Father has no greater joy than see His children living their lives in the Truth of His Son, our Lord Jesus.
We see clearly, that our great God and Father is able, by His Spirit and Power, to have at least 3500 saints on one accord; with one mind and not a selfish attitude in the House Acts 2 & 4. Now, that’s a greater miracle than any healing or rising of the dead. That was living in the Truth at its very best.
We can also see clearly that the flesh and Satan is able to get saints to be the exact opposite: selfish and divisive 1 Corinthians 3. Just like with Eve, all he has to do is get us not to believe God. Ma Eve didn’t have the Holy Spirit living in her like we do. Ma Eve didn’t have the completed Scriptures like we do.
If our God, Father and Lord is the God Who changes not (and He IS), then where is the testimony to His power and grace as represented in Acts 2 and 4?
Why do we, as well as the world, see more testimony, of the power of the flesh and Satan, than of the power of our great God and Father?
Why do we continue to accept and use the endless list of excuses, provided by our flesh and Satan, to keep from being what Father says we are and should be?
Our Father gave us His all when He gave us His Son. He ask us to give Him our all: spirit, soul, body and mind.
Our Lord was totally innocent, holy and undefiled; yet, look at what the world and Satan did to Him. We can’t claim that innocence or holiness, outside Him, yet, the Lord said that we would receive the same treatment that He did because He knew that He would be in us through His Spirit. (Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me? What you did to the least of these, My brothers, you did to Me)
Brother Paul is a classic example of what our Lord said would happen to us, as well as reaping what he had sown. Listen to his testimony:
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
Does Father care only for the foundation saints and Paul or is this grace available to all of us? Of course, it’s available to all of us. The problem is not Father’s willingness to give His grace, its saint’s unwillingness to receive His grace. Too many saints seem to be willing to believe and receive things that the flesh wants and enjoys, but, not the things of our Lord and His Spirit, such as:
“Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20
“Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Tim 3:12
“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;” Philippians 1:29
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15
“And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” 1 Tim 6:8
“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:20
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thes 5:18
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
“For you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?” 1 Corinthians 3:3-4
“Do you not know that we are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in us? We are God’s fellow workers; we are God’s field, we are God’s building.” 1Corinthians 3:16 & 9
For the temple of God is holy, which temple we are. The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. Let no one boast in men. For all things are ours: And we are Christ’s and Christ is Father’s. 1 Corinthians 3:17, 19, 21 & 23
We have the mind of Christ. Our faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:16 & 5
When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers.
Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world?
And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves?
Don’t you realize that we will judge angels?
So, you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life.
Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues?
But instead, one believer sues another—right in front of unbelievers! Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you.
Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that?
Why not let yourselves be cheated? 1 Corinthians 6:1-3, 5-7
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?
And what communion has light with darkness?
And what accord has Christ with Belial?
Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?
For you are the temple of the living God.
As God has said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
“Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Through love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:13-16
Let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
For our citizenship is in heaven,
from which we eagerly wait for our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:16 & 20
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3
There is so much more, but, I don’t need to rewrite it all here because we all have access to the Scriptures. Too many saints are either not reading it or reading it and not believing it. Others have been tricked by the flesh and Satan, as Ma Eve was, into looking at the Scriptures with human intellect only, instead of being taught by Father’s Holy Spirit. Whatever the reasons, the visible testimony, to the power of our God, Father and Lord, to have a people on earth who are one, as He is One, is sadly lost in the increasing divisions of saints all over the world. Why are so many, so willing to let the victory that our Lord had over Satan, to remain unseen by the world? I can only think of two possible reasons: not believing Father and the fear of man.
When our Lord was asked by people what to do, to do God’s work, He responded that they should “believe and Trust on Him Who God had sent, which was Himself.
If we believe and Trust Him like He believed and trusted Father, we would also believe and trust what is written and be led by the One Who wrote It; His Holy Spirit.
When our Lord was confronted by Satan in the wilderness, He always responded with “it is written . . . ”.
Do you believe Him? Do you trust Him? What is your response to your flesh and Satan?
Those of us, who know and love the Truth, should walk in Him (which is actually letting Him freely walk in us) regardless of the cost to us personally.
We should prayerfully and physically come out from among those who are: lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power; especially, if they name the name of Christ.
When there is a Spirit led coming out from among them physically, there is also a Spirit led coming together physically of many of those who came out, that there may be a visible testimony of His power and grace, similar to if not just like Acts 2 and 4 saints. Only saints, whose selfish spirit / flesh have been put under the power of the Holy Spirit, will allow themselves to be a part of such a visible testimony. The freedom and leading of the Holy Spirit and a total yielding of saints to the Holy Spirit are absolutely necessary to the success of such a testimony. Selfish flesh cannot manufacture it.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
All of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.