light and dark don’t mix

Jake was talking about chocolate with Adele , and had the picture of cadbury dark milk chocolate which was intended to have best of both milk and dark chocolate in one bar. He felt the Lord say “I didn’t intend my church to best of both; I want my church to be a light and to shine for me without being mixed with the darkness of this world. I want my church to be sold out for light and me, and not have the best of both.”

The following is an extract from ”Wheat in the Winepress,” where I am writing about the fleece, and what I felt there is for us to learn from this particular portion. The message is the same. I believe God wants us to get serious about Light.

Wet ground, dry fleece

“An old friend from Gloucestershire, whom I see occasionally at prophetic gatherings, had a vision recently. In the vision she heard the sound of an old-fashioned typewriter, very loud, filling the room with the clack-clack-clack sound of the keys on the paper. Then she saw the typewriter, an old black upright machine. According to the way she told the story, there was no hand actually on the typewriter, but words were being formed. Instead of coming out of the top, the paper was coming out of the side, so the message was creating a banner. It said – this was in normal sized type –

“Some of my people are living dangerously”

Then in very large letters, the single word: MIXTURE

Some of us are mixing the flesh and the spirit; the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world. Perhaps a public ministry – and a little bit of private sin. Declaring God’s faithfulness – and being faithless in marriage. God in our Sunday conversations and in our quiet times – and a critical spirit and judgemental tongue for those close to us at other times. There are many ways of living this mixture, but there is only one truth: “the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another” (Gal. 5:17).

Isaiah exhorts God’s people (Isa. 48:20) to “Go forth from Babylon”, and many scholars read this as being an exhortation to be separate from the world’s systems. Looking to the book of Revelation, when the cry goes out from the third angel that “Babylon has fallen”, we read that anyone who receives the mark of the beast “shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God” (Rev. 14:10). There is no certain interpretation of these scriptures, but one thing is clear: as God’s chosen people we have been called out of the world, its systems and its ways; out of darkness and into the “marvellous light” of the Lord Jesus. Anything that is not separation is mixture, and God tells us that mixture is dangerous. And so we come back to the fleece, which on the second night was not touched by the water all around it.”

(From Wheat in the Winepress Chapter 6: “Know your God: the fleece.”)

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