With grateful hearts we report a precious time in the Word of God this weekend with apostle and servant of God, Sis. Elizabeth Oppel.
On Friday night, we heard a salvation message that even the youngest among us were able to understand. Salvation means deliverance from the problem; the problem is sin. In the beginning sin caused a separation between man and God. In 2017, sin causes a separation between man and God. Sin is a controlling force. People who are in deep sin, did not intend to become captivated. You try to stop yourself from sinning, you try to put on the brakes, but nothing can stop sin, except God.
On Saturday morning, we had an excellent message on The Glory. In Exodus 13, we read that the children of God were led by a pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness. The presence of the Lord was in the cloud. The cloud was present with them for that time.
In 2 Chronicles 6 we read the prayer of Solomon regarding the house of the Lord, the temple that he had built. In this prayer Solomon asks the Lord to hear even the stranger which would “come and pray in this house.” The shekinah glory of God filled the house, signifying His intention to stay, to remain, to abide there.
The only way for people to make it to heaven is to be with the glory. The Lord sometimes allows “cloud glory” to visit religious Babylon (for a time), but shekinah glory that remaineth, Babylon never has. The glory that remaineth is in the house of God which is the church of the living God. Amen.
Saturday evening’s message on godly sorrow dealt deadly blows to the false doctrine of “once saved, always saved.”
The sorrow of the world worketh death and it is actually exhibited by a sinner who is sorrowing for himself. Godly sorrow causes a person to determine that despite consequences to self, he will turn from what he has been because he is sorry for what he has done to the Lord Jesus in rebelling against Him. Godly sorrow worketh repentance.
There will be few that enter into the way that leadeth unto life, few that enter in at the strait gate, because there are few willing to confess and forsake their sins. You cannot be saved if you are still enjoying your sin.
The prodigal son in Luke 15 came to himself after enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season. It is hard for people to come to themselves in this day when preachers are patting everyone on the back. It is worthy of note that the father was clearly longing for the return of his son, but he waited to run out to meet him until the son was returning to him in godly sorrow.
If you are saved and have been raised up with Christ Jesus, you are going to be holy and sitting above the world and sin.
In the message on Sunday morning, we were shown that what the serpent offered Eve in the Garden of Eden was a change of identity. Eve’s sin was that she wasn’t happy being a woman, she wanted to be a god.
People today are refusing to live in reality. You are in a terrible condition when you can’t find or accept who you are. While you are trying to be someone else, you are really being “no one” because you’re not being you and you can never be someone else. It is vital that you find your place and know your place. You must know who you are to function to your full potential. To know who you are, you have to know who others are. The Lord has given us ministers to whom we can go for help in learning our place.
To find your calling, be radical. Walk in the things that you already know to do. Don’t think that you have to have this or that identity to be worthy or useful. Perhaps you are good with visitors and you just know how to talk to them and make them feel welcome. Perhaps you pray and your prayers cause others to be moved to pray. Whatever ability or gifting God has given to you find your identity there. The only way that we are going to win the world is for us to know who we are.
We thank the Lord for the saints who came from Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin to be with us for this meeting. We are thankful for the visitors from our local area and continue to pray for the increase of the church of God.