KHANDIE'S KORNER - "October 5, 2003"

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Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)


“Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.  And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD.  And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.  Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.   And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, UNTIL THE WRATH OF THE LORD AROSE AGAINST HIS PEOPLE, TILL THERE WAS NO REMEDY.  Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.  And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.  And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.  And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths: for as long as she  lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten years.”  (2nd Chr 36:11-21)

“The Fall” of the most beloved Jerusalem was indeed tragic and devastating.  It truly must have torn at the heart of our Lord to deliver his beloved into the hands of those that despised them.  However, he did not remove his covering until after His warnings through His prophets were continually ignored, and they chose to continue in disobedience and rebellion.  

In the book of 2nd Chr. Chapter 36, it tells the history of Zedekiah who reigned over Jerusalem for 11 years and whose actions were very displeasing in the sight of the Lord.  When the Prophet Jeremiah spoke the words of the Lord God to Zedekiah, he CHOOSE to ignore and continued to allow his heart to become hardened.  All of Israel from the chief priest to the people continued in rebellion allowing themselves to become spiritually tainted in the worshiping of idols thereby provoking the Lord to anger.  But, the Lord God’s Love was and IS unfailing, and because of this love, he sent prophet after prophet to Jerusalem commanding that they all should REPENT and surrender themselves back to the one who loved them, to the one who delivered them, to the one who’d made a covenant with ALL Israel.  Yet, DESPITE the warnings, they turned a deaf ear REFUSING to hear and even despising the speech of the messenger as the word declares: “they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets”…. So much so “Until the WRATH of THE LORD arose against his people, till there was NO REMEDY!” Because of their refusal to repent, the Lord removed his covering and handed them over to their enemies and the bible says this was done to FULFILL THE WORD OF THE LORD BY THE MOUTH OF JEREMIAH, the vessel chosen of the Lord, and sent by the Lord to his people Israel preaching repentance and surrender.  A simple act of heeding to the warnings spoken through his prophet, repenting and submitting to obedience unto the Lord, would have kept them from the pain and suffering they faced by the hand of the King of the Chaldees.  The Lord cried out for Jerusalem in the book of Matthew saying: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (Mt 23:37-39)

Now today, thousands of years later the Lord STIL cries out.   He cries out for Israel, and He cries out for His Church!  Yet we’ve shut our ears, and barricaded our hearts that the truth should not enter in.  Like Jerusalem, we to have MOCKED the messengers of God, and have stoned the prophets of God with our rejection and speech whom HE has sent BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE!   We pushed them from our presence declaring them as “The Barriers of BAD NEWS”, FAILING ourselves to spiritually SEE the GOOD in the news they have declared as the “mouth piece” for the Lord.  The GOOD NEWS of their speech is that OUR FATHER LOVES US SO MUCH that would give us space to repent (from our hearts and not just in speech) and come back to HIM.  He would send us warnings of what would take place if we REFUSE to repent, rather than simply pour his wrath upon all wickedness and sinfulness of heart instantly, giving us no time to come to him in sorrow seeking forgiveness.  If we cannot see the Love in this, then we’ve truly NEVER known The Lord.  For even a loving “natural” father would warn his child of the consequences of disobedience and not allow him to continue misbehaving without some form of punishment.  And he does this because he LOVES his child, not because he desire harm to his child.  EVEN GREATER IS THE LOVE OF OUR FATHER FOR HIS CHILDREN!   And even greater shall be the punishment or continual disobedience.

My brothers and sisters, as a part, as a member of the Body of our Beloved Savior Jesus Christ, as one who truly loves you from my heart, but one who LOVES and REVERENCE our FATHER MORE that I would share the truth with you, I cry out to you that WE the CHURCH, MUST REPENT of the wickedness that we have been led to believe is tucked away and hidden, but yet it is EXPOSED before the Lord.  If we REFUSE, and continue to turn a deaf ear to HIS CRIES, upon the day he pours out his judgement, we will BE WITHOUT EXCUSE.  We shall stand before the King of kings and Lord of Lords with mouths gaping for our speech will fail us and our hearts would be consumed with sorrow when our deeds shall be EXPOSED for ALL to see.   We would then remember the speech of the Lord’s prophets, the ones we rejected, the ones we mocked, the ones we shunned, the ones we criticize because the words spoken wasn’t pleasing to our ears, the ones we attempted to discard from The Body, the ones whose speech we dissected receiving the parts we liked and rejected the parts we hated.  We will hear the words the Lord spoke through His prophets once again and shall be overcome with grief, for then it would be too late to repent.  What reason would we possibly be able to give to our Beloved for REJECTING HIM and choosing to remain in disobedience and rebellion?  We cannot say that we were waiting for confirmation, for HIS WORD is confirmation to the speech of HIS prophet.  We cannot say that we believed ourselves to be walking in obedience to His Word for we need only to examine our own hearts to determine the accuracy of this, as IN THE HEARTS OF MANY who profess to LOVE the Lord, such HATE THEIR OWN BROTHER OR SISTER and this is NOT obedience to His Word!  Many have hearts that are filled with unforgiveness, bitterness, strife, divisions, and some have sown discord among the brethren, this is NOT obedience to His Word!  There are walls of division within the Church that seeks to keep us spiritually separated from one another that WE have ALLOWED and WE have even HELP BUILD, and this is NOT obedience to His Word!  As long as there is SIN, there is NO OBEDIENCE!  We have spoken, but have not done! 

The Lord, because of HIS LOVE, is calling the church to REPENTANCE.  Not tomorrow, not next week or during our next Sunday’s service, BUT RIGHT NOW as time is of the very essence.  What would keep us from surrendering?  What would keep us from going to the Lord in Godly sorrow and TRUE REPENTANCE OF THE HEART seeking forgiveness?  What would keep us from acknowledging the very sins of our flesh  and the sins of our hearts, and HATING THE SIN SO MUCH that we DESIRE TO BE SET FREE?   What would keep us from going to OUR FATHER seeking to be cleansed TRULY CLEANSED by the blood of the LAMB OF GOD?  What would keep us from heeding to the WORDS of THE LORD, spoken through His prophets?  What would hold us back?  Would it be pride?   Remember, PRIDE comes BEFORE “The Fall”……..

Today IS the day of Repentance!  We may NOT have tomorrow!  If we say we LOVE HIM, then let us KEEP His commandments.  He LOVES US with an everlasting love of which words cannot express.  We can demonstrate OUR LOVE for HIM, THROUGH OUR OBEDIENCE.

I love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!

May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always…….

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