If you read my last post, you know I was reading a currently popular Christian book and that I wasn’t comfortable with the things the author was saying. Here’s what I wrote in my journal the following day, and the response I believe I received from God:
“Lord, this book is still bothering me. I do want to let go of everything and live radically for You and walk in the good deeds You’ve prepared for me, but I don’t want to just go out and do works in the flesh. I’ve done that and there is no life there. The only thing I know for sure that You’re telling me to do right now is to serve the church and seek You.”
You are not to do anything unless I tell you specifically to do it. Yes, always show hospitality and love toward others with whom I connect you, and never fail to feed the hungry in your midst. This is always expected of you. But nothing done in your own strength will reveal My glory, nor will I allow it to prosper.
(Note: I know that many good works done in the flesh DO at least appear to prosper, but keep in mind that this is a word in many cases specifically spoken to me, though it will have more general application as well.)
In this I show My supremacy — that I strategically place you where I need you. In My view, all times are soon. No one who hurries ahead or lags behind is following Me.
You must wait on Me and seek Me as a body if you are to be ready for battle (and it will BE a battle). This is the way I fight — I always train My troops. Many may rush to the battle untrained, and though I bless them in My mercy because they love Me, there are limits to what I can accomplish with untrained, undisciplined warriors.
(Please realize that the “battle” refers to spiritual and not physical fighting. He is not talking about the kind of wars men fight in the physical realm.)
Do you really think you’re ready for the front when you cannot even seek My face daily? I love you dearly, My church, and I will hold with you a long, long time, but starving soldiers of are of little use on the battlefield.
Concentrate on what matters. Study to show yourselves approved — workers that need not be ashamed. Then in the day of need I will call on you and you will do exploits. But you must prepare yourselves — you must labor to enter My rest. Then, when you are in fellowship with Me and one another, I will call on you.