Recently in a dream or vision of the night, I found myself , Keith, Bob Jones and two other prophetic men gathered together in a small room when a glorious thing began to occur. As we were standing there, our gaze and attention was immediately drawn to a tangible divine cloud that supernaturally appeared above our heads. As I reached to touch it with my hand, I inquired of the others, “do you see it?” A genuine Presence of the Lord could be discerned manifested in the room. Subsequently, small white particles began to fall to the floor from the cloud. I immediately began to gather them and questioned Bob if it would be okay to eat them directly from the floor. He counseled me that it would. They were sticking together like cotton candy only they were not actually of a sticky texture. As I opened my mouth to consume them, Keith announced, “The Kingdom of God is Loyalty and Destruction.” (Matthew Chapters. 5-7)
We must lay hold of the Kingdom of God with steadfast loyalty and devotion and alleviate the justice of God that cries out for the destruction of rebellion and unbelief. He is the Kingdom and His Word is the expression of who He is. We must know it and understand it so we are not found in the condition described in Luke 19:39-44.
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:39-44)
Our earnest prayer should be for the grace to recognize the day of our visitation so we do not partake of this destruction because we did not discern it. For forty years, from the time of John the Baptist to the destruction of Jerusalem, divine opportunity of grace and mercy was extended for the people to comprehend their day of visitation but they would not.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matt 6:24)
In this passage the term “serve” (doulevein) means to “ belong wholly to and be entirely under command to” some master. We will either serve with a spirit of loyalty the Lord or some other substitute…but our hearts will be yielded to something. Let it be the One worthy of our devotion.
We cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of mammon. Serving two masters is contrary to the “single eye” with which His people are to be endowed. One leads to Life, the other to destruction. Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us. (Ps 123:1-2)
Our hearts cannot focus and be consumed with the treasures of this earth and the treasures of heaven hidden in Christ. We cannot base our actions on pleasing men, but rather God. There is “hidden manna” reserved for this day that can only be discovered in His Presence manifested to the “loyal” hearts of His seeking people.
In 1 Kings 3:16-27, the wisdom of God was displayed through Solomon to reveal the motives of the hearts of the two women of this passage. The pretending mother was willing to permit the child to be put to death if she were not allowed to have him. The “loyal” mother was willing to sacrifice her position to allow the child to live and reach his destiny. One was a heart of loyalty the other leading to destruction.
It is dangerous to set the longing affections of our hearts upon riches, seeing it is so easy to make them our God. Those who are satisfied with the world and its enjoyments do not seek a contentment in the favor of God. Without question, the Lord came to give us Life abundantly with favor and blessing. Nonetheless, those things can only truly be found in Him and a “loyal” life wholly submitted to Him in truth.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14
HO! Every one who thirsts, come buy and eat. Yes, come buy wine & milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to me. Listen, that you may live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David. (Isaiah 55:1-3)
We cannot excuse ourselves for not knowing Him because we are poor, nor can the rich boast that they have bought salvation. The Lord desires to bless His people with all manner of favor and prosperity but from a heart that is wholly His, having yielded our will to the will of the Father.