Monday, May 17, 2010
'Godliness' gone wrong...where is the heart at?
This is yet another message about circumcising our hearts, and I'm going to read from first Samuel in a commentary style. The Lord had me pondering over Saul's disobedience one day...
I got a strong visual once while listening to someone teach about iniquity. While they likened iniquity to be like a deep root in the sea...I saw a storm over that sea & after it subsided, junk had bubbled up from that 'root' & migrated to the shoreline. Then the shoreline was raked & all pretty...but then another storm, & up came the junk, only to be raked again, and again. What needs to happen? The person that is so talented with that rake needs to go out into the water (or go into the spirit) and get rid of that root. Of course it's deep and hard to get to...but Jesus is already poised at the root beneath the surface...He's been waiting to see your 'thumb's up' beneath the water.
This is yet another message about circumcising our hearts, and I'm going to read from first Samuel in a commentary style. The Lord had me pondering over Saul's disobedience one day, so I'll call this:
Saul, 'Godliness' gone wrong...where is the heart at?
In first Samuel 13 we see Saul boasting about defeating an encampment of Philistines, but then the Philistine army was so thick about them that Israelites where hiding all over the countryside & Saul's army was poised in Gigal shaking with fear. Saul was instructed to wait for Samuel's return, a set time of 7 days.
1 Samuel 13
8And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
9And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. (*pay attention here...he's looking at the natural and he's clinging to a ritual, not faith.)
10And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. (*Saul was found disobedient here in the 11th hour...if he just would have held out and trusted he would've been a good & faithful servant...let's read on...)
11And Samuel said, What hast thou done? (*I keep getting a picture of the huge plume of smoke from this sacrificial offering pinpointing & exposing the location of God's army and thinking this is just like how modern day "christians" think they are doing things for the kingdom, but they are really setting up persecution and painting a bad picture for all christians to all the nations that despise us) And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
12Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. (*Basically he's expecting the worse & bailing out. Notice how he's putting this 'godly paste' over the whole situation--you could say a form of 'godliness' but denying the power thereof...)
13And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
(*Ouch! This all really puts to mind those 'end-time' cheesy flicks...you've got the girl on the guiloteen chopping block and at the last moment she renounces Jesus, because she doesn't want to die...then there's an earthquake & everybody runs away...but there she is, stuck in the guiloteen & the latch jiggles & comes off & we know had she just shut her mouth and trusted she would've been in paradise...but she blew it all in the eleventh hour.)...
Full transcript available at: www.hearingGod.tv