Summer and winter shall be upon them
Isaiah 18:6,7 -
They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them. In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.
Before I get to the message let me expound some important words.
The word translated as mountains is actually meaning hills, which symbolizes worldly understanding.
The word translated as fowls comes from the root word which means to shriek or rush greedily symbolizing here as people who blindly desire more and more blessings from God, but do not desire God.
The word translated as beast comes from the root word which means mute, symbolizing here as people who know the Will of God, but still do not do it thus go against His Will. In spiritual world there is do or do not, yes or no but no in-between, the in-between are considered as no.
About 3 days back we had received a message about Ethiopia (black people who have hardened their hearts against God). In between we received 2 messages one of people who follow Men of God but not God and the other who follow traditions of man in the name of the Lord. Both these do not follow God but yet think they do so.
Today God is continuing the message specifying Ethiopia into two categories of people. He puts them as those a lot who blinded themselves to receive and receive blessings from God but do not want God (which means His Nature). The other lot the Lord puts as people who have been blessed with knowledge of God yet do not do the Will of God. They are the people who think I will pray and things will be alright.
Praying is important for it opens doors but God does not desire people who just pray but people who also do His Will. Jesus said you will enter His Father's house because you kept His Father's Will, not because you prayed to His Father. Jesus gave us a mission to preach, heal and deliver people in this praying is not listed. Praying allows us to do the mission easier but praying is not the mission. If we do not pray we will struggle and come across great hurdles in doing the mission, so prayer is indeed important to do the mission.
Since these few days we have seen extreme climate one part of the world experience very high temperatures and the other very low temperatures. Things we never thought of, are been seen today.
Today again God is telling these people who have hardened their hearts against Him to repent and seek Him (His Nature) not just His blessings. He also telling the mute spectators on whom winter is set, to abide by His Will and not be just spectators but doers of His Will. Remember as much more you are blessed with that much more is expected of you in the Kingdom of God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are a loving Father who chastises not out of anger but out of love. For You do not consume your children but keep them from being consumed by vanity. Father we pray for change in their hearts and your abundant grace in their lives...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
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