By: GARY R. KANE
We here in this nation, are about to witness some of the most horrifying times ever seen on the planet. There will be so much weeping and suffering, and sorrow, and pain,it will absolutely boggle the 'natural mind' of man. Already the stage is being set for the coming chaos in this nation, and throughout the world. There will be "no more," "safe havens," for people to escape to, no more 'mountain or desert, or country hideouts,' for feelings of safety and security, for there will be no safety, except in Christ Jesus, and Him alone. Of course it has always been this way, but now, things will be made more clear, that Jesus is the only answer, and there is nowhere else to go!
This will not happen to soon, (that is), people seeing the answer in Christ. The chaos has already begun, and the worst is still yet to come, and that will have to continue for a season, before there is any "true turning," to the Lord Jesus, there will be outcry's of revival, and people coming to Christ, or 'getting religion,' and this will 'excite,' the crowd, and religious leaders, and those who's hearts are only half filled with the Spirit of God, those with the heart of a prostitute. We are told that prostitution, is the world's oldest profession.... this is true, but it is all a matter of prospective. The first act of prostitution, was in Genesis Chapter three, where Eve sold herself to the nature of the flesh and the devil, and, as Adam followed her path, we now look back at history, and look at the present, and ask, 'what has really changed since then?' We are talking here about the 'prostitution of the heart against God.'
The 'Jezebel coin' has been tossed, and it comes up with 'her head', each time there is the slightest hesitation to follow in the ways of righteousness, and truth. I Thessalonians 5: 23-24, tells us, "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit,soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it."
Yes He will do it! But only in those who have devoted their hearts to him fully.
A Church cannot do it, religion cannot help, more sermons, seminars, books, and tapes, so called 'spiritual T.V. personalities,' nothing, nothing in this world can help the need of the inner man, except Christ alone... the sanctifying hand of the Lord Jesus Christ, by his blood, and work on the cross of Golgotha. It is a total work, a deep work, a cleansing work, a complete work, through body, soul, mind and spirit, that must take place. The person must become a 'new man,' old things passed away, everything before him now seen, as it were, through the 'spectacles of God'. It must be God's way, God's plan, God's ordained steps in the individuals life, in every breath he takes, that will guide him to walk in the 'peace,' that the Word speaks of.
When the Word of God speaks of 'peace,' it is not speaking of a time of silence, without war. Rather, it is promising the one who trusts in the sanctifying hand of God, the spiritual power and ability, and anointing, to live in oneness, and communion with the creator of all things, to live in a place of assurance and total confidence, and trust, in the abilities, and strength and wisdom, and power of God in his life, and no longer live in fear, that is the result of trying to control ones own destiny and circumstances. Ten thousand can fall beside you, chaos can come like a whirlwind out of the darkness of the times, but Christ will be a fire, 'the light' to guide your every step, and lead the way not only to peace and rest in the midst of the darkness around you, but to everlasting life in eternity with the King of all Kings. He gives you peace in the midst of war!
Let us surrender this flesh to the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us take off the mask. Let us stop the pretense. Let us be bathed in the fountain of blood that flows from Immanuels side, that blood that is now on the mercy seat, remembered by God Almighty, and available for all who will die to themselves, and all their visions, and allow the Lord to take them a way they have never been before. To all that will, as we are told in Romans 12: 1-2, "Offer their bodies up as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
To these, who will "lay down their lives voluntarily, on the altar of God's perfect will for their lives,'' they will receive the greatest revelation of all, the very heart of Christ!
They will not have to grope in darkness, or run with fear in their hearts, or seek the constant advice and council of flesh, they will soar like eagles on the heights with the Lord Himself, but not without the many experiences of being in the depths! The places of 'getting to know him,' of learning to be more than conquers. And the one who calls you is faithful, he will, with each valley, with every threat of darkness and fear, guide those who will declare with Job, "though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him."
No matter what you are going through, or have been through. No matter what is coming your way, the trials, the hardships, the test, the fires, God promises to keep you, and take you through each one. Help is as near as the calling upon His name, and this in sincerity, and truth, with a pure and repentant heart. The whole bible is the 'litmus test,' for a man to see if he belongs to God, or remains a child of the devil, but I encourage you today, no matter what your position in the church, in the community, or what your feelings are of your current position in Christ, I say to you, read: ( I John ), the whole book of I John, this should lay to rest where you are in the Lord. The Apostle Paul was clear to the church at Corinth when he said, "Test yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?"
There is no, "one time test," to see if we are in Christ Jesus, but there are many test, throughout our walk with Him, and we must by His grace and power of His Spirit, persevere. But as I mentioned, read "First John," and begin your examination there!
There cannot be any 'cheating' on this exam, for the Lord knows our hearts! If we are to ever be the bride made ready for His coming, let us turn from the prostitution, the Jezebel spirit, the double mindedness, and lust of our flesh, the unbelief, and not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the consistent renewing of our minds by the Holy Spirit of God through His Word.
Let us voluntarily lay ourselves on the altar of His perfect will for our individual lives, and our corporate gatherings.
Jesus has a wonderful plan for his church, and glorious and miraculous things he wants to do in each of us, and in the earth, but first, we must learn to live every step by 'faith,' and surrender every thought and deed to the will of God.
If we are to see his plan unfold, and see it from the heart of the Holy Spirit, we will have to be that remnant people that refuse to go the path that leads anywhere except to the heart of God.
"THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE TO GO !"
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