- Jim Corbett
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“Have you ever wondered where My anointing has gone? Have you noticed that the preaching in most churches falls two feet in front of the pastor’s mouth? Do you question why so-called “praise leaders” play well-orchestrated songs, but cannot lead anyone into My presence? Do you see the cold fellowships with their cold programs, incapable of touching their communities with power, love, and My presence? All of the above is because My real presence left you long ago and you haven’t even noticed. Each of you has wondered what is wrong in the church. Well, the basic problem is that I am no longer in most churches. I will not call Mine what I don’t own. I don’t own the hearts of most of My people.
"It’s written in My Word that you have been bought with a price; that’s true. The problem is that most of you, My people, still believe that you have not been purchased. You go about your days thinking that I am with you for most of what you do. That is not true. How can I be with you when you lie to one another? How can you think that I could honor hatred, unforgiveness, jealousy, and backbiting? Do you think that My presence would dwell with you when you are unwilling to get rid of favorite sins that you harbor and hold in My face? You sing so-called praises to Me and say that you are preaching My Word, but most of the time you are doing it by yourself because of the sin in your life. Get real!
"For many years I have tolerated your rebellion, so that you will be able to discern the difference between functioning in My presence and doing things on your own and calling them “anointed.” You are, at present, observing your so-called freedoms without My presence. It is becoming distasteful to you. Those of you who are really Mine long for Me to once again put My hand on your lives. When all is ready, I will again bring My presence to those who ardently desire to become like My Son, Jesus – those who hate their flesh and will no longer tolerate any of it in their midst. I will again draw close. I will have a people. Choose this day whom you will really serve!”
Exodus 33:3-5 NIV
3) “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.”
4) When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments.
5) For the Lord had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’ ”
Exodus 33:13-16 NIV
13) “If I have found favor in your eyes, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
14) The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15) Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.
16) How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
Boy! Are we foolish!
Have you ever really observed a con man in action? All of his days are spent attempting to show himself as something that he is not. He connives, schemes, and plots all his steps just so that he has the appearance of good, when in reality there is nothing but evil behind everything he does. Once he is found out, his past actions become crystal clear, and he is exposed for who he really is.
I see that as a parallel to most of today’s church. We attempt to grunt our way into an appearance of holiness. We manipulate each other with righteous-sounding words and false anointings, thinking that we are fooling God. Our actions are actually mocking Him. He is a holy God; but still we flaunt our “make–believe religion” in His face, thinking He will tolerate it because He has been merciful for so long. We don’t understand His ways. He has given us enough rope to hang ourselves.
In our foolishness and church games, we believe that we are a witness to the world. It’s fascinating that we are the only ones who can’t see our folly. The world has seen it long ago, and it has minimized our impact on them accordingly. They don’t hear because we can’t tell them. We have no power to represent a holy life before them, because we do not crave to be holy ourselves. God has honored our wishes and left us to our foolishness for a while.
However, He will have a holy people. I am convinced that “game times” are almost over. God is making our own lives distasteful to us and is drawing us to Himself to again see who He really is. That will bring us to unqualified repentance. Everything starts there.
I believe that He is raising up a people to represent and honor Him properly. It starts with repentance and leads to holiness, as we spend time with Him with honest hearts. We are becoming aware of our false religion, and those who are really His are falling on their faces to honor Him and once again realize their need of Him. Soon we will do nothing without Him. Then, the world will take notice. Jesus will once again be in their midst.
Needing to fall on the floor and never get up,