In Deuteronomy 4:1-4, the Lord makes it clear there are certain qualifications we must meet before we will be able to walk in the promises of God.
If we intend to enter into a place of purpose, destiny, blessings, a place where there is no lack and where the enemy has no impact, there are things we must do. I am talking about our own personal Caanan land experience, which references the land the Lord promised the Israelites.
We must be totally prepared to fight for what God has already designated as our property. We are going to need to fight, to war, to get it. It is already ours, but it requires defeating the enemy to take possession. That is right, if you intend to possess your land, you are going to need to fight for it, and you are going to need to overcome the enemy.
There is a problem — yes, God has a problem — and that problem is us. The problem is gathering a group of obedient, committed, honest, dependable saints who are willing to do the will of the Father. From the Garden of Eden until now, that has been a problem.
In Deuteronomy 4:2, He tells us not to add to the Word nor take away from the Word, or He would diminish us. What do you think He really means with that? Well, He said when we hear the word of God and refuse to do the word of God, we have diminished His word.
He further speaks about Baal Peor and the judgment of disobedience for the children of Israel. Baal Peor is a Canaanite god, and children of Israel worshipped this Baal for a short time. Tradition says this god caused people to worship the parts of the body that usually are covered up. This god influenced the people to uncover their private body parts — much like today, with women in church with much of their breasts exposed, much of their legs exposed, their bellies exposed. Sometimes I wonder how some of the pastors can focus. Much like young men with their pants hanging down around their ankles, that is the spirit of Baal Peor. Truly, it is in the church very strongly.
We can see the evidence of the end times. The Bible is fulfilling itself ever so rapidly, and we must be ready when He comes. Things are going to get increasingly worse until Jesus does come back. He goes on to tell us that those of us who cling fast to the Lord are going to survive every one of us. It is imperative that we draw closer to the Lord, closer than ever before. This is where our safety lies, in Jesus. Our trust cannot be in people, but in Jesus alone.
Every time the children of Israel had godly leadership they flourished and glorified the Lord. When they had poor leadership, or outside people came in and distracted them, problems like worshipping Baal Peor happened. He told Moses to take all the leaders and chiefs who led the people astray and kill them. Further, the Lord told Moses to expose them in broad daylight after killing them. The Lord’s anger can be fierce. (Numbers 25.)
The Lord is going to have that church without spot or blemish. He is going to have that righteous and holy church. Things are happening in these days not to harm people but to draw them back to the things of God, back to holiness and righteousness. His church is not gray nor black, but pure white. There is no compromise in this church. Matthew 7 talks about the straight gate and the narrow gate. Do not visit the broad gate where you always see a lot of people. Follow the straight and narrow gate, that gate where only one person at a time can pass through. You will need to pass through on your knees in humility and in prayer, keeping your eyes upon the Lord.
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