What The Lord Said To Me Today
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"Sometimes, you can't see the forest for the trees."
Cliches are born many times because they express truth quite eloquently and succinctly.
Sometimes, we have to back away from a situation to get a proper viewpoint.
In college, for example, I took a course on macroeconomics, then later, a course on microeconomics.
In the study of reasoning, we can utilize deductive reasoning, or inductive reasoning to
reach a conclusion about a matter.
Today, January 20th, is my birthday, and as you might have surmised, it matches up quite
nicely with inauguration day every four years. I noted the contrast of the prayers of today, which
were begun and ended with the invocation of the name JESUS. Both ministers did not
shrink back by saying "in his name", or "in the Lord's name". No, both of them used the name
of Jesus over international television. You can contrast this with the actions of the previous
There are other contrasts that mark this day for me. My grandfather, George Stephens died
on this day 20 years ago. His last name is the source of my first name and his last day
coincided with my first day. Also, he was the last man of God in our family, until I became
a believer, six years after his death.
Ah yes, contrasts! Sometimes we must back away to see the forest.
Can you back away from what we have experienced in the last few months? We have had several
things competing for our attention, screaming at us, saying "look over here, just look over here."
. First, it was the Sabbath
day that was demanding our attention, then it was the Torah, then American believers were
told that they must become more Jewish and answer the Ephraimite call, and eventually
move to Israel. We were asked to argue over the futurist view vs. the preterist view, and now,
we have ten people in the Earth who are each claiming to be the two
witnesses. They cry: "look over here, look at me, listen to what I say or you'll have trouble."
And the contrast? Do you want to know what the contrast is? The contrast is the the Holy
Spirit of God is crying louder than he ever has: "FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS, WORSHIP
JESUS, PRAISE JESUS"!
All of these other people and things and spirits are crying out for attention and it has never
been more important to avoid being distracted from absolute focus and concentration on
Jesus of Nazareth.
Go back and look at the mission statement of this group: to do anything we can to fan the
flame of passion for Jesus of Nazareth. Passion, absolute obsession, totally brainwashed
devotion to Jesus of Nazareth. Yes brainwashed....washed totally with the water of the word
of God and the blood of the lamb. Wash not only my mind Lord, but all of me. And the
Lord's reply, you are clean already, by my blood.
Contrasts! Yes, the word is full of them. We see them when we compare the word of God
with what we see around us. Contrasts!
"Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us" Hebrews 10:15
The Holy Ghost is God: He is perfect...a perfect witness. What does He do? How does
he conduct himself in his job as a witness? Witnesses on
Earth should hold the Holy Ghost up as a plumb line example for their walk.
"Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall
not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will shew you things
to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." John
The Holy Spirit is the prototype witness, yet he never speaks of himself, or brings glory to
himself, or tries to attract a group of followers or disciples to himself: He always points to
Jesus and glorifies the name of Jesus.
I recall one time when Derek Prince was teaching on this subject and on how it related to a
popular song chorus. The song is entitled "Glorify Thy Name", and Derek Prince said that
the third verse of the song is unscriptural. The third verse says:
"Spirit, we love you, we worship and adore you, glorify thy name in all the earth."
Derek pointed out that the Holy Spirit will NEVER glorify his name. It is unscriptural for us
to ask him to do so. I have never been able to sing that third verse since that day.
I tell you, by the Holy Spirit of God, that it has never been more important for you to focus
on the person of Jesus Christ and upon His word.
Study His word to be approved. Study to
get to know him better. Lift your hands to Jesus! Cry out to Him. Ask Him to give you
strength and to rebuke the weariness and laziness that settles over us like a dragnet. Ask him
to restore your first love for Him. Ask him to cause you to burn more brightly and to give you power
to be witnesses. Ask him to give you passion for Jesus and for the brethren. Ask that your
love may not grow cold as iniquity abounds. Ask for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. Ask
to be revived! And above all things, worship God, praise his Holy name with all your heart
and soul and mind and strength. Praise the Lord! Don't take your eyes off of Him, even for
Stephen L. Bening
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