Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Morning by Morning, March 25 - Hypocrites and Whitewashed Tombs

Good morning, Lord Jesus. I'll arise and burst forth. I'll not hold back from pursuing You and all You have for me this day.  ...

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kind of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness" (Matthew 23:27-28).

You had no tolerance for hypocrisy, no patience for self-righteousness. Pretentiousness turned Your stomach. Arrogance and elitism were a stench in Your nostrils like the decay of dead men's bones.

You chided the priests and practitioners of the religious cult of self-glorification. They judged others while hiding the secrets of their own dark souls. They acted high and holy on the outside, but their love of God and people was withered away in self-preservation and grasping for control. To You, such a one was "a child of hell." (v. 15). "You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?" (v. 33)

No wonder they looked for a way to kill You. Their pride and position was challenged. Their kingdom was threatened. Their egos were bruised.

This Holy Week, as we follow You on Your journey to the cross, let this be part of our nature that dies as well. Let that part of us that wants to glorify ourselves, act holier-than-Thou, put other people down to build ourselves up-let that part die. Nail that to the cross. Let it have no more place in the heart of the Body of Christ. Deliver us from that evil of self-righteousness that we can be filled with Your true Spirit of Christ and arise in newness of Life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend,  may the Holy Spirit lead you to a deep place of death to self than every before on your journey through Holy Week. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!

Please keep us in prayer at our Glory Conference at the Denver City, Texas United Methodist Church. We had an exciting time of activation in prophetic ministry at our noon gathering yesterday! Last night we hand deep, inner healing, a lady giving her heart to Jesus, and word of healing in speech miracle! Praise God! The Holy Spirit is preparing the way of the Lord in the hearts of God's people, making the Body and Bride of Christ ready for the coming of the King. I'll be preaching here every evening through Wednesday night. Please keep praying that my voice and spirit will stay strong. I'm so grateful for all your prayers and encouragement, my friends! Love you all!
Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257