Apr 09 2009

The Remnant

Published by at 3:04 pm under Spiritual

“So too in the present time there is a remnant (a small believing minority), selected (chosen) by grace (by God’s unmerited favor and graciousness).” Romans 11:5

Throughout church history the Lord has maintained a remnant of saints who have gone forth ahead of the nominal believers to carry the torch. Jesus said, “But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.” Matthew 7:14

Truly the remnant that carries the torch has been chosen to go through the narrow gate which few dare to enter, and these are feeling the extreme pressure of the moment.  Thus we can CHOOSE to fill our minds with good and excellent and even lofty thoughts!  It just might relieve some of this pressure.

I am simply setting the stage for a message on the numerous emails being passed around among this remnant Body pertaining to the lack of prayer in our schools, Harry Potter books allowed in public school libraries, Christian symbols and Christianity in general lacking in public buildings especially those of the government at all levels, same sex marriage, and so forth. Clearly all of these things are of the anti-Christ spirit, but Paul tells us from his prison cell, “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” The Apostle Paul was one of the greatest mystics in the whole Bible and KNEW by way of revelation what he was talking about. It is a psychologically proven fact that we are going to BECOME what we think about!! Now I do not even have to ask you if you want to become like a part of the Babylonian government or become like Christ, the Creator God with His spectacularly beautiful creation. Therefore it is imperative that we FIX our MINDS on our Lord and on all of the wonderful things in our life so that we walk as a people of PEACE, of LOVE, of PRAISE, and of JOY in the midst of all of this darkness. We are somewhat hidden…true…but people within our little spheres know that we are Christians, and they WATCH US!!

America was begun by a group of remnant Christians, but it has changed dramatically in order to fulfill prophecy. As we see the darkness looming all around us, we KNOW that the hour of our going forth is close at hand!! This is indeed a reason to REJOICE!! We must also focus our attention on the way that Jesus Christ modeled for us to walk; He paid NO HEED to the government but pointed ALL to the Kingdom of God. Should we do differently?

Again in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14-16 Wow! How can we be light when we are seemingly so intent at watching and fixing our minds on all of this darkness? What is it about human nature that appears to enjoy bad news? I know you are thinking, “But the Word says that My people shall perish for lack of knowledge. How does that line up with what you are saying, Diana?!” Dear brothers and sisters, of course I am not saying that we should be ignorant of things that are happening in our world, but we must ABIDE in our innerMan and not our outerman. One sister explained it to me once like this, “When I have something to do in the world like paying my bills, it is like I am a spring, and I spring out from my center, but when I have completed the task, I spring right back and get with the Lord fully. He was also with me while paying those bills, but it was not the fullness my heart desires.” That statement made a great impression on me as a young Christian, and I never forgot it.

And then there are saints like Brother Lawrence who are so truly hidden away that they have no interest in what is going on in the world at all. They are lost in God. And is this not our highest calling? We are to be detached from all that binds us to this world in order to achieve that state. Madame Guyonne attained to that. Jane Lead clearly did not spend much time attending to earthly matters unless absolutely necessary. And I am preaching to myself here…trust me! We are all growing together, and we are to build each other up in the principles set forth in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Selah. How true!

I feel it would be an extremely excellent exercise to mentally take an inventory of our thought lives throughout each day. This can even be done on paper! When we are heavy with the economy, the disasters, and murders, and wars going on in this world, let us dispel this darkness with PRAISE! Let us praise in the silence of our hearts when afflicted at work or dance in the GLORY of our anointed home environments when we can. I find it a wonderful thing to always have a song or hymn to sing in my mind so that the enemy of my soul cannot invade it.

I heard about a book entitled Who Switched Off My Brain?. The essence of this is that ALL that we see, hear, feel, and taste affects our whole body, either for good or trouble…the cause of much (ALL?) of our ailments. So not only does this wrongful dwelling on “gloom and doom” affect our soul and spirit, it is draining us physically too and damaging our immune systems! There is another book entitled The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. I am not sure exactly what that one is about, but I could guess that it is about our thoughts changing the actual neuro-pathways in our brains or affecting the neuro-transmitters. I believe this is important material for us, and I intend to look through these books at my neighboring Barnes and Noble Bookstore.  When I have more information, I will share it with you.

Please do not think that I do not appreciate your emails on the happenings of the world, but I DO simply skim them. I listen to the news for one half hour per day and hear the major news stories on FOX radio, so I am not ignorant of these things. But to dwell on it, no, no, no!! I also am cognizant of the myriad of things being said about the President of our country, but the Word says that we are to honor those in authority. To me this means praying for the soul of Barack Obama and his family and for Wisdom over him. He is eventually going to be a puppet of the big bankers who have the One World Order already in place, so why blame this man? Why waste our time tearing him down when we could be building him up through prayer?

Finally we must remember the weapons of our warfare as they are outlined in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. The last weapon is to pray without ceasing! How can we do that with so much negativity going on? And why should we spread it around the Body? I love the letters and emails I get that pertain to praise reports, spiritual experiences with the Lord and others, revelation of the Word, and so forth. I love and CHERISH my prayer chamber which is a comfortable old swivel rocker with a slipcover, a Siam canopy, and an ottoman. There I am sealed into the Holy of Holies.

Can we each try to remain in that place and spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ around? Let us each aim at forming better mental and spiritual habits during this beautiful time of the year, and then our health might improve also.

“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s CONSECRATED people.)” (emphasis mine…ds)

 Ephesians 6:18

And we all know that “consecrated” means to be “set apart.” We are citizens of a different Nation altogether, and Jerusalem is the Mother of us all.

Amen.

Sending my love…

diana

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “The Remnant”

  1. Dianeon 09 Apr 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Amen, and Amen!

    Diana, I too am very saddened over the many forwarded emails that I receive concerning everything BUT that which is praiseworthy, and edifying for the Body of Christ. I care little about the current happenings in this world. As Christians, we should not be ignorant of these things–but rather put them in their proper place. Let us ALL seek for revelations from our prayer chambers rather than from television and worldly conversation.

    Thank you for saying what desperately needs to be said.

    Diane Guerrero

  2. Rita Speerson 09 Apr 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Amen Sister! Thank you for the encouraging words! They point us in the right direction—God-ward!

    As Christians we should not be looking to the world for our “news”. Our news(and our help) comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. All we need to do is to hear what the Spirit is telling us to do personally and to be careful to obey whatever He says. He alone is the purest Truth. We can leave all the rest(our cares) up to Him! He is so very capable!

    Rita

  3. Joanneon 02 May 2009 at 10:27 am

    A timely word, and surely one that would help so many Christians – focusing on Christ (and surely Phil. 4:8 is a good description of what to think on).
    I have had emails about how the government has kept God out of school. Really? Then He is not omnipresent after all. Plus, He is IN each of His own, so – where we go, HE goes.
    Also, let us petition the government to put prayer back in school, some say. I tell stories in a local school, and I pray whenever I am there. Who can stop me? Richard Wumbrand (“Tortured for Christ”, and founder of Voice of the Martyrs) asked, “Why do Christians want the government say they can pray in school? Tell your children to fold their hands in their laps and quietly pray.”
    The thought has occurred to me – if the government should accede to such a demand, what kind of prayer do you suppose would be allowed. Christian prayer? Well, yes, along with that of the Moslem, of Buddha, Hindu, Shinto, Jew…and anyone else who wanted to pray.
    I do not see anyplace in scripture where we are told to ask the government if we can pray, etc. We simply pray.
    You are so right, dear one. We are to rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances. We are to pray, not just for those in authority, but also for our enemies, including Osama bin Laden. I have thought, what would happen if Father did to that man what He did to Saul…
    Enough. Thank you for a provocative and uplifting word!!!

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