"..Yet in My Flesh I Will See GOD" [Job. 19.26]

Friday, March 15, 2019

Don't Just Love Everybody

Frans Van Heerden
Don't just love everybody. Love needs wisdom. This means we sometimes have to be distant, as sometimes we also have to be near. And there's a love that should mix with anger and even judgment. Why do I say all this? Because it's how God is. We should be imitators of God as dearly beloved children, says Apostle Paul. God's love is the best. Man's love is problematic.

When God seems distant, it's his love for us. Himself being love, everything God does is love, even when he judges or condemns us. His anger and punishment is love. We have to understand this to apply correct love with others. We don't just love everybody in the way the world suggests we should.

The world's idea of love is prone to abuse. And church is sometimes carried away by it. Especially unconditional love. God loves us "unconditionally," but that doesn't mean he lets us off the hook for every bad thing we do. Yeah, he loves us unconditionally but he still spanks us when we sin. He still requires no less than repentance. He disciplines whom he loves. And "discipline" here is something "painful, not pleasant" says Hebrews 12.11.

Lots of church people don't quite get it. They think it's about being "nice" to people all the time, smiling at them regardless of what they do and letting them carry on. I've seen how some pastors allow their church workers to do ministry despite their wallowing in sin "to give them a second chance." They think that's how God's love, grace and mercy work.

Love, grace and mercy all have to do with judgment and discipline, and vice versa. That's how God designed them. Even with anger. You love an offender so you judge what he does, to help him see his wrong. Then you discipline him. That's grace and mercy. Discipline is when you apply good-natured punishment to give him a chance to redress and change.

Love is also when you need to isolate an offender from you. The silent treatment bothers the conscience more than anything else. Most people prefer being scolded or humiliated than given the cold shoulder. And God does that sometimes. It's a terrible thing to feel ignored by God.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? [Psalm 13]
If we're wise, we'd follow God's ways. We should sometimes stay aloof from ungodly people. In fact, Paul said we should not be eating with sexually immoral people who claim to be Christians. He also urged the Corinthians to "come out from them and be separate, says the Lord." Peter said, "save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Some would question this and wonder how else we can help sinners go back to God. Well, by following God's ways, for one. We cannot go against his ways and hope to help others by that.

But we don't do this (separate from the ungodly) with everyone who sins. We should also have God's wisdom and timing. Sometimes, we should eat with "tax collectors and sinners" as Jesus did. Be led by the Holy Spirit in all this. There are some who misuse these measures (ostracize, blacklist, reject) against those who merely disagree with them. They exclude people for having unlike opinions or doctrines, or for simply being different. This is not discipline. It's witchcraft. It's demonic control. And this practice is rampant in church.

Why? Because church often loses sight of genuine love. They see love in different ways except God's ways. Sometimes they think lawlessness is love. Anything goes, as they did so in Judges. Anything goes, especially when anything seems effective and grows church membership. They think love allows people to do anything they want in church (so their pastors let them).

There are even some who think love should be centered on them. If you don't focus on them, you are loveless. In fact, they think you have hatred, animosity and bitterness toward them. They demand your full attention. Do they see themselves self-centered or selfish? Nope. They believe love is all about them.

Some require you to reciprocate their love. Yes, they're loving folks, but they expect you to return the favor. Of course, we need to love one another, and we should at least say thanks to people who give us favors. But to require it from our beneficiaries? Does God do that? He gives sunlight to both the good and the bad, the grateful and ungrateful.

God teaches the power of thanking him in the bible but does not strictly demand it. Jesus did wonder why only one healed leper went back to give thanks, but the bible didn't say he was angry or he demanded it. He gave a thanksgiving tip, that's all. We should thank God in all circumstances, and thanksgiving is what makes us enter his gates [Psalm 100.4].

But no one in the bible was punished severely for failing to thank God--unlike how Moses was prevented from entering the Promise Land for not talking to the rock, how Aaron's sons were killed by unauthorized fire, how Eli and his sons were killed for treating the Lord's offering with contempt and how Ananias and Sapphira were killed for lying.

There are folks who don't thank you after you give them a favor. It shows their character. But it's no reason to think ill of them or banish or scold them. Remember, it's their choice, and we should all respect people's personal choices. Learn to love without being loved back and to give without being thanked--and still feel blessed about it all.

Do not control people's character preference. If you think the guy should be taught a lesson on gratitude [or anything else], then let the right person over him do it. James said not all of us can be teachers. The best thing you can do is pray for him or her. That's being God's flesh on earth.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Order of Melchizedek 1

The Jesus Christ living in you (if you have repented of sins and fully surrendered your life to Jesus as your Savior and Lord) is in the order of Melchizedek. You have to realize this. This is apostolic. You have to know the power in this, and how it should work for you. God won't decide this change of priesthood for no reason.

Melchizedek passages appear only three times in the whole bible (in Genesis, Psalm 110 and in Hebrews) and yet these appearances are backed up with heaven's emphasis. You'd feel it. Why would the father of faith, Abram, give him a tenth of everything after defeating his enemies? Why not give the tenth to the king of Sodom who also met him after his victory?

Be careful who you give your tenth to. Not all kings or priests are from Melchizedek's order.

You see, after your spiritual victories in life, two kings are bound to meet you--Melchizedek and the king of Sodom. Abram was careful not to accord Sodom's king with credit that he made Abram rich. Sodom's king wants that glory. After you defeat your enemy, he demands "Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself." He dictates what you get and he gives you the feeling that you owe it to him.

In this case, who is the "king of Sodom" in your life who meets you after your success and tells you what you should do (to later claim the glory)? There are lots of kings like him. Beware. They want to teach you all you should do even if you don't ask for their opinion. And believe me, you don't want their opinion because it's all about them. And kings like this can never feed you spiritually. Feeding is relational.


Melchizedek, on the other hand, meets you with bread and wine which symbolizes the spoken Word and the Holy Spirit. In other words, Melchizedek feeds you well spiritually but he doesn't demand anything. He doesn't ask for money. He doesn't dictate to you what you should do. But he blesses you. He feeds you. Then you'd decide, of your own volition, to give him the "tenth of everything." You give it with a cheerful heart because it is relational. Tithing is relational.

This is the order of Melchizedek. Our priesthood is based on this because Jesus is 100 percent in us. We are co-heirs with him, says Romans 8. What is Christ's is also ours if we share in his sufferings, and then we share in his glory, too. Christ in you the hope of glory. And by this, we also see that tithing is very much a New Testament thing. We should still tithe because in Christ we are in the order of Melchizedek. But the tithing principle here is different. When there's a change of priesthood, there's also a change in the law [Hebrews 7.12].

Tithing in the order of Melchizedek means you first bring out bread and wine before you can receive any tithe. In other words, do you really feed your tithers spiritually or do you just entertain them with your nice programs and church music, motivational speeches, and other gimmicks? In this case, you don't receive tithes from them--you get "entrance ticket payment" from them for watching your Sunday shows or probably you charge them membership fee.

Do you feed them well as to make them defeat their spiritual enemy overwhelmingly? Abram defeated 4 kings all at the same time with only 318 men. Four kingdoms! If each kingdom had 40,000 soldiers (this is conservative) and you multiply this by 4, Abram and his handful of men defeated 160,000 soldiers. And Abram was able to get back everything that was stolen--I mean everything. Nothing and no one was missing.

Melchizedek fed him in such a way that Abram became strong and even trained 318 other men to be strong, too--strong for deadly warfare that demolishes the enemy, not just do cute church programs, sing well, play musical instruments and be active in church. Melchizedek put the very culture of heaven in Abram--the life of God--and Abram did likewise to his men. That's powerful discipleship. If you feed your sheep like this, you are in the order of Melchizedek and you may receive tithes from them.

Every pastor and church leader truly in Christ must be in the order of Melchizedek. The "bread and wine" you feed your flock should supernaturally create in them a deadly warrior spirit that could demolish the enemy's camps. And they, in turn, should be able to train others to do the same. The gates of hell will not prevail against such church, Jesus said. This is the order of Melchizedek.

We're not anymore of the old covenant where priests came from an order that failed to enter God's rest because of disobedience. Where priests had to deal with their own sins again and again before they could minister to others.
The priest is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. [Hebrews 5]
Moreover, priests in the old order died so that their priesthood was cut short. "In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die;" [Hebrews 7]. But in the new order, priests access life everlasting through their High Priest who continues the ministry for them without interference or end. The second part of Hebrews 7 says,"...but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living."

Jesus said we believers have "crossed over from death to life." He who believes will NEVER see or taste death. We are not of the priestly order where ministers suffer dead spiritual lives, going in and out if sin, easily falling into the slightest temptation and remaining carnal. We are not of those who see only what's in the flesh. We have in us our High Priest who lives and reigns forever. In Christ, we are "declared to be living."

And just as it can be said that Levi "paid" the tenth to Melchizedek through Abraham when Levi was still in his body, priests in the new order continue to do ministry even if they're physically dead because they're in Christ. Priesthood in the order of Melchizedek never ceases in Christ. In this sense, we too are declared to be priests forever in the order of Melchizedek in Christ.

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