Ever since the tender age of three I came to know God as God. At the age of fourteen I got to know Him as my savior and healer. At age eighteen I came to know him as my provider and protector but throughout the course of my life something very fundamental was missing. I did not know God has my Father. I tried very hard to come into this level of intimacy but I just couldn't. I searched the scriptures and went to church but every few weeks I would listen to teachings that contradicts this level of Intimacy. I was at a lost in my life and thus I would found myself on a roller coaster ride. This minute I would believe God love me and the next minute I was trying to work for His Love.
I did all this because I would heard things like, "you have to fast more for His Power. You have to pray more, read your Bible more and attend church every time the church door opens." Now Beloved Children I am all for attending church and reading the bible but a person can do all that and still be like a white wash sepulcher. Who is a more perfect example than the pharisee's of old?
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.…John 5:39-40
Now it got to point in my Life where I got to know God as Father but always I would allow the teachings of man to affect this level of intimacy. A few days ago God told me He wanted me to enter His Rest but even after reading Hebrews chapter four I still didn't know how to get there. One brother told me that I can be a faithful christian and still not experience God's favor but I didn't quite understand what he was trying to say until a few days ago. One morning I woke up and listen to Pastor Joseph Prince and so much was imparted onto me. I do not have to work for God's Love but more so I need to be very careful of the things I allow people to speak into my life. While preaching Pastor Prince said that He would rather go to the movies than listen to what some people call the gospel and parents should Be very careful of what they allow their children to listen to. Now to a religious person this may sound like blasphemy But I will have to agree with him.
Yesterday I thought to myself that the true gospel is not widely spread or accepted in my country and more than likely in many countries of the world today.Many who do preach the true gospel are shunned as false prophets just like Jesus was. The gospel of Grace is simple but religious folks do not like this because their bank accounts wont benefit from it. Many pastors tell their members to trust God when they themselves are not trusting Him. They manipulate the people of God, put them in a box while trying to build a building instead of building the Kingdom of God. Many of these pastors and teaches don't even care about the children of God, they are like wolves in sheep clothing. They draw people unto them instead of showing them the way of Christ. I have seen members who showed more honor to pastor than unto God.
Some of the teachings that go forth from the pulpit are the very reason why many in churches today are struggling instead of entering the rest of God. Some leaders manipulate believers into sowing seeds of their requested amount and some will even use Malachi chapter three to convince new Testament Believers that they are cursed with a curse if they don''t throw that 10 %.They do all these things for selfish gain instead of telling believers Galatians 3:12-14 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM." Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE "--in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Now many of these pastors would rather tell their members to sow a specific amount to their ministry instead of telling them 2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Some churches today would rather tell you to purchase their prayer Book and fast 21 days for your healing instead of telling you that your healing Is apart of the finished work of the cross. Isaiah 53:5 "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Now I will admit that some of these pastors and teachers are ignorant of the true gospel however some don't want to change as the law works Best for their ministry and bank accounts. Many people who go to these churches live in condemnation even for sins committed long before they even accepted Christ. Many people go to these churches and end up suffering from depression and many other illnesses. Some even go as far as prophesying for their so called enemies to die instead of forgiving them and praying for their salvation.
I could go on and on with all that is on my heart but I wont. The truth of the matter is for the past few days I have experienced God in ways that I have never experienced Him before. Many years ago God told me that He wanted me to preach the gospel of Grace which is the finished work of the cross. In today's society especially here in Jamaica that is not a very good message to preach because you stand the risk of being called a false prophet but I can no longer agree with pastors and teachers who utter words of death over peoples life instead of speaking a word of hope and restoration for the lost. I also know that I myself can no longer sit under ministries that contradicts with the teachings of Jesus Christ. The law kills the best of us but Grace saves the worst of us. Jesus took the place of Barabbas so that we could take His place. Jesus took the place of that thief next door to him on the cross so that we could take His place. Jesus took our place so that we could become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. That in and of itself is a gift, unearned and undeserved, paid for by Jesus Christ. I live my life in obedience to Him not because I am scared of going to hell but because I love Him. It's all out of love and intimacy not fear. John 14:15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments
I have finally entered into His Rest and His Love and His Grace is going to keep me there. Now I truly Know Him as MY FATHER AND MY REST.
I PRAY TODAY THAT YOU WILL COME TO KNOW HIM AS YOUR REST IN JESUS NAME AMEN.
Daughter of Destiny.