This is blog 1 for August 12th, 2013. Blog 2 will follow. It will be along the lines of the message I have been given to share.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15
Why do I write? Whom is my message for? Is it really MY message? How do I have the right to say the things I say? This is not my “normal daily” post, that will follow this one. This post is an editorial based on my understanding what I have been called to do. Normally, I am indifferent to the hostility, and not too concerned over all the indifference. I knew this was coming before I started blogging.
Hostility can mean I hit a nerve. Whether I hit that nerve in a good way or a bad one is usually revealed in the emails I get. If I discern that I was misunderstood, I make amends as quickly as possible. If I discover otherwise, I let it alone. Only a fool grabs a dog by its ears.
Indifference is something I have no control over. Only God Himself can cure that.
So why do I write? Is it to get attention? No. Is it to gain popularity? I have never enjoyed a huge amount of popularity. But I understand the importance of what I have been given to say. The message I have is unpopular, and the target audience is so narrow, I expect nothing much in return.
So, why do I write, and to whom do I write it?
I write to those brothers and sisters who have eternity in their hearts. They are either in the process of understanding salvation, or were once aware of their salvation. The fire burns, however small, in their hearts. They know something is missing. They know that the life they are now living is not what they set out to live. They understand that what they are doing is not what they thought it would be.
I write to them because I have lived that life, and am sharing everything I have come to understand in the process of coming home. If you already have your pet religion, and “God in the Box”, then this message was never intended to be for you. You are still welcome to read it, but it is not for you.
To you who have this song of Heaven still echoing somewhere in your heart and soul, I am writing. You once understood the joy of salvation, or you are about to understand the joy of salvation. You are far away from that joy. You have done things that you hope never, EVER make the light of day. The burden of your wanderings are so great, you have given up any hope of being allowed to return to God. And even when you think you want to go home, you have, somehow, convinced yourself that there is no way you can ever return to God.
I get that. I have been there. I have despaired to the point that I wanted to die and get it over with. And just as I had given up completely, God stepped in and showed me something. And that something is what I am writing to you.
YOU ARE SAVED:
You understand that there is sin in your life. You understand that sin separates you from God. You understand that if you die in this sin, you will also experience the death of your soul. You understand that God loved Humanity so much, He sent Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, to take your place, die on the cross, and absorb ALL the wrath of God, so you do not have to. You confess that Jesus rose Himself from the dead to prove He has power over life and death. If you have made this confession, or do make this confession, then you are saved. There is no power in existence that can take that away from you. No person or religion has the right or ability to condemn you for what you have done. In God’s eyes, you are complete. You cannot even take yourself from God’s hands. His gifts are without repentance.
YOU KNOW THERE IS MORE:
You ask yourself why, if I am saved, do I keep sinning, and have no peace, and don’t like where my life has taken me? Why does God hate me? Why cannot I find peace. You know there is more to your life than the lies you bought at the expense of your heart, at the expense of your family, your friends, and everything else you held dear. Most of the time, you even doubt there is even a God who really cares.
But the fact that you ask yourself this, that you wrestle with this, that you cannot find peace in your current circumstances means that the conscience God has given you is uneasy with where you are now. It is the proof that you belong to God.
I can say this, because I just left that place.
You still have Eternity in your heart. That eternity was given to you by God. You are his beloved child. And that Eternity is calling you home. Not to leave this earthly plane, but to return to His embrace. He is waiting for you. And when he sees you turn around, HE will rush to you and take you up in His arms. He is longing with all His might to show you that He has always been there, that He loves you, that your life is only beginning when you come home. The chains you are in are there only by your will, not his. His love breaks all chains. His mercy redeems any loss you have known. His Grace has covered everything you have been doing. When He looks at you, He sees the blood of Christ. The only thing keeping you from God is you. It is simply your will. He has never gone away from you.
It is to you that I write. I can because I have come home, and have not looked back. Any losses I have known are replaced with His love and forgiveness. I no longer fear. I no longer am angry. I no longer despair of my sin. I have come home. This is what God is urging you to do. Come home.
THERE IS WORK TO DO:
After you return, God will heal your wounds, show you things that you have not been able to see on your own. Wisdom will be your love, and understanding will become your companion. God will show you that you could never have even been saved had it not been for His will at work in you. And now that you are home, and healing, God will show you the exact same thing He has shown me.
There is a final harvest coming all over the world. There are millions of people who are lost and have no idea that they do not have to be. In your environment, if you are willing and have a submitted heart, God will take your old character out, and replace it with the character of Jesus Christ. You may be the “only Jesus” people around you see. But the reason you have the longings you do, is because you feel the call of God to bring you Home to be made into a disciple of Jesus Christ.
This call is for anyone who is saved. Many will respond. Not many will be chosen. All are saved, but few are willing to go through what it takes to be a disciple. The secret of this success lay not in your ability, not in your intelligence, and not in any religion, or religious point of view. There is only the point of view God has revealed in the Scriptures. There is only the point of view as revealed by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
You are the one to whom I write. I write to you because I can attest that this is real. Is is sweet. It is amazing. It is also hard and defies any human logic and common sense. The really hard part is, there is no room for compromise where Christ is concerned. This is why you will meet resistance as you change into the image of Christ. You will have to do battle with your own understanding of things, you own ego, your own common sense, and any religious point of view you vaguely remember following.
Jesus did not come here to start a religion. He came here to save your soul. Now He needs people to follow Him to complete the upcoming revival. There are many souls and not much time.
YOU WILL KNOW:
You will know if what I am telling you is true or not. You will know because, lately, God has been sending witnesses who show you some of this, or that, and in pieces, you are putting this puzzle together. You will know I am speaking the truth by how your soul reacts to it. Even if your mind rejects it now, even if this message sounds judgmental or intolerant, you will know in your soul I am describing you. Come home, for Christ’s sake.
You will know if this message is not for you, too. You will know because it trips up your understanding of God. It messes with your religion. Because you would rather judge the messenger than listen to the message. But the message I write is true. I am not writing to anyone who cannot receive it.
I don’t know who you are, but God does. I don’t have a religion to support, I don’t have any pep talks to make you feel better about being selfish. I have no ‘affirmations” that will give you immediate blessings of health or wealth. All I even have is my salvation. I have chosen to come home. I am one beggar telling another beggar where I found food, water, and a place to rest.
WHY IS IT HARD?:
It is hard because:
1. You will have to allow God to humble you.
2. You will have to be willing to surrender everything you have and know in order to follow Him.
3. You will have to go through the experience of being shown how God is in charge of everything that happens, and that He has your best interest in mind, no matter what experiences you will go through.
4. You will have to face the fact that, when you really start telling the truth, no one wants to hear it, and you will lose friends (But gain even better ones), and you will probably be laughed at a LOT because of the changes that God is making in you.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?:
8. Rewards in heaven.
Being saved means you get to go there when you die. Rewards are based on your willingness to submit to be made into the image of Christ and obey Him in all things. The gain you will have will be given to you when you get there. Any blessing you get while still here will be for the growth of God’s Kingdom. God is not interested in growing YOUR church. He is interested in growing the number of the fellowship of believers.
I am writing this to you because it is currently what Sandy and I are going through. I can write this because I have been where you are.
I love you.
David G. Perkins