Coming soon – an intense giving of account to the Lord for content of heart!
by Charles Pretlow 3/3/16
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:12-13).
Christian, brace yourself!
From the remnant bond-servants of Christ down to the lukewarm follower—a time of personal judgement is coming. A giving of account to the Lord is about to fall upon the whole of God’s people. The time for living in cheap grace is coming to end.
God is about to pour out pressure and circumstances that will lay bare the thoughts and intentions of the heart—for all to see. A formal thrashing is coming, “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (Luke 3:17).
A Stern Prophesy for those of have an Ear to Hear
God’s people, from the grandest of leader, down to the lowly church attendee, are all about experience a wave fiery trials that will expose the thoughts and intentions of the heart that will unnerve the saintly and terrify the lukewarm.
The affairs of this world are becoming more stressful, in some cases beyond measure. Now Israel and the Christians are in the crosshairs of worldwide hatred and persecution, and this outer pressure is ever growing in America (a nation founded on religious freedom). Satan has come down to make war on the saints knowing his time is short. The devil’s schemes should be obvious to every Christian, however; few see the hand writing on the wall.
Now, from the least to the greatest in the kingdom of God, this outside pressure of persecution from the world wrought on by devil will be internalized. God is about to allow hordes of demons to cut loose and bully, sift, oppress, and use hidden human devils disguised as Christian to harass and torture God’s people.
This prophetic warning describes the increase in the Lord’s last days threshing processes to purify His people. Yes, we have seen exposes´ and judgments upon wayward leaders and false teachers. However, much of the false teachers and predators in the pulpit have gotten a free pass to continue spreading false doctrines and myths to promote their agenda of self-glorification.
Why? Because God’s people love to hear the wide-gate and easy-way teachings that nullifies the painful conviction of the Holy Spirit concerning ill motives of heart, greed and frivolous living, carnal works, and love of this world.
The carnal and self-righteous believer is about to get a dose of fiery trial. False teachings and ill motives of heart in serving Christ will blow up in the face of every hypocrite and carnal believer—and the sincere saint will be driven completely into the arms of God the Father, to live as true bond-servants of Christ. No religious gimmick, false prophetic, or name-it and claim-it carnal hyper faith scheme will stand in this coming test.
God is determined to break denial and hardness of heart. This wave of fierce testing will seemingly be a never ending fire that will expose the true inner carnal character, defilements, and wicked motives to be seen for what they are. The double minded bitterly jealous believer will be forced to see in themselves as who they truly are within. The outer sham of Christian personality and varnished rotten character is about to be stripped away. Like the Apostle Peter, many will weep bitterly over being forced to see how shallow their love for Christ really is.
Know how to Endure and Benefit from this Coming Thrashing
The time for living dangerously with no thought to become tempered and ready is ending. God’s tough love discipline will fall heavy on all. Those with a good heart (like those Christ described in the parable of the sower) will embrace and endure this becoming naked process ordained by God.
Unfortunately, many will fall away from Christ entirely or turn to the end-of-this-age rising Ecumenical Apostate Church (the harlot church of Revelation). The valley of decision is coming to many who believe they are true-blue to our Lord, but have yet to sit down and count the cost of becoming a true disciple of Christ. (See Luke 14:25-35.)
It is one thing to warn, but more importantly, sound doctrine is to be provided on how to endure and reap the benefits of working with God in crucifying the works of the flesh. If you want to belong to Christ, then allow Christ to expose what is in your heart that is contrary to His heart and His nature.
Indeed, no creature is hidden from his sight, however, that is not my point or God’s purpose. Of course God knows all, right down to the very last issue. The problem is we do not see our hearts and inner character as He does. And it is up to us to submit to His discipline in daily living to see ourselves in the truth of His light. Let His light shine deep into every fracture, crevice and ravine—holding nothing from Him or hiding your eyes from what His light reveals.
This can be accomplished by giving Him permission to expose within us what we can’t see and what we don’t want to see. When we make this kind of covenant with God, he will tenderly but firmly work truth into the hearts and minds of those who say, “Lord, do whatever it takes to show me, correct me, change and make me Christ-like.”
The key to endure this sanctifying process is learning the Biblical principles of sanctification and how to apply God’s Word appropriately, by His Spirit. This must be done sincerely and consistently with maximum effort in cooperation, as we humble ourselves under His mighty hand.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:6-11).
Extreme accountability to the Master is the only way to get through this coming deluge of personal trials. He has a plan for each sincere follower of Christ, and it is up to each to discover that plan personally, obey Him in it, and fulfill it. In this sanctifying work, we cannot speed up this plan, but we can miserably slow it up by not learning how to cooperate.
Likeminded Fellowship and Proper Accountability
Please take note: If you have ears to hear, playing it alone and staying a nomad Christian hiding in the wilderness will not benefit much longer. It is time to become committed to a likeminded fellowship. That may be impossible for you in your current circumstance. Start praying now to be connected and working in ministry with a likeminded fellowship or a group of committed Christians like yourself. Flee the apostate and lukewarm fellowship! In fact, run for your life as you flee.
If led by the Holy Spirit, we provide opportunity for online fellowship and resources to encourage you and give you support. What we preach and teach is the whole counsel of God and stems from years of training and discipline, often in the wilderness of obscurity.
As a team being raised up by the Lord, we provide weekly Thursday leadership and counseling classes in addition to our Sunday fellowship. You are certainly welcome to become part of our team. Watch here.
A recommended resource: Nomad Christians, help for the fellowship weary saints lost in the wilderness
More to Come
Look for more messages on this crucial work that the Lord is brining upon His people. It is our prayer to see each reader grow in true grace and Christ-like character.
Jesus warned of this hour, “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36).
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