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Go Into All the World…
It is a great service when we may be used by God to encourage others to reach all they were intended to be in their creation-purpose. To reach higher, stretch wider, and go further than they ever deemed possible.
Our greatness is not determined in how much we achieve in ourselves only, but our legacy before God lives in what we have deposited to continue to live on in others, long after we have gone.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
“Go into all the world…”
Being hurt and disappointed by Church
Being hurt and disappointed by the church, by Christians, and by leaders have shipwrecked the ministries and personal relationship with God of countless men of God.
In fact, many, if not most in the hyper-grace movement are there as a result of experiencing disappointment and being “hurt” by the church.
Many pastors who used to be on fire for God have left the ministry to pursue an occupation in the world out of disappointments they have had in the ministry, to earn great salaries and prove their success in business. Sadly none of these actions are justified or qualified before God!
No matter what the disappointment or how severe it may be, our hearts are to be set in God’s heart! If things do not work out, we do not give up or walk away! We never choose the easy way out. We never abandon ship. We stay the course and if it means starting again, we do so with a heart Aflame, burning with God’s Love.
Can you imagine what would have happened if Paul had to give up every time he faced a challenge, or when the “church” let him down and leaders dissapointed him?
We are not in ministry for ministry. We are in ministry to be in service to God and because He is in that what He has called us to be with us.
Make 100% sure that He is leaving with you and leading you out of your current season, before you leave, or you may find yourself in a place where you have the best the world has to offer your flesh, while your soul starves on husks!
The Degeneration of Our Language
Recently I have noticed a lot of Christians and even Christian leaders seemingly becoming very comfortable with using foul language. It grieves the Holy Spirit when we talk the kind of talk we used to talk when we were sinners in the world.
It is a poor testimony when we speak profanities.
Let us examine our position in Christ, whether we are still “in the faith”, and purify our hearts before God anew – “For from the abundance of the heart (the state, condition and position that occupies our heart), the mouth speaks”.
A Deeper Walk With God
The beginning of a deeper walk with God is the beginning of a yielding to His Presence to flood our lives with His Spirit.
It is in the deep desire to know Him as He is and to be transformed into the Likeness of what we see.
It is only possible in the absence of pride. Of self and of self seeking ambitions.
In the weakness of ourselves, being made weak to the point of death to our own emotions and personal ambitions, the meekness and Life of Christ is put on display through us, in all of His Glory, Splendour and Omnipotent Power!
Let Us Bot be Wiser than the Word!
Jeremiah felt a Fire in his bones. Isaiah a burning coal on his lips.
Elijah called down Fire, Elisha saw chariots of Fire. Sadrag, Meshag and Abendego walked through Fire.
John the Baptist preached Fire.
Jesus purges with Fire.
The 120 had Tongues of Fire. Paul was on Fire.
The Son has eyes like unto Fire.
The Holy Spirit baptizes with Fire.
No matter how we view God, or how we preach the Gospel – we will always end up with a holy God Who destroyed sin, purges us into holiness and sets His Fire ablaze in our souls!
We were called to be as He Is – To burn with His Radiant holiness and to shine His Fire into the darkness of the night in which this world is kept in bondage.
Let us not be wiser than the Word, and let us never be an obstacle to the pure undiluted Gospel of Fire to fall upon every ear and to be Ignited to burn in every heart!
There is NO Middle Way!
The way to pollute a clean stream is to introduce a little bit of impurity. The way to compromise is one step at a time.
The way to diluting the pure Stream of God’s Oil is a mixture with another substance.
God does not mix with mud. He will not be mocked. He walks with the pure because He has made them so.
There is no middle way. You are either sold out to Him and to His Ways or you are selling Him out.
“How can two walk together if they do not agree?”
“A little leaven corrupts the whole bowl”
“What agreement does Christ have with Belial ? … and what fellowship to light with darkness ? and what concord to Christ with Belial?”
“He who is unrighteous (unjust, wicked), let him be unrighteous still; and he who is filthy (vile, impure), let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous (just, upright, in right standing with God), let him do right still; and he who is holy, let him be holy still.
‘Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit,’“ Revelation 22:11-12.
~ 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.sonsofsovereignty.com or Revival.