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    Ministry Based on Needs or on God...Which Are You Following?

    Needs Based Ministry or God Based
    Which Are You Following?

    Are you in a ministry that is focused on the needs of people OR are you in a ministry that seeks to EXALT the Most High and walking in obedience to all His commandments? If you are being "led" by the needs of the people, then you are walking in the deception of the enemy. To get the correct heavenly perspective, just read the following verses of scripture and you will see the heart of God.
    Ezekiel 36:16-23 (NKJV)
    16 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 17 “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. 18 “Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. 19 “So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. 20 “When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ 21 “But I HAD CONCERN FOR MY HOLY NAME, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
    22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I DO NOT DO THIS FOR YOUR SAKE, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL, BUT FOR MY HOLY NAME'S SAKE, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23 “AND I WILL SANCTIFY MY GREAT NAME, WHICH HAS BEEN PROFANED AMONG THE NATIONS, WHICH YOU HAVE PROFANED IN THEIR MIDST; AND THE NATIONS SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD,” SAYS THE LORD GOD, “WHEN I AM HALLOWED IN YOU BEFORE THEIR EYES.
    We have become a people that has forgotten the reason WHY we were delivered from death to life. We think it is BECAUSE OF US and as such, we approach God so that He will "give to us, give to us, give to us" all those things WE desire.

    How can God "give to us" our hearts desire when our hearts desire IS NOT HIS DESIRE? The only confidence we SHOULD have when we ask of the Lord for something is when our hearts and our requests "ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH HIS WILL"! Any time we deviate from this, we show that our hearts are not aligned with His. Isaiah 58:13-14 describes for us how God defines what it means to "delight in the Lord".

    To delight in the Lord does not mean that we "like" God or we think God is "cool". To delight in the Lord is to recognize that there is NOTHING GOOD in us. He defines to delight in Him is to "not seek our way", "not to seek our own pleasure" and "not to speak our own words". Dying to self is the order of the day. Anything that falls short of this is when we "profane" His Name wherever we are.

    So, let's do an assessment of our lives. How much TV, movies and other forms of "entertainment" fills our lives weekly? If someone wants you to come over for games, which only kills your time or is this a new form of redeeming the time for the days are evil?

    Listen, God is not against R&R. He is actually ALL FOR IT. However, it is YOUR definition of what that means that is different than His. He is calling us all into a "rest". This rest can only be found through relationship with Him. To have a relationship with Him requires, how much of your time? A few hours one or two or three days a week and the rest of the time is "me time"? No, no, no, my friend.

    God requires ALL of your time! Think this is not fair? Well, let's take a look at that. HE gave up His life for you, took your chastisement through those stripes, took that record of accusations against you and nailed it to the cross, bore your humiliation and shame, took that curse given to all mankind where the earth will yield thorns by the sweat of your brow, took the punishment of death and judgment so that you would not spend the rest of eternity in the flames of the lake of fire to which you were already heading.

    Jesus did ALL THESE THINGS just so He could redeem your life back to the Father from the rebellion, self-will and selfishness that ruled your life and YET, you STILL want your ME TIME? Paul said it the best, YOUR REASONABLE sacrifice is to give up your life and allow JESUS to live His life THROUGH you. You will have the rest of eternity ENJOYING the most incredible times you cannot imagine and you want to TRADE that for a PALTRY good time in THIS LIFE?

    WHO then is not fair? God says YOU are not fair. You can ignore these words because it is coming from a human being but can you be so sure of that? WHAT IF God told me to tell you? Is it REALLY just coming from a man? Or is it coming from God? He is calling you to examine the motives of your life and see if you have died to self or are you just holding a little reserve for yourself. Ananias and Sapphira, if they could speak to you, would tell you that it didn't work for them and it will not work for you.

    Ready to have a change of heart? I hope so. If you are ready, then confess to the Lord that sin of selfishness and pleasure seeking and seek Him to show you the depths of your sin so that you will be able to see Him and receive His mercies and His forgiveness and as King David did, pray that prayer he prayed as recorded in Psalms 51.

    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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