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By Dr. Richard ing

January 1, 2009


It is God’s will that we be perfected in Jesus Christ.  In an earlier newsletter, we discussed how the next revival will feature great power from on high.  God’s two groups of witnesses will testify with signs and wonders and will destroy their enemies with fire from God.  Rev. 11:4-6.  We need supernatural power to not only take an active part in the last revival, but in order to make it through until the end.  But the unlimited power of God is not for every Christian.  Only those that can be trusted with God’s power will receive it. 


In another newsletter, we spoke of how the apostle Peter stated that in the end times, the most important thing is love for the brethren.  1 Pet. 4:7-8.  Jesus warned us that in the end times, the love of many shall wax cold.  Mt. 24:12.  Love or the lack of it will separate the sheep from the goats.




Love is reflected by our heart attitudes.  Love is never proud, is not selfish, does not seek recognition from men and is long-suffering.  1 Co. 13:4-5.  Love is humble, submissive and obedient to God and His delegated authority. 


Carnal Christians love to lord it over others.  When put into a position of leadership, they exercise dominion by being snobbish, demanding and rude.  They think highly of themselves and demand that others respect and honor them.  In some Third World Countries, you can tell who the pastors are.  They are usually well-dressed, with shiny shoes, neat fitting and clean clothes, fresh haircuts and wear jewelry.  The ordinary people are in slippers, wrinkled and cheap clothes, long hair and do not wear jewelry.  Many pastors hold themselves high, as if they are special because they are called “pastor.” 


Jesus mentions a servant’s heart.  When His disciples were arguing about who was the greatest among them, “Jesus called then unto Him and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.”  Mt. 20:25. 


While the Bible tells us to submit to and obey those in authority over us, it doesn’t say that leaders are better than the sheep.  True leaders do not particularly care if you put them on a pedestal.  They are not interested in being exalted and obeyed for their own sakes; they just want to obey God.  They worry about your heart  attitudes towards the church and God. 


True servants will serve without desire for reward.  They serve out of love and loyalty to God and His delegated authorities.  Some Christians refuse to help because others in the church do not help.  “Why should I bust my ** when nobody else helps?”  They fail to discern the body of Christ.  When it profits them, they will serve and work for the church.  When it doesn’t profit them, they disappear.  They served out of self-interest and reward and not for the love of church and God.  It is pride.  Those that serve out of love do it for God and fellow man and do not desire admiration or recognition.  Their reward is in heaven.


Jesus went on to say,


            But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever shall be chief among you, let him be your servant.  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.  Mt. 209:26-28.


Actually, the word “servant” in the Greek, is the word “slave.”  Slaves are humble, submissive and obedient.  Bond servants of God put the Church first because they know that the Church is the body of Christ and is meant to manifest God’s glory on earth.  Fame and recognition from men are their least concerns.  They do not desire large ministries or fame.  They just want to serve and obey God.


Many unbelievers do not trust religious people.  They trust people that are like themselves.  In the book entitled There is Always Enough, Heidi Baker was instructed by God to live among the squatters in a town in Mozambique.  Although she had two small daughters and a husband, God instructed her to bring only two dresses with her, to live in a dilapidated building and cook and do things like the people in the squatters’ area did.  Over time, the natives began to accept this blond, blue-eyed missionary and she began a great work of evangelism in the squatters’ area.  Because of her and her husband’s willingness to obey God and live on the same level as those they ministered to, God blessed them with a large ministry including orphanages, 8,000 churches in 26 countries and many Bible schools.  She has incredible power from God and has healed many blind and paralyzed people.  She lives in the dirt among the poorest people in Africa.


God told her once, “I want you to come up to the lowest place.”  It is when we lower ourselves and rid ourselves of all pride and ambition that God uses us the most.  Most Christians want to show people how smart and how great they are.  True servants of God want to show how lowly they are in order for God to be exalted.


We need a servant’s heart.  Many televangelists and other church leaders use the power of God to lift themselves up and to become famous and rich and lord it over others.  They steal God’s glory to glorify themselves.  They abuse God’s power.  Interestingly, the “gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”  Ro. 11:29.  Anointing and power are free gifts; so is the calling of God.  He will not take it away, but how you use the gift and calling is up to you.  It can be a two-edged sword that can cut you too.  In the end times, those that desire God’s power for selfish purposes cannot be trusted.  They will fall.


God’s power is not for personal benefit or fame.  It is used to glorify God and to obey Him to establish His kingdom on earth.  It is used only according to the will of God.


As we move into the end times and revival, we need much spiritual power through the Holy Spirit.  But that power has nothing to do with us.  It has everything to do with doing the will of God.  God will give His power to those He can trust.  Those He can trust are saints that are genuinely humble, obedient to God and willing to die for His great name’s sake.  He sends many eyes to look around the earth for those that can handle His great power righteously.


Let’s get rid of our jewelry, nice clothes, fine hairdos and costly possessions and get down in the dirt so we can serve Jesus.  That’s what Jesus did. 

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