“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
3 For this is He that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” Matthew 3:1-3
As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, that which we preach and declare unto the people prepares the heart of the broken for the way of the Lord. Sadly, too many are not making Jesus’ paths straight and are in fact hindering the way of the Lord. Instead of lifting up the Cross of Christ to a lost and dying world, they choose methods of man that are born of the flesh from the vanity of their own mind to prepare the heart for the way of the Lord.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3
The simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is corrupted when fasting 21 days is given for deliverance from sin. When prophecies from the mind of man are spewed to the people as a distraction from their broken hearts, blinded eyes or the captivity which has them bound; the way of the Lord is hindered. There is no piercing asunder of the soul and spirit; no discerning of discerning of the intents and thoughts of the heart by the power of the Word of God being preached to the people under the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 4:12). Properly dividing the Word of God, a workman who needs not be ashamed will make straight the ways of the Lord to prepare the hearts of man to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. These unashamed preachers and teachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will make the path straight for the brokenhearted, the captives, the blind and the bruised to be healed.
“18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19
Every word that comes out of the mouth of a God called preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified should be to prepare the heart of man to receive that which they need from the Lord…whatever that may be. Make His path straight or get out of the way. Preach the Gospel.
-Donna Clark Warren