Draw near to Jesus, submit, obedience, and many other topics by Maria Sultan

Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Bible study this Sunday was given by Maria Sultan and it is incredible~

Maria pointed out that to praise God in His sanctuary is no small thing. The dancers who danced before Maria spoke did a wonderful job with the song “How Beautiful”, and it moved the congregation. Maria then quoted Psalm 27:4-6 One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple, for in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me, He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

She then directed us to James 4:6 But He gives more grace, therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

You need to believe you hear from Him, believe God specifically for your situation. God will redeem time but we must stop wasting time. We cannot just complain. If we are facing a situation we have to discern what is going on about the situation, pray about it, and if necessary repent of anything that is stopping the Holy Spirit from responding. We want to get it right.

How many people do not want God to resist you. Grace is the operant word in the Kingdom. God will show up, open doors, under one condition —when you are humble.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Submit implies a ranking – in the military there are people who are below you in rank.

In the Kingdom, God is above, I am under. When we have God in the right place in our lives – above us, then we can resist the devil and the devil takes his ranking below our feet. But in order to put the devil in his place, we have to be in the right position under God.

When the Bible says “Draw near to God,” remember it is the lesser who draws closer to the greater. We submit to God.

The Bible talks a lot about submission. We are to submit to God, submit to our husbands. Maria said when she heard that she had to submit to her husband it sounded like a negative but turned out to be a great positive. But the Word of God is true through all generations. And the Bible also tells husbands to love their wives the way Christ loves the Church. Children are to submit to their parents, and we are to submit to authority. God is patient with us as we work this out.

Of course, we also need to consider that we should marry the person God has planned for us. We need to select a church that is the right church for us so that we can submit to the pastor who is our spiritual head under Christ. When we are submitted we will experience peace, joy, intimacy, and refreshing. The anointing flows through the person above you. Submission is not always easy for us to do.

Of course it is important to be in the right pasture. God will tell us where to be if we ask Him. These days the Church is going nuts – it is not in order. We have to check everything we hear with the Word of God. Sometimes people who state that they are speaking for the church are not getting their revelation from God. Sometimes they imply that only THEY get the real and absolute truth. We must stay with what the Word says. Make sure what they are saying lines up with the Word of God. If they are picking thoughts that do not line up with the Word of God, do not listen.

Maria had gone to a Benny Hinn conference and came back with a  few facts. 96% of all preachers are in America and they are preaching to 4% of the population of the earth. Something is very wrong with that. Also Benny Hinn pointed out that people are to watch Israel for that is the prophetic clock.

Pastor Hinn then talked about the different kinds of churches that are around.
1. Those who believe the Bible – that is the remnant church.
2. Those who reject the cross – that are infiltrating the church with new ideas of salvation without the cross. That don’t want to deal with the blood of Christ. They want to make their own theology, pick and choose what they want to believe and reject the rest. Change God’s word to fit their lifestyle. Who teach that healing, deliverance, and the gifts of the spirit are not for this day and age. This church is so into themselves and what they feel is relevant. If you read 1 and 2 Timothy you will get an idea of what this kind of church is becoming. They are teaching how to stay successful, make money, and emotional responses and feelings are prominent. It is a church without blood salvation, it is divided on issues like the rapture. They want visions and revelations – the more esoteric the better.
3. Those who totally reject Jesus. They do not want to hear about Jesus, and will sue you if you mention Jesus.

When we are Jesus’ nothing can snatch us out of His hand. Jesus is the reflection of the Father, the Father is interested in healing, deliverance, salvation. Jesus was born of a virgin, was God and man, died for our sins, was raised from the dead. Is seated at the right hand of the Father.

What we need to do to assess a church is to see if they are leading you to Jesus, if they care about the lost, and if they give prominence to the Word of God rather than their own doctrines. If we get a check in our spirit, make sure that they are really teaching God’s Word. We are not to be moved by titles, or wild claims. We need to be steadfast in the Word of God.

Genesis 11 (Which talks about the Tower of Babel) This tower of Babel was built after the Flood when God preserved the remnant through Noah and his family. Then God gave Noah the command to spread out throughout the earth, but they chose to disobey God and remained in one spot.

Genesis 11:4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

Many in the Church today are doing the same thing with the Church, trying to make a name for THEMSELVES. We have to ask ourselves why there are so many denominations? Why are we so different in doctrine?

Genesis 11:6 And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

The problem is that the people wanted to make a name for themselves and their language. But there is only one language that will stand the test of time – only one language that matters. THE WORD OF GOD. There is only one eternal nation – ISRAEL. When we want to know what hour it is in the prophetic clock, what is going on in the world, we have to watch Israel. The plans that those on earth wanted to make at the time of Babel were evil plans. The devices they considered were evil, and there was no end to what their imaginations can conceive. (Heather’s note – pretty much the same thing is going on today).

Genesis 11:7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

It was the mercy of God that brought on this confusion of language. For if that had not happened we would be sharing the same fate as satan in Isaiah 14:12-15 How you have fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart; I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet shall you be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.

This prophecy of Isaiah comes 170 years before Babylon crushed Israel, and today we still have the spirit of Babylon on earth. The second group of churches mentioned above has a spirit of babylon – of confusion.

Jesus will separate the wheat from the tares, the wheat will be kept and the tares will be thrown into the fire. In our Churches we have both wheat and tares, and God will judge by our fruit. It is not our job to judge each other to see who we think is wheat and who we think is tares. We don’t have that level of discernment. (Heather’s note: the tares was a plant called the Bearded Darnell, and when it is growing it looks exactly like wheat, the only time you can tell the difference is when harvest time comes – the wheat produces wheat berries, the bearded darnell produces nothing – so God will then separate them. If we try to separate before harvest, we may throw out good seed with the bad). Jesus also talked about separating the sheep from the goats. What we need to do is repent of our own tare activities. We cannot judge others, but we can judge ourselves and repent of anything that is not of God.

When we are in the right pasture we must submit, to Jesus and to our pastors. When they speak a word of correction, we must be humble and submit even if we disagree in the flesh. When we are under someone who really operates with the unction of the Holy Spirit we can trust their perceptions. (Heather’s note, of course if we are in the wrong pasture, being fed the wrong word, submission must be to God). If I am in the wrong pasture, I have to go to a place where I can submit.

Numbers 16:1-2 Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men and they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown.

These men questioned the authority of one whom God appointed over them – they were leaders of the congregation, men of renown.

Numbers 12:3 Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.

Moses was not lording it over the leaders of the congregation – he was humble. Yet they were questioning what God was telling them through Moses.

Numbers 16:3-4 They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD. So when Moses heard it, he fell on his face:

The “leaders” thought that they were just as spiritual as Moses and could do leadership too – they questioned Moses’ authority. But Moses was HUMBLE, he got His authority from God and did what God told him to do in everything but one thing – he struck the rock when God told him to speak to the rock. Moses was such a humble man of God that when they questioned his authority he did not fight back, did not puff out his chest, he fell on his face and interceded for the people. Today in the second type of church people are puffing themselves up claiming everyone is holy, and all are hearing from God – but this is not true.

Verse 5-9 and he spoke to Korah and all his company saying, “Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him. That one whom He chooses , He will cause to come near to him. Do this: Take censers, Korah and all your company, put fire in them and put incense in them before the LORD tomorrow, and it shall be that the man whom the LORD chooses is the holy one: You take too much upon yourselves, you sons of Levi. Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi, “Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the work of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to serve them,

Moses told the assembled rebellious ones that God would point out whom He chose to be the holy one. And that the Levites were out of order because God had already chosen them to come near to Him, to serve Him in the tabernacle. They had their position and place. They were trying to be what they were not supposed to be and do.

How many times have we tried to do what we are not supposed to do? We can so easily deceive ourselves through pride. Obadiah 3-4 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; you who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” Though you ascend as high as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down” says the LORD.

If you continue reading you would see that God accepted Moses and the sons of Korah were sucked down into the earth. Their rebellious attitude brought their downfall.

When our flesh is in an uproar, we can take comfort to know that our pastor is higher placed than we are, and that God is higher than our pastor. When we put ourselves in the right position of submission, then we can begin to get our chaos into order and satan is then in his proper position – under our feet.

When you want to know what is wrong – check yourself out. If there are delays in what we are asking God, the problem is ourselves. We need to put ourselves into proper position. And also it is important to remember that there may be reasons for our delays – for example God may be wanting to develop areas in our lives that make us ready for the new position that He has for us. God may be wanting to have us have an attitude adjustment. God knows what is best for us. Many times the delay is because of us. He is a Holy God who loves us. We have to stay in order. God will tell us what we need to do to bring us in line with His desire for us. We have to be a doer of the Word and we need to be doing what God wants us to do, where He wants us to do it.

1 Corinthians 12:18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.

God wants us to spend time with Jesus, sometimes we are not to be acting out something, but just spending time in the Word of God. God can do anything at any moment, but He wants us to do right in His sight.

Callings, appointments and placements -we are all placed where God wants us, and not all are equal in rank – but all are accountable to God for doing what God has placed us to do. We are all equal in salvation, we are all loved and God has a ministry for us. God’s promises are for us all, God wants us all to prosper, and God wants us all healed. Sometimes God wants us to spend time alone with Him, with the Word. When we meet God we want Him to say we are acceptable, we want him to say “Well done.” We will be accountable for every idle word.

When we meet God, He will not care what title we have had on earth, how elevated we are on earth. He will care if we are doing what He wanted us to do. He will care what is in our hearts. We will stand before Him on our own, we cannot come to Him through someone else’s salvation or works. God will judge us individually.

We just want to line up with God’s will for us.

Hope you enjoy this teaching. It impacted me greatly and made me come home to honestly look at myself and repent of those things that keep me from fulfilling God’s desire. There are fleshly things that I need to hand over to God.




About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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