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“X-TREME SaintZ”

February 8, 2008

Daniel 11:33-35  “And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, and by captivity, and by spoil, many days.  Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help: but many shall cling to them with flatteries.  And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

Matthew 5:13-15  “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?  it is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”

The following link is to an article written by David Wilkerson back in June of 1994 and is ever so relevant to this day.  Many issues that I’ve been thinking on concerning the end times church are covered in this article entitled “Gods Hidden Last Says Army.” 

www.tscpulpitseries.org/english/1990s/ts940613.html 

Whenever we come across a saint who is completely sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ in every capacity, it’s special.  They love not this world and their only ambition is to be obediant soldiers unto Christ as this spiritual battle for the hearts of men  intensifies day by day.  This is not to suggest that such have “arrived” at a place of complete spiritual maturity, however, they truly place the Lord Jesus first in their lives while their heart is seated firmly in heavenly places.  (This will result in continuous spiritual growth and godly convrsation) The following verse can be quoted by many of us in our sleep, however, it highlights the perilous situation that’s turning away the hearts of many in these final hours. 

II Thessalonians 2:2-3  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as the day of the Lord is at hand.  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”

This is both an admonition and a warning to the saints; primarily, dont be rattled by events and don’t be caught up in the exodus from the faith that will preceed the most perilous time in earths history.  A time in which many will succumb to the strong delusions of the day, however, they that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.  We’re going to have to keep our hearts with all diligence if we’re to stand in the days ahead and be about our Fathers business.  This world is growing darker by the day and priceless souls are hanging in the balance.  We must let go of the petty side issues, get the sin out of our lives (David Wilkerson covers this in extensively in the above link) and be faithful ambassadors for Christ. 

A most remarkable thing is taking place at work; a work that only the Lord Jesus could do.  (II Chronicles 29:36)  When I began working at American axle in August of 2002, I was unimaginably backslidden.  Such had been the case for a long time and it continued until March of 2004 when the Lord Jesus brought me out of it in a single day.  (It still blows my mind, and I praise him for it)  Another guy at work, who started working there a couple of months before me, was likewise in a backslidden condition.  The Lord has also done a complete restoration in his life and has transformed him into quite the evangelist. Truly the Lord is doing a remarkable work these days.  It’s always fascinating when the Lord “does a work suddenly.”

Matthew 24:12-13  “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Two verses that speak volumes.  Sin will cause the love of many to wax cold.  Cold in their love for Jesus and cold in their love for those around them.  (Please read David Wilkersons article)  This is an age when folks are increasingly consumed by self-promotion, earthly kingdoms, and the theater of vanities.  Things which have no eternal significance other than to treacherously steer ones heart away from their Creator.  It is imperative that the Love of God abounds in us at all times.  Three areas are in need of mentioning. 

( 1 )  Love for Jesus.  He must be our first love at all times and in all things.  (Our love for him can be measured by the emphasis placed on spending time with him in prayer.)  We should desire an ever deepening revelation of Jesus and the great salvation that we have through his name.  As we grow closer to Jesus and our love for him grows, the weights and sins that once hindered us will just fall away. 

( 2 )  Love for the saints.  As mentioned previously, when we come across those who love the Lord Jesus in all sincerety, the fellowship is out of this world.  The sincere love that we have for each other will tell the world that we are truly disciples of Jesus.  (I Corinthians chap 13)  Those around us need to know that our God is real; which brings up point number three.

( 3 )  Love for the lost.  We need to see those around us as eternal beings for whom Christ died to save from eternal death.  Their sins were paid for at Calvary; they just don’t realize it yet.  We must look beyond the external facade; whatever it may encompass, and realize the value that God places on a single eternal soul.

In a recent post, (“Ask Me Who I Was” January 28) I mentioned the account of Bill Weiss whom the Lord allowed to visit hell for 23 minutes.  Near the end of the ordeal, he was shown the broad road where souls were dropping off, one after another, into everlasting death.  The Lord allowed Bill to feel a fraction of the sorrow that he has over his creation going into eternity without him.  Bill tells that this sorrow was simply beyond human endurance.  If we would only grasp the love that God has for the lost; see them through his eyes, we would find ourselves much more fervent in our desire to reach them and less concerned with the sideshows of this world. 

If we love the Lord with all of our heart, and love our neighbor as ourselves, we’re inevitably going to appear “extreme.”  (I Peter 4:4)  If we are about our Fathers business as we should be, we’ll stand out from those who have retreated to their comfort zone and become “stuck-in-a-rut.”  My prayer is that all of us would be awakened as to the lateness of the hour, the spiritual battle thats raging all around us, and that we would be a city set upon a hill, presenting truth in an age of confusion and despair.  I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus. 

“PLEASE” check out the article by David Wilkerson in the above link. 

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