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Which Cistern and What Is In It? NEW!

Why Do You Reject Me?  

Exhortation to Prayers 

Disrespect for God's Word  

The Perfecting of the Faith  

Where There Is No Vision 

 

 

 



Which cistern, or well, are we?  Or, what kind of cistern do we have?  Oh, well, some may think that a cistern is a cistern, or a well is a well.  We can find many references about each of them.  So many things come to mind of what a cistern is and what meaning that has in regard to each of us.

In 2 Kings 18:31, promises of Rab sha keh are that, if they would listen to him, he would take them to a better place.  By surrendering to him the enemy, they would have food, honey, and waters of his cistern.  Cisterns are built to hold water for storage, to be used whenever needed (for people as well as livestock).  Food and water are basic necessities for life.  This is an empty promise, with death as it end and reward of surrender to the enemy.  His cisterns are empty, broken; with no true water to sustain life.

There are many kinds of cisterns; dry, broken, shallow, or ones that are perfected because they are cisterns prepared to hold the Rivers of Waters: the filling of the cisterns, by the Holy Spirit, rivers of Living Water for the fulfilling of life's purposes.  When we, as a cistern of the Lord, are being filled and emptied out to be used, we are then vibrant  and alive for the fulfilling of His purposes.  If there is not a constant inflow of Living Waters into us (His Cisterns) and a continual out-flowing of the Living Waters to serve His purposes, we become stagnated and slowly die.  

If we listen and trust in Satan and his lies, we become cracked and can't contain the water, wherein it leaks out and is not used.

Who we trust in and listen to determines the health and physical condition of our cistern.  God's people were made empty promises by the Assyrian king.  II Kings  18:28, "Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria."  (29) "Thus saith the king, Let not Hez e ki ah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand."

In verse 30, "Neither let Hez e ki ah make you trust in the Lord, saying, 'The Lord shall surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the King of Assyria.'"  So, all the promises of the false one, Satan (through his servants), are empty promises ~ to anyone who will listen and go with him.  The only reward he can give is the wages of sin is death.

We need to ask ourselves, "What kind of cistern are we?"  We need to learn to listen to God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit ~ as they speak to us through the Word.  We need to keep our cistern cleaned and ready to receive the Living Waters, then let them flow through us.  Thus, we will be a mighty cistern, reserved for the use of God, the Father, and Lord, Jesus Christ, to fulfill the whole purpose of why we were born.

We need to learn not to listen to Satan and his demons but, instead, listen only to God.  Thus, we can become a perfected cistern, to be used as an instrument in the hands of God.  What a glory He will shed on our way.  His divine protection and mercies will then encompass us, totally; for abundance of peace, joy, and a vibrant life in Christ.
 
So, what kind of cistern do you want to be?
 
 
2003 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson

 

 

  Why Do You Reject Me?

 

  We have went into the church building and closed the doors behind us.  We entered a very beautiful sanctuary,  plush seating, air conditioned, expensive piano and organ, and fancy furniture.  We have the latest in technologies of lighting and sound equipment.  We apparently have it all, with the richness and fancy clothes.  We force a smile and lowly speak to a very few select others and then recline; filled with fears, anxieties, and nervously awaiting ... will that sermon make me feel good, today, or does he really expect me to love everyone?

 In Matthew 25:31-46, we see what the Lord really wants is for us to be loving unconditionally.

 

Verse 34, Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Verse 35, For I was an hungered and you gave me meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink.  I was a stranger and ye took me in:

Verse 36, Naked, and ye clothed me, I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Verse 40, And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of these least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 

So many of us have closed the door to the low, sick, and deep in sin ones; those with the greatest need for Jesus Christ in their lives.  We say, "Well, they have no money.  They have no social graces."  Some would say, "They stink.  They are too poor to be with us.  They are below us!  I won't associate with that riff raff."  There are all kinds of excuses not to be concerned with those that Christ Jesus died for.

We are to go, invite them to come and learn of Jesus Christ; His great love and power to change lives, His amazing grace to those with big sin problems ~ that, in Jesus, they can have a great hope of better and greater things for their lives.  Bring them to the feet of Jesus and let Him wash their feet, and all over, by His precious blood.


Verse 44, Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Verse 45,  Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say, unto you. Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Verse 46,  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 It is so sad that much of the church has forgotten how to love,  to have mercy, to be an encourager, to be compassionate.  Their hearts they have hardened by their self righteousness and judgments of mankind, by worldly  standards ~ instead of the standard which the Lord requires of each of us.  We have lost the ability to have fervent  prayer for the lost, sick, and sin sick world.

Question is:  What about you?  What are you gonna do about it?  What is your future if self righteousness is your rule?   Rejection, of those Christ died for, might also lead to your rejection by Christ, when you need Him the most!

 

2003 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson

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In 1 Timothy  2:1-2 ("I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men"), we find four categories of prayer.

In supplications, we humbly ask, or ask for, because of our own weakness ~ to provide what only the Lord can provide.  Some might look at it as asking from a weakened condition, needing strength or empowerment to be received from the Lord Jesus Christ; a request to provide what we, ourselves, can't provide or accomplish on our own ....

Along with prayers of petitions for divine protection and/or provision or extending of mercies.   Many times these are urgent requests of the moment for mercies, healings, understanding, or (in some cases) just how to perform a function.

Intercession is prayer for others for mercies, healings, longsuffering, or areas as petitions for others benefit.  These never include a selfish blessing on our selves but on others to be blessed with mercies of all kinds.

The giving of thanks is for all mankind and for their benefits of grace, from the Lord; thanks for family, friends, neighbors, and all of humanity ~ no matter where they live.  Along with this prayer is always asking forgiveness, that we might have sinned against anyone, thus setting us free from any bondage of unforgiveness ...

"For Kings, and for all that are in authority: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."  Thus, all prayers in all categories are to be unconditional love and forgiveness for all who that are alive on planet earth.  The whole purpose is that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.

Thus, when we are praying, sincerely and according to the principles of prayer in each category, our prayers will be answered.  The Holy Spirit, living within each of us, will be fed and strengthened ~ the inner man, as Apostle Paul illustrates to us.  In prayer and in God's Word, study ~ that the Holy Spirit, within us, be fed with food from heaven.

Therefore, we are urged to pray different kinds of prayer, according to the Word and the principles of prayer.  Thus, prayer is much more important than most would believe.   Many are weak and sick because they do not feed the Holy Spirit living inside of them, causing Him to stay in a weaken condition and us to stay weak; not growing and blossoming as God's Children.

The institutional church has almost forgotten to pray the Word, in the Spirit, and from a non-selfish position.  We have ceased to pray for lost souls to be saved, lives to be changed, and ourselves to be servants of Christ Jesus.  We have forgotten the meaning of prayer and servitude.  We will not repent or make ourselves available for the Lord's use, unless it is on our terms.

I urge you to return to the basics of prayer principles hidden in God's Word, to be learned and practiced daily, as a way of life ~ to become great prayer warriors so that many souls will be saved from Sin and the Wrath of God to come.  Judgment is at the door!  What are you gonna do about it?

 
2003 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson

 

Disrespect for God's Word



    Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, "I am shut up, I cannot go into the house of the Lord.  Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou has written from my mouth, the words of the Lord in the ears of the people in the Lord's house upon the fasting day; and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.  It may be they will present their supplications before the Lord, and will return everyone one from his evil way; for great is the anger and fury that the Lord hath pronounced against this people."
 
 
Jeremiah 36:5-7 shows that the Lord's main purpose of warnings,
in His Word, is for people to learn the lessons and repent of their sins.
 
Then, Jehudi read it in the ears of the king and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.
Verse 22, "Now the king sat in the winter house in the ninth month and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him."
 
Verse 23, "And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth."
 
Verse 24, "Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words."

    When a nation or an individual rejects God's Word and, then, seeks to dishonor God, likened unto these people, woe unto them.  We see it in everyday life in homes, the workplace, television, newspapers, magazines, law enforcement, and national and state governments.  Everywhere, in our nation, we see the lack of respect and honoring our Father and His Son, Lord Jesus Christ, and their people.

    First and foremost, they are missing out on His great love and mercies.  Living without God in their lives is a life not worth living.  They are missing out on great and precious promises of God's Word, in love, to mankind; the wisdom of all the ages, especially the wisdom of God.

    They are missing out on great joy, peace, strength, and tender mercies in time of need.  Most of all, they are missing out on living a life in His presence and fulfillment of the purpose He created each of us for; the great blessed hope of living eternally in His presence, guaranteed by the blood covenant with our Father through the blood of Jesus Christ, the cleansing and forgiveness we have received by the blood of Jesus, and the empowerment to live a victorious life  daily above any situation we find ourselves.

Verse 29, "And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the Lord; Thou has burned this roll, saying, Why has thou written therein, saying, The King of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast?"
 
Verse 30, "Therefore thus saith the Lord of Jehoiakim King of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost."
 
Verse 31, "And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not."
     We, in our day, see an ever increasing distain for God, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit~ a laughing and mocking of Israel and Christians world wide ~ the increase of Satanism, false worship, gambling, dope, lying, stealing, crime, terrorism, and many other sins.

    In the United States and Canada are the beginning of laws passed to call God's Word hate speech, a book out of date for this century, a book of fables and maybe so.  Though, they'll spend many dollars on reading books on new age, Harry Potter, Satanism, cults, and almost anything other than the Bible.

    There's a total lack of understanding that judgment for their willful ignorance will bring them to judgment and the wrath of God upon them.  They will say, "God, why me?" and He will say, "Why not?"  With willful sin and disobedience,  then judgment and punishment is close behind.  It is always swift and to the degree of the sin committed.  Hatred of God brings forth a severe punishment, leading to eternal death.

    How are you looking at God and His Word?  Are you part of the society that hates love, loving the world and all its values.  Prosperity is never a guarantee of righteousness or obedience.  Goodness also is not godliness.  
 
    Partially honoring God guarantees nothing.  Only total obedience and honoring our Father and Lord Jesus Christ will suffice for eternal salvation.  Religion without salvation is waste of time and effort.  This is something for you to think about.  Re-evaluate your relationship with God.  It is relationships, not religion, that counts.
 

2003 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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The Perfecting of the Faith

 

    We ask 'how is our faith made perfect'?  Then, we seek God's Word to find the answer.  In Hebrews 11:1, it says that 'faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'
 
    It is a very profound statement, one that can only be understood when we look at the scripture of John 11.  Martha and Jesus were in discussion over her brother Lazarus.
 
    Martha searched for Jesus, to tell Him of Lazarus's sickness.  When she heard Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him and told Jesus, "If you had been here, Lazarus would not have died."  This is an _expression of faith in His presence.  We pray not, in faith, saying the same thing.

    Jesus answered Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?"
 
    Jesus is saying, "I am He that takes back all that was lost in the fall of Adam and Eve.  I am the Restorer of the creation and mankind to the image they were originally created to live and be."  It is believing, by faith unto obedience, the Word of God into a perfect relationship with the Father and Jesus Christ.

    The complete restoration is accomplished in Christ Jesus, as He does the works of God by the Word and the Holy Spirit living in the hearts of His disciples, to restore to perfect faith the believer in Christ Jesus; the process of building up the character to perfectness, as our Father is perfect.
 
    Our part is to obey, love, and do the works fit for repentance and the putting on of the whole armor of God; perfecting the works of the Spirit as the Holy Spirit works in our lives.  Prayer is the tool of communication in a two way channeling of power, truth, and molding our minds and spirits into the likeness of Christ Jesus.

    Thus, as we live and experience many situational testings, trials, and chastening, we find they are moldings of our character, our thought process, and our actions ~ according to the Word of God.
 
    The role of prayer is the secret to the degree of communication and teaching, by the Word and Holy Spirit, to secure us with the Father, Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit that lives within us.
 
    This is the process ~ that we have faith and it grows and develops until it fills us completely with the righteousness of Christ Jesus.  A measure of faith, small as a mustard seed, grows until it engulfs us completely into perfect faith; believing God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and His Word.  This we live, as if we have already made it home, and have abundance of power in prayer and life.  Then, all things are possible for those who love  God!

    Jesus says, "I am the resurrection and the life, and none can come to the Father but by me."   He is the one who is able to restore us to the likeness of God, the state we were to be before Satan tempted Eve and Adam and the resulting falling; the entrance of sin and death into the world as a result of disobedience and rebellion.   Jesus Christ is the one who can restore all that Satan stole from us.  He, alone, (as He works in us) can give us perfect faith ~ as we work with Him in harmony and love.

    Studying God's Word and prayer, in the spirit of truth and honesty with our Father and Jesus Christ, brings us into His presence.  Then, and only then, can we understand much of what our life is all about, with the knowledge and wisdom of Almighty God.
 
    May you learn the prayer secrets and other mysteries that our God has hidden, for us to seek and find, as He prepares us to have perfect faith in Him.

 

2003 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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Where There Is no Vision!


     Where there is no vision' is the beginning of Proverbs 29:18, which states more than more than most all have understood.  It has been preached on and taught many times, but not in the realm it was intended; mostly used, these days, in the world philosophies of how to get more and be a greater materialism success.

    They teach learning, understanding, and knowledge brings on wisdom, and only in the physical sense; to be more plentiful in this world.  But, that verse has little or no such value.   For, what good is the wisdom and knowledge gained by mankind if they forget the Father and Lord Jesus Christ?

    My understanding is that it only starts after the new birth in Christ Jesus and is totally spiritual in content and degrees of knowing our Father and Lord Jesus Christ, face to face, in a blood covenant relationship.

    It is the process of learning, understanding, knowledge and wisdom of God in the total spiritual realm of the Kingdom of God; the learning and understanding of how our Father and Lord Jesus Christ created all things for  mankind to grow into the likeness of God in righteous living; the applying of Romans 8:28, all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose for each.

    From the moment we realize we are living in the presence of God until we are perfected by our tests, trials, and teaching of the Holy Spirit washed completely whole with the Blood of Jesus Christ; in the process of fulfilling the whole purpose, each of us were created for to serve our great God.

    If we listen only to the teaching and preaching of worldly wisdom, we will not ever gain eternal salvation because our eyes will be on this world and not on Jesus Christ.  Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shall be no priest to me: seeing thou has forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

    Thus, we need to rightly apply that scripture, in a spiritual sense, since our God is a Spirit.  Father and Lord, Jesus Christ, wants a right relationship and desires mercy, not sacrifice, and the knowing of Him.  The ones only teaching the physical word of the world will lead many souls to the anti-Christ, the arms of Satan.

    I would urge you to learn, understand, know, and have wisdom that is of the Father and Lord, Jesus Christ; so you will (1.) be spiritually alive, in Christ.  (2.) that you will have the vision and knowledge of God to be fruitful, dedicated, servants of the Most High God.  (3.) that your soul will be super blessed and perfected, ready for your home with God.

Warning: Make sure you are not led into the arms of the anti-Christ instead of the Lord Jesus Christ, in this last day of confusion and false teaching by men and women of the world.  Repent!  Repent and be part of Joel 2:28, "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions."  That means knowing God, who is Spirit, in His Kingdom.
 

2003 by (Howard) Vern Nicholson
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