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Matthew 5:27 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. 28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. 29 Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. 30 But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?” 31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”
The first words that struck me in this passage were - Jesus left the town. He left the town where people were cheering and praising God because the man, who was paralyzed, jumped up and walked. The people were in awe and great wonder at what had just happened to this paralyzed man! The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were complaining saying, "Who does He (Jesus) think that He is? So what did He do? He left town.
That makes me run in my spirit. There can be praise in the house but if there is also piousness and pride in the house, He will just leave the building. Unfortunately, there are some that do not know that Christ has left town. He WILL go to a place where the pious will not go and that place is to the house of the LEAST of these. There were divisions during the time of Christ. Number one: The Orthodox Jew who kept the law, as they saw to do, and number two, the rest who didn't keep all the regulations. The division was extreme. The Orthodox would not have anything to do with the rest of the people, so much so that they refused to do business with them, refusing to give or receive from them, and refusing to fellowship with them.
But Jesus saw a tax collect, one of the most hated professions in the entire township. There was however a contradiction in what he did compared to who he was called. His name was Levi which meant priest. People can be lost in the township and not know who the Lord has called them to be. Thank God for Jesus. He saw Levi for who he was intended to be. He knew that Levi was a tax collector and that tax collectors had the reputation of skimming off the top. He knew what the townsfolk thought of him but Jesus saw what God had created Him to be - a disciple of Jesus Christ!
"Follow Me and be My disciple!" One thing that happens when a person is looking for God to change their life - when the call comes, they know how to get up! Levi got up - left EVERYTHING, and followed Jesus! When Jesus calls, we have to get up from the mess that we have put ourselves in and leave all that we once thought was everything we ever needed and follow Jesus. If we hesitate and turn back to our mess, we have missed our opportunity to be led into the destiny that God always had for us to walk into.
Another thing that Levi did was that he made room for his deliverer. He held a feast in his home and placed Jesus as the guest of honor (leader, head, authority) in his home. Wisdom instructs us as to Who is really in charge. Once we clean up our acts, many will come and eat of the good news at your table. Your change, changes your friends. They know who you were. They saw what you did. They were there while you were doing it but when you change, it brings about a change in them. Levi started walking out what his name meant (priest) - immediately!
So let me ask you, did you catch what I caught in the next verse (30)? Why were the Pharisees and the teachers in Levi's house? I mean, who invited them? They were complaining in the last town so why would they come into the house of someone that they never did business with and never fellowshipped with? Let me tell you. When your change comes, even your enemies want to see what has happened to you. They may even try to sabotage your change but little do they know that when you invite the Master into your house, nothing can stand against His authority.
“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Notice that they didn't ask Jesus the question, they asked His disciples. But Jesus replied to them because He heard the hardness of their hearts. "“Healthy people don’t need a doctor; those who are sick do. I’ve come to call sinners to change the way they think and act, not to call people who think they have God’s approval.”
Help us Holy Ghost! There is such a great lesson here! If you are saved, you don't need healing - you already have the Savior. Those who don't know Who you know need the Great Physician. Jesus came to CALL sinners to change! He did not come to fulfill our personal agenda's! Help us Lord, in this place! Jesus has called you by name. What IS your name? Not what people call you but what God has called you!
Is it Levi? Is it Helper? Is it Witness? Is it Intercessor? What IS your name? Ask Him and then walk in it!
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August 31, 2014
This is my Sound this morning: Now is the time of birthing. I dreamed this morning about giving birth to a baby. I had no idea that I was pregnant in the dream but when I went to the hospital to visit someone else, I ended up in the maternity ward giving birth myself.
One of the Elders of my church was there with me. She stayed there in the waiting room until the process was complete. The strange thing was that the birthing was not painful. When I looked at the baby, I noticed how beautiful she was, how quiet she was, and how attentive and alert she was.
This is the time of birthing for the church. The Lord has given us talents, gifts, assignments and ministries. The harvest is absolutely plenteous. It is the time for the church to rise and do the work. His yoke is easy and His burdens are light. Our excuses are too numerous to list but we were not given this "seed" just to watch it grow in us only.
You have carried that baby a long time - not knowing that you were pregnant with the Promises of God. Now is the time to PUSH. Release what the Lord has placed in you. Be fruitful and multiply. The world is waiting on your baby. Walk in the Spirit...Move in the Spirit....Sing in the Spirit...Preach in the Spirit...Teach in the Spirit...Love in the Spirit...Help in the Spirit...Evangelize in the Spirit...
What is your baby's name?
August 12, 2014
This is my "Sound" today: I heard a question in my spirit on Sunday before leaving for church and I wrote it down. I didn't know why I heard it until late last night. The question was: "Why do they want us not to believe? The answer is because they (the enemy) want us not to have hope.
After hearing of Robin Williams death, I knew why the question was asked. The enemy wants us hopeless. God is the flipside of that. He came to give us life and that more abundantly. We can't believe the lies from the enemy. We do have hope and that hope is in Jesus Christ.
Depression is a horrible demon. It will wrap itself around a lie and try to make you believe it but do not be deceived. You are vessels of life! You are spoken vessels! God spoke each of us into existence. Speak life to yourself. Seek people who speak life into you.
The enemy wants to snuff out our light. Resist him and he will flee. i pray a covering over the William's family today. I pray Life, Light and Hope over them and over you this morning. If the enemy is speaking lies to you, shut him up with the Truth of God.
"I am healed! I am set free! I am the hand maiden of the Lord! I am His handiwork! I am made in His image! I have joy unspeakable! I am blessed in the city; blessed in the field; blessed when I come in and when I go out!" Speak Hope! You are a speaking vessel. You shall have what you say!!!!!! Speak Life!!!!
"Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late - and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work."
A W Tozer