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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Preparing the Army of God, #14
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)
I am not advocating the current "kingdom now" doctrine. I am not certain this emphasis is proceeding from the Spirit of God. I believe the Lord Jesus and His saints will establish the Kingdom of God at their appearing, not during the Church Age. Perhaps self-willed people are attempting to build the Kingdom now, apart from the Presence of Jesus.
There are two positions the believer can take with respect to Christ. One is to attempt to use Jesus' word and name to accomplish one's own goals. The other is to seek union with Jesus so nothing is done apart from the flowing of His Life. One position is to use Jesus. The other is to marry Jesus.
The "reconstruction" doctrine, if I understand it correctly, is an attempt to use Jesus to make a better world for people. If the Lord Jesus is not guiding the reconstruction movement, then it is of Antichrist.
Let the reader search the Scriptures concerning the current "faith," "prosperity," and "reconstruction" doctrines. If they are not from the Lord Jesus they may lead the believer to destruction.
And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. (Joshua 2:9)
Rahab had more faith in the Lord than did the Lord's people.
At this point, Rahab was providing Joshua with valuable military information.
Notice that the terror of the Lord had fallen on the people of Jericho. It is helpful in war to know when your enemy has become frightened.
So it is today in the spirit realm. The forces of Hell are terrified. They know that the end of their opportunity to express themselves in people is near. They lie and pretend they possess authority and power. But their end has come.
The demons cried out in fear when Jesus of Nazareth came close to them and their victims.
For two thousand years the churches of Christ have attempted to spread the Kingdom of God by physical force, human wisdom, plans, actions, money, politics, human talents, and entertainment. Hell is overcome by none of these things. Satan does not fear any number of Christian people who are singing hymns and repeating among themselves their theological positions and their plans to convert the people of the world to their way of thinking.
There is one aspect of Christianity that causes every unclean spirit to tremble in abject horror. It is the Presence of the Godhead.
If the Christians ever choose to abandon their own schemes and to beseech the Lord Jesus earnestly to come to them through the Holy Spirit, to become the Head of the Body, to become the General of His army, to work His works through the saints, Hell will be driven out of the earth.
It is time today for us to pray for the harvest rain of the Holy Spirit. It is time for us to look to Christ for His plans and His means of accomplishing those plans.
It is time today for us to allow the Holy Spirit to become God among us instead of a "good feeling" or someone whom God has sent to assist us as we try to do what we think is best.
To be continued.