(Amos 8: 11, 12)
There is a famine in our land today, yes, in great America. But the famine that we are experiencing is not that of bread or drink. No, the famine that I speak of can easily be seen in our culture today. It is a famine "...of hearing the words of the Lord." Yes, we are a country that is fat with food and drink but desperately malnourished from a lack of eating at the Lord's table. Jesus would say it in this manner to us, "...thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Can we see that for too long now we have presented a form of the Good News that has caused people to become overly interested in themselves and not in the One from Whom this Good News springs forth from. In the days that are ahead we will not only see a major change in the way that the gospel is preached, but also what is being preached. We will soon hear and see the Kingdom of God preached and demonstrated in POWER!
We have become astute in presenting the Gospel of Jesus with superfluous words. But in the near future this will not be the case. Neither will the message be degraded to a place where it is merely a cure all for the ails of degenerated men. The Kingdom of God will once again be brought forth as what it really is, the place where the King has Dominion. The Apostle Paul said, "For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." We should not be disheartened because initially the Apostles did not know this either. The Apostles thought that Jesus' purpose was to make Israel the geo-politically leading nation again, to raise them once again to the place where they were in Solomon, the apex of the kingdom of Israel. But Jesus had to get their focus off of themselves and back where it belongs, on the Kingdom of God and His purposes. The Apostles asked, "...Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And He said unto them, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:6-8).
The first thing that Jesus did was to get their eyes off of themselves and on the Father and His purposes and His Kingdom. The Apostles were concerned about their pitiful little kingdom that was Israel. There was a "...famine,...of hearing the words of the Lord" (Amos 8: 11-12). They could not see and did not hear what Jesus had been saying, "...the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Their vision needed to be much larger than it was at that time.
The second thing that the Lord had to do for the Apostles was to help them to see that they would need much more than what they had presently. He had to let them know that they were going to be receiving power in a short time to come and that power would enable them to move the Lord's Kingdom forward. They also had to see that the Kingdom to be set up would extend beyond the Jews and to the Gentiles. He was letting them know that the "...Kingdom of God and His Christ" was enormous and powerful, unlike what we are used to today. Yes, we talk a great deal about power and healing, but we see nothing now compared to how it will be in the near future when the Kingdom is displayed with "POWER" an not a plethora of talk.
Until we like the Apostle John get a vision of the Kingdom of God we will not advance the Church to her proper destination. This is what John saw and heard: "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." Until we get this kind of vision of the Kingdom of God; His salvation, strength, and the power of His Christ, we will continue to talk about the things of the Kingdom rather than seeing those things come forth. I ask us to be honest. We can plainly see that we talk more about the power of the Kingdom than we actually wield that awesome power. But I tell you true that God is purifying His people and in the soon to come days we will begin to see that Kingdom come in "power."
The third thing that the Lord Jesus had to get their eyes on was Him. He told them that they would be ".... witnesses unto Him." There has been recently many so-called ministers of the Gospel who have sought to build Kingdoms and witnessed unto themselves, but that is about to come to a screeching halt. God is soon going to call their deeds to attention. Many, thank the Lord, will repent and be cleansed of their misdeeds. Many others will only see this time of fire as an attempt by the devil to bring them down. But the whole time it will be the Lord re-entering His Church with power and cleaning His house (Ezekiel 34: 1-10). The Lord will then begin His awesome work of bringing His sheep together and placing them under the One true Shepherd (Ezekiel 34:23). David, being a type of Christ, was to be the one shepherd over Israel, God's sheep. David also being a type of Christ as the king over the kingdom of Israel would be a king that would bring them into a place of rest, peace and security that they had not known. The Lord God is soon to do this very thing with His sheep, the Church. We have become used to seeing Jesus only as Saviour but very soon He will be known as the Good Shepherd and the King of His people. No longer will we glibly speak His name. But soon we will see His power as the King over His people in His Kingdom, and we will learn to bow at His name and not presumptuously and arrogantly toss His holy and to be feared name around. He will be the One who leads His church. This is not to say that we will no longer have men to whom the Lord will distribute authority, but this is to say that His Kingdom will no longer be the decrepit and out of order thing that we see today. The Lord will no longer allow His leaders to presume upon a thing and do it without being truly commissioned to do so by their King.
Actually we will see new men the Lord will raise up who have been hidden from us previously, who have been digging down deep so that their roots were deep in the Lord. Men who have chosen to stay at the back and not be like leaders that have promoted themselves in ministry. The men and women of God who have been working under the true commission of the Lord will receive even greater anointing to do ".... exploits." But as stated before those who have been prideful, arrogant, manipulative, overbearing and controlling will either repent before the King or will be done away with. To some this may sound hard and harsh but God has a purpose and He will in the days to come not blink at the things that have been going on in His flock. God's Kingdom is to be a powerful, glorious and beautiful bride. But for that to come to fruition the Lord must clean His house (1 Peter 4:17).
I know that there are those who give little or no credence to the words that come forth from the Old Testament so I give you the words of our Lord Himself. "When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." (Luke 14:8-11).
".... for many be called, but few chosen." (Matthew 20:16)
The Lord would say to you today that you have been bidden to a wedding, His wedding. But it is not the place of mere men to exalt themselves. Many whom we have spoken of in the afore mentioned pages have done just that, they have have exalted themselves and the Lord as He comes to His wedding banquet will begin the process of abasing these individuals. Some, we pray, will repent and be restored, but many will not. As stated before, they have become hard of heart by the deceitfulness of the sin of pride, arrogance, self-promotion and selfish ambition. The Lord will at that time speak to those who have humbly taken their call and made their choosing sure by staying "meek and lowly in heart" as our Lord did. He will cause those who have exalted themselves to take a low place while He exalts His servants that have been steadily plugging away at their calling while remaining in a state of humble and submissive service to the One who they owe complete and total allegiance. Matthew 20:16 is not a hard saying by the Lord. The Lord is merely reminding us that "many are called, but few chosen", that is to say that He calls many but few there are that remain in submission to the Lord of the call and to the destiny and purposes for which the call was meant. I tell you true today that you are called of the Lord Jesus. But to assure your choosing you are required to stay in a position of meekness and submission to the One who has called you.
My motivation for this word is not arrogance but a humble warning to those who have let the sin of pride "shipwreck" you. I don't pretend to speak as someone who has not and does not deal with this very issue. But let me say again that there is coming a day that is not at all in the distant future when the Lord will not blink at our sins as He has in the past. The Lord Jesus loves you and has called you to a glorious call. It is in His heart that you make your choosing sure. Repent today for "the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple...." and at that time what will you do?
For those who have maintained a position of humility in your service do not become prideful even in your humility. The day is soon to come when you will be honored by the One whose honor is the only honor you have sought after. It will be a great day when the Lord says to you ".... Friend, go up higher...." and all your time of being humiliated in front of men for the sake of the Lord will seem as one grain of salt in the great sea. The Lord at that time will give you a greater anointing than you have ever experienced. Now is not the time for you to lose heart. Now is your greatest hour, "....be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed."
Blessed be our God who is Lord, King and Savior . He is perfectly perfect in everything!!
Michael R. Puyear, 09/23/95
Michael R. Puyear is head of KingDominion Ministries and resides in Forney, TX with his wife Tamara and their two daughters. Michael can be reached at email@example.com or you can write to him at KingDominion Ministries, P.O. Box 1168, Forney, TX, 75126..
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