May 29, 2012

Is Your Spirit or Your Soul Upright?

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.  Habakkuk 2:4


Peter and Habakkuk are not letting me go guys - but I can't apologize, because they are leading me somewhere.  AND I'm going to run after them!
Peter wrote about God's timing, people following their own desires and what the prophets of old told us was to happen on "The Day of the Lord".  (If you did not catch that one, I linked it for you).  We then discussed one of those prophets, Habakkuk.  Habakkuk wrote of his complaint with God, He could not understand why there was so much injustice.  He did not hold back when complaining, but He was so fool either.  His soul was NOT lifted up, it was right within him....so he feared the Lord and waited in reverence and faith for the reply; God being faithful to the upright did not disappoint.  

We have already discussed that God instructed Hab to write His answer LARGE so no one could miss it.  What we have not covered are the details of what he was to write, so here it is:

Note well:

Money deceives.The arrogant rich don't last. They are more hungry for wealth than the grave is for cadavers. Like death, they always want more, but the 'more' they get is dead bodies.  They are cemeteries filled with dead nations, graveyards filled with corpses. Don't give people like this a second thought. Soon the whole world will be taunting them: 

 "Who do you think you are—  getting rich by stealing and extortion?  How long do you think you can get away with this?"
Indeed, how long before your victims wake up, stand up and make you the victim? You've plundered nation after nation. Now you'll get a taste of your own medicine. All the survivors are out to plunder you, a payback for all your murders and massacres. 

Who do you think you are— recklessly grabbing and looting, living it up, acting like king of the mountain, acting above it all, above trials and troubles? You've engineered the ruin of your own house. In ruining others you've ruined yourself.  You've undermined your foundations, rotted out your own soul. The bricks of your house will speak up and accuse you. The woodwork will step forward with evidence. 

"Who do you think you are— building a town by murder, a city with crime? Don't you know that God-of-the-Angel-Armies makes sure nothing comes of that but ashes,Makes sure the harder you work at that kind of thing, the less you are? Meanwhile the earth fills up with awareness of God's glory as the waters cover the sea.

"Who do you think you are— inviting your neighbors to your drunken parties, Giving them too much to drink, roping them into your sexual orgies? You thought you were having the time of your life. Wrong! It's a time of disgrace. All the time you were drinking, you were drinking from the cup of God's wrath. You'll wake up holding your throbbing head, hung over— hung over from Lebanon violence, Hung over from animal massacres hung over from murder and mayhem, From multiple violations of place and people. "What's the use of a carved god so skillfully carved by its sculptor? What good is a fancy cast god when all it tells is lies? What sense does it make to be a pious god-maker who makes gods that can't even talk?


Who do you think you are— saying to a stick of wood, 'Wake up,' Or to a dumb stone, 'Get up'?
   Can they teach you anything about anything? There's nothing to them but surface. There's nothing on the inside.


 "But oh! God is in his holy Temple! Quiet everyone—a holy silence. Listen!"


Now after reading this if you felt your soul rise up within yourself to shout YEA - Gettem' God.....I ask you to pause and remember a couple of things:

    • behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him
    •  The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, He is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.
If our confidence is in God, His spirit will make us upright and not down cast.  However if it is confidence in all we can do, then our soul has erected itself apart from the spirit.  More on this later.

I pray that you sit at His feet and pray for those who are living as if they are going to die eternally.  But remember to get out of the way of destruction yourself.  Pray on the run if you must!  God is faithful to save those whom He has called and foreknew - Honest!

Kisses,
Candace


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