When the light of the Gospel is shown in the heart of man, many wicked strongholds are exposed. God showed me that I had adultery in my heart. Before you say, "aha, I knew it", read on. We all know that one of "the 10" is thou shalt not commit adultery. And Proverbs 6:32 tells us, "...he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul". But God was showing me I had committed spiritual adultery. What is that? God speaking through Jeremiah about the backsliding of Israel, said in the second part of verse 9 of chapter 3, "...and committed adultery with stones and with sticks". In other words, with idols.

I wasn't worshipping sticks and stones, but I wasn't worshipping God in spirit and truth either. In 1st Samuel 15:22-23, God spake and said, "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry". To be stubborn is to do ones own will and not the will of the Father. The Spirit convinced me of my sin of unbelief. When I do my own will, I am involved in idolatry and am a spiritual whore. One could be a virgin in the flesh and still be whore in the eyes of God. It all boils down to (or since I am an accountant, the bottom line is) obedience.

When Jesus walked on the earth, he called the people a murderous and adulteress generation. While he was certainly addressing adultery in the flesh, he was also speaking about being an adulterer in our relationship with the Father. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth (2nd Corinthians 11:2), "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ". Paul as an apostle, had the authority to deal with the strongholds in their hearts and presented the Gospel to the church so that they would no longer be spiritual whores, but as chaste virgins.

I thank God that he sent Jesus to the cross and raised him from the dead and forgave our sins, as though we had never sinned. He also forgave us of our spiritual adultery so that we could be presented to Christ as though we had never been involved in spiritual whoredoms. How do I keep from slipping back into spiritual adultery? By taking up the cross daily. By believing in the power of God that was manifested when He brought Jesus up from hell and death and sat him at His own right hand


Words of Exhortation. (Posted 2/7/2010)

Words of exhortation from the Lord; “O fool, and slow of heart to believe..”  When I heard these words,  I knew he was speaking to me as I was the only one in the room.  Why would this be exhortation?  For one, he was speaking to me.  He is not obligated to speak to us, but he did say “my sheep hear my voice”.  So I was encouraged that I am considered one of his sheep.  Secondly, he was speaking what was wrong with my heart.

As we have heard from a present day prophet, if we go to the doctor with something wrong, we expect the doctor to tell us the truth about what is causing the symptoms.   Or if I was heading east on my way to the coast of California from Texas, I would be appreciative if someone told me that I am heading in the wrong direction and should turn around and head west.

I am currently facing some challenging times in my current occupation working for a company that is in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, but is operating like it is in Chapter 7 Liquidation as the company sells off one business unit after another.  When the Lord spoke the above words to me this morning, I was reminded of all that he has brought me through with this company, not the least of which is surviving the many rounds of layoffs that have been happening since 2001. (That will be a separate testimony one day).

When Jesus actually spoke these words as recorded in Luke 24:25, he said, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:”, he was chastising those who did not believe them who saw Jesus after the resurrection, even though the prophets of old spoke of the coming and sufferings of Christ.  He used this scripture to encourage me regarding my job and all that he has brought me through so far.

I appreciate the correction and encouragement that accompanied it and I am “motivated” to believe through this latest challenge from the company I work for.  Praise the Lord!