THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

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THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GODCopyright Š 201  Trumpet Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Some Scripture (as noted) taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright Š 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. 

It is possible that the central issue in Christianity in our day is the administration of the Kingdom of God.

Never before have the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit been so widespread among the believers. But this familiarity with the power and ability of the Spirit is creating a problem. Christian leaders, perhaps with the best of intentions, are seeking to use the Holy Spirit according to their own notions of what should be done in the Kingdom, and how the resources of the Kingdom should be administrated. The issue is whether the spiritual direction and practice is proceeding from the mind and desires of man, or from the mind and desires of Christ.

The great question confronting each of us is, "Am I, or is Jesus, to be in control of the things of the Kingdom?"

THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1,2—NIV)

We read in the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation that the False Prophet will support Antichrist. According to our understanding Antichrist is the administration of man in the political realm and the False Prophet is the administration of man in the religious realm.

Let us think for a moment about the Godhead. There are three Persons in the Godhead. Although the three Persons are One they are never confused as to identity. The Father is the One whose will is to be performed in the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus is the Word of the Father, the Expression of the Father's Person. The Holy Spirit is the wisdom and power of the Father who creates the universe according to the will of the Father as expressed through the Administrator, the Lord Jesus Christ.

ˇ         The Lord Jesus came to bring us to the Father. He is the way to the Father.

ˇ         The Lord Jesus is the Bridegroom of the Church as well as the beloved Son of the Father.

ˇ         The Lord Jesus is the Lamb of God who died to make an atonement for our sins.

It pleases the Father that all the universe should become an expression of the Son. The Son is to become the Center and Circumference of all things.

It pleases the Father also that the saints should be the fullness of the Son. The Father loves the saints as He loves the Son.

The Son is the King. His scepter is righteousness. He is the Faithful One from the Father. It has been given to the Son to govern, and to administrate all the wealth of the Kingdom. Although the Son will share the Kingdom with the saints so they become coheirs, yet the will of the Father always is expressed through the Son, the living Word.

The Holy Spirit always moves according to the will of the Father issued through the Son. This is why it is written that all things were made by Him, that is, by the Son.

The King was sent into the world and then was crucified for our sins. Now the King, the Divine Administrator and Judge, has returned to the Father.

The Holy Spirit has been sent into the world to bring us to the King. The Holy Spirit is as Eliezer who was sent by Abraham to gain a bride for Isaac, the son.

The Holy Spirit never seeks to be worshiped, to be preached, or to be exalted in any manner. The Holy Spirit always speaks of the Son and glorifies the Son. He is faithful in performing His role.

Something is going wrong today in religious circles, particularly among the Pentecostal-Charismatics (of which we are a part). The ministers of the Gospel are seeking to use the Holy Spirit to perform works of power in order to glorify their ministry, and to draw people to themselves. They do not recognize that their motive is to glorify themselves; they suppose that if all these people come to them then Jesus is automatically glorified.

The believers are being encouraged to come and take advantage of the power and blessing of the Spirit. This is not in Divine order. The Spirit is never to be preached, sung to, prayed to, or commandeered in any manner whatever. It is Jesus whom we are to be seeking and glorifying.

When Jesus is lifted up He will draw all men to Himself.

Perhaps the ministers will protest that they really are lifting up Jesus. But their advertisements and pronouncements reveal otherwise. They are seeking to use the power of the Spirit according to their own wisdom and desires. This is the False Prophet, which in the future will be the supporter of man-centered government.

Because the ministers are seeking large numbers of people, they are not bringing the seekers to the death of the cross. They are encouraging them to come and experience a thrill of one sort or another. While the name of Jesus may be recited over and over again as some kind of ritual (like the prophets of Baal), it is not the Lord that is being sought; it is a feeling or experience that is being sought. 

Since it is obvious that spiritual experiences and manifestations are exhibited, what then is the spirit behind it, and what are people receiving? Perhaps it is a spirit of delusion.

One can note that those who participate in such extravaganzas do not come away lifting up Jesus. What they talk about is their experiences. Believers with money can travel about to such centers of "refreshing" but the critical demands of discipleship are not usually enjoined upon them.

It is not scriptural to pray to the Holy Spirit or to seek His Presence in this manner. It is scriptural to seek Jesus Christ with all of our might. When we do this the Spirit will always be present to help and bless us.

When we attempt to direct the Spirit of God we are taking away from the Lord Jesus His God-given authority to administrate the resources of the Kingdom of God. Man is in the driver's seat. This is the False Prophet.

One can see the pathway of complete delusion being prepared for the people of the United States and other parts of the world. The believers have been led away from the Lord by the teaching of unconditional grace, the pre-tribulation catching up of the believers, the prosperity and faith messages, reconstructionism, togetherness, and now the receiving of a spirit whom they do not question. "The spirit makes me feel good and so it must be the Lord."

Why don't you, as I have done, ask the spirit for its name? I do not receive any spirit into my personality until I am absolutely positive the spirit is from the Lord Jesus. Do you test the spirits or are you going with the crowd? Or as someone cleverly put it, "Are you following the crowd or the cloud? " 

As I said, the pathway to complete delusion is being prepared. Soon there will be tremendous supernatural signs, perhaps some of them taking place in a Catholic environment. Will you receive these because they claim to present Jesus?

The dear Catholic people have elevated the physical mother of Jesus to a position not found in the Scriptures. Such elevation is not acceptable to a true disciple of the Lord. But what if powerful signs seem to verify that Mary indeed is co-redemptrix with the Lord Jesus?

Are you oriented toward the Word of God or toward experiences and phenomena?

One doorway that Satan may be using to bring in his counterfeits is the cult of bigness. The Christian thinking of today equates large numbers of people with success in the ministry. A church of twenty-five people is nothing and less than nothing. A church of ten thousand people is really moving for God.

Yet it may be a fact—and all reasonable believers would surely agree—that there is a possibility more eternal Kingdom good is occurring in the church of twenty-five people than in the megachurch.

We know this is true. No one would disagree. We understand in our heart that a large number of people may indicate that God is moving or it may indicate that a people-pleasing, ear-tickling message is attracting believers who do not wish to become disciples.

We know all this, but the cult of bigness has prevailed until the only measure of a church's worth is the number of people who attend.

Do you think the Lord Jesus is pleased with this attitude? I know He is not. He is more liable to be interested and available when someone is helping a small child than He is when a highly magnified minister is leading a pastors' conference of thousands.

The cult of bigness is familiar to us and we may regard it benignly as being the "way it is." But it may be that it is this very cult that has opened the door for the mass meetings where the believers, looking for a thrill or a supernatural experience, are letting down their guard and accepting whatever comes down the road.

The seven feasts of the Lord are one of the symbols the Lord has put in His Word to show us the way He is traveling. The seven feasts are found in the twenty-third chapter of the Book of Leviticus as well as other places in the Scriptures.

The first three feasts, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits, portray basic salvation. They represent the Passover blood, repentance, water baptism, and the born-again experience. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved from wrath when the Lord comes in His Kingdom. The Lord Jesus is made real to us when we take the steps of basic salvation. These three celebrations are celebrated in one week, the week of Unleavened Bread.

The fourth feast, Pentecost, represents the Holy Spirit. The Church has been enjoying the works of the Holy Spirit throughout the twentieth century. The fourth feast stands by itself, coming fifty days after the week of Unleavened Bread. Perhaps this is because the work of the Holy Spirit is so important in bringing the Bride to the Lamb.

The last three feasts also take place in one week. They are the Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the feast of Tabernacles.

We just now are coming to the spiritual experiences represented by the last three feasts. Obedience to the Father, and perfect rest in His Person and will, are beginning to be emphasized by the Spirit of God.

To those familiar with the seven furnishings of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, the feast of Pentecost is equivalent to the Lampstand; the Blowing of Trumpets is equivalent to the Altar of Incense; the Day of Atonement is equivalent to the Ark of the Covenant; and the feast of Tabernacles is equivalent to the Mercy Seat.

The feast of Pentecost is equivalent to the Lampstand of the Tabernacle of the Congregation. Pentecost and the Lampstand are each number four in a series of seven symbols. Four is midway between one and seven.

When we are at Pentecost, at the Lampstand so to speak, we are at a place of decision. The significance of the decision cannot be overstated. It is the decision whether to permit Jesus Christ to administrate the Kingdom of God or whether to attempt to use our own wisdom and strength ("with the Lord's help" of course) to administrate the Kingdom.

The issue is the personal cross of the believer. If we are willing to lay down our life and our religious ambition, take up our cross, and follow Jesus, then we can pass from Pentecost to the Blowing of Trumpets (announcing the Kingdom of God). We can pass from the Lampstand to the Altar of Incense.

The Altar of Incense is the place where we bow in death to self-will and cry out, "Not my will but Yours be done." Have you been there?

If we are not willing to lay down our life, our religious ambition, but insist on trying to get the Holy Spirit to follow our will, we cannot pass from Pentecost to the Blowing of Trumpets, from the Lampstand to the Altar of Incense.

Instead we follow the path to the False Prophet. The False Prophet comes from the earth, that is from the soul of man. The False Prophet has "two horns like a lamb." This means he desires to use the power of Christ. But he speaks like a dragon. So it is today as the ministers seek power! more power! yet more power! But they speak like a dragon, that is, they exalt themselves just as Satan does.

Some of the Christian ministers of our day are seeking power rather than Jesus Christ. They say they are seeking the will of Christ. The truth is, they are seeking their own will and are attempting to use the Holy Spirit for their own purposes. They want to administrate the Kingdom of God in terms of their self-aggrandizement.

They do not know Jesus Christ. They do not understand the gentle, humble ways of the Lord. In the Day of Christ they will hear, "I never knew you." Why will they hear this? Because the lowly Jesus never knew them even though they worked miracles in His name. They thought He was impressed by their mighty spiritual accomplishments. Yet He does not know them!

How do we keep from being deceived by the tremendous spiritual currents being unleashed in our day? We must turn away from our personal religious ambition, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. It does not matter whether we are ever heard of again. For us to live is Christ and to die is gain. All that matters is that Christ is magnified.

The next move after Pentecost is portrayed by the Blowing of Trumpets. The King stands before us and declares war on His enemies in our personality. He also disciplines us as a member of His army.

Now we are brought into the spiritual fulfillment of the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur of the Jews.

The Day of Atonement is the day of reconciliation to God. Every area of our personality without exception comes under the Divine scrutiny. All the love of the world and the ways of the world that are in us must be forsaken and in their place must be developed the iron righteousness of Jesus Christ.

All the lusts of our flesh must be put to death and in their place must be developed the fiery holiness of the Spirit of God.

All of our self-will must be crucified and in its place must be developed stern obedience to the Father.

You might think such transformation is impossible for you. Did you save yourself? No, God saved you by His grace.

Did you fill yourself with the Holy Spirit? No, the Lord Jesus Christ did that.

Well, the same is true concerning iron righteousness, fiery holiness, and stern obedience to the Father's will. You cannot accomplish these by yourself but God can if you will cooperate each day with His Spirit. Tell God this is what you want. Hunger and thirst after righteousness, holiness, and obedience. You shall be filled, make no mistake about this. The Creator of the galaxies has enough wisdom and power to transform you into the image of His Son and to bring you into untroubled rest in Himself through Christ.

All of us who love God are at a fork in the road. We have been given the Holy Spirit. Now we have to choose. Will we try to use the Spirit of God to build the Kingdom, thus becoming the administrators of God's resources, or will we take all of our gifts and lay them at the feet of Christ and permit Him to be the Administrator?

This is a real choice and it has to be made with clarity and vigor.

You have to  humble yourself before God and ask Him to help you let go of your religious ambition and your desire to "do great things for God" or to be something in the Kingdom. Let it go! Become nothing! Turn your life over to Christ!

Seek the face of the Lord. Don't try to get God to bless what you are doing. Ask God to show you what He wants you to do. You may not hear for awhile as your decision is tested. God wants to know whether you are part of the False Prophet or part of His Son. He cannot know all that is in your heart until He tests you.

The temptation to be a great apostle or prophet may be placed before you. What are you going to do? The Lord Jesus refused to jump off the gable of the Temple. He fled when they tried to make Him a king. He went straight to the cross just as we must.

After the Day of Atonement, the program of reconciliation to God, takes place in our personality, we will be brought to the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles. This is the place of perfect rest in God through Jesus Christ, a highly desirable attainment.

Now you are the chariot of God. Now you flow with the flowings of the Godhead. All things of God are yours because all things of yours have been given to God. This is the way Jesus is. This is the way He wants you to be.

Let go! Let go! Let go of the ambition to be something in the Kingdom. Let Jesus be everything. Be content to be nothing.

If the Lord desires to exalt you, to let you back on the throne of your life, He will—but only when He is sure of you.

There is so much personal ambition in the ministry! All such personal ambition produces division, confusion, and destruction. It is a Christ-murdering spirit. The religious ambition of people always will crucify Christ wherever He appears. Big Christian organizations in time past have tortured and murdered heretics, that is, the lowly believers who really knew the Lord.

These babylonish, man-centered organizations that bear the name of Christ are as high hills, leaping in their desire to be prominent. But the righteous Lord dwells in Zion, His true body of believers.

The Lord likes a place where He can come, kick off His shoes, and talk for awhile with lowly people who love Him and are not trying to use Him in some great operation of their own creation. He wants to dine with us without getting indigestion because of our frantic religious posturings and demands.

Jesus loves us just as we are without babylonish cosmetics or ecclesiastical productions.

Here we are at the end of the twentieth century. The Lord Jesus has in mind to entrust fearful authority to His saints, as portrayed by the symbolism of the two witnesses, in Revelation, Chapter Eleven.

Before God could entrust Christ with all authority in heaven and on earth He first had to prove His obedience beyond all question. Christ had to be brought lower than any man.

Before Christ can share with us His majesty and authority He first must prove our obedience beyond all question. We must be brought very low.

There is rest in the lowly place. The quiet waters of Shiloah flow there.

The decision we must make is: "Will we try to make Christ our servant to accomplish our will in religious matters or will we become the servant of the Lord?"

There is no place in the Kingdom for a will other than that of the Father. There is no place in the Kingdom for a King other than the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no place in the Kingdom for wisdom and power other than that which proceeds from the Spirit of God.

We are not to seek to establish our own will, our own kingship, or our own wisdom and power.

We are to be sternly obedient to the will of God. Apart from stern obedience to the Father we cannot possibly pass from Pentecost to Tabernacles, from the Lampstand to the Mercy Seat, to the rest of God.

We are to exalt Jesus Christ as the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Our own kingship and lordship can be arrived at only by suffering. It is suffering that destroys our self-will, self-love, self-seeking, self-centeredness, our rebellion and stubbornness. There is only one Christ, who is the one King. We are to be part of Him. When we are an integral, eternally inseparable part of Him, then we can reign with Him.

There are no queens in the Kingdom, only the Body of Christ.

We are not to try to use the Spirit. We are not to sing to the Spirit, pray to the Spirit, invoke the Spirit, worship the Spirit. It is scriptural to pray to Jesus for more of His Spirit but we never are to address the Spirit Himself. The Spirit obeys the will of God that is administered by Jesus Christ alone, never by us.

We are not to advertise the Spirit. We are to advertise Christ. We are not to exalt the Spirit. We are to exalt Jesus Christ and Him alone.

The desire to use the Spirit, to invoke the Spirit, to pray to the Spirit, is proceeding from the self-will of Christian leaders who are building their own kingdoms. They are attempting to use the wisdom and power of the Spirit to do this. They suppose they are pleasing Christ but Christ does not know them.

There is a place for mass evangelism. The Gospel call goes forth. Multitudes believe and are baptized and thus are saved from the wrath that is to come in the Day of the Lord.

Then the believers must come under the Great Commission. They must be discipled. They must be taught to keep the commandments of Christ.

There always is a need for evangelism. But it appears that the greatest need today is for discipling, for fulfilling the Great Commission. We have multitudes of spiritual babies, but it seems there are only a few ministers who are teaching the babies so they grow up to be mature sons and daughters of God.

Into this huge crowd of babies are stepping ministers who are telling them to look for thrills and spiritual experiences. Such spiritual-emotional occurrences may inspire the self-centered babies for a brief while. But eventually these experiences will wear off and then the ministers will have to come up with some new idea to hold the interest of the baby Christians and keep them coming to the assembly.

This is not how discipleship works. Discipleship is accomplished by the Word of God. It is as the Word comes to us line upon line, command upon command, that we begin to grow in the Lord.

But discipleship does not draw crowds ordinarily. It is practiced with a few people at a time who place themselves under an experienced, godly elder who faithfully listens to the Lord and feeds His sheep.

The Lord Jesus always drew the multitudes. But it was eleven disciples who, after having been taught by the Lord, went forth and changed the course of history.

Jesus loves the multitudes. But when He begins to talk to them about living by His body and blood they will leave for more interesting events. It is those who turn away from everything and are taught by Him who finally can bring about eternal growth in the Kingdom of God.

So it is today. The Lord has ministers who have a true call to worldwide evangelism. They are to follow His Spirit as He brings them to great arenas of people where thousands and hundreds of thousands believe and are baptized.

But there is an equally great (if not greater) need for faithful pastors and teachers who will be content with a handful of people and patiently bring them up as their own family in the Lord, loving them, bearing with them as the Lord brings them through the day of reconciliation.

There are true evangelists and there are true pastors and teachers. Each has a significant role to play in the building of the Kingdom of God.

But being an evangelist is nothing and being a pastor or teacher is nothing. It is consistent, rugged, diligent obedience that pleases the Lord; that counts in the Kingdom.

There is no place for the evangelist, pastor, or teacher who is not hearing from the Lord, and is driven by personal ambition and the lust for glamour and "bigness" in the ministry, and is seeking his or her own glory. These will turn into the False Prophet in the days to come.

There is a smell of rain in the air. Our Lord Jesus is ready to pour the water of life on all who are thirsty for righteousness.

There also are other waters that we are not so sure of. Gideon's army was selected on the basis of how the soldiers drank the water. This is still true today. We are not to jump into the pool like so many fools without watching carefully for the enemy. We always, always, always are to test the spirits—even if the leadership encourages us to just accept the spirit that is present and give ourselves to it.

There are waters that are not of God. Then it is not a case of how we drink the water but of making sure the water we are drinking actually is the Holy Spirit.

How can we tell? It can be difficult. Seasoned warriors, believers and elders of substantial experience are rushing to partake of the "waters of refreshing and renewal."

Yet I am disquieted in my soul. I asked the Lord what spirit this is that is becoming prominent in America. The only answer I received was, "delusion."

Was this the Lord? Some experienced ministers that I respect would answer, "Never!"

But I am not certain. I see red flags. When there are exhibitions that obviously are not of God and the eldership is not stopping them, how am I to believe that Jesus Christ is in control?

When I hear believers telling how wonderful their experiences were but who are not glorifying Christ, how can I be certain this is God?

When I see advertisements about how the "bar is open" and we should come and drink, drink, drink, and yet no mention is made of presenting our body a living sacrifice, of taking up our cross and following the Master, I have serious doubts. Do you?

I do not see the bloody nailprints! I do not hear the call to the cross, to the crucifixion of the adamic nature! I know the majority of the churchgoers of our day are babies. Do the babies need to hear how they can go and have more fun because the bar is open? Or do they need to hear about the age of moral horrors that is upon us and of their need to grow in the Lord until they are prepared to stand and help those around them when the Gentile holocaust arrives?

The incessant repetition of grace, grace, grace, rapture, rapture, rapture has created multitudes of churchgoers whose idea of preparing for the Kingdom of God is to jump up and down next to their pews so they will be ready for the "rapture." Can you imagine the Apostles of the Lamb doing this?

Can you imagine taking a group like this and telling them the bar is open and the drinks are on the house? All they need is more spiritual fun. Right?

This is why I see red flags. The renewal movements are not following the patterns offered by the great types of the Scriptures. After Pentecost is to come judgment, war, and personal reconciliation to God, not more fun as we splash merrily about in the waters (from whatever source).

Can you see why I am cautious concerning what is taking place? I do not see Jesus Christ and Him crucified in the present frolicking. It reminds one of the people when Moses went up on the mountain. The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. Aaron did not restrain them because he feared the people.

From many years of experience as a Pastor I know we have a choice in every service. We can run the service or we can let the service run us. We can always choose to accept a spirit that is present or we can decide that it is not appropriate and refuse to yield to it.

If our goal is to honor the Lord Jesus Christ, to feed His sheep, then we are going to restrain people even if it means they will not return. But if our goal is large numbers of people then we will be tempted to allow the people to let their hair down, so to speak, and act out whatever spirit seems to be seeking to manifest itself through them.

If we stop manifestations that we believe to be unprofitable, aren't we then usurping the Lord's role of being the Administrator? Not at all. If Christ has placed us as an elder in that assembly we are to see to it that all things are done decently and in order. We obey the chief Administrator by making certain that His Word through His Apostles is obeyed. Also we have to pray carefully over each move we make in order to insure that we are following Christ's wishes in every detail.

But when we become personally ambitious, our goal becomes the attendance of large numbers of people.  To attract large numbers of American people we may give a token message and then leave plenty of time for spiritual "fun." We will not place the rigorous demands of discipleship on them. We will not exhort them to present their body a living sacrifice.  Instead, we will emphasize the various phenomena so the people are sure they are having a good time. 

In the days of Elisha the sons of the prophets determined to build a larger place for themselves. But they had a borrowed axe.

In the course of building, the axe head flew off; the iron was gone leaving only the helve. This can happen when we are trying to "build a larger place."

They cried out, "Master, this was a borrowed axe and now the head is gone in the pond!"

Elisha said, "Throw a stick into the water."

They did and the iron swam to the top.

Today the churches in many instances are building with a borrowed axe, an axe that came from men and women of God of earlier time.

Now the iron is gone from the helve and they are beating the trees ineffectually, hoping to accomplish something by unscriptural means.

There is only one solution. It is the "stick." The cross must be thrown into the water. Then the iron will come to the top and we will be able to do something of eternal worth in the Kingdom of God.

It is time for the latter rain to be outpoured. We have believed and preached for many years that the greatest revival of all time is at the very doors. We think the latter rain revival, the double portion, is symbolized by the two witnesses of the eleventh chapter of the Book of Revelation.

We want more of God. But we are watchful. We know Satan would love to move in and destroy any work that seriously threatens his kingdom.

The move of God today concerns righteous behavior. God wants the Christian people to begin to keep the commandments of Christ and His Apostles.

There are several doctrines in current Christian preaching that work against the keeping of Christ's commandments. Perhaps the most powerful of these is the concept of the "dispensation of grace"—the idea that God no longer requires righteous behavior, only that we believe the facts of theology concerning Christ.

Such teaching and practice is contrary to the Scriptures and destructive to the Kingdom of God. It is the result of men attempting to administrate the Kingdom of God. They proceed blindly, not hearing from the Lord.

The Lord Jesus, the King of the Kingdom, is looking for those who will cease from their own works and their own programs, and listen to His voice instead. He desires that we make disciples of all nations, teaching them to keep His commandments.

This is how we can determine whether any current "move of God" is authentic. If the exciting spiritual milieu lifts up the Lord Jesus Christ and commands us to practice righteousness, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God, then we have reason to believe God is present.

However, we have reason to believe we are witnessing a deluding spirit that proclaims the name of Jesus but is coming from Satan, if the inspirational gathering stresses feelings, manifestations, and spiritual phenomena; emphasizes the Holy Spirit and various exhibitions and displays; does not command us to obey Christ and His Apostles; and does not stress the requirements of discipleship and the severe demands Christ makes on His followers.

Remember, the girl with the demon spirit spoke the truth: "These men are servants of the most high God who show us the way of salvation." The demons know that Jesus is Christ and they are well able to proclaim His name. Remember also that Satan is wise enough to give a little in order to gain a lot; to sacrifice a lesser piece in order to checkmate the king; to stress Christian works if the program will keep people at a childish level, preventing them from coming to the full stature of Christ.

Ours is a day of deception in Christian circles. If I am hearing from the Lord, the problem of deception is going to grow very much worse in the days to come.

There is only one solution. It is for godly men and women, boys and girls, to cease from their own works and to seek the Lord with diligence. We are to take our hands off the Ark. We are to return the right to administrate the things of the Kingdom to the true and only Administrator. As we guard the word of His patience He will guard us against delusion. He will keep our feet on the highway of holiness.

Best of all—when we see Him He will know us. Perhaps we will not have worked great miracles or accomplished mighty things in His name. But He will know us, and, as far as I am concerned, that is all that counts.

How about you?