Receiving the Latter Rain

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Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Who wants the latter rain? I’m tired of this earth. I’ve only been around for 26 years, I don’t know how the older people cope. It’s time to go home. The Jews are still waiting for Christ’s first coming, how long are we going to wait for the latter rain? Has it happened already? Have we missed it? Or is it falling now or has it fallen? Did it begin sometime ago? If we want to be ready we need the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the effect of that is the cry of the third angel’s message. It is the final call and then this world will self-destruct in more ways than one. How do we get the latter rain? The letter that Jesus wrote to us needs to be studied far more than it has been. Imagine getting a letter from Jesus in the mail. How many times would you read it? Here are the words of Jesus to you and me Laodiceans, the people of the judgement.

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

The true and faithful witness states these facts. Jesus is counselling us to do something. He also invites us to open up and let Him in. This is what is required to overcome. If you have overcome then you have received the latter rain.

I was shown that the testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God’s people at the present time, and the reason it has not accomplished a greater work is because of the hardness of their hearts. But God has given the message time to do its work. The heart must be purified from sins which have so long shut out Jesus. This fearful message will do its work. When it was first presented, it led to close examination of heart. Sins were confessed, and the people of God were stirred everywhere. Nearly all believed that this message would end in the loud cry of the third angel. But as they failed to see the powerful work accomplished in a short time, many lost the effect of the message. I saw that this message would not accomplish its work in a few short months. It is designed to arouse the people of God, to discover to them their backslidings, and to lead to zealous repentance, that they may be favored with the presence of Jesus, and be fitted for the loud cry of the third angel. {1T 186.1}

The preparation for the loud cry is to obey this message.

As this message affected the heart, it led to deep humility before God. Angels were sent in every direction to prepare unbelieving hearts for the truth. The cause of God began to rise, and His people were acquainted with their position. If the counsel of the True Witness had been fully heeded, God would have wrought for His people in greater power. {1T 186.1}

When we receive it the angels will go around and prepare the people to accept the message that is being presented. We don’t have to prepare others we only have to prepare ourselves. When we prepare ourselves then the angels will prepare others. The angels will collect the people for the loud cry. They are very efficient but why would they gather people to hear a message that is not right? Of course they wouldn’t.

As this message affected the heart, it led to deep humility before God. Angels were sent in every direction to prepare unbelieving hearts for the truth. The cause of God began to rise, and His people were acquainted with their position. If the counsel of the True Witness had been fully heeded, God would have wrought for His people in greater power. {1T 186.1}

The work began back then but it stopped. God wants to do a work for his people.

God reads the heart. Lest His people should be deceived in regard to themselves, He gives them time for the excitement to wear off, and then proves them to see if they will obey the counsel of the True Witness. God leads His people on, step by step. He brings them up to different points calculated to manifest what is in the heart. Some endure at one point, but fall off at the next. At every advanced point the heart is tested and tried a little closer. If the professed people of God find their hearts opposed to this straight work, it should convince them that they have a work to do to overcome, if they would not be spewed out of the mouth of the Lord. Said the angel: “God will bring His work closer and closer to test and prove every one of His people.” {1T 186.2}

This message must be heeded as it is a revelation of our condition. Do you realize you are poor and miserable? Do you realize that you are blind and naked and don’t know that you are? It says we do not know our condition. If we know we don’t know then we have some knowledge to get. Why does Christianity on every level fail miserably? It starts off very well but fails. Do we realize that at some point in time we were wretched miserable blind and naked? We can all look back and acknowledge we were. People who are sensitive to their condition long for something better than they have. As they long for something better they hear about Jesus. In many cases they see in the gospel of Jesus Christ a better life style than they have so they make major strides to throw off their major sins; the sociably unacceptable ones. Now they realize Jesus has saved them from that horrible life. Then comes the problem of Christianity. Now I am not as bad as I used to be. My house, health, habits and the way I dress are all much better than they used to be so how can I say that I haven’t progressed. I am better than I was. This mentality stops the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. At the beginning the growth of the Christian is very rapid then you come to church on fire and full of zeal for God’s ways and then an older person in the faith will say oh given time you will cool down and get over it, you will become like us. Do you know more truth than you did before? Do you see more than you used to see if so are you blind if you can see? Can’t we see?

Even those who are sincerely seeking to reform are not beyond the danger of falling. They need to be treated with great wisdom as well as tenderness. The disposition to flatter and exalt those who have been rescued from the lowest depths sometimes proves their ruin. The practice of inviting men and women to relate in public the experience of their life of sin is full of danger to both speaker and hearers. {MH 178.1}

We say brother come and give your testimony. The then brother tells how bad he has been and really elaborates on the past to contrast what he now is. People say praise the LORD. Yes we should praise the LORD but there is a problem.

To dwell upon scenes of evil is corrupting to mind and soul. And the prominence given to the rescued ones is harmful to them. Many are led to feel that their sinful life has given them a certain distinction. A love of notoriety and a spirit of self-trust are encouraged that prove fatal to the soul. Only in distrust of self and dependence on the mercy of Christ can they stand. {MH 178.1}

Am I better than I was before I was converted? Don’t I have a new mind? Aren’t I a little better at least? When I am converted do I still have temptation from within? Some say no you have it before your conversion but when converted you become equal with Christ when he was on earth and you are better than you were, not perfect but better. That teaching stops the latter rain. If I have come to a better state of life how can I say I am in a wretched, poor, miserable, blind and naked condition?

He who is truly penitent does not forget his past sins, and grow careless about them as soon as he has obtained forgiveness. On the contrary, the clearer the evidence he has of divine favor, the more he sees to regret in his past life of sin. He loathes, abhors, and condemns himself, and is more and more astonished that he should have continued in rebellion so long. He renews his repentance toward God, while he grasps more decidedly the hand of Jesus Christ, and finds that repentance is a daily, continued exercise, lasting until mortality is swallowed up of life. {ST, November 26, 1894 par. 7}

No soul can take an advance step in the path cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in, without obtaining fresh supplies from the Fountain of grace and truth. Where enmity exists between man and Satan, it is an enmity that has been put there by the Lord Jesus Christ; for fallen men and fallen angels are naturally in harmony. Both stand on the same platform, and are nourished by the same atmosphere. Both are evil through apostasy from God. The enmity that exists in the natural heart is made manifest when a soul leaves the ranks of apostasy and joins the army of the Lord Jesus Christ. When a soul is truly converted to God, it will be made manifest that evil men are in league with evil angels, in a desperate companionship. {ST, November 26, 1894 par. 8}

It is not until conversion that we actually realize we are as desperate as ever. We can admit we have lived a terrible life but not until we come to Jesus can we realize we are far worse that we have ever conceived. Today’s religious mentality teaches we can be cheerful when we’re converted because we are better people. We are taught to thank the LORD we are not extortionists, publicans, harlots and sinners who do those things. We do not commit those things literally so then really aren’t we better? No we are not better if we realize what self really is.

Whenever a soul falls in love with Jesus, every other affection is placed in subservience to this pure, refining principle of heavenly love. Pride, passion, and ambition, which have held sway over the natural heart, are surrendered to Jesus Christ. With Paul the converted soul can say, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I might win Christ.” {BEcho, March 19, 1894 par. 7}

Pride, passion, and ambition hold sway in the carnal heart. How many people are ambitious to serve Jesus? Question yourself – is that self? If it is then we don’t realize how wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked we are – not were. When we realize it, by the power of God we will receive power that will move the world. While ever there is pride in the heart because we think we know something, God is not going to share his glory with us. He will not give us the power that will enlighten the whole earth when we are full of self. He will not do it while we are full of self. We need to take heed of this counsel we don’t realize how bad, poor miserable, blind and naked we are right now. The doctrine of the Pharisee says the temptations you get after conversion come from the devil. They actually come from another source. Self.

He [Apostle Paul] realized that if he did not carry out in his life the principles he believed and preached, his labors in behalf of others would avail him nothing. His conversation, his influence, his refusal to yield to self-gratification, must show that his religion was not a profession merely, but a daily, living connection with God. One goal he kept ever before him, and strove earnestly to reach–“the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Philippians 3:9. Paul knew that his warfare against evil would not end so long as life should last. {AA 314.2}

How long did Paul realize he would fight with evil? As long as you live on this planet you have a fight to fight.

EVER he realized the need of putting a strict guard upon himself, that earthly desires might not overcome spiritual zeal. {AA 314.3}

What did Paul have to continually watch while he was a minister of religion? He had the truth but he had to keep watching himself (not everyone else) lest earthly desires overcome spiritual zeal. What happens when earthly desires overcome spiritual zeal? We desire to be the centre of attention and you begin to think I can preach or I know all the truths and if you don’t have all the truth like I do you are lost. No one says that but we can act like it.

With all his power he continued to strive against natural inclinations. Ever he kept before him the ideal to be attained, and this ideal he strove to reach by willing obedience to the law of God. His words, his practices, his passions–all were brought under the control of the Spirit of God. {AA 314.3}

In other words, as far as he was concerned he was not in control of his life but God had control of Him and that is a very difficult thing to do. We don’t mind God if we get some blessings with him like the disciples who wanted to sit next to Christ. We are no better than we were but while we are in the mentality that we are better we are worse than we ever were. Jesus the true witness says you do not know your condition. Just like the disciples had no idea about their true condition. They thought because they knew the truth they were okay. John said let fire come down from heaven and consume those who didn’t accept Christ. Jesus said you don’t know of what manner of spirit you are.

So long as Satan reigns, we shall have self to subdue, besetting sins to overcome; so long as life shall last, there will be no stopping place, no point which we can reach and say, I have fully attained. Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience. {AA 560.3}

Are you converted? Are you in Christ?

Are you in Christ? Not if you do not acknowledge yourselves erring, helpless, condemned sinners. {5T 48.3}

Are you an erring condemned sinner? Oh you might say how can I be a condemned sinner if I am in Christ? There is no condemnation in Christ. In Jesus there is no condemnation but there is in self and while ever we are living we have the battle of self to fight against. If I am in Christ can self-spring up and flourish like a flower? No, self even in Christ is still condemned. But in Christ there is no condemnation. In other words, if you have Christ and not yourself then you are not condemned but if you have self, self is always condemned. This is very important preparation for the latter rain. If we don’t obey the counsel to the true witness we will fail and the Holy Spirit will fall on others and we will not discern it.

1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]:

1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things, which are mighty;

1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Christ is our righteousness, sanctification and redemption. If we lack wisdom, we ask God and he gives it to us. Now do we have wisdom? Our problem is that we think we can take things out of Christ and consider ourselves wise. But this is not so. Christ is our wisdom so if we get wisdom we get Christ. Is that you or Christ? We need to have Him and thenwe will have wisdom. Never think we can take wisdom out of Him and be wise.

1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

If we gain the truth and think that we can tell the people what we know, then we are the biggest fools on the planet. Do I really know it or is it Jesus who really knows? It is foolishness to think we can get knowledge out of Him. How many people do that? Don’t many religious people do this very thing? Who is the most foolish person on this planet? The pope is the epitome (the most developed) of foolishness. Where does he get his foolishness? He thinks if he is in Christ’s stead then he is Christ. The little weed is just as bad as the big weed. It is no different. If we use the truth to persecute and judge others, we are lower than we ever have been in the site of God and in reality.

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?

8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

We either have Christ and everything he has or nothing. Jesus is not a receptacle full of blessings to take out of him what we want. This stops the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. How do we get wisdom? It is with Jesus. Jesus is not a box of presents that you can take gifts out of. Christ will not share this throne. While ever we exercise our own cleverness and knowledge, we will not receive that latter rain. Jesus is the most holy, beautiful and righteous being that ever is. What makes the righteousness of Christ? Lets consider this verse very carefully.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

What is the difference between a wise man and a baby? Babies are totally dependent. They are conscious of mummy, not of self. Everywhere mummy goes baby looks. Oh that we would be like that. Are we the centre of the scenes in our imaginations?

Matthew11:26…because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].

Where did Christ get everything? It is only the Father whom Jesus reveals. Then who is Jesus? No man knows the Son. Do you know Christ? We only know the Father. But don’t we know Christ? Christ emptied himself of self and filled himself with the Father. So when we see Christ we don’t see Christ we see the Father. No man knows the Son but the Father. See how humble Jesus is. Who else was in Christ? Us. Emmanuel, God with us. If we are in him and the Father is in him where is he? He has emptied himself. By what means does he do things if he doesn’t have any self in him?

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father, which hath sent me.

Jesus said it wasn’t about him, it was about the Father. Does Christ have to give up self he wasn’t sinful? He gave up self because we have to give up self. As the Father sent Jesus, so he sends us. He wants total control but do we let him have it? Most don’t mind him sharing his glory with us but for him to be totally in control we have to die.

John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Show us the Father?

14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Through Jesus, our Father in heaven performed all the miracles on this earth. Do you believe the Father was in Jesus? The terms Him in me and I in Him is nothing but self out of the way and God in control. This is what it takes to be perfect. The rich young ruler called Jesus ‘good master’. Jesus said why do you call me that it is only the Father that is good. Jesus wanted to make a point and set a precedent. The rich young ruler said he had kept the law. Jesus didn’t call him a liar. Jesus said if you want to be perfect sell everything you have, give to the poor and follow me. Does that mean we must not own anything not ever a chair to sit on? Jesus is saying give up yourself, get over yourself and you will be perfect. We need to get over ourselves if we want to follow Jesus. We are to take up our cross and follow Jesus. What is a cross? It is something that crosses me, my opinion or is different from the way I do something and then I get defensive. If someone injures me or crosses my feelings it hurts. We need to take them up and follow Jesus.

Philippians 2:3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Can work for Jesus be done in vain glory? It can be done but it is not acceptable to the Father. What is the source of all strife and vainglory? It is self. It’s impossible for the human mind without the aid of Jesus to look at another person who is continually doing wrong to stop thinking that they are better. Only Jesus can do this.

Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

If Christ’s mind produced perfection will it do the same if his mind is in you? It is Christ or nothing.

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Was Jesus equal with God? It was not blasphemous for Jesus to be equal with the Father.
He made himself of how much
reputation? He’s God. If you were God how many people would you tell? Would you put in front of your name GD so everybody knows? If we have some sort of high office we like to put it in our name so everyone knows. If they don’t know then why did I do it? If you could get the knowledge of science just out of reading at home and be thoroughly acquainted with it, would you do that rather than go to university than get that tag on your name? No one will know that i have qualifications, no one will respect me. What type of representative did Jesus have on this earth? Jesus was only known as a carpenter’s son of Nazareth.

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

He died a most shameful death. Do you like dying? If someone was about to take your life wouldn’t you fight against it? Jesus humbled himself and became obedient even to death. This was to show what we must do. This mind needs to be in us. How do we serve God’s law?

Romans 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Do you do the good that you want to do? Are you where you want to be right now?

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

This is a man who loves God’s law.

Romans 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

The mind is the part of our body that must obey God’s law? What if our arms and legs obey but not our mind? We may not commit adultery or steal, we may be honest, respect our parents and don’t bow down to idols, but if self is there we are still serving the law of sin. The publicans and harlots are closer to the kingdom of God than the Pharisees. The Pharisee was a Laodicean. If we are always conscious that we are poor, miserable, blind and naked, how can we be happy? Flip it. How could you not be happy if you knew you were miserable, poor, blind and naked? Where does our happiness come from? When we are sad we look for things to lift us up then we feel okay. Then when we are up in our feelings we are in more danger than ever before because when we feel good and are not good then we have the Laodicean problem that we don’t know. If you were upside down, which way is up? Down is up. So if you’re up in your feelings then you’re really down. But if you’re down, then you’re really up. If we realised that we would stop trying to stay up but would stay down. Don’t look for things to soothe self. God doesn’t strike self-down to bring it back up again. He wants it to stay down. If we don’t do this we will not receive the latter rain.

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

6:3 Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.

When God wounds us by revealing to us what we are really like, who is going to bind us up? He will bind us up not our friends that say, it’s OK. When God binds us up it’s different to the self-esteem movement of today. God doesn’t want us to be in depression but it is better to be in depression than to be in self. When a Christian first becomes converted there are rapid changes in his life and then it suddenly stops because of self. We don’t want to stay down. When self pops up, we have to start again. How many times do we have to die? Daily.

A Counsellor

What should we do seeing that we don’t really know what we are like? Praise God we have a counsellor. Our counsellor, the faithful and true witness counsels us to buy of him gold tried in the fire. His name is wonderful, counsellor, mighty God. If he is wonderful, then the fiery trial is wonderful too. Otherwise he wouldn’t be a wonderful counsellor. God’s counsels are wonderful. If you are tired of this earth and want him to come back Jesus says buy of me gold tried in the fire. Will you pray that? Jesus has the gold that has been through the fire and we need to buy it from him so we think maybe we need to do some works to get it from him. The bible says you have sold yourselves for nought therefore you don’t have anything so when He says buy of me gold tried in the fire what should you give him? You have nothing to give him. Then he says come and buy without price. This is the best deal on earth. The gold tried in the fire is to be bought without price. Now suppose you go through a trial tomorrow what will you think of it? Will you be happy or sad?

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

An inheritance is in heaven for me. Do you have to buy an inheritance? An inheritance is something that is given to you without price but you have to commit yourself to the inheritance. Will you totally commit yourself to God? If you will commit yourself totally he has something for you.

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Does God have something reserved in heaven for you and me right now? It is the latter rain. The preparation for the latter rain is to buy gold tried in the fire.

1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

The Most Precious Thing on Earth

Do we rejoice greatly? Manifold mean multiple. How many temptations and problems do we have? We have lots of trials but it says wherein ye greatly rejoice.

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

What is the most precious thing on this planet? Would one million dollars make you happy? Would a fiery trial also put a smile on your face? Why do we mope around because of our troubles? The trial of our faith is more precious than gold that perishes. Man keeps gold very secure in vaults and banks with guards. God cares for your faith more than gold. Why would God let Satan steal your faith? Why would God let you go through something that would burn you totally? The mind of Christ is developed in us when self in out of the way. Trials are about getting rid of self. Therefore the next time you get hurt praise God because self is dying. When nothing offends you anymore praise God because then you’re dead. When you’re dead nothing hurts anymore. Dying is what hurts not being dead. The trials of faith should be the happiest times of our lives because we know that he is working in us for self cannot die to self. We can’t give up self so what can we do. We say LORD here I am take me out but if we will stay there and submit ourselves to the trials that are coming he will heal us. He will come to us in the latter rain if we will stay with it. Our problem is we let go of God too soon. We go through sufferings with tears and anguish and say LORD it is enough I want out it is too difficult. God says no it is not too difficult for you as you will not be tempted above that which you are able but with the temptation you will have a way of escape. The way of Jesus will be there in the temptation. If we submit then and then only will we experience these last day expectations. Without them we can’t do it. The Bible says I would rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me; when I am weak then I am strong. Why is that? When we are in a difficult straight and everything closes in on us and all that’s left is Jesus then you are the strongest you have ever been. Don’t rush out of the suffering God puts you through because it is doing something that will make you the happiest you have ever been. The only suffering we should want to get out of are the ones we put ourselves through.

Those who bare every test have heeded the testimony of the true witness and will receive the latter rain that they may be translated. GC bulletin February 9 1893

How are we going to look at every trial from now on? How are we going to view the tests that God gives us? What if God sends a perverse person across our path to test us how will we treat him with our knowledge of truth? Will we cut him down or will we see it as a test rather than just the mere outward action of the law? Whenever a trial comes we must remember that there is something in the heart that needs to be dealt with. From now on I pray that we will resolve not to move until God moves us and then we will experience something this world is waiting for. All nature groans for the manifestation of the sons of God. So the question is how long does it take to give your whole self to God? Is it today only? Can I decide today that I am going to deliver my being, my mind, heart and soul, everything I am and have and ever will be to God totally? How long does the operation take? Doesn’t it take the work of a lifetime? Jesus is my sanctification. How long does it take to get Jesus? I can have Jesus as soon as I give myself up but it takes a lifetime because I don’t give up myself. There comes a time when God’s people need to holy. Their lifetime ends at probation and how far away is that? It is not long. We must forget the way we view others and forget looking at how low others are in order to prop ourselves up and concentrate on our own house and its termites giving it to the carpenter to fix. If we want to be perfect we must give up everything and follow Jesus then we will receive the latter rain. It is my prayer that we can do this.

Amen.

 

Posted on June 20, 2011, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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