March 2006

“TRIED BY THE WORD

A prophetic Word for 2006

Part Seven

“Until the time when His Word came to pass,
THE WORD OF THE LORD TRIED HIM!”

(Ps 105:19)


          Merchants of mammon have long exploited our Savior’s Birth and Resurrection to celebrate man’s carnal self with a glut of gifts and feasting; but Christ’s birth actually depicts the gift of love by which God heals each mortally sick heart; and Christ’s resurrection embodies the Feast of Life by which God raises each soul from its sin-death! If our once-a-year remembrances of these events were exclusively devoted to Jesus, it would be good; though still falling short of the daily devotion and meditation He seeks; but the truth is, when folks look back on past Christmases and Easters, they mostly think of lighted trees, festive singing, piles of presents, colored eggs, sumptuous foods, and happy people; rather than what started in a stable in Bethlehem and ended on a cross at Calvary. God is presently delivering His sons from their vain, worldly traditions; while for nominal believers stubbornly clinging to such customs, He is raising up the antichrist spirit who tolerates no Christ-based activities! For now, believers are merely being discomfited and discriminated against; but it may be setting the stage for flagrant persecution as the dark presence of the spirit of unbelief increases in the world! Must this be? God says, “The Day of the Lord shall be darkness not light; even very dark with no brightness in it!” (Am 5:20) God retracts His Light from them who cannot yet walk in it; and shines it forth in a body of overcomes who will reveal Christ to the world!

ARISE, SHINE, FOR YOUR LIGHT (of Life, Jn 1:4) IS COME; and the glory of the Lord (Who is the “Light of the world Jn 8:12) has risen upon you! (“That sure Word of Prophecy that (heretofore) has shone as a Light in a dark place is now dawning, as the Daystar arises in your heart!” 2 Pe 1:19) See how the darkness is shrouding the earth, and gross darkness its people: that is because the Lord is rising upon you, and His glory will be seen on you! Then unbelievers will come to your (Shekinah) Light; as even kings will be drawn to the brightness of your rising! So lift up your eyes all round; and see them all gathering themselves together to come to you! Your sons will come from afar, and your daughters will be nurtured at your side. Then you will see and flow together, and your heart shall fear, and be enlarged, when the abundance of the sea is converted to you; also, all the forces of the unbelievers shall come to you.” (Isa 60:1-5)

          Years ago when the Holy Spirit impressed me to forsake worldly traditions in my heart, the struggle was interrelating with those (especially in the church) who still embraced such customs and rituals. I didn’t want to appear “holier than thou” (Isa 65:5), yet I could not compromise my obedience to Christ! He told me to avoid all situations that were avoidable; but to be accommodating in situations that were unavoidable. I could give gifts to them who would be offended by oversight; but if directly asked, I had to state my convictions. Ac 20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”, but it is God’s “Gift of Love and Life” men need more than anything else. Millions of souls are drowning in their own darkness; and another new tie, or a box of candy, cannot save them! The hour is fast approaching when the Gospel of Light shall beam forth as a beacon from a Body of overcomers; and no “bushel” shall be able to hide it! For if we do not carry Christ’s Light of Revealed Truths to the people of the world, not only will they perish- but we along with them!

          We must warn people of the repercussions when the Kingdom Gospel enters in their hearts. They must be told, The Word of the Lord shall try them, until it comes to pass!” But also, they must be made to realize that, to their eyes of flesh, this may seem an ordeal; but, with eyes of spirit, they will behold the Lord’s Presence, and celebrate the glorious work He is doing. If God’s Truth makes men run, it is either because they cannot yet walk in them, so their soul aborts His “Seed”; or it is that their yet-unsubdued sea of fears is being stirred by the hot winds of His Fiery Love, but when the cool Spirit of His Grace calms their turbulent emotions, they will be ready to follow Him!

          As we think on the events of Christ’ Life here on earth, let us remember the finite frailty of our fleshly nature to “solidify” all with which it comes in contact. As when Jesus was transfigured into a body of Light before an awestricken Peter, James and John; “Peter said, Lord, it is good that we are here! So if it is Your Will, let us build three tabernacles here; one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!! ”(Mt 17:2) In today’s language that means, “Let’s build a building and call it “church”; rather than we, ourselves, being a “Living Church!” Natural man can only receive the “letter” of God’s Word, so it shuns the “spirit” thereof; but as we are exhorted in 2 Co 5:16-19:

“From now one, we are to know no man after the flesh! And though we have known Christ after the flesh, now, we must know Him thus no more! For if any man is in Christ, he is now a new creation; so the former things (of his mortal life) are passed away; behold, all things are become new! Also, all things are of God Who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has now given to us the ministry of reconciliation! In other words, it was God was, Himself, in Christ, reconciling the whole world to Himself! He did so by not imputing their trespasses to them! Now He has committed to us His Word of Reconciliation!” And therefore, you must “Let the Word of God dwell in you richly!” (Col 3:16)

HOLD FAST, BELOVED! DO NOT FEAR GOD’S FIERY WORD
THAT MUST TRY YOU...UNTIL IT HAS COME TO PASS...THAT
HIS WILL HAS BECOME YOUR WILL, NOW AND FOREVER!!


AMEN AND AMEN!

 
 

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