By Brother John Shepard
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are With Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
I realize that beginning with a verse is a little different, but throughout this article, it is my hope that you will use the highlighted segment as a running theme. Before we get too far, let me add that we just attended a church meeting in Riverside, California. This meeting with Brother Bean and the Church in Riverside was a tremendous success. Building the Body of Christ in the right spirit was the common direction with every minister’s message. The Word of God, blending of spirits, music, worship, and fellowship was truly the building of the Body of Christ.
In our current services, Brother Nobles and the ministry have taught that just building a Body, with respect to numbers, doesn’t amount to much if the very spirit or nature of God isn’t our foundation. After all, with Jesus as our Head, we’re building something that will stand after everything else crumbles—the true Body of Christ with His spirit!
Elder LaFleur, as a wise master-builder, laid this foundation for us. He taught us to squeeze the scriptures for every drop of oil you could get. This oil is what God will use to light your candle, and give you more understanding of His very nature and the way He wants His Church to be built. Keep in mind that if things are done God’s way, the glory that comes along with the results belongs solely to Him.
I appreciate that the Lord saw fit for this meeting to take place and that I was able to be there. The message of the meeting definitely provoked my mind to consider some things. I will do my best to share some of these thoughts with you. I invite you to come along with me on a small journey through the scriptures. Let’s take a look at a couple of accounts of how God made mighty moves through different people who were With Him and did things His way.
Though few in number, they shook the world around them.
When considering going to battle, you’d think that hitting the other team with everything you’ve got would be the way to go, but that was not God’s nature. Thirty-two thousand was way too many. With that many soldiers, they’d be vaunted in themselves and there’s no way that God would get the glory for the victory. Okay, so let’s send 22,000 back home. Now, surely the victory with only 10,000 soldiers would glorify God . . . right?
Wrong! Still not God’s way.
God wanted it done with the right nature or spirit. He had Gideon perform a little experiment or test to see which of these men had this nature. With that said and done, we’re now left with just 300 men who were With Him. As you read this account, you’ll see that they overcame a great multitude and when they won the victory, God received the glory.
We know that Jesus was sent by God to establish His Kingdom here on earth. We can also see through the scriptures that He was going to use a ministry to do it. As is the nature of man, as long as He fed those who were hungry, or healed those who were sick, or restored sight to those who were blind, He had many followers. However, when He sat them down and taught them things about what kind of nature His Father expected them to take on (oh wait, I didn’t know He was going to get personal), many of those followers left. He was then reduced to just 12 men who were With Him at that time.
In these verses, you can see that through the 12 men that were With Him, God was able to establish a Powerhouse Church built His way—the same Church that we are a part of and still building today.
Finally, when this Church has reached it’s completion, the whole world will see the glory of God shine through it. Compared to the world’s population, we are just a few people who are diligently working to do things His way.
By now I hope you understand that With Him doesn’t just mean in a single location, but a mindset that we desire to do what He wants, the way He wants it done, and in the right spirit. Remember this new song that we’re singing is His song, not our own. If God is getting the glory, it is a good clue that you are doing things His way and with His spirit.
Come join us as we build the Body of Christ! God’s ministry has the sheet music to this new song and is willing to teach it to whomever would desire to sing it with us.
I encourage those of you reading this who were able to go to this meeting to drop a few lines in the comments and try to share with others what you heard and felt.
Food For Thought
As we see through the example of Judas, just because you were once With Him doesn’t guarantee that you will remain With Him. If you’ll take a look back to the verse that began this article, you’ll see that there are three different descriptions of those people With Him.
God calls us. It is our responsibility to remain faithful if we expect Him to finally choose us.
To God Be The Glory!