February 11, 2019
Malachi 3:2-3 (NKJV) “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire And like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord An offering in righteousness.
God is bringing the church to enter the ‘class of acceleration’. God is bringing His church to catch up on her delay.
1. The church is supposed to exist to manifest God’s divinity and the glory of His kingdom
If we observe the condition of the church today, it’s truly tragic. The church has become so natural, human, and even worldly and filled with carnality. Starting from church services, and even the church’s very flow of life, God’s people is almost never brought to worship in Spirit and truth again. From week to week, no worship and praise is lifted, only ‘mini concerts’ which merely showcase the natural potential and ability of the singers and musicians. God’s voice is almost no longer being sounded from the pulpit; only motivational sermons or promises of blessings to be rich and successful.
The daily activities of the church are rendered to be no more than services after services. There is no more shaping of the people’s everyday life to make them reveal Christ or to live as God’s righteous who bring the reality of His kingdom. Even worse, it’s not rare for the daily lives of church ministers to become a stumbling block for many. We can almost find that there is no more godliness or divine nature in the everyday life of the people and the ministers.
However, God is changing all that! The Father is bringing a new spiritual season for His church! God is guiding His church to put off everything that is natural, worldly, and human. So, the church could partake in His glory and divinity instead!
2. This acceleration class of God’s church will bring her alive to manifest God’s glory and divinity
The word and Spirit will work to such an extent in the lives of the leaders and the people. As a result, they will start to see a new kind of life that is coming – the one that God has prepared! It’s the daily life which is filled with God’s divinity and glory!
When the eyes of the church are opened to see such kind of divine life, a new hope will rise inside them, and they will start to reach for it. The all-out nature will rise; the church will become willing to die, to believe God even when it doesn’t make sense, and to let everything go for Him! The leaders and the people will do anything to have that new divine life!
Those who persevere will see how their daily life will keep shifting into the divine and being increasingly filled with glory. Forget the church life that is filled with struggle, because it will soon pass away. Forget the church life that is filled with problems, challenges, or sicknesses, because all of them will soon be ‘swallowed’ by God’s divinity and glory!
Isaiah 25:7-9 (NASB) And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is stretched over all nations. He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken. And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
God is truly bringing the church to enter and live in the dimension of His glory; to live accurately, built upon the foundation of Christ’s perfect offering, and to be victorious in all things (Rev 12:1).
This is the kind of church which will give birth to the ministry of the Body of Christ on earth! They will be used by the Father to usher in the restoration of all things on earth – preparing the second coming of Christ as the King of all kings over all the earth (Rev 12:5-6, 10-11)! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus