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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Changing Our Strength, continued
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. (Psalms 37:5,6—NIV)
I have been saying for years that the Charismatic move will finally be split over the issue of suffering. A minority of the believers will accept the role of suffering in our redemption and be willing to allow God to baptize them with the fire of Divine judgment. They will give everything to God and wait patiently for His power and wisdom to come forth through them. They will express the Divine Nature in the earth and possibly bear witness to the heavens. A massive work is yet to be performed for God has promised to shake both Heaven and earth. All that is not of Jesus Christ will be shaken out of the Kingdom.
The majority of believers, it appears, will become the False Prophet. They will learn how to work miracles, even using the name of Jesus, and will go forth in their self-will to do what they think is God's work. They will be deceived by Antichrist and will join with him in the endeavor to make a better world.
But it will be a world governed by the mind of man, not by the Spirit of God.
Eventually Satan will reveal himself in Antichrist and then the disillusioned Christians will discover they were not truly serving God.
Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name. They will be mine, says the LORD Almighty, in the day when I make up my treasured possession I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. (Malachi 3:16-18—NIV)
Paul tells us to judge nothing before the time God has appointed for all things to be revealed, and so we must be careful not to sit in judgment on people.
There are fervent disciples in America. We must join ourselves with them as we wait for the power of Christ to direct and empower us in the last-day witness, the promised latter-rain outpouring of the Spirit of God. Although in the present hour those who are being brought low that their natural strength and wisdom may be exchanged for God's strength and wisdom are viewed with disdain, we know from the Word that their day will come. Just when Antichrist thinks he has the world under control, the living God will roar from His true people. The efforts of flesh and blood will be nothing in that day. The power of God and His Christ shall fill the Church. Then the saved nations of the earth will come to the Light of God they see in the saints.
Let us do what we can today, being diligent in our service to God. But if God sees fit to "keep us on the shelf," as we say, let us recognize we are being privileged to share the suffering of the heroes and heroines of the Scriptures who also have been required to wait many years for the Holy One of Israel to fulfill His promises.
But He that has promised shall come, right on time, and then our adversaries will be ashamed.
For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay." (Hebrews 10:37—NIV)
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. (Isaiah 25:9—NIV) (from Changing Our Strength)