Triune sacrifice part III
Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. (Exodus 24:15-17)
The Glory of the LORD can only rest on someone when they climb His Altar, when there is unconditional, total and sincere surrender, followed by the indignation of believing in the God of the Bible and not having His Spirit, of calling Him Father and not having the Holy Spirit, or to say: “I have the Holy Spirit, I have the Presence of God, but my life is a desert. I have not taken possession of the Promised Land”, that is, there is no glory, the possession of the Promised Land is not seen, whether in health, family, marriage or financial life.
It is not logical for a person to say that they have the Presence of God and not take possession of the Promised Land. It is also not intelligent for someone who does not yet have the Presence of God, which is the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, to prioritise things, people or places.
I have met foreigners in Europe, North America and in the United States, who were greatly humiliated, exploited and embarrassed – people who moved countries in the hope of changing their lives, but there, on another continent, they suffered more than when they were in their country of origin. Why? Because it’s not the place that will change your life.
I have met people who changed partners three, four times, and they only suffered, each person who was in their life took a piece of their heart.
I have met people who changed their profession, changed their religion. I have met people who even changed their sex, who in desperation sought happiness in things, people and places. And the more they searched, the more the emptiness, sadness and anguish increased.
And today I want to talk about this third thing that you have to do before going up to the Altar, which is emotional sacrifice.
Emotional sacrifice involves letting go of people, and loving the Lord Jesus more than yourself and people. Jesus spoke about this, that we should love and care for people, especially those in our own home, but He said that “he who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me…”
What is God asking for? That we should not love them? No. Jesus even on another occasion said that we should lay down our lives for our neighbors, and it is written that he who does not take care of his family is worse than an unbeliever. He is not saying that we should not love them, but He is clearly saying that God must come first.
And when God comes first, you learn to love your wife, your children, your parents, your siblings and your neighbors as you really should.
Emotional sacrifice requires detachment from people, places, titles, traditions, habits, addictions and customs that compromise your emotional, spiritual and even physical life.
When you let go of all that and hold on to the Promise of God, the Word of God, and act like Moses: GO UP AND WAIT, wait until the Glory of God comes down and everyone sees it envelop and possess, in such way that He Appears and you “disappear”.
The proposal of the Campaign of Revolt on Mount Sinai is this: that those who do not yet have the Holy Spirit, the Presence of God, receive Him, and those who already have Him take possession of the Promised Land. But to do so, you need to make an emotional sacrifice.
You must forgive anyone who hurt you, betrayed you, deceived you, rejected you. Forgive, yourself. Emotional sacrifice is also about overcoming pride. If you are proud and resistant to change, everyone sees that you need to change, but you don’t want to. You just want to impose your will on people, whether at home, at work, even at church. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
The emotional sacrifice is to end this promiscuous, abusive relationship you have.
If you are not married and have an active sex life with your partner, you need to sacrifice that, as sex is part of marriage after the Altar. If you are not successful in your love life, it is because you put sex before everything else. If you exchange “nudes” with your partner, you need to sacrifice that, therefore denying your flesh, your inclinations.
The emotional sacrifice is to stop bad-mouthing people. If you are a jealous, envious person who envies people and cares more about other people’s lives than your own, you need to make this emotional sacrifice.
Emotional sacrifice is putting your heart aside, leaving those friendships that lead you to do something you don’t want to do. They don’t want to seek God and you keep those friendships that make you sin and do things you shouldn’t. Rebuke the thoughts and ideas such as “This is who I am!” or “It’s my nature”…
Emotional sacrifice is basically denying yourself, which is why Jesus said:
“If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross every day and follow Me.” (Luke 9: 23).
This emotional sacrifice is to God and for God, but it will do your soul good.
Do it. And you will climb the Altar on the 10th of December and as it is written, the Glory of the LORD will rest upon you, and everyone will see this, not for your glory, but for His Glory.
See you at UCKG or in the Clouds
Bishop Júlio Freitas