To whom much is given, much is required.
The Spirit did not teach us what we’ve learned, for it to remain dormant forever! If there’s one particular truth that many of us have come to realize, it’s this:
Every trial, every test, each and every part of our journey, has been to prepare us to be used by Him!
The chipping away of all self-centered desires and recourse, has been part of His greater design.
It’s taken a long time to get to that point. So much heartache, despair, confusion and loss of outward worth, has brought us to a place where we have never been before.
So much did not make sense; and to be fair, some of it still doesn’t. Strange, that we were taught and always knew somehow that God has a plan; many of us could not seem to find it.
Only now, can I start to understand some of His words. “My Ways are not your ways; My Thoughts not your thoughts.” I don’t think like you…..
The idea of being predestinated according to His purpose, scared us. It’s likely because we linked that to some form of new-age religion or way of thinking occurring in that time.
It makes sense today. Being called before the world began, even from our mother’s womb, was an understanding that many of us never reached.
However, the message has been clear from the beginning; God ordained and called, long before we had any idea we would be a part of this final work.
Paul prayed for the saints at Ephesus, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, might give unto them something: “The spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of Him.”
This apostle spoke God’s Word that the Church was to grow and mature into a fullness they had not yet known. And we knew, that was meant for our time also.
It must be declared here, that there was a depth we were to reach in Christ. A revelation of the ways of The Holy Ghost.
We never got to where we thought we were going. The Father, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, sent The Holy Ghost.
The greatest Teacher ever known to mankind, was sent to lead and guide us, into “all” truth.”
It doesn’t matter anymore why we haven’t arrived to our appointed place in Him yet; or who hindered or suppressed us. But could it be, that we have arrived.
We simply are too small and have no authority to say that the work of The Spirit didn’t get done somehow. What His Word said, it said. In truth, nobody stopped Him from leading.
Jesus Christ did not stop seeking for lost sheep, because those who should have been doing so, failed to do it.
He did not stop restoring fallen people, just because those who were supposed to be spiritual enough, didn’t find the meekness it took to accomplish it.
Oh, that we had considered ourselves as we were admonished to do.
Nonetheless; the job went on, the task continued to be carried out by the Gentle Shepherd himself — and the work of the Holy Ghost went on also.
Unknown to many of the generals in charge, and some of those passing out the orders, the preparation for the last stage continued.
Some things can no longer be denied. While many heads were turned, those truly called and chosen for this time, went right on with their training.
Their gifts in the Spirit were more defined and greater anointing was given. Not by men’s ways or means, but through sacrifice, suffering and finally learning to listen to the leading of the Spirit; and nothing else.
God confirmed it in His Word. That fullness, has now begun.
~ Robert Blackburn