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Eyesalve: Back To The Altar #2

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Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.” Eze. 47:1

 

The altar is not a location, but it is a condition and position of the heart.

Eyesalve: Back To The Altar

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Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.” Eze. 47:1

 

I thank the Lord for the countless times He brought me back to the altar. The altar is where it all started for every believer. It is the place in our heart where we surrendered our life to the Lord. Whenever we get puffed up, whenever we get self-sufficient and self-willed, we must get back to the altar. The altar is the place you go to, to exchange your pride for humility.

Eyesalve: Trust in the Lord

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“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Pro. 3:5-6

Why would anyone lean on their own understanding, when there is an Almighty God who made the heavens and the earth, calling us to trust Him? “Trust in the Lord,” and “own understanding,” are in conflict with each other.

Eyesalve Don’t Feel Hurt, Get A Burden

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And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” I Sam. 8:7

Whenever you stand unwavering for the truth you will face rejection. The rejection that will be the hardest to deal with is when that rejection comes from those who consider themselves Christians. It is hard for any Christian to have to face this kind of rejection. It often leads to hurt feelings that can fester into bitterness. However, if you always remember that when other believers reject you for holding to the truth, they are not rejecting you, but God. I pray that we don’t consider our own hurt feelings, but instead get a burden for our brethren and go before the Lord in prayer for them.

Eyesalve: Lament

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Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. 13From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.” Lam 1:12-13

Jeremiah lamented over Jerusalem which was once full of people, but became a widow. He lamented over Judah who had gone into captivity. He had such a deep grief in his heart that he is called the weeping prophet. This sorrow he experienced was above human sorrow. This sorrow came from the Lord. For the most part we understand there is a love beyond human proportions. It is a supernatural love that can only come from God. Have you ever asked God to grant you to love as He loves? There is also a sorrow of supernatural proportions. A sorrow God has for His lukewarm and backslidden church. I have not been so quick to ask God to grant this sorrow to me. I need to ask Him, you need to ask Him. God, give us a burden for your church, one that keeps us in the altar of prayer for your people. Let us feel what you feel. Amen!

Eyesalve: Nick of Time

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“But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Lk. 23:40-43

Scoffers would complain how unfair it is for a convict to live a whole life as a scoundrel and then get to go to heaven at the last few hours of his life. The person with a heart of mercy would rejoice that a convict could still get to go to heaven right up to the closing hours of his life. God is always willing to save a soul, even to the point where He has to have them hung on a cross next to His Son’s cross. That is what you call, “in the nick of time.”