A Burning Within Me
"And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" Romans 10:15a
The book of Malachi has weighed on my heart for a few months now so I thought I would write what has burned within me as I read these verses.....
“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.” (Malachi 1:6-7)
Does anyone out there today honour JESUS? Does anyone out there today really fear Him? I shudder to think there are millions out there who don’t honour or fear Him. For they are the ones that will truly know His name as dreadful.
And what does contemptible mean? Contemptible means despicable, worthy of being despised and rejected or scorned. How many churches out there have despised and rejected the Word that has came to them from the LORD? How many churches have torn a preacher up after that preacher has delivered a Word from the LORD God above and ripped him to shreds because they didn’t want to receive it? Because the Word that God was having delivered to them was something they didn’t want to hear?
I pray everyday asking the LORD to please make in me a right heart for I don’t want to be in a bad place spiritually…..where I’m asking for a Word from God and then when it has been delivered to me, I reject it and push it aside because it isn’t what I wanted to hear.
I again shudder to think how the LORD sees this. His people crying out for help, God has a Word delivered to them, and then their spirits bow up and reject it.
“For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 1:11) – Amen to that! Thank you JESUS!
“But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.” (Malachi 1:14)
We better watch what we’re offering up as sacrifices to the LORD! Where we worship, we better make sure there is no corruption and make sure we’re worshiping the one and only JESUS Who is the Father, always has been and always will be God!
What does “dreadful” mean? Terrible, extremely unpleasant, distasteful or shocking, causing terror! Sounds reeealllly bad to me. I don’t want to know His name personally as dreadful!!!
“And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. Behold I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.” (Malachi 2:1-3)
Preachers out there better know His name not just by praising His name, but knowing His name in full revelation, Who He Is. Preachers claim to know JESUS but have no idea Who He really IS! How can a person lay it to heart and give glory to His name if they don’t have the revelation of His name??? We better not ever say we have alllll the revelation there is to JESUS. We will always be learning and delving into deeper depths of Who He is. But so many say they know JESUS is the Father and think that’s all they need to know of Him when He is giving more and more revelation to date on the mechanics of how He operated as a man. I tell you what, if a man of God has knowledge that has been given to him from God on how He operated as a man, I’m going to hear and understand that information as long as the Holy Ghost within me burns in agreement with that knowledge! All these pompous preachers who think they’ve got it all and don’t need anything more are in for a rude awakening! And JESUS is going to be the One that spreads dung on their faces because they wouldn’t hear what He was trying to say to them.
“Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?” (Malachi 3:7)
Most churches out there will ask that last question “Wherein shall we return?” as they think they’ve done no wrong. How can you return to the LORD if you were not right at one time? At one time the Holy Ghost was the One that ran the church but in most churches today that’s not the case. It’s the men in so-called higher ranks who have the reigns and not God. It’s the men who say what can and cannot be preached in the churches. This is how they’ve left the LORD. The churches out there now do what “man” has ordered them to do…..man’s ordinances and not God’s…..what headquarters has ordered them to do. Men who try to strangle the Word of God and try to subdue any kind of movement by God because they have to keep a “handle” on “their” people. Now that’s a mouthful I know but it’s the truth. Who do these so-called men of God think they are? They do not “own” the people in those churches. How do these men think they can tell God how much time He has to move during a service? The devil has told men out there that the sheep can only handle 30 minutes and at most one hour of preaching. That’s a lie. I wonder what Paul would say to that. A man of God is only warmin’ up after 30 minutes to an hour and just starting to get into the meat of the Word! These men also dictate what is to be preached out of the bible and what is not to be preached. Now that’s a really good one. Structured church bulletins……blah – how boring. I’d have to force myself to go to church too if I already knew what was going to happen! Man won’t let God move. Man writes down what is going to happen during a service and by doing so, he has restrained the Holy Ghost. And we wonder why there is so much back-biting, strife, sickness, oppression, depression, and possession in the churches today. Let man run something and he’ll run it into the ground. Churches better wake up and return the reigns back to the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! Man thinks he’s got it under control, he’ll find out in the end he should have let God have His way.
I thank God He said “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6)
I pray you and I are part of Elijah that is about to break out into all the world for there is truly a great move of God that is going to happen!
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” (Malachi 3:16-17)
There are times when my husband, Bro. Robert, and I sit and talk about JESUS and I can feel the LORD there with us. I can’t describe the feeling of peace that envelopes me. I know many of you reading this know exactly what I’m talking about. I hope we are all in that book of remembrance and that all of us are His.
I know there are men, women, and young people out there that talk about the LORD daily. Ones that are not sure about who JESUS is really but are asking Him to show them. There are people that are praying and crying out to God for more of His Word because they haven’t been fed by their pastors as the LORD has instructed. These people don’t know where else to go right now. God knows the hearts of all these people and I know He will take care of them.
There is a day coming that all will be shown for what it is and there will be discernment between the righteous and the wicked.
I’m looking for that day. Please pray for me.