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It's one thing to be in the wilderness of religion & not to know the truth or which doctrines are true or what church is true, and another thing to come to the knowledge of the truth and then begin to take it for granted and decide to pick and choose what part of the Word or commandments of God that you're going to obey. One of the things that will send us to hell the fastest is presumptuous sins. We're going to look and see what happens to a people who have come to know the truth and then all of a sudden begin to get dry in the things of God and begin to take them for granted.

Ezek.22:26 "Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them." Mostly, when we think of Sabbaths, we think of the commandment God gave Moses for the children of Israel to "keep the Sabbath" or Saturday, holy. We know that is not what He is speaking of to us, but of the reality of God's Sabbath rest of Hebrews 3 & 4 and Isaiah 58. Ezekiel delivers the message that right worship must be accompanied by right living. The law of God is a way of life, a certain way of doing everything and not a way of doing certain things, as something done by ritualistic laws or steps. There is a big difference here in which the priests failed in their responsibility to God to properly guard and interpret the law of God to the people truthfully.

This passage is about people who decide for themselves whether they will honor God's Sabbaths or not. Their attitude is: we will decide what to honor and obey of God's Word. Note the result of this action on their part: profaning the name of God. One of the ways the Hebrew word for 'profaned' is translated is "prostitute". It means "to wound, to dissolve, to break one's word, to begin (as if by opening a wedge), pollute, to profane (a person, place or thing), (cast as) profane (self), and stain". To put it simply in English, it means that the life we live presents a perverted, harlot picture (like that of a prostitute) of what it means to walk in obedience to a holy God and be His people.

After God's judgment is a time of restoration when God begins to revisit His people. Ezek.44:23 is such a time. It talks about a day when there will be a people who know what God requires of them. Ezek.44:23 "And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean." We are here to learn the difference between the holy and the profane.

We are going to look at the importance of God's command that we be witnesses for Him; the importance of telling others of the narrow way and bringing them to the knowledge of the truth and making disciples of all nations in response to Matt.28: 18-20, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." We need to see the importance of laying down our life for others in Matthew 25:14-30. Most think they can do these things when and if they feel like it. But to have such an attitude is to make your salvation shipwreck. Those who are too afraid or ashamed to open their mouths about the Lord Jesus Christ, who see men perishing in deceitful delusions of doctrines of men and demons, and do nothing about it are going to be found unfaithful to the call of salvation.

Ezek.3:18 "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand." What is it to have blood on your hands? Most of us want God's best, yet we don't have time to give Him our best. We think we can give God our best when and if we feel like it, but God doesn't deal with feelings, He deals with faithfulness. Remember God defines the wicked as those in His house who know the Word of God and cast it behind their back, meaning they ignore it and do nothing about it. Psa.50:16-17 "But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee." When we think of wicked, we think of those who don't know God or anything about Him. But God speaks to His people in the Word, and not the heathen who know Him not. Most religions don't teach the people to study the Word for themselves to become good workmen who need not be ashamed, because they can rightly divide the Word of Truth, and can tell the difference between that which is of God and that which is of man (2Tim.2:15). In Ezek.3:18 God is warning the wicked among His people, of those who claim to be His people. Let's look again at this thing about God's requiring blood at our hands. Prov.28:17 "A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him." It is saying that one who is guilty of human blood, that blood is upon his hands, and he will be as a fugitive until he is in the pit or dungeon, and no one is to help or support him. The word 'stay' literally means 'lift up a standard' for him. This is one difference between the holy and profane. If you are not telling others truth and pointing them to Jesus, you have human blood on your hands, you are guilty of their blood. Let's see how this thing works in Genesis, the book of beginnings. There we can get a pattern of what it is to be a fugitive from God because of having blood on our hands.

Gen.4:9 "And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" Cain's answer was an outright lie and showed indifference to the murder he had committed. "I don't know, am I responsible for my brother? Am I his keeper?" The answer is "Yes". We know that Cain physically murdered his brother. Was that blood upon his hands? (V.10-13) "And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear." That cry from the blood of Able was for vengeance and God does avenge His people (Deut.32:43; Rom.12:19). Cain was physically guilty of murder. God tells us that all murderers will have their place in the lake of fire, unless they repent and are cleansed of it. If we are too lazy, ashamed, or whatever excuse we might have, to not tell others the truth that can save them, then we are also guilty of having blood on our hands. We are helping them die without Jesus, by omission. Remember, before God, sins of omission are just as serious as sins of commission. Cain committed the sin of murder. If we do not warn the wicked and tell them the truth that can save them, then we are a party to their spiritual death. If we are guilty of this sin, we need to repent before the Lord and begin to walk in obedience to the Lord in this area of our lives. This is why some professing Christians cry out to God for something they need, as for deliverance, but God sees that their hands are full of blood and He hears the cries of the souls that He has sent across their paths that they have not spoken to. God help me, heal me, deliver me. And God would reply, 'I hear the blood of your brother crying out to me,' and God marked him. (V.15) "And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." This is a different mark from the one that is marked by God on the forehead because he crying out to God because of the sins of God's people in Ezek.9:4. "And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof." Those are saved, whereas those with the mark like Cain are destroyed. Some think all that is necessary is that you go to any church on Sunday, and it doesn't matter which one. God told us not to offer our sacrifice in every cultic place, but we need to go to the place where He has put His Name.

Matt.25:13-14 "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods." We have been entrusted with the things of God that have been given to us and we are required to be faithful and use the abilities, talents and skills we have been given to accomplish God's purposes. There is nothing that we have that has not been given unto us and nothing that is our own except our sins (1Cor.4:7). Matt.25:15-18 "And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money." What is this money that he hid? It was God's strength, ability, anointing, glory and righteousness; God's possessions and salvation. We so easily forget God's warnings to us concerning what is known as sins of omission. It's so easy to come to the place of thinking that as long as we are going to church, and living a good moral life, maybe we even pray and study the Bible, that we are okay. But that is not true. There are two sides to the Christian life and both are equally important to our walk with the Lord and our Salvation. What we do and what we don't do. Some think Christianity is only a set of 'thou shalt not do this and that.' But there are two kinds of sins and we tend to forget or not believe that the sins of omission are just as bad and sinful as the sins of commission. We can live up to all the 'do not's' and still go to hell. Christianity is also obedience to our Lord's positive commands of what we are to do in service to Him. Jesus told the church at Ephesus "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works" Rev.2:4-5. "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." What were your first works when you first fell in love with Jesus? Did you start well, then grow cold in your love and service? Remember the warning of Rev.3:16 to the Laodicean church? "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." God demands that we do something with our salvation, and not try to live a closet Christian life. God wants you to have such a testimony for Him, that everyone knows you belong to Him. Notice I didn't say that everyone knows you're religious, or that you go to church or what denomination you are. The key is your obedience to Him and living a life of holiness.

Matt.25:19-24 "After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strowed:" The one talent is your salvation and call to ambassadorship in 2Cor.5:17-18. (V.25) "And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine." What do you mean "thou hast that is thine." It's, but I'm still saved Lord. I didn't go back to my life of moral sin. You saved me and I kept my life clean. You shall have what is yours. You still have me! I belong to you. Really? Look what Jesus told them to do with this man. Matt.25:26 "His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strowed:" "Thou wicked and slothful servant." Why? Because he did nothing with that which God gave Him. He was unfaithful and unfruitful for the Lord. (V.27) Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.' The usury or interest is other human lives being reaped for His kingdom. (V.28) "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents." He looses all his spiritual gifts and his salvation. (V.29-32) "For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:" God separates the obedient from the disobedient. (V.33-35) "And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:" This is all spiritual and not just physical things Jesus is speaking about. The hunger here is a hunger for truth, for righteousness (Matt.5:6). The thirst is the same, for God's life, for the water of the Holy Spirit, that well of which if we drink will satisfy our thirst (John 4:14). (V.36) "Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me." "Naked", you were spiritually naked, not being clothed in His righteousness (Rev.16:15). In prison: the spiritual prison is to be in prison to demon spirits. This is spiritual folks. We are seeing the demonized, delivered and set free (Mk.16:17). (V.37) "Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?" Notice, to the truly righteous, it's no big thing. It's so normal and natural for them to serve the Lord that they didn't even realize what they were doing. (V.38-40) "When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Then back to the goats. (V.41) "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" Was Cain cursed? Why does God compare them to the devil and his angels? We will see that before this message is over. (V.42-45) "For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." "Did it not", the sin of omission. (V.46) "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." Is that what your Bible says? What a profound statement! What is He talking about? God has a principle about those in His kingdom.

2Cor.5:17-18 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;" Reconciliation involves a changed relationship because our trespasses are not counted against us. And if we have been reconciled to the Father, we have been given the ministry of reconciling others to Him. We are talking about the very basic things of salvation. There is your one talent. Most of us, when we first got saved, began witnessing everywhere. I know I did. On street corners, in stores, on buses, anywhere and everywhere, even in church. Then because of faithfulness, God begins to add other talents. (V.19) "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." "Word of reconciliation" is the one talent. What is the summary of it all? (V.20) "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." These new creatures in Christ are now called Ambassadors for Christ. We have a responsibility to preach the gospel, to go into the highways and byways and compel them to come in (LK.14:23). "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." If you don't, you will be marked out just like Cain. If you are not obedient to God's call and commandments, then you are a disobedient rebel. That is not the mark of the saved. Matt.12:30 "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." Which are you doing? If you are not in obedience to God then you are not counted as those who are with Him.

Let's look at some people who came over into the promised land, who were given the victory through Joshua, a type of Christ, and then apostatized and began to take their salvation for granted. How do you take Him for granted? Simple: when the things that are important to God are no longer important to you. Jesus came to seek and to save the Lost. So that is important to Jesus. Judg.1:1 "Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?" Does it say fight them or live with them in their midst? God wanted them to destroy all the inhabitants of the land and not stop fighting till they were all destroyed. But Israel failed to do so, beginning with their league with the Gibeonites in Joshua chapter 9, because they believed a lie and didn't ask the Lord what to do. Their failure to obey God and destroy all the evil inhabitants in the beginning soon comes back to haunt them in two ways: (1) their enemies reorganized and counterattacked, and (2) Israel turned away from God, adopting the evil and idolatrous practices of the inhabitants of the land. (V.2) "And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand." Judah! Why did God tell Him to go up first? Some think it was because Judah was the largest tribe and Simeon the least. But size never meant anything to God. It was because Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, and they were a type of Christ. Judah represents one who praises, but also one who has the victory, as Jesus. Didn't the Lord go before His people in battle? Doesn't He still fight for us today? God gave Judah the land. (V.3) "And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him." Simeon was one under a curse because of his sin back in Genesis. Judah, like Christ, is inviting Simeon to come out from under the curse by joining the war with Him and fighting for the Lord. Jesus offers us victory and freedom from bondage and any curse we are under because of sin, if we will take action and turn to obedience. This is an amazing picture. We who were sinners, strangers from the commonwealth of Israel and the inheritance of the saints have been invited to come share in all that God has offered His people. (V.4) "And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men." They were given more than just victory over the Canannites. God gives us more than our portion. (V.5) "And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites." Adoni means Lord, and Bezek means lightening, hence lord of lightening. He is a type of Satan. They went into the devils' stronghold and defeated him. (V.6) "But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes." How good do you think you can walk and run without a big toe? How much of a warrior can you be or how can you handle a sword without a thumb? When you allow the devil to defeat you, this is what happens to you in the spiritual realm. You become handicapped and unable to fight. When you take the things of God for granted, you allow the powers of hell to cut off your thumbs and big toes. That was a way of making a man a servant. Joshua did that to a whole tribe of people. They lived by eating the scraps of the table of God's people. That's what happens to us when we take God for granted. We cease eating from His table and eat the scraps of the table of our enemies who are eating the things that God had assigned to us. When you are conquered, the enemy takes that which belongs to you. (V.7) "And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died." Notice where his enemies got their food. Adonibezek, a type of Satan, had conquered the whole world, symbolized by the 70 kings. But Jesus has conquered him. Notice his own testimony of God doing to him as he had done to others. (V.8) "Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire." What does it mean when God set a city on fire? It means total judgment and destruction, like Sodom, where God starts over with a whole new group of people. We have crossed over into Canaan from the desert land of man-made religion and doctrines that most people put their trust in. Canaan represents the land that God gives to His people so that they can possess it and live in it. Then if they take it for granted, God just starts all over. God's fire represents total destruction. However, at this time the fortress of Jerusalem was only captured temporarily. This was not an occupation of the town, as the final overthrow was one of the accomplishments of David in 2Sam.5:6-9. (V.9) "And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley." Wherever they went that the devil was, they defeated him. You say you're in a dry place, a low place, a high place, where ever; you better defeat the devil where you are. (V.10) "And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai." Hebron was always a place of refuge. Who is our place of refuge? Is Jesus our hiding place? Hebron also means place of communion. It's where we have intimate fellowship with God. Until we come to the place of communion with God, we have no refuge with Him. It's only for those who have crossed over from the wilderness to the other side. Many of us first came to the Lord and got saved in denominational religion. Then the Lord had to give us eyes to see and cause us to cross over into His truth and real salvation. Before you come to Hebron, you have to have a name change. Also notice that there were Canaanites in Hebron. Before you get to Hebron you have to get past four giants from hell, which stand at the entrance of the place of communion with God. Kirjatharba means city of four giants. It was these giants that kept the children of Israel from entering into the Promised Land. But even for those who cross over in Canaan, they are there to stop you from coming to the place of communion with God. Canaan is not representative of Heaven, but of the overcoming life we come to live on this side of Heaven, in which we are faithful to God. But know that just because you come to true faith, obedience and fellowship with God, it doesn't mean that you are home free and the battle is over. You will be tested and tried until you get to Heaven.

Numb.13:22 "And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)" Three giants. Notice their father was Anak. He was the father of a tribe of giants, one of which was Goliath. (V.23-33) "And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." Look at this place of giants again. Joshua 14:15 "And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from war." When Satan took over this place of refuge from the people of God, he named it for himself. Arba was the greatest giant we have to overcome, the one most don't. Most are like those in Matthew 25, who said "I was afraid". We say, "it's too hard". When we are told what to do and refuse to do it, then we receive the mark of Cain, as a vagabond and refugee. Joshua 15:13 "And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a part among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, even the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron." Because Joshua was faithful, God told him that He would have the privilege of putting his foot on Satan's neck himself. Only faithfulness to God will totally destroy Satan's power and influence in our lives. We won't do it with lethargy, laziness and excuses, but only faithfulness to do what we have been commanded to do. Joshua 20 tells us God commanded Joshua to make Hebron a place of refuge.

Judg.1:10-11 "And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai. And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher:" Debir means words. It's the words we hear in our heads when the enemy speaks to us. Kirjathsepher means place of books. Satan has books of the words he has spoken to us, words that we have obeyed over the Word of God. He has; if you please, a library on each one of us, of words that work when he speaks them to us. So the demons know how to get to you, he knows what you will listen too. (V.12-13 ) "And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife." This is a picture of Christ and His bride. (V.14-15) "And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou? And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs." The Hebrew word translated south means parched. It was a desert land and she wasn't satisfied with that, so she asked for springs of water and received both the upper and lower springs. In a time when only men were given land, here in the middle of it, a woman tells a man, give me this, and God gave her more than she asked for. This is a picture of what God wants to do for His bride, the church. She was no longer in a desert land, was she? What about you? If you are in a desert land, then you must go to Hebron and overcome the giants, don't take God's word for granted, but be faithful to come to repentance and do those things that God has commanded you to do. When you find a people who used to be able to pray, but can't pray anymore, they're dying. The dead cannot even praise God, much less pray. Don't be satisfied with being saved, or with any experience you have with God or victory in your life. Hosea 6:3 "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:" Don't be satisfied with being "filled with the Holy Spirit." This, like all other experiences with God, is not an end in itself, or sign that we have "arrived" or that our ticket to heaven is "punched." We must continue to serve and obey the Lord and walk with Him by faith, being faithful to His Word and covenant. Remember, we confirm the covenant we have with God by doing it. There are God's blessings for those who keep the covenant, and curses upon those who break it. Obedience is the only way to blessing and continuing with the Lord. It isn't enough to begin the life, but then we must live it for Him, until we see Him. Have you been guilty of the blood of others? Is there blood upon your hands because you have not faithfully witnessed for the Lord? Then today is the day to change the course and direction of your life and begin a new life of obedience to the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, and begin to work for the kingdom of God, and your eternal reward, by investing in souls.

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