who  these were and from whence have they come?

“These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes,
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore, are they before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple:
and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;
neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne
shall feed them, and shall lead them
unto living fountains of waters:
and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes”
Revelation 7:14

It is a day for us to walk circumspectly before our God. It is a time of entering into the Holiness and the Glory of the Lord. The only safe place in the hour that is upon us is a life which is “hid with Christ in God”. Being clothed in the robe of His Righteousness, bringing forth His judgements and justice, seeking Him with all of our hearts. For those who “dwell in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the Shadow of The Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).

“Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth,
which have wrought his judgment;
seek righteousness, seek meekness:
it may be ye shall be hid
in the day of the Lord’s anger”
Zephaniah 2:3

It is the life of dwelling and abiding IN HIM wherein the security and the ability to stand is ours. This is the day of seeking, doing and dwelling in Him for the storm is about to break and the foundation of everyman’s house will be revealed.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man,
which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man,
which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell: and great was the fall of it
Matthew 7:24-27

Brian Troxel