“Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth the Words of My mouth. My doctrine (teaching) shall fall as the Rain, and My speech shall distil as the dew . . . . Then shall we know,
if we follow on to know the LORD . . . for this is Life eternal, that we might know Him . . . . His going forth (Fountain) is prepared (as faithful) as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the Rain, as the Latter and Former Rain unto the earth !”
Deuteronomy 32:1-2 & Hosea 6:3
The LORD wants us to come up into the mount,— more directly into His Presence. We are coming to a crisis which, more than any previous time since the world began, will demand the entire consecration of every one who has named the name of Christ . . . !
Young men and women are arising to engage in the work of God, some of whom have scarcely any sense of the sacredness and responsibility of the work. They have but little experience in exercising faith, and in earnest soul-hunger for the Spirit of God, which ever brings returns.
Some men of good capabilities, who might fill important positions, do not know what spirit they are of. They run in a jovial mood as naturally as water flows down hill. They talk nonsense, and sport with young girls, while almost daily listening to the most solemn, soul-stirring Truths. These men have a religion of the head, but their hearts are not sanctified by the Truths they hear. Such can never lead others to the Fountain of Living Waters until they have drunk of the Stream themselves. ref: John 4:10-14
“. . . . For in thy Seed shall all the nations of the earth be Blessed !” Genesis 26:4
“Now to Abraham and to his Seed were the Promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of One,
And to thy Seed, which is Christ (Anointed) !” Galatians 3:16
“That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles (all the nations of the earth) through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith !” Galatians 3:14
“If thou knewest the Gift of God (Jehovah, Yehuwah), and Who it is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, And He would have given thee Living Water . . . . springing up into everlasting Life !”
“For the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are Life !” John 6:63
It is no time now for lightness, vanity, or trifling. The scenes of this earth’s history are soon to close. Minds that have been left to loose thought, need change. The apostle Peter says, “Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts (carnal desires) in your ignorance; but as He which hath called you Is holy (I AM THAT I AM) so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (your lives); because it is written,
Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Peter 1:13-16.
“Today (even Now !), if ye will hear His Voice, harden not your hearts . . . in unbelief !” Hebrews 3:7-19
Loose thoughts must be gathered up and centered on God. The very thoughts should be in obedience to the will of God. Praise should not be given or expected; for this will have a tendency to foster self-confidence rather than to increase humility, to corrupt rather than to purify. Men who are really qualified, and who feel that they have a part to act in connection with the work of God, will feel pressed beneath a sense of the sacredness of the work, as a cart beneath sheaves.
Now is the time to make the most earnest efforts to overcome the natural feelings of the carnal heart. Brethren, we must have less of self, and more of God. We are not to trust for success to what we can do, but to what Christ can do through our efforts. The efficiency of our labor depends upon our hold on God.
The Holy Spirit is grieved and driven away by the self-sufficiency, the unchrist-like spirit, that is cherished. You have no time to spend in contention. Draw near to God, and go to work for Christ and the souls He died to save. If mistakes are made, as they will be, do not fall back, content to make no further effort, but try again. With agony of desire, in humility, with wrestling faith, come to One Who is too wise to err, and Who will make no mistake in your case; One Who knows your every weakness, and Who will hear your heart-felt prayers. May God make His servants wise through the Divine illumination, that the impress of man may not be seen on any of the great and important enterprises before us.
The LORD wants us to come up into the mount,— more directly into His Presence. We are coming to a crisis which, more than any previous time since the world began, will demand the entire consecration of every one who has named the name of Christ.
A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. We must have the Holy unction (anointing, fervor) from God, the Baptism of His Spirit; for this is the only efficient agent in the promulgation of sacred Truth. It is the Spirit of God that quickens (renews to Life) the lifeless faculties of the soul to appreciate heavenly things, and attracts the affections toward God and the Truth.
“Sanctify them through Thy Truth, Thy Word is Truth !” John 17:17
The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
It is our privilege to take God at His Word. As Jesus was about to leave His disciples, to ascend into heaven, He commissioned them to bear the gospel message to all nations, tongues, and peoples. He told them to tarry in Jerusalem till they were endued with Power from on high. This was essential to their success. The Holy unction must come upon the servants of God. All who were fully identified as disciples of Christ and associated with the apostles as evangelists, assembled together at Jerusalem.
They put away all differences. They continued with one accord (John 17:21-22) in prayer and supplication, that they might receive the fulfillment of the Promise of the Holy Spirit; for they were to preach the gospel in the demonstration of the Spirit and in the power of God.
It was a time of great danger to the followers of Christ. They were as sheep in the midst of wolves, yet they were of good courage, because Christ had risen from the dead, and had revealed Himself to them, and had Promised them a special Blessing which would qualify them to go forth to preach His gospel to the world.
They were waiting in expectation of the fulfillment of His Promise, and were praying with special fervency ! This is the very course that should be pursued by those who act a part in the work of proclaiming the Coming of the Lord in the clouds of heaven; for a people are to be prepared to stand in the great day of God. Although Christ had given the Promise to His disciples that they should receive the Holy Spirit, this did not remove the necessity of prayer. They prayed all the more earnestly; they continued in prayer with one accord. Those who are now engaged in the solemn work of preparing a people for the Coming of the Lord, should also continue in prayer. The early disciples were of one accord.
They had no speculations, no curious theory to advance as to how the Promised Blessing was to come. They were one in faith and spirit. They were agreed.
Put away all doubt. Dismiss your fears, obtain the experience that Paul had when he exclaimed, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. Surrender everything to Christ, and let your life be hid with Christ in God. Then you will be a power for good. One shall chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight. ref: Deuteronomy 32:30.
– Gospel Workers, 1892 p.368-371
Our prayer today, is that all of the LORD’s children will set aside all pride and self sufficiency, pride of opinion, and all independence, and seek His Face together. For enemy is doing all he can to occupy us with contention among oursleves. The battle just before us, is greater than all before, and our enemies without far out number those who honestly love Him within. If we have Light which we desire to share, then let us, in love (preferring others over our selves), open the Scriptures with our brothers and sisters. And if the ground is not yet ready, let us not cast away those who have also been bought with the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Yehushua ha Moshiac) !
Our question should always be, How would Jesus treat this soul with whom I am speaking ?
May the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) bless each of us, our families and our congregations. May He open the windows of heaven, and pour out His Promised Blessing without measure upon us. And may He increase our faith, to take Him at His every Word !
your brother and sister,
Eric & Sarah Wilson – Isaiah Ministries