In every revival meetings, when God shows up in His manifest presence and glory, so will the Pharisees in their self-righteousness to accuse, spread gross lies and rumours about the anointed vessel that God uses. Instead of throwing accusations to discredit the anointed servants of God, they should follow the humility of Isaiah and Paul.
When God showed up, the thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. Isaiah cried, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah 6:4-5).
Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15-16, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”
Jesus said in Matthew 9:12-13, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
A man of God wrote:- “Think of the controversy that swirled around Jesus, then around the apostles, and since then around every major move of God in history. No man of God has carried a great anointing without having to bear the kind of accusations. The religious leaders would spread gross lies and rumors about anointed men of God perhaps out of fear of losing some of the congregation to the person.”
Honesty with God builds a productive spiritual relationship. Luke 18:9-14 gives an account of a prayer of a proud, self-righteous leader contrasting to that of a dishonest tax collector. The religious leader prayed: “Thank God, I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don’t commit adultery, I go without food twice a week, I give a tenth of everything I earn.”
The tax collector stood apart from the religious leader, no courage to raise his eyes to heaven. He beats his chest in sorrow, exclaiming “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”
God’s forgiveness could flow through such honesty. Integrity - Open honesty is needed for all relations be it God or our friends.
God bless you!
To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Paul K P Ang 洪 光 炳
Arsenal of Fire Ministries, California
Arsenal of Fire Global
June 1, 2020
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