That Reserve In Your Heart

February 28, 2014

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To apologize for causing me (supposed) distress is not what you need to do or say. Instead you need to ask forgiveness from God for your treatment toward Him. (Heb. 10:29) You need to acknowledge to Him, and even to yourself, the case of your heart and genuinely repent of what is sinful there. For God has called and called you, but you, while requesting prayer that certain others give themselves up whole-heartedly to the Lord, have not done the same yourself. Your lack of 100% commitment to holiness and your refusal to renounce forever those things which tempt you reveal that you have tried to play games with the Lord’s Spirit. He has called you to an undivided heart, yet you reserve a small area in your heart for giving in to sin when you feel you must. He has called you to full, complete, total obedience, but you keep the spiritual “war” going so that you can excuse yourself whenever you choose to let sin win.

Quit all sin. Pluck out and cut off –forever and irreversibly– all that tempts you to give in to sin. (Mt. 5:29,30) Or do you not believe Jesus’ warnings that refusing to do so will send you to Hell? (same verses // Luke 13:3 // Heb. 10:26-31) Decide to do and say and think what the Lord commands 24/7, with no moment for yourself (2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20), but to only do HIS will the rest of your life –24/7. (2 Tim. 2:3-5 // 1 Peter 4:2) If and when you do this, then God will give you His own rest and will give you His work for you as you walk in His will every single second –which will give you joy, freedom, and ease, as well as your requests granted. (Ps. 37:4 // John 15:16)

Your own words over the years have betrayed your lack of full commitment. For years God has called you to get serious and yet you seem to think that because you may be more serious than some others, you are doing well.

Consider whether or not you are being truthful when you say you chose to not read my posts for a time (which I never told you to read) because you felt you were following man. Maybe the real reason was that you were getting weary of feeling the conviction of the Spirit through His Word in my messages, especially once you realized that I had concluded your “holiness” to be inconsistent and not entirely genuine. Did you not ever find it strange in yourself that you eagerly sought from me help, encouragement, affirmation, edification, and prayer, but that my exhortations and rebukes to you were always met with excuses and/or denials? I never initiated any of our correspondence. You did, and you should have understood, especially considering that I preach God’s Word full time, that I was free to correct you in the Truth just as much as I was free to affirm you in the Truth.

Well, I did not plan to respond to your last email, but this morning, while in the Word, God impressed on me through Scripture after Scripture that I must warn when He tells me to warn. (Ezek. 33:7-9) And here is the main thing He says to you and so many others: “The righteousness of the righteous man will not save him when he disobeys.” (v. 12) This applies even to those whom God has promised Life to (v. 13), but who begin trusting in their righteousness and start committing sin. (same verse) Again: “If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it.” (v. 18) For the wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) For the mind of sinful man is death. (8:6) For living according to the sinful nature is death. (v. 13) For sowing to the sinful nature is death. (Gal. 6:8) Therefore, those who give in to things not pleasing to God do not inherit eternal life. (1 John 2:15-17)

Let’s remember who is righteous. They are those who do what is right –just as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6 & 3:7) This means doing what is right in the eyes of God all the time and in every detail. (3:5-10 // Luke 9:62 & 14:27,33)

I will keep praying for you and your family.
In Christ,
Rachel

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