The mark of a true disciple of Christ is one who has the Spirit of Glory and of God resting upon him or her (1 Peter 4:14) and who has been set apart and fully surrendered his life, consecrated for His use (2 Timothy 2:20-21, Romans 12:1).
Our body is the temple of God. Before the glory of God can rest and fill His temple, the fire of God will first come to cleanse and purify the temple.
In 2 Chronicles 7:1-2, it was recorded: "When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house."
A man of God wrote: “We must rightly divide the Word of truth. This verse, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Rev. 3:20), has nothing to do with sinners and a waiting Saviour. No! It illustrates the tragic picture of our Lord at the door of His own Laodicean Church trying to get in. Imagine it! Yet again, in most prayer meetings, what text is more often used than “Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst”? Too often He is not in the midst; He is still at the door, waiting. We sing His praises, but shun His person!”
William Booth wrote:- “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” D. L. Moody had said, "The world has yet to see what God can do through a man who is totally surrendered to Him.”
Can God entrust us to carry His fire and glory if we are not willing to fully surrender and consecrate our life to Him for His use?
What is a fully surrendered life?
Our Lord Jesus exemplifies this in Mathew 12:46-50.
“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
Matthew 19:29 (NKJV), “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.”
For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
Anything we value above God is considered idolatry (Matthew 22:37, Rev 3:15-16). Abraham placed God above his most beloved only son, Isaac, by obeying God's command to sacrifice him. Abraham obeyed because he feared the Lord and God put him to a test.
Matthew 22:37, Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Revelation 3:16, "So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth."
Every disciple is a believer but not every believer is a disciple. It is a personal choice. If every believer chooses to be a disciple, we can easily and rapidly win the world for Jesus.
A pastor shared his testimony ...
All glory to our Lord Jesus Christ!
Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Ministries, California
Arsenal of Fire Global
March 23, 2020
在历代志下七1-2 记载着 “所罗门祈祷已毕，就有火从天上降下来，烧尽燔祭和别的祭，耶和华的荣光充满了殿。 因耶和华的荣光充满了耶和华殿，所以祭司不能进殿。”
卜维廉（William Booth）写道：“一个人的能力有多少在于他对神降伏的程度有多少。” 德怀特·莱曼·穆迪曾说过：“世界尚未看见神可以通过一个完全降伏于他的人所能够做的事。”
耶稣还对众人说话的时候，不料他母亲和他弟兄站在外边，要与他说话。有人告诉他说：“看哪，你母亲和你弟兄站在外边，要与你说话。” 他却回答那人说：“谁是我的母亲？谁是我的弟兄？” 就伸手指着门徒说：“看哪，我的母亲，我的弟兄！ 凡遵行我天父旨意的人，就是我的弟兄、姐妹和母亲了。”
“除非十字架成为我们的生命，否则我们不能把生命带给别人。我们的工作的失败是因为虽然我们渴望传讲十字架，但真正我们内心却没有十架的纯在。 神使用宝血洁净我们的罪，但他使用十字架来钉死我们的肉体。如果我们的老我还没死去，那我们的灵命就没有什么真正的成长。舍己该是要每日不断的，不应该停止。保罗说，"我是天天冒死" （歌林多前书十五31）” –倪柝声 （Watchman Nee）
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