Grover and I were texting back and forth this morning concerning T. Austin Sparks' article "Hindrances To Fullness of Life." Here's the introduction and link to the article... Brian
Hindrances to Fullness of Life
Time to diligently seek The Lord.
There is a passage of Scripture found in 2Chron. 12:1 that states" that when king Rehoboam had established the kingdom that he forsook the Law of The Lord and all Israel with him."
It was required of Kings to write out the Law of The Lord so that they would be familiar with the requirements of how the King ought to govern God's people. When King Rehoboam became "lukewarm" in his commitment to seek God's direction, the people followed the same lukewarmness as the King.
We have heard the cliche, "as the leader goes, so goes the people." How true this is. For we see this in some of the Body of Christ today. If the leaders of Christ's Body do not seek diligently His face, we will be led by the ways and principles of the world. No longer will the Spirit of The Lord tolerate such lukewarmness from His leaders for there will be a purging and Jesus will give leaders to His Body who will feed His Flock with a true and righteous Rhema Word.
I fear and tremble when I read Jer. 23 and Ezek. 34.... Where The Lord pronounces a judgment upon the lazy shepherds of that day, He was going to remove and install His true shepherds after His Heart. It is now time to prepare our hearts before Jesus and hear His voice. First of all, pray for the leaders of His Body, for the enemy is wanting to smite the shepherd to scatter the flock.
Secondly, as we hear the voice of The Spirit, be obedient to carry out what He wants YOU to do. There is safety in obedience to His Word... but a fear comes when we lean to our own understanding and follow the doctrines of men or the Principles of the world. Beloved of God, spend quality time with the lover of your soul today, your life in Christ depends up it!
In Him, Brian