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My People Are Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge Edit

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July 4 , 2008
My People Are Destroyed For Lack of Knowledge
Kathleen Maples
2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being
led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, andin the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To
himbe glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Beloved, have you ever considered what the Lord means when He calls you Beloved? In the
Greek, it is the word "Agapetos" and it means favorite, worthy of love, clearly and well
loved and much loved, dear to the heart. May we pause a minute and meditate quietly in
our hearts on that? In the New Testament this word is used to describe divine and
Christian love toward each other and from God toward us. He is telling us something very
important here, and I pray the Spirit of God will give us hearing ears to understand this. If
you read all of Chapter 3 in 2 Peter, you understand that Peter has just described how the
judgment of God will consume this earth with fire that will melt even the atmosphere and
the planets.

He's described the unbelief that grips people's hearts, deceiving them into believing God
will not judge their sin. This is the error of the wicked-they simply do not grasp or believe
that God will judge them for their sin. This applies to us, as Christians as well. When I saw
this, it was because HE showed it to me. I had to repent, too. People sit in churches for
years, they amen the preacher, they sing the songs of praise, they lift their hands, they
read their Bibles some, they pray some, they hear the Word of God taught, and that is the
extent of their Christian experience. They are satisfied with that. Occasionally they will get
convicted by a Word, weep and cry some at an altar for about 4 or 5 minutes, feel better
about themselves, and are satisfied things are ok, and they would tell you if asked, that
they keep the commandments of God as best they can. They would say they know it is
wrong to disobey God and do not do so. But have we considered carefully and examined
ourselves as we are exhorted to do? We aren't as obedient as we think we are.
God has been dealing with me about these things, and has sent me a solid confirmation of
these things, through several messages preached by BH Clendennen. What I write here is
the result of God dealing with me, personally. But I see the need in the church, as well. HE
said in Luke 24:49 "Tarry until you be endued (clothed, infused with, covered with, filled
with) power from on High." Acts 1:8 says we will receive power when the Holy Ghost
comes upon us to be witnesses to Him throughout the world. Witnesses. That word means
someone who sees and knows something firsthand. They get their revelation from the Lord
Himself, they do not depend on the preacher. They seek the Lord. They know Him, or they
are learning to know Him, for there is so much to know about HIM we could never know it
all. In the Greek this word for witnesses is "martus" and it means martyr. It is one who has
given their life up for Him, literally or figuratively. They have exchanged their old life for
His new one. They do not live for self-but have yielded themselves for Him, to Him, to live
through them. How can we represent Him accurately if we don't know Him? I know I
sound like a broken record. These are not suggestions, but commands. If this is not our
walk, and our life with Him, we are not being obedient. We don't have the strength to
reject ourselves and crucify ourselves, that's why we must have the Holy Ghost. God
knows that, but we need to know it. Saying it is one thing, recognizing the need is another.
But when will "Get around to it"? I have been guilty of this-knowing my lack, knowing my
need, just struggling along, knowing that almost mythical "someday" God will get me
there. But there comes a time, when He is dealing with us, we need to stop and consider

carefully the consequences if we don't walk in the light He is shining-the only alternative is
to be overtaken by darkness. We can't hem and haw and make excuses and expect Him to
just wait on us forever to get our act together. We can't get it together without HIM.
The church world has come to re-define some of the terminology of the Bible, for we've
come to believe the word "witness" means to share the Gospel with someone-but by
definition, you can not accurately share what you do not personally know to be true-in
this case, Jesus Christ. That requires a sacrifice of our time, alone with Him in the prayer
closet, in His Word, learning Him, feeding on Him, being filled with His Spirit and THEN
we can be true witnesses of Him. We've come to think of conviction as a bad feeling for
having done something wrong. In reality, to be convicted is to be found guilty of violating
God's law. Without repentance, there is only judgment left. Ephesians 5:18 says "Be filled
with the Spirit" and the word implies a continual filling, not a one time thing. Stay filled
with the Spirit is what He is telling us. If we are not tarrying, waiting, seeking and
praying, and learning Him, and being filled with His Spirit, baptized by the Holy Ghost
and fire, we are disobedient and unqualified witnesses.

Peter has reminded us how the Lord doesn't want anyone to perish but these things are
coming and we see the signs of their approach happening all around us. The scoffers are
scoffing, the ignorant are willfully ignorant, refusing to consider the truth, but the Word
of the Lord is still forever settled in heaven and cannot change. Toward the end of chapter
3, Peter, knowing by the power of the Spirit that such thoughts and such knowledge of
what will happen will be a tool of the enemy to incite fear in the heart of the believer, he
reminds them to be alert, and remember they are beloved of God, and must grow in grace
and follow on to know the Lord for themselves. It's in knowing HIM that we find this peace
and security. To mature we need to eat the Word and pray for understanding. If we do not
understand how this Word of God applies to us, we cannot profit from it as God intends. As
we do this on a regular basis, we grow, we mature. The more we see and learn of HIM the
more we will hunger for Him. As John said, I must decrease, and He must increase. Before
there can be an increase of His life in me, I must empty myself of self-and to do that I need
the help of the Holy Ghost. I cannot do this myself. It is vitally necessary that we KNOW
HIM for ourselves.

\u201cThe blood of Jesus took care of my sin problem but I need the power of the Holy Ghost to
take care of the self problem\u201d-and that is a quote from the much beloved Pastor BH

Isa 5:1Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well
beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
Isa 5:2And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest
vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that
it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
Isa 5:3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me
and my vineyard.
Isa 5:4What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore,
when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
Isa 5:5And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge
thereof, and it shall be eaten up;and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

Jesus said the Father is the Husbandman, the One who planted the vineyard. Jesus said He
is the true vine (Joh_15:1 ). He would never have planted a vineyard in a hard, dry and
rocky place, but in a fertile, well prepared place. Israel is also called the vineyard of God,

and we as believers are also called the planting of the Lord. (Isa_61:3)

I read up a little on vineyards because I don't know anything about them, and what I
found was very interesting. It takes time, effort and a lots of planning to grow a vineyard.
The first year, the vine is carefully tended, and not meant to produce fruit because its roots
are not established enough to support making or sustaining fruit. Any clusters that grow
on the vine during the first year are removed by the husbandmen to prevent the vine from
bearing fruit. It is key the vine be allowed to establish a strong root system first. To
achieve this, the grape grower must water the vines, control pests and weeds and build a
store of nutrients by applying the right kind and amount of fertilizer. The vine is not
allowed to produce fruit the first year so it won't use up the nutrients needed to establish
the roots trying to sustain fruit for it is not mature enough to do so. Some vines may be
ready to produce fruit the 2nd year, others may not.

To plant and tend a vineyard requires a lot of patience and knowledge of when the vine's
root system has established deep enough in the soil to sustain fruit. Then it will be ready to
do so. In general, they allow two years of growth before they allow clusters to mature into
grapes. This gives the root system time to establish itself and grow strong before they can
begin producing fruit. That should be an encouragement to new Christians and young
Christians. After 2 years, the vine is pruned so that when it does produce fruit, it will
produce well.

Watering the vines is key, as well. This has a powerful (at least to my heart) spiritual
application. The roots must be allowed to dry out between watering because this causes
the roots to grow and dig deeper in the soil trying to find water. Deep, and infrequent
applications of water are best for the vine to provoke it to dig its roots deeper in the soil
searching for moisture. If you water them too much, with a hose or sprayer that is rigged
to hang over the vine, it will cause the roots to be shallow (lazy) and balled up near the
surface of the soil. The vine will not be strong.

It has been my experience when I felt the driest, I would run back to the Word seeking
nourishment, encouragement, direction and more of God. Hallelujah! Do you see it? How
many times I have felt so spiritually dry and barren, and fretted and worried. I have
watched my husband carefully tend his beloved garden, and how he is so careful to work it
and check for the vegetables. It never occurred to me he didn't get angry when they
weren't producing right, he would just solve the problem with fertilizer, water, miracle
grow, or weed control-whatever was needed. This is how God works with us.

Weed control is critical in the vine's early years before the root system is established. Once
the vineyard is established, weeds are not as important. The weeds will soak up the
nutrients and moisture in the soil and the vine will suffer and have a harder time
establishing a good, deep root system. Pests which can destroy the vine are a threat. Many
work under the ground, eating at the roots, which kills the vine.

The Scripture says He fenced it in, dug about it, He gathered out the rocks that would
hinder the tender shoots from springing up through the soil, and planted the choicest vine-
and Jesus certainly was the best Heaven had to offer. He built a tower in the midst of the
vineyard. The Scripture says in Prov 18:10 the Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the
righteous run into it and are safe. He also made a winepress. This is a device used to
extract the juice from crushed grapes. Wild grapes in the original Hebrew means "poison
or worthless stink berries."

The Lord plants this vine, this life of Christ in us and then He gives us time to grow, He
encourages us by the power of His Spirit, He draws us to hunger for His Word, and He
moves on us by the power of His Spirit and feeds us His living Word. He helps us
understand truth as we seek Him. When we begin to be rooted in the Word, there are

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