(Ephesians 5:25-27) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (NKJV)
The Holy Spirit is preparing the Body of Christ for the appearance of her soon coming King.
This is a truth that has been resonating within me for quite some time.
How close are we, the church, to being ready? How close am I? How close are you?
As we get ourselves focused and ready individually, we will become ready corporately.
I believe that the Spirit of Elijah is at work within the Church today.
(Malachi 4:5-6) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” (NKJV)
Elijah preached repentance and turning to God. Elijah was an instrument used of God to reform a corrupt religion.
1 Kings 18:21; Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD (YHWH) is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. (NKJV)
James tells us that a double minded person is unstable in all their ways.
If your job, your hobby, or whatever is your God. Go follow that God. But if Yahweh is God…if Jesus is LORD, then let’s quit messing around and follow Jesus!
When God starts the soul restoration process, many people shut down right there. They are just going to be satisfied with knowing Jesus as Savior; just making sure the “fire insurance” is taken care of.
There is the Spirit of Elijah crying for God’s chosen people to come out from among them and be separate.
When we choose to make Jesus LORD, the journey really gets interesting. But as we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. And He always goes more than just halfway.
In the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation, Jesus states the things in five of these churches that fell short:
- Ephesus – loss of first love – remember, repent, and do the works done at first
- Pergamum – false teaching – repent
- Thyatira – lack of discernment, toleration of heresy – hold fast & keep Christ’s works
- Sardis – dead works – keep the Word, repent
- Laodicea – spiritually blind, bankrupt, naked, lukewarm – repent
I see these as a description of much of the Church today.
We need to examine ourselves in the light of God’s Word. Not comparing ourselves with ourselves.
- 2Co 10:12; For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (NKJV)
We need to make sure our foundation is solid so we can move on to maturity.
- (Hebrews 5:11 – 6:2) or though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation….
Not having a solid Scriptural foundation will affect every area of our lives. We will appear to be walking on shifting sand. Our lives, our decisions and thought processes will be unstable and wishy washy.