Summary: Number 3 in Series on compromise. #3 brings us the process of Blessing. When we get off of the fences of idolatry, we set ourselves up for blessing.
Part three: GET OFF THE FENCE!
Let me remind you of the challenges of this message.
I believe that it is time for the children of God to arise, and get ourselves up from the place of complacency in our Spirit and in our flesh, and ’get off the fence!’
I believe that it is time for the Church of the Living God to step up to her place and become what God intended for her to be!
I believe that it is time for “THE SANCTUARY” to ARISE FROM HER SLUMBER, GET OFF OF THE FENCE OF MEDIOCRITY, AND BECOME THE CHURCH OF DESTINY THAT GOD HAS SPOKEN OF SO MANY TIMES!
Tell your neighbor, “We’re coming off the fence!”
turn to the Book of Genesis Chapter 35:
Subtitle: The Process of Blessing
Genesis 35:1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. (2) Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
Jacob told his family and his workers to do three things:
1. Put away the strange gods that are among you
2. be clean
3. change your garments
This is the Process that will lead you to your Promise!
1. Put Away your strange Idols – Get your focus off of the other distractions, and get your focus on God! GOD WANTS YOUR FULL ATTENTION!
Exodus 20:3-4 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (4) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
God is a jealous God, and He doesn’t want us to worship ANY one, or ANY thing but Him.
It’s time for the church to stop straddling the fences that separate Worldliness from Godliness! It’s time to get it right, and worship God alone!
The old song comes back to my mind ~ “Give me that Old time religion!”
The old time religion wasn’t tainted by religious actions, and repetition, it was pure religion, in that worship was unto God, and not to the world!
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
The world has a lot to offer, yes, but it’s time for us to quit teetering back and forth, and get back to the heart of the matter, and Worship God, NOT THE WORLD!
After all, it’s our HEART THAT MATTERS! Set your affections not on the things of this world, and the things that do corrupt you, but set your affections on Christ Jesus!
SHOUT - IT’S TIME TO GET OFF THE FENCE!
The second thing Jacob told his family and workers to do was:
2. BE CLEAN! Purify Yourselves - Make sure your life is under the Blood.
Genesis 35: (2) Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
Matthew 23:25-26 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. (26) Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
· It’s time for the church to Return to the Altar of Sacrifice
· It’s time for the church to Purge her sins with the Fire!
· It’s time for the church to Wash away the uncleanness of the world with the Word of God!
· It’s time to Set yourselves apart – sanctify yourselves for the work of the Lord!
· God uses purified vessels for His work!
· God uses vessels that have paid the price to be set aside!
· Are you willing to be made clean?
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
1Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
· It’s time to get the uncleanness out of the Body of Christ!
· It’s time to ‘tarry’ – at the altars again! Tarry means to stay there until something changes!