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    To Be Holy is to be UNCOMPROMISING

    To be Holy is to be UNCOMPROMISING

    Definition of UNCOMPROMISING:
    not making or accepting a compromise : making no concessions : inflexible, unyielding
    As Christians, we ALL need to be UNCOMPROMISING in our mentality, in our stance, in our faith and in our unwillingness to alter our views on salvation. This stance is NOT a one-time stance but a day-to-day test of endurance to the end. Everyday we are confronted with opportunities and temptations to compromise our faith, whether in the workplace or at social events, at play, at home or anywhere we are.

    Where are we most vulnerable? The bible says it best...
    James 1:14-15 (NKJV)
    But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, brings forth death.
    That place we are most vulnerable is in the place of our own desires. Is it our desire to seek only those things which are above or those things within our grasp? All temptations men face are those things they see that are within their reach. It is attainable. It can be had and oftentimes, it can be had without APPARENT consequences. But understand this, there are ALWAYS consequences.
    James 1:15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, brings forth death.
    Satan's end game is condemnation and death. God's end game is forgiveness and life.

    No matter the temptation, we are to resist the devil, resist that temptation, keep our focus on Jesus and think only of those things associated with Him.

    God provides for a way back to Him should we fail in that temptation.
    1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    So right now, at this moment, if you have any unconfessed sin, release it now before it matures leading to death. Do not let another moment go by because as a virulent virus, its deadly effects are at work in you now, working at searing your conscience to take you to a place where you will no longer even seek forgiveness. Seek Him while He may be found.
    Isaiah 55:6-7 (NKJV)
    Seek the Lord while He may be found,
    Call upon Him while He is near.
    7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
    And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
    Let him return to the Lord,
    And He will have mercy on him;
    And to our God,
    For He will abundantly pardon.
    In the book of Revelations, Jesus gives a strong word to His church:
    Revelation 2:4-5 (NKJV)
    Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
    Jesus has much good to say concerning this church at Ephesus but they had a potentially fatal flaw. They left their first love. Jesus gives them strong encouragement to go back and perform their first works. To what exactly is He referring to when He says "First Love"? Let me offer what I believe this is...
    Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
    But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
    Jesus is saying we have forgotten to keep our focus on seeking God and His righteousness. At the beginning of our walk, at that moment when we came face to face with the righteousness of Jesus and our own unrighteousness, that moment when we saw the very nature of what our sin is. We saw that the very root of our sin was our relentless pursuit to do ONLY those things that pleased ourselves. We served our own desires. Every choice in life we made was made through the filter of our selfishness. How will this choice best serve me! We never once considered the consequence of our choices. We never, at any time, brought the very thought of what WE wanted to the throne of God and ask of Him if this thing pleased Him.

    The departure from our first love, that initial dedication to follow Him and obey Him in all things, changed to where, through the deception from the wicked one, we decided that we knew enough to find our own way or that we felt it was time to serve ourselves, to give ourselves a 'break' from all this selflessness and do what pleases us for a change. Somehow, through the subtlety of Satan's deception, we felt we were missing out on something or that God was holding back. Wherever that point of turning came, we need to repent and turn our hearts back to Him.

    We are strongly urged by Jesus to not only repent but to return to the first works. The scriptures give us a vivid description of what that moment looked like:
    2 Corinthians 7:11 (NKJV)
    For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What DILIGENCE it produced in you, what CLEARING OF YOURSELVES, what INDIGNATION, what FEAR, what VEHEMENT DESIRE, what ZEAL, what VINDICATION!
    When we are touched by the Fear of God leading to true repentance, we are confronted with the nature of our sin which is born of our selfishness. Seeing this in all its uncleanness against the purity of selflessness displayed in Jesus, we become keenly aware of the dangers of allowing these kinds of thoughts and actions in our lives again. Where we gave no thought to what we said or what we did before, now our attitudes have changed. Now we are ever more careful how we think & what we do, always mindful of the source of our thoughts, words and actions. What DILIGENCE! What CAREFULNESS did this experience work in us!

    Carefulness (diligence-Diligence is a zealous and careful nature in one's actions and work, exemplified by a decisive work ethic, budgeting of one's time, monitoring one's own activities to guard against laziness, and putting forth full concentration in one's work.

    The carefulness or diligence is due to a heightened sense of awareness of one's own vulnerability to view and act selfishly. The stark contrast of Jesus' selfless life and our own selfishness provides sufficient motivation to weigh each thought and/or deed to determine whether they are proceeding from selfishness or in accordance with God's will and purposes. Every thought is captured to the obedience found in Christ. As Jesus stated, I only do what I see my Father do.

    After repentance, you are no longer counted among those who walk in & approve of the godless life style. Because you are now able to see the consequences of your own thoughtless selfish actions, you now distance yourself from all appearances of evil. You've chosen now to associate yourself with men and women who are likeminded with a healthy Fear of the Lord.

    Because you are now able to see the essence of sin, there is now a holy indignation or hatred of sin. You are able to see not only the cause of sin but the consequences and the price that Jesus paid on the cross for our selfishness. There is now an intolerance within yourself towards sin and anything that leads up to it. You are now keenly aware not to even entertain thoughts of temptation knowing that by entertaining such thoughts leads to the wrong kind of actions that lead to death.

    Oh for the holy fear of the Lord. Without holiness no one will see God! This fear is not only just that experienced as a child before his father but is understood through the lens of His great love for us. We know both the Goodness of God but also the Severity of God in that no sin is acceptable in His sight. We now know the punishment of sin and the righteousness of His judgment in that we have come to agree that we were indeed worthy of all condemnation. It is this Holy Fear of a Holy God that has instilled in us an even greater love and appreciation for the sacrifice the Father allowed in giving His only Son to pay for our sins. This FEAR has taught us there is only ONE WAY to please the Father and that is obedience to Him in and through faith in Him who knows all things and sees all things.

    Along with this confrontation of ourselves with sin's true consequences, the fear of the Lord, comes an overwhelming desire to know this One who paid so much for our lives by sacrificing His own. Who would do such a thing for me when I was such a wretch? What manner of man is he? How could someone love this much? The desire to know Him and to worship Him becomes an all encompassing hunger and thirst that can only be quenched by our daily partaking of Him. And even this 'daily bread' is not enough as a nearly unquenchable fire has been stirred in us so that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection.

    "Gotta Tell Somebody" is the title of a song by Don Francisco.
    It is a song about the raising of the dead daughter of Jairus and the impact that it had. I encourage everyone to listen and enjoy the beautiful artistry of story telling in this song. This is a wonderfully moving song that inspired me to action to tell of the wondrous things that Jesus did for me. What Jesus did is so momentous, it is nearly impossible to not tell others. For years I just could not shut up as I wanted the whole world to know what He did. I'm still having much difficulty in shutting up as who Jesus is so envelopes me in all I do and think.

    Now that we can see clearly, we can see how it was through the devil's enticements that we were deceived. It is through the subtleties of his deceptions, preying upon our fears, our wants, our desires, our weaknesses that he had gained access to fuel the fires of our own selfishness. Now we are able to see the judgment of God against all the powers of darkness and through Jesus' sacrifice, death and resurrection, God has released to us, those who believe on His name and have been changed by the washing of His blood, the authority over all powers of darkness, all powers and principalities, all spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. That through the Name of Jesus we can execute judgment against all the works of darkness! We have now become vessels of love, portraying in our flesh that reflection of His love to which we have been purchased. In this, we are enabled to destroy all the works of the wicked one through His shed blood and the word of our testimony and we do not love our own lives but give up our lives, even unto death, for Him.

    So as you can see, this is that altered perspective that God, through godly sorrow and repentance, had worked through you. No longer are you one who speaks thoughtlessly with your lips as one who does not consider first, the consequences of his choice but now you carefully weigh each thought bringing that thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Jesus loves it when His children consider His guidance first in everything they do. Before any venture is even considered, we take it before Him in humbleness of heart, to see if this is what will please Him. We do not seek what pleases ourselves. We lay down all our plans and big ideas and count them as dung but we press on to obtain that sweet reward of the knowledge of Him who gave Himself for us. Nothing else matters!

    All things He directs us in, comes from the heart of His word. To know His heart, we can read about His desires and purposes in His word. Since God has lifted His Word (Jesus) above His own name, He has bound Himself to obey it Himself. So put Him in remembrance of His Word. Read and learn His word and you will begin to understand the mysteries kept hidden from the foundations of the world from those who through vanity of mind and selfish gain, seek to know. These mysteries are given to you as sons of His house. They are not given to the servants for they do not know what their Master is doing but you, as sons and daughters, do.

    So now walk as children of the Most High God. Do not compromise again that which the Lord your God has paid so dearly a price for you to have freely.


    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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