Climbing the ladder Power of God
I can never say too much about our walk with God. Ezekiel chapter 37 not only talks about the dry bones (dead church) but gives insight as to what Father is planning on and is already (to some degree) doing.
After showing Ezekiel the valley of dry bones, God goes on to tell Ezekiel 37:12-14:
Therefore prophesy and tell them ‘Thus says the Lord, behold, My people I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves and bring you into the land of Israel.
And you know that I AM the Lord when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves.
And (I) shall put My Spirit in you and you shall live and I shall place you in your own land, then you shall now that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it. Thus says the Lord.”
Even though God is speaking to Ezekiel about Israel, this passage also applies to today’s church. In the passage, God is promising Israel that it shall be free of bondage and shall return home (Israel, the country). Today, He is promising today’s church, not a land which it was once promised but to a realm the church once knew and that it shall (will) free from the bondage of doubt and denial and return to that which the early apostles and disciples experienced in the church, the power of Almighty God being expressed to and through His people.
To understand, a little better, what Peter, John, Paul and the rest of the early disciples experienced we have to let the Holy Ghost lead us through the book of Acts, and all the letters, epistles that Paul and other apostles wrote.
Of course, Acts relates how those men established the early church, over 2000 years ago by being obedient to the Holy Ghost and allowing God to demonstrate His power through them. They were not only obedient to His word but to His will. Also as they established leadership in those churches, the apostles confirmed those leaders in God’s doctrine of love.
The letters deal with the problems the early church struggled with in trying to adhere to God’s doctrine of love and how the apostles dealt with those issues reaffirming how we (today) should also
For over a millennia (1000 years) the church continued to struggle with those issues. However, as the teaching and influence of the apostles faded into history, the church eventually started to drift away from those original doctrines. As time passed and after the persecution was basically over, the church started becoming comfortable with ‘just’ assembling (Heb. 10:25) and living by what the scriptures said and soon forgetting what they meant, the heart of God’s Word. Today’s church is dangerously stepping around and in what God told Jeremiah about Israel:
The enemy is at your gates and will surround you and my judgement will come touching against all their (Israelites) wickedness, those who have forsaken Me, burned incense to other gods and worshipped the works of their own hands (Jeremiah 1:15-16).
In another scripture we see where Father gives people over to their own devices (Romans 1:28).
As I said, the church has drifted away from God, doing its own thing and interpreting scripture as ‘man’ sees fit and not necessarily as directed by the Holy Ghost. The more it Leaned on man’s understanding (not God’s), Father has let the church go its own way. Now, understand, where Jesus is lifted up as the Son of God, that God come into this world in the flesh (in the person of Jesus) (John 1:1-14), through Jesus ministered to us (Matt. 4:23), died on the cross for our sins (1 Peter 2:24), rose from the dead (1 Corinth. 15:3-8) and is seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 7:55-56) as He waits to come back for us (1 Thess. 4:13-18), the churches which believe these things are in God’s hands (Romans 8:38-39). But, as a whole, it (the church) has still drifted.
That is until God started to reawaken His children in the 1300 & 1400’s. God’s servants were creating a bible to give the common man so he wouldn’t have to rely just on what clergy said, but actually could read it for himself (Acts 17:10-11).
For six centuries God has carried us through a growing process from those first common language bibles through the Protestant Reformation, the Holiness Movement, the Pentecostal Movement, leading us up to today where He is now again speaking to His church, His children. If one counts centuries, we are in the seventh century since those early bibles were presented, or if you will, the seventh ‘season’ from that time.
If you look at Christianity’s meaning of numbers (I use Biblenumbersforlife.com), seven is the Father’s perfection, resurrection or spiritual completeness. Think about it. We are in the seventh season since Father started rousing His church out of its slumber. We are in a season of many things starting to happen. Father is bringing His church to spiritual completeness (maturity) because He has resurrected us. As in Ezekiel, He is bringing us up out of our graves, resurrecting us, so we can accomplish His will in this world. Again, if you will, He is re-awakening an apostolic age, not to the establish the church all over again (it already has been established), but to work as in the epistles and bring it back to the power He shared with the early church. – and not just in concept but in fact and reality.
The early church believed, with all their heart, they were living in the last days as they awaited Jesus’ return. And so they were. But, so are we, but many more things are true, events taking place and all the things happening today that weren’t all true then, nor been true through the ages.
The earth, all creation, is travailing (Romans 8:19-23) awaiting Jesus’ return. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus gives us a glimpse of what to expect before He comes back for His bride:
false claims to Messiahship, wars, rumors of wars, nation fighting against nation, famines, plagues and earthquakes (in weird places). There will again be persecution and there will be betrayal, hatred and false prophets and the love of many shall turn cold (Matt. 24:3-13).
Paul writes to the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 1:3,
“I beg you brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together unto Him,
Don’t be soon shaken in mind or troubled neither by spirit, nor word nor letter as (which seems to come) from us as that day of Christ is at hand (approaching).
Don’t let any man deceive you by any means (pertaining to this), because (this won’t happen) until there is first a falling away (the church) and the man of sin be revealed, (that is) the son of perdition.
We’ve had the falling away, from shortly after the early church until something over six hundred years ago.
In January 2015 Doug Addison (a prophet of God in California) prophesied God was bringing seven years of blessings and restitution for God’s people which began at that time.
During these seven years, Father is bringing His children up out of their graves and we will (and are even now) coming to know that He is Lord. And, as we realize and acknowledge that He is working a work in our hearts, we will come to truly glorify Him (1 Corinth. 10:31) as the only true and living God who has created the heavens and the earth and all that is therein (Psalms 146:5-6). We will not only come to understand His love but we shall walk in His love (John 15:10). We will come to realize that we can do nothing without Him (Jesus) (John 15:5) but we can do all things in (through) Him (Phil. 4:13). The church shall revive and we shall see functions and operations just as the apostles did in the early church. Not because a handful of disciples are doing them, but because a massive army of Christians is trusting Father and allowing the Holy Ghost to not only work ’in’ us, but ‘through’ us as well. Don’t quench the Spirit (1 Thess. 5:19) but rather yield to Him (Gal. 5:25) so we can lead full, productive lives in serving Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Make no mistake, as I share these things, don’t assume that I have attained the pinnacle of which we are speaking (far from it). But, Father is showing me these things to encourage me on and so I pass it on to you. Our walk with God is a continually growing experience as we yield different parts of our lives over to Him. It is a lifelong growth process.
There is a ladder with a hundred rungs. When we first give our hearts to Jesus we are stepping onto the first rung (obviously). The pinnacle is when we have our back foot on rung 100 getting ready to push off of it and what will be into eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, living in the literal presence of God, our Father. The 98 rungs in between are our growth, yielding to Him, learning to live in his love, maturing in His Holy Spirit. We can climb that ladder as quickly as we dare or take as long as we need (God knows). We can be stuck on the lower rungs of the ladder or anxiously anticipating and reach for to that final step from the higher rungs. We should run the race as if we expect to win (1 Corinth. 9:24). Winning is knowing that Father would that we all would be at the top rungs awaiting His call so we can be with Him in the clouds, meeting Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), expecting to enter eternity with Him.
But understand, God can use us at any level. He knows our hearts, He knows what we are capable of and He will use us to accomplish His will when He deems us ready (Jeremiah 17:10).
All we have to do is be available, like Simon the Cyrenian (Luke 23:26), be willing like Samuel (1 Sam. 3:10) and to be obedient (Jeremiah 7:23).
Of course, Simon carried Jesus’ cross to Calvary (Golgotha).
Samuel learned to hear God’s voice, then offer himself into service.
Jeremiah encourages us to be obedient to God’s word.
Question is “Are we willing to walk with God?”