Friday, March 30, 2012

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Storehouse of Tears


By Richard L Spangler

  I am once again in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day during worship. I find myself standing, with arms stretched out in praise, on the peak of one of the Mountains of refreshing. The Wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing through me. The beauty I see before me is spectacular, a lush valley and rolling hills far below me and other mountains rising up before me, all with the glow of the Glory of God radiating from them. I am awe of what is before me. I don’t know how long I have been standing here. 

   I notice a path down the side of mountain and decide to take it. There is a dense forest and beautiful multi-colored flowers on each side of the path. The reason I say multi-colored flowers is because I have never seen the colors that these flowers have, they are so beautiful but I cannot describe them. Rounding a bend I see a building through the trees. This interests me but there seems to be no way to get to the building. Then a little trail appears and looks like it might lead me to building. Turning down the trail I soon find it is not well traveled. There are a few places where the trail narrows that squeezing past the trees is difficult and I almost turn back but decide to keep going. After squeezing through a particularly tight spot I come to a clearing and there is the building.

  Moving across the clearing, suddenly there is a rather large Warrior Angel guarding the door. I immediately freeze in my tracks. My mind begins to wonder why an angel would be guarding this particular building. Then the angel falls to his knees and bows his head and I feel the presence of the master behind. I turn and look directly into the face of Jesus. I fall to the ground in worship.
   Then Jesus lifts me up and asks, “Do you want to go inside?”
    I respond, “Yes, Lord.”

  He puts His arm around my shoulder and we walk pass the Warrior Angel, who at this assumed the military position of present arms with his flaming sword held straight out before him.
  Entering the building I see row upon row of shelves with all different size containers. Some of the containers were as small as vials and some as gallon containers and some still larger. They were made of the clearest of clear glass. The liquid inside looked like water.
  
  Jesus says, “This is the Storehouse of the Tears of the Saints. This a   precious place to me. Here are all the tears of the saints, tears of joy, tears of sadness, tears of travail and the tears of the martyrs.”

   At this Jesus sheds a tear and when the tear hits the floor, glory radiates from it flowing through the building and all of the bottles, causing everything to glow with the Glory of God.
   
    Jesus continues, “These tears come from the passion that my children have for me. Yet, many of my children have grown cold and have lost their passion and others have grown indifferent (lukewarm). They feel no coldness in their hearts and no fire of passion. These are the sadness of all my children. A cold heart can be warmed again and a heart of passion can be made hotter. But an indifferent heart does not know it is cold and fears the fire of passion and the change it could bring. This indifferent heart does not want to change or grow but wants to remain where it is.
   
   Yet, there is still hope for those who are indifferent, the Spirit calls to them to shake themselves and they will know the fire of passion again.”
   
     I say, “Lord, what can I do?’
 
   The lord says, “Keep your passion HOT!! Live a life of Passion before them. This will cause those who will shake themselves to shake. The others who will not shake themselves they will think you extreme, but don’t worry about that just stay HOT!!”

    Then Jesus laid His hand on me and said, “Stay HOT!!!”

 As I write this I feel the Fire of the Holy Spirit and man is it “HOT.”

      ©COPYRIGHT 2012 RICHARD L SPANGLER


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Who Are You Part 4


                    By Richard L Spangler

    We are God’s children.  Ephesians 2:6 (AMP) 6And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

   Romans 8:14-16 Amplified Bible (AMP) 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.15For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! 16The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.

Galatians 4:5-7Amplified Bible (AMP) 5To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God's sons].6And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father! 7Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.


 These verses plus many more show us that we are God’s Family. We are His sons and daughters. This is who we are. We have full and unrestricted access to the Father. This is a powerful relationship. We can enter God’s presence any time we want and just the Throne Room (a place of petitions) but we have the run of the house. . We can go into all the rooms of the house. The great thing is there will always be more and more rooms to explore, for our Father has a big house, bigger than we can imagine. We can roam the gardens; play in the Pools of Life created by the River of Life. We roam the various mountain ranges of the kingdom and eat of the never ending supply of food, which is there for us to enjoy.


   Best of all is spending time with the Father. God desires us to spend time with him and He smiles when we come through the door and ask to be with Him. This was the purpose of creation, that God would have a family and that we, by our own free will would choose to love him and to spend time with him. This above all else is why mankind was created. He created us in his image for this purpose so we could enjoy each other forever. One of the great and wonderful mysteries of this is, it is always one on one, just you and the Father and it can be the same for every person in the universe at the same time, if they desire it.


  We must also remember that our Father, is the LORD GOD, THE CREATOR, THE ALL POWERFUL KING OF ALL, who is from everlasting to everlasting. We must honor and worship Him as such.


   As we realize this relationship of being a child of God, everything we do, being a servant, a king, a priest, and friend all flow out of this relationship. We operate in the various positions in the kingdom with the proper attitude of love. We don’t do things because we have to; we do them because we want to, out of our love for our Father. This loving relationship between us, as children with God our Father opens the door for a revelations and experiences beyond what we can ever imagine.


   So begin to think of yourself and see yourself as God our Father sees you, as His child whom He loves and wants to spend time with. Who He wants to share with all that has with you. He wants to reveal himself to you. Then you will have a life to full and overflowing and you can answer the question, “Who are You?”


 


©COPYRIGHT 2012 RICHARD L SPANGLER

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Who Are You Part 3


Who Are You Part 3

By Richard L Spangler

  In part 1 of Who Are You, we looked at the servant. In part 2 we looked at the kings and priest. All of these have varying degrees of relationship with God.

 The next level of relationship is that of friend.  A friend as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is: 1a: one attached to another by affection or esteem b: acquaintance  2 a: one that is not hostile b: one that is of the same nation, party, or group 3: one that favors or promotes something (as a charity) 4: a favored companion

Enoch was one such person in Genesis 5:22-24Amplified Bible (AMP) 22Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God after the birth of Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.23So all the days of Enoch were 365 years.24And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him].This is an amazing friendship with God. This same type of relationship is mentioned of Noah in Genesis 6:8-9.

   In Genesis 18:3 Abraham refers to himself as a servant but God calls Abraham his friend in Genesis 18:17. This shown by the discussion that follows a friend is allowed debate a decision and servant is not.

 Jesus speaks of friendship and the difference between friends and servants in John 15:15 I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]

A friend has a closer relationship than a servant, a priest or king, but a friend can be any of these as well. But there are limits in the relationship of a friend and access to the house. There are parts of a house that are for the family and for the family only. The good news is we are in family of God.

 We will look at Family of God in the 4th and final part of this series coming soon.







©COPYRIGHT 2012 RICHARD L SPANGLER