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The Plantings of the Lord                                           by  J.  Kirkpatrick
Judgment Must Begin at the House of the Lord          by  J.  Kirkpatrick

THE PLANTINGS OF THE LORD
by J. Kirkpatrick,  OH

We are the plantings of the Lord, His Trees of Righteousness in the Garden of God. The offshoots that come forth from our plantings are to become useable in the temple of our God. But in order to become useable we, and our offspring, must come into God's perfect order and His intended purpose and plan for our lives. God has intrusted the care, the nurture, the development of these seedlings unto us.

To become the plantings of the Lord, we must begin to consider the great responsibility we have in developing these Trees of Righteousness, these men of renown, *** Mark 8:24. Before we can even consider building the house of God, we must plan wisely for the clearing of the earth and the plantings to be set out. The landscaping must be determined with great thought and design. The trees, of course, must be planted first because they will take many years to become useable timber in the house of God.

The Cedars of Lebanon are among the most stately trees on earth and possesses many useful characteristics. Cedars are very durable trees. They are disease resistant and because of their durability, cedars are desired when wood must come in contact with the soil, such as: fence posts, rails, siding, woodenware, furniture, boats, etc. Because of these God-given character-istics, the Cedars of Lebanon were chosen for the construction of Solomon's temple.

When cedars are young, they are pyramidal in shape, but when they mature the cedars develop massive trunks and large, table-like branches. We, too, when we begin to mature must develop strength and stability, and branch out with open arms to help others. But beware, again, the cedar may become prideful in its own strenth, uprightness and beauty. Therefore, before these strong, durable, stately cedars can be used in God's temple, they must come to a certain place:

"For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up...".

And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day." Isaiah 2:12-13a, 17

"The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon." *** Psalm 29:5

Even though the cedar is a tall, strong, firm tree, to be made suitable for construction in His temple, God's cedars must be willing to be broken to pieces. To be upright in God's kingdom, we must be willing to bow in humility and true repentance before we can become useable.

Our cedar seedlings must be developed, nurtured, pruned and watered to their full God-given potential if we are going to place them as pillars of strength, objects of crafted beauty, and durable posts in the house of our God. Their pride and lofty ways must be brought to nought.

The cedars are symbolic of long life. Even when disaster strikes, the cedar is one of the first trees that will grow after a fire. It is called a "pioneer" tree. Although slow in forming the first really good leading shoot, the cedar's growth from then on is rapid. These characteristics make the cedar a wise choice for "plantings of the Lord" because they will be able to repopulate the land with strength and beauty; and once they have come to true repentance their growth in God's kingdom ways will be rapid. We must allow God to break our pride before we can become the strong, beautiful, disease resistant cedars in His permanent temple.

JUDGEMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD

by  J.  Kirkpatrick,  OH

The following is # 1 in a continued series  

discussing the things that must be removed from the house of God.

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" *** I Peter 4:17

Before we can ever begin to plan the construction of the permanent house of God, we must first clear our land of all unwanted, undesirable substitutes which are causing judgments to come upon the house of God in our day.

God's house is to begin in "Bethlehem" in the land of "Judaea", the house of bread dwelling in the land of praise. When the wise men found Jesus He dwelt in "Galilee" in the city called "Nazareth", a place of protection and preservation. Jesus and his family had to leave this protected place and flee into Egypt, but they did not remain in Egypt, "the world". At the time appointed, they arose and came into the land of "Israel", the true dwelling place of the rulers, the princes of God.

As the history of Jesus' day unfolds, we discover that God's house was without an open vision. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus' ministry, was the only voice being heard; and where was this voice heard? It was not in the house of God, because God was no longer dwelling there. The cry of true repentance and preparation was coming from the wilderness, not the city of "Jerusalem" which was from days of old to be the place of true worship and praise in the land of Judah. God's house was close to total obscurity. Why? The Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the scribes were allowing satan a place in the spot reserved for God alone.

"I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where satan's seat is... *** Revelation 2:12

"And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." *** II Corinthians 11:14

Through man's religions, satan has been given a prominent seat in the house of God.

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:

Then let them that be in Judaea, (the land of praise), flee into the mountains (the Spiritual realm of God).

Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:" *** Matthew 24:15-17

Abominations are given place in today's church. We are to search the scriptures and understand what has been allowed entrance into the church, the place reserved for God and His people. The warning is for us and for our children:

"Come down from the housetop (the pride of today's church systems).

"Take nothing out of the house (the false teachings of the compromising, Laodicean church systems)

"and flee to the mountains (out of the camp to the Spiritual high places in God).

In the gospels, Jesus begins to reveal the undesirable growths in the house of God.

"The centurion beseeching Jesus said, "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented."

"And Jesus saith unto him, "I will come and heal him." *** Matthew 8:5-7

Those in the church are as the centurion's servant. They lie at the house of God sick with the palsy. Palsy is a paralysis of the nerves. The nerves relax and disable one's limbs. This is the condition of many in the church today. Because of a relaxation of the nerves, a mind set at ease, and settling back on one's lees, the church's walk and movement in God's work is paralyzed.

We need to become as the centurion (leaders) who sought out the Healer, exercising his faith for the restoration and repair of his servant's walk, (the paralyzed church). If we do not proclaim the cry of "restoration" to these paralyzed servants they will become as Jesus revealed:

"But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." *** Matthew 8:12

The disobedient children of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness (which is the wrath of God), where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Judgment must begin at the house of God. The church (the centurian's servant) must return to the Lord in true repentance for the Kingdom of God is at hand. TO BE CONTINUED



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