1“For behold, rthe day is coming, sburning like an oven, when tall the arrogant and tall evildoers uwill be stubble. The day that is coming ushall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you vwho fear my name, wthe sun xof righteousness shall rise ywith healing in its wings. You shall go out zleaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, aon the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts.
We find these words at the end of the Old Testament, from the Lord to Malachi, the last direction given before what would be a 400 YEAR silence of no Word from God prior to the New Testament. A warning, to everyone, that they need BE AWARE of the way they live and the way they speak in preparation for the Great Day of the Lord. Over and over throughout the Old Testament God had given Israel 2nd chances, and 3rd chances, and 4th chances to redeem their lives, and then the promise of the ultimate redemption that is to come. Today’s message is for that redemption available to us…
I wonder if those 400 years were frightening for the children of God or we simply do not have the other letters and documents that had been recorded? Such a long wait to not hear from God. For in these verses we truly hear of the Lord’s coming wrath to the evil and sin of the world. More fire, more stubble, more devastation to the wicked. For those that have not heard, God is providing you a COMPLETE SOLUTION. The ULTIMATE CURE for your sadness, your sickness, your separation, your depression and your ill will, the final and ONLY WAY to a relationship with Himself, the Great I Am. This WAY is through His Son, once entered the world some 400 years after Malachi to come as a humble poor peasant. Coming to live with the down and dirty, the lowly, the disadvantaged and disregarded… including myself.
No longer today is the Son of God that humble youth riding modestly on the back of a donkey but now a reigning King, unleashing the gates of heaven to those that believe. Belief in His Name and His resurrection conquering the grave allows for a life without limits. Perhaps not from the physical realm alone that we may tell ourselves we need but from EVERYTHING. Your soul, your mind, your body, your relationships, and your influence, ALL UNLEASHED for glory to His Kingdom, all broken free from the trivial emotions and ignorance of today’s world. Can you see Him? Can you ask Him to appear to you or perhaps ask a brother to invite Him into your life this morning?
This note is for you. Maybe you already have Christ the King controlling your heart and living within you but just need some refreshment. Just to get up today and be filled with the ENERGY that MOVES people! To get the healing from it’s wings and you shall go out leaping like calves ! We live near a place where each morning I leave the house i get to witness this very thing.. young calve jumping in excitement just being alive, prancing across the meadow without concern of who is viewing or tracking their moves. EXCITED! to be free in Christ is truly the greatest gift for men!
Maybe you aren’t there yet, you can be… through this prayer together may you encounter the energy that is everlasting.
Father, for the stranger to you we ask together your forgiveness. We no longer wish to live in our own way but wish to enter your Kingdom of righteousness and everlasting life with the Son. We believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus and know that His life was for us. We need you to speak to our unbelieving hearts and fill us with your Spirit. Give us the person here on earth to help us stay connected to you and energized to seek you daily. For the Believer Lord, we ask refreshment. We yearn for the Holy Spirit to awaken our sleepy soul and fire us up anew this morning. You are the One. You are the One. Bring us to you High Place Lord and teach us to live there alone. We are no longer subject to negative and lowly, but we are subject to your Love and Kingdom in Christ. Amen