1 Sep

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 15 After Pentecost 01 Sept 2013
A littlest angel was sent to earth. She lay prostrate before the Lord and His company of Hosts. She walked among the people and said, “The Spirit of the Living God is inside of us! Keep praising God! His Living Waters flow from bowed heads and humbled hearts!” (Jeremiah 2:13) But where were they? [Sigh.]
Does truth birth righteousness, or does righteousness birth truth?
Just because something is true doesn’t make it right. Jōb thought he was right.
Job 32:1 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Sometimes I feel like Elihu before Jōb and his three friends, and I ask, “Who will speak for God on His behalf?” (Job 36:2)
But one went looking for manifestations of powers and miracles.
Another said to go to the third heaven.
Another said that it takes God forty years to answer prayer.
Another said that it takes God two years to answer prayer.
Another said it takes God two weeks to answer prayer.
And still another said that God would not do anything (Jer 5:12) because man needs to take responsibility.
Another wrote books on how to pray and made a profit. (Jer 2:8)
Another rolled his eyes in boredom at the mere mention of prophecy.
Another picked a fight because he could.
Another had great charisma and wept on stage.
Another said the Holy Remnant is made up of only ten percent of passionate believers, for works without faith is suicide.
Another said to find encouragement and support within ourselves.
And while these statements were true, still others took their faith to a deeper level:
Steve Shultz said, “What God is about to QUALIFY US FOR are a whole host of things we are UNQUALIFIED IN OUR EYES to be or do.”
Kim Clement said, “Your decisions make descendants,” and “Israel Is Forever!”
Bob Hartley (scribed by Michael Sullivant) said,
“The Lord showed Bob that He is desirous of raising up multitudes of what He called “Kingdom churches” and “Kingdom organizations” that will validate the diverse callings upon their members and unleash them into every sphere of life and earthly culture to represent (re-present) Jesus Christ. They will usher the presence of God into their various circles of influence and engage in the manifold good works (both short and long-term, providential and miraculous) that God has prepared beforehand for them to exhibit.”
Rick Joyner said,
“There are two basic Greek words used for church in the New Testament. One is ecclesia which speaks of the structure and government of the church. The other is koinonia that is the bonding relationship of the saints, which is loosely translated “fellowship” or “communion.” The ecclesia exists for the koinonia, not the other way around.
The church is called to be a family, not just an organization. We need organization, but the structure given to the local church in the New Testament was the most basic and simple imaginable—there were elders and deacons—that’s it. The life and power of the church was its koinonia not the ecclesia.
And Rumi said, “Never leave a prophet to buy bread!” (We ARE a pitiful bunch!!) Bonding relationships require contact. And location?
Jeremiah 5: 13 The prophets are but wind
and the word is not in them;
so let what they say be done to them.”
Wind [inspiration] is one thing, but the people and the priests never even asked, “Where is Jehovah Adonai?” Twice! (Jer 2:6, 8)
Job 4:17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
What wrong did our ancestors find in God that we went so far from Him? (Jer 2:5) Idolaters are no better than the idols they worship. (Ps 115:8; Ps 81:11-12)
Jeremiah 2:6 They [the people] did not say, “Where is the LORD…”
Jeremiah 2:8 The priests did not say, “Where is the LORD?” …
Echolocation: Where is the LORD in the thread of the messages? “WHERE?” is the Question of the Day. This was God’s beef with the people and the priests. They did not ask, “Where?” The Magi asked, “Where?” (Mt 2:2) And today? No one has ever crossed over, looked, and examined with care to see if there had ever been such a thing. (v 10) Heaven is appalled and shocked. (v 12) (The Earth is not all that surprised. (Rev 12:16))
The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord, to turn one’s heart away from one’s Maker. (Sirach 10:12) Since pride and violent rage were not created for human beings (v 18), then who were they created for?
Are not Pride and Rage of the spirit realm?
Isaiah 14:12 (Jerusalem Bible) How did you come to fall from the heavens Daystar, son of Dawn?
Isaiah 14:12 (JUB) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, who didst claim the Gentiles as an inheritance!
Lucifer, the ultimate tyrant, falls when the people fear God more than him; when the people revere God more than him; when the people hold God in awe more than Satan’s glitz and glamour. Since Lucifer was the brightest angel, and the Gentiles are particularly susceptible to the bright and shiny, then it makes sense that redemption would come through the Gentiles once we wake up and realize the rest of the world has a point when they get angry with us for our arrogance and our bullish religion.
Job 4:18 If God places no trust in his servants,
if he charges his angels with error,
19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,
whose foundations are in the dust,
who are crushed more readily than a moth!
From His Throne flow rivers of Mercy. Fellowship between God and His people is a banquet for everyone: the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind!
Luke 14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Fellowship with God starts with the Word, but doesn’t stop there. It must be connected to our beings, so others see what we believe and in Whom we believe. The Church [ecclesia] will find its fellowship [koinonia] when both sides (with the Institution on one bank and the Prophets on another bank), cross each others’ barriers and great divides, step out in faith, and dialogue with each other person to person, and dialogue with me, too. Harper’s Bible Commentary explained about Jeremiah, which applies to us today:
“…Speech addressed to Yahweh was an integral part of Jeremiah’s intercessory function (7:16; 11:14; 14:11; 15:11; 27:18; 37:3) Jeremiah considered standing in Yahweh’s “council” to be an important prophetic experience, one that involves dialogue [!] (23:18,22).
Since the effectiveness of a prophet depended upon acceptance by an audience, reports of such dialogue should be seen as part of the rhetoric by which Jeremiah and those who transmitted the traditions associated with him sought to legitimize his words.”
This ties in with what Garris Elkins said of the Lord:
“Around your step of faith I will assemble all you need to accomplish in what I will set before you. Resources that are now hidden will appear in the light of your faith. I will ask you to step through the warnings of man and the fear that has limited My people in this past season.”
The “warnings of man and fear” are described in Job and what went awry:
Job 35:9 “People cry out under a load of oppression;
they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10 But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night,
11 who teaches us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?’
So, WHERE is the LORD? It is true, He IS in us. And He is also reflected in our neighbors. If we want God back into our Churches and society, we have to invite Him and ask Him and dialogue with Him. We have to treat Him with more respect than He has generously treated us.
Prayer: Lord, even though the people and the priests did not ask WHERE You are, I ask on their behalf. This is such a tangible question for an intangible God, but really WHERE are You? You told us that when we give a banquet we are to invite others. (Lk 14:13). What or whom have we invited? We are “poor” in our wealth; we are “crippled” by our ingenuity; we are “lame” in our efforts, and we are “blind” in our assumptions. We are “blind” to our own Potential.
Kathie Walters had said, “You must truly kick the “dogs” from your door of Destiny.” She explained that “Dogs” are religious spirits and jealous spirits. I add hypocrisy to the list. These spirits have been blocking the door to many of our destinies. I can clearly “see” this. I have done what I could to kick those “dogs” away from the door of Destiny, but I am a mortal. Lord God, You must banish the “dogs” to the Abyss! I ask You, Father, in authority as Your Bride, for You to do this. Banish the “dogs” to the Abyss forever. The Pharisees of today will not hear encouragement in my voice if they are listening for criticism. Give Your people ears to hear Your praise and lay prostrate in awe of You and Your power as You answer our prayers. Crown You with many crowns!
When the leaders are crippled, lame, and blind from working so hard in serving You, Lord, that they forget to enter into Your ministry of Holy Rest, then how can they find WHERE You are to encourage them? Lead us, Lord! We are the “blind” leading the “blind”!
Bob Hartley had said: “God is freeing us from the vanity of “rote” praying by calling us to sit as His partners at His counsel table. This has sometimes been called “informed intercession.”” Ok, Lord, I lay the banquet table before You. You said:
Luke 14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

14:14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Clearly in our day these verses have a deeper meaning for us, as there are countless philanthropic, social, and religious organizations, which strive to meet the needs of people. And who is serving the spiritually poor, the spiritually crippled, the spiritually lame, and the spiritually blind? If one has limited resources or access in our affluent society, one cannot just get online and download the latest sermon, Bible translation or commentary, or even music. And who serves the poor shepherds who are so crippled from being overworked that their lame comments have little affect on their flocks, because even though some in the flock may “see” what’s goin’ down, they cannot actuate (or activate) change in the physical realm. Righteousness must be “resurrected” (v 14) before those warriors can break through those strongholds. The “banquet” has to be seen through eyes of friendship. Mercy must be granted to the fearful.
Lord, You said for us to invite others so that we would be blessed, because these suffering others cannot repay us. (v 14) You said that we would be repaid at the “resurrection” of the righteous. (v 14) “Resurrection” happens all the time in our lives when we are looking for WHERE You are in doing Your holy work. We are continuously “dying” and being “resurrected,” as we bless, forgive, release, and bless, just as You modeled for us with Your very own life! Lord Jesus, resurrect Your righteousness, which got buried under “stones” of judgments. Please meet us like You met Mary in the Garden after Your resurrection. I call on Your universal harmonic frequency to bloom forth and unite the righteous in resurrection with Your heart’s desires. Amen.

15 After Pentecost 01 Sept 2013 Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14
Jeremiah 2:4-13
2:4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.

2:5 Thus says the LORD: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?

2:6 They did not say, “Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?”

2:7 I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.

2:8 The priests did not say, “Where is the LORD?” Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit.

2:9 Therefore once more I accuse you, says the LORD, and I accuse your children’s children.

2:10 Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing.

2:11 Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit.

2:12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the LORD,

2:13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.

Psalm 81:1, 10-16
81:1 Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

81:10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

81:11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

81:12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.

81:13 O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

81:14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes.

81:15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever.

81:16 I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Sirach 10:12-18
10:12 The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord; the heart has withdrawn from its Maker.

10:13 For the beginning of pride is sin, and the one who clings to it pours out abominations. Therefore the Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities, and destroys them completely.

10:14 The Lord overthrows the thrones of rulers, and enthrones the lowly in their place.

10:15 The Lord plucks up the roots of the nations, and plants the humble in their place.

10:16 The Lord lays waste the lands of the nations, and destroys them to the foundations of the earth.

10:17 He removes some of them and destroys them, and erases the memory of them from the earth.

10:18 Pride was not created for human beings, or violent anger for those born of women.

Proverbs 25:6-7
25:6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great;
25:7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.

Psalm 112
112:1 Praise the LORD! Happy are those who fear the LORD, who greatly delight in his commandments.

112:2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

112:3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.

112:4 They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.

112:5 It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice.

112:6 For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.

112:7 They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the LORD.

112:8 Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

112:9 They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor.

112:10 The wicked see it and are angry; they gnash their teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
13:1 Let mutual love continue.

13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.

13:4 Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.

13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

13:6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?”

13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

13:15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.

13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Luke 14:1, 7-14
14:1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

14:7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable.

14:8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host;

14:9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.

14:10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.

14:11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

14:12 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.

14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

14:14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”


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