Scripture references: Luke 14:16-21 (MSG); Matthew 10:34-39 (NKJV); Ephesians 4:11-13 (NLT); 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (AMPC); Luke 19:41-44 (AMPC); Isaiah 20:26-28 (MSG); John 12:35-36 (AMPC); John 12:35-36 (TLB); John 12:35 (CJB); John 5:35 (AMPC); Genesis 22:11-12 (NKJV); Genesis 22:15-18 (NLT); Hebrews 3:12 (AMPC); Mark 10:17-24, 27-31 (TPT); Mark 10:17-22 (MSG); Matthew 10:34-39 (TPT); Luke 12:16-29 (MSG); Matthew 6:19-25 (TPT); Jeremiah 32:35 (KJV)
Glory to God. There will come times next year; we will have times where we will just be. We will have times of praise and worship, just for an hour or two, or three, or four, or more. Glory to God, you know. Hallelujah. Just in His presence. We thank the Lord this morning, let us just pray again.
Father, we thank You for Your Word. Your words, from Your Word to us this morning. We thank You that You are speaking very clearly, to us, Lord. We are a people who listen. Your Word says, “He who has ears to hear, let them hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches.” We have listening ears here this morning, with our ears of our heart, Lord. Thank You for that, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
I’m going to just read this that the Lord gave me:
God, by His Mighty Holy Spirit
Will speak to your spirit.
The words that I speak to you are from the Father,
They are spirit and they are life and they are light.
They are sent by God,
Sent for His intent
Was for them to pierce and penetrate you so deeply,
That you will never recover
Because of what you will discover,
So far out of Babylon,
You will come,
Will you be with its ways,
So free from its grip, and its stronghold,
So free to now go big and to be bold,
So deep into God’s being will you sink,
So deeply of His great love will you drink.
I declare that this morning as He gave that to me. I am continuing this morning with I Will Take the Children. This is our defining moment in time, together, as a blood-bought family. Every Sunday is an appointment time. God has set that time. He has made that time with His blood-bought family, it is His day, and it is His time to speak to us all as a congregation, as an assembly. When you don’t come, you are the one who did not make it to His appointment, because He never cancels an appointment, right?
I know that you have an excuse why you couldn’t make it. Always it is like this with God’s people. Luke 14:16-21 from the Message Bible, 16-17Jesus followed up. “Yes. For there was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many… and that’s what every Sunday is, it’s a great feast of God’s Word. When it was time for dinner, he sent out his servant to the invited guests, saying, ‘Come on in; the food’s on the table.’ Jesus is the bread of life, He breaks the bread of life with us here, when He makes an appointment. 18” Then they all began to beg off, one after another making excuses. You see, God knows about the excuses of His people.
The first said, ‘I bought a piece of property and need to look it over. Send my regrets.’ 19” Another said, ‘I just bought five teams of oxen, and I really need to check them out. Send my regrets.’ 20” And yet another said, ‘I just got married and… I’ve got a child, and my child must this and my child must that and …need to get home to my wife.’ 21” The servant went back and told the master what had happened. He was outraged… did He receive the excuses? No. (Luke 14:16-21 MSG). So, once the Lord had to just settle me because when I come here to minister, the same as Pastor John, I feel the weight of what God is showing me and saying to me, that He wants to say to His people.
Then what used to happen to me is that people weren’t here, I would take the care, I would take the care, on me, say; “Lord” and He would say to me; “No, don’t even think about that. I made an appointment with them; this is their appointment with me. If they cancel it, I will still hold them responsible for what they did not hear. They were supposed to come, and they were supposed to hear.” Can I just settle that here this morning, isn’t that just beautiful? It’s beautiful.
I’m beginning with a scripture that Pastor John ended with last Sunday here. Because it is what the Holy Spirit is saying now to our churches, to Heritage of Faith people. Matthew chapter 10 verse 34 to 39, he finished with this scripture. I start with it, Jesus is saying here, 34” Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. That’s His Word. 35For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ Now He goes on to explain that, because there will be a father and a daughter and a daughter and a mother-in-law, and some will be serving God and consecrating their whole life to God, and the other people in the family will not be. There will be a sword, so there will be no peace. Right.
Then Jesus goes on to say this; 37He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39 NKJV). What the Lord is doing through His saying right now, He’s raising His standard in this house. He’s busy with it now all the time. He is presenting His standard to you and I very personally. He has provided each one of us with his own Holy Spirit, who will help you if you want Him to. He will help you to ascend and reach His standard of life. With His help that you allow into your life, you can, and you should reach it.
Ephesians 4:11-13 New Living Translation, I’m showing you how you can reach the standard. Right. 11Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the blood bought church, the blood bought family, to build up the blood bought church, the body of Christ. 13This will continue, you see, this will continue, until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13 NLT).
That’s what the five-fold ministry is doing here, like Pastor John, in one of his recent messages; we serve you; we wash your feet. Our authority comes because we serve the Lord Jesus and we serve you with the Word, we serve you with the responsibility. This is the responsibility, it is their responsibility, the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to come to equip you. How? With His Word. You come to maturity through His Word and His messages, that we bring to you. Right. There is not a different way for you to mature than for me or for anybody else. It is not a mystery how we mature; it is right here in scripture.
1 Thessalonians 2:13, again I want to remind you of this scripture. We, this is the Apostle Paul saying, or this is Pastor John and Pastor Sharon saying; 13And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe it… You see, if you have a familiarity with Pastor John and I, and you have been coming to this church for a long time and you have been so used to not doing the Word, and you are still coming, and you’ve been so used to not changing, then that is, right there, where that sin of familiarity kicks in and hinders, stumps your spiritual maturity and your spiritual growth.
Like I’ve said to you before; Pastor John and I, you are the people that God has called us to, to mature. Our responsibility before God is to present you mature before the Father, and your responsibility is to receive the Word from us on an ongoing basis. This will continue it says, this will continue until we all come, until you all come to such unity. So here we go, I’m still in 1 Thessalonians 2:13 Amplified Bible, 13…which is effectually at work in you who believe… so if you believe the words that are coming to you and you keep believing them, it will [exercising its superhuman power in you…, (1 Thessalonians 2:13 AMPC) and you will change, and you will come up to the maturity of the standard height. The Amplified Bible says of ‘Christ’s own perfection.’
That’s what you and the Holy Spirit cooperating together with the words that He brings, is capable of because of His resurrection life inside of you. Glory to God. It’s His mercy and His great love that provides this, right here, right now where you are in this life. Defining big rock moments. Pastor John has been speaking in the Johannesburg and in the Witbank church about Big Rock Moments.
I am here today, under the instruction of the Holy Spirit, to tell you that you are in a Big Rock Moment. It would be to your benefit, if you’d recognize it and you didn’t ignore it, and that you didn’t say in your heart, “It doesn’t matter, this doesn’t matter, it’s not my big rock moment.” God says it is, your Big Rock Moment.
God has brought us to this point. It’s so that we can have our hearts circumcised by His Word, before we go any further on this journey of our becoming as a people. You see, He’s looking for a people. That is Luke Chapter one, we’ve brought you that scripture. God has anointed Pastor John and I, to prepare. The anointing is upon us and it’s upon you and it’s within you and it is within us to present to God, a people perfectly prepared and adjusted in spirit, and morally adjusted. To prepare for the Lord a people that look like Jesus, that speak like Jesus, that are, have become like Jesus, that have reached the standard of maturity.
He has put us on pause, with these messages of I Will Take the Children. He has put us on pause. I’m telling you now; He has put us on pause. Because He’s, I am not going to jump ahead. I am reading what He gave me to say. He’s put us on pause with these messages. It’s contract. He’s establishing covenant. He’s making sure where we are in our hearts. He’s already done the New Covenant; our part is to walk in it and to connect with His covenant fully like Abraham. Our part is to walk in His covenant and connect to it fully like Abraham. Right.
God is visiting us. We have begun to experience a new visitation of God. I am here to tell you this this morning, people. In the month of October, the tenth month 2020. The perfect period of waiting was over, officially in the heart of God.
A perfect period of waiting, it’s what twenty means. Twenty means a completed cycle. It was Pastor John and I’s twenty years up, over. The Holy Spirit showed Pastor John and I, now, this was our month of October. It could have been anybody’s month of October, that is with us. Our month of October, we are on the 1st of November now, but the whole of October, the Lord was speaking to us, the perfect period of waiting for things is over. We’re not waiting, anymore for God to come. He is here, now. I started to see the signs of it, in Johannesburg. There have been signs of a visitation in a move of the Holy Spirit. I began to notice some things and then the Lord wanted me to go somewhere, in something that Pastor John and I had read many years ago.
I want to give you a feeling, a sense of what God is doing here now. As we approached the New Year there was an increasing consciousness of God’s presence. The first outward sign was when one of our people broke down, confessing her need and crying to the Holy Spirit to meet her. The Holy Spirit then manifested Himself in the Glory of the Divine, His divine person to some girls, as they wept before him for hours, broken at the corruption of their own hearts revealed in His light.
An awesome sense of God’s nearness began to creep and steal over the whole church. There was a solemn expectancy, conscious that God’s hand was upon us, conscious that He was about to do something. God was there. Yet we felt we were still waiting for Him to come. Then He came. God told us that He has come. I am making this announcement with holy fear. Right.
He did not come like a rushing mighty wind, but gradually the person of the Holy Spirit, His presence, filled all the place in His light. The entrance of His Word brings light people. His light seemed to penetrate all the hidden recesses of hearts. He was speaking at every meeting, but it was in the quiet of our own hearts, that He revealed himself to many of us. The Holy Spirit made Himself so real to our spiritual eyes. It was a face to face experience, in the light of His light, it was not so much sin, we saw as self-pride, self-will, self-motives. Underlying everything we had ever planned or done. He was not asking us for a sacrifice. He was not asking for a service, but for a sacrifice of our lives. Our God is a consuming fire, and if God, the Holy Spirit took possession of these bodies, then His life was going to consume all that there was of self.
The personal experience was great. We were new people. His word became new. We understood that He would have much to deal with in us, before He would really be free to do His work through us, but one thing we knew, He had come, and He could never fail. On our faces before him, we could only say, “Holy Spirit, you have come to shake the world.” There was no excitement or enthusiasm in the flesh in those days. So awed by the Holy majesty of His person, that we hardly even dared raise our voices in some of the meetings. Even the grounds outside seem to be filled with His presence. The late hours came, and no one thought of bed for God was there.
I am just giving you something here. We communed together 2am, 3am often just seemed, like midday. We communed, as we communed together, prayed with some who were coming through, coming through what? Coming through a time where God was testing their hearts, to see if He could circumcise their hearts, to give themselves to Him completely. They weren’t coming through. So, there was praying with those to help them to come through, to help them within prayer, for the Holy Spirit, to be able to bring them through. We waited before God in the quietness of our hearts. This visitation lasted some weeks in this special sense. Although He had come, He has continued with us ever since.
We don’t know what our visitation is going to look like, but it has begun, it is very clear to me. There’s been a spirit of repentance happening in the Johannesburg church that has filled me with awe. From the message, there’s been a weeping before the Lord. There’s been an honesty and an openness. It has been quite marvellous. A shift and a change that their hearts have wanted and allowed the Holy Spirit to do. We don’t know how long this will continue, but the Holy Spirit has asked me to say this today. In case you didn’t know, He has come, and He is here.
I think I am going to ask you to play the song, just now Garth, right now [Pastor Sharon speaking to Pastor Garth]. It is a holy moment now. There is a lot of Scripture that is coming that is quite tough. Because it’s, the scripture’s not tough, but hearts are tough. So will you just come and play that song once or twice now? Because God is knocking at the door of your heart, and my heart, because He has come, and He is here.
You don’t have to wait any longer. Because that’s what, the perfect period is here. He is here. Right now. In this place. He’s come to knock. That’s coming still, but He’s coming. The Lord said he would knock and keep on knocking at the door of our hearts. Hallelujah. Just, won’t you just have a moment with God on your own. Let the sound and the words peace and penetrate.
[Pastor Garth sings:]
He is here right now for you
You don’t have to wait any longer
The One you’re looking for is here
He’s standing right before you knocking
Open up and let Him in
Jesus is the one who can save you
He’s alive and knows your name
All you have to do now is answer
And let Jesus come right in
[Pastor Sharon: Thank you Pastor Garth] you will probably play it again. It’s just how I’m flowing with the Lord. He is here. Pastor John said, blowing His very life breath, he said it here in Witbank last week, breathing in our hearts; He is here to bring us out of a fallen world to help us exit right now. He’s been telling us and He’s still telling us to come out of Babylon. Come out of her my people. With these messages He is bringing to us because His people have been in Babylon. The parents and the children have been in Babylon, but He is not only speaking to parents and children. He’s speaking to every Heritage of Faith person that has been in Babylon.
Come out of this world. Don’t love it or its things, follow Me. Make a decisive dedication of your whole life now to Me, take your cross, follow Me. Don’t love mother, father, wife, husband or child more than Me. Don’t love money and possessions, don’t serve it, serve Me. Love Me. Don’t put your trust in anything or anyone, but Me. What you love, who you love, what you serve more than Me is what will come at you and to you now. Lose your life now, so you can find My life. Narrow is the road that leads to life, few find it, wide is the road that leads to destruction, many are on it. I want you safe, free, I want you with Me, in your blood-bought family.
If we do not recognize that He is visiting us, or you do not recognize that He is visiting you. If we do not and you do not and I do not wake up spiritually and know what He is doing, what He is saying, that we are all in a defining moment that He has brought about then there will be consequences now, more than we’ve ever experienced before, in our casual disregard of what God is saying and endeavouring to do in our midst. The Amplified Bible is quite clear on that.
Luke 19:41. I want you to see Jesus. Jesus starts off weeping, and He ends off this portion of scripture because people did not recognize their time of visitation. He wept openly over a city because God had visited, but they didn’t recognize that He had visited. They disregarded it. They were so busy doing what everybody did in the days of Noah, marrying, given to marriage, eating, drinking, living their own lives. See?
Jesus; 41As He approached the city, He wept audibly over it, 42exclaiming, would that you had known personally, even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace for freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as a result of sin. Can I put there, self? Because remember, in that visitation, they said, not so much sin we saw, but self. Pastor John’s been ministering to us for years that Jesus came to save us from our self, our self; as a result of self, and upon which your peace, your security, your safety, your prosperity and happiness depends, but now they’re hidden from your eyes. Why? Because the time came, and the time went, they’re hidden from your eyes…
43for a time is coming when your enemies will throw up a bank with pointed stakes about you, and surround you and shut you in on every side, 44and they’ll dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another. All because you did not come progressively to recognize and know and understand from observation and experience, the time of your visitation. That is when God was visiting you. The time in which God showed himself gracious toward you, and offered you salvation through Christ. (Luke 19:41-44 AMPC).
He is visiting us, hovering over us, Pastor John said, the wind of His Spirit is blowing here, is here in this place, with us people with a marvellous help of His Holy Spirit. He helps us now tremendously to come out and come through to be vessels of gold, fit and ready for the master’s use. Our perfect period of waiting is over, our 20 years is over. We have completed a cycle of the Lord; He shifts it for us now. We’ve been waiting indeed Pastor John and I and many with us; we’ve been a people in waiting. It was the Lord’s perfect period of waiting for Pastor John and I and us, He did many things in this last period. He prepared many things for this new time. He put many things in place. He spoke many things to us in this period of waiting to all the fullness, though all the fullness did not come we continue to believe prophecy came to us in 2010. In God’s perfect time, He is come, He is here. I say it now with holy fear. How will it be? All will be clear. Our days will now be awash with light.
Don’t take your foot off the spiritual gas now and take side journeys, go big into God. Don’t go back. Don’t look back; go big. Any pressure you feel right now is artificial, and it’s created by the devil for you. Recognition of the time, our moment in His time, our visitation, our time of visitation, our moment in time with God, a fullness of time has come for us. A massive transition is underway. I’m reading a lot. I know people, but I’ve been riveted and writing down these words that He wants me to say. So, words, He is coming at us with words, words, right?
Our time of visitation, our moment in time with God, a massive transition is underway. It’s messy, but it’s leading to marvellous. The Lord showed me an example, many examples about that, but especially about the time of Joshua, when it was time 20, 20, 40 years, they’d been wandering around 20, 20 and then their time came; the perfect cycle of them waiting was over. Then their next period was waiting, of fullness of time, where they were actually going to go in, they were going to actually possess and right there at that transition point it was very messy.
God says, “Circumcise all the people, circumcise them.” I haven’t got time to go there now, but there’s a scripture where it says circumcise, the hard skin of your heart, circumcise actually one translation says; the foreskin of your hard heart; circumcise it. What can circumcise your heart? The Word, only the Word and the work of the Holy Spirit in you. Hallelujah. Circumcise, and it was painful, it was a messy business. It was a messy business, but it led to marvellous, because it was a sign of the covenant and the contract with God. Circumcision of the heart is a sign to God that you are with Him. You are fully connected to your covenant. You are fully connected like Abraham, like Abraham. So, there we go. Words, words, words, it’s messy, but it’s leading to marvellous. Words, words, words.
Isaiah 30 keeps coming up in me, He gave me this just this portion of scripture out of the Message Bible. Isaiah 30, 26 to 28. From the Message Bible, 26On the day that God heals these people, of the wounds and bruises from the time on punishment, moonlight, will flare into sunlight. And sunlight, like a whole week of sunshine at once, will flood the land (Isaiah 30:26 MSG). This is how God can do in one year, what used to take 20. He knows how to do it. He’s got us on pause. He’s bringing a lot of light, a lot of light to us. Right? Look, God’s on His way. And from a long way of smoking with anger.
This is not an anger where He’s angry at us. He’s angry, at what has happened to His people in Babylon. How Babylon has infiltrated them, imprinted them, influenced them. That’s what He’s angry at. Because Babylon; Satan is the god of Babylon, Satan is the god of this world and He’s angry that the god of this world through the world system, through the Babylon of our day, has influenced, impacted and imprinted, impregnated His people. That’s what He’s angry at. Smoking with anger, immense as He comes into view words, words, steaming from his mouth, searing, indicting words, a torrent of words, a flash flood of words, sweeping everyone into the vortex of His words… (Isaiah 30:26-28 MSG). That’s what I read for you now; by His mighty Holy Spirit will speak to your spirit, the words, I speak to you from the Father, they are spirit and they are life that was sent by God, His intent is for them.
He sent for the intent to pierce and penetrate you so deeply that you will never recover, because of what you will discover. So far out of Babylon, you will come, so done, so done, will you be with its ways, so free from its grip, and its hold, so free to now, go big into God and be bold. So deep into God’s being will you sink, so deeply into His great love will you drink.
Right. There we go, words, words, He’s coming with these words this morning, you are having a moment with God’s Words. Words, words, words. This is how He catches you up into His time. With these words. Right.
He is going to bring these messages so we can change and repent and become. It’s a pause, moment in time and God’s time. He has put us on pause because destinies, futures and callings, and God’s plans for His people are at stake here and now in this pause. How you respond to what He is saying now to you, what you decide you’re going to do with God’s covenant words with you at this time. How you act towards Him. What you do now will determine your destiny, your future. Whether His plans, His parts that He has predestined and pre-arranged for you to walk in at this very time. This kind of moment Jesus was talking about with the five foolish, and the five wise.
There comes a time, a defining moment in time, where the five could go and the other five could not go. This is that kind of defining moment time. With what we do with this word now. It’s not, at this time, it’s not another time. It’s what God is doing at this time. If you despise by disregard now, you might find no place of repentance. With some things with Gods, it’s a defining moment, and He means it. You will have light for a while, the while of God. How long is the while? It’s the while of God. While you have it, you are supposed to walk in it. If you don’t walk in it, then you will remain in the dark that is in you. Because God brought the light to you, so the darkness could flee.
If you keep rejecting the light, then you will not know where you were supposed to go and what you were supposed to become. God is visiting us now with great light. All His words He is speaking to us are words of Light, they are light filled words. How long will this light shine of I Will Take the Children? For the while of God. You can go dark in the light.
John 12:35 and 36 35 Jesus said to them, you will have the light only a little while longer. But I always have the light. I can, I can go for light anytime I want to. Not this light, not this time, in a defining moment of time. This is Jesus talking here now. 35 Jesus said, you will have this light that I’m bringing now at this time, only a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, keep on living by it. So the darkness may not overtake and overcome you. He walks about in the dark, does not know where he’s going [he is drifting].
Your life, if you do not determine now your own future, your life will go into nothingness. That was a word he gave me. Just nothingness. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or you have money or you’re doing things, and you’re going here, and you’re going there, or you’re going to the next thing and the next thing. Your life will still go into nothingness because it didn’t go into God.
So, 35 you will have the light only a little while longer, while you have the light keep on living by it. So the darkness may not overtake and overcome you. He walks about in the dark, does not know where he’s going [he is drifting]. (John 12:35-36 AMPC). While you have the light, while you have this light of, I Will Take the Children. Believe it, have faith in it, hold to it, rely on it that you might become sons of light and be filled with light. The Living Bible says in verse 35, the Living Bible, 35 My light will shine out for you just a little while longer. Walk in it while you can and go where you want to go. Before the darkness falls for then it will be too late for you to find your way.
That is this kind of time, right now. Make use of the light while there is still time, then you will become light bearers (John 12:35-36 Living Bible). The Christian Jewish Bible puts it this way. 35 The light will be with you only a little while longer. Walk while you have the light or the dark will overtake you. He who walks in the dark doesn’t know where he’s going. (John 12:35-36 CJB). A messenger with a message with light. It is God’s way. Just to show you another scripture the Amplified, John 5:35. There was John, the Baptist came with light for a while. John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining to show you the way.
Pastor John and Pastor Sharon, are a lamp now, that’s burning and shining to show you the way, Heritage of Faith people. Those people at that time alive with John the Baptist, were willing for a while to delight and sun themselves in his light. Right? If the light in you is darkness, then how dense is that darkness? Because we don’t walk in it, we go dark. Then we carry in ourselves a darkness of our own choosing. He has come now with light for us. Abraham, Abraham did not withhold. He was walking in the light of God’s words to him. Abraham, a full and complete connection to his covenant with God, with holding nothing.
Abraham in a big rock moment time, Abraham in a defining moment in time moving forward. I had to look up the word moment, because Pastor John’s using it so much. Moment. Moment comes from a Latin word momentum which needs; to move. Every moment that God is in, with you is meant to move you forward. You’re supposed to be so moved this morning by this message that it moves you forward and deeper into Him, deeper into Him. Hallelujah. Abraham, right.
Thank you, Lord. He did not withhold anything. He made an offering and a dedication. Genesis 22:11-12, New King James Version, 11 The angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” 12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” (Genesis 22:11-12 NKJV). Now I know that you fear Me, you serve Me because you did not withhold your most precious possession. You did not withhold.
This word, withhold, okay. So, what the Lord said to me with dedication now at this time comes visitation. If there is no dedication of the precious things that God is requiring, and it will become more clear now. I will show you clearly, with dedication with consecration of things that are precious to you will come visitation. When Abraham offered freely unreservedly his son to God. God may not be asking you to kill your daughter, to kill your son, but He may be asking you to kill your plans, to kill your purposes, to kill your influence, to kill your imprint, to kill your things that you have in your heart for your child, and give him to God’s plans, give her to God’s plans. This is a time like that.
Then He visited Abraham and Genesis 22:15-18, New Living Translation, 15 then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven. 16 “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name, that 17 I will certainly Bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky in the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.” There will be an authority that you will walk in as a people because you don’t withhold, you did not withhold from Me. Hallelujah. 18 “And through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed – all because you have obeyed me,” (Genesis 22:15-18 NLT) because now I know that you fear Me because you have not withheld your son.
Withhold is the Hebrew word châśak, which means; to keep for oneself. Abraham could have said, “I will keep my son for myself, thank you, Lord. I have plans. We’ve been speaking about them for a long time. I have plans. He’s mine, he’s ours. I withhold him, her from You.” This word châśak means to keep for yourself, to refuse or deny. I refuse to give him, give him or give her to you, I deny you that, Lord. To deny; the free action of holding back something with someone. It’s a free action. You are entitled to withhold from God. Free action, this word means. Hallelujah.
To darken, then it means this; to darken. Châśak means; to darken. Right, stay with me. To be dark as withholding or refusing light because you did not darken Abraham. Because you did not darken, didn’t go dark, because you didn’t darken by withholding and refusing the light of My words to you.
You can stand aloof from the living God as a born-again believer. You can stand aloof, you can be aloof, you can be aloof from the body of Christ. You can be aloof from God; you can stand aloof. So Hebrews 3:12 Amplified Bible. 12Therefore beware Brethren, and take care, lest they be in any one of you a wicked unbelieving heart, which refuses to cleave and trust in and rely on Him, leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12 AMPC). You can turn away from God.
I want to show you, I have shown you now, I’ve shown you Abraham, who went to hear the voice of the Lord and he did not go dark, he went to light. He went light. He went to light. He went light. Now I am going to show you how a rich man goes dark in the light; you can go dark in the light. Mark 10.
Now I am going to read it from the Passion Translation and then from the Message, as Jesus… from the Passion Translation, Mark 10, please, 17As Jesus started in His way, a man came running up to Him. Kneeling down in front of Him, he cried out “Good Teacher, what one thing am I required to do to gain eternal life?” 18And Jesus responded, “Why do you call me good? Only God is truly good. 19You already know the commandments: “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, Do not steal, do not give a false testimony, do not cheat, and honour your father and mother.” 20The man said to Jesus, “Teacher, I have carefully obeyed these laws since my youth.”
I am a good man, I am good, I do good things, I live by Your principles of Your Word, I am good, we are good here, and the man said to Jesus, “Teacher, I have carefully obeyed these laws since my youth.” You might be here today and you pride yourself on the fact that you are upright, and you are moral and you don’t cheat, and you don’t commit adultery, and you don’t, you know, you might think, “Well, I am good, I am a good man , I am a good woman.” So, I have observed these, 21Jesus fixed his gaze upon the man, with tender love, and said to him, “Yet there is still one thing in you lacking.“ Yet there is still one thing in you lacking, in you, in you. Go sell all that you have and give the money to the poor. Then all of your treasure will be in heaven. After you’ve done this, come back and walk with me. 22 Completely shocked by Jesus’ answer, completely shocked by Jesus’ answer.
I have been experiencing that when we first begin to bring these messages of “I will take the Children”, the absolute shock, I don’t actually want to hear this. I want to know how I can become and how I can be, and I really want to be like Jesus, but not like this. Shocked, completely shocked by Jesus’ answer. Jesus brings light to him, see, he brings light like he brought to Abraham, “Abraham offer up your only son, to me” right? Abraham walks in the light and he goes to light, here, now. He turned and walked away very sad, he goes dark, in the light, he goes dark. That’s why Jesus can say, “For a little while you will have the light, for a little while he had the light. He should have believed it, he should have clung to it, he should have walked in the light that Jesus gave him right then and there. He would never have known what he could have had in Jesus.
It says here, 22…he turned and walked away very sad, for he was extremely rich. 23Jesus looked at the faces of his disciples and said, “How hard it is for the wealthy to enter into God’s kingdom realm.” 24The disciples were startled when they heard this. But Jesus again said to them, “Children, it is next to impossible for those who trust in their riches, those who trust in their riches to find their way into God’s kingdom realm. (Mark 10:17-24 TPT) and verse 27, 27Jesus looked at them and replied, “With people it is impossible, but not with God – God makes all things possible!” Then Peter spoke up and said, Well, can’t you see we have left everything we had, we had to cling to you, and Jesus says in verse 29, 29Listen to my words, read my lips, the disciples, anyone who leaves his hoe behind and chooses me over their children, parents, family and possessions, all for the sake of the gospel, will come back to him a hundred times as much in this lifetime– homes, family, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, possessions– blood bought family, along with persecutions. Oh you will be persecuted; you will be persecuted. And in the age to come, you are going to have eternal life. (Mark 10:27-30 TPT). Many who are considered to be most important now will be least important then, and many of you who are the least important now, will be considered the most important then.
I want to read this to you out of the Message Bible, from verse 17, 17As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?” This is not talking about born-again people. The life that God is talking about, eternal life, is life as God would live it and you would live it in Him, according to His plans that He has for you. 18-19Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, honor your father and mother.” 20He said, “Teacher, I have–from my youth–kept them all!”
21Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.” 22The man’s face clouded over. He went dark, in the light; can you see that? His heart just went dark. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go. (Mark 10:17-22 TPT). That is what I wanted you to see from the Message Bible. That’s all, that’s all, just that verse now, Verse 22, …He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go. So, there is a rich man who goes dark in the light.
The Passion Translation, Matthew 10 from verse 34, here’s Jesus speaking; 34”Perhaps you think I’ve come to spread peace and calm over the earth–but my coming will bring conflict and division, it will come to bring messy, not peace. 35Because of me, A son will turn against his father, a daughter her mother and against her mother-in-law. Because of me, Verse 35. 36Within your own families you will find enemies. I know of families right now, that are with enmity with each other because of this Word. They won’t even speak to each other and you say; “How can that be God? It’s just peace and happily ever after, Jesus. You think God changed because Jesus came? No. Jesus came so that you could change.
Jesus said here, verse 34, 34…you think I’ve come to spread peace and calm… my coming will bring conflict and division, and He has come, He is here, now, at Heritage of Faith… my coming will bring conflict and division, not peace. 35Because of me, A son, a daughter, 36Within your own families you will find enemies, because of Me. 37” Whoever loves father or mother or son or daughter more than me is not fit to be my disciple. 38And whoever comes to me must follow in my steps and be willing to share my cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be considered to be my disciple. 39All who seek to live apart from me will lose it all. But those who let go of their lives for my sake and surrender it all to me will discover true life! (Mark 10:34-39 MSG).
Actually what that means is, in the Greek, it means; it’s of no use for Me when you live this way, if you love other things more than Me and other people. He says, “I am not suitable for you, because I don’t suit you, because you’re shocked. Because you’re going dark, in the light, so I don’t suit you.” Right. Is your life about what you can get, where you can live, where you can go, what you can choose, what you can eat, what you can wear? All the world craves these things. A certain wealthy man going dark. I want you to see. I can’t read that because you don’t have it in the Wuest, right?
Can you pull up Luke 12:16-21 in the Message for me? Thank you, thank you. Here’s a certain wealthy man going dark. Listen, you don’t, it’s the wealthy that can go dark and also the poor that can go dark. Because when we were poor God told us to give; to give and we were shocked, but we went light in the light. Right?
You see, this is not just about, “But I do give, I do give, and I do tithe.” No, this is about your heart that says, “I will give everything away” because that’s what happened in your heart. Because that’s where you’re at in covenant with God, like Abraham. I won’t take a single thing from you in case you say you’ve made me rich.
Luke 12:16-21, 16-19Then he told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: See? Self. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life! 20” Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods–who gets it?’ Oh, my children will get it. Well, if you’ve not given your children to the Lord, they will do with that just what you did with it. They are not going to have movement.
So, here is Matthew. Okay, okay as for you. No, I’m going to keep reading it, I’m going to keep reading it Miranda. I have to keep reading it. 21That’s what happens when you fill your barn with self and not God. 22-24He continued the subject with His disciples. Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes. Or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your innerlife and the food you put in your stomach to your outer appearance and the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the Ravens, free, unfettered, not tied down to a job description carefree in the care of God, and you count far more. 25-28Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch if fussing can’t do that why fuss at all. Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance. Have you ever seen colour and design quite like it? Right? The 10 best string dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside of them. If God gives such attention to the wild flowers, most of them never even seen. Don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you and do His best for you. And then what’s after that? 29-32What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, not to be so preoccupied with getting that so you can respond to God’s giving. (Luke 12:16-29 MSG). Right? Okay, no, I don’t want to I wanted to read it out of the Wuest.
I’m now going to Matthew 6:19, The Passion Translation, 6:19 The Passion. 19” Don’t keep hoarding for yourselves earthly treasures that can be stolen by thieves. Material wealth eventually rusts, decays, and loses its value. 20Instead, stockpile heavenly treasures for yourselves that cannot be stolen and will never rust, decay, or lose their value. 21For your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure. 22”The eyes, this is what you need to see about light, The eyes of your spirit allow revelation-light to enter into your being. If your heart is unclouded, the light floods in! 23But if your eyes are focused on money, the light cannot penetrate and darkness takes its place. How profound will be the darkness within you if the light of truth cannot enter! 24” How could you worship two gods at the same time? You will have to hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t worship the true God while enslaved to the god of money!” (Matthew 6:19-24 TPT).
I need to finish here. I need to finish here. Because God wanted me to introduce you today to a spirit that is at work in the world. Jeremiah 32:35 King James, Jeremiah 32:35 King James. Thank you. 35And they built the high places of Baal, Jeremiah 32:35, and they built the high, King James, King James Version sorry. Okay. 35And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jeremiah 32:35 KJV).
I want you to see there, what God’s people were doing to their children. Molech, caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech. Now I’m going to tell you about the spirit that is at work. It’s principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and it’s a spiritual wickedness that’s been at work since Babel, since Babylon, in Sodom and Gomorrah, in the world system today. These are ancient spirits, principalities, powers. Molech means; king, governor, ruler, it is the name of an ancient idol worshiped. Children were made a burnt offering to him. Children were offered to him by way of consecration. The idolatrous parents intended to initiate their children early into the service of this demon spirit. Molech was and is an ancient demonic spirit, most foul at work. In the present world system, the Babylon of the time, to capture the souls of men and women when they are boys and girls and children.
This was an old testament idolatry, and it became equivalent to Baal. God’s people sacrificed their sons and daughters alive to him. He’s known as a child devouring god, which you have made for yourselves, it says in Amos 5:27. Molech was the idol in and by which they worshiped the world and therefore in the worship of it, they made their own children, either sacrifices to this idol imagining that the consecrating of but one of their children in this manner to Molech, would procure good fortune for all the rest of the children. See, they offered it up, dedicate, their children to the world system. Idolaters thus give their own children to false gods, and shall we think anything too dear to be dedicated to or to be parted with, for the true God.
See how the sin of Israel, which they were guilty of notwithstanding this law, is aggravated by the relation with which they and the children stood into God. So here there are children of Israel, there’s them and the children stand in relation to that before God. We do this, and we’re before you. Molech is directly coupled with Baal worship, and both spirits are active in the world. Baal is the Lord, the god of fertility, prosperity and harvest. The Israelites constantly fell into idol worship to Baal time and time again, because they wouldn’t trust God and walk in His ways of provision for them. They decided they’re going to walk in the ways of the world, how the world system provides for its people. We want the world system to provide like that for us as well. We put our trust in that, it’s in your heart.
They wouldn’t trust God for their daily needs, especially in the scary rocky hard times, even though God had told them not to serve other gods, but to trust Him completely. Time and time again, the Israelites fell into idol worship and spiritual adultery, they would mainly go after Baal. He was a Canaanite god, and Canaan was Israel’s promised land. Baal is a Canaan god, and Canaan is our promised land, and the spirit of Baal is fully operational in Canaan, it promises prosperity, fertility and harvest, but through a different spirit, a different operation. In Canaan, God promises us milk and honey fullness, fatness abundance through His Spirit, walking in His ways, His plans, His activities, His operations, giving our dedications, giving our consecrations the blessing, no sorrow, trusting.
Alright, so the Old Testament, so there we go, it says your Molech was the idol in and by which they worshiped the world. Therefore in the worship of it, they made their own children sacrifices to this idol. Imagining that the consecration of but one of their children would, in this manner to Molech, would procure good fortune for all the rest of their children. Hah, no more mingling.
I’m going to finish off with what God had me say, here, I present to you today, withhold my child, withhold my money, my possessions, withhold my property, withhold my life. Abraham drew near to here, and gave unreservedly and completely and it led to his life and his destiny and his entire future, secured in God. He lost his own life, found the life that the Lord had for and predestined for him and his descendants.
The rich man drew near to here, this was not what he wanted to hear, he went dark and walked away to hold on to, to withhold, he did not find his life, he held on to his life, and he forfeited the life his Creator had for him. The very One whose principles he chose to walk in, he would then just stay walking in the good principles with good values. This visitation will cost you your life now. This is what he comes for now. He comes for your children, your stuff, your money, your possessions, your own plans, your own self, your will, your ways, for your very life, which he redeemed by the precious blood. His Word says your life is not your own.
He’s been purchased by the precious blood of Christ. He says, He’s going to knock, He knocks, He pleads with you. [Will you come to the piano please Garth?] He pleads with you. This is a big rock moment. There are choices to be made from dedication, consecration, if there’s no repentance, no change you make, you will stay where you are, with who you are now with what you have now, and you won’t know you stay in the dark after light came and went. Right? I love my child more than You God, by not giving her to you. I love my child more than You, God by not giving him to You. I love my possessions, they are mine, I possess them, and they possess me because they are not wholeheartedly dedicated to You.
God says this today. I’m finishing with this now. This is what God says to you today Heritage of Faith people and to me, God says, “At this time in this place, it’s either Me or mammon. It’s either Me or Molech. No more mingling. He says choose you this day, whom you will serve.” That’s what He says to you today. He says to me today, “It’s either Me or mammon. It’s either Me or Molech. No more mingling. No more mingling.” I’ll read you that scripture the next time. No more mingling. Hallelujah. Just a moment with God for you before you leave.
Pastor Christi. I commit you. I want to pray for you before you leave. I want to pray for you before you leave. I commit you to God. And now I commit you to God. Acts 2:32. I commend you, Heritage of Faith people to His Word. This Word, it is able to build you up and give you your rightful inheritance, among all God’s set apart, consecrated, purified and transformed of soul. I commit you to God. I commend you, to this word in Jesus’ name. In Jesus’ name. A moment with God and Pastor Christi, if you can just see to it that people leave quietly again. He is here.
[Pastor Garth sings:]
He is here right now for you
You don’t have to wait any longer
The One you’re looking for is here
He’s standing right before you knocking
Open up and let Him in
Jesus is the one who can save you
He’s alive and knows your name
All you have to do now is answer
And let Jesus come right in