(17) Can we “take chances”?
It now needs to be mentioned that this is a more than “dead” serious matter. In Hebr. 6:4-6 God tells us that if we fall away; the Word of God will not rouse you again to repentance. From your side however; rouse yourself to repentance as long as there is breath in you. MAINLY: TAKE NO CHANCES; allow no perimeter for sin from your side.
If at all possible; do not let a day pass without prayerfully reading in the Bible, the more the better. In my own terms again; He wants to “un-install” your old nature and set “grace given to me/you” more and more at liberty. There may still be restitution outstanding for which you have not yet found His leading as to how you can go about it; then keep it in prayer and in your mind and ask your prayer partner to pray with you about it.
Should your mind not be able to grasp all this (old age or disability) then do your best towards seeing Him on a daily basis and leave the rest over to God. Remember that we want to see him in eternity; eternally.
It is all impossible to the Human mind; but nothing is too difficult for Him to work out. We also need to remember that our walk here is only for a short, short, time in comparison to eternal glory. (Romans 8:18). Once you are on God’s way; “resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Is it not our aim to be as priests and kings with God (as His word promises us Revelation 1:6) therefore endure to the end. How then can we be priests and kings if we can-not endure His light which burns sin (or the love of sin) and expect to soon dwell in that light?
See to it therefore that you have spoken out, or are busy speaking out your sins (before a trustworthy person) and have made (or are making) restitution wherever you can (apologize where you have wronged someone; refund where you can). Be diligent about that. Another aspect to it is that it is no light matter to make restitution and we need prayer for God to be with us in it.
If you encounter a manifestation (Luke 1:41-44; Acts 2) then keep the following in mind: If the person falls over (especially backwards) or writhes on the floor like a snake; then beware. If the person feels; as if a child jumped, or is jumping inside; or in the area where a woman’s womb is situated; also together with joy; it is most probably very good. (Luke 1:41) The devil is a crafty deceiver therefore we need God’s help.
If the manifestation, you meet up with; is “tongues” (angels’ tongues; 1 Cor 13:1) then be very careful. I was once present when a Christian professor spoke on that subject. There was a good audience (plentiful). He then made a statement like this: “Of all the tongues (Gr. “glossa”) found in the world; 99 percent is not of (or from) God. There was a group of “Pentecostals” present, and they jumped up and rapidly left the hall. At the following meeting they returned and apologized. I thought at the time that, “he put it on a bit thick”. (Later God convicted me that my thought was not from Him). If one uses such to edify him/her self then it is all-right; but if it is used in a Christian meeting it is all-right if there are (or is a) dedicated Christians present including one who has the gift of interpretation; who interprets; and others with the gift of discernment. The same applies to prophecy (unless it is only a prediction).
All this is said because it is a “life and death” serious matter; in Hebrews 6:5 we read that “It is impossible to receive forgiveness if once we have tasted His goodness and we sin again”. From your side; do never give up coming to Him, as has already been explained. Ruth the Moabites was from a nation which was; by the Word of God; not allowed into the Hebrew nation for ten generations. Yet she chose to come in and she became a not too distant ancestor of David; and therefore of Jesus the “son of David”.
As with Job, Satan will accuse us; saying that we have sinned. God also has the right to test us. If that happens, turn your mind immediately to what your first impressions were just after the incident happened. You should find that you did not sense guilt (you may have nearly sinned). If you can’t remember, then at very least see to it that you stay clear of that and other sin and you should find that such incidences become less.
With man it is impossible, with God it is the normal ‘thing’.
Pray much for the others and for yourself. (God wants a spotless bride, not just an individual) Secondly, God wants to clean out the first and the second Heaven by the blood of the Lamb and by, “truth (word) of their testimony” (His sanctified ones; Revelation 12:11).
Many are called but few are chosen (Matt. 22:14) you have been given the opportunity to choose to be a chosen one.
Forgive me repeating points again and again; allow that to serve to clarify the matter more and more.
Here are two encouraging Words; Revelations 3: 10 and 21.
So far I have seen beautiful results with this “method” (for example: a person testifying that he/she was never completely certain of being “born again” now having certainty).
If you can access revival Christians/mission/church; where the laying on of hands for the fire baptism is practiced; that is even better than if you remain on your own (Acts 8:17 and other verses). Be very careful however, that you do not give yourself to the “laying on of hands”; where it could be “a strange fire” (Leviticus 10:1 and 1 Timothy 5:22). On the other hand; I would not delay beginning as described; although you can’t; or are unable to immediately reach such a place of help. The same applies to a Christian who is not tasting God’s goodness and experiencing His rest on a regular basis.
I had already begun to review this document finally when I got a phone call from a dear Christian widow to whom I had explained this way of getting onto The Way. She was in a hospital where her son (himself a professional) was operated on in the morning. It was a serious operation. She was allowed to stand a distance away and watch as he gained consciousness. Then two of the nursing staff came to her and asked, “Who are you, and why are you shining; there is a glory about you”. Those two then went to the Dr (I presume it was the surgeon) and spoke to him; whereupon he came to her and asked whether she is a Christian.
It is necessary to still add another point: If you have read very carefully you will most likely have found a word (or words) that contradict each other. The Lord Jesus is also accused by some that He contradicts Himself. There are spiritual matters that are hardly explainable in human terms. For instance: in the classic Hebrew and Greek languages there are words which are past, present and future tense. In our languages such a matter can be interpreted as; having been; being and not being; therefore a contradiction.
I had to begin in my own house, in my own bedroom between myself and my wife. Hardly any person, or even no one, had the slightest suspicion that there was anything amiss between my wife and myself; but God’s standard has to be there. His standard is: wife obeying her husband in all things that are not wrong and of the husband loving his wife as the Lord loves his own.
Even now I am still busy with the second and third generation of my own home; they have to be obedient (even though our children treat us like a king and like a queen) it has to be (obedience) to God’s standard.
All told: I am also receiving severe opposition and criticism. Whoever has not tasted the “rest, from own works” does not comprehend that it exists; except by revelation from above. Even of Jesus when walking on earth they said: “How can anything good come out of Nazareth” and “He has a devil”.