3 Words in 1
Salvation: A Gift from God
We can do no more than present Jesus Christ and to do so faithfully.
Salvation is a gift from God. A drawing from His Spirit to His heart. The man who responds will come to the cross with a broken heart, a bowed will, a surrendered life and on bent knee.
It is still God who saves by His act of grace alone, and those whom He saves bears the marks of having been at the cross.
Being Saved is Not an Event
Being saved is not an event. It is New Life. We may record the day we were born anew, but without living in experience of the New Life of Christ inside of us, and we inside of Him also, all we have is a day marking the beginning of something that drew its first breath, but failed to go on to continue to live.
“Unless you abide in Me as I abide in you…”
“Today (afresh and presently so) is the day of your salvation” (to be lived filled with the Spirit and passionately in love with Jesus – as though you just met the LORD for the very first time!).
Church, When Will We Wake Up?
The tragedy of a soulish people, who seek no more than to be satisfied in what stimulate their senses, rather than in seeking what would feed and nourish them in the inner-man to grow into a deeper place of being yielded in a fruitful and transformed life in the Holy Spirit.
Today this tragedy is the greater Church’s reality. We have entertainers who are calling themselves apostles and prophets, appointed and sent by man and not ordained and commissioned by God.
Their task is to stimulate the senses. To get the people emotionally charged with messages that stimulate their mind and emotions. They preach from mind to mind and from soul to soul.
Their preaching has no more effect than to cause the people to jump to their feet. The people respond with a load roar! Anointing becomes no more than a goosebump-encounter and falling “under the power” and man is worshipped and celebrated for their greatness in spiritual “revelation.”
Yet when we perceive the shallowness of most of those in the Church today and the lack of the true knowledge of God among them, we conclude that they are living under a blanket that they have weaved for themselves. A covering of fig leaves, to protect their own nakedness in the eyes of themselves.
For the better part, God’s house today has become “a den of masterminds and specialized con artists” who know how to bewitch and con God’s people into believing what they offer is real and to convince them that a spectacle is delectable, and that a commotion is God’s Spirit in motion.
They have succeeded in hiding the real and authentic under a cloak and disguise of trickery, and have robbed God’s people of the reality of His Presence and of the true encounter of His Spirit.
They have faked and forged the Anointing and exchanged the Holy Spirit with slick preaching, soulish entertainment and clever trickery.
When will we wake up, church? Or are we doomed to enter eternity in this soul-dozed condition?
When will you seek the LORD and realise that He is more than what you are currently presented with to have?
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven is in South Africa. He has been serving the Lord in ministry since 1991 and has hosted numerous apostolic revival meetings in South Africa and in South America. He also currently pioneers a organic church planting movement across South Africa. For more information about him and his ministry visit www.29Vision.co.za or Revival.