Called Out for A Destiny in God

by:  Lonnie Lane

Is your greatest desire to finish well, so that at the end of your life you can say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)? If you’re reading this, then I would think that is your heart’s desire. Then is there anything in your life you need to align with the word of God to ensure that you finish well? You know the verse that says, “Choose this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). Most of us believe we have settled that issue. If you are in doubt or have not yet, may I urge you to do so? The stakes for not doing so are higher than you can imagine. We who are Yeshua’s are committed to serving Him and obeying the will of His Father, right? But are there areas in your life, or maybe only one area, that if this were truly the end of days and you were faced with critical or even life threatening challenges ahead of you, you would do things differently than you are today, to be sure you are completely right with God? What if now is the time to really make the choice to do away with the “the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom” (Song of Solomon 2:15). Most of us are familiar with the translation that says, “little foxes that spoil the vines” (KJV) but the full verse above, applied to the believers, are vines that are promising fruit which is what blossoms do, but there are things that ruin it that keep it from ever bearing the fruit it was intended to bear, despite how pretty and promising it may look now.

If you knew judgment was ahead of you, you would surely be fully obedient, don’t you think? Because to not be, would be spiritual suicide. So do you intend to fully line up with the Scriptures or what you feel God is “suggesting” that you do, or no longer do, now…or later, tomorrow, next month, next year? I don’t remember the Lord making little compromises so glaringly evident to me, while letting me know that if I don’t learn immediate obedience today, one day when I may need to hear His voice, I may not have ears to hear Him. If we each keep living at the same level of commitment and obedience as we have been, or as we are today, in one year, or five years, will be we where we want or intend to be in God? You know that old adage: If you keep doing the same things but expect different results, it ain’t gonna happen.

...if we don’t change today, we’re not likely to change tomorrow...

What we choose today we are likely to choose tomorrow unless we change it today. To say it the other way round, if we don’t change today, we’re not likely to change tomorrow, because it’s always today. It has been prophesied that this year, 2012, is likely to be a year in which the true church will become visible. What does that mean?! It sounds like a year of separating the church from the world to me. Moses did some serious separating after the gold calf incident which was about rebellious unbelief and looking to an idol, something other than God, for hope and direction. Moses declared, “Whoever is for the LORD (lit. Yehovah), come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him” (Exodus 32:26). The sons of Levi were the priestly tribe – and so are we. As for all who are Yeshua’s, “He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father— to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:6).

Presently, you can’t always tell that we are set apart unto Him, as we often look the same, dress the same and seem to have the same ‘ills’ as the world around us. But that’s not the bride Yeshua is returning for. He is coming to claim His bride who is without spot or wrinkle, “that He might present to Himself the ekklesia (called out ones) in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27). Spot in Greek can mean stain or blemish, defect or disgrace. Wrinkle can mean a fold, or wrinkle, especially in the face, which makes me think of one’s countenance when someone is disturbed, like frowning or drawing the mouth down in disdain – certainly not someone in God’s peace, wouldn’t you say? There will be no disgrace or spiritual defect attached to His bride and her (our!) countenance will reflect His glory and the peace we have with God through faith (Romans 5:1). It is from carnality, from the demands of the flesh that we are to be separate. We are exhorted that when we take the Lord’s Supper (Communion), we are to assess ourselves according to 1 Corinthians 11:27-32. Why not spend time in those verses for tomorrow’s devotion time with the Lord, and take communion, just you and Him while you’re at it. (Note: There is nothing in Scripture or in the Lord’s intent that said that only ordained priests or ministers were allowed to serve communion.)

I have the privilege of being a part of Paul Wilbur’s weekly intercessors group of about 10-15 people. Paul is a psalmist and worship leader to whom the Lord has given prophetic wisdom for the times in which we live. What you are reading in this article comes largely from the notes I’ve taken during this past week’s meeting with Paul. Come on in and join us. Most of these words are Paul’s.

Whether we are Messianic or Christian, we are equally committed to Yeshua as a Person. All of Scripture reveals Him, His nature, His character and Person. The battle we find ourselves in is to maintain this fundamental truth. There’s always a willingness to let go of the basics. We are likely to see churches and even whole denominations giving up belief in the divinity of Yeshua in this coming year. Liberal theology abounds, and churches just want to live in peace with those who do not believe in the divinity of Yeshua. We must be very careful what we listen to or watch. What you allow will have precedence in your thinking. Don’t open the gates that are not supposed to be opened. The gates of the cities in the Bible were shut after dark and only a small opening allowed one at a time to come in. Small thoughts still get in if you allow them. You must control what comes into your consciousness. Guard your own gates. Be aware, for instance, of media bias, in representing the news, in election coverage, in values they espouse.

Scriptures says in the last days, “…they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” (2 Timothy 4:3). That’s why Torah is so important. It is the foundation upon which the whole of Scripture is dependent. Zechariah has to line up with Genesis, and Yeshua’s words must line up with Deuteronomy. If you don’t know the foundation, you could be deceived. Deception wouldn’t be so deceiving if it wasn’t deceptive! When the Scriptures are being attacked or faith is waning, the divinity of Yeshua is the first to go. There are as many as forty appearances of Yeshua in the Old Covenant. It’s not just a New Covenant reality. It’s the truth!

We are “called out” for a destiny in God. There is a destiny operating inside of each of us. We need grace, grace to discern and to understand the ways in which to walk, to stand on the Rock, to persevere. It all must come from God, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). We need more grace than we’ve ever had. Grace to extend to others, to have the attitude of Messiah to serve and not to be served. Grace to pray for one another and to stand in the gap. We need more of God’s word than ever before. Grace for “the fruit of the Spirit (which) is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, (and) self-control” (Galatians 5:22,23). More grace to show forth more of the glory of the Kingdom, to show forth kindness and the goodness of God in words full of grace, to be generous people with our words, our time, our prayers, our forgiveness, our finances. We need now to be sowing into the future to enrich the lives of others through the generosity of our lives. Grace to live this year and to demonstrate the Kingdom.

There is an abundant open door to us now for those who discern the purpose, plans and hope of God whose we are, so we can clearly articulate what time it is on His prophetic calendar, from the word of God. Then we can have the attitude that Messiah had who, “for the joy set before Him endured…” (Hebrews 12:2), We know our final place with Him eternally, but in the mean time, we need heaven-sent endurance and perseverance so we can run our race with joy — joy overflowing from our lives to others, so they say, “Surely the presence of God is in your midst,” and “we know that You have come from God… for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (John 3:2), because we are walking in the power and authority of Yeshua.

God is sharpening His two edged sword, which is to say imparting His word to His people in order to do more separating, “for the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). We need grace to have spiritual thoughts with spiritual interpretations, to pray as He would have us pray according to His will, and to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). He will use us to build, to plant, to water, to tear down, to up root and to build, but we must be submitted to Him so that it is His work we are doing and not our own. The most important thing is to give your love to the world and not be bought by it. We must choose to be separate. We need the Holy Spirit’s constant guidance to discern, for a revelation of separation. We must purpose to take hold and stay body, soul and spirit, fully committed to God unto all truth, regardless of the consequences.

Yeshua said, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you” (John 15:18, 19). That’s why believers are persecuted and hated. But He also said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). If we are Messianic, we are all about Messiah. If we are Christian, we are all about Christ. All else is a sub-set to Him. Even the restoration of Israel is only a part. The highest goal is His Kingdom. If we walk in His righteousness He will add all else (Matthew 6:33).

The power came by “the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11). That confession will be warred against, by people, by the flesh and by emotions. It’s that profession the enemy is after – you putting your trust and faith in Yeshua. He chips away at it, little by little. The same way we grow is the same way our faith is diminished, little by little. A thought here, a thought there. Hold fast to the truth and your confession and trust in Him. He is faithful. Keep in mind it is “not flesh and blood” (Eph 6:12), nor people, nor the governments of men that we are at war with, or we should say that are at war with us. They are puppets on a string held by demonic principalities and powers. What you submit to you are controlled by. You have to have truth to cut that string. It’s a spiritual battle we have to fight spiritually and we “overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony” (Rev. 12:11). When we continue in Him, He will give us victory after victory after victory!

We start by faith but we must walk it out with our flesh.

We have authority in the earth but we live in our “earth suits” (the flesh). Just as Yeshua had to come in the flesh to have authority in the earth, so we have to have flesh. We start by faith but we must walk it out with our flesh. We hear, we believe, we take a step of faith and walk it out, and He adds power and authority to it to finish in the Spirit. While in our flesh we must be consecrated and obedient. Yeshua is the Torah made flesh – to speak with New Covenant authority, to speak the words of the Sermon on the Mount He has to take on flesh, a body. He is the Torah incarnate! Just as He did, we must walk out in the natural what we’ve heard and learned by the Spirit. He wrestled with the traditions of men which nullified the word of God. Traditions today will war against the word of God, often beginning with the divinity of Yeshua. As soon as anything opposes the word of God, it is a place of error. How will we know Him and the truth? “It is written…!” You choose to believe what the Scriptures say or not. The word of truth will be contended for until He returns. Know what you believe.

Would you now join with Paul and his intercessors as he led us in a prayer of declaration? Would you read through this first to be sure you’re in agreement with it and then come back and read it aloud to the Lord?

“Father, as we begin this year, I draw a line in the sand. I declare You are the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You are Lord and Father of My Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), I declare I am a believer in Your Son, and that you are my highest good. I believe You, Yeshua, are Immanuel, God with us, and the Son of the Living God. You are divine and You are all that is written about You in the Scriptures. I declare I am a believer in You, with no doubts or fears. I cast out anything that wars against this truth and I declare that you, Yeshua, are my Messiah and King. My trust is in You. I stand on this confession, on the Rock that You are who the Scriptures say You are. You will work in power and authority in me and through me to be and to do Your will. “It is written of me in Your word, to do Your word,” (Heb. 10:7). I honor and believe that You called me for Your purposes in the Holy Spirit when I first trusted in You. From this moment till I go home to be with You, this is my confession, that I have eyes that see, ears that hear, with an undivided heart to serve and honor and worship You all the days of my life. Here are the keys of my life, Lord. “Here I am, send me” (Heb: Heneni, Shlachani) (Isaiah 6:8), in Yeshua’s name (b’shem Yeshua), Amen.

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Lonnie Lane

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Lonnie Lane comes from a family of four generations of Jewish believers, being the first one saved in 1975. Lonnie has been in church leadership for many years, and has planted two “one new man” house fellowships, one in Philadelphia suburbs and the other in Jacksonville, Florida, where she now lives near 6 of her 8 grandchildren. Lonnie is the author of “Because They Never Asked” and numerous articles on this website. She has been the Producer of Messianic Vision's radio and TV shows and the International Prayer Co-Coordinator for Messianic Vision's intercessors. Click Here to order Lonnie's book, "Because They Never Asked."

Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.  All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

 

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