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Post  Admin on Thu 04 Aug 2011, 1:07 pm

Lord, Put Me Under The Knife Today

Are you one of those "Christians" who only obeys the voice of the Lord when it lines up with your will? Do you serve Jesus as long as everything is going well? How ready are you to hear and obey His commands? Are you one whom He has to "scream at" through adverse circumstances to get your attention?

In Jeremiah 6:10, we read of the Prophet's perplexity with the people of God. He asked the sound question concerning a hardened, stubborn, carnal, fleshly, and rebellious people - "To whom shall I speak...that they may hear?

Today, the Holy Spirit is crying out to the Church asking the same question - "To whom shall I speak...that they may hear?"

Can He speak to you and your household with confidence knowing that you will readily obey Him?

What about you, Fathers? You are called to be the Head of the home under the Lord Jesus.
If he should give you a word of direction today, how quickly would you respond to it?
Suppose it went against the comforts and pleasures of the rest of the family - including your wife.
Would you still be willing to obey it?

What about you, Pastors?
When God gives you a Word of warning or rebuke for your congregation, are you ready to hear and obey Him in it?
Suppose in doing so, you risk losing some of your biggest tithers?
Are you still willing to obey the word of the Lord?

What about you, O Believer?
When God asks you to support a ministry that is feeding your soul...cut the ties with some ungodly relationships in your life...stop a habit that is hurting you...read your Bible, fast, and pray rather than watch TV...throw away your ungodly videos, DVDs, magazines, and novels...stop wearing provocative clothing that entices the opposite sex...grow up and stop acting like a "big baby"...forgive and forget the offenses of the past...how quick are you to obey?
Are you more likely to respond to such demands with the popular retort - "I rebuke you, Devil!"?

"To whom shall I speak...that they may hear?"

Judah and Jerusalem resented the plain speech of the Prophet Jeremiah. They despised his warnings, reproofs, and threatenings. They felt that he was "too negative." He needed to use a little more tact with the people. Perhaps he should have made his prophecies - "user friendly" or more "culturally effective." He should have done as some popular Preachers are advocating today - hide the Word of the Lord in a film or a novel so as not to make it so offensive. After all - they say - how can we expect the people to hear us if we do not come down to their level and relate to them in a way that they can understand?

Jeremiah surely missed it!
Or did he?

Who was at fault here -
the obedient Prophet or the rebellious, carnal, and fleshly people?

Many nowadays are bitter toward God because of the circumstances in which that they find themselves. They wonder why He did not answer their prayers when they prayed. They cannot understand why He allowed such adverse things to come their way.

A question we must all ask ourselves in all honesty is this -
If something goes wrong -
who is more likely to be at fault -
God or me?

Can the Almighty make mistakes?
Is He a mean and bad God as some would suggest?
Does He take great pleasure in seeing His children suffer or be without?

Or is the problem most likely to be this - He spoke, and spoke, and spoke...warned, and warned, and warned...but you were not listening. You were too busy catering to your flesh and having a "Good Ole Time" getting your own way - that you didn't hear the warnings that were reverberating from the Throne Room.

Or perhaps you heard the Word of the Lord, but rejected it because it was too negative or demanding. You knew that in order to obey Him - it would definitely cost you something. You were not willing to give up that which was "precious" to you at the time.

Now, you find that the very thing that you placed before God is gone.
You lost it any way.

The Prophet Jeremiah went on to say - "...behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken..." (Jeremiah 6:10).

Another way of saying this is - their lives were not devoted to the Lord.

Any one can say that their lives are sold-out to Him, but the "proof of the pudding" is one's readiness to hear and obey His Word - no matter what it says!

In Deuteronomy, Moses touched on this same principle while saying -

"Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked" (Deuteronomy 10:16 ).
"And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live" (Deuteronomy 30:6).

In one verse, we are given the command to "circumcise," while - in the other - God is mentioned as the Initiator of the act.

Is this a contradiction?

Not at all!

God will do nothing against our will. Even though He is the Surgeon Who performs the spiritual act of circumcision on the heart, we must cooperate and give our assent.

If you will notice, "circumcision" of the heart brings an individual to truly "love the LORD" and "live." So many today say that they "love" Him and are alive spiritually, but the opposite is true. They do not "love" Him enough to hear and obey His Word nor are they alive spiritually. Death is all over them and working inside of them. Their sin, rebellion, and bitterness is literally killing them.

Just like the physical act of circumcision where flesh is removed, even so in the spiritual sense, it must be cut away.

The "flesh" represents -
...all opposition which would hinder us from staying in covenant with God
...that which causes us to be estranged from God or stiffnecked, stubborn, and perverse
...that which constitutes the corrupt affections and inclinations in our hearts
...that which obstructs the free flow of the Word of God to our hearts.
...that which hinders us from readily and easily yielding to Him and drawing His yoke.

Through a work of grace - combined with the influence of His Word and Spirit - God desires to remove all opposition from the hearts of His people. He yearns to have a people that He can call His own - those who love Him enough to freely and heartily obey Him.

Are you willing to come under the knife today?
That will all depend on - whether or not - you are serious about becoming a truly committed Christian who is totally yielded and submissive to God and His Word

Surgery is never pleasant.
It will be painful and cost you something.
Nonetheless, it is necessary in order to escape Hell and make Heaven your home.

What will your answer be?
May God Bless His Word.
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The God Squad.... In Mobile Alabama
By Carl Giordano

I will never forget Mobile, Alabama. A few years ago I was preaching on the
Louisiana State University Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the days
and then driving to New Orleans where we spent the nights preaching The
Gospel in the middle of Bourbon Street during the Hellish Mardi Gras.

At Mardi Gras we preached using "HALF MILE HALERS " which are a portable P A
system which amplifies the voice to be heard about one half mile away. I
could
tell of many miraculous things which God did at Mardi Gras New Orleans---BUT
IT IS MARDI GRAS MOBILE, ALABAMA THAT I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT TODAY.

The ministry that I worked with in New Orleans was made up of a group of
veteran hard core Street Preachers. Brother Denny, the leader of this
ministry,
asked for volunteers to go to Mobile for a day of preaching on the streets.
He explained that Mobile was now holding a Mardi Gras festival of their own,
and he felt lead of the Lord to take a group there for a day of street
preaching.

We loaded up a large school bus full, and two or three vans, and headed for
Mobile. Arriving about 11 o'clock in the morning in downtown Mobile. We
parked
the vehicles and walked across the street into a city park. We began to pray
and sing and worship the Lord together, until it sounded like thunder rising
to the skies. An 18 year old young man who was walking down the street, and
had come for Mardi Gras action, heard the commotion and came into the park
to find out what was going on. He stood at the back of the crowd and
listened as we prayed for Mobile, and as we sang
and worshiped God. Just as we finished, this young man walked up to a few of
us and said----
"I want to give my life to Jesus." What a way to start the day !!! Talk
about FIRST FRUITS !!!
We spent some time talking with, praying with, and then rejoicing with the
young new convert. Then we split up into teams, consisting of 5 or 6 in a
team,
and then headed down the streets, in different directions, into the Mardi
Gras festivities.

If you know anything about Mardi Gras, then you know that Mardi Gras was an
idea spawned in the mind of Satan himself. At Mardi Gras, one feels as
though
he is walking the streets of Sodom & Gommorah; or perhaps the corridors of
HELL. It was no different at Mardi Gras in Mobile.
The little group I was with started down the street. None of us had ever
been to Mobile and did not really know where we were headed, but we soon
found
out that God had indeed come with us from New Orleans and was leading us
RIGHT INTO THE ACTION !!! We didn't walk but a few blocks when we saw the
Mobile
Police blocking streets and directing traffic, as a Big Parade was about to
get under way.
What happened next is IMPOSSIBLE to explain except simply to say one
word---GOD !!!

As we, very quitely, came walking down the street, all of a sudden a Mobile
Police Officer
who was standing on a corner, across the street, turned toward us, pointed
at us, and commanded--" COME HERE TO ME." We quickly and obediently OBEYED.
This
Police Officer NEVER saw us before. NONE of us had ever been in Mobile,
Alabama. NOBODY had any idea that we
were coming from New Orleans. NONE of us knew this Policeman. And yet this
is what happened---- ---When we walked up to this Policeman he began by
asking
where we were all from. Some of us said "California" , others "Pennsylvania" ,
"Texas", etc. ( WE SAID NOTHING TO HIM ABOUT BEING STREET PREACHERS ETC. )
After answering his question about where we were all from, the Policeman
said--- " Welcome to Mobile, Alabama. I called you over here to tell you
that
the Barroom over there across the street is a LESBIAN HANGOUT." Then he
pointed to the opposite corner and continued--- "That Barroom over there is a
HOMOSEXUAL
HANGOUT. You will notice with me that the parking lot between the Two
Barrooms is loaded
with ALL KINDS of people. I THINK THAT WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE FOR YOU
TO BEGIN TO DO WHAT YOU CAME HERE FOR." Then he gave us a BIG SMILE and an
expression on his face that said--"GET TO IT ! "

We walked away from this ANGEL.....oooops I mean Police Officer.... in
stunned astonishment to say the least. We quickly came to ourselves, once
again,
as we beheld the HARVEST FIELD
that the Policeman pointed out to us. We got out our "HALF MILE HAILER " and
took our places on the sidewalk bordering the parking lot which was filled
with various and sundry WEIRDOS..... ooops, again,....I mean----"PROSPECTIV E
FUTURE CHRISTIANS."

A brother stood in front of me and held the "HALF MILE HAILER " SPEAKER, on
top of his head, to get the sound up above the crowd noise. I began to
preach
to this crowd, mostly made up of Lesbians, Homosexuals, ( Sodomites is the
BIBLE term--NOT "Gays" ) and Biker types.
As quickly as we SURPRISED ATTACKED with the GOSPEL OF REPENTANCE UNTO
LIFE--This group of "PROSPECTIVE FUTURE SAINTS " also went into ACTION.
They took their GIANT SPEAKERS and put them on top of their Pick-Up Trucks
roofs
and CRANKED UP THE HARD ROCK MUSIC AS LOUD AS THEY COULD CRANK IT. BUT to
all of our
AMAZEMENT my voice, over the HALF MILE HAILER, was louder, and they could
still hear EVERY WORD That I was preaching. SUDDENLY a whole pack of "LADY
HOMOS"
(lesbians ), jumped into the bed of a Pick-Up Truck right next to where I
was standing preaching. They set up GIANT SPEAKERS on the roof of the truck,
CRANKED UP THE HARD ROCK AS LOUD AS THEY COULD CRANK IT-- and then
they.......( please excuse what I am about to describe... it was a sickening
site...but
must be told just in case you DON'T KNOW just how LOST & HELL BOUND AMERICA
REALLY IS ) and then these WOMAN began to HUG & KISS & DANCE in a WILD
FRENZY
that made one feel as though he were preaching in the BOWELS OF HELL ITSELF.
BUT to their UTTER CONSTERNATION they could STILL HERE ME ABOVE THE SOUND
OF THEIR -- "music". I felt the COMPASSION & LOVE OF GOD for these
"ladies"-- SO I PREACHED AT THEM SUCH A MESSAGE OF CONDEMNATION OF SIN, AND
A COMMAND
FOR THEM TO REPENT, that would make the Devil himself shake in his sneakers.
These "ladies" became as a Beehive that someone had just hit with a big
stick.
They tried to CRANK THE MUSIC LOUDER. They DANCED HARDER AND WILDER.
They became MORE FILTHY AND OBSCENE in their activities with one
another..... ...BUT they could STILL hear me, with HALF MILE HAILER, and they
were about
to pull their hair out in frenzious ANGER. ( this was a GOOD SIGN. I could
tell they were under CONVICTION.)

This group of "PROSPECTIVE FUTURE WOMEN OF GOD " all seemed to be about 20
to 25 years old and ALL were very HARD & MASCULINE--- ALL except ONE. Right
in the middle of this group dancing wildly, in the bed of the Pick-Up, was a
tiny, petite, blonde haired, great big blue eyes of a 14 to 16 year old
girl.
When I saw her, as I was preaching, I remember thinking---" OH GOD !!! PLEASE
DO SOMETHING !!! THAT LITTLE GIRL HAS A MAMA AND PAPA, SOMEWHERE, GRIEVING
AND PRAYING FOR HER !!!!! " She had a great BIG SMILE on her face, like she
was having the time of her life. But GOD let me see that IT WAS PLASTIC;
and that this little girl had been GREATLY HURT, BRUISED, AND BROKEN IN HER
SHORT LIFE.
Now, I zeroed in on her. I pointed right at her and said as LOUDLY AND
COMPASSIONATELY as I could---"YOUNG LADY, JESUS LOVES YOU !!! YOU NO LONGER
HAVE
TO LIVE IN THIS HELLISH LIFESTYLE, BECAUSE TODAY THE LORD JESUS
CHRIST,HIMSELF, IS RIGHT HERE TO SET YOU FREE AND TO GIVE YOU A LIFE OF JOY,
PEACE, AND
TRUE HAPPINESS !!! HE LOVES YOU !!! COME TO HIM IN REPENTANCE NOW--HE WILL
SET YOU FREE !!! " She WAS VISIBLY SHAKEN by what I just said. She tried to
ACT the same and tried to KEEP SMILING & LAUGHING but she could not.
Suddenly, as I continued preaching, the plastic smile fell from her face.
She stopped
dancing and made eye contact with me. Oh, the SADNESS that I saw in those
eyes !!! She looked at me with a look that said---"PLEASE HELP ME !!! "
The others in the Pick-Up bed tried to re-distract her and to get her
dancing, smiling, and laughing again--BUT TO NO AVAIL. She climbed down out
of the
Pick-Up and got into another Pick-Up truck right behind where I was
preaching. I quickly gave the microphone to another brother, and he
continued preaching
to the crowd. I went to the window of the truck and SOFTLY said--
"Will You roll the window down a little so we can talk ?" She wouldn't look
at me, but she reached over and rolled the window down just a little bit. I
asked her--- "What's your name ? " Still sadly staring out the windshield,
she said--"My name is Lou." ( Louise ) I continued--" Lou, it's great to
meet
you. My name is Carl. Lou, has anybody ever told you just how much Jesus
really does love you ??? " Still not looking at me, but I saw her eyes fill
with
tears. As I continued to tell Lou of God's great love for her and that Jesus
would save her, heal her, and set her free; some of those
tears spilled over onto her face. She looked at me and smiled. JUST THEN I
was blind sided
by a very butch type of woman who forcefully knocked me away from the truck.
Then she got into the truck and sat right next to Lou and put her arm around
her. Lou looked sick in her stomach. The butch rolled up the window; but I
returned to the window and continued telling Lou about Jesus, through the
window.

After a few moments I sensed the Lord wanted me to back off so as to
relieve Lou of the pressure that was on her from her butch friend. I did and
the butch got out of the truck and back in the other to dance etc.
Once again I took the microphone to preach. Now I focused more on the Biker
Types. I blasted them with my double barrel Gospel Gun---REPENTANCE & FAITH
(Acts 20:21). They were all drinking lots of Whiskey,lots of Beer, and lots
of Wine. One BIG, dirty looking, tattooed fellow kept screaming at me,
flipping
me "The finger ", and otherwise trying to make it difficult for me to
preach. ( I've often thought to myself---"Things could be so much EASIER if
I just
had a nice little group in the church pews to preach to.....BUT then again;
maybe not.)

ALL OF A SUDDEN, as I was preaching to the "FUTURE PROSPECTIVE CHRISTIAN
CLUB" I turned to my left and noticed THAT THE POLICE WERE COMING IN DROVES;
AND
THEY WERE COMING IN ---FULL RIOT GEAR !!!!!!!! I thought to myself--- "I
BETTER GET TO BRINGING THIS MESSAGE TO A FAST CONCLUSION-- -LOOKS LIKE I'LL
BE
HEADED FOR THE POKEY !!! "
As I continued preaching, IT WAS HARD NOT TO TAKE NOTICE, that a whole
CARAVAN of Police Cars and Motorcycle Cops had JUST PULLED UP BEHIND ME AT
THE CURB
!!! To make things worse---THEY WERE ALL DRESSED IN RIOT GEAR WITH HELMETS
ON AND CLUBS IN HAND !!!
With THE HELP OF GOD I tried to ACT like they were not really there. I just
kept preaching. TO OUR UTTER AMAZEMENT they ALSO acted like I wasn't really
there ! They walked right past me and INTO THE CROWD of "Alternate Life
stylers" "Bikers" etc.
I almost SWALLOWED MY MICROPHONE when I saw that the Police were making them
TURN OFF THE LOUD HARD ROCK MUSIC !!! ( that they had been entertaining me
with )THEN I thought I had died and gone to Heaven when I saw that NOW, THE
POLICE WERE MAKING ALL OF THEM POUR THEIR WHISKEY, BEER, AND WINE OUT ONTO
THE GROUND !!! With the HELP OF GOD I contained my UTTER GLEE. The BIG
tattooed fellow who had been tormenting me NOW had a BIG RIOT COP standing
over
him COMMANDING HIM TO POUR HIS WHISKEY OUT ON THE GROUND ! The TATTOOED
fellow looked SHEEPISHLY over at me. Then He looked UP at the COP----THEN HE
HUNG
HIS HEAD AND POURED HIS WHISKEY OUT !
Oh !!! I wanted to SHOUT-----"na na na na na naaaah !!!!!!!!! " ----But I
contained myself, and my composure, and just kept PREACHING THE GOSPEL.

Now, we had a Parking Lot FULL of "ALTERNATE LIFE STYLERS", BIKERS, AND
RIOT COPS---and NOW it was as QUIET AN AUDIENCE as any Pastor ever had the
PLEASURE of preaching to. AND PREACH ON I DID ! The Police stood all around
me
as
THE ANGELS OF GOD. They looked out at the crowd of ALTERNATE LIFE STYLERS
and BIKERS with a kind of DEFIANT LOOK which said---"GO AHEAD, MAKE MY
DAY--JUST TRY AND MESS WITH THE PREACHER."

I preached on for awhile and then another Police Car pulled up at the curb
and a REAL DISTINGUISHED LOOKING POLICE OFFICER got out of the car and
politely
approached me with a friendly look upon his face. I stopped preaching and he
said to me---"Preacher, my name is Captain_____ _ , I agree 100% with what
you are doing
here today. I have NO intention of stopping you or hindering you. BUT we DO
have a City Ordinance that makes it unlawful to Preach with that P A system
that you are using. You can preach ALL DAY EVERYDAY. In fact I WELCOME YOU
to Mobile, Alabama; and I WELCOME YOU TO PREACH HERE. You just can't use
that
P A any longer. We allowed it up until now BECAUSE WE DID NOT WANT TO
INTERFERE WITH WHAT YOU WERE DOING HERE. Personally, I'm NOT AGAINST the
P A---BUT I just got orders from Headquarters to shut it down. You can
continue to Preach
all day and all night--BUT not with the P A. "

I reached out and shook his hand and THANKED him, and His Police Officers,
for ALL that they had done to help and assist us. I told them---"You all
were
like the Angels Of Almighty God here today---We THANK YOU VERY MUCH."
I've only been there one time, but I WILL NEVER FORGET MOBILE, ALABAMA.

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