One of the most exciting and least recognized promises that the Lord made to the church was that He would make Himself real (manifest Himself) to His "friends, "the ones
The answer may not be what you think, and those who qualify may not be whom you might expect to qualify. One of the most exciting and least recognized promises that the Lord made to the church was that He would make Himself real (manifest Himself) to the ones who demonstrated that they truly loved Him by their obedience (through faith) to the revealed truth, promises, and commands of the Lord. He who has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves M e will be loved by my Father; and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him . John 14:21 NASB Then He said that those who demonstrated that they truly loved Him by “having” and “obeying” His commands, would be His “friends.” You are My friends if you do what I command you. John 15:14 NASB What He did not tell them was that their obedience to the rules, expectations of performance, and doctrines of their specific denomination would cause them to be His "friends."
The primary modern concept of worship in the majority of organized churches is the "worship service" where we sing corporate praises to our Lord. This is not altogether wrong. It is right for us to praise the Lord for what He has done, is currently doing, and will do for the body of Christ. And it is an opportunity for us to experience a deep emotive gratitude toward our Lord for what He has done and what He will do in the future. But there is a more important understanding of PRAISE that we desperately need to be aware of.
The Lord's forty days of fasting and testing in the wilderness is an example of how each believer is tested in the world in order to achieve the fulness of who He has ordained and anointed us to be and do in the world.
Our Lord's fasting and testing by Satan in the wilderness for forty days was ordained by the Father in order for Jesus of Nazareth to begin His walk of faith in perfect communion and obedience to the Father for three and a half years. This was necessary in order for Him to become the lamb of God without sin who was ultimately crucified, buried, and risen on the third day having fulfilled all the Law and the prophets as a man. And it is Jesus of Nazareth, as a man who fulfilled all the Law and the prophets with whom the Father established an eternal covenant. We who are now included in that covenant are also ordained for times of testing so that God's anointing, ministry assignments, and spiritual gifts manifested through our obedient faith responses will glorify (manifest the presence of) the Lord. With that in mind the believer should not dread or avoid those times of testing, but willingly surrender our wills to the Lord during those appointed times of testing.
REVELATION: The Lord’s Letter to the END TIMES CHURCH Chapters 2 and 3: The Lord’s Demand for Repentance
The Lord's letter to the end times church as recorded in Chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Revelation has been misconstrued through the ages due to the failure of many to receive the true message that only comes as the Spirit of truth guides us into the rhema truth of what has been written at the appropriate time. This message has been applicable to the body of Christ since it was given directly to John by the Lord. Yet, it is to this present generation for whom this message is critical in these end times.
Discipleship is not passive, and those who desire to be all that they have been ordained to be in Christ must pursue that purpose passionately and without compromise.
The author was confronted by the Lord in a dream in which he discovered that he had forgotten his lifesong. And, upon discovery, he instantly realigned with his lifesong, which is the anointing and purpose of God in Christ. If we forget our lifesong (stray away from the anointing and purpose of God in Christ) we are no longer manifesting His truth, His promises, His commands, and His ministry in and through Him. But if we sing our lifesong out loud we are manifesting the glory of Christ for His purposes.