God has an individual plan and purpose for the life of
every Christian; but He also has a common purpose for every born-again
Christian that ever lived.That purpose
and plan is the foundation for everything we do.It is the reason why God created the heavens
and the earth and everything in it.It
is the reason why God created Adam and Eve and each one of us.
What was God’s reason?He is looking for perfect sons and daughters in the image of His Son,
Jesus.Ro. 8:29.Collectively, the mature, perfected
Christians will make up a perfect church that will eventually become the bride
of Christ throughout eternity.(Perfect
saints do not automatically become a perfect Church.)
Jesus is the firstborn of a new race of people in His
image.Ro. 8:29; Col. 1:18; Before God brings an end to this world as we
know it, He will have accomplished what He has desired deep within His heart of
hearts from the very beginning.The
events about to happen at the end of the world are part of His plan and
strategy to separate the chaff from the wheat.
He knows that without persecution and suffering most
people will not change.Riches and
possessions lull people into complacency and lukewarmness.The Bible says that He chastens and even
scourges those that He loves, in order to perfect them. Heb. 12:6-13.
That is why the coming tribulation is a blessing to God’s people.Many will not appreciate persecution, but it
is exactly what the Church needs.It
will separate the sheep from the goats.The true sheep will continue to trust God and will be willing to die for
His great name’s sake.The goats will
fall apart and forsake Church and God.
THE SHORTNESS OF TIME
No one knows for sure when Jesus will come back and put
an end to the evil of our world, but we know that time is short – perhaps three
to five years before tribulation starts.(I am not prophesying)Therefore,
our perfection must come within that period of time or soon thereafter.The Bible calls God’s perfected ones
“overcomers.”Christian writers often
use different terms such as “Woman in the Wilderness;” “God’s Army;” “The
Elijah Army;”“The Remnant;” and “the
Joel Army.”While scholars argue about
what God’s Army really is, we can all agree that God is looking for His
perfected sons and daughters and a perfect church.The up side is that those that overcome in
the end times will be exalted throughout eternity.The down side is that those that fail to
overcome may end up renouncing Jesus and Christianity and lose their salvation.Rev. 14:9-11.
What if your doctor tells you and you have only six
months to live?What would you do?What if the Lord tells you that you have only
3 years to learn how to be an overcomer and be in God’s Army, otherwise you
perish?What would you do?
Last October, God began to speak to me about unity and
integrity in the body of Christ.In the Philippines, we
had some grounds for complaining about the team.God showed us that we needed to repent and
ask forgiveness and strive to be united.As a result, the anointing during the trip was incredible.In addition, a trusted team member saw a huge
angel holding a scroll in his hands.It
was, no doubt, the same angel that appeared to us in Lal-lo in 1998 and
2001.He was the angel that announced
that a great revival was going to start in the northern
provinces of the Philippines.
We need to strive with all our hearts to not allow Satan
to divide us.We need to trust God and
quickly forgive those that commit trespasses against us.I’m speaking about the local church.Sometimes we are quick to judge and to come
to negative conclusions about people.We
need to learn how to ignore minor offenses and little things that upset
us.After all, we will be judged by God
according to how we judge others.The
mercy and long-suffering we have and the forgiveness we show others will be how
God will judge us.If that is so, we
should be very forgiving and loving.
The Lord spoke to me about how Jesus declared that the
great commandment is: “Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
mind.This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself.On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets.”Mt.
22:36-40.Perfection in Jesus Christ
requires perfect love.
love is far higher than ours.Our kind
of love is very shallow and fragile.Most of us don’t even care about others.We give lip service about the poor people in the Philippines
that died in a recent typhoon and ferry boat sinking.We shed crocodile tears, but ten minutes
later, it is business as usual.We say
nice things and sympathize with the thousands of Chinese that were killed and
devastated in the recent earthquakes in China.One week later, we don’t even remember
it.Truth be told, we are unmoved in our
hearts and minds and give only token acknowledgement.We have no idea how low our level of love is.
What would it cost you to get out of the safety zone that
you have built for yourself all these years?Would you be willing to love those that hate you or bless those that
curse you?Jesus said,
Love your enemies, bless them that curse
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use
you, and persecute you . . . For if ye love them which love you, what reward
have ye” do not even the publicans the same?And if you salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?Do not even the publicans so?Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect.Mt. 5:44, 46-48.
In verses 39 – 42, the Lord
But I say unto you, That ye resist not
evil: but whoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other
also.And if any man will sue thee at
the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.And whoever shall compel thee to go a mile,
go with him twain.Give to him that
asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away”
Truth be told, we love
ourselves and our comfortable lives far more than we love God and fellow man. We cannot even love our fellow Christians,
much less our enemies.
We should strive to love our brothers and sisters in the
Lord, especially those that have offended us.Don’t let the devil take them.Fight for them.It is not a
matter of right or wrong.It is a matter
of righteousness and love.One can be
right and unrighteous at the same time.One
of my sons was driving late one night and was making a right turn into a major
boulevard.Someone three lanes to his
left suddenly cut across and made a right turn in front of him that almost caused
an accident.My son honked his horn and
yelled at the man.On the way home, the
Lord spoke to him and said, “Son, you may have been right, but you were
Sometimes, Christian brethren sin against us or offend
us.You can be right in terms of their
bad behavior, but tearing them down or dismissing them can make you unrighteous
at the same time.One can correct,
chasten and even dismiss them in love.It is a matter of the heart.
and restore those that fall away.Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brethren,
if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one
in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil
the law of Christ.” What is the law
of Christ?It is the law of love.
Love will definitely be something that God will look for
in His children.Those that are in His
image will love a lot.After all, God is
love.1 Jn. 4:8, 16.
Love has to be the greatest characteristic of all those
that desire spiritual perfection in Christ.In the end of the age, “. . .
because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”Mt. 24:11.God is going to separate the sheep from the goats and love will be one
of His tests.