Most parents, as they see the corrupt life-styles that are lived about them in the world today, remain strangers to the Word of God, His commandments and promises. For this reason, society has formulated laws and established mind-sets, which reveal a type of anarchy within the homes that in turn affects and influences the world about them. Among this cause of anarchy, most parents do not know the inherited rights that belong to them such as we read in Eph. 6:1-2, “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise”. Because the world in general has rebelled against God, the break-up of a true home environment results in children dwelling in ignorance concerning God. In this ignorance, they oppose and stand against almost everything resulting in a godly home structure. Could this not be the results of parents and generations before them that likewise rebelled because of a perverted mind-set. Where are the godly fathers who are requested to, as spoken in Eph. 6:4, “And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord”.
Evidence also reveals for us that this broken down structure called the home is but a reflection of a religious system that is also out of zinc with God and His proclaimed ways. This religious system appears, in the eyes of the world, as a system, which is no longer important in life, and many say it does not even need to exist. For the most part these religious systems do not seek to minister spiritual change unto the people, but to appease the people in their natural appetites and conditions, to make of them just another member of religious circles that, in their actions, deny the power of God to bring about change. They delight not in change because their comfort zone demands that things might continue, as they are which is having a form of godliness only. Thus, the generations, from father to son, continue in its state of progressive anarchy.
When God requested in Matt. 5:16 that we let our lights shine forth to glorify God, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”, it was because only through this light that men might be changed. What light or influence is the church having upon today’s society? Has the light of God, which is to find a resting place within the church, been shining forth or has darkness permeated the church? Because of a lack concerning the light of God, does darkness prevail to become the way of life for most? This lack of light within the church means that it, the church, is moving from their lukewarm condition into total darkness. If so, what is this fallen world to do? If it follows the mind-set of a fleshly-minded society, they walk in darkness. If the fallen world and the churchgoers follow a church system without any light, they likewise walk in darkness. In addition, it is for this cause that God is moving among us to raise up a people called “the first-fruits” that they might become, before humanity, the light of God that rebukes the darkness. To those who might think this is an impossible task, let us consider Enoch. Enoch was a man who walked with God in such a way that the world lost sight of him. Heb. 11:5, “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God”. This is pointing to a “first-fruits” company of people who are today likewise coming into a place wherein they please God alone. In pleasing God, they are now being sent forth to become the light of God before the world. As this light so shines, darkness shall rescind from off a people that they might begin to see Christ as He appears before them through His body of people.
Thus, God calls and does have a people that are beginning to stand up and become that for which they are called. The time of Christ appearing has come when He begins to reveal Himself through His first fruits. The called and elected are sent forth in the Spirit without measure as they hear the Word and go forth in obedience. In obedience, they fulfill the word of God. 2 Peter 1:10-11, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”. There is an ascension-taking place. The heavens and the earth are coming together again to shout as one, even as according to God when He spoke in Job 38:7, “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy”. A coming together with much rejoicing because now, at the end of an age, with the beginning of another, it is our time, the day of God’s firstfruits is at hand.
What time is it? Isa. 60:1 shouts out, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you”. A speaking of God’s coming glory which is not only His honor, renown, and majesty, but also His visible splendor. God’s glory even as it manifested in David’s tabernacle and as it will fill the earth. How is this revealed glory to fill the earth? God has a people, a people hidden away from the eyes of the world, because they, though in the world, are not a part of the world. 1 Cor. 1:27, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty”. (Read 1 Cor. 1:26-31).
In considering, the present day world there is a need to consider its condition. Has not God exercised His mercy and grace while still being rejected in the hearts of most of humankind? With much patience and longsuffering God is not willing that any should parish, wanting all to come to repentance. However, let us consider this truth; there is a day of the Lord in which to some He comes as a thief in the night. It is a time when Christ many member body make their appearance. An appearance when His kingdom shall bring forth judgment to establish God’s governmental nature in all the earth. With man rejecting God, they will have no excuse as declared in Rom. 1:20-21. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but become futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened”. This word “futile” is a word describing “the perverted logic and idolatrous presumption of those who do not honor God nor show Him any gratitude for His blessings on humanity”.
A hardness of the heart and unbelief are among the greatest obstacles to the Christian community. The enemy of God has grounds to stand-on through deception and error of doctrines, deception that promotes this error. God’s enemy promotes doctrinal error among religious communities by encouraging the people to except the promoted errors used to satisfy the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Motives inspired in the hearts of men who refuse God’s leadership, their refusing to be obedient to the Spirit of God has caused the people to become a people of unbelief, and thus their hearts have become hardened. Mark 16:14, “… He [Jesus] rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen”. Is there not a Christ-center remnant that is seeing Him today? The truth is that Jesus has risen; ascended back unto the Father and by the sent Holy Spirit He dwells within the hearts of receiving men today. Unto those who believe with a contrite heart, the glory and power of God can become a present day life-style. As Rev. 21:7-8 says, there is a separation taking place among humankind, a separation between the overcomers and the unbelieving. “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death”.
How can it be that humanity can avoid such a time of separation from God? Because God has made available to humankind, a part of Him called love. Yes, God is love and within the breath of life, He breathed into each human the characteristic called love. Moreover, when man is awaken or restored back to God, love is also awaken. 1 John 4:8, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love”. Thus, to receive God through Christ is to receive love. In addition, this love cast out the fears that control the thoughts and motivations of the carnal, fleshly man. Without the Christ within, there does exist within the fallen man a fear that separates the man from having reverence and humility toward God. This fallen man, motivated by worldly lusts, lacks the ability to trust God. 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love”. It is perfect love then that separates the vessel from religious philosophies, carnal traditions and terminologies to become one of the overcomers restored to their rightful inheritance in God.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. This scripture speaks of specific opportunities given to experience Him on a day-by-day occurrence. In these encounters, we should acknowledge Him and He would direct our paths. This suggests an intimacy with God in prayer that conceives and births blessings and victories. Thus, a God directed life that moves us toward a fruitful, life-begetting journey. “Direct” as used by God in this scripture means to “make straight and right”. God will straighten out the path of His devoted, trusting servants as they progressively mature into knowing the complete restoration of God. Complete restoration speaks of more than passed sins committed but speaks also of the restoring of humanity’s spirit, soul and body.