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Return to the Father's Heart
So the Earth Will Survive
Robert B. Scott

Return to the Father’s Heart

This crucial book will pave the way for the of coming Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6, who is prophesied to bring today’s absent fathers toward their neglected or jettisoned children and bring the heart of believers back to their Father in heaven. The book offers a solution to a pervasive problem among men today: their inability to forgive abusive fathers. This modern-day Elijah will “restore all things” (Mat. 17:11), including the true gospel of the Kingdom or Family of God, revealing the dangerous error of the grace revolution leading to the appearance of the man of lawlessness, an evil leader who will fight the second coming of Jesus. Click HERE to order your copy today!

Nobody’s Perfect!

 

“Nobody’s Perfect!”

 

 

“Oh well, nobody’s perfect!” Have you ever said that? It’s the most common excuse for the comfortable level of mediocrity affecting many Christians today. Yet the seventh Day of Unleavened Bread teaches us a different lesson. Seven is God’s number of completion and perfection, and the meaning of this day is that God commands us by His empowerment to become perfect like our heavenly Father is perfect (Mat. 5:48).

While we should never strive in the flesh, we are indeed called to seek perfection God’s way, by resting in Jesus and His grace or empowerment. That doesn’t mean we are to be lazy believers. That wasn’t the way Paul say that he lived the life of a believer, and he said, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).

Here’s what he said in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 in speaking of the believer’s race: “Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games [the forerunner of the Olympic games] exercises self-control in all things…” This means that in every area of our lives, spiritual, physical, financial, and sexual, God wants us to seek excellence in all things. That concept is taught throughout the Bible.

We continue in verse 26: “Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

Does that sound like Paul was a part of the grace revolution that says we are eternally saved and cannot fall from grace, can never lose our salvation? No. The supposed champion of the grace rebellion was not a rebel but a follower of Jesus and all His words before and after the cross. This apostasy makes an artificial and unbiblical difference between “before” and “after’ the cross.

Jesus’ words are too demanding for the false grace teachers: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Mat. 7:13-14).

Jesus is demanding, but He gives the grace for those who want to obey His words: “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mat. 5:20). They went for acts that looked righteous, but Jesus’ words in the gospels stress the need to accept His righteousness in our hearts.

Jesus gave stringent requirements that these false teachers can’t digest. One look of lust at a woman is called adultery, as if you had slept with her. Jesus never once looked at a woman with lust, and He expects us to seek by His grace to do the same and to repent when we don’t follow that perfect example. Men like to reason that just an innocent look can’t be that serious, but Jesus says it is. We need to take sexual purity seriously. It’s not something to play around with. Compromise in this area has ruined many a marriage and polluted many a man with shame for their supposedly secret sin. One lustful look is too much. God says to flee immorality.

One difficult test precedes the verse about being perfect like our Father. Jesus commands us to love our enemies and even pray for them, blessing them in many ways. Our Father is Love, and Jesus commands us to grow into His perfection by loving our enemies.

Paul never watered down Jesus’ requirements, even when he admitted in Romans 7 that he hadn’t fully understood his identity in Jesus, calling himself a wretched man. He reminded us just after that statement of weakness that Jesus condemned sin in the flesh “so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:3-4).

Why, then, if it’s so hard to keep the law and thus it’s better not to try, does Jesus give the following command? “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Mat. 11:28-30).

You will find the surprising answer when you consider that the Greek word for rest here is the same word used for Sabbath rest in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the First Testament. While the grace revolution does away with the whole law, the version of this heresy I opposed fifty years ago only did away with one commandment, the one the heretics considered Jewish. They found nothing wrong with all nine commandments, just that problematic fourth one that contradicted what most Christians do, which is to worship on Sunday.

The answer as to why Jesus called His yoke easy is found in that literal Sabbath rest. It teaches us each week the principle that we are yoked with the One who gives us the restful empowerment to obey the law. We trust Jesus to keep His law in and through us. It’s true that entering into that rest involves a certain labor, in the same way that entering into the weekly Sabbath rest involves a certain diligence. Resting in Jesus doesn’t mean being lazy in Jesus.

The Sabbath is the day of excellence, and that rest is a rest that teaches us to seek excellence in all things.

True Gospel Teaches Excellence

Matthew 6:33 is more than a verse promising physical blessings; an overall principle is involved. The preceding verses show that life is a struggle for the Gentile or non believer. “But,” Jesus says, “seek first His [the Father’s] kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

 A companion verse says, “It is the blessing of the [Eternal] that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow [or painful toil] to it” (Prov. 10:22). Adam was given basically effortless provision before he sinned, after which he had to sweat or toil for anything he could get. The Kingdom way or program was replaced by the world’s system of struggle. The etymology of the word system is reflected by the word sewer, and this world’s system of get is indeed a sewer, a rat race for riches without God.

The kingdom way is the way of give, rest, and divine provision. It’s the way of sowing seed into the kingdom and trusting God to provide the supernatural help. That help can include spiritual, physical, and financial help. The truth is that God in His perfect will wants all of us to prosper spiritually, physically, and financially.

The Potiphars around us are looking to see if we have enough success to follow our example or benefit from it. Why do I say Potiphar?

God was with Joseph even when sold as a slave to an Egyptian officer name Potiphar. God called Joseph successful and prosperous even as a slave. His master saw that he prospered and placed Joseph in charge of all his house. The key is that Joseph had a covenant with God and was seeking God’s kingdom and the ways of the kingdom. Potiphar came under the same kingdom umbrella and thus prospered because of his relationship with Joseph.

The same thing happened when Peter lent his boat to Jesus as he partnered with Him. This allowed the Father of the kingdom to give a word of knowledge to Jesus for Peter so the fisherman would know where to cast his nets. The result was a boatload of fish because of the kingdom connection.

We have seen excellence in supernatural provision in our assembly here over the years. Our experience was a bit similar to Peter’s when Jesus directed him to open the mouth of the first fish he caught to find the money for the tax. I simply opened my Bible when apostle Gerald was preaching on hell. I opened the Book just for the “heaven” of it, and God provided the heavenly provision of over $300, enough to pay the tax and the tithe on the money provided.

 You may ask why it was the first fish. That’s because Jesus is more discreet than I am. He knew that in most cases supernatural provision must be secret so Satan can’t conceive a plan to counter it. That’s one of the reasons God established prayers in the Spirit. Satan and the demons can’t understand the language. Hiding strategies of provision is one of the kingdom money mysteries. Jesus has always hidden truths from the wide of the world and revealed them unto babes who trust Him like little children.

Excellence in Generosity

Satan’s kids scoff at kingdom principles, while God’s people who enter into the kingdom like little children, rich with supernatural provision as they trust their Father for all their needs. The Father makes “all grace [or empowerment] to abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” (2 Cor. 9:8).

Our Father is the most generous Being in the universe. We are called, not to say “nobody’s perfect” as an excuse for mediocrity, but to be perfect like our generous Father. How can we be generous like Him if we don’t follow His kingdom principles of finance in order to overflow with blessings to be able to give of our excess?

While the Christian world has begun to go astray with the false grace revolution, amassing wealth to preach falseness, God hasn’t forgotten His little flock who are seeking to obey all the laws of His kingdom. He is opening doors so that we can all be the “generation of the upright [that] will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house… He has given freely to the poor (Ps.112:2-3, 9).

The daughter of Zion or last remnant of true believers will see their horn of authority and prosperity exalted in order that we may receive the wealth of the wicked (Prov. 13:22) and “devote to [Jesus] their unjust gain and their wealth to the [Divine Master] of all the earth” (Micah 4:13). How else will the true gospel of the kingdom be preached in all the world (Mat. 24:14)?

In addition, in the perilous times ahead of us, God promises to provide for us. He proved for Isaac, who sowed in a time of famine, that He could bless him with a hundredfold increase (Gen. 26:2).

The Excellence of the Sabbath Day

God’s Sabbath shows that He is a God of excellence. On that day He teaches us excellent things, things the angels desire to look into, and He gives us “manna-fold” financial blessings as when He provided double the manna for the Sabbath. Our main miraculous financial blessings have come on the the Sabbath day. After declaring that the silver and gold belong to Him, God says that the latter glory, including the wealth of this house will be greater than the former, meaning the end-time provision will be greater than any other (Haggai 2:9).

God has been testing us to see if we’re ready for that level of provision. His promises of health and wealth aren’t some different gospel. They are part of the only gospel, the gospel of the kingdom of God. Obedience to the laws of the kingdom and understanding how the kingdom operates is an important part of the excellence of the kingdom. The gospel of grace alone doesn’t satisfy that excellence. Gary Keesee of TV’s “Fixing the Money Thing” has discovered the power of the Kingdom principle and has many testimonies of his own family and others who have experienced amazing kingdom provison.

“Nobody’s perfect” seems to be their mantra of the grace revolution. Why even try to keep all those burdensome laws? The law was only given, they say, to show us we can’t keep it. Jesus taught the Old Covenant in His ministry before the cross, and Paul revised everything Jesus said. He lied when he said he followed Jesus, according to the perverted and unbiblical grace revolution. Yet Acts 24:14 says Paul believed “everything in accordance with the law and that is written in the Prophets” and 25:8 days he had committed no offense against the Law of the Jews.” We can see that he kept the Sabbath and holy days and preached none other gospel than the kingdom message (Acts 28:31).

Jesus was destitute at His crucifixion so in His poverty on that last day of His life we could prosper by keeping the laws of the kingdom. Paul had his ups and downs mainly due to curses, and we should also learn to be content in good times and bad. God’s perfect will, however, is that we follow His kingdom laws in perfection so we can prosper and be generous as He is.

Ignoring Jesus’ Words of Excellence

The grace revolution has destroyed everything that Jesus built by His words. The red letters He shed His red blood to protect have been relegated to harsh, Old Covenant statements “under the law” that were spoken before His cross to be deleted from the grace Bible. We thought it was going to be simply the Old Testament that would be ignored, but no, surprise, surprise! They even say Jesus’ pre-cross words are invalid.

The truth is that if we deny Jesus’ words, we deny Him. We should have known that the lesson of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. The end result of the grace revolution is that a little compromise has led to greater and greater compromise. It reminds me of a heresy I faced years ago when a certain group of rebels were wondering if they should simply read the book of Galatians as their Bible.

 Jesus words were prophetic when He asked in John 5:47, “But if you do not believe his [Moses’] writings, how will you believe My words?”

 I remember a Christian TV host who called certain words “Old Testamenty,” as if to say they were words that were old-fashioned and too strict. The grace movement today has long relegated the Old Testament to old and outdated, which God never said. Jesus is the One who spoke those words since He was the God those in the First Testament knew.

True to what Jesus said, since they didn’t believe Moses’ writings, they probably wouldn’t believe Jesus’ words either.

Why did this happen? Think about it. False grace teachers reasoned: “Since nobody’s perfect and those old laws are hard to keep, let’s just do away with the law for a grace that allows us freedom to do what we want. We’re saved forever anyway, so why seek perfection since it’s so elusive.”

Will we reason this way? Will we say, “A little sin never killed anybody. Why get all bent out of shape by trying to keep outdated and difficult-to-keep laws?”

Our attitude should be this: “Jesus tells me that if I yoke with Him, He will grant me the grace to empower me to obey Him from a position of Sabbath and kingdom rest. I choose to labor by His power to enter that rest in my spiritual, physical, marital, sexual, and financial life. I don’t strive in my fleshly efforts but in cooperation with the One who lives in me. The life I now live I live by the faith of Jesus Christ in me, and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

We need to put our spirits first, praying in the Spirit, seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. As we renew our minds with the Word, we begin to speak the Word. That’s when we begin to see kingdom progress because our words are in line with the kingdom.

 We have all seen what happens when we don’t speak according to the Word. We are thankful that Jesus is the Redeemer and always picks us up when we fall down, even in our words. Nevertheless, even though nothing is ever wasted, even our mistakes, we do bring unnecessary suffering on ourselves.

Remember what happened when Israel complained in the wilderness? They said, “We’re going to die!” And God said, “As I live, just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; your corpses will fall in this wilderness…” (Numb.14:28-29).

As James reminds us, especially those of us who teach, “For we all stumble in many ways.  If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well” (3:2).

Since nobody’s perfect with their words, should we just shut up and never say a word? We would be denying the positive power of our words for fear of speaking wrongly. I could simply tell myself I won’t speak anymore because I have put my foot in my mouth too many times. But we thank God for His mercy. He allows us to learn from our mistakes.

He knows we need the Passover to wash us clean of betrayal and of all unrecognized sins of the years, and we need the Days of Unleavened Bread to remind us that perfection is a matter of consistent progress toward the goal. We don’t throw up our hands and sigh, “Nobody’s perfect,” as we drift into compromise. Instead of slipping and sliding away on a slippery slope like the rest of the Christian world, we sit back as we observe this feast, and we say this to our Father: “I want more of Jesus’ empowerment to seek Your excellence and Your perfection. As for me and my house, we choose to follow Jesus to mirror your perfection. We aren’t there yet, but we will never cease to strive in the power of Jesus’ might to seek it. We’re not yet where we want to be, but we thank You that at the spring feast of 2016, we’re not where we used to be. Praise Jesus!

God’s laws have always been good for us, but Jesus “was pleased for His righteousness’ sake to make the law great and glorious” (Isa. 42:21). He came to make the law He gave Israel more excellent.

What could be more excellent than to enable a man raised in a society where TV has become pornographic to be empowered by the miraculous grace of Jesus to look at women as precious daughters or future daughters of God rather than as objects to indulge their eye candy fantasies and lusts. With God all things are possible. Such men elevate women to the level of excellence they deserve rather than to be treated as sexual objects.

Excellence is demanding, but Jesus supplies all demands by His grace. You may lose half an hour by returning an item you discovered you didn’t pay for, but it’s worth it because the store employees will know you are a person of uncommon excellence. That’s the kind of excellence we are seeking at this feast.

At the occasion of recent baptisms, the father of the girl mentioned Daniel’s example as we were musing on Bible characters. Daniel 6:3 says that Daniel had an excellent or extraordinary spirit. God calls the weak of the world to become much more than ordinary but to seek His perfection by His true grace.

It’s a lifelong challenge. I celebrated my fortieth anniversary of being an ordained minister this April 21, Passover, and a further ministerial anointing on April 22, since that ordination came on April 22, 1978. My forty years has been eerily similar to Israel’s wanderings in the desert. In spite of my failings and even because of my failings, I wasn’t expecting either anointing. In the first case, I was sick but something told me I needed to be at church that day. I didn’t even understand the pastor in charge was calling me forth. I had to be nudged that it was me that was being asked to come on the stage.

Our Father is full of mercy for our wanderings. I asked Him to tell me what he thought I should add to this message. Here it is:

“This is indeed the time of laying down your darkness of hidden, secret sins to Me since I know every detail, just need you to be open and sincere in telling Me what I already know. That’s the confession of sin the grace revolution says isn’t really necessary, but it is very necessary if you want to grow to be perfect like Me.

I called these days the Days of Unleavened Bread, or the bread of perfection, if you like, the days of light to lay down your darkness as you do on the new moon. It’s a week-long laboratory in seeking perfection. You can’t do that if you think the law is done away. My law is perfect like Me, and I want you to grow toward perfection for which My law presents the standard.

That law represents My perfection. The blood of My Son has been shed for you in the Passover, but this week represents the daily, life-long struggle against the sin that so often besets you. When you surrender to Me as you lay these dark, hidden sins of great shame down to Jesus, you take His yoke upon you, and His yoke isn’t burdensome because you are laying down this week the burdens He has paid for. You are putting them in the open before Me, acknowledging that you can’t do it yourself. You have to trust Us to bring you to perfection so that you shine brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.

“Nobody’s perfect” is a classic cop out many Christians use to justify their compromise with My law and Me. My law is not a bad thing but a law of freedom when you call for the Grace or empowerment to keep it. Laying down where you have secretly or openly missed the mark of perfection is allowing Jesus and Me to work in these areas of your life where we want to be on the throne. You have allowed other things to be on that throne, and you are surrendering these things of hidden shame and darkness to the Light of the world.

I love all people, the talkers and the listeners, who fall into these categories by personality. I often put these opposites together in marriage. While these differences are in part personalities I have created, the imperfection of these tendencies reveals the shame of sin. The talkers often try to hide their sin and shame by talking and trying to affirm their identity by proclaiming who they want to be. The listeners tend to hide in their shyness as they hide the shame of their weaknesses. These days are provided to lay down all the shame of your weaknesses, secret ones and open ones, to Jesus. This is the pathway to perfection this seventh day pictures. You are allowing Me to bring you to perfection by My power, not yours. Your job is to surrender to Me, which the laying down of darkness allows.

Don’t be afraid to seek the perfection of your heavenly Father. Jesus sought it by saying and doing what I showed Him. Listen to Me for your direction, not your past. Your past isn’t your true identity. Jesus walked in My perfection, even though many looked at His past as that of an illegitimate son. He didn’t pay attention to what people said about His past. I don’t want you to pay attention to what you yourself or others think or say about your past. Because of the Passover, in My books, your past no longer even exists. Your past and its shame has colored your perception of who you are. Lay that down as well, who your past says you are.

You are no longer who you were, and no one has a right, even yourself, to define you by your past, be it fact or only perception as was Jesus’ past. Define yourself by who I say you are now. Behold, I make all things new, and that includes you.

In 2016, remember that I washed away your past sins when you were sixteen by the blood of My Son. I see you as perfect as Him in your spirit. So see yourself that way, and realize that the darkness of your soul disappears as you lay it down on these days. In My light you will see real light. Darkness has to flee, any darkness that has crept in since you were 16 is dispersed in My light.”

The same is true for all of us. Jesus’ blood wiped away our past and our sins when we accepted Him and baptism sealed the deal by burying our old self and past. Uncircumcised believers weren’t allowed to take the Passover, and the New Covenant circumcision is the cutting away of the old in baptism. The challenge is that the cutting away is an ongoing process of laying down our weaknesses, especially those we want to keep secret. God has given us this feast to shine His light on them and bring us closer this feast to the perfection He wants us to seek. Nobody’s perfect can no longer be our excuse. Let’s join together to become perfect like our heavenly Father. Amen.


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