For a long time my heart has been directed toward people in the pews of mainline churches left without teaching, training, or encouragement in righteousness, power, and love in the Lord. I spend much time thinking about them, praying for them, asking God to reach them. Today, I was listening to a televangelist who was prophetically talking about God gathering a remnant as we all prepare for the end and the revisiting of the Messiah to the earth. This remnant is lifted out of dead denominational chaos into the Body of the Messiah—the Kingdom of God.
Romans 11:5 NRSV
So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
As I was preparing for this little message, I decided to check out the word remnant in Vine’s Expository dictionary and was led to the scripture above. The word is leimma meaning remnant. Vine adds this explanation: there is a spiritual “remnant” saved by the gospel from the midst of apostate Israel.
I have taught for several decades now that the church is going apostate. This process has greatly accelerated over the past decade—even more over the past 2–3 years. Pastors, preachers, and priests no longer proclaim the power of the blood of Jesus, no longer preach the basic message of “repent! the kingdom of God is at hand”, no longer guide their flocks into the power available to all believers through the Holy Spirit, redefine sin, use grace as an excuse for bad behavior, and much more.
The church is the grafted-in portion of the true Israel—but all of Israel is solidly on the apostate side of the fence. But as in the time of Elijah in 1 Kings 19, the Lord has a remnant. I am absolutely convinced of this. The problem is that many of the remnant have no idea that this is true because the Gospel has never been presented to them.
Jesus hung on the cross, shed His blood, and died to redeem us!
He rose from the dead to prove that He was no liar but the true Messiah. He then began to fulfill the words of John the Baptist in John 1:33 NLT
“I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me,
‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’”
This baptism of the Holy Spirit remains the key to power in the Kingdom—it will cleanse and purify us to prepare us for the coming of the King. Luke 3: 16 says it this way:
“John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” NRSV
The fire cleanses us like it purifies gold—burning off the dross (impurities). This is the meaning of the word holy—pure, undefiled. God calls us to be holy. The Holy Spirit makes that possible as we give him the authority to work in our lives. You’ll never do it on your own. The time is now!
Pray for the gathering of the remnant!
If this is speaking to you, ask the Lord to forgive you, repent of your sin and ignorance, give Jesus control of your life and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing with His love and power. No fancy words, just talk to him. If you need help or have questions, write me.