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No Room In The Inn              by Jeannie Kirkpatrick
Gifts                                       by Frankie Moore

No Room In The Inn
by Jeannie Kirkpatrick

At Jesus' birth, He was found by wise men who sought Him. Where did they find Him? Did they find Him in the inn? NO! ". . . there was no room for Him in the inn . . .", Luke 2:7

Could the same be true today in the religious church system? God's manifested sons, His firstfruit company is about to be birthed by the true church. As Mary and Joseph, those in God's true church have traveled to Bethlehem, the house of bread. But is there room for them to come forth in the present day church system?

The words of Jesus in the four gospels reveal startling revelations for our day concerning the religious church system. The book of Matthew, chapter 12:9-15 tells of Jesus entering the synagogue. He found there a man with a withered hand and miraculously healed him. The man with the withered hand represents the five fold ministry which has withered and dried up. Those in the synagogue condemned Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. If their religious system worked why wasn't this man healed before? The same is true today. There are few healing miracles in the church today. We need to recognize the five fold ministry needs the miracle of healing.

Matthew says when Jesus knew the leaders of the synagogue were determined to destroy His good works, He withdrew from thence, and multitudes followed Him. Is this the scenario for the church system today? Must those seeking healing withdraw from the church system to find it?

Matthew 13:1 says, "The same day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the seaside." Are you as one of the multitude who has left the religious church system and come to the seaside to hear Jesus' words of truth? Why is it necessary that we withdraw from organized religions to hear the words of truth? Matthew 13:15 reveals the answer:

"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."

Have today's church goer's closed their ears and eyes to the message of true sonship, heaping to themselves teachers, having itching ears, II Timothy 4:3?

Why are the warnings of God's true prophets not accepted in the church system? Jesus gave us the reasons why in Matthew 13:54-58. When Jesus was come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogues. Yet the leaders of the synagogues were astonished at His wisdom and mighty works. AND THEY WERE OFFENDED AT HIM! And Jesus said, " A prophet is without honour in his own country and in His own house . . ., v. 57. And He did not many mighty works in the house because of their unbelief., v58.

Matthew 14:13-21 tells us 5000 followed Jesus on foot out of the cities to be fed in a desert place. The same is true today, many of God's people are finding they must go out of the church system to be fed the true bread of God in the desert.

Peter, too, stepped out of the boat to walk in faith above the raging seas and boisterous winds, Matthew 14:24-32. Beloved, we as Peter, must step out of the boat, the religious church system of ease and soft words and walk in faith upon the water of God's Word, keeping our eyes on our redeemer and deliverer.

Why is it necessary to step out of the religious boat? Matthew 15:8-9 reveals, "This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

Are today's church leaders as the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus' day who could not discern the signs of the time? Matthew 16:1-4 states Jesus left them and departed from their midst because they could not discern the signs of the times. Are you a watchman on the wall, searching diligently for the signs of the times that lie ahead of us? Then you too must leave the apostate church system and depart!

Matthew 21:12-13 reveals yet another great travesty in the religious church system in Jesus' day, which is also very evident in our day. God's house has become a den of thieves, money changers and sellers of doves. God's people are being robbed of their inheritance in God and their peace. Jesus said unto them, "My house shall be called the house of prayer, BUT YE HAVE MADE IT A DEN OF THIEVES." In Matthew 21:17 we discover Jesus left them and went out of the city into Bethany, and lodged there.

As we continue in our study we discover in Matthew 23:1-4 the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus day sat in Moses' seat binding heavy burdens upon men's shoulders. Many today have been hurt terribly by the church in this area, and many have left God's house because of these heavy burdens.

Matthew 23:34 tells us many of God's true prophets, wise men, and scribes are being scourged in the synagogues, and persecuted from city to city. God's true prophets may not be scourged physically, but the tongue lashing they take is more devastating than the cat o' nine tails. What is the destiny of those churches and church leaders who are guilty of this miscarriage of justice to God's anointed? Verse 28 tells us: "Behold, your house is left unto desolate". Verse one of the very next chapter again declares Jesus went out and departed from the temple.

Why are so many finding it necessary to depart from God's house to find the truth and peace? Matthew 24:15-16 reveals:

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy Place, whoso readeth let him understand: Then let them flee to the mountains. . ."

The abomination that maketh desolate is indeed standing in the Holy Place (the pulpit) in God's house today. All who understand this great apostasy must flee to the mountains. We must flee, leave the desolate house, and come up higher to be seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.

As we leave Matthew and go on to the book of Mark, we discover in Mark 6:1-7 Jesus could do no mighty works in the synagogue. He marveled because of their unbelief. Verse 34 of the same chapter again reveals Jesus came out. Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw much people that were as sheep not having a shepherd, and began to teach them many things.

Beloved! The day is far spent. God's sheep have found it necessary to depart the church system where they have been starving for the true bread of God's Word. As Jesus commanded His disciples, "Give ye them to eat. Cause God's people to sit by hundreds and fifties". The day of the mega church is over. True worshipers are leaving this form worship. True shepherds are beginning to feed their little flocks.

Many pastors are as Jesus' disciples who asked, "From whence can a man satisfy these with bread in the wilderness?" Mark 8:5. It is time God's true shepherds feed His sheep with the True Bread of God's life giving Word. The gospel of Luke further reveals the death of today's church system.

"Now when Jesus came nigh to the gate of the city of Nain, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And He came and touched the bier (casket): and they that bear him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him unto his mother." Luke 7:12-15

The widowed church today is without a true husbandman, and the young men are close to death. But we have the promise the young man will arise and speak. There is deliverance for the true church. God's true shepherds (the good Samaritans) are coming forth to help the young men who have fallen among thieves, and have been stripped of their raiment, and wounded, and left half dead. Are there deliverers on Mt. Zion in our day who have compassion on the sick and dying church? Are there pastors who will apply the healing balm of Gilead? Are there shepherds, as their example Jesus, who will bind up their wounds, pour in the oil and the wine, set them upon their own beast, and carry them to the inn, and take care of them?

There was no room found for Jesus in the inn at Bethlehem (the house of bread). The question we must ask ourselves today is, "Will there be room in the inn for the widow woman and her son in our day?"

Gifts
by Frankie Moore

When we think of gift giving, there is something we should always keep in mind. Love is eternally benevolent and never anticipates a thing in return. Love ought to be the main principle, active in every facet of our lives. As a matter of fact, our very existence should become a gift to the world. This is how our heavenly Father wants us to live and we will find it becomes possible only as we allow the Christ Presence in us, full sway. There will be noticeable differences in all that we say, think, or do! Our lives will literally become as a Godsend to the world about us.

We will speak with authority yet be subject to much criticism. Let our gift be patience, understanding, and forgivenes with no retaliation. Let us smile and be loving no matter what our lot in life might be, In this, we give the gift of joy to others without seeking sympathy or trying to escape from our circumstances. We should be extremely cautious to never act proud or arrogant, which belittles others. If we abide by this principle, our presence will never be hurtful or cause feelings of inferiority. It is a welcome gift when we help others promote their good qualities so that they do not feel degraded or abased. We should never hunger for attention to be drawn to ourselves but rather give honor to others. Our gift in this will be the uplifting of other people and making them feel useful and beneficial. We must continually speak and act gently because harshness never accomplishes good. When we bark at others they often feel it necessary to bark back to defend themselves. Our gift then, to those around us will be Peace, Calm, Tranquility and Contentment.

Ask yourself this: Are there any people who still use honesty and integrity in this age? We can barely find a few. Even within high political offices and church organizations there is much deceit. Therefore,wouldn't it be grand if we were to start a new trend of purity and fairness in all of our words and dealings? Hardly any one could resist that gift! Be respectful and gain the trust of each person you meet in your daily life. Even small chhildren will sense the difference and desire to be near you. Let all the words that flow from your mouth contain the essence of healing. People will listen to you when the words you speak - comfort, edigy, and help them. Words should be gifts which are dispensed in every conversation you have.

If you follow these rules, the world will see Christ in you and they too will desire to know Him. Then you can offer them the greatest gift of all - A personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Make of your life a GIFT and recognize always the need to give.

Be a gift to everyone who enters your path.

In Christ you will find this to be possible,

REMEMBER: There is no better gift than to give yourself.


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