Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Matthew 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Thank You Holy Spirit.
Fellowshipping with brethren and going to Church is good but please, let’s not forget that personal relationship with the Almighty is also key because on that day you won’t be standing in front of GOD with the congregation to get judged.
It is therefore wise to develop a relationship now with Him who you’re going to meet after you’re through here on earth.
The Israelites connected to GOD via Moses (who was the Priest entering the veil covered temple) back then and due to this, Moses had a lot to answer for; both to GOD and the people (what a burden!). In fact, Christ reported that Moses was still facing the music concerning Israel. John 5:45
Now, after the veil got torn due to Christ Jesus death (Matt. 27:51, Heb 10:20), You and I have access into the temple; which means that you and I get to answer for ourselves, meeting God one on one to account for our sins (no more sending in the Pastors and shaking the rope to see if they’re still alive) Rev 20:12-13
Jesus came and bore the burden that was too heavy for Moses and the likes, settling the score once and for all.
So, once again, I implore you brothers and sisters; “Cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter” – Develop a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
Happy Resurrection Day!!!
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
It is not what was given that brings about the result but the FAITH behind the giving.
So, the one who gives with an understanding via faith will definitely be getting results than the one who gives under duress to satisfy the preacher.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
You can only give cheerfully (even in dire situations) through FAITH.
We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something we can get from Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, “No, Lord, I don’t want you; I want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I want to be on display in Your showcase so I can say, ‘This is what God has done for me.’ ”
Gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, and being made useful to God are things that should never even be a consideration in real surrender. Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.
Where does Jesus Christ figure in when we have concerns about our natural relationships? Most of us will desert Him with this excuse— “Yes, Lord, I heard you call me, but my family needs me and I have my own interests too. I just can’t go any further” (see Luke 9:57-62). “Then,” Jesus says, “you ‘cannot be My disciple’ ” (see Luke 14:26-33).
True surrender will always go beyond natural devotion. If we will only give up, God will surrender Himself to embrace all those around us and He’ll meet their needs which were created by our surrendering.
Beware of stopping anywhere short of total surrender to God. Most of us only have a vision of what this really means, but have never truly experienced it.
~ Kenny K’ore