In the season of "holy" days that have just past, men's religion was in the spotlight.
Some celebrated a ritual of putting a representation of lamb's blood around the front door of their dwelling place. Others made one of their bi-annual trips to a building that speak about Me and there is much ritual, pomp and circumstance, speaking of My resurrection but doubting in their hearts. I ask you what do you believe was accomplished by any of this?
I TELL YOU I THESE THINGS ARE NOT DONE FROM OUT OF A DEEP LOVE FOR ME, WHICH COMES FROM THE SPIRIT AND DONE IN TRUTH THEY MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ME! IN FACT THESE DAYS GRIEVE ME BECAUSE OF THE RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY THAT TAKES PLACE ON THEM, BECAUSE THERE IS SIN IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO PRETEND TO OR EVEN THINK THAT THEY KNOW ME. THEIR LIPS SPEAK MY NAME BUT HEARTS ARE FAR FROM ME.
I would rather that you never celebrate any of these holidays but come to Me with ALL of your heart
EVERYDAY and just surrender your life to Me. As I revealed to My true servant Paul,
(Romans 14:5-6) One man esteems one day above another and one man esteems all days the same, but whatever each man does let them be convinced in their own mind and let them do it as unto Me, their Lord. For have I not made ALL the days?
I AM Lord of the Passover but am I not Lord over Monday?
I AM Lord of the Sabbath but why not enter into My rest on a Tuesday?
My resurrection is true but why not celebrate its power EVERYDAY?
Those that walk in the Spirit, are to do it at all times not just on holidays. "If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Rom 8:13 b -14. My Spirit gives liberty not bondage, for all who choose Me do so out of their own free will.
There are some of those among you that are gentiles but have taken up the rituals, traditions and customs of the Jews and this is perfectly fine, but do not try to impose these rules on your brothers and sisters in My Spirit. Do not preach these things to unbelievers, for it is unprofitable and does not lead them into intimacy with Me. Do not look down upon those who do not keep the same rituals, traditions and customs as you, for if you do it is sin. Be not proud that you keep these traditions and customs because it is sin, the same sin as your adversary the devil. I do not love anyone anymore or any less concerning the rituals, traditions and customs they keep and you earn no special favor from Me. Those who love Me worship Me in Spirit and in truth. As a rule anything that is "just for show" is of no spiritual benefit. Outward focus is for man's eyes, not for mine.
Paul ran into this during his ministry "Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. 13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? 15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”( Galatians 2:11-21)
I LOOK UPON THE HEART OF A MAN AND I ALWAYS HAVE!
I know the hearts of those that know Me and those who don't.
You must love Me and your neighbor. I fulfilled the law, so that you can do this by My Spirit.
ASK ME TO GIVE YOU A HEART TO KNOW ME BY THE SPIRIT, BE LED BY HIM
AND FULFILL THE LAW OF LOVE.
I AM Jesus Christ the risen King of kings and Lord of lords.
I AM Yahushua HaMashiach the Passover Lamb who was slain before the foundations of the world.