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The Spirit of the Word
“The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.”     Jesus
                                                                    “The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.”     Paul


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by Ray and Doris Prinzing


No. 29

THE OLD PASSES, THE NEW BECOMES

“Assuming that anyone is in Christ, he is a creature new in quality.  The antiquated, out-of-date things (which do not belong to the new life in Christ Jesus) have passed away.  Behold, all things have become new in quality.  But the aforementioned ALL THINGS are from God as a Source.” (2 Cor. 5:17-18, Wuest Expanded).

        A NEW CREATION SPECIES IS NOW IN FORMATION!  The new life is HIS, for He is the Source of all the new!  Phillips translation reads, “All this is God’s doing, for He has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ.” Nothing of self will add anything to the new─ the purpose and inworking are HIS.  We find this truth of the sovereignty of God’s handiwork to be in direct opposition to Christendom’s emphasis on what man is TO DO─ with useless carnal efforts of trying to work into a state of spirituality.  But God is not producing a religious people, He is bringing forth a new creation.
        “It is, remember, by GRACE and not by achievement that you are saved─ HE has lifted us right out of the old life to take our place with Him in Christ Jesus in the Heavens.  Thus He shows for all time the tremendous generosity of the grace and kindness He has expressed toward us in Christ Jesus.  It was nothing you could or did achieve─ it was GOD’S GIFT OF GRACE which saved you.  No one can pride himself upon earning the love of God.  THE FACT IS THAT WHAT WE ARE WE OWE TO THE HAND OF GOD UPON US.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do those good deeds which God planned for us to do.” (Eph. 2:5-10, Phillips).
        How precious!  “He lifts us right out of the old life,” that He might place us into the new, thus old things pass away.  This is not a recycling, or a redesigning of the old.  In the natural world there is a strong emphasis being placed upon recycling─ it’s the environmental thing to do.  And it does seem that a lot of people in their religious activities have taken up with the concept of trying to recycle mankind─ keeping the same form, the same expression, but giving it a religious flavor.  But God IS NOT revealed in the Word as One who just “patches up” something gone bad.  Nor is He just trying to dress up the world with a “Jesus garment cover” to give a better appearance.  Before He is finished with His creation He will have totally transformed it─ to bring forth “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:13).  Thus we are challenged to yield to His handiwork as He dissolves, strips away the old, “burns up the chaff with unquenchable fire,” (Matt. 3:12), that He might make all things new.  “Draw me, we will run after You,” (Song of Solomon 1:4), is a far better response, than having to be pressured into relinquishing the old realm.
        Jesus told it well, in His parable illustrations─ “No man also sews  a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up takes away from the old, and the rent is made worse.  And no man puts new wine into old bottles: else the new wine bursts the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.” (Mark 2:21-22).
        A piece of new cloth─ the word “piece” is the Greek “epiblema,” from the word “epiballo” meaning: to throw upon, thus, a patch, imposed upon a cloth to mend it.  But the piece that is applied is new, “agnaphos,” literally, unfinished, unshrunken, just raw material.  So if it be securely fastened to the garment, as it gets wet and then shrinks while drying, it will pull away from the cloth whereon it was sewn, and the rent is made even worse.  The OLD does not blend with the new.  A worn out garment with a new piece sewn on, makes for quite a contrast.  Likewise, Jesus says, you cannot put new wine which is still in its fermentation stage, into an old wineskin (bottle) that has become stiff and unbending─ the build up of the inner pressure will burst the wineskin─ resulting in the wine being lost, and the bottle ruined.
        There are occasions in the Scripture when something is of MAJOR IMPORTANCE God would give it a double application, like Pharaoh’s dream of the corn, and the cows.  A strong message is being declared, and such is true here.
        We might also insert a word of caution given by Wuest in his notes─ quote, “Be careful not to drive every detail of a parable to the wall.  No parable walks on all fours, but will LIMP SOMEWHERE if the expositor seeks to explain every detail.” unquote.
        Example─ we have a little blue book of 200 pages before us─ there are two blank pages before a printed page appears.  Now we must have a special meaning as to why it is a blue cover, and we note the numerical value for 200, and we attach special significance to the two blank pages, until by the time we get to the contents of the book we have already been limping off in several directions and forming opinions and ideas, so that we could easily be predisposed to think in ways that detract from the real message of the book itself.  There are times when GOD IS MOST SPECIFIC IN DETAIL as He speaks into our heart─ and every dot and comma are there for a purpose, but in the matter of examining the “parables,” we do well to be careful in spiritualizing every minute detail.  A parable is a pictorial word thrown alongside the invisible spirit realm to give you a specific message, while at the same time almost concealing it.  The earthly cannot fully explain the heavenly, they are TWO DIFFERENT REALMS, but one draws a point, the parable serves as a window to give a glimpse, not a total revelation.
        The specific point that Jesus was making, emphasized by double application, is that you cannot co-mingle the old with the new, it renders them both useless.  Christ’s ministry of grace cannot be placed as a PATCH on the Mosaic law and ministration─ it just will not work.  “If the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise.” (Gal. 3:18).  Phillips reads, “If the receiving of the promised blessing were now to depend on the Law, that would amount to a cancellation of the original “contract” which God made with Abraham as a promise.” It is either the old ministration of condemnation and death, or the new ministration of His life, but you cannot have a measure of both and try to sew them together.  That makes for CONFUSION!
        Yet how often do men try and take the “little bit of Jesus they know” and sew it into all the traditions, old forms and programs.  It never ceases to amaze me how people like to live under the old law dispensation.  It seems the regimentation of works self-righteously satisfies their flesh, even if there be no life in it.  Yet finding it a heavy yoke to bear, they also keep trying to breathe new life into the old order, try to sew just enough of the new Christ life into their rituals to fill up what is lacking. (Sounds like some Messianic groups [ed.]).  But it doesn’t work─ Christ cannot be held in with unyielding restraints, and like the new wine in a bottle, He will move and break out, disrupting the program, and challenging the people to let go the old, and embrace the walk into His more abundant life.
        Strangely enough, human nature is such that “No man also having drunk old wine straightway desires new: for he says, The old is better.” (Luke 5:39) It is familiar, we can repeat the pattern, the comfortable routines, and maintain a sense of identity.  How we pray the Lord to loose us from carnal form and ceremony, loose us from ritual which pleases the flesh, and help us to go with the flow of the Spirit as He would lead onward step by step, that we might “come up higher,” as He calls us onward in ascension.
        Continuous change is difficult because it requires flexibility, and we must be adjustable─ receptive, elastic, open, ready to MOVE ON!  But I assure you that HIS INDWELLING IS NOT STAGNANT.  There is A PROGRESSIVE WORK WITHIN as He changes us from glory to glory.
        The very first mention of the holy Spirit in the Scripture (Gen. 1:2), is connected with movement.  “The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters …” (Genesis 1:2).  Moved─ the Hebrew word is “rachaph” meaning: to brood, to flutter, to shake.  The BROODING PRESENCE OF GOD was a continuous moving of life and tender care.  His overshadowing is not a stagnant thing, it is vibrant with life, creating, restoring, leading on─ stripping away the old, and clothing us with the new.
        How beautifully Paul expressed this two-fold working of God within.  “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,” (THE CROSS CANCELS OUT THE OLD REALM), “THAT the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” (2 Cor. 4:10).  And so, same chapter, 16th verse, “Though the outward man perish, yet the inward is renewed day by day.” No wonder Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” It is an on-going relationship with Him─ both in the fellowship of His suffering, being made conformable unto His death, and yet also sharing His resurrection life.  In a day by day walk with Him there is a fresh inflow, praise God!
        Which brings us to a very important point, Isaiah 43:18-19.  “Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth: shall you not know it?”
        “Remember not…” The Hebrew word is “zakar” meaning: to imprint, make a memorial.  And interestingly enough, it comes from a root word “to be a male,” as one through whom the memorial of parents is continued.  That is why many cultures so highly prized a male child born into the family─ he was/is part of their memorial, the parent being remembered through the son.  The flesh births after its own kind because it wants to be remembered.  But it is in the relinquishing of this identity and memorial, that we take on a new identity, TO BE FOUND IN CHRIST, to bear His name, be of His lineage.
        Also, in the Hebrew connotation of the word, to remember meant more than just to recall to mind, but it has the thought of re-living, participation in it.  Do we not, in certain memories, feel almost like we are reliving the experience again?  You feel the rush of emotion, the joy, the sorrow, or whatever.  In the natural this may have its place, but in spiritual advancing HE says “Remember not the former things…” Don’t recite and relive it over and over again, it is TIME TO GO ON.  Constant reciting of the past builds a structure against the future─ it becomes an obstruction.  We remember various workings and revivals and long to repeat them, but this very remembering has drawn our attention away from what HE IS doing today.
        So there is a cutting off of the things of yesterday─ and we can either  view it as experiencing death-throes, and the ending of something that might have once been a real blessing to us, or, we can view the pain and travail as the BIRTHPANGS of that which is now to be brought forth.  God is a wise economist, and He does not waste our pain and grief─ thus He can use it both for death and life─ the old passes, and the new becomes!  Thus cycle after cycle we are stripped of the former things, that we might be prepared to embrace whatever God has for us today.  It is an on-going work that is not accomplished in one grand leap, but line upon line, and precept upon precept He transforms His people into His image and likeness.
        We hear Job cry out, “What is man, that You should magnify him? and that You should set Your heart upon him?  And that You should visit him every morning, and try him every moment?” (Job 7:17-18).
        Visited, inspected every morning─ as He examines His work within us, marks out the next happening appointed for us, and then uses the new day to work it all out.  HE CONSTANTLY COMES TO US─ redemption draws nigh, and He is ready to invade your world (life) and further His handiwork within.  EXPECT MORE OF HIS HANDIWORK, He has not finished in us yet, not until we stand complete in Him, fully clothed with the new, will He be satisfied with us, and we shall be satisfied in Him.
        Certainly trouble comes for a reason, and it only lasts for a season!  We could say, trouble is opposition setting the stage on the way to a miracle.  Trouble signifies that it is transition time into the new!  So the prophet declared, “Remember not … neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth: shall you not know it?”
        How precious it is when the Spirit of God sovereignly speaks this into your heart, as a personal word for you to believe and stand upon, because God would work SOMETHING NEW INTO YOU.  Confess it publicly and someone might say, “I’ve heard that before,” and because they are still remembering the former things they are not ready to share your vision of the NEW that God has for you.  But do not allow others to distract you from God’s personal quickenings in your own heart, to your own Master you “stand or fall.  And you shall be held up: for God is able to make you stand.” (Rom. 14:4).  “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1).  Do not let the unbelief of some deter you from God’s promise and working within.
        Truly, it is time that we “put off concerning the former conversation (or, manner of behavior) THE OLD MAN, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; that you PUT ON THE NEW MAN, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Eph. 4:22-24).  Do note, the RENEWAL takes place in “the spirit of your mind,” not just in your mind only─ for this is not some mental exercise that we do ourselves.  This is far more than just the power of positive thinking.  IN THE SPIRIT of your mind, your spirit is quickened by His Spirit, and then HE enables you to “gird up the loins of your mind, to be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13).  It is HIS SPIRIT moving, brooding over our spirit, that then gathers up the thoughts of our mind and fastens them securely upon Christ─ prepared for more revelation of Him, as He changes us from glory to glory, “ACCORDING AS THIS CHANGE OF EXPRESSION PROCEEDS FROM THE LORD, THE SPIRIT.” (2 Cor. 3:18, Wuest).
        All of the working to PUT OFF THE OLD, and then PUT ON THE NEW is wrought by His Spirit.  HE is the Positive Thinker!  And we would become one with His mind.  So Paul writes on, “Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.” (Col. 3:9-10).
        This is far more than a “do-it-yourself” program.  It is much more than mapping out our course for the day, mentally exercising ourselves to think just right, keep the right attitude, etc.  All of these things WILL BE DONE BY THE SPIRIT WITHIN US, as we are yielded to Him.  This world would copy His working, but they will never achieve with self-works what He alone can do by His Spirit.  How beautifully the Psalmist expressed it, “HE brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.” (Ps. 40:2-3).  HE does it!  We might try ever so hard─ determined to have a good day, keep a good attitude, smile at every one, and truly be an overcomer─ and yet we are scarcely into the duties of the day and find that “in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Rom. 7:18).  So said Paul─ so we have experienced.
        Thank God, the very essence of the new covenant is that God makes promise both for Himself, and for us, saying, “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (2 Cor. 6:16).  I WILL─ we have no trouble believing that God will do whatever He promises to do.  But this “they shall” is another matter, IF it was dependent upon us to accomplish it.  So HE comes to dwell within us by His Spirit, and HE lives out the Christ-life through us.  Thus our redemption, from beginning to the end, is all IN HIS HANDS.  When God dwells within and fulfills all the requirements, our salvation is secure.
        The old covenant order was based upon an IF and THEN─ “If My people, which are called by My name, will … then shall I …” with God’s “promised doing” linked to man’s do-it-ism.  But man could not do all that was needed, and so “the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh.” Truly, only One could provide the remedy!  Therefore God sent His own Son, and HE fulfills in us all righteousness─ “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:3-4).
        How glorious is the new covenant, based upon a “BECAUSE, THEREFORE.” Jesus said it plainly, “BECAUSE I live, you shall live also.” (John 14:19).  ALL THAT WE HAVE IS BECAUSE HE LIVES!  Without His life there is no living.  If He does not go before us, there is no going.  It is when we begin to understand that it is GOD ALL THE WAY, that we also cease from our own works, and rest in His!  The BECAUSE of God, makes our redemption a reality.
        “NOT FASHIONING YOURSELVES according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as He which has called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation (Greek, behavior).” (1 Peter 1:14-15).
        Ah, in our ignorance of the handiwork of God in the new covenant, and being filled with our own lusts─ desires─ we have tried to “FASHION OURSELVES”‘ to make ourselves into a satisfactory spiritual stature.  The Greek word is “suschematizo,”─ to conform one’s self (mind and character) to another’s pattern.  The only other time this word is used in the New Testament, is in Romans 12:2, “Be not CONFORMED to this world.” Men try to FASHION themselves to fit into the world’s standard, or some religious pattern, but it does not bring them into LIFE, joy, peace, contentment in Christ.  It is just an on-going, discouraging struggle to be what self cannot be.  ONLY IN CHRIST CAN OLD THINGS PASS AWAY, and all things become new.  Thus, personal worthiness is not a contributing factor─ that we are nothing in ourselves is a fact, what we are becoming IN CHRIST is His decision and inworking.
        Truly we would BE CLOTHED WITH CHRIST, to walk in a new anointing, enriched with His grace and mercy.  And so Paul writes, “Purge out the old leaven, that you may BE A NEW lump.” (1 Cor. 7:7).  And Jesus warned them, “Beware of the leaven of bread─- of the doctrine of the Pharisees, and of the Sadducees.” (Matt. 16:12).  The traditions, teachings, etc. of the carnal religious orders of that day, or now, would fashion out a garment of self­righteousness.  And the only way to END the working of this leaven, is THE FIRE.  God knows the best way, and the perfect heat, needed to bring to an end all the fashioning of man, conforming to this or that standard, and through the processing He CONFORMS US TO HIS IMAGE, through the renewing of our mind into Christ.
        “Let this mind be in you, which also was in Christ.” (Phil. 2:5).  Herein is a MAJOR INWORKING.  Having thought processes which emulated the pattern of the world, now HE would OPERATE HIS MIND IN US, and we are finding an inner turmoil, conflict─ “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind.” (Rom. 7:22-23).  But the more we are RENEWED INTO HIS MIND, the more the inner conflict ends, and we rejoice in His blessed will and way, while His life is also “made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (2 Cor. 4:11).
        Now, “In that He says, A new covenant, He has made the first old.  Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away.” (Heb. 8:13).
        Two different Greek words used here for “old,” the first is “palaios” and means: antiquated, become an antique, The first covenant, the law with its ministration of condemnation and death, has become old─ an antique.  It is waxing old─ here the word is “gerasko,” from the root for “geriatric,” old and feeble, going into senility, and ready to vanish away.  Whatever light it once had is fading, disappearing─ while the NEW comes on the horizon.
        Many can write of the age that is ending, but few are directed towards the glory, the light increasing.  One writer has stated, “It is time to cancel our plans to be miserable.” There is a new manifestation of His glory to be revealed, and we need to fix our gaze on the light that is increasing.
        “Arise (from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you; rise to a new life)!  Shine─ be radiant with the glory of the Lord.” (Isaiah 60:1, Amplified).  Through the Christ-life we shall overcome, and obey the voice of our destiny.  The promise looms before us, “The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts: and IN THIS PLACE WILL I GIVE PEACE.” (Haggai 2:9).  IN A PEOPLE, HIS NEW CREATION TEMPLE, the Prince of Peace shall dwell, and truly, He is our peace.  Thank God, the old is passing away, and we shall hear Him say, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5).  IN HIM we are becoming. Amen.


Not of the old, shall be the new, recycling men of earth,
A new creation is His plan, brought forth by a new birth.
It is by grace, and grace alone, that He leads the way,
For all our works of flesh come short─ they cannot make His day.
One cannot masquerade the old and hope to thus appear
As if they hold the vision, too, of things now drawing near.
The fire is unquenchable as He would burn the chaff,
But we would learn to trust Him more, and lean upon His staff.
To sew the old into the new brings problems by the score,
The futile efforts that we weave will only rent it more.
The life of Christ cannot be held in bottles that are old,
He breaks traditions of the flesh, as He advances bold.
He takes the things of yesteryear that we have cherished so,
And strips them all away that we might see His way to go.
Our looking back can only cast a shadow on the trail,
And hinder us from going on to things He shall unveil.
So draw us, Lord, and we will run─ be swift to follow Thee,
And in Thy light shall we see light, shall share Thy victory.

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No. 30

THE REALM BEYOND “NEITHER”

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Are you for us, or for our adversaries?

And he said, NAY; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.  And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What does my Lord say unto his servant?

And the captain of the Lord’s hosts said unto Joshua, Loose your shoe from off your foot; for the place whereon you stand is holy.  And Joshua did so.” (Joshua 5:13-15).

Joshua encounters a man with a sword, and immediately the question arises, Which side are you on?  It is US, and THEM (the adversaries), so which side do you favor?  Immediately this reminds us that Joshua lived in the realm of DUALITY─ of division─ of two sides.

        In ONENESS there is no division, for one is a number that cannot be divided and still maintain its wholeness, but if there are TWO, then you can have division, with one against another.  Just as soon as there were “two wills” in the earth, God’s will and Adam’s will, then you had the possibility of division.  Just as in a marriage─ when both are single they can do things their own way, according to their own will, but as soon as they are united in marriage, then you have two wills which must either blend, becoming one, or else, if they are divided against each other, you have the arena for a conflict.  Two is the least number that can be divided, and if the two do not become ONE, then the occasion arises when it is “you or me,”─ or, “US, and THEM,” in one form or another.  It is IN ONENESS that we have UNITY, and praise God, Christ purposes to bring us into that DIVINE ONENESS which He shares with the Father.  “That they may be one, even as We are one: I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one.,, (John 17:23).
        Significant that for centuries religious Babylon has tried to fragment and divide Him.  Many teach for three Gods, forgetting Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” And then periodically they have their ceremonies of a fragmented body─ as they take the bread, which bespeaks of HIS BODY, and then break it up into small pieces, and when it is fragmented, they pass it around for each to have their own piece, saying, “this is His body.” I KNOW the symbol is first and foremost that it was HIS BODY (the body of Jesus) WHICH WAS BROKEN FOR US─ in no way would we minimize His tremendous sacrifice and all that He did for us, but the fact is His body did not remain broken, He came forth in resurrection power with a changed body.  Let it be clear, “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:3-4).  To teach only of the “BROKEN BODY” is to teach only half of the gospel.  HE AROSE WITH A WHOLE BODY─ living promise that all creation shall also BE MADE WHOLE IN HIM.
        And when we carry the type even further, Paul states, “For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” (1 Cor. 10:17).  PARTAKING OF HIM SHOULD BRING US INTO WHOLENESS, not into a fractured, divided state.  If we are all partaking of that ONE BREAD, and becoming ONE IN THAT BREAD, it should end all our divisiveness.  There is a sense in which, while we keep breaking up the bread, we are also signifying that HIS CORPORATE BODY remains fragmented. We then look at the pieces and say “this is His body.” How our heart longs for oneness and wholeness, for a true HEALING OF ALL HIS BODY, endued with His resurrection life.
        Truly, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Eph. 4:4-6).
        But, until THAT DAY when He shall “gather together in one all things in Christ,” (Eph. 1:10), we do have duality, and the conflict between good and evil.  So Joshua said, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” It’s US, and THEM─ so which is it?  Are you for US, or for THEM?  And immediately the answer was given, NO!  The Amplified translation gives, “NEITHER.” But “As captain of the hosts of the Lord, I represent a HIGHER REALM,” it is a realm that goes beyond ‘us, and them.’ This man that appeared before Joshua was of a totally different realm.  Don’t ask me to be on YOUR SIDE, nor on THEIR SIDE, for I represent another dimension that is higher, greater, more glorious, so let your eye be single to that HIGHER DIMENSION and forget all about the “us, and them,” of this lower earth realm.  Like the beautiful words of the chorus state it: “So forget about yourselves, and concentrate on Him, and worship Him…” And we could write another line, “So forget about your enemies, and concentrate on Him, and worship Him…”
Praise God!
        Like Joshua, we need a NEW VISION, an encounter with God, to the extent that we know that we are not the center─ GOD IS!  Far too much of religion is centered in man, “in me.” Bless ME, save ME, heal ME, prosper ME, serve ME, destroy MY enemies!  Forget about the other man, the attention is on “us.” And in that mentality we become the center of it all.  Dear Lord, just be on MY side, and let all your blessings be focused on me.  While we do rejoice in all the mercies of God to us-ward, and truly GOD IS FOR US, not against us, yet there must come a time in our growth/experience when the center focus is not on “me, and mine,” what I need, and what God must yet do in me, but HE becomes the Center─ and all our worship is directed toward Him─ to glorify Him!  So, in effect, the messenger said to Joshua, “I don’t represent your side, I don’t represent your adversary’s side, but I REPRESENT GOD’S SIDE─ it is time to ascend to the higher realm.”
        Certainly we have been far too enemy-conscious.  We focus in on the doom, darkness, despair, negative, doctrines concerning devils, etc.  There is a desperate need for a revelation of the CENTRAL SUPREMACY OF CHRIST, to know that HE is in control of every part of our day.
        Now, for sure, you cannot impart to yourself a revelation─ this revelation comes at the will of the Revelator.  The man appeared, Joshua looked up and saw him, and immediately had an encounter with him.  Had this Divine Agent not appeared, Joshua would not have been able to fake an encounter.  It was a God-initiated happening.  We love Him because HE FIRST loved us!
        “The angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Moses) in a flame of fire out of the midst of the bush…” (Ex. 3:2).  Then Moses turned aside to see the great sight, and God called to him out of the midst of the bush.  There was a responsive action on Moses part, as there must be on our part, but he did not initiate the burning bush, GOD DID!  If we are alert to the Spirit, we will find that many times during the day we “TURN ASIDE,” to see the Lord in the situations and happenings of our day.  HE IS THERE!  Just as He came to Joshua, and he “lifted up his eyes, and looked,” and SAW─ so we also need only to LIFT UP OUR EYES, turn aside from our earth-consciousness, to see that HE IS THERE─ a dimension that goes BEYOND.  So we pray with the Psalmist, “Open   mine eyes, that I might behold wondrous things out of Your law.” (Ps. 119:18).
        “HE is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17)
        Before─ the Greek word is “pro” meaning: in front of, before.  HE IS FRONT AND CENTER, before all things!  And “by Him all things consist,” literally, unite, bring together, and HOLD TOGETHER.  There is no unity without Him, but BY HIM everything shall ultimately be united into righteousness.  The end is secure, it will ALL be united IN HIM before He has consummated His plan of the ages.  However, praise God, individually He can work in us NOW, to unify, yes, to “UNITE my heart to fear Your name.” (Ps. 86:11).  We have been so disjointed in ourselves, will, emotions, impulses pulling us in so many different directions, but HE can UNITE OUR HEART until “one thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after…” (Psalm 27:4).
        Certainly a vital part of being UNITED IN HIM, is to have Him FRONT AND CENTER in our life.  And it is amazing how many things, yes, even people, would usurp that position.  All religious programs are constructed that way─ we have heard it said so often, “Come on now, look at me, everybody’s attention this way, please, front and center,” and thus we focus on some man or woman.  But now we desire that HE would BE “before all things” in our life, for He is the I AM, the Eternal Center, the FOCAL POINT OF ALL THINGS.  This was the sudden challenge that had come into Joshua’s life─elevating his thoughts and sight far beyond the “us, and them” realm, to behold the Captain of the hosts of the Lord.
        “For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.  To Him be glory for ever.” (Romans 11:36, Amplified).
        Before all things, originating all things, in the middle of all things, and in the end of all things─ it is GOD ALL THE WAY!  When in your life He becomes the Center, then it is easier to acknowledge Him in the circumference and the far edges.  But if we only see Him “now and then” in some isolated happenings, then the center of our life will be filled with the turmoil of duality.  You will continuously be fighting the “us, and them” syndrome.
        When we truly see THE CAPTAIN, we will not see the furthering of a work, or a movement; it will not be the promotion of a teaching, etc. for we see HIM “who is ABOVE ALL, and THROUGH ALL, and IN YOU ALL.” We love the truths of sonship and growing up into spiritual maturity, we rejoice in the knowledge that He purposes to save all men, and shall not lose a one, but precious as these teachings are, they are not the issue─ the issue is CHRIST!  When He is the CENTER, He will fill all things with Himself.  The responsibility is His, and He will accomplish it all to His praise and glory.  “He must reign, till He has put all enemies under His feet.” (1 Cor. 15:25).
        If we have a work, a movement, a teaching that we must promote, then the same will demand our protection and defense, and the support of the flesh.  All the jealous factions in the world today are because something other than Christ has become the central factor.  Somebody took a side and said, “it is US, and THEM.” The existence of all these many sects, divisions, petty jealousies, simply represent the absence of an ADEQUATE REVELATION OF CHRIST, for as He increases, all these things will decrease.  Truth needs no defense, it IS!  When HE is the Center of our life, we do not have to “support Him,” but He will fully support us.  We have no work to defend or support, no organization to maintain─ for all of our life is found IN HIM.  As He becomes FRONT AND CENTER, and all is truly focused on Him, then He orders the steps He wants to be taken, He supplies for the work to be done.  So we abandon the side issues to have HIM, the Culmination, the Fruition, the Omega of all things.
        If we are to bear the image of Christ, it becomes obvious that we have to get rid of all other images.  For as Paul declared, “It pleased God… to reveal His Son IN ME, that I might preach HIM…” (Galatians 1:15-16). 
        The purpose of the revelation of the Son INWARD, is that we might then express Him OUTWARD.  We cannot preach HIM, if first we have not had Him revealed TO and IN us.  When HE IS OUR INNER LIFE, then life can flow out of us to minister the same to others.  “He that has the Son HAS…” (1 John 5:12).  Has life, yes, but also whatever the SON IS, such is the possession we are to enjoy.  The Son is LIFE, and so we have life; the Son is JOY, so we have joy; the Son is PEACE, so we have peace.  Thus the pre-requisite is to HAVE THE SON!  We cannot reveal Him “of ourselves.” HE dwells within, and then HE SHINES OUT─ emanating forth to bless others.
        Praise God, you do not have to worry about the “US, and THEM,” when you have the CAPTAIN of the divine hosts with you, for HE is BEYOND all of the “us, and them.” Are You for us, or them?  NO!  NEITHER!  Find your life in Christ, and He will take care of all the lesser realms.  “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these other things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33).
        It is most significant that the first act on Joshua’s part, after he was introduced to the REALM BEYOND “NEITHER,” was to immediately fall on his face and worship.  He got his eyes off his adversaries, he got his eyes off of himself─ and in beholding the Captain, worship became an immediate priority.  The first thing was not to equip Joshua to fight better, he was not rallied with a pep talk to start waging some kind of spiritual warfare.  There is a realm, where for you personally, Satan ceases to exist─ for you partake of that victory wherein Christ “Destroyed (literally, down-idled) him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” (Heb. 2:14).  There is no need to go about ghost-chasing, nor fighting phantoms, when you have the VICTORY OF THE SON.  “He that has the Son has…” If the negatives are always before you, front and center in your life, then negativity will color everything you think and do.  But when JESUS CHRIST is the Center of your life, then HIS LIFE will be stamped upon all you think and do!  You will not see a negative “us, and them.” Far too many people still live in this duality─ they have a “religious/us, and a satan/them,” so they are engaged in a constant battle.  Warfare requires two sides.  But when ALL IS ONE IN CHRIST─ even now you receive all things from HIS HAND and recognize no other source, then as your will is surrendered into His will, there is oneness, and warfare ends.  “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4).  Hallelujah!
        Yes, God has a firstfruits of His new creation species in the world today, and they are beating their swords into plowshares─ they have a message for God’s people, that “her warfare is accomplished, her iniquity is pardoned.” (Isaiah 40:2).  The good news is that CHRIST HAS WON, and now He shares that victory with His people.  “Thanks be to God, for He always leads me in His triumphal train, through union with Christ, and everywhere through me keeps spreading the perfume of the knowledge of Him.” (2 Cor. 2:14, Williams).
        Hear it, beloved friend, it is one of the most important statements of this entire message: ALL FUTURE ACTIVITY IS TO SPRING OUT OF WORSHIP!  Whatever you do, it is to be rooted in your worship of Him.  All of our life is to be lived as a worship to Him.  When HE is living His life through us, then the nitty-gritty of every day living becomes an act of worship to the Lord.  The moment Joshua’s attention was directed away from the “us, and them,” to behold the Captain of the hosts of the Lord, immediately worship was the order of the day.  “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” (Ps. 100:4).  And it is a fact that, while we are actively worshipping Him, we will not take the glory to ourselves for what is happening.  I cannot declare “my name,” nor “my ministry,” if I am worshipping Him.  Nor will we “judge Him” with our why? etc. as if He didn’t know what He was doing, but there will be that free flowing worship from our heart, to magnify our Lord.  When our will and God’s will are one─ unified by our worship to Him, then we have gone beyond “us, and them,” my will/God’s will, and in that higher realm of UNION with Christ, all “neithers” have disappeared.
        It is exceedingly noteworthy that the first New Testament record of going beyond “neither,” is also in conjunction with worship. O, this is good!
        The woman of Samaria said to Him, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.  Jesus said unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour comes, when you shall NEITHER in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. – But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:20-21, 23).
        “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain.” It is amazing how much religion is simply a carry-on because “our fathers did it this way.” Each generation blindly following on in the form and ceremony that is perpetuated as the blind lead the blind.  That it was not satisfying was immediately apparent, for the woman, in quest for satisfaction had gone through five husbands, and was now living with a man she didn’t even bother to marry.  Jesus then zeroed in on her INNER NEED, for the WATER OF LIFE to flow from within, which would satisfy and end this fruitless search as she had known it. it is also significant that the moment Jesus revealed the fact that He knew of her present status, that she said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet,” and it was the woman who then brought up the subject of worship.  Worship was supposed to SATISFY THE DEEP INNER DESIRES and had it done its inworking, she would not have needed to try out so many men in her quest for satisfaction.  But however her fathers might have worshipped in their mountain it certainly did nothing for her, it did not meet her inner need.
        It could become a probing question, every time we meet a deeply troubled person, that finds daily living empty, meaningless, totally unsatisfying─ to ask them, “HOW REAL IS YOUR WORSHIP OF GOD?” And immediately you will hear a long list of excuses, ranging from not being a very religious person, to how devoid of life all the churches are─ that they only offer platitudes and trite phrases, meaningless rituals, or else a lot of hype with little substance, etc.  My parents went there, but it didn’t do much for me.  Besides, how do I know which church is right?  Our fathers said to worship in this mountain (denomination), and yet you (the Jews) say that Jerusalem (your denomination) is the place to worship.  Everybody thinks they have the right set of rules, ceremonies, doctrines, etc.  All of this conflict among churches─ it’s so confusing─ so where to worship?  But the question is not WHERE, but WHOM do we worship!
        Worship─ in this mountain?  Or in Jerusalem?  NO!  NEITHER!  It is time to get past all preference for particular places, for there is a realm beyond all geographical locations, a realm beyond all denominational boundaries, it is “IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH,” and it brings you into life and reality.
        He called God a SPIRIT, that He might distinguish Him from bodies, that is, to take their eyes off of man, and off of man-appointed places.  Always man wants to go to a special sacred mountain, a cathedral, a convention, places that cater to the senses of the flesh, or the ascetic sense of the soul. it becomes a matter of location, of surroundings, of ritual and ceremony.  And soon it focuses in on some man, a leader, an apostle, a prophet, a favorite teacher, etc.  But GOD IS SPIRIT, and we must GO BEYOND humanity, bodies and places, and from our hearts worship arises to Him wherever we might be.
        And He named Him THE TRUTH, to distinguish Him from a shadow or an image.  Those that worshipped in Jerusalem were in subjection to the shadow, image of heavenly things.  They had their laws, their ceremonies, their types and shadows, but they lacked THE REALITY, THE TRUTH.  People are so prone to worship a form, a sign, a symbol.  “You observe days, and months, and times, and years.” (Gal. 4:10).  Jerusalem knew every feast day, prophetic of that greater reality to come─ but they never left the realm of shadow and image to embrace the reality of His life─ to receive Him who is THE TRUTH!
        A sign is only of value for the message it conveys, pointing you toward the reality.  You may fellowship around the sign, extol its message, rejoice in it, have a celebration to honor the sign, sing about it, preach about it, write books about it, and never know the blessed life of its reality.  So much of Christendom is wrapped up in images, shadows, signs and symbols, but they will not move on into reality because they are caught in the realm of “us, and them.” WE keep the feasts, and THEY don’t.  We are much more spiritual than they are, for look what we are doing, we have the sign, we have the image. Ah, they are worshipping a day, a form, a sign, but it is a long way from being “in spirit and in truth.
        “Thus there is a vital word for today─ LEAVE THE REALM OF “US, and THEM,” leave the realm of particular places, particular images, particular signs and symbols, all of which have become idolatrous, and cater to the realm of the flesh, encourage self-righteousness, building kingdoms for men, and, as Paul said, “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim. 3:7).  If the sign, shadow, does not urge you onward toward the full light of reality, if it becomes an end in itself to be perpetuated in a ceaseless cycle of ritual and ceremony, it has become idolatry.
        O to worship Him in spirit and in truth.  Spirit lifts us out of the realm places, and humanity-consciousness, and truth lifts you out of the image and shadow, and into the fulfillment of reality.  “Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a purely human point of view – in terms of natural standards of value.  No, even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now we have such knowledge of Him that we know Him no longer in terms of the flesh.” (2 Cor. 5:16, Amplified).  Praise God, He is no longer a Babe in the manger, nor the Man on the cross, He is the Living Christ who dwells within us by His Spirit.
        There is a realm beyond “US, and THEM,” it is beyond humanity, beyond all image and shadow, types and allegories, beyond sacred mountains, beyond a temple in Jerusalem.  And while in our humanness and carnality we take our sides, split and divide, He is saying in a loud clear voice, NO! NEITHER!  Not these low realms!  It is time to focus front and center on CHRIST ALONE that He might have pre-eminence within us, to fill us with Himself.  And it will be out of our worshipping Him in spirit and in truth, that we will see the miracles of transformation ─ lives that are changed, sorrow turned into joy, and He will be exalted, while all men shall be blessed with His mercy.

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by Ray and Doris Prinzing


No. 31

THE VISION (expectation)
OF OUR DESTINY
 

“And this is my prayer.  That God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the all-glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and the insight to know more of Him: that you may receive that inner illumination of the Spirit which will make you realize how great is that hope to which He is calling you.” (Ephesians 1:16-18, Phillips).

From God all things proceeding, to God all things return,

How great this expectation that in my heart doth burn.

A hope that’s firmly anchored in Christ within the veil,

Nought can this truth diminish─ His Word shall ever prevail.

The dark and gloomy wasteland, the ignorance that was grim,

The heart that was so empty─ shall now be filled with Him.

I know He is my Father, He is my destiny,

I’ll find within His fullness a life of victory.

        “THAT YOU MAY RECEIVE THAT INNER ILLUMINATION OF THE SPIRIT.” Revelation is not self-induced, nor conjured up by the reasonings of the natural mind.  The holy Spirit sovereignly MOVES upon the deep of our being, and He says, “Let there be light.” And when His light shines upon our pathway, suddenly WE KNOW things which were long obscured and hidden in the counsels of God.  And so we pray with the Psalmist, “Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live, and keep Your Word.  Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.  I am a stranger in the earth: hide not Your commandments from me.” (Psalm 119:17-19).
        It may be that there are those who are “comfortable” with the world, as if they belonged here, and so they find their life filled with the things of the world.  But there are those who also feel so keenly, “I AM A STRANGER IN THE EARTH,” I am a mis-fit here, I don’t belong here, I am as a pilgrim and a stranger on the earth.  “They that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country (Greek, a father-land).” (Heb. 11:14).  And truly “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You; in whose heart are the highways to Zion.” (Psalm 84:5, Amplified).
        IN THE HEART─ engrained upon our spirit─ IS THE HIGHWAY TO ZION.  Thus we walk by the light of the CHRIST WITHIN, for He alone can direct our steps and bring us into the fulfillment of our destiny.  The philosopher wrote of those who “march to the beat of a different drummer,” because within them is a bent, a motivation, a thought pattern that is out of step with the common crowd.  But never is this more true than in the life of a BELIEVER who is a STRANGER TO THIS WORLD, because God has written into them a path which leads to Zion.  While the masses are marching down the hill, to the lowlands of sensual pleasure, these are marching UP THE HILL, heeding that inner call to “come up higher,” as they seek for the fulfillment of desire which can only be found in God.
        Only the holy Spirit can ILLUMINE THIS INNER WAY.  “The Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God – the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny.” (1 Cor. 2:10, Amplified).
        Only by divine revelation can man know what God is doing, and thus “Be established in present truth.” (2 Peter 1:12).  Therefore we are grateful for the promise, “The Spirit also helps our infirmities (weaknesses)…” (Romans 8:26).  How?  By making “intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” We know not what─ the natural man knows not─ and so the Holy Spirit comes to our rescue, helping our weakness, our not knowing.  Mindful of our IGNORANCE, He converses with us, has dealings with us, that He might reveal to us what is in the mind of God for us.  He (the Spirit) who has searched out the deep things of God, is beautifully able to unfold them to us “line upon line, precept upon precept,” in a way that we begin to understand and grasp just what it is that God has planned for us.  Then we can begin to pray in harmony with the will of God─ not foolishly asking for things which would be a detriment to our walk, but surrendering ourselves to Him to become ONE IN HIS WILL.  When I know not THE WHAT of my calling, then the Spirit, KNOWING THE WHAT, can reveal to me the way to go.  HE connects the REALITY OF GOD with our need, and guides us into all truth.
        Let it be clear: ALL that He speaks is TRUTH.  Furthermore, the Spirit is not limited to just “quoting scripture,” and expounding “the Word of God.” He knows what is in the mind of God for you─ your destiny, your path for tomorrow, yes, your steps for today, and He dwells within you to be that INNER GUIDING LIGHT, helping you in all your weaknesses, your not-knowing.
        Once God spoke by Jeremiah, “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.  But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way.” (Jer. 23:21-22).
        What a picture!  I didn’t send them, but they are off and running. I never gave them a message, but they are busy prophesying.  So what are they saying?  If it is not a message from God, it has to be out of themselves.  And what have they accomplished?  Isaiah 26:18 says it well.  “We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Except it is OF THE LORD, all our efforts are in vain.
        When Absalom had rebelled against David his father, and eventually was slain by Joab, one of the captains of David’s army, a young man, Ahimaaz, said to Joab, “Let me now run, and bear the king tidings.” But Joab would not let him go.  “Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what you have seen.” So Ahimaaz asked again, “Let me, I also pray, run after Cushi.  And Joab said, Where will you run, my son, seeing that you have no tidings ready?” Still he persisted, and so finally Joab said, “Run.” Now Cushi had some very sad news to tell the king, and a heavy heart makes for heavy feet, and Cushi was not running very fast, and so Ahimaaz out-ran him and got to the king first.  So David asked him, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” And he answered, “I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.” And the king said, “Turn aside, and stand here.” Then he with the heavy heart, and running slower, came plodding up, and gave the king the news that his son was dead.  Methinks there is a real lesson to be learned in this record.  When you are bearing “THE BURDEN OF THE WORD OF THE LORD,” you will not be so swift to run and tell it just everywhere, but you will make sure that you are SENT, and to whom you are sent.  Nor will you run near as fast as these runners that have nothing to say, and are saying it.  When God speaks into your heart a revelation of WHAT HE IS DOING, it will solemnize you and cause you to walk softly before Him.  You just don’t run around telling God’s secrets everywhere.
        BUT─ “If they had stood in My counsel,” literally, in My secret assembly, to receive a message from Me, then they could cause the people to HEAR MY WORDS─ not words about themselves, not words about how great they are, not words about the many programs and works they are supposedly doing for God-but actually speaking A FRESH WORD FROM THE LORD, then they would actually turn the people around, causing them to forsake their evil ways. O, may the Lord bring us into such an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, to where we hear HIS WORDS, so that we have a people-changing message.  For HIS WORDS ARE SPIRIT, and THEY ARE LIFE.
        Only God knows what is in our destiny, as He fulfills His purpose in each of us.  Only He can reveal it, and bring us into its reality.  Thus we cry out with Jeremiah (10:23-24), “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.”
        Full well we know it is not in ourselves to direct our own way.  True, He has planted a sense of destiny within us, yet He has buried it in us in such a way “so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.” (Eccl. 3:11). only as His Spirit reveals to us of His way, guiding us into His truth, do we have a clear path before us.
        Full well also we know that we need much correction to bring each one into harmony with HIS WAY.  But then note that Jeremiah makes a real distinction between “judgment” and “anger,” though most of Christendom thinks they mean the same thing.  The judgments of God are His INSTRUCTIONAL (chastenings if necessary) PROCESSINGS which bring us into alignment with His righteousness and purpose.  Anger bespeaks of an energy force in motion, which can often be somewhat devastating.  However, we might also add, the ANGER OF THE LORD also includes in it the restoration needed after the old is removed.  While man, in his limitations, destroys and walks off and leaves it in ruin.  We truly learn to welcome His judgments, even as it is written, “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept Your Word. – I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that You in faithfulness have afflicted me.” (Psalm 119:67, 75).
        We pray for our eyes to be enlightened, that we might know what is the hope of our calling, yet how little we realized that a vital part of the process of enlightenment are HIS JUDGMENTS.  “With my soul have I desired You in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek you early: for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will LEARN RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Isaiah 26:9).  Yes, we have hope in His very judgments!
        Hope─ the Greek word is “elpis” meaning: expectation, knowing it is sure.
       One of the Hebrew words used for “expectation” is “tiqvah” and literally means: A CORD, coming from “qavah” which means: to bind together.  TO KNOW YOUR HOPE is to have a CORD that holds you to the ultimate victory and realization.  Furthermore, since our calling/destiny is from God, we do not wishfully dream up our own hope, it is GOD-GIVEN.  He extends the CORD to us, having anchored it firmly in Himself, and then by loving-kindness wraps it around us, so that we are HELD to our ultimate destiny.  “Which we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil.” (Hebrews 6:19).  We are BOUND UNTO HIM─ hope comes from His heart into ours, and binds us all together.  He will never release His end of the CORD, and we need to firmly grasp ours, knowing that “There shall be a reward, and your expectation shall not be cut off.” (Prov. 24:14)
        Eyes enlightened to know WHAT is the HOPE of your calling?  So, what are we called to?  Go back in the chapter (Ephesians 1), from whence we took our text, and it is speaking of our call to SONSHIP.  “According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” (Ephesians 1:4-5).
        Note especially the word “adoption” coming from a Greek word that means: placement as a son.  It does not mean that orphaned children, gendered by other fathers, having other natures, are suddenly accepted into a family, as our present day thinking of adoption goes.  Rather, the Word is clear, “That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.” (Gal. 4:1-2).  When he has been fully trained and developed, disciplined and grown, then the father specifically PLACED HIM IN THE POSITION OF A SON, with all the rights and privileges of maturity.  He was gendered by the father, he had the father’s nature, but he needed to GROW UP.  He was not a bastard, he did not have some other man’s lineage in him, but though he was born AN HEIR, he could not exercise the rights of that position until PLACED THERE BY HIS FATHER.  A vital part of our HOPE is this PLACEMENT AS A SON.  His sons are generated by His Spirit, with His nature, His heredity, they are His own children!
        Christendom proposes an amalgamation of the children of all these religious fathers (denominations, etc), to make them one big happy family, supposedly called “the family of God,” and then they wonder why, when they get some of them together, they are not happy.  But they are all of different natures─ and different cultures─ birthed by these various spirits, and they cannot harmonize.  They fight and split over all these inner characteristics which are but expressions of their religious lineage.  Only as each one of us are BORN FROM ABOVE, with our heavenly Father’s nature, can we come together and rejoice, to sing, “I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God.” It is IN HIM that we have “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Eph. 4:5-6).  Yes, it is in the measure that He is “IN YOU ALL,” that we are one with each other.  Our union is with Him─ then with each other.  Bless His name!
        “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Cor. 6:17).  To this end He is working in us, and for this cause it is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27).  He comes to dwell within that He might purge and purify, discipline and strengthen us, until we are ready to be placed into that position to which we are called.  He knows the WHAT of our calling, and He knows what is needed so that we qualify for its fulfillment.  He is there within to intercede, converse with, have dealings with us, until we are fully ONE IN HIS WILL AND WAY.  And “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Gal. 4:6).  Why then do we want to run around any more in the futility of our own will, when we have within us the anointing of HIS SPIRIT which can search out the deep things of God, reveal this will of God to us, and say, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever we would turn to the right, or the left.
        Praise God, He has marked us out (predestinated us) “to be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29).  “We don’t know what we shall become in the future.  We only know that, if reality were to break through, we should reflect His likeness, for we should see Him as He really is.  Everyone who has at heart a hope like that keeps himself pure, for he knows how pure Christ is.” (1 John 3:2-3, Phillips).
        “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13).  There are those who, by reason of their psychic aberrations, would like to claim that they have arrived, for they speak of themselves, and would seek their own glory.  But God also has HIS OWN who are holding steady before Him, to believe for that GRACE WHICH IS TO BE BROUGHT, which will complete the work within them, so that they can be placed as HIS SONS, to then exercise the rights and privileges which will bring blessing to all nations.
        “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32).  He is bringing forth His LITTLE FLOCK, yes, HE IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH, His mystical corporate body, and through them He shall minister His life to all creation.
        No wonder we read, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse; that there may be bread in My house.” (Malachi 3:10).  This is not talking about tithes as pieces of paper, called money.  Christendom has built up such a doctrine on money, because they are interested only in financing their own kingdom building programs.  Their doctrines amount to a religious extortion as they greedily demand more and more.  But there is a far deeper meaning than just our tithes of our produce, our finances, etc.  He is speaking of HIS REMNANT!  HIS FIRSTFRUITS of the new creation order.
        In Isaiah 6, we find an interesting account of the vision of the Lord that came to Isaiah.  Once the prophet had beheld the Lord high and lifted up, had been purged of his own unclean lips, he heard a voice saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And he was quick to answer, “Here am I, send me.” The following verses tell how he would go, but speaking the truth, the people would not truly hear with their ears, nor see with their eyes, lest they would be converted and healed.  They simply would not respond to the message.  So Isaiah asked the next question, “Lord, how long?” (Isa. 6:11).  How long shall this blindness and deafness continue, and how long shall the effort remain fruitless?  The answer came back very clear─ “Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.”
        Certainly, historically, this was fulfilled, and the time of dispersion and captivity came and took almost all of them away.  But there was a promise─ “YET IN IT SHALL BE A TENTH, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: SO THE HOLY SEED SHALL BE THE SUBSTANCE THEREOF.” (Isa. 6:13).
        THERE SHALL BE A TENTH, they shall return, and though their whole processing shall be very severe, and they are stripped of all they possess, like an oak tree which loses all its leaves in the fall and winter, yet BECAUSE ITS SUBSTANCE IS IN THEM, because of “CHRIST IN YOU,” they shall abide, or endure the processing, and come forth with new life.  Not only does the TENTH RETURN, but the prophet goes on to say, AND SHALL BE EATEN.  This is in harmony with the message of Malachi.  Bring the tithe (tenth) into the storehouse, “that there might be BREAD in Mine house.” Why does He want BREAD in His house?  So that He has that supply to feed the hungry!
        “For we being many ARE ONE BREAD, ONE BODY: for we all are partakers of That One Bread (which is Christ).” (1 Corinthians 10:17).

   “Will you be poured out as wine upon the altar to Me?
    Will you be broken as bread to feed the hungry?
    Will you be so one in Me that I may do just as I will
    To make you life, and light, and love, My Word fulfill?”

         The vision is true!  God shall have A HOLY SEED!  They are the SUBSTANCE-THE BREAD of His house.  He shall take them, and break them, and bless them and give them to feed the hungry!  That is the purpose of sonship.  God so loved the world He GAVE HIS SON!  And He also will GIVE HIS SONS!  That is why He is intent on gathering up HIS TITHE, that is why He desires them to come into His Storehouse─ because He knows that all mankind is hungry for the BREAD which only He can give─ that which is saturated with HIS LIFE.
        While at present time the earth is being destroyed for lack of knowledge, yet He has promised a day when “The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14).  Indeed, we have an expectation that sometime, somewhere, GOD WILL MAKE ALL COME OUT RIGHT!  “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace, and not for evil, to GIVE YOU HOPE IN YOUR FINAL OUTCOME.” (Jer. 29:11, Amplified).
        “Weeping may endure for a night,” even for the dark night of the soul, “but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5).  JOY─ triumphant proclamations of victory, the Hebrew text reads, shall be heard throughout the universe.  For all creation was “subjected IN HOPE, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Rom. 8:21).  What a destiny awaits all creation!
        But it is not the UNIVERSAL HOPE alone that is before us─ it is the HOPE OF YOUR CALLING.  He has a destiny for YOU, and “Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it.” (1 Thess. 5:24).
        But, you ask, what if it does not come during my physical lifespan?  Then remember what the Psalmist said, “My flesh also shall REST IN HOPE.” (Psalm 16:9).  Even the corruptible body that goes into the grave can REST IN HOPE because He has promised that “When this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Cor. 15:54).
        And know this, beloved friend, that IN HIS TIME “You shall call, and I will answer You: You will have a desire to the work of Your hands.” (Job 14:15).  What He has started, even this work of transformation in us, He will also finish─ for He is both the Author and the Finisher of our faith.  Physical death does not stop His workings.  Job clearly understood this.  He was wearied of his trial, and he could wish for death, “O that You would hide me in the grave.” My tired old body WOULD JUST REST IN HOPE!  Then, when You are ready to finish Your work in me, ready to clothe me with a new body, You will call, and I will answer, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A DESIRE TO THE WORK OF YOUR HANDS.  “I am my Beloved’s, and His desire is toward me.”
        We have a vision of victory─ we cannot lose, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).  His love is all- encompassing, and it never fails.  “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: Your mercy, O Lord, endures for ever.” (Psalm 138:8).
        Let the vision of your destiny be wrapped around you like a strong cord, and be assured, the Lord has wondrous plans for you─ and you─ AND YOU!  Amen!

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No. 32

THINGS THAT REMAIN

“Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and God’s fear.  God is a consuming fire.”
(Hebrews 12:26-29).

        How encouraging to know that there are things which are unshakable, which cannot be moved.  And now through our many processings God is within that He might have a people who ARE UNSHAKABLE, with whom He share His kingdom─ a kingdom which cannot be moved.
        Jesus told His disciples there “Shall be great tribulation, such as from the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matt. 24:21-22)
        Tribulation─ literally, the Greek word here is “PRESSURE.” And Paul states that we all “must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22).  The receiving of eternal realities includes a preparation time when everything around us seems to be shaken as we are pressed out of self, and into Him.  Long time ago someone coined the phrase, “These are times that try men’s souls.” And I dare say, there is a fulfillment of this in every generation, as each of us in turn face the processings whereby we are tried─ times when we are “tribulated/pressured.” For God has purposed from the beginning that suffering, pressure, affliction, distress, etc. would be portioned out to every man, and “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matt. 6:34).  There is a quota measured out─ whether it be a thimbleful, or a time when “all Your waves and Your billows are gone over me.” (Ps. 42:7), but whatever the measure, it’s sufficient for His working.
        There is an individual inworking, a “MINOR FULFILLMENT,” when we go through our tribulation, and know that “except the Lord shorten the days” we would not be able to endure.  But, thank God, “HE gives more grace when the burdens grow greater, He adds more strength when the labors increase,” as the song so beautifully expresses it, and so we are able to walk it out until we come to the day when things cannot be shaken.  It will be found that God does not wait until en-masse we come to the end of the age, and then suddenly we are all transformed─ but “every man in his own order,” (1 Cor. 15:23), faces his moment of truth, and God’s redemptive processings.

Sufficient for the day, thy strength shall ever be,
His grace aboundeth more, enough for all thy need.
In faithfulness He gives hope for tomorrow,
Beyond all present care, His mercy doth exceed.

Sufficient for the day, His life to thee is given,
No need to fear the foe, when He is by thy side,
His power shall conquer all, turn night to dawning,
Beyond earth’s dark travail, His glory shall abide.

        Whatever the over-all dispensational workings of God, there are INDIVIDUAL inworkings that can make it THE LAST DAYS FOR US─ that is, the ending of self, and the beginning of a new lifestyle─ HIS more abundant life.  Let it be the last days of your will, the last days of your ego-trip, the last days of your carnal ambitions, etc.  The cross, the death-throes of the old self-life, and all the pressure of our times become the BIRTHPANGS to bring us into the newness of His life, in whatever measure He might ordain.  We are His workmanship, and He will complete in us that which He has begun.
        Truly, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  THEY ARE NEW EVERY MORNING: great is Your faithfulness.  THE LORD IS MY PORTION, says my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24).  It is interesting that overall God has given a sense of anticipation with the dawning of each new day.  The night is long and we draw near to the dawn, and hope that perhaps this day will be a bend in the road, and things will get better.  HIS mercies are new every morning.
        In every generation God has His people which remain true to Him, even if betimes we feel so all alone.  And Paul uses Elijah as an example of this, with God telling Elijah, “I have reserved to Myself seven thousand which have not bowed their knee to the image of Baal.” And then Paul goes on to tell us “Even so then AT THIS PRESENT TIME ALSO there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Rom. 11:4-5).  A remnant in Elijah’s day, a remnant in Paul’s day, and now hundreds of years later, A REMNANT IN OUR DAY.  There are some priority words which stand out very special in all of this─ remnant, election, and grace.  The same God who RESERVED A REMNANT in Elijah’s day, is the God who chose a remnant in Paul’s day, and who yet, BY GRACE, in this day is drawing to Himself a people separated unto Him, who will not bow their knee to the religious structures of our day and time.  It is a sovereign handiwork of God.  Jude warns us to beware of “Those who separate themselves, sensual (soulish), having not the Spirit.” (Jude 19).  The calling, the setting apart, the sovereign inworking of His Spirit, is all wrought by God, and not something that we do in/of ourselves.  We are the work of His hands.  You do not separate your self from His Body, and say, “I will feel more spiritual if I sit over in this corner by myself.” That would be a very soulish reaction out of your own sentiment and self­will.  But “he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Cor. 6:17).  And THE MORE WE ARE JOINED TO THE LORD, THE MORE WE WILL BE JOINED TO HIS BODY, even if He has scattered us into the far countries of the earth.  A God-appointed physical separation does not hinder a spirit union with Him.
        There is no penalty for where we live─ no need of missing God because we are not a part of some big city gathering.  I know there are those lonely hearts, daily seeking God, who wonder if per chance they will miss the move of God because they are isolated today, through circumstances not of their choosing, but because of obedience to Him who orders their steps.  We hear of great things supposedly happening here or there, while in our own little corner we often do not even feel religious, let alone feel spiritual, and we wonder if God might even pass us by.  Ah, we repeat, there is no penalty because of where we live.  HIS SPIRIT IS OMNIPRESENT, and when the Son rises with healing in His wings, the LIGHT will penetrate into every obscure corner, and He will minister to you the same as He does in every place. HE COMES TO US, and He knows exactly where we are at.  Just keep your eyes single unto Him, prepared to hear every whisper, and you will also be ready to hear Him when “the Lord shall roar out of Zion.” (Joel 3:16).  Worship Him through all the mundane duties of the day, and He will fulfill all that He has purposed and promised for you.
        Now let’s note the Old Testament passage from whence the writer of Hebrews took his quote.  “For thus says the Lord of hosts, Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts.” And then we read on, “I will shake the heavens and the earth; and I will over­throw the throne of kingdoms, I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen.” (Haggai 2:6-7, 21-22).
        Such a positive purpose is being wrought out through all the shaking, that when we see these things happening, in our own life, or in others, we ought to bow low in worship and praise to our God.  EVIL SHALL HAVE AN END, as “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” (Rev. 11:15).  He is only shaking out those things that need to be removed, while that which cannot be shaken might remain, to His glory and praise.
        Through all the shaking─ heavens, earth, sea, dry land─ it is all a part of the birthing.  “THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS SHALL COME.” One can only begin to imagine, by the severity of the birthpangs, of the tremendous value and glory of that which is now to be brought forth.  This is just the opposite of what we read concerning man’s efforts: “We have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” (Isaiah 26:18).  But now GOD’S SHAKING IS PRODUCING SOME GLORIOUS RESULTS.  The kingdoms of the heathen are being destroyed, the kingdom of God is being established in the earth, and in His time the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea.  Truly, the travail will be forgotten as a dream in the night, when His awesome glory is revealed.  When the DESIRE of all nations comes, the pain of the shaking will be turned into joy.
        Interesting word, “desire,” from the Hebrew “chemdah” meaning: delight, goodly, precious, desire.  The Amplified gives a footnote: “With great reluctance we refrain from capitalizing the word “desire,” and making the phrase point directly to the Messiah.  But the verb “shall come” is plural.” So they took this to mean reference to the many treasures brought into the temple, not understanding that it was THE MESSIAH’S BODY, PLURAL.  Somehow they sensed that DESIRE should be capitalized and thus signify the Messiah, but they didn’t know how to handle the plurality of the word.  Jude knew how, and stated, “Lo, comes the Lord in holy myriads of Himself.” (Jude 14, Literal trans.). While Obadiah 21 tells us, “And saviours shall come upon mount Zion…” Jesus Christ, the Head of the body, is the DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS that shall come, and with Him is that plurality of saints who are ONE IN/WITH HIM.  “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory.” (Col. 3:4).  Praise His wonderful name.
        Rotherham’s footnote bears out that Fuerst’s Hebrew Lexicon gives, “THE NOBLEST OF ALL PEOPLE SHALL COME.” Singularly Christ is The Noble One, but in plurality it includes His whole body.  He is now birthing His nobility with some shakings, and at the same time using those shakings to remove everything that is not of that nobility.  Thus this becomes a very vital purging, cleansing time, when God begins to move in our lives with shaking processings, to loose us from the trappings of self-will, carnality, and anything that does not measure up to the image and standard of Christ.
        Septuagint version uses the Greek word “ta eklekt”,  meaning: the choice  things.  But it is to be noted that “eklekta” comes from the same root as “eklektos” which means: chosen, ELECT.  There is an election of grace─ a people that have been chosen out to become part of the firstfruits of the new creation species.  THEY ARE HIS TREASURE HID IN THE FIELD, and He is shaking the nations to dislodge His treasure, and gather them to become HIS LIVING TEMPLE, in whom He shall dwell.  And having overthrown and destroyed all other kingdoms then shall He fill this house with His glory.
        “Behold the name of the Lord comes from far, burning with His anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue as a devouring fire: and His breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, TO SIFT THE NATIONS WITH THE SIEVE OF VANITY…” (Isaiah 30:27-28).
        If ever there was an agonizing process, it is to be sifted in the sieve of vanity, to bring the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen to nothing. It is easy to relegate this to all the ungodly, but we find it personalized in our own experience─ He subjects us to the bondage of vanity to sift us until all the kings within us are sifted out, and HE ALONE is King within.
        We sing, “Jesus, Jesus, Lord to me, Master, Saviour, Prince of Peace, Ruler of my heart today, Jesus, Lord to me.”
        It is the establishment of His kingdom within, that is of vital importance today.  “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed.” (Daniel 2:44).  Thank God, while the old adamic realm is being overthrown and cast out, the new order of His kingdom is gradually filling the whole.  While being sifted with the sieve of vanity is no joy, there is a “nevertheless afterwards” which yields the peaceable fruit of His righteousness.
        “The Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold Satan has desired to have you, that he may SIFT you as wheat: BUT I HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen the brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32).
        Jesus said He had prayed for Peter, “that your faith fail not.” The Greek word is “ekleipo” meaning: to leave out, go into an eclipse.  The sifting was on, for a while Peter didn’t know if he was upside down or downside up, but JESUS HAD PRAYED FOR HIM, and his faith had not left him, it only took the crowing of a rooster to remind him where he was, and Who he was denying.  The sifting was not meant to destroy the wheat, only to remove the chaff.  “Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner.” (Matt. 3:12).  Gone was Peter’s arrogant self-sufficiency─ and he went out and wept bitterly.  When (not if), but WHEN you are converted (turned around, to find your life in Me) then strengthen the brethren, comfort them with the same comfort whereby you have been comforted.  Let them know that being sifted in the sieve of vanity will result in a positive victory, because HE HAS PRAYED FOR YOU!
        Herein is our security─ even though we pass through all the shaking and sifting, and wonder if anything will be left.  Oh, yes, BECAUSE HE PRAYED FOR US.  Change the metaphor for a moment, “When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10).  How do you know you will?  Because HE has prayed for me that my faith fails not─ it will not go into an eclipse but it will shine brighter than ever because of the dark of the night.  This is the handiwork of God in the midst of everything being shaken.  There is a realm that shall remain─ its victory is secure in Christ.
        In speaking of the present earth and heavens, the writer of Hebrews states, “They shall perish; but You remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment; and as a vesture shall You fold them up, and they shall be changed: BUT YOU ARE THE SAME, and Your years shall not fail (shall not go into an eclipse).” (Heb. 1:11-12).
        HE IS THE SAME─ “With Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17).  In the eternalness of the “I AM,” He is not diminished, nor do His years fail, wane, go into an eclipse.  Neither does He allow anything to separate us from His love─ “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39).  Not even our unbelief can hinder His ultimate purpose for us.  “If we believe not, yet HE ABIDES FAITHFUL: He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Tim. 2:13).
        Herein we begin to find our STABILITY, that while all else is being shaken, worn out, tossed about, HE REMAINS, “working all things after the counsel of His own will: that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.” (Eph. 1:11-12).  He is not shaken, HE IS THE SHAKER.  Just because we pass through times of being shaken, does not mean that God is shaken.  We are shaken because God is the Shaker─ shaking us for the purpose of REMOVING things wherein the flesh has become entrenched, so that in His time new dimensions of His purpose can be revealed/fulfilled in us.
        I repeat, GOD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR SHAKING.  The devil is not responsible for this shaking/removal process.  The devil cannot do anything outside of God’s control.  The adversary is no more than a dog on a leash, with GOD holding the leash, controlling the interplay of good and evil.  When God says, “Thus far, and no farther,” the boundary is made that none can pass over.  Be careful that in all your commanding/rebuking of the adversary, you also come against the handiwork of God, who says, “Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.” (Isa. 54:16).  “The Lord has made all things for Himself; yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.” (Prov. 16:4).  God knows exactly how much negativity we need mixed into our life, and these vessels of wrath will always catch you at your most vulnerable moment, as God shakes everything that can be shaken.  But HE REMAINS, and HIS HANDIWORK ALSO SHALL REMAIN.  He shall have “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Pet. 2:9). So it is─ if there be something in us that can be shaken, HE HAS A SHAKER READY TO DO THE SHAKING, and if it cannot be shaken, then we shall come through all the process “more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”
        Of all the THINGS THAT SHALL REMAIN, start with GOD, HE EVER IS, He never goes into an eclipse, He never fails.  “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing HE EVER LIVES to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25).
        Furthermore, “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He has set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for His law.” (Isa. 42:4).  Why do the people wait for His law?  Because deep within is a desire for THE GOSPEL, and they know that HIS WORD IS TRUE.  And it rightly follows, “But the WORD OF GOD endures (remains) forever.  And THIS is the Word by which the GOSPEL is preached unto you.” (1 Pet. 1:25).  THE GOOD NEWS SPRINGS OUT OF HIS WORD.  Far too much of what is preached these days does not come out of HIS WORD, but out of the theology of carnal minded men, and there is no good news in what they declare in their doom, gloom, and negative theories.  Yet the very angels declared the good news─ “glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” That is truth that abides.
        There is a little “study thought” to be tucked in here.  We often read in the Scripture, “It is written,” and we find that this is in the “perfect tense.” It speaks of a COMPLETE action HAVING PRESENT RESULTS.  Example, in 1 John 1:7 we read that “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” It is in the perfect tense, it has cleansed you, and IT CONTINUES TO CLEANSE YOU.  Likewise, when Jesus said, “It is written…” (Mt. 4:4), the Word was spoken by God through Moses 1,500 years before, but the Word was still on record─ they did not grow old, they did not go into an eclipse, it was as much TRUTH then as it was when first uttered─ the Word of God endures forever.  When His Spirit quickens it to you today, it is as real and vital and true as it was in the beginning, for it continues on through every generation─ abiding, enduring, EFFECTIVE!
        One more brief illustration, Eph. 2:8, “For by grace are you saved through faith…” Being in the perfect tense─ SAVED BY GRACE with the results that are present today and shall continue.  Grace is not just a historical happening in your life, it is an on-going work begun and maintained in you, with results that shall present you to Him with exceeding joy.  Because it is GRACE ALL THE WAY, you can lay aside all the flesh works you once tried to do to merit His favor, and work your way into salvation.  Grace does not need the help of man.  Jesus Christ alone is the Author and the Finisher.
        Next: “HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS remains for ever.” (2 Cor. 9:9).  Holiness is not a passing fad, it is HIS STATE OF BEING.  Every one that cries for holiness will be thrilled to know that when God has finished the shakings, He will have brought forth a new creation clothed with His righteousness─ holiness that is ABIDING─ eternal in the truest sense of the word.  When He said He would fill the house with His glory, “Whose house are we,” (Heb. 3:6), then He immediately ordained the times of shaking─ to shake out all that is not to His glory.  No self-glory, no self-righteousness.  “He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory.” (John 7:18).  Thus He would shake out the soulish realm of MY, ME, MINE, so that we can rightly worship Him in spirit and in truth.  And HE DOES purpose to fill the house (us) with His glory.
        Then, speaking of the NEW COVENANT, Paul said, “That which remains is glorious.” (2 Cor. 3:11).  The former order of the law is being shaken, for the purpose of being removed.  Remove the signs and symbols, the traditions, etc. and what is left?  THE NEW COVENANT THAT REMAINS!  When love covers all sin, the only way you can draw it out, examine it, condemn it, is to remove it from love’s covering and take it back to the law, which exposes, “for I had not known lust, except the law had said, You shall not covet.” (Rom. 7:7).  Such was the order that was done away.  In the New Covenant, He says, “NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES UNTO THEM.” (2 Cor. 5:19).  There is a realm of love’s reality which far exceeds our present understanding.  There is no condemnation, no guilt trip, no shame, no death, in the new covenant, which is a ministration of life─ God’s life that endures!
        “These things have I spoken unto you, that MY JOY MIGHT REMAIN in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11).  Shake out all the false gaiety and His joy remains.  This is the “joy of the Lord (that) is your strength.” This is the “joy that comes in the morning.” This is the proclamation of victory that is birthed out of the reality of CALVARY’S TRIUMPH, and the power of His resurrection.  This is enduring joy that overflows!
        And so we read, “Knowing in yourselves that you have in heaven a better and an ENDURING SUBSTANCE.  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.” (Heb. 10:34-35).  Yes, there is a removal of all that can be shaken─ of self, of the flesh, etc. but there is also that REALM THAT REMAINS─ “receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,” and IN HIM we are being made partakers.  Eternal life─His;  Righteousness─His;
The Word─His;  JOY─His; and IN HIM we have all that endures!  Amen!

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No. 33

 THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART
(a personal letter shared with all)
 

        How swiftly the years slip by, and according to the time measures of men, we are ending one year and beginning another.  It seems to be a fitting time to both reminisce─recalling the way the Lord has led, and then to look to the future with hope and courage, knowing that He goes before us to direct our steps and bring us into that place for which He has apprehended US. There is also a special “milestone” in my life which has caused a bit of reflection these past few months, as I now turn seventy (12-96 [ed.]).
        He knows the number of our days, and with confidence we can say with the Psalmist, “But I trusted in You, O Lord: I said, You are my God.  My times are in Your hand.” (Psalm 31:14-15).  It has been well stated, “Faith, in the Biblical sense, is not our holding on to God, but realizing that God is holding on to us.  It is not dependent on human effort, but totally dependent upon God’s love and faithfulness.” More and more we rest in the calm assurance that HE is holding on to us─ therefore victory is secure, all in His hand!
        Desiring to share with our children and grandchildren some of the testimony of the happenings of God’s grace through the years, I began to write out the record, and as the remembrances unfolded, it came to us that perhaps we ought to share with our many friends scattered across the land.  In no way would we exalt ourselves, nor draw attention to ourselves, but we would be of a mind to “give glory to God,” for all that He has done.  No doubt many will find a point of identification here and there, as the same inworking is a part of their story also.  We have titled the little sixty page book, “GOD HAS A MISFIT.” And even now I can hear some saying, “That’s me!” For we are misfits to this world, but, praise God, fitting in more and more in that relationship we have with Him. We seldom refer to our “humanity side,” for we would LIFT UP THE CHRIST, but perhaps this personal record will serve a purpose, too.
        Another point of pondering has been our activity in sharing the truths the Lord has quickened to us.  After duplicating and sending out over 100,000 cassette tapes over the years, we definitely felt led to end that ministry a couple of years ago.  Many tapes are still being circulated, and to God alone be all glory and praise for the help they might bring to some folk.
        Next came the matter of the books─ and again we felt impressed to let that means of sharing the Word gradually come to its own proper end, thus we are not having any more books reprinted, but when they run out, that’s it.
        Now, some will ask, what about Letters Of Truth?  As long as the Lord  leads we plan to continue this phase of the writing ministry. It is a joy and a privilege to be able to share these truths together.  It is in this regard that He has quickened to me three words: “He that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.” (1 Cor. 14:3).  Thus it is our prayer that the messages we share will fit within this context— to be a positive inspiration, given for edification, exhortation, and comfort. (NOTE: The Prinzings discontinued writing and mailing last year [ed. 9-03])..
        Edification— the Greek word is “oikodome”, literally: to build a dwelling.  And the Lexicon gives— “the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, happiness.” If all that we speak (or write) to others will BUILD THEM UP, encourage holiness and happiness, that is a precious sharing indeed.  And Paul urges us, “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Rom. 14:19).  No more contention, no more “put downs,” no more personal ego-boosting, self-attention getting, but every thing is said to bless and build another— that is a challenge indeed.
        One of the reasons that God gave to us apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teaching pastors, was “…for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Eph. 4: 12).  And in verse 29, Paul adds, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.” Surely this would end all condemnation and negative criticism, etc.  God help us to minister grace to our hearers (and our readers), for His grace truly builds us up.
        Jesus said, “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17).  Then later He said to His disciples, “As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you.” (John 20:21).  Which brings up the question, if we come condemning, who sent us? It was not the Father, for He does not send us to condemn.  No wonder Paul gave such emphasis to EDIFYING!  Be builder-uppers, not destroyers!
        Exhortation— now we have the Greek word “paraklesis” meaning: a calling alongside, and speaks of one who offers words of appeal, entreaty, solace, words which are instructive and admonitory, words of encouragement and of consolation.  Such speech obviously would also be edifying, for it builds up, strengthens, renews, and helps one to get a good grip and press on.
        Comfort— here we have a most interesting Greek word, “paramuthia,” which literally means: a tale alongside.  It is something said for the purpose of persuading, or, of arousing and stimulating, or, of calming and consoling.  We share little stories of happenings, illustrations, experiences, all with the intent of stirring up, soothing, calming the fears and frustrations, so that there is a fresh and positive attitude which strengthens and helps.  A little tale is called alongside to comfort and inspire.  Some people seem to have a real talent for saying “just the right thing.” God’s comforters!
        Now, blend it all together— edification, exhortation, and comfort, that is what we desire to take place as we share the Word which the Spirit quickens to us.  It is not for a building up of man’s kingdom, but for the building up of the body of Christ, that He might be glorified.  Yes, betimes there are doctrinal issues that need to be clarified.  There is fresh revelation which inspires and challenges us to press on toward the goal.  But most of all it is the deep desire of our heart to share that encouraging word that helps people walk through another day, while He perfects His work within.  We know it is GOD who works within, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.  And we know that in ourselves we are nothing, thus we pray that HE would anoint the Word so that what is shared would be truly uplifting.  “A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment, how good it is!” (Prov. 15:23, Amplified).
        Next, betimes we are asked   Do you ever plan to travel again for  meetings?  While we much enjoy sharing fellowship with God’s called out ones, we have sensed a real restraint these past few years— so that our going has been very limited.  Meetings just for meeting’s sake, is pointless.  But when we are drawn together by the Lord, there is purpose and blessing.  I dare say, the longer we are on the “back side of the desert,” the more we feel like Moses, when he said, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent … (Exodus 4:10).  There is such a sense of nothingness— yet we know that HE made the tongue, and when He anoints there is a Word to be shared, a truth to be declared.  So, at His proper timing and direction, we shall follow, as He leads.  There is an on-going purging within, so that HIS WILL is all that we desire even in regards to gatherings and travel.  Yet, as God once spoke to me, from a poem by Robert Frost—

“But I have promises to keep,
 And miles to go before I sleep.”


        We read, “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are.” (James 5:17) And Paul also stated the same, “We also are men of like passions with you,” (Act 14:15).  We share in common the pressures and stresses of the day, but we also find that OUR LORD WALKS WITH US through every happening.  So our prayer is that together we might hold a steady course in following Him.  HE will perfect that which concerns us, and as we pray one for another we know that wherever sin abounds, His grace abounds more. Amen.
        We do sincerely THANK YOU for your gracious help throughout the past year, Seems like “thanks” is such a feeble word to express our gratitude, but we praise God for His provision, and thank those who have had a part therein.

        And now, having ended our own personal letter, we share some “thoughts from the heart” of our extended family in Christ, may they be a blessing!

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         FROM ARIZONA: “We were called out of the church system about five years ago, and as the story goes, our list of friends and acquaintances have steadily diminished, and our closest loved family have also begun to look askance at us.  But even so, as Job, we cannot do otherwise now because we have become “Converts of the Glory,” and Christ must have preeminence over all.  We know of a certainty now that He is our All in all.  In Him only can we stand.  There is no other man that can stand in His stead for us.  HE is the lifter of our head, the Saviour of our soul, and the Head of the body.  Our most constant prayer is looking to Him each day for cleansing and strength to overcome our carnal nature, because we look for the prize of the high calling of God.  We, too, want to “come up hither,” and so we press on in prayer, and the Word, and in all the revelation that comes to us, for it lightens our load and gives us much joy in the Lord.”
        FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE: “I want to thank you for your faithful letters.  They speak so much to me where I am “at” for several years now.  I have “sat alone” for so long now, longing for the Light from above to shine on me.  The Lord has me so hemmed in by binding circumstances.  He gives me just enough, day by day, to keep going.  So often your letters are that daily sustenance He gives me.  How do you wait, so full of longing and zeal, with empty hands and upward gaze?  How else can we come to truly know patience and fortitude and long-suffering?  I am so thankful for the insights and confirmations I have received…”
        FROM KANSAS: “It seems my prayer is continually, “Father, give me truth.” There are so many that are “closed in,” literally bound in their doctrines and creeds.  Am continually grateful for the more and more freedom I feel.  Sometimes one feels all alone—shut away —but then He makes us aware of “Divinity Present,” and all is well again.  Amazing how the Father works and deals with us.  So many “words” floating around.  Again, perhaps that is why He draws us aside— that HE might do the speaking.”
        FROM PENNSYLVANIA: “Greetings in the name of Him who is high and lifted up, and His train fills the temple— Whose temple we are, hallelujah!  It thrills my heart to know that all over the world there are “lively stones” being built into this temple, even though we may come in contact perhaps with only “one of a city.” Oh, for the day when the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.  I should be overwhelmed just to see 7,000 who haven’t bowed the knee to Baal, but to see the whole earth tell of His glory— that would be breathtakingly magnificent.  And it is going to be, hallelujah!  The world looks to drugs to escape the pressure of these times, but our escape is in beholding the beauty of the Lord high and lifted up in our very own hearts, praise Him!”
        FROM TEXAS: “The writing I just received was such a blessing, it seemed it was as if the Lord was speaking directly to me.  Lately I have felt so empty — it was as if I had been set aside.  I would pray and read the Word, but it was just words.  But I feel God is emptying me of me, so He can fill me with Himself.  I know there are many obstacles ahead, but as He has brought me through this one, He will bring me into Him, and His will for my life.”
        FROM TEXAS: “I was reading about the Ark of the Covenant, and the symbolic 2,000 years.  These things stir the expectation that is in our spirits.  Ever since the holy Spirit began to unfold this truth about 3 years ago, it has continued to become more clear, and to come from the Scriptures from all directions, but it could only be shared as the Spirit would allow.  As this age comes to a close, and the next age comes into view, there is a great expectation as we wait, and it seems like last minute preparations are going on in us— like final adjustments inside, or tune-ups getting the inner man ready for the outward change of the body.  It seems the Spirit is saying that when our spirit and soul are finished being prepared, then in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the body can be changed, and we awake in His likeness.  When we see Him as He is, we shall be like Him, and of His substance, ready to be manifested, sons of God.  We have this hope alive in us now, and we know that it is God that is at work in us, and He will complete the work He has begun …. Waiting with great expectation!”
        FROM MICHIGAN: “We humans want to always think that we have finally come to the place of knowing God – we have the final answer.  Then suddenly He allows circumstances that touch our very core, and we move on knowing that we really know “nothing.” I don’t always understand His working, but I hold on to the knowledge that He is working, molding and shaping.  I look forward to the day when I awake with His likeness.”
        FROM OREGON: “The Letter, “He will not fail thee,” has strengthened my faith and trust immensely.  That truth is finally sinking deep into my spirit.  I can see how much I was trusting the institution of the church; now I am trusting Him in all things, in all places, in all people!  What a difference, to see with a single eye instead of weighing everything and everybody in terms of the cursed knowledge of good and evil, and all the  limitations of that perspective.  I am feeling “lighter,” more joyful, more carefree, now that I am sensing that HE is living my life.  His yoke is easy, His burden is light.”
        FROM ARKANSAS: “Sometimes it seems as if the Lord has left me – but then I get good articles and realize He is always there, and is working His great plan for my life.  The “old things” fall off very slowly, and sometimes with much pain, because we have gotten so used to them that they have wrapped themselves into our being.  But a touch from Him, a Word sometimes when least expected, makes me wonder why I walked and caressed darkness, when He is the LIGHT.  Step by step, moment by moment we are being made into His image and likeness.  God is faithful, and is bringing us up by His ways, into His new creation.”
        FROM TEXAS: “It seems this is a time of change, the ending of an age and the birthing of a new one.  The Spirit seems to be preparing all over.  The groans of Romans 8:23 are about ready to turn to shouts of joy.  There is a great expectancy in our spirit.  I have only one prayer to pray any more, and it is in harmony with everything my Father wants— the Son inside cries out, “Thy will be done.” It is no longer I that lives, but Christ.  It is like light and life are bottled up inside, and, like Gideon’s 300 waiting for the time for this earthen vessel to be broken, and the light to shine forth from the “sons” which the Father has placed in strategic places throughout the earth— waiting for the shout from the heavenly realm. – All I know for sure is it is about to happen, I just don’t know all the details yet. (But we are coming to know HIM).  Amen!”
        FROM INDIANA: “For some time I have been thinking of knowing God in a new way.  I told someone recently that I know God, but I want to know Him in a different way.  I know Him as Healer because He healed me when I was dying, and did not know Him at all.  I know Him as Saviour, Baptizer, Friend, and Sustainer in sad times.  But I am compelled to say there is more to knowing Him.  I could just say I want to know Him as GOD.  Does that sound reasonable?  It is all wonderful, and maybe He is getting us ready to move up higher.  His will be done is my constant desire and cry of my heart.”
        FROM MISSOURI: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17).  Interesting and enlightening, when one reads the “sense” and theme of this chapter, and sees that it really means “every gift of God is a perfecting gift.” God is interested in making us into His character and nature, to become light, because He is the “Father of lights.” Jesus said He was the light of mankind.  So if we become what He is, then we become lights, too, right?”
        FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.” We cannot expect to reign with Him if we have not tasted of His suffering!  We must have a taste of being despised and rejected, and I’m sure you dear folks have had a taste of that over the years, as you have withdrawn from Babylon.  We have been “rejected and elected” from them, and how we praise God that it has brought great liberty and we are free to follow the Lord.  What a privilege to be one of those “upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Cor. 10:11).  One translator says, “— upon whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.” New English Bible.  Williams says, “—in whose lives the climax of the ages has been reached.” Amen!
        FROM CALIFORNIA: “The Letters Of Truth are helping me as I see what the Father is doing— as He is bringing judgment upon America, and mostly upon the carnal nature of mankind.  I sense a purging even of myself, the carnal nature that so wants to control and be in control.  The Spirit wars against the flesh, and the flesh against the Spirit. I’ve gone through so many deep trials and testings … problems that keep me on my knees, crying out to the Father. I’m so thankful I can get strength from the Father when mine is gone.  I’m so thankful I can get courage when mine is gone.  And He, my Precious Lord, is showing me more and more that He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent…
He is setting me free.”
        FROM NEW YORK: “How quick the days go by, as Jesus said in Matthew 24:22, “Except those days be shortened, there shall no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Praise God, and so all flesh shall be saved.  For Christ in us is our hope of glory, and He is having more preeminence in our hearts as the prayers of Jesus are being fulfilled, for oneness with Him and the Father.  We are thankful for the processings and purgings that are going on, as we are being delivered from corruption and all unrighteousness.  Words cannot fully express the “Deep calling unto deep,” by the Spirit unto our spirit and heart… O, the awesomeness of His power and holiness, for only in Christ do we give unto Him the honor and glory, to His Majesty on high.”
        FROM ALBERTA, CANADA: “We are encouraged to yield to His dealings, indeed, to thank Him for the difficult times that He has arranged for us, knowing that when He has finished we will be made fit to share His glory.  And what a glorious day when the river of life shall flow.  Truly, a high and holy calling. One feels so humbled when, at least in part, we have the truth, made known. O, how I rejoice in the knowledge that He is indeed Lord, that His purpose to make mankind in His image will surely be fulfilled.  So many beautiful verses of Scripture saying it so clearly.  It must be that our eyes were blinded until His time to open them.  We exalt and worship this awesome and totally glorious God and Father.  And yet I must confess that there are times when I fume and fret, forgetting, until He gently reminds me. More and more we are separated unto Him.  Indeed, the things of this world are more and more losing their appeal.  He alone satisfies, and when our eyes are on Him, the peace and joy are so very wondrous.  So thankful that He who began the work will finish it.”
        FROM SCOTLAND: “—was a confirmation of what the Father has shown me to be reality.  We now get the Christian Channel on satellite TV, and hearing all these big name evangelists go on about faith I was beginning to wonder if I was missing something.  So refreshing are these writings, in contrast to the rantings of religious Babylon, they are a comfort and strength, and I pass them on to others.  For the past few years the voice of His Spirit has become much clearer to us, until we become hungry for that life-giving anointing, i.e. that intimacy of the Song of Solomon.  We long for that fulfillment that only He can give.  The culmination of the fulness that fills all in all.”
        FROM INDONESIA: “I would like to thank you for sending the Letters of Truth, they are really spiritual food to my spirit, and HE has made me grow in His knowledge.  Day by day He teaches me His ways that I may walk in His righteousness.  In my spiritual walk I find out that we can do nothing outside of Him, He is the One and the only One who supports our spiritual life.  Glory to Him!”
        FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA: “My heart has been so much blessed for I am reminded that the day breaks to unveil what has been taking place at night.  This is so because God often works in darkness, without the knowledge of man, so that He may later bring light for a man to testify the great things emanating from God. – I thank God that the night is withdrawing while the day is appearing.  Praise His wonderful name!”
        Praise God for every one that thirsts to know God, they shall be filled!

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No. 34

 TO COMFORT ALL THAT MOURN

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because He has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; … to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; TO COMFORT ALL THAT MOURN; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
(Matthew 5:4).

        It becomes a self-evident fact that you cannot be “comforted” if first you have not mourned.  No one can wipe away all tears from your eyes, if there be no tears.  God, in His great wisdom, declared, “I make peace, and create evil.” (Isa. 45:7).  Significant that the POSITIVE, peace, comes first.  The initial principle of all things IS GOOD.  Then, if it be perverted, turned into evil, when it is restored into its original state, again it is GOOD.  However, in the outworking of His plan of the ages, God not only controls the interplay of good and evil, but HE USES IT IN OUR PROCESSING.  And So we have our times of grief, trial, oppression of evil, and we are caused to MOURN.  Not to be in a perpetual state of mourning, but that in due time He might comfort us, and receive us unto Himself, that we might partake of His life, joy, and peace.
        And so the wise man wrote, there is “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Eccl. 3:4).
        Among the many different Hebrew words that have been translated by the word “mourn,” there are four that we would examine, each adding its own special inflection.  The first time the word “mourn” is used is concerning death.  “Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.” (Gen. 23:2).  The Hebrew word is “caphad” meaning: to tear the hair and beat the breast, (as Orientals do in grief), thus, TO MOURN.  It bespeaks of the intense grief one experiences at the death of a loved one.
        THANK GOD, on such occasions, “we sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. ─ Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:13-14, 18).
        It is true, when there has been the death of a loved one, it is a time for tears and mourning, in fact, it is right and proper for one to weep, for as the natural sorrow flows out then that DIVINE PEACE contained in our spirit is allowed to fill us, yet, thank God, when we do mourn the passing of a loved one, we do not sorrow as those that have no hope.  We shed our tears, walk through the mourning, and know that there is LIFE BEYOND THE GRAVE, and so we rejoice in the hope of resurrection.  And we can comfort ourselves and others with the Word of God— and the hope set before us.
        Next, Psalm 88:9, “My eye mourns by reason of affliction.” Now we have the word “daab” meaning: to be grieved, pained.  While the word “affliction” is “oniy” meaning: depression, misery, and also translated as trouble.  Many times our mourning is simply due to the PAIN OF THE TROUBLE that comes our way.  The humanity part of our being groans and moans because of the misery and depression of the trouble.
        We read in Job 5:6-7, “For affliction does not come from of the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground; yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”
        It is not the affliction, travail, misery that has emerged from the earth, it was MAN himself who was made a SON OF THE SOIL, “formed of the dust of the ground,” (Gen. 2:7).  And BORN UNTO TROUBLE— born to be exercised, to be disciplined, tutored.  FOR A PURPOSE— “I have seen the travail, which God has given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.” (Eccl. 3:10).  (Ps. 90:3), for a specific outworking of a purpose.  And certainly He is also our release, our comfort, and able to lift us up out of our times of depression.  But He is also the GRACE for our overcoming as “IN all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Rom. 8:37).
        “He went into a ship with His disciples: and He said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake.” (Luke 8:22).  This was a revelation of HIS WILL— inherent is the promise, “WE WILL GO OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE.” Then He goes to sleep, while a wind storm comes down on the lake, and the boat begins to fill with water, and the disciples become filled with fear, and are sure they are going to GO UNDER, and momentarily they forget that He said they were to GO OVER.  So they awaken Him, He rebukes the wind and raging of the water, and there is a calm.  Then “He said unto them, Where is your faith?” They didn’t need the faith to stand up themselves and take dominion over the storm.  All they needed was FAITH IN HIS WORD, HIS WILL, knowing that what He purposed would be fulfilled.  Faith for overcoming is just that— a believing that we will COME OVER— because HE said so.  Even if “all Your waves and Your billows are gone over me,” (Ps. 42:7), and we go “through fire and through water,” yet the end is secure, “BUT YOU BROUGHT US OUT INTO A WEALTHY PLACE.” (Ps. 66:12).
        How often we have been in a ship (circumstance), and conditions become very distressful, and we are sure that the ship is GOING DOWN, unless we do some thing, so we set about to rescue the sinking ship.  We think we must DO something to bolster and prop it up, lest it go down in defeat.  That very mentality has so gripped mankind, propagated by Christendom, that even many believers who yearn for more of God, feel they have to DO something, rather than BECOME something.  BECOMING is the result of HIS working in us, while the DOING is only the efforts of man trying to help God out.  In the process of BECOMING, there is a ceasing from our own works, and entering into His rest— yielding to Him, the Author and the Finisher of our faith.
        Changing metaphors, but illustrating the same truth, Ezekiel prophesied, “Because they have seduced My people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar.” They were sure they had helped strengthen the wall in their self­effort.  But, the prophet goes on, “It shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.” (Ezekiel 13:10-11).  The storms reveal how ineffectual the works of man really are.  “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” (Ps. 127:1).  And God is certainly causing some unusual storms these days to reveal what is man’s effort, and what truly is OF HIM.
        Storms— trials— indeed, “man is born unto trouble,” by the sovereign act of the will of God, but with DIVINE PURPOSE, that we might relinquish all the image of the earthy, that we might bear the image of the heavenly.  The storm comes, and we go into mourning— we mourn the loss of the old.  Death is not easy to cope with, but it becomes part of the transition into the new.  Death-throes can become BIRTH-PANGS as we learn to see Him in it all.
        So, continuing on in Job 5, with verses 8-9, “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: which does great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number.” SEEK HIM, COMMIT MY CAUSE TO HIM!  That is the purpose of all these storms— to turn us God-ward.  “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way.” Now God would turn us to HIS WAY, to “seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” And so, “Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man, to bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.” (Job 33:29-30).  That is the reason for these inworkings— to bring us into THE LIGHT OF HIS LIFE.  We thought He sent the storm to put us UNDER, and He was only processing us to BRING US OVER— over into life!
        Job 5:11, “To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.”
        Safety— Hebrew, “yesha,” and is the Hebrew word from which we get our English word “Jesus,” and it means: SALVATION, liberty, deliverance; from the root, to be open, wide, or free.  HE is our Saviour!  And He is WIDE OPEN unto us— “Come unto me, ALL you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28).  There is no greater OPEN salvation than Jesus Christ!  Some have tried to restrict this “openness,” and limit His salvation to those who subscribe to their doctrine and creed.  But HE has become THE OPEN, THE WIDE AND THE FREE for all mankind.  “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2).
        Not only are those that mourn to be exalted to safety, but they shall be lifted up to become ONE IN HIM— to share of that salvation with others, as it is written, “And saviours shall come up on mount Zion…” (Obadiah 21).  Wide open and free dispensers of His salvation, life, peace, victory.  “Such as I have, give I you …” (Acts 3:6).  Freely we have received of Him, and freely we shall give.  “Of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” (John 1:16).  Therefore, with the same OPENNESS may we be empowered to bring deliverance to others— that they might believe on Him and receive of His life even as we are now receiving from Him.  But IF there is any restrictiveness in you, any hesitancy in giving Him to ALL MEN, then it is self-evident that you are not a part of the “saviour company” that He shall bring to mount Zion.  Liberty in its fullest measure means LIBERTY FOR ALL!
        “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear (or reverence), and shall trust in the Lord.” (Ps. 40:2-3).
        Significant that the word “mourn” as used in the phrase “those which mourn may be exalted to safety,” is the Hebrew word “qadar” meaning: to be ashy, dark colored, so to mourn in sackcloth, or in dark garments.  The obvious is the black, or dark colored garments which so many wear to funerals.
        But there is another thought obscured in this— for sackcloth, the dark  garments, bespeaks of our mortality— and this grossly material body in which we dwell.  Truly, we are MOURNING FOR A RETURN TO OUR BRIGHT GARMENT OF LIGHT, into His glory.
        “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – “For in this we groan (grieve, mourn, sigh), earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from above. – For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.” (2 Cor. 5:2, 4).
        How we yearn for the day when we shall have an outward expression of the indwelling Christ.  This present “dark garment of humanity” CONCEALS THAT TRUE LIFE THAT ABIDES WITHIN.  Only in the measure we know by the Spirit do we know the real you— for your outer garment conceals, covers up the inner nature.  And only on occasion do we get glimpses of the inner man.  But when He has changed our body “that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body,” (Phil. 3:21), it will REVEAL what we have truly become In Him.  Your new body will be an open declaration of your standing in the fulness of God.  There is the glory of the sun, of the moon, of the stars, and “one star different from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead.” (1 Cor. 15:41-42).  “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3).  May we indeed yield ourselves, completely to Him, to be filled with Him, that we might express that glory.
        Methinks that in the final analysis that there will be but one question the Father will ask, when we stand before Him, namely,”HOW MUCH OF MY SON IS IN YOU?” And this presupposes another question which can be asked now.  How much of “you” has been removed?  Well did John the Baptist state it, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30).  All of this sojourn as we pass through the valley of the shadow of death, with all its mourning, is to bring us to an end of SELF, in its self-willed rebellion, that HIS WILL alone might be fulfilled in us.  We learn to cast ourselves upon Him, and to trust in Him, knowing that “I can of mine own self do nothing.” “No more I, but Christ lives in me.” Bless His wonderful name!
        The fourth Hebrew word for “mourn” that we would note, is found in Psalm 55:2-3, “Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn on my complaint, and make a noise; because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.”
        The word is “rawd” and means: to tramp about (modern speech, TO WALK THE FLOOR), ramble, disconsolate, thus, to mourn.  Someone pours out the tale of their grief, over and over again— TO RAMBLE.  The fact is, they are in mourning, and need to be comforted.  Someone walks the floor, pacing back and forth, why? because they are in mourning, and don’t know what to do.  They need to be comforted, not censored.  Aimlessly tramping about, a sure sign of a creature in mourning— longing for reality, answers for living.
        All of the evil in society, the confusion, the frustration, the bleakness, the unsolvable state humanity has gotten into— cause enough for mourning.
        “When a wicked man rules, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2).  Slip into the local coffee shop and listen to the people ramble about conditions in the government, the lack of solutions, the greed of those who bear rule, etc. and it soon becomes obvious that we are a people in mourning, and need to be comforted.  Truly, the real comforting answer is in the fact that the day is coming when it shall be said, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15).
        “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you  the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32).  He will institute all outward  manifestations of His kingdom in His time, in His way, and it is not man’s responsibility to “bring in the kingdom.” Contrary to the teaching of some, a man cannot legislate it, organize a march for it, vote it in, etc.  We can but RECEIVE IT when He gives it— and the timing of every manifestation is in His hand.  You can ramble about it in endless conversations, walk the floor over it in anxiety and consternation— mourn, and make a noise, but GOD ALONE controls the future.  However, the mourning is a sign that the old is passing, and that He is preparing us for the entrance of the new.  Praise His name!
        Samuel had been the one who, at the word of the Lord, had anointed Saul to be king over Israel, and then he watched the steady decline as Saul failed to obey the commands of the Lord.  Finally we read that God let Samuel know that Saul was rejected from being king, “And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.” (1 Sam. 15:11).  Then God spoke to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?” (1 Sam. 16:1).  This is a very applicable illustration.  How often have we wept all night and mourned over something that God was finished with?  Yet we wanted it to carry on some more, and hoped maybe we could even heal it if we tried hard enough, prayed long enough, fasted some more, and wept enough, etc.  Some lose a night’s sleep weeping over it all.
        But it was time for a new king to be anointed for his preparation process.  So, at the word of the Lord, Samuel went to Bethlehem, and called Jesse and his sons to a sacrifice, and in the process anointed David to be king.  Now Samuel’s mourning came to an end, and HOPE took over.  There was not an immediate transition of the kingdom from Saul to David, but the PROCESS OF PREPARING DAVID was on— a king was now in preparation.  Once you know that the new king has been anointed, quit your mourning, and start praising God while the preparation goes on— the end is secure in God.  If you have seen any where in the land that God is anointing a firstfruits of a new creation order, then cease your mourning over the old one that has failed so miserably.  Our HOPE is in the ANOINTING which is producing the new order.  Yes, the process may seem long, but “Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it.” (1 Thess. 5:24).
        Jeremiah weeps!  “The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts…” (Lam. 1:4).  Here is a mourning for the move of God that ceased.  People just don’t come to the services like they used to do.  We do not see revivals like the good old days.  In spite of all the hype and fanfare that men promote as they try to convince themselves that all is well, the life has gone out of the Latter Rain, out of the Charismatic, out of the Jesus movement, etc.  Programs might be bigger— great crowds, great offerings-­but the SPIRIT-LIFE is missing.  We have watched the decline, and mourned!
        “The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the Lord; the priests, the Lord’s ministers, mourn.” (Joel 1:9).  A dispensation was ending, and until they had a vision of the new that was coming, it was a time of mourning.  We turn from all the weeping, mourning, to read on-­ “Fear not, O Land; BE GLAD, AND REJOICE: for the Lord will do great things. — I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh…” (Joel 2:21, 28).  Look back at what is ending, and you mourn; look ahead to the beginning of a new move of God, and you surely rejoice.  THE COMFORT COMES WITH THE NEW OUTPOURING.
        They brought to Nehemiah a report of the condition of Jerusalem, how people were in great affliction and reproach, the walls broken down, and the gates burned with fire— devastation and woe everywhere.  “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:4).  God used all the mourning and sorrow to prepare him for a whole new working, as He imparted a vision to restore, to build anew that which was broken  down.  Praise God, “They that be of you shall build the old waste places: you shall raise up the foundation of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” (Isaiah 58:12).  Let devastation be behind us, restoration is before us!
        “O God, who is like unto You!  You, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken me again, and shall bring me up again from the depths of the earth.  You shall increase my greatness, and COMFORT ME ON EVERY SIDE.” (Psalm 71:19-21).
        To comfort all that mourn!  Yes, there have been trials, God placed them in our path for our development.  “Sufficient unto the day is the evil…” But though “He has torn, He will heal us; He has smitten, and He will bind us up.” (Hosea 6:1).  Restored into the positive— He binds up the wounded.
        Betimes we forget this, and find ourselves in the same frame of mind as Job when he said, “Oh that I might have my request; that God would grant me the thing that I long for!  Even that it would please God to destroy me; that He would let loose His hand, and cut me off!  Then should, I have comfort.” (Job 6:8-10).  Forget the struggle, forget the pain, just let me die!  That was not to be, for God made it very clear to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.” (Job 2:6).  The trials may be severe, but you can not cop-out by wishing you were dead— HE IS FORMING OVERCOMERS, and this is in your path for you to COME OVER.  Job was processed, not unto death, but UNTO VICTORY!  That is the outworking of the whole thing.  Comfort was not to be found in death, but in the final blessing of the Lord.
        But then Job tried another angle, he would just go to bed and sleep, however this didn’t work either.  “When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint—THEN YOU scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions: so that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than life.” (Job 7:13-15).  Many times people would rather take to their bed and sleep, rather than face up to their challenges, but GOD DOES NOT ALLOW ESCAPISM TO COMFORT US.  Oh, the love of God to us-ward, that He does not give up on us, even when we try to find comfort in all of these fleshly cop-outs.  People try drink, pleasure, food, sleep, things that please the flesh— and hope to solace themselves.  But true comfort is found only in our Lord, and He will bring us out of the pits, increase, and comfort us on every side.
        “I will pray the Father, and HE shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16).  And thus Acts 9:31 tells of those who were “walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the holy Spirit.” Certainly walking in the fear of the Lord is essential if we would receive the comfort of the Spirit.  But the more we turn to Him, the more we find He is there to “comfort all that mourn.”
        Indeed, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT; Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ.” (2 Cor. 1:3-5).
        Praise God, though weeping endures for a night, joy comes in the morning.  And in that day we shall say, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: You have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; to the end that my glory (soul) may sing praises to You, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto You for ever.” (Psalm 30:11-12).  Great is His mercy and love, all mourning shall be turned into joy.  Amen!  

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No. 35

TO KNOW—
YOUR TIME OF VISITATION,
AND THE THINGS FOR YOUR PEACE
 

“And when He was near, He beheld the city and wept over it, saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day, the things which belong unto your peace! but now they are hid from your eyes.” Because you knew not the time of your visitation.”  (Luke 19:41-42, 44).

        Visitation— the Greek word here is “episkope” meaning: inspection, looking over, and it is from the same root that we have the word “Bishop,” meaning: an overseer.  Peter uses the word in reference to our Lord.  “For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:25).  HE looks into and searches out all the ways, deeds, character, of—men,—in order to correct and upbuild, to bless and enrich, until He has brought us into full union with Himself.  Thus the word visitations can speak of a time of essential judgment and correction, or a time of healing and blessing— whether joyous or sad depends upon the state of the one being inspected, yet obviously all visitations ultimately are planned with our good in view, for such is the abundance of His grace.
        As the Guardian of our soul, He watches out for our welfare, and there are specific times of DIVINE VISITATION, both corporately, and individually, so that we would do well to KNOW (Greek, ginosko, to know by experience) these times, and be swift to yield to His inworkings, that we might grow thereby.
        The Psalmist asks the question, “What is man, that You are mindful of him? and the son of man, that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4).  The Hebrew word for “mindful” used here literally means “TO REMEMBER”, and holds within it the thought of “IMPRINT.” We are so imprinted in His thoughts, He cannot forget us.  So much is He cognizant of WHO WE ARE, and WHERE WE ARE, that He is ever mindful of us.  “Behold, I have engraven you upon the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” (Isaiah 49:16).
        By a sovereign act of His will “the creature was made subject to vanity…” (Rom. 8:20).  Yet this SUBJECTION, this restriction, this limitation, known as “OUR WALLS,” is continually before Him.  We are so hemmed in our circumstances and situations, that we think our walls are continually before us.  But He says that our walls are “continually BEFORE ME.” He has us ENGRAVED upon the palms of His hand, i.e. all the works of His hand have us in view.  Whatever He is doing, CREATION IS RIGHT THERE BEFORE HIM.  We are not forgotten, but He has appointed specific times of VISITATION— INSPECTION, to bring us into account, and make sure that our progress is according to His purpose.  “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10).
        So continuously is the Creator involved with His creation— so mindful is He of our needs, and our progress, yes, so committed is He to our welfare “That You should visit him every morning, and try (test, prove) him every moment.” (Job 7:18).  How marvelous!  Every morning He visits us afresh, and marks out our course for the day.  No wonder Jesus taught the necessity for us to “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness,” (Matt. 3:66), so that we might be ready for this DAILY INSPECTION.  Ready to respond to His voice, ready for the gentle nudges that would keep us going the right direction.  And then He added (verse 34), “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” With divine wisdom and design He gives that particular amount of evil needed for our processing for that day.  To produce OVERCOMERS requires that we have the obstacles to overcome— yet He is very careful not to place too much upon us— so that Paul could write that “There has no temptation (trying, testing, proving) taken you but such is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13).  Praise God!
        True, there are times things seem to us to be overwhelming, yet “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is Your faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23).  How we need these morning-fresh mercies; for of a truth “judgment must begin at the house of God,” (1 Peter 4:17), and BEGINNING FIRST AT US, then in due time it will cover all of His creation.  Nevertheless, THERE IS THIS DAILY VISITATION, which, if we recognize it, yield to it, etc. we find that He steadily leads us along, pruning, enriching, blessing— so that there is a steady growth.  But, if we KNOW NOT our times of visitation, and go our own way, to do our own thing, then suddenly He will come to our temple with strong measures, to shake everything within us that can be shaken.  He will reconcile all things unto Himself, EVEN IN US, but the process will be hard to bear, because we have not been participating in the daily processing.
        Jesus looked over the city and WEPT, because they knew not the day of their visitation, nor the things which would have been towards their peace.  Full well He knew the calamities that were coming— judgments to correct— times of sorrow and woe.  And while, as “Son of man” He wept, yet obviously He had no will nor desire in opposition to the will of His heavenly Father, and He did not try to prevent the severity of the measures He knew were on the horizon.  COMMITMENT TO THE DIVINE WILL is to be found in every child of God, a WILL THAT REQUIRES HOLINESS as the foundation for future blessing. Thus when we read of “the fall of Babylon,” (Rev. 18-19), we find that the elders, the mystic living creatures, and the whole company of the redeemed, all cry out, “Amen; Alleluia— Praise our God— for the Lord God omnipotent reigns.” (Rev. 19:4-6).  There is no desire to prevent these corrective judgments of God, because, knowing they are WROUGHT BY HIS LOVE, they will result in a restoration of peace and victory— in the fulness of His life.
        Difficult as it is betimes in our relationships with others, family, friend and acquaintance, to see the HAND OF JUDGMENT, and so we also “weep with those that weep,” yet we would not stay His hand, because we know that this also is destined for HIS PEACE.  It is a TIME OF VISITATION also, though it be more severe than the daily inspections which we learn to welcome, that we might be changed from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
        Another thought stands out before us.  Much of Christendom is frightened by the so-called “mark of the beast,” as it has been interpreted by men, and every imagined sign of its fulfillment sends them into a fearful flutter and shudder of doom.  A false theology based upon a false interpretation is difficult to erase, and only the inflow of LIGHT can dispel such darkness.  It is a fact that every man and woman already bears the mark of the bestial system of man— as a part of the present world order.  It is this DAILY INSPECTION of our Divine Bishop that is bringing about a gradual removal of this bestial mark upon us, that we might bear THE MARK OF GOD— be fully conformed to His image, partaking of His divine nature.  And to guarantee that we shall BEAR HIS MARK, He has us engraved upon His hand.  Thus, we are far more interested IN THE MARK IN HIS HAND, than being concerned with some mark of the beast in man’s hand.  PRAISE GOD!  He has US imprinted in the palm of His hand, He knows where we are at, He knows the processings appointed us, for HE controls the interplay of good and evil that we face, that we might be brought into HIS LIKENESS.  He has marked out the way of our escape from the corruption of the world through lust, that we might come into His incorruption— into a life that cannot sin.  Bless His name!
        Not only are there day by day inspections of God, as individually He cares for each of us, but there are also corporate TIMES OF VISITATION, and TIMES OF REFRESHING that “come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19) There are national visitations, area-wide visitations, family visitations, and as already noted, individual visitations, all according as He wills.  Some are negative, and some are positive, but they are all ordained by our Lord.
        God once spoke to Moses of how He would go with him, leading the children of Israel unto the land which He promised them.  However, while He was not exercising immediate judgment because of their stiff-necked, rebellious and stubborn ways, “Nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.” (Exodus 32:34).  Their accountability was still to be reckoned with, and they would be VISITED— required to give an account, “IN THE DAY when I visit them.”
        The wise man, pondering all this, stated, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” (Eccl. 8:11).  If a man thinks his “judgment day” is postponed for a while, he is so prone to continue in his own self-willed way.  But, I assure you, THE CROSS OF CHRIST will stand in his path, sooner or later, as we all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.  Yes, grace superabounds!  Yes, His mercy and love are un-measurable.  Yes, He will be with us as we walk through our DEATH-TO-SELF process that we might come forth in His life.  But grace does not negate our dying to self, IT ENABLES US to surrender our self-life, that we might be filled with His life.  Our Lord has passed sentence— “condemned sin in the flesh,” that we might now rise to walk in His righteousness.  And He has appointed a day when we will be visited in this regard, till HIS CROSS has fully worked in us a death to the old self nature, that we might receive His fulness of life.
        God has been very merciful with our nation— but methinks He has appointed a DAY OF VISITATION when we will be held accountable for our lawlessness, our multiplied abortions, our child-abuse, our immorality, homosexuality, and all the other sins which reek of the depravity of man.  Individually God is visiting one here, and one there, and their hour of accountability is faced— and, thank God, grace forgives and transforms.  But nationally we are heading into a day of reckoning— and all we can do is praise God that righteousness shall be revealed, and a cleansing take place.
        There are also the positive aspects to be considered, for Peter writes of our “Having your conversation (manner of behavior, in word and deed) honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:12).  Wonderful!  Here is a life lived among men, though presently railed against, still, because of its HONESTY, its Christlikeness, it will cause even the world to “GLORIFY GOD in the day of visitation.” Ultimately men will confess to rightness, when they are faced with Him Who is the Truth.  And may our life be such that it brings forth this acknowledgment, that we are examples of the standard of His holiness.  So in this regard the day of visitation becomes, for the child of God, a day of rejoicing and blessing— a vindication of that which is holy and true.
        Now, there are some specific things which belong unto (Greek, are toward) your peace.  If we know these things, they do much to direct our feet into the way of peace, and an inner tranquility of spirit.
        The very first time the phraseology of “Peace be to you, fear not,” is used in the Scripture is in Genesis 43:23.  Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brethren, and taken to Egypt.  In due time God raised him up to a high position, governor over the land, and in particular to have charge of the food supplies.  During a severe famine his brethren came down into Egypt to buy corn.  Since they knew not that Joseph was in control of these affairs they were greatly perplexed when they found the money they had paid out for the corn was placed back into their sacks.  Finally it was time for a face to face meeting with Joseph, and they were to have a noon meal with him, though they still did not know who he really was.  They were so disturbed that they poured out their story to the steward of Joseph’s house, while they were yet at the door.  And he said to them, “PEACE be to you, FEAR NOT: your God, and the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money.”
        How precious!  The answer is given, and the first word is “PEACE,” and then, “FEAR NOT,” because, “YOUR GOD, AND THE GOD OF YOUR FATHER,” is in control!
        You think your life is all mixed up, everything out of order, and you have no idea of what to expect next.  Your past actions rise up to accuse you, and all you can do is imagine the worst.  The inward pressure builds until you just have to tell somebody, and God causes the steward to say, “PEACE.  Don’t be afraid!  YOUR GOD is vitally involved in all that is happening.”
        We need to know, not just mentally, but deep inside our being, that God is in control of all that befalls us.  Don’t jump to rash conclusions.  Don’t let fear grip you and bring its torment.  And in regards to these brethren, it could be said, “Don’t measure everybody else by the standard of your own evil nature.” If they had been selling the corn, they wouldn’t have refunded the money to anyone.  With their own guilty conscience as the standard, they just knew something sinister and suspicious was taking place, and it opened the door for fear— fear of retribution for all their past deeds.
        Jesus gave a parable of a goodman of the house, and his generous dealings with his servants, and when some of them complained, the goodman asked them, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?  Is your eye evil, because I am good?” (Matt. 20:15).  How often is GOODNESS thought evil of, because men judge it by their own evil heart.  How difficult it is for Christendom to embrace the truth of God’s UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, that He freely loves because it is His very LOVE-NATURE to do so.  But we have been programmed to think— “God will get you for that!” Yet His first word is a promise to us, “PEACE,” and then toward that goal, He says, “FEAR NOT.” We need a visitation of God in a REVELATION OF HIS TRUE NATURE, to dispel all the errors of tradition, until the very mention of His name fills us with a sense of joy and peace— knowing that GOD IS FOR US, not against us.
        Joseph also had to remind his brothers that GOD WAS IN CONTROL— therefore ALL IS WELL.  It was a theme to be uttered again and again, for we are slow of heart to believe the truth.  “So now it was not you that sent me hither, BUT GOD…” (Gen. 45:8).  “As for you, you thought evil against me, BUT GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD.” (Gen. 50:20).  Let the glorious light of truth dispel the darkness, and know that GOD is working “all things after the counsel of His own will.” (Eph. 1:11).  Furthermore, HE is not willing that any should perish, “but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9).  SALVATION, not damnation, is His plan for every man.  Praise God for this truth!
        An angel of the Lord appeared unto Gideon, and after a time of conversation with him, Gideon prepared a meat offering for the angel.  When it was all spread out upon the rock, and the angel touched it, and fire came out of the rock and consumed the offering, and the angel departed from his sight, “When Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.  And the Lord said unto him, PEACE be unto you; FEAR NOT: you shall not die.” (Judges 6:22-23).
        The removal of his fear brought him peace, but it also required a change from the negative to the positive in his understanding of God.  You don’t die just because God visits you!  But Gideon thought so.  A VISITATION FROM GOD MEANS LIFE!  “In hope of eternal life (Greek, age-abiding life), which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” (Titus 1:2).  Before ever death made its entrance upon the scene, GOD PROMISED LIFE.  No wonder Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).  Truly this is the fulfillment of GOD’S PROMISE.  Whatever else is involved in HIS VISITATIONS, the end result is FOR LIFE!
        Religious Babylon has cultivated such a wrong fear of God, a slavish fear, as if God were a Tyrant just waiting to catch you in some form of wrong-doing.  They have portrayed such a caricature of His nature, and then they utilize this fear to bring others into submission to their rule.  They control by fear, while GOD CONTROLS BY LOVE!  Truly, His perfect love casts out all fear!
        How precious is that home where PEACE ABIDES, and people feel different as they come into your presence.  There is no terrorizing, slavish fear of God, but an outflow of HIS LOVE that speaks peace to the troubled heart, brings joy to the weary soul, and lets them know that IN CHRIST there is a life worth living.  Truly, “He brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:10).  These are the things which are directed TOWARD PEACE— to come into His life, and incorruption.  Some translations give the word “immortality,” but the Greek text reads “incorruption.” We would come into HIS HOLINESS, into HIS SINLESSNESS, and, “Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9).  Phillips reads: “For God’s nature is in him, for good, and such a heredity is incapable of sin.”
        This was the desire and hope of the Psalmist.  “As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness.” (Psalm 17:15).  For when “He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,” (Isa. 61:10) then I shall be able to fellowship with Him FACE TO FACE, unashamed.  It is HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, His nature, His heredity, and there will be NO FEAR, but perfect peace, knowing that all is well— all is acceptable before Him.
        Beloved friend, this is not a message of death, hell, eternal doom.  He came to destroy death, not to bring death.  HE has the keys of death and hell— and while there is a WAY OF THE CROSS, with its death to self, yet that is only a means to an end— for it is followed by our sharing THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION.  Thus, “In Christ shall ALL be made alive.  But every man in his own order.” (1 Cor. 15:22-23).  Praise His holy name!
        Another beautiful working of peace is found in Daniel 10:16-17, 19, “O my lord, by the vision (of future days) my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength… neither is there breath left in me… Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, and said, O man greatly beloved, FEAR NOT: PEACE be unto you, be strong, yea, be strong.  And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened.”
        What does the vision of the future days do to you?  Sorrows are turned upon me, I have lost my strength— I am devastated.  Desperate need of a divine visitation.  And one appeared, which said, “FEAR NOT: PEACE … be strong.” Not only was there the dispelling of the fear, and the impartation of peace but there was also something else given— STRENGTH!  Strength to be able to face whatever lies ahead.  For sure, it will have to be “not my might, nor by power, but BY MY SPIRIT, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zech. 4:6).
        “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” (2 Cor. 3:5).  It is THROUGH HIM ALONE that we are able to say, “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner Strength into me, that is, I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.” (Phil. 4:13, Amp.) Truly, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew (Heb.  CHANGE) their strength.” (Isa. 40:31).  Change from the limitations of human strength, into the all-sufficiency of HIS STRENGTH.  There is no need to say “peace,” if there is no strength to go on.  But a vital part of HIS VISITATION is the impartation of strength-to know this, to experience it, is toward our peace, our completeness.
        Luke 24:36-38, 45.  “Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, PEACE be unto you.  But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.  And He said unto them, Why are you troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? – Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.”
        Until He opened their understanding, they could not have peace.  Thoughts arose within, questions, surmisings, imaginations, conjectures, speculation that troubled them.  They needed DIVINE REVELATION.  Yet how often men fear revelation, when it is the very thing that would remove their fears.  “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:26) Eyes on the invisible, rather than “seeing Him who is invisible.” A mind set on natural happenings, rather than fixed on the truth of the Scripture.  Overwhelmed with the death-throes of the old order, rather than seeing the birthing of the new.  Troubled minds that have not yet found their peace.
        Jude writes about “Keeping yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (verse 21).  Yet many of us lack a real revelation of His love and mercy— which, IF WE TRULY HAD A REVELATION OF HIS GRACE, MERCY, LOVE, we would be looking for the outward establishment of His kingdom, rather than the destruction of man’s kingdom.  Let us SEE that “where sin abounded, GRACE DID MUCH MORE ABOUND.” (Rom. 5:20)
        A revelation of “the joy set before” us, will enable us to “endure the cross, despising the shame,” (Heb. 12:2), until He has brought us into the full manifestation of His victory.  The unknown becomes a fertile ground for fear to take root.  But He imparts knowledge that removes the fear, and with understanding we can face the future.  There is a JOY SET BEFORE US, and to know this helps us to endure the cross of present time.
        Thank God for those who are able to say, “I KNOW Whom I have believed,” as He opens their understanding to the Scripture, and they find that to KNOW THE TRUTH sets them free— KNOW that God is in control; KNOW that in Him is life, not death; KNOW the impartation of His strength; KNOW the things that belong to their peace.  Praise God for every visitation which furthers the inworkings of His grace, until we come into the fulness of our UNION WITH CHRIST.  Truly HE IS OUR PEACE, in His completeness we shall be satisfied.

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No. 36

THAT THEY MIGHT BE CALLED TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
 

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn, to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; THAT they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, THAT He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

       Having taken note that our Lord was ANOINTED for His redemptive ministry, and rejoicing in the Spirit’s energizing force to accomplish that which the Father sent Him to do, we are then taken with the particulars of His grace to us.  Healing the broken-hearted, setting the captives free, giving them beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.  All of this demonstrates the outflow of His love and mercy.  Blessings so freely given!  And as the beautiful hymn states:

“His love hath no limit, His grace hath no measure,
His power hath no boundary known unto men, For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”
Praise His wonderful name!

        But there is a twofold purpose being wrought out, and the grace of God that is given to us is toward this end— THAT the inworking ministration of the Spirit might result in our becoming “TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, the planting of the Lord.” And, secondly, “THAT He might be glorified.” This is HIS HANDIWORK, and it redounds to His glory and praise.  “Your people also shall be all righteous:… the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, THAT I MAY BE GLORIFIED.” (Isaiah 60:21).
        He has a goal in view, to have a people that are mature, fully conformed to His image, and partakers of His divine nature.  “That they may be called oaks of righteousness (lofty, strong and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice and right standing with God), the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Amplified).  The symbolism of trees, the cedars of Lebanon, the oaks, the teil tree, etc. are rich with meaning, and often employed in the Old Testament to indicate that His people are robust and strong, productive, and to His praise.
        So the Psalmist says that they who find their delight in the Lord, and His Word, “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3).        Jeremiah also bears witness to this.  “Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” (Jer. 17:7-8).  Filled with life, drawn from the River of Life, they are not affected by the negative conditions of drought or extreme heat.  They have been so processed by the Lord during their “times of captivity,” when the purgings of His judgments were upon them; when they walked through the ashes; coming to know that in themselves they are nothing— while through all of the deep travail and mourning they sought Him with all their heart— and now He has blessed them— they are rooted and grounded in Him who is their life, and can say with Paul, “None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry… to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24).
        He alone shall be exalted, for it is truly ALL BY HIS GRACE.  The inworkings have been thorough!  Self is crucified with Christ, the new life is but a further manifestation of Him!  No wonder Jesus said, “Every plant, which My heavenly Father has not planted, shall be rooted up.” (Matt. 15:13).  “That no flesh should glory in His presence.” (1 Cor. 1:29).  These are, everyone, HIS SOVEREIGN PLANTING, and with every fiber of their being they know it— so that He alone shall be glorified.
        It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word “elim” which has in this case been translated as “trees” literally means: mighty ones.  It is the plural of “El” which means: THE STRONG ONE, and which has often been translated as God.  These are His MIGHTY ONES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!  From the very beginning this was His announced intention.  “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness …” (Genesis 1:26).  He purposes to bring forth a people “after His own kind,” that He might be the King of kings, Lord of lords, and yes, God of gods.  Every one will bear His image, His nature, His likeness, one in HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS— holy, and wholly His.
        But long before we are known as “His mighty ones of righteousness,” we are made partakers of vanity— emptiness— corruption, for He would purge out any trace of self-will, carnal egotism, the “I will” that brought about our fall, and utter disgrace.  We read in Psalm 8:4-5, “What is man that You are mindful of him? and the son of man, that You visit him?  For You have made him a little lower than the angels…” The Hebrew text literally reads, “You have made him lack a little from God (Elohim).” But one cannot be made to lack from a certain realm unless they had once been a part of it. So in this process there was a LOWERING— a diminishing, a being made to lack, and we find ourselves struggling with the futility of limitation.
        It is amazing how pompous and arrogant man can become in his nothingness.  Nebuchadnezzar certainly manifested this— a revelation of the heart of the carnal man.  He said, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty.” (Dan. 4:30).  But while the word was yet in his mouth, God laid him low, until he would learn that “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever He will.” (v. 32).  And when his discipline was finished, the very subdued king declared, “ALL the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing, and He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What do You?” (v. 35).
        Puffed up, and then deflated— humanity wallows through the processings over and over again, until we learn “I can of mine own self do nothing.” (John 5:30).  And when we KNOW that our own self-righteousness is as filthy rags, we cry out for Him to clothe us with His fine linen— and with grace and mercy He gives us blessings of salvation, beauty for ashes, and the oil of joy for mourning, and a garment of praise.  HE would have a people who are ALL RIGHTEOUS, and to this end our Redeemer comes to us, “THAT we might be made (become) the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21).
        “I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High.  But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” (Ps. 82:6-7)
        God is “the Father of spirits,” (Heb. 12:9), and because man’s spirit comes OUT OF HIM, they are rightly called gods, or, elohim.  Elohim is a plural word for gods, as well as betimes referring to Him as the Head of this God-family.  But, in the outworking of His plan of the ages, He has caused us to lack, to be lowered from this realm, and man is presently unable to bear this yoke of divinity, or live out the fulness of this righteous state, and so we “die like men,” literally, like Adam, who was the one by whom “sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12).  Also, “and fall like one of the princes,” even as the one who fell into the expressions of “I will…” as noted in Isaiah 14:12-15.  But the fall— the death realm— was only to be for a season, and when its purposes are complete, there is a restoration.
        Now the inworking of His grace has been such that “Of His own will  He begot us with the Word of Truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” (James 1:18).  Literally, “creatures of Himself.” Which, as we stated earlier— are to be conformed to His image, become partakers of His divine nature— and truly become “ONE IN HIM.” Then, “I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods (elohim) will I sing praise unto You.” (Psalm 138:1).  “O give thanks unto the God of gods.” (Psalm 136:2).
        Praise God, all of His blessed inworking of grace is to bring forth these MIGHTY ONES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.  “As many as received Him, to them gave He power (the right, or privilege) to become the sons of God…” (John 1:12).
        “The man who is really God’s son does not practice sin, for God’s nature is in him, for good, and such a heredity is incapable of sin.”
(1 John 3:9, Phillips).  No wonder Isaiah prophesied of a day when, “Your people shall be ALL RIGHTEOUS.” The inworking of the cross will be complete.  The purging and purifying will end and God will have birthed a people INCAPABLE OF SIN.  This truth is so awesome that we weep before Him, yearning for it to be a reality in us.  While at the same time we rejoice, because we know that the end result is secure, for He is both the Author and Finisher of our faith.
        And all of this, THAT HE MAY BE GLORIFIED.  It all redounds to His praise!  He is magnified in a people who have BECOME all that He purposed for them to be.  Jesus prayed, “Father, glorify Your name.  Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” (John 12:28).  Note the word “both” for it encompasses a double working.  I HAVE, and I WILL AGAIN.  The “have” was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  For the Father was glorified in The Son.  Yet, just as sure as God was glorified in the Son, so also NOW HE WILL BE GLORIFIED IN THE SONS.  There is an “again” and it is in a people who become ONE IN HIM.        “He shall come to BE GLORIFIED IN HIS SAINTS, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day. – That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be GLORIFIED IN YOU, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:10,12).  Here is the “again” fulfilled, in His saints— His mighty ones of righteousness, a people become His praise.
        How effective is the outworking of the ANOINTING that was upon Him?  The answer is found in this people who have BECOME.  Truly He was anointed to announce unto us the glad tidings— “Who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality (Greek, INCORRUPTION) to light through the gospel.” (2 Tim. 1:10).  HIS was the good news, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).  He proclaimed a LIFE that went far beyond prosperity, physical health, and a “good time for all” on this earth.  He brought the LIFE OF THE AGES!  Life that was SINLESS, incorruptible, and therefore age-abiding.
        He was anointed to set the captives free— free from every lust and passion that bound them to the realm of sin and death.  He was anointed to heal the brokenhearted, every bruised, battered and wounded soul.  He was anointed to proclaim that NOW IS THE RECEIVABLE TIME to partake of these blessings.  He even became the vengeance/judgment which would bring a halt within us to the ravages of sin, and restore unto us the joy of our salvation, as in our personal experience we find that, “For judgment I am come into this world.” (John 9:39).  And He was anointed TO GIVE— give all that was necessary to build up and restore His people until they become mighty ones of righteousness.  And why bring forth such a people?  As already stated, THAT HE MIGHT BE GLORIFIED.  But there is more— for in the outworking of glorifying Him, they become labourers together with Him in the great restoration to come.
         So the prophetic word continues, “And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.” (Isa. 61:4).  God alone knows the extent of the devastation— and the tremendous restoration needed.  “For thus says the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He has established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited…” (Isaiah 45:18).
        Here is a glimpse into the ages past— “HE CREATED IT NOT IN VAIN.” Hebrew is “tohu” meaning: in ruin, vacancy, vanity.  Genesis 1:2 reads, “And the earth was without form, and void (bohu, empty); and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Since God did not create it this way, something happened between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.  And then there was a re-creation to bring forth this present kosmos, for the purpose of our subjection to this bondage of vanity and corruption.  But when HE has brought forth HIS MIGHTY ONES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, there is going to be a SPIRITUAL RESTORATION that is far beyond what we can presently comprehend.
        “They shall build the old wastes.” The word “old” used here is the Hebrew word “olam” meaning: an age.  Also used in Isaiah 58:12, “And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places: you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” Whatever devastation has occurred in past ages— ultimately it is all to be fully restored.  Whether we view this from the microcosm of our own little earthen vessel, and the grace of God which can restore us unto oneness with the Father, or if we view the whole macrocosm of the universe— the victory is secure.  It is a working that culminates in “Behold, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.” (Rev. 21:5).
        Paul simply states it: “THAT God may be all in all.” (I Cor. 15:28).  Which the Amplified translation gives: “So that God may be all in all— that is, be everything to everyone, supreme, the indwelling and controlling factor of life.” All in God, God in all— with revelations to be forthcoming that will go far beyond all that we could ask or think.  And to become a part of the outworking of this plan— truly, that is an awesome prospect.
        “Build the old wastes …” Hebrew word for “waste” used here, is “choreb” meaning: drought, a desolation, that which is dried up, laid waste because of the lack of water— utterly parched and dry.  Such barrenness!  And what a challenge to be presented— sent in to restore such a place to life and fruitfulness again.
        Ezekiel was faced with such, when “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones … and lo, they were VERY DRY.  And He said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:1-3).
        VERY DRY— CAN THEY LIVE?  Driving through an extreme desert area, and seeing a few bleached bones lying there, utterly wasted— “can these bones live?” Sitting in a church service, with the driest of form and ceremony, and then let the Spirit ask you the question, “Can these bones live?” Ah, the prophet was wise in his answer.  “O Lord God, You know.” It was more than just saying, “Only God knows,” for in HIS KNOWLEDGE is also the manner and means whereby it can be accomplished.  GOD KNOWS HOW!  And so the prophet was told to prophesy upon the bones, “And say unto them, O you dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live…”
        This was more than just “a positive confession” by the prophet.  This was far more than a “commanding cliche,”— “in the name of Jesus live.” It was not something out of man, naming, claiming, etc. but GOD GAVE HIM THE WORDS TO SAY, “So I prophesied as I was commanded.” (v. 7).  It was a God-given Word, and it accomplished what HE sent it forth to do.
        “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3).  Over and over again you read it there, “And GOD SAID…” His Words are Spirit and LIFE.  But methinks that most of the words that we utter today are yet a part of the DRYING WIND that is sapping the life out of the bones, rather than imparting His life.  When God imparts a Word to be spoken, it will do what He said for it to do!
        It was prophetically stated of our Lord, “I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.” (Ps. 89:19).  HE WAS ANOINTED— He was empowered— “It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are LIFE.” (John 6:63).  Many times “The people were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one having authority…” (Matt. 7:28-29).  And well they could ask, “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matt. 8:27).  HE WAS A MIGHTY ONE!
        And now His inworkings of grace are that we might become “mighty ones of righteousness.” And He is infusing His people with His Spirit, so that “Out from his innermost being springs and rivers of living water shall flow continuously.” (John 7:38, Amplified).  Note the word “flow” that is used here, for it is the Greek word “rheo” which is the root for our English word “rhetoric” which bespeaks of an expressive flow of words.  Praise God, WORDS OF SPIRIT AND OF LIFE are to flow out of us— as we speak whatever HE COMMANDS— and when we do, the dry bones will live.  Not because of us, but because of HIS SPIRIT WORD that dwells within us.  Mighty ones of righteousness, that become one with THE WORD— “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:17).
        These “trees of righteousness” that have been PLANTED BY (in) the river of water of HIS LIFE in the heavenlies, shall become dispensers of that WATER OF LIFE to all the waste places.  “Drop down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.” (Isaiah 45:8).  You cannot POUR DOWN RIGHTEOUSNESS until first you have become “all righteous, the planting of the Lord.” It is not just a talking about a standard of righteousness, it is a STATE OF BEING, a doing that results from what we have become. “If you know that He is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of Him.” (1 John 2:29).  That, you see, is the secret— being fully born of God!
        All of the ministration of His anointed work within us— is to transform us into His image, and then to empower us to share in this restoration.  For so long we have tried in ourselves to do these great works, and utterly failed.  We tried to build castles out of our ashes, and they crumbled.  We tried to convince ourselves that we were happy with the joy of the Lord, as the deep mourning and travail continued within.  But when He anoints with THE OIL OF JOY, then sorrow and mourning will flee away.  When He gives us BEAUTY FOR ASHES, there will be substance and glory that abounds.  When He clothes us with A GARMENT OF PRAISE, forgotten will be the vanity and dark nights of heaviness.  His mighty ones of righteousness will do what He commissions them to do— and it will GET DONE because He has fully equipped them for the doing.  When HE has finished HIS WORK IN US, we will be able to do service for Him.  It is that simple, it is that glorious!
        He is THE MIGHTY ONE, and He is birthing His mighty ones of righteousness, to whom it shall be said, “As My Father has sent Me, even so send I you.” (John 20:21).  This is far more than just a text for a missionary service, to entice a few more to “go” and “work, work, work” in propagating creed and doctrine of some religious organization.  “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17).  Sent to save!  To become, as Paul wrote, “unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.” And then well he asks, “And who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Cor. 2: 15-16).  Later he gives answer: “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; bit our sufficiency is of God; Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:5-6).
        “And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.” (Obadiah 21).
        Paul knew that he yet ministered in the realm of the “in part,” saying, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” (1 Cor. 13:9-10).  But even in the limitations of the “in part” he could also say, “For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set you to be a light of the nations, that you should BE FOR SALVATION unto the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47).  He knew he was sent by God, and that God had given him revelations which were to be declared to others— and so he lived out the commission which God imparted to him.  But he also felt that he was as “one born out of due time.” (1 Cor. 15:8).  He came after all the other apostles who had been with Jesus, though he had his personal encounter with the Lord; and he came before the “time of the perfect” when God’s people would be filled with His fulness.  But even so, there was a certain fulfillment of the scripture in Paul— and he finished his course as appointed.
        Likewise, we praise God for every “in part” ministry of today— as men and women seek to walk with God, and obey whatever commission He places upon them.  Not as ‘MY ministry, or MY church, etc.” but in humble obedience to God’s leading in their life.  But all of this present time is still looking forward to THAT DAY when He will have completed His work IN US, that we might become HIS MIGHTY ONES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Then shall we enter “the times of restitution of all things,” as spoken of in Acts 3:21.  Praise God, the BEST IS YET TO COME— for when His salvation is COMPLETE IN US, we will share that salvation, until “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14).  Amen!

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No. 37

WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE─OF MERCY
 

        Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and proceeded to drink wine out of the golden vessels which they had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, while they praised their own idols.  Suddenly their appeared the fingers of a man’s hand writing on the wall, and the king was greatly troubled.  When none of his own astrologers, Chaldeans, soothsayers and wise men could read what was written, and interpret it, they finally sent for Daniel, who was able to give the message to the king.  Our particular interest right now is in just one of the four words written: Daniel 5:27.

“Te-kel; you are weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.”

        Out of deep concern for a certain individual, I was praying one day, and out of my mouth came the words, “weighed in the balance,” and I spoke this several times, when suddenly the Spirit finished the sentence, “of mercy,” and I knew it was the word of the Lord.  Certainly there is a sense in which we all “are found wanting,” “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23).  But the Spirit was imparting a message beyond this, giving tremendous encouragement, that this one for whom I was praying was “WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE OF MERCY.” out of this quickening came the following thoughts to share.
        The Hebrew word for “balances,” is “moznayim” meaning: a pair of scales.  It speaks of a beam supported exactly in the middle, having a scale suspended on either end. On one scale is placed a certain weight (be it a pound, or whatever), and on the other scale they place what is being weighed out to that amount.  When both scales are in perfect balance with each other, they know that the commodity being measured out is exact with the weight on the other scale.
        Often, the first time a word is used in the Scripture sets its meaning, or standard.  The first time “balances,” is used is in Leviticus 19:35-36, “You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity.  You shall have accurate and just balances, just weights, just ephah and hin measures.  I am the Lord your God.” (Amplified).
        9God set the standard, there must be ACCURATE AND JUST BALANCES.  “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is His delight.” (Prov. 11:1).  God Himself is the final Authority on weights and measures, for HE IS RIGHTEOUSNESS PERSONIFIED.  There were those corrupt men that would place a false bottom in a measuring vessel, and thus not give a true measure.  Or, they had false weights which might be marked for a certain weight, but  were actually less.  Such balances of deceit are truly an  abomination to our God who is righteous and true.  His righteousness, His holiness, His glory IS THE WEIGHT on the scale on one side, and all else must be weighed over against this standard.  And He has purposed a day when all shall be brought into account.  For Belshazzar that hour had come— and when he was placed in the DIVINE BALANCES, he was found wanting.  The Hebrew word is “chassir” from a root corresponding to “chaser” which means: to be deficient, lacking.  Belshazzar was given over to having “party-time,” making mockery of the sacred vessels of the temple, directing worship to his own idols, he certainly was coming far short of holiness and giving glory to God, suddenly it was reckoning time, and he was called into account.
        In distinct contrast to this, David declared, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” (Ps. 23:1).  I shall not be deficient, be lacking.  Or, to use the New Testament phraseology, “I shall not come short of the glory of God.” How can this be?  Because the LORD, who is my Shepherd, will make sure that all is in balance— He will lead me beside the waters where I might be refreshed, He will cause me to lie down in green pastures where I am richly fed.  Yes, my Shepherd will make sure that I do not COME SHORT.  The responsibility to make sure that there is no lack is on the Shepherd’s part— “For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:7).  The challenge on our part comes in the next line, “Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart.” There is a responsive action on our part— He speaks, we LISTEN AND OBEY.  When He puts forth His sheep “He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice.” And He said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:4, 10).  Thus, in using the analogy of the scales, HE FILLS UP OUR SIDE OF THE SCALE until it overflows— guaranteeing that there will be fulness— fulness that meets all the requirements of the DIVINE weights and measures.
        But let us consider some more the phrase, “Come short of the glory of God.” The Greek word is “hustereo” and means: to be later, be inferior, to fall short, be deficient.  All of-these meanings hold their own illustrative application.  To be later would signify the time element.  How often golden opportunities of enrichment are missed because we have been “too late” to yield to His calling.  No matter how you look at it, man continually comes short— as the proverb goes, “always a day late, and a dollar short,” and so he is found wanting.  To be inferior would not measure up in quality.  To be deficient or fall short bespeaks of lacking in quantity.  So in regards to quantity or quality, in himself, man is surely “found wanting.”
        The same word is used in Heb. 4:1, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to COME SHORT of it.” An obvious indication that we are falling SHORT of His rest would be our continuing in our own works, for “He that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works.” (v. 10).  This is a very interesting thought.  HIS REST is on one scale, and our self-effort works are on the other scale, and our works are utterly deficient, inferior, and cannot balance out.  But as soon as we cease our own works, and put our trust in HIS WORKS, and by faith enter into HIS REST, then our side of the scale matches His, for it has become HIS REST ON BOTH SIDES.  The challenge is TO BELIEVE.  When you HEAR HIS VOICE, believe it!  Believe in the promise that HE is our righteousness!  Then as we BELIEVE INTO HIM, He fills the scale on our behalf— and “you are complete in Him.” (Col. 2:10).
        Significant also that the same word is used in Matthew 19:20, where the young man says, “All these things have I kept from my youth up; what do I still LACK?” For all his keeping of the law, and doing those things required of him, he sensed, he knew that he was COMING SHORT, deficient, because he was not enjoying the peace of inner knowing that he had age-abiding life.  LIFE was on one scale, all his “doing” was on the other scale, and it was not coming into balance— the lack was so apparent that he questioned, “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” But when Jesus told him what he must do to balance it out, he couldn’t do it— for it required that he sell all that he had, give up all the possessions which he thought were necessary for “life.” He knew not that “A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.” (Luke 12:15).  Yet it would only be as he followed Christ, that he would ever enter into LIFE.  Somehow he did not see that CHRIST HAD TO FILL UP HIS SIDE OF THE SCALE.  It was time for him to jettison all the things of earth, and let Christ fill his heart.  Yet how hard it is for some to relinquish everything— be stripped of all that self would hang on to— for they are afraid it will only add to their lack, not knowing that it is in CHRIST ALONE THAT WE FIND FULNESS.  You will never come short of the glory of God when you are dwelling in Christ, and Christ in you, for HE IS THE BALANCE.  It matters not what you put as the weight measure on the one scale, righteousness, joy, peace, etc. when Christ fills up your side of the scale, it will balance with all the blessings on His side.  Full weights and measures are IN HIM!
        The second time the word “balances” is used in the Scripture is found in Job 6:2-3, where it is used illustratively.  Job and his three friends had just sat on the ground for seven days and nights without uttering a word, for Job was suffering greatly from the many calamities that came his way, including being smitten with boils.  Finally he spoke out with a very heavy complaint— cursing the day of his birth, wishing for the ease of death, etc.  Eliphaz gave answer reproving Job for his hasty censure of the Divine Providence, and his intemperate language.  Job was hurt by the speech of Eliphaz, which was devoid of sympathy and tenderness.  And then he offers his own defense— that his calamities should be duly weighed and then his speech would not seem to be so out of line.
        “Oh that MY grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!  For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.” Job felt that all of his grief far outweighed the words he had uttered, though he admitted that his words had been rash and wild.
        We make no justification for Job’s outburst, but there is a valuable lesson to be gained here.  People make judgments using their own standard of weight and measure— and then are swift to condemn another.  Job then offers a very interesting point, verse 5, “Does the wild ass bray when he has grass?  Or does the ox low over his fodder?” In effect, he was saying to his friends that they were abounding with the blessings of life and had no need to weep and complain.  They were strangers to this whole area of trial, and so they could well stand by and argue about his afflictions but how could they know what he was going through, when they had it so good?  Yet now his body was tortured with pain, and his mind was in turmoil because of all that had befallen him.  They might judge him, but not righteously, for they could not understand where he was coming from, since they were not experiencing the severity of his grief and pain.
        But there is One who does know— “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; BUT WAS IN ALL POINTS TESTED like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:15-16).
        Read it carefully, not one hint of condemnation, not one negative word, but because He was tested in all points— all He offers is MERCY AND GRACE!  HE knows the way that we take, and all He places in the scale to which we are measured, is MERCY.  Weighed in the balance of MERCY!  And ever finding “grace to help in time of need.” Herein is the answer to every deficiency and coming short, the answer for every lack— HIS GRACE AND MERCY!  When they are present to fill up our scale, it will balance us out with the standard of the other side.  And so the writer to the Hebrews cautions us, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: looking diligently lest any man FAIL (fall from, come short) of the grace of God.” (Heb. 12:14-15).  Since GRACE ALONE will fill up our side of the scale, if we come short of His grace— we are found wanting.  But there is no need to fall from, be short on grace, it is the GIFT OF GOD, freely given, and all we have to do is believe and receive.  “As many as received Him, to them gave He power (the right, the privilege) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.- And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” (John 1:12, 16).  Praise God!
        Again we return to Job, for in 31:6, he says, “Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity.” And the margin reads, “Let Him weigh me in the balances of justice.” His three friends had thoroughly taken him to task— miserable comforters, all of them, and their balances were not just— they had their own standards by which they measured him and Job knew some of their accusations were false.  So he appealed to the JUST BALANCES OF GOD.  God knows the integrity of the heart.  “For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7).
        Herein is tremendous consolation, that on those occasions when we are quite misjudged by man, we can trust in the just balances of God, and know that HE understands our attitude, motivation, desire, etc. and then, even when we do fall short, He just weighs us in the balance of mercy— and His love covers a multitude of sin.  Who could ask for more than this?  “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)
        Propitiation— the Greek is “hilasmos,” meaning: atonement, or appeasement, the MERCYSEAT, or place of mercy.  A derivative of the word, “hilasterion,” has been translated as “propitiation” in Romans 3:25, and as “mercy seat” in Hebrews 9:5.  The message becomes clear— HE, THROUGH HIS MERCY, makes atonement for our sin— therefore all of our sin is dealt with by MERCY!  We have sinned and come short of the glory of God, HE KNOWS THAT, therefore in grace and mercy HE has become the atonement for us— forgives us of our sin and proceeds to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and fill us up with Himself.  Then place us on the scale, and how does it balance out?  Exactly as God requires, for THROUGH HIM, IN HIM, BY HIM we shall be brought “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:13).  And of this stature the Father declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (2 Peter 1:17).  The STANDARD IS CHRIST!  He is on the one side of the scale— the righteous weight and measure which is the criterion for all else.  But, knowing that we, in ourselves, come far short of that measure, HE CLIMBS UP ON OUR SIDE OF THE SCALE TOO, and so we, IN HIM, HE IN US, measures up to the Divine Standard— that’s MERCY!
        We note that the word “balances” is only given once in the New Testament, in Revelation 6:5.  Speaking of the Rider on the “black horse; and He that sat on him had a pair of balances in His hand.” Undoubtedly this bespeaks of the Christ RIDING WITHIN, to bring us into balance.  It is in HIS HAND, it is HIS HANDIWORK— that “every valley shall be filled, and every hill and mountain shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord.” (Luke 3:5-6).  The ultimate goal is total restoration for every creature!  And only He can FILL UP that which is lacking in every man.  “He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest of wheat.” (Ps. 147:14).  He is the One that “binds up our wounds, pouring in oil and wine.” (Luke 10:34).  In His abounding mercy He is our Physician, our Healing Redeemer!  He is riding prosperously to bring us into balance!
        We note that the Greek word translated here as “balances” is “zugos” and elsewhere is translated as “a yoke.” The reason is obvious, for a yoke is actually a BALANCING BEAM— used individually, it was a frame of wood fitted a person’s shoulders for carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side.  Or, that bar or frame of wood which joined two animals together for drawing a plow, and fitted so that the load was evenly distributed between them both.  So the thought of “balances” is easily transferred to a “yoke.”
        When certain men began to teach that “Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved,” (Acts 15:1), it caused a dissension, and so Paul and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem for counsel.  When the elders and apostles came together, Peter stood up and gave answer— “Why tempt God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” (v. 10-11).
        There is no way that adding works of the flesh would balance out the scale of salvation.  Whether it was circumcision, keeping the sabbath, eating the right foods, speaking the right terminology, none of these things could be added in to merit salvation— it was/IS BY GRACE, and grace alone.  We are weighed in the balance of mercy, not in the balance of works.  As already noted earlier, works will always fall short, leave you wanting, lacking.  A true balance can only be accomplished through the grace of our Lord.  When He fills up our side of the scale we will balance with the measure on the other side.  This cannot be emphasized too strongly, it is GOD ALL THE WAY!
        Paul admonishes us, “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness.” (2 Corinthians 6:14).  How can we ever be balanced out with unbelievers?  How can they who are lacking in themselves help to fill up that which is lacking in us?  What input can darkness give to the light, to increase the light?  What input can the unrighteous, corruptible, give to that which is righteous?  NOTHING!  Therefore, trying to measure up by the help of that which is unholy is utterly foolish, and only increases our coming short of the glory of God.  Be not so unequally yoked!
        Again Paul instructs, “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1).  BLESSED LIBERTY is not enhanced by entanglements that bring us into bondage and TAKE AWAY, rather than adding to our life in Christ.  Peter also affirms this, stating, “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” (2 Peter 2:19-20).  The message becomes clear, any man/ministry that would bind you unto itself, to lord it over you, and to become the standard by which you must measure up— such entanglement leads to bondage, not to freedom.  IN CHRIST ALONE is there total liberty, as He leads onward step by step.
        In contradistinction to being yoked with unbelievers, or with those who impose their laws and regulation, and bind you to their cause, etc. we have a precious word from Christ Himself.  “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:29-30).
        “Learn of— literally, the Greek text reads, FROM Me.” How we need to take His yoke— be balanced HIS WAY.  This is more than just learning about Him, an accumulation of knowledge and facts, it is an experiencing Him, coming to know Him intimately, and finding in Him all that we need, and HE brings us into rest.  He does not add to our load, HE LIGHTENS OUR LOAD, for His yoke (balancer) is an instrument of mercy.  Take the general burden of life itself, we all carry too much.  For some, weariness; for others, failure; or tragedy; some struggle with pain.  His solution, carry it as I do.  Take My yoke, learn of Me, you will find it fits right to the shoulder and it is easy.  HIS GRACE, HIS MERCY are clearly seen as we are balanced in Him.  In Him is both the EXAMPLE and the PRESENT HELP.  The people were burdened, not only with a heavy law of rites and ceremonies, but still more grievously with traditions of the elders, which scribes and Pharisees bound on their shoulders.  Though these leaders could not follow their own teachings.  “For they say, and do not.  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” (Matt. 23:4).  They were worthless as examples for the people, and they had no desire to ease the load the people carried.  But in Christ we find THE MERCY for He is the initiator of the new covenant wherein He makes promise both for Himself, and for us— and becomes IN Us THE ENERGY FORCE for its fulfillment.  Oh, to experience more of Him!
        “God, who is rich in MERCY, for His great love wherewith He loved us … has quickened us together with Christ, by GRACE are you saved.” (Eph. 2:4-5).
        “For God has concluded them all in unbelief, THAT HE MIGHT HAVE MERCY UPON ALL.” (Rom. 11:32).
        “And that the NATIONS might glorify God for HIS MERCY; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to You among the nations, and sing unto Your name.” (Rom. 15:9).
        Yes, the judgments are necessary for the cleansing, but they are not the end of the matter— for while under the dispensation of the law, “he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy,” yet now under the ministration of the new covenant, “mercy rejoices against judgment.” (Jam. 2:12).  LET MERCY MAKE HER BOAST, for mercy triumphs over judgment, turning all sorrow into joy.  Weeping may endure for the night of judgment, but JOY comes in the morning of that “nevertheless afterwards.” “In a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have MERCY on you, says the Lord your Redeemer.” (Isa. 54:8).
        “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and PLENTEOUS IN MERCY unto all them that call upon You.” (Ps. 86:5).  Plenteous— the Hebrew word is “rabah” and has also been translated as: be in authority.  Not only shall His mercy be ever increasing to cover our every need, and surpass it, but MERCY SHALL BE IN AUTHORITY!  Mercy has the final word!  Praise God!

To be weighed in the balance— it is an awesome word,
And shall I be found wanting? what deep emotions stirred.
The standard is so holy, the weight and measure true,
How can I face the challenge? what works can I yet do?
When yoked with unbelievers, there’s nothing they can add,
Self-righteousness means we are with filthy garments clad.
The darkness has no substance to give unto the light,
It but increases lacking, with shadows of the night.
In Christ alone is balance, in Him the scales are met,
No more will there be asking, “what am I lacking yet?”
He fills our scale with mercy— and then when we are weighed,
We shall not be found wanting, for love and grace pervade
With life that’s more abundant, no more in sin to fall.
Yes, He will be the fulness that filleth all in all!

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No. 38

WHEN GOD SETS DARKNESS IN OUR PATH
 

“He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and He has set darkness in my paths.” (Job 19:8).

        One of the challenges of our walk with God is to take that which we BELIEVE CONCERNING THE FUTURE and see it connected into our NOW.  Jesus once said to Martha, “Your brother shall rise again.  Martha said unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (John 11:23-24).  Martha was a believer in the final resurrection.  Job also knew that his Redeemer lives and IN THE LATTER DAY would stand on the earth.  What they both needed was a divine revelation that penetrated into their present day circumstances.  “Jesus said unto Martha, I AM the resurrection and the life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (v.11:25)
        Herein is another working of God, as HE PURGES US FROM WILL WORSHIP.  There are those who, having once claimed a promise and been healed (or whatever), will now simply lay claim to that same promise again, and set their will to claim another fulfillment.  Much of Christendom’s religious practice is to take yesterday’s quickening and try and make it work again for today.  They say, “If God did it then, He can do it again.” And this is true, HE CAN!
        So, we all agree, we need a fresh revelation that enwraps our NOW.  However, we often find that God does not always give “an immediate Word.” There are those times when He simply FENCES IN OUR WAY and SETS DARKNESS IN OUR PATH.  Then we learn that God is working out other things through the dark moments and our understanding is enlarged to embrace new dimensions of His will and purpose for us.  Let it be clear, GOD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR FENCES AND THE DARKNESS IN OUR WAY.
        Impatient creatures that we are, we soon tire of our walls, we think of the restraints in terms of punishment and judgment— (a hangover from religious teachings that were conjured up by the carnal mind), and with this negative attitude we start to rail against the fence.  Those who are also plagued with the erroneous doctrines of devils, will start to rebuke the devil and command that the fence would disappear.  They demand deliverance, resisting the very hand of God that arranged the circumstance.  But those who would have a “single eye” to the Lord, learn to accept every God-placed fence as they see the hand of God in all that touches their life, and while they may not understand just what He is working out— they wait for that which shall “afterwards be revealed.”
        How Job longed for a face-to-face encounter with God.  He was not afraid that God would plead against him, rather, he knew God would PUT STRENGTH IN HIM.  Ah, he knew more about the nature of God’s love and care than much of Christendom today.  He was not afraid of God’s great power.  But the problem was, it was SO DARK, conditions were so bleak, God had so stripped him of all the props whereon he could lean, that he didn’t even know where to find Him.  What could he do, if he could not approach unto God?  He would settle down and TRUST that GOD knew where he was, and could come to him, could impart whatever was needed to see him through this awful time— indeed, could so use it to try him, that in the end he could come forth as pure gold.  He could say with confidence, “I SHALL COME FORTH.” Can you see the end of the tunnel, No!  Do you know when the trial will end?  No!  But my confidence is IN GOD, not the trial, and therefore the end is secure, I shall come forth!
        In another part of his discourse, Job declared, “I will teach you by the hand of God.” The margin reads, “BEING IN THE HAND OF GOD.” (Job 27:11).  He recognized that even though he could not find God on the right hand, or the left, that he was, nevertheless, IN THE HAND OF GOD.  Fenced in, darkness obscuring his way, yes, but “being in the hand of God” he knew he could teach his fellowman things that could be learned no other way.  He could share with them out of experiential knowledge truths which they knew not, for they were not being tested as he was. Oh, how impulsively, foolishly we have prattled about things we knew not of— while there were those who were IN THE HAND OF GOD, bring severely tested, and gaining new revelation of His handiwork, yet we never even listened to them, because we thought they were being punished, or whatever, and had nothing to tell us.

        We need to constantly acknowledge that GOD IS LEADING, we are in the way, we are in His hand, even if He has fenced our way and set darkness in our path.  It is this state of CONSTANT WORSHIP that holds us IN THE WAY, and IN THE HAND OF GOD.  Though the reports had tumbled over each other, wave after wave of destruction and loss, we read that Job “fell down upon the ground, and worshipped.” (Job 1:20).  Reeling under the impact of sorrow and grief, there could only be one course of action, TO WORSHIP GOD in the midst of it all.  “I will bless the Lord AT ALL TIMES: His praise shall  continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1).
        “IN every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thess. 5:18).  “Giving thanks always FOR all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20).

        Darkness— the Hebrew word is “choshek” and while it means: the dark, yet figuratively also speaks of misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow.
        How we struggle against these things, yet we read, “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations?  Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems.  For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.” (James 1:2-4, Living Bible Paraphrased).
BUT GOD CAN, AND HE USES DARKNESS TO HEM US IN AND RESTRICT US just as much as He uses fences.  How marvelous!
        The dark night of the soul is not an easy thing to go through.  Nor was this “horror of great darkness” that came upon Abram a joyful time.  Yet it became a time of spiritual revelation, and God spoke to him about his seed, and all that would befall them.  It was a strong prophetic word, and Abram could do nothing to change nor alter it in any way, any more than he could add anything to the covenant.  But, dark as it all might have been for the moment that only served to prepare for what followed, for “It came to pass, that, when the sun went down, AND IT WAS DARK, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.” (Gen. 15:17).
As God entered into the covenant, there was no doubt as to His ability to fulfill His part therein.  But there was tremendous doubt as to man being able to do anything, indeed, it was a foregone conclusion that man would fail.  So God sent His Son, not as a substitute for man, but to become THE MAN— representing humanity’s part, and GUARANTEE that ultimately every man would be brought into full realization of the blessings of His covenant.  In Christ we have the Victory, and that is why we all must be “IN CHRIST,” for “IN CHRIST shall all be made alive.” Thank God, ultimately every man shall believe INTO CHRIST, “That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow… and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” (Phil. 2:10-11).
        Beloved friend, DARE WE BELIEVE that whenever we are engulfed in a trial of darkness, fenced in so that we can not move in any direction, that through this time of weakness, unable to do anything, OUR GOD IS DOING GREAT THINGS FOR US— for it is a time of His sovereign creativity.  And when, in His own time He removes the “swaddling band of darkness” we will be astonished at what He has wrought.  Thank God He has these means of “keeping our self-work out of it,” so that what is brought forth will be to His glory and praise.
WHEN I SIT IN DARKNESS, THE LORD SHALL BE A LIGHT UNTO ME.  I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: HE WILL BRING ME FORTH TO THE LIGHT, and I will behold His righteousness.” The processing doesn’t end with fences and darkness, for the final result of God’s handiwork in us is to bring us to the light.  Truly the DARKNESS SHALL HAVE AN END, for when He has executed His judgments-His corrections unto righteousness— once He has pled our cause, imparted unconditional grace and love, then we are brought to the light, to behold Him in all the glory of His righteousness, life, and victory.
        While with David we give testimony, “For You are my Lamp, O Lord: the Lord will enlighten my darkness.” (2 Sam. 22:29).  For, “Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness: He is gracious, and full of compassion and righteous.” (Psalm 112:4).

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No. 39

WHEN THE “CALLED OUT” RETURN

“But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall He come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been of old, from everlasting.  Therefore will He give them up, until the time that she which travails has brought forth: then the remnant of His brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.” (Micah 5:2).

        There is an inworking of God taking place in a people which can rightly be termed HIS REMNANT— for “AT THIS PRESENT TIME also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:5).  These are they who have been CALLED OUT of the world, CALLED OUT of the religious systems of man, and CALLED INTO a relationship with Christ— to become one in Him. It has been a deep inworking of His grace as each CALLED ONE then “goes forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Hebrews 13:13) Not to forever dwell in a wilderness— not to forever be outside the camp— but once they have been fully changed into His image, brought to maturity in Christ, “complete and proficient, well-fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (2 Tim. 3:16, Amplified), then shall they RETURN TO THE CAMP, for the ministry where unto they have been called.
        However, “That in all things He might have preeminence,” (Col. 1:19), we first turn our attention to our Lord Jesus Christ— for HE is the SEED through whom all nations will be blessed.  He is the PEACE.  HE is the Ruler that now rules in us for the distinct purpose that He might bring us into oneness with Himself, so that we also IN HIM become a part of that seed to bless all nations, bring-peace to the nations, and rule with Him.  Thus we would EXALT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, and all that is fulfilled IN HIM.  He is the Mighty One!  He is our Redeemer and Lord!
        “Whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.” GOING FORTH— the Hebrew verb used here has been applied to the rising of the sun, the flowing of a fountain, the springing up of plants.  “His going forth is prepared as the morning …” (Hosea 6:3).  His GOING FORTH always bespeaks of the upsurge of LIFE and LIGHT.  LIFE is the CAUSE, LIGHT is the EFFECT.  “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4).  And to see the “light” is proof enough that there is LIFE behind the manifestation.  There can be no light without His LIFE.  Thus every burst of divine revelation within means that HIS LIFE IS QUICKENING WITHIN YOU to bring forth this new understanding.  It is all a part of “His goings forth,” for “HE IS that True Light which lights every man that comes into the world.” (John 1:9).  His goings forth— the upsurge of life and light, is destined for YOU— that He might become the Life and Light of your life. But His “goings” is in the plural— for personal as it might be in every individual, it is purposed “for every man.”  “Who is the SAVIOUR OF ALL MEN, especially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10).  Praise God!
        But for all His “GOINGS FORTH” to save, redeem, restore, etc. there is an outworking of a purpose— and so we read on, “THEREFORE WILL HE GIVE THEM UP, UNTIL … ” (Micah 5:3).  This was not an easy doing!  And through a prophet He asks, “How shall I give you up?” (Hosea 11:8).  And yet again, “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of My people?” (Jeremiah 9:7).
        The “giving up” was to work out a special discipline and correction, “MELT THEM, AND TRY THEM.” Such self-willed rebellion as was in them must be purged out.  They had a propensity for going after other gods.  They played the harlot in spiritual adultery.  He had to “put them away” until they could be changed.  So Paul clearly writes in Romans 11:12 about “the fall of them… and the diminishing of them…” Thus, “For a small moment have I forsaken you— in a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment.” (Isaiah 54:7-8).  But, THANK GOD, He also said, “But with great mercies will I gather you— with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on you, says the Lord your Redeemer.”
        In the outworking of the process, the “fall of them, and the diminishing of them,” is vitally involved in the reconciling of the nations.  Even as Paul writes in Romans 11:15, “For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” In the “giving them up” there was a dispersing of them among all nations.  But Israel was destined for ultimate salvation, “And so all Israel shall be saved,” (v. 26).  Therefore Paul advances the argument, “If the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy.” (v. 16).  Israel was called His firstborn. (Exodus 4:22).  Set apart by God to be unto Him a peculiar people.  And now, scattered among the nations, the whole lump (mixed mass) becomes set apart unto salvation, for “a little leaven leavens the whole lump.” So God set apart a people for Himself, then scattered that people among all nations, and in doing so sanctifies ALL NATIONS to be gathered unto Him.  Everywhere He scattered an Israelite, He sanctifies (sets apart) that whole community for reconciliation unto Himself.  Therefore, in the “giving them up” He is working out a divine purpose, and only the omnipotent God can sow the seeds of gain in loss itself.  What appeared to be a heart-rending loss and the disgrace of a nation being diminished, has literally been a part of God’s plan for the ultimate gain of bringing the whole world to Himself.  Thus we also read, “For God has concluded them all in unbelief (Israel, and all other nations), that He might have mercy UPON ALL. (v. 32).
        What we see in this marvelous working of grace among all nations, we also see working in the life of individuals.  When God diminishes us, strips us, reduces us to what seems as “nothingness,” know that HE has sown the seeds of GAIN into that very loss, so that when He has worked all things together into good, it will redound to the glory of God, and thus the latter end is greater than the former.
        This is a divine working so glorious, that Paul bursts out, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out.” v. 33).  Bless His name!
        The “giving them up” has a divine time limitation, it is UNTIL— “Until the time that she which travails have brought forth.” (Micah 5:3).
        Here we have a twofold application.  Mary brought forth her firstborn Son, so this immediately ties this verse with the preceding one.  Jesus Christ is the One whose goings forth have been of old.  “Before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58).  The “I AM,” the Jehovah of the Old Testament is surely to be found in the Jesus of the New Testament, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.” (2 Cor. 5:19).  But, while Mary did bring forth “He who is to be Ruler in Israel,” yet it is very evident that Israel still remains “given up,” still scattered among the nations, unidentified, still in disgrace, etc.  BECAUSE there is ANOTHER “she that travails,” and is yet in the process of bringing forth.  So while we read this historically, referring to Mary bringing forth Jesus, and connecting it all to the preceding verses, yet we read it also with another application of “she that travails” which connects it to all the following verses, and the birthing of “the remnant of His brethren” which shall return “to rule (Greek, shepherd) with a rod of iron.” (Rev. 2:27), as they share Christ’s throne, in their oneness with Him.
        The travailing woman is noted in Revelation 12:2,5, “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. – And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.”
        Manchild— the Greek word is “huios” meaning: one strong to bear, a son— not an infant male, but one who is developed, a mature one.  While the word “child” denotes being newly born, just birthed.  It is again a description of the OVERCOMER of whom it is written, “The Lord shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of your enemies.  Your people shall be willing in the day of Your power, in the beauties of holiness FROM THE WOMB OF THE MORNING.” (Psalm 110:2-3).  These are “caught up unto God, and to His throne.” They are lifted into the realm of power and authority.
        What travails have been endured to bring forth this new creation species.  Matthew 24:8, All these things are the beginning of sorrows (birthpangs).” One can view it all negatively, how that everything that can be shaken is being shaken, and see it all for pain and sorrow, grief and woe, as death throes; or, one can view it positively, AS BIRTHPANGS, to bring forth that new life which is found in His “overcoming remnant.”
        “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn of many brethren.” (Romans 8:29).  The BRETHREN are of the same quality as the Firstborn, for they are all CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF THE SON.  In all of their development, growth processings, they are beholding Him, and are being “changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18)
        There is a rightly “discerning the Lord’s body.” (1 Cor. 11:29).  Our Lord Jesus Christ is THE HEAD OF THE BODY, while the corporate brethren make up HIS BODY.  “He that is JOINED TO THE LORD is one spirit.” (1 Cor. 6:17).
        We ought not be so hasty in trying to RETURN to “Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name’s sake,” until first “He shall appear to your joy,” (Isaiah 66:5), and given you a message which goes beyond the sorrows of the ending of this age— giving you a message of the MERCY and the GRACE of the new age to come, when He shall restore all things to Himself.  There is a MESSAGE OF HOPE, that we can come through the processings, but we need to first be partakers of its inworkings, and be BIRTHED FROM THE WOMB OF THE MORNING, so that we as the messenger, and the message, do become one, with a state of being that verifies what we declare!
        We are reminded again of the sequence of His workings.  “God at the first did visit the nations (tribes) to take out of them a people for His name, AFTER THIS I WILL RETURN, and build again the tabernacle of David.” (Acts 15:14, 16).  Presently He is TAKING UNTO HIMSELF A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME! it is a remnant— a firstfruits— an overcoming people.  After this, after they have been birthed into His fulness, there shall be a RETURNING— He shall return, the Head and the body which are now ONE shall return, and “build again the tabernacle of David.” Why?  Because they are BUILDERS!  They are truly “laborers together with God.” (I Corinthians 3:9).
        Far too many these days are a part of a “destroyer company,” that tear down this, and tear down that— bring an end to this, and an end to that.  But the REMNANT OF THE BRETHREN that return are a BUILDER company.  It may well be that there needs to be a tearing down of the old, but not until we are equipped to bring forth the new.  It was said to Jeremiah, “See, I have set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, TO BUILD, AND TO PLANT.” (Jer. 1:10).  When we “come to do Your will, O God,” then “He takes away the first, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH THE SECOND.” (Heb. 10:9).  It is for the JOY set before us of the building, the planting, the establishing of the new, that sustains us through the removal of the old order.  But tearing down, without the hope of BUILDING the new, would leave man devastated, condemned to despair.
        Jesus said it very plainly, “The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
        “‘And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” (Isaiah 58:12).  This is the ministry of the called out that return!
        Yes, all Israel shall be saved, and all nations among whom Israel has been scattered, but not before the REMNANT BRETHREN are brought forth— a people for HIS NAME— one in His nature, character, image and likeness.  There must needs be a BRIDEGROOM COMPANY first, before there is the bringing forth of the bride.  The bridegroom has THE NAME, and then gives his name to the one prepared to be his bride.  First He visits the nations to take out a people for HIS NAME, to become His name, become His own body.  Then later it can be said to the bride, “As a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” (Isaiah 62:5).  It is a vital truth, that of the corporate bridegroom, that must come first, before there is a return to the nation which becomes the bride.  He that has ears, let him hear!  Many are confused on this issue, and teach for brideship, which is fine in its place, but they have not been quickened to see the manchild, sons, groom company in its distinction from the bride. (Shelve this, if you must, but precious is this truth when He makes it life within).
        Bring forth this REMNANT BRETHREN, this corporate man of which Christ is the Head, “And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.” (Micah 5:4).  Praise God, these are they that shall minister solely in the “strength of the Lord.” For they have learned that it is “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6).  They have been JOINED TO HIM, and receive out from Him all that is needed for the occasion.  Gone will be the days of the works of the flesh, with all its self-effort.  Ended will be the soulish projection of the ego of man, and all his psychic aberration and psychology.  For “by the Spirit of the Lord” precludes all the soulish schemes and devices of man, when HE becomes our wisdom and strength.
        They stand to FEED— for having brought them “one of a city, and two of a family” to Zion, He is now able to “give pastors and teachers after Mine own heart WHICH SHALL FEED with knowledge and understanding.” (Jer.3:14-15)
        It is true, we have had glimpses of “apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teaching pastors,” but the fulness of these ministries cannot be realized until first He has BROUGHT HIS REMNANT TO ZION, and then, in full union with Him, they shall be able to rightly FEED the flock of God.  Presently, it must be said, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” (1 Cor. 13:9-10).  How we yearn to be brought to Zion, where in the fulness of HIS STRENGTH, we shall be able to stand and feed.  Praise God for that fulness which shall fully meet every need!  We see the goal set before us.  Yet “I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.,’ (Phil. 3:13-14).
        Truly, “His going forth is prepared as the morning: and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter former rain unto the earth.” (Hosea 6:3).
        “For it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10:12).
        Significant that the Hebrew word for “former rain” is “yarah” and literally means: to TEACH, or, a teacher of righteousness ministry.  He will come and RAIN, HE WILL COME AND TEACH RIGHTEOUSNESS!  Desperately we need this rain!  Ethics, morality, integrity, honesty, etc. are at an all-time low in the world today.  Leaders are frustrated, and they try to pass laws which will bear upon people to clean up their act and be more upright, but righteousness cannot be legislated.  We try ever so hard to “make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.” (Matt. 23:25).  For “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9).
        But there is a RAIN that is coming that is unlike all other rains, for it is a TEACHING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS that changes the INSIDE of the cup.  “I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts …” (Heb. 8:13)
        Herein is a ministry that shall “Teach (yarah) My people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” (Ezekiel 44:23).  Then, “My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: because I will publish the name of the Lord and ascribe greatness unto our God.” (Deut. 32:2-3).  All this has nothing to do with a carnal creed of how to dress (a clothesline religion), nor of all the religious works we have known— for such dogmas have only produced a self-righteousness which is as filthy rags.  But when it is OF and BY the Spirit, “He, the Spirit of truth … will guide you into all truth: … He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:13, 8).  How effective shall be that TEACHING-RAIN.
        Furthermore it is enduring, for “They shall abide: for now shall He be great unto the ends of the earth.” (Micah 5:4).  Again the thought is twofold: first of all, it is a ministry that shall abide— not come and go, rise and fall— but steadfastly abide, until they have seen every man fully reconciled to God.  The Levitical priesthood was temporary— for the priest would serve for a time, and die; and another would arise to take his place.  But when we are ONE IN CHRIST, we become part of the Melchizedek order, to minister out of “the power of an endless life.” An abiding priesthood!
        Secondly, the inworking salvation shall produce a change that shall last.  Jesus said, “I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and THAT YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN.” (John 15:16).  No more falling away, no more back-sliding.  No more “going out from us, because they were not of us.” When it is done IN THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD it will produce an abiding fruit!  Thank God for such glorious victory!
        Then “He shall speak peace unto the heathen: and His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.” (Zech. 9:10)
        “And this shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.” (Micah 5:5).
        Seven is the number of perfection and completeness, and thus it is promised that there shall be a perfect shepherd, TEACHING PASTOR ministry, that in love and compassion will build— feed— nurture the flock of God.
        Eight is the number of new beginning, or resurrection life.  While the Hebrew word here for “principal” literally means: anointed.  A company that is anointed with resurrection life to see the new beginning— establishment of HIS KINGDOM in all the earth.  God shall RAISE THESE UP!
        In conjunction with these “seven shepherds, and eight principal men,” we read, “Seek Him that makes SEVEN STARS and ORION, and turns the shadow of death into the morning.” (Amos 5:8).  Seven stars refers to Pleiades, while Orion is made up of eight principal stars called THE MIGHTY HUNTER.  Significant that “written in the stars” is this promise of this ministry of the REMNANT BRETHREN that return to bring life to mankind, TURNING THE SHADOW OF DEATH INTO THE MORNING.
        “Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” (Job 38:31).  SWEET INFLUENCES— not to condemn, not to impute sin, but to show mercy, reconciliation.  There is no power that will be able to BIND, resist these sweet influences, for HIS LOVE never fails.  Nor shall any be able to loose the bands— i.e. the drawing together that which the anointed ministry unites.  Who can tear apart that which the mighty hunter has drawn together?  Truly, when He opens the door, no man can shut it.  And “whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matt. 16:19).  This is the ANOINTED ministry of the new covenant, of resurrection, which shall “gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him.” (Eph. 1:10)
        How gloriously effective these brethren will be— for “They shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall He (this corporate anointed man) deliver us from the Assyrian, when he comes into our land, and when he treads within our borders.” (Micah 5:6).  Going forth “conquering and to conquer,” there will be a subjugation of all evil, all negativity, to the kingdom of God.
        Furthermore, the next verse goes on to state, “And the REMNANT of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people AS A DEW FROM THE LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarries not for man, nor waits for the sons of men.” (verse 7).  What a ministry of LOVE, GRACE, REFRESHING— gentle as the dew, tender as the showers— freely giving to all.  When the dew is distilled is makes no preference whether it falls upon the lovely rose, or upon the weed— it is freely given everywhere.  Such is the mercy of our God, that “He makes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.” (Matt. 5:45).  In fact, He says, “I am found of them that sought Me not.” (Isa. 65:1).  The outflow of His love and grace shall reach to every man, sweet influences that change the heart, bringing forth a deliverance that no man can disannul.  Yes, every one that has been CALLED OUT from the religious systems of man, purified and made one in Christ, shall then RETURN with His life to bless all nations.  Amen!

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No. 40

WHEN THE TIME SEEMS LONG

“And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that THE TIME WAS LONG; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.” (1 Samuel 7:2).

        How grateful we are for the privilege of sharing His Word as He quickens it for our encouragement and consolation.  We would confirm one to another of the processings in the experiences that we share, being men and women of like passions and feelings, but also partakers of a kindred desire for the fulness of His Spirit— for more of His kingdom reality to be manifested in us, through us, and in the earth about us.  The vision that He shall redeem us from all iniquity, and conform us to His image, is a precious hope.  Yet often THE TIME SEEMS LONG, and the process is slow.  But, praise God, He is steadily progressing toward that desired end.  There are those moments when we might wonder what it is all about, and if we have missed the “way.” Then there are rare moments of a keener consciousness of His divine Presence and we are made to know that He is there all the time.  We hold to the promise that He will finish His work in His people, for He is both the Alpha and the Omega of our faith.  Concerning many of the details we are losing our dogmatism, for time does have a blessed way of mellowing us and taking care of our idiosyncrasies.  His truth shall remain, and as a shining light it grows brighter and brighter— while the things of earth grow strangely dim.
        “Israel lamented after the Lord.” The Hebrew word for “lamented” is “nahah” and means: to become wailing, to mourn.  It signifies a crying after the Lord— reaching out with longing, desire.  But, as Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matt. 5:4).  All the longing of our heart shall be satisfied, yes, even all of groaning creation shall ultimately share in “the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
        In his Lamentations, Jeremiah expressed the inner cry so well, “Why do You forget us for ever, and forsake us for so long a time?  Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old.” (Lam. 5:20-21).  For those who are caught up in the rah, rah, rah of a camp-meeting style of program, this cry and prayer means little.  But when the shout and the dance are ended, the sham and the shadow disappear, and they are faced with the stark reality that religious exercises are empty, the letter of their creed and doctrine kills, and only in Christ can true satisfaction be found, in that day, and not until then, will they begin to lament after the Lord.
        Having “tasted the good Word of God, and the power of the world to come,” (Hebrews 6:5), we cannot be satisfied with anything less than such reality, and so we yearn after Him— reaching out in prayer and supplication, yet knowing that “all our times are in His hand,” and we cannot hasten His coming to us, but HE will surely draw us unto Himself.  And it is in this interim processing that we are being developed and matured— in ways and in means that we would not have thought possible.  But the Father knows them that are His, and He is working all things together for our good. Our union with His fulness is His plan, and it shall truly be fulfilled. Amen!
        There is no doubt but that the elect of God are facing much upheaval and change, for the old orders are being stripped away, and with intense desire we reach out for the new.  It has been well stated that— “We need to take great care that we do not act out of impatience or frustration.  We have been greatly weakened in our human strength by the dealings of God, and it is obvious that He is “shutting us up unto Himself.” If institutions and programs could have brought us into “the day of the Lord,” we would surely have that day upon us.  If setting up New Testament churches, and building according to the pattern, attempting to restore “divine order,” could have ushered in the Kingdom of God, that Kingdom certainly would have come.  If all the teaching and preaching about sonship, the Melchizedek priesthood, etc. could have brought heaven to earth, we would surely see that blessed age dawning upon us.  But none of these operations are bringing satisfaction to the tremendous inner cry for reality coming forth from God’s waiting sons.  We are sensing that HE is moving onward, though we are caught in an hour when His footprints are not always clearly visible.  At a time like this what shall we do?  Turn back to any of the old familiar places of rest?  Devise a new message, or rearrange the old?  Give up in despair?  No! Praise God, none of these is the heritage of God’s chosen ones.  The simple answer, we will have to wait quietly until our Father ushers in the next phase of His plan for the ages.  No false starts! No excuses for not waiting!  Just a disciplined, meek and quiet company of sons who are intently looking into His face, listening for His voice, and in loving trust, find their joy simply in being His.” Amen!  What a well-spoken word that is.
        While Jeremiah, along with all Israel, lamented after the Lord, we also find some significant dealings in his life that the Spirit quickens as being applicable for our times.  We read that Jeremiah sent word “Unto us in Babylon, saying, THIS CAPTIVITY IS LONG: build houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them… (Jeremiah 29:28).  It was a GOD-ORDAINED CAPTIVITY which was to last for seventy years.  Some were not happy about that— they wanted instant deliverance, pray me out, prophecy me out, etc.  But the Lord said that any one who would cater to such desires was a false prophet.  God controlled the TIME SPAN, and gave instruction on how to occupy until the ultimate day of deliverance.  Likewise in our day— there are those who search out every voice that will tell them it has arrived, that they can claim to be in the “now” and possessors of all the promises. Truth is mixed up with error, and confusing signals are sent forth— we’ve got it, but we don’t; it is here, but it isn’t; just claim it by faith, and eventually you’ll see it manifested.  It’s by grace, only keep working at receiving by prayer, fasting, confession, quoting the promise, etc.  One voice contradicts another, and in the confusion many are becoming disillusioned.  Yet God does have a PLAN FOR OUR DAY, and a timing that is perfect— we need only keep our eyes single to Him, worship Him.
        Many long years ago we were asked “how long” we felt it would be before we saw manifestations of the sons?  And caught up in the exuberance of truth which the Spirit was revealing, we said we thought it would be within two years.  But time slipped by and twenty years later we were still hoping it would “happen” within two years.  Finally we ceased the “time projection,” knowing that the VISION IS SURE, though the time seems long. (this article from 12-93 [web ed.]).  Fortunately on our part, the Lord has always directed our day by day occupying, and so we did not just sit around twiddling our thumbs, but in obedience we walked out each day as He led.  Uniquely enough, the vision has grown steadily brighter, and our hope more sure, even though the waiting continues.  There is a sureness in the promise, that though hell rages, and people imagine a vain thing, still nothing shall hinder the purpose of God— it is for an appointed time, it will neither be early nor late, HE IS JUST RIGHT!
        One fact is certain, we each need a direct Word from God for our own path.  Peter writes that we need to “Be established in the present truth.” (2 Pet. 1:12).  We can readily take this in a dual application, for there is both a CORPORATE TRUTH and dealing of God, and there is a personal present truth as He speaks a Word into our heart for our individual circumstance.  There is a Word for our day— being confirmed all across the land, to shake off the dust of form and ceremony, and to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.  To surrender to His sovereignty, that He may be LORD in our life.  And there are personal applications as He deals with us “one on one.”
        At the time of Israel’s departure from Egypt, the PRESENT TRUTH was for them to eat their passover meal “with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand…” (Exodus 12:11), and be ready to march out of the land on an instant notice.  It was fulfilled exactly as Moses had told them— an immediate and sudden deliverance from the land of bondage.
        But that was not present truth for Jeremiah’s day.  It would have been so utterly foolish for them to have packed their suitcase, and sat by the side of the road, outside the city gate, expecting an instant word to return to their homeland.  GOD had placed them in their captivity, AND THE TIME WAS LONG.  There were seventy years to be fulfilled before a release would come to them, and that’s a long time to sit by the road with their suitcase.
        But the question remains: If the captivity is long, what do I do while I wait?  How do I occupy, retaining a fervency of spirit in my committal to the Lord, and still live out the days?  The PRESENT TRUTH in Jeremiah’s day was to “build a house, plant a garden, etc.” as a proper occupying which produced growth and prepared them for the greater things to come.  “That you may be increased there, and not diminished.  And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captives: for in the peace thereof shall you have peace.” (Jer. 29:6-7).  There must be an acceptance of our circumstances from His hand with an honest submission to His will for each day.  When HE is our PEACE, and He dwells within us, then we ought to readily LIVE AND WALK in that peace.  There will be an INCREASE, growth that will glorify God, and prepare us for whatever lies ahead.  Yet many are diminished by their captivity— they lose hope, faith grows weak, they not only question the vision, but they turn away to the pleasures of the world and focus on the things of the flesh— that is very DIMINISHING.
        Illustration: Call it captivity, or necessity, but you have a job that you report to day by day.  You can inwardly resist and fight against it, or you can “seek the peace of that city,” i.e. pray God’s blessing upon the place, upon your employer, upon your fellow workmen, etc.  And thus God uses every day happenings in the nitty-gritty of life to develop and process us.  When we find our PEACE “in the city” where He places us, we have come a long way in our spiritual maturity.  It is a steadfast seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, not in ethereal dream clouds, not false visions of escapism, but in the common place of daily living, finding HE IS THERE.
        Solomon made an interesting observation, stating: “To every purpose there is TIME and JUDGMENT, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.  For he knows not which shall be: for who can tell him WHEN it shall be.” (Eccl. 8:6-7).  TIME and JUDGMENT, and both are in His hand.  The time for our sowing of seed, expressing whatever nature is in us (self, or His), and then those processes of judgment which correct and assure that all is conforming to His image.  I perceive that God’s judgments are something far beyond the natural dimensions of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, etc.  These may in a small measure be used in our conditioning processes, but the judgment of God is an EDICT FROM THE THRONE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and then follows whatever action is necessary to bring this to pass.  If there is swift obedience, and the goodness of God leads us to repentance, then all is well.  But if there be rebellion on our part, then severer measures are needed to turn us around in willingness for HIS WILL to become our will.  Time and judgment, He controls them both, and since we know not WHICH shall be, nor WHEN it shall be, then every day is lived out walking softly before the Lord, and inner peace is maintained.
        Another example of a LONG TIME, Joshua 11:18-20.  “Joshua MADE WAR A LONG TIME with all those kings.  There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle.  For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them…”
        We also read that, “There was LONG WAR between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.” (2 Samuel 3:1).
        Both Joshua and David prefigure in type for the spiritual man of the new creation within; while all the kings, and the house of Saul, stand in type for the carnal realm of the flesh.  “The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things you would.” (Gal. 5:17).  There has been A LONG WAR WITHIN US, but, praise God, the Christ life waxes stronger and stronger, to overcome the carnal nature and bring it to an end.
        Significant that as Joshua, and the warriors of Israel, came up to a city, instead of that city seeking a peaceful surrender, THE LORD WOULD HARDEN THEIR HEARTS, they would insist on doing battle, and would be destroyed.  I have experienced betimes that God will HARDEN “a king” within us, our own self-will crystallizes into a firm rebellion, that He might draw out that which is within us, until He has purged us, and IS LORD OF ALL WITHIN.  All of this serves as a parable for our spiritual walk with God.  It’s amazing the “nations” that have been resident in us, which He now draws out into battle, to conquer.  For, WE BECOME OVERCOMERS IN CHRIST TO THE DEGREE THAT WE ARE OVERCOME BY CHRIST.  Thank God, “In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed… it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:44).
        There are those who search the newspapers to see how the kings of earth are lining up, and how “they think” prophecy is being fulfilled.  But there is an INTERNAL WORKING that is of far greater importance, and it is this LONG WAR WITHIN US.  The kings of self, the passions and lusts of the flesh, the rudiments of the old Adamic nature— all of these must be DEALT WITH BY HIS CROSS.  It is not just one grand leap of initial salvation into the fulness of His kingdom.  Rather, His seed of life is planted within, and then there is an on-going process, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
        Paul wrote of the internal warfare, Romans 7:24-25, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.” And HE, THE SON, “must reign, till He has put all enemies under His feet.” (1 Cor. 15:25).  Yes, there will be a universal fulfillment of this!  The outreaches thereof stagger the imagination.  But there is also an individual inworking, as He now wages THIS LONG WAR in us, riding within, “conquering, and to conquer.” (Rev. 6:2).  Praise God, the victory is HIS, reigning supreme until He is Lord of all within us!
        We speak of being conformed to His image, being a partaker of His divine nature, rising to the lofty height of spiritual maturity, “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:13) This vision is “for an appointed time,” but THE TIME SEEMS LONG, and many cannot wait for GOD to finish His redemptive work within us, so they would try and force the vision into fulfillment with their own action— mental gymnastics and self-motivated exercises of man, if we confess it often and loud enough, maybe it will force God to “honor my faith” and do something.
        How often we hear people quote the verse, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matt. 11:12).  They take this to mean that they must become violent, claim it, demand it, wage warfare to obtain it, etc.  It is a gross mishandling of the truth!  The Amplified translation of Luke 16:16 gives clarity.  “Until John came, there were the law and the prophets; since then the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God is being preached, and every one strives violently to go in— WOULD FORCE HIS OWN WAY, RATHER THAN GOD’S WAY INTO IT.” The emphasis is ours, we want those words to stand out before our vision.  The kingdom suffers violence because people try to force their own way in— “He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1).  One of the reasons for our ongoing processing is to mature and qualify us to be able to handle the riches of the kingdom once we have fully received them.  But all of this eagerness of the flesh to appropriate what He has not yet given, often will result in a gross misuse of power, and a perversion of the truth.  Hence HE measures out the time— and in many cases it may seem very long— but He will have a prepared people at the appointed time, and all to His praise.
        In the parable of the talents, (Matthew 25), or the pounds, (Luke 19), one fact stands out, they were only given A LIMITED PORTION, be it one talent or five talents.  They did not have unlimited resources.  They were being TESTED AND PROVEN by their handling of the measure that was entrusted to them.  The quantity of increase was not the issue.  FAITHFULNESS WAS THE ESSENTIAL PRE-REQUISITE.  “Well done good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matt. 25:23).  In all your occupying, hold the vision as a frontlet before your eyes.  Faithfulness to that to which He has called you— “It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” (1 Cor. 4:2).  Faithful in believing the vision, yes, and faithful in what you do with whatever He has entrusted to your care.
        Note the phrase: “I will make you ruler.” Both position and qualification are of HIS MAKING in us.  You cannot make yourself spiritual nor manifest any more than what He has worked within you.  We are what we are by the grace of God, as He works within— to will and to do of His good pleasure.
        But TIME often brings an individual crisis.  We examine ourselves to see if we really have heard from God, and the vision is from Him.  And if we are persuaded that it is true, then we simply have to “hold fast” until God fulfills it.  But then a strange occupying sometimes springs up— we find that some people become “religious critics.” To judge and condemn everybody that doesn’t measure up to the standard as they perceive it to be.  God forbid!  May we learn to not condemn what we cannot accept, to simply leave it behind, and walk on in the light He has given to us.  Inherent in our occupying there must be a WALKING ON IN THE LIGHT!  As concerning all your fellow brethren, Jesus said to Peter, “What is that to you?  Follow Me.” (John 21:22).  Love your brethren— for “Love covers a multitude of sin.” And entreat and encourage one another to press on in whatever light God has given them.  But it is not ours to judge their walk.  “To his own master he stands or falls.  Yea, he shall be held up: for God is able to make him stand.” (Rom. 14:4).  How merciful and loving is our God!
        Yes, THE TIME MAY SEEM LONG, with the fulness of the vision out there before us— and we have to WAIT FOR IT.  Yet, while we live today in the light of tomorrow, we do not wait until tomorrow to begin to live.  There are blessed measures of His life for each day— “He that has the Son has life.” (1 John 5:12).  “And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20).  HE IS OUR CONTENTMENT AND OUR PEACE— however long the time.

    There appears to be two extremes in man’s thinking:
    Those who think this life is everything, and the future is nothing.
    Those who think this life is nothing, and the future is everything.


        Present life to some is a dismal waiting, resignedly they pray for God to speed its close, so they just hang on, waiting for the end.  If they could escape it, they would.  The “rapture doctrine” caters to this mentality.  If by any means, just get me out of here.  Not much overcoming in this theory.
        In contrast to this we have the “eat, drink, and be merry” crowd who give no thought to the morrow, or what God might be working out through all these times.  Not sure of what the future holds, they try to grab whatever “fun” they can out of present times.  Such is the manner of the world.
        But there is another, far different approach— the Psalmist said, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply out hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12).  Number our days— take note of each one, and consider that every day is valuable for the outworking of God’s will in your life.
      Then APPLY— the Hebrew is “bom”, meaning: to cause to go in.  It speaks of an ACTIVE PARTICIPATION.  We are to “apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Seek to learn His way— “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matt. 11:29).  The more we learn to DO IT HIS WAY, the easier it is to bear our load.  The criterion for all occupying is found in Christ, and He said, “I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent Me.” (John 5:30).  The word “seek” is an action word.  It bespeaks of diligence in desiring to know His will at all times, for all our doing, so that we might be found to His praise.  No wonder each day is to be undergirded with prayer, “Not my will, but Yours, be done.” And then we find “His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.”
        God places His own in some very unusual circumstances where we must account to Him.  The issue is not where we occupy, BUT ARE WE TRULY BEING LED BY HIS SPIRIT?  Then we can live in joyful obedience, and not just exist in a form of resignation.  “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men… for you serve the Lord.” (Col. 3:23-24)
        Often we might feel we are all alone in our stand FOR THE VISION, truth as He has revealed it to us.  It is a familiar feeling, Elijah felt it, “Lord, they have killed Your prophets, and torn down Your altars; and I  alone am left, and they seek my life.  But what was the answer of God to him?  I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”(Rom. 11:3-4).  Elijah had no idea there were these others— he had not heard of them.  It does no good to count heads.  As one said, the people who COUNT cannot be counted.  They are hidden in the places where God is processing them— not out on display, available for the counting.
        Yes, perhaps for you THE TIME SEEMS LONG, because we yearn for much more of His reality.  But in applying our hearts unto wisdom, we find that it is most profitable to take each day and walk it out with an attitude of praise and worship to Him.  “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24).  Praise His wonderful name!

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No. 41

WHEN THE TRAILS COME—HE IS THERE

“But now thus says the Lord that created you, O Jacob, and He that formed you, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you; when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)

        It is significant that this tremendous word of encouragement begins with a clarification of the One who gives us this Word of comfort.  “THE LORD THAT CREATED YOU, HE THAT FORMED YOU.” Thus we are immediately faced with our Sovereign Lord, The First Cause of all causes, out of Whom are all things, and specifically, out of Whom we came.  It’s a direct Word from God Himself, who has involved Himself with our redemption, our calling, and who makes a statement of His ownership, “YOU ARE MINE!” He takes responsibility for all that befalls us.  Our pathway is not only planned by Him, but He will personally participate in all that we go through.  While the processings may seem to be severe, rivers deep and wide, mountains rugged and steep, fires that are intense, nevertheless, not only is HE WITH US, but He states even further, “I AM YOUR SAVIOUR.” Our total salvation is secure, we shall come through, not somehow, but triumphantly, undergirded by the promise, “Because I live, you shall live also.” (John 14:19).
        In another place we read that He is “A just God and a Saviour.” (Isa. 45:21) He is our Saviour because He is JUST.  He would not be JUST if He were not our Saviour, for it was God alone who had the responsibility of subjecting creation to vanity and corruption.  It was “not willingly” on creation’s part, but “BY REASON OF HIM who has subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Rom. 8:20-21).
        God has never withdrawn Himself from involvement with His creation, and never has that fact been more clearly stated than in this text verse before us.  “When you pass through the waters, I WILL BE WITH YOU.” As goes the hymn:

“Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood,
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song
In the night season, and all the day long.”

        Without belaboring the point with an extended word study, we do need  to  underscore the word “WHEN.” He did not say “IF,” but “WHEN,” for the path is destined to take us by this route.  Jesus Christ, “though He were a Son, yet learned (experienced) He obedience by the things which He suffered.” (Heb. 5:8).  So now, “Hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” (1 Peter 2:21).  Being apprehended to share His glory, to be conformed to His image, and to be a partaker of His divine nature, it rightly follows that we shall come into that ONENESS WITH HIM by this path that He marked out for us.
        Thus it is not “IF you pass through the waters,” but a “WHEN,” for if you haven’t faced the waters yet, you will in due time.  “It is a faithful saying: for if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him.  If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.” (2 Tim. 2:11-12).  But the emphasis is not just on the deep waters of testing, the fiery trials, the processings that leave you reeling, for there is a definite truth connected to this “WHEN.” The Hebrew word for “when” is “hayah” meaning: to exist, to come to pass.  WHEN the trial overtakes you— as it is in the process of happening— RIGHT THEN He is there to bring us through, “more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Rom. 8:37).  That is the positiveness of the message— for WHEN these things happen, “I WILL BE WITH YOU.” You are not alone, He is there, and you will not be defeated because HE is the Victor.
        In our natural realm, prone to fret and worry and battle our fears, we are ready to insist that we be deluged with power and blessing long before the trial comes.  We want to have “martyr’s grace” long before we face the fire, or whatever the processing might be.  But the word is WHEN— as it comes to pass, I WILL BE WITH YOU.  Certainly He is with us all the time, for it is written, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5).  But the point before us is not just the abiding omnipresence of the Lord— but as a word to strengthen your faith, that specifically WHEN you pass through, HE IS there, the Source of all that you need, the Guarantee of salvation.
        “WHEN the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isa. 59:19).  Strange doctrines have evolved in Christendom— a voodoo of demonology— as some suppose there is an omnipresent devil everywhere dogging their heels, and ready to pounce on them at any given moment.  It is utter nonsense!  The only Omnipresent Spirit is the SPIRIT OF GOD, and He is WITH YOU.  As for the cause of much of our negative experience some days, it is simply the carnal nature of man rising up to demand its own way— flesh warring against flesh.  And many of the happenings are simply the law of cause and effect.  The flu virus invades your body, not as a demonic attack, but because in your pursuits of the day you were exposed to it— and being stressed out, over-tired, etc. you were susceptible to the virus.  The devil did not cause your car to break down, there were reasons which the mechanic can explain and correct.  We need not illustrate this at length, suffice it to say “This is my Father’s world,” and Satan is not in control of it— GOD IS!  However, there are those rare occasions when the enemy does come in, and WHEN that happens, “like a flood the Spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against him.” God restricts the adversary— until he becomes a servant to the Most High.  Full well our God can make “the wrath of man (or demons) to praise Him,” and the remainder of wrath He restrains. (Psalm 76:10).
        “What time I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3).  WHAT TIME, or we could say WHEN— “When I am afraid …”  No doubt about it, we all have those moments when fear crowds in— but that is WHEN our trust in the Lord needs to kick in— become active.  The noise pollution of negative voices is extreme these days, and if you listen to them, their message becomes a fertile field for fear to grow and entrap.  But the Psalmist says, “WHEN (what time) I am afraid, I will TRUST IN YOU.” And in another place he states, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  They looked unto Him, and were radiant.” (Ps. 34:4-5).  Margin reads, “they flowed unto Him.” What a beautiful way to say that “they trusted in Him.” You do not flow unto, commit yourself unto the Lord, if you have no confidence or trust in Him.  Therefore when fears arise, that is the time to strengthen and focus your trust in the Lord, and know that He remains in control of all that touches your life.
        “Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
        It is obvious that at one time or another you have cares to cast— and WHEN, AT WHAT TIME I am beset with cares, worries, distracting problems, that is the time to trust in the Lord, and cast it all upon Him.  Interesting to note: YOU do the casting, HE does the caring.  Someone once wrote:

“It is God’s will that I should cast my cares on Him each day.
He also asks me not to cast my confidence away. (Heb. 10:35).
But oh, how stupidly I act when taken unawares,
I cast away my confidence, and carry all my cares.”

        The Psalmist also learned these things, and says, “Commit your way to the Lord— roll and repose each care of your road on Him.” (Ps. 37:5, Amp.) Or, “…Trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.” (NKJ). We sometimes use the terminology that these truths need to be lived out right where “the rubber meets the road.” And it is in this daily journey that the cares of the road can beset us, and we need to learn how to roll them all on Him, until we can, as Paul writes, “Be careful for nothing.” (Phil. 4:6)
        Over the past several months I have found it a real exercise, right after going to bed, or waking in the middle of the night, to control the thoughts that come crowding in— and it requires a real effort to corral them, and SET THE MIND ON CHRIST until all other thoughts fade away.  “Be careful for nothing…” is truly an exercise in casting all your cares upon Him.
        “WHEN my spirit was overwhelmed within me, THEN You knew my path.” (Psalm 142:3).  How precious WHEN and THEN! The WHEN bespeaks of the time element for the testing and trial to come into being, while the THEN bespeaks of the time element when HIS involvement in our affairs is also happening.  If the WHEN seems to have negative connections, the THEN brings in the positive enablement of our Redeemer, who is present to work all things together into our good, and for His praise. often we thrill to the workings of God, the anointing of His Spirit, and that surge of feeling victorious.  We are ready to rise up and declare “For by You I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” (Ps. 18:29).  In those moments the dark shadows hold no terror, for we are energized by God to face whatever is before us.  But then comes these other occasions, “WHEN my spirit is overwhelmed within me.” Ah, this, too, we identify with.
        Overwhelmed— the Hebrew word is “ataph” meaning: to show self feeble, or, to languish, faint.  There are times in our processing when it all sweeps over you, draining your strength, leaving you feeling faint, spent.  Psalm 107:5, reads, “Hungry and thirsty, their soul FAINTED (was overwhelmed) in them.” But the next verses read, “THEN they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and HE delivered them out of their distresses.  And He led them forth by the right way…” Such was the purpose of arranging circumstances until they were “hungry and thirsty,” for WHEN this comes to pass, THEN we learn to cry unto the Lord.  And truly, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matt. 5:6).
        The Psalmist gives an interesting observation/confession.  “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night (literally, my hand was stretched out as in prayer), and ceased not: and my soul refused to be comforted.  I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.” (Ps. 77:2-3).  Caught in the grip of a very negative mind battle, he was mourning, complaining, questioning God, “why?” Nothing will drain your strength any faster than negative thinking.  We try to figure it all out in ourselves, and find it too muddled and complicated.  Questions arise that momentarily seem to be unanswerable.  He was brought to the point he admitted— “And I said, This is my weakness.” (v.10). Herein is my failing, to focus on my troubles, rather than to keep my mind stayed upon my God.
        WHEN this happened to the Psalmist, how did he rise above all the internal tempest?  THEN— when feeling so overwhelmed, “I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” That was the time to “REMEMBER the works of the Lord.” To “meditate also of all Your work, and talk of Your doings,” until he could cry out, “Who is so great a God as our God?” (Ps. 77:11-13).
        God has a LONG RECORD of coming to the aid of His people, of working all things together into good.  Remember HIS RIGHT HAND, and all the times He brought deliverance to His people; how even in the smallest of details He revealed His creativity, His power, His love for you.  Getting his mind off of himself, and his troubles, and remembering/meditating/talking of all the wonders of God’s workings, he was brought into a new dimension of peace and joy in the Lord.  “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You.” (Isa. 26:3).
        And we do well to remember what Paul declared so eloquently, “There has no temptation (trial) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted (tested) above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13). The Amplified reads: “He will always provide a way out— the means of escape to a landing place— that you may be capable and strong and powerful patiently to bear up under it.” IN HIM THERE IS NO ESCAPISM, that is, no evading the trial, but an OVERCOMING, and a going up out of it as Victor, because of His enablement.  Praise God.
        When Jonah was in the midst of his most unusual happening, three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish that God had prepared, he said, “When my soul FAINTED (was overwhelmed) within me I remembered the Lord.” (Jonah 2:7).  “All Your billows and Your waves passed over me. – Weeds were wrapped about my head.” This was not easy for the fish either, it had an internal guest that was making it very uncomfortable, and it would dive deep into the sea, “I went down to the bottom of the mountains.” And finding no relief the fish came up again. One can only imagine what a roller­coaster ride this might have been.  BUT GOD WAS IN TOTAL CONTROL, and when the proper degree of repentance had been worked into Jonah, and he offered his prayer unto the Lord, “The Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” (v. 10).  When in distress, THEN I cried unto the Lord, seems to be the story of man over and over again, yet little does man know that it is GOD ALL THE WAY, preparing the circumstances for the trial, and always with that “nevertheless afterwards” in view when it yields the peaceable fruit of His righteousness.  How marvelous are all His ways.
        How beautiful is the promise, “For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always be angry: for the spirit should FAIL (be overwhelmed) before Me, and the souls which I have made.” (Isa. 57:16).  Certainly there are times of cleansing, purifying, disciplining, correction, judgments, use whatever term you like best— YET GOD is ever cognizant of His creation, and knowing our propensity for easily becoming overwhelmed, He measures out the correction according as we are able to bear it.  For HE is there in the midst of all of our conversion, and development, saying, “I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him,” (v. 18), that we might ultimately be found to His praise and glory.
        Returning to the verse, Ps. 142:3, “WHEN my spirit was overwhelmed  within  me, THEN You knew my path.” WHEN can get quite expressive of all the times our spirit was overwhelmed within us— the weakness, the fainting, but that is immediately connected to a beautiful THEN— right during those times of utter frailty, deficiency, feebleness— right when we are certain that we cannot take another step— RIGHT THEN He knows our path, and He is leading us in the right way, for “He knows the path that I take: when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10).
        Let us not becomes so self-exalted that we claim a spirituality beyond what we actually possess— for there are times, when in the sifting process, as Peter experienced, “Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat,” (Luke 22:31), that we are not sure about anything— Is the message we have believed really true?  Is this walk really of God?  In fact, are we really sure that God exists in our day, undergirding our way?  And the many whispered doubts leave you crying out with the man who said to our Saviour, “Lord, I believe, HELP my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24).  And it is THEN that He whispers within, “I KNOW YOUR PATH,” and “I have prayed for you, that Your faith does not fail.” (Luke 22:32).  It’s enough to make you weep and worship before Him.  HE knows all about those days, those weary miles you walk, the heartbreak that sweeps over you because there are things happening that you cannot help, and all you can do is give yourself over to the Spirit to make “intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom. 8:26).
        The disciples, crossing the sea in a ship, were “tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary,” and they saw Jesus walking on the sea.  Then Peter asked the Lord to bid him to come to Him, and Jesus said, “Come.” So Peter began to walk on the water toward Jesus, “But WHEN he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And IMMEDIATELY Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him.” (Matt. 14:30­31).  The record doesn’t give all the details, but boisterous winds make for turbulent water, and the contrary conditions were a real testing arena.  It is also easy to see that the LORD was responsible for these “testing winds” for “WHEN they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.” (v. 32).
          Our God knows exactly what conditions to create for our processing, but let us not become so taken up with the trial that we forget “WHEN you pass through the waters, I WILL BE WITH YOU.” It is in this “WITH YOU” that we find the grace to walk it out until He has accomplished His purpose.  In Peter’s “WHEN” we have boisterous winds, and that horrible sinking feeling— yet it also reads, “IMMEDIATELY JESUS STRETCHED FORTH HIS HAND.” Therein is the answer— to return our focus upon the Lord, not upon the temporary circumstances.  “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
        No one will deny that all of this is “easier said, than done.” The words flow in a heart-warming stream, we confess the truth of His Word, but then to LIVE IT OUT day by day— that is where we have to rely fully on His “WITH US.” Herein we find some precious truths.  WITH speaks of communion, of togetherness, at the same time, and often implies that aid is given, as when Abimelech said to Abraham, “God is with you…” (Gen. 21:22).  This is more than just a being there, but actively supporting, helping us.  When God is WITH you, all His resources are there to be given as He works out His will and purpose. Such WITH-NESS is almost beyond our comprehension.
        WITH also speaks of fellowship in action— He is a participator in all of our way.  Furthermore, it speaks of an alliance for our good, as contrasted by that which is “against” us.  And truly, “If God be FOR US, who can be against us.” (Rom. 8:31).
        The Psalmist declared, “When I cry unto You, then shall my enemies turn back: THIS I KNOW; BECAUSE GOD IS FOR ME.” (Ps. 56:9).  How marvelous, in the heat of the battle we cry unto the Lord, and in this WHEN, crying/praying, seeking God, RIGHT THEN HE who is WITH/FOR us turns the enemy back, and we begin to see the light of a new day.
        Abimelech, and some of his men, came to Isaac and desired a peace-covenant with him, and Isaac asked them Why?, since they hated him, “And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was WITH You…” (Gen. 26:28).  To deal with Isaac was one thing, but to have to deal with the GOD WITH HIM, that was an entirely different matter.  So much of what happens to us is GOD SETTING THE STAGE SO THAT OTHERS CAN SEE THAT HE IS WITH US.
        WITH— also speaks of nearness and vicinity.  Through it all He is WITH YOU! This is the unique characteristic of our God.  His with-ness with His people.  The Lord said to Moses, “My presence shall go with you.” (Ex. 33:14).  And the mark of distinction that was upon Israel was that their God was WITH THEM.  “Is it not in that You go WITH us?” (v. 16).  Thus Moses desperately counted on this with-ness of God, for without Him there could be no progressive movement.  Yet how quickly we forget that HE is there, WITH US, as we pass through the waters, the floods, the fires, etc.
        Ezekiel closes his book, (48:35) with the triumphant pronouncement, “And the name of the city from that day shall be, THE LORD IS THERE.” Or, as the Hebrew reads, “Jehovah-shammah.” God dwelling with man, redeemed, restored into perfect communion— fellowship far beyond description.  But this STATE OF BEING is not just a sudden happening— we do not giant leap into a togetherness with God in full spiritual maturity.  Indeed, it has been a daily learning that “WHEN you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” If we cannot come to KNOW HIM, and embrace Him in the moment by moment trials of the day, we surely will not be prepared to KNOW HIM in a full expression of His glory.
        So often our experience has been comparable to that of Jacob, when he was fleeing from his brother Esau, and came to a place where he tarried for the night, and while he slept he dreamt of the angels ascending and descending upon a ladder, “And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.” (Gen. 28:16).  God has been/and IS in all of our afflictions, testings, trials, circumstances, situations, and we knew it not until afterwards, as we looked back and saw how He used it— worked it for our good, and for His praise.
        One of the beautiful truths we learn from the compound names of Jehovah, is the FACT that HE IS THERE.  We are not always conscious of His presence being with us, and so we have to walk on in the KNOWLEDGE that it is so.  But His name also holds the promise of that fulfillment of REALITY, when forever we will be conscious that HE IS THERE— with us, and we with Him.  It is a truth, HE IS WITH US now, where we are, having condescended to our low estate, but the purpose is that being WITH US NOW in all our afflictions, that ultimately we might BE WITH HIM WHERE HE IS, sharing in the fulness of His life and victory.
        Jacob said, “Surely the Lord is IN THIS PLACE…” And might we say the same thing today?  Surely the Lord is in these contrary winds, boisterous and threatening.  Surely the Lord is with us as we pass through the waters, the floods, the fires.  WITH US to be our SAVIOUR.  We cannot rescue ourselves, we cannot change ourselves, but we can daily cast ourselves upon His mercies, and know that our life is secure in Him— Lord and Redeemer!
        And one final thought— He said, “When you pass THROUGH…” We are not to stay in the waters, but to pass THROUGH them, and come INTO HIM!  Amen! 

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