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Friday, September 16, 2011

You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.

Warn the Saints!
 Dear Saints, 

My dear sister in the Lord sent me a short little message this morning. I thought, wow, I wonder what this is it is...
"Sarah, are you awake? Stay vigilant and sober minded. Don't fall asleep. I just felt led to send this to you. The enemy is seeking whom he may devour. Coming to the most secret places of God "the temple within us."

This devotional below came right after and confirmed to both of us that we are to warn and exhort each other. If not daily then often. 

Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

I try to warn and exhort with this blog. (Eze 33:3-5) Sometimes I hit a nerve and get backlash. I have experienced, (as I know many of you have) believers who will not hear what I have to say to them. A few have even gone so far as to get the poison pen (keyboard) out and slam me in their blogs or in emails. Well I just can't let that sort of thing deter me. I have learned by the wisdom of God that He extends grace to me so I extend grace to others and turn the other cheek. 

Many believers just do not understand all things at all times. Although they may think they do. I am the first to admit I am a work in progress and I need Jesus! I am a sinner, and I am reminded daily that the heart of man is wicked continually.

Saints I exhort you and warn you to be vigilant. Satan hates us and he wants to destroy God's people. Stay awake! Warn others no matter what the backlash. Lift up the blind, ignorant and prideful in prayer that they may be delivered.

In Christ, Sarah

Devotional by T. Austin Sparks

You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. (Hebrews 3:13 NLT)

We talk about our motives, and we say, "Our motive was right!" We talk about our conscientiousness, we talk about our intentions; but you and I do not know what lies behind what we call our good motives. There is a deceitfulness about this human heart that defies our greatest attempt at tracking it down, and we shall never do it....

Here is where the church has become such a confused thing, and such a tragedy; for the prevailing idea is that if you give yourself over to God He will take you up and use you: "Bring over your humanity and consecrate it to the Lord! Consecrate your old man to the Lord, and go out and serve the Lord, with a consecrated old man!" it is utterly contrary to the teaching of God’s Word.

The result is that in the work of God all the world over, you have people serving the Lord in the energy of the flesh, in the reasoning of the flesh, in the emotions of the flesh. Meet them, counter them, frustrate them, and you meet something evil; you meet with a fight, a division, a schism, a scattering, and wholesale resignations.

Do you see what a havoc the enemy can make in that which is called the church, because people with best intentions and purest motives have come to serve the Lord with all their own intelligence, their own strength, and their own emotion? They have not seen that God has closed the door to the old creation, and that God’s attitude is this: "The only thing that can satisfy Me, that can serve Me is My Son, and if you are going to come into My service, He has to be the energy of everything, the Life of everything, the Wisdom of everything!" He has to be the governing, ruling reality in everything.

It is not to be a matter of your impulses, but of His urgings and leadings by the Holy Spirit; not your sitting down to reason out what it would be good to do for the Lord, what ought to be done, what needs to be done, but what He shows you, nothing more.... You and I must not bring over our old creation and give it to God, expecting God to use it. God begins with birth. The church of the firstborn is something quite new, and it comes out of a death. That death is the death of an old creation, and the resurrection is of something that is not the resuscitation of an old creation, but the resurrection of something wholly of God.