Activating your place of abundance: “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in desert. People I have formed for Myself; shall declare My praise (Isaiah 43:18-19, 21).
No, I am not talking about a new plan or a changed plan. The church age has always been His plan. Apostle Paul reminded us to not forsake assembling like some do. He was telling believers to join together as one body He could work through as their Head. He knew it would require entire church age working together.
MAY 24, 1974 Lord showed me an OPEN VISION of a soldier carrying a seriously important message to people who needed it, similar to the churches mission today. “The man’s mission was very important and he must travel behind enemy lines to get the message to his army waiting for instructions. While passing through a large beautiful valley with green trees with wild life and a large lake, he started admiring his surroundings. He decided to sit down under a tree and enjoy where he was. As he sat soaking in the beauty, he decided to fish in the lake. His entire attention began to focus on how he enjoyed this place, even at the expense of those waiting for him. He then fell asleep, not noticing his enemy was surrounding him. So, his mission to bring an important message to God’s people was not delivered because he got his eyes off his mission and on to the beauty of this world.
Challenge Jesus faced was not as much about sin as trying to replace manmade traditions. Today, many Christians miss their opportunity for same reason: the traditions and worldly surroundings. No, the message of God is not a negative message to scare people, or to make Jesus’ love a law. It is to encourage and give hope to those who will believe. When the Gospel of Jesus is heard it should lift those struggling for a better life of abundance. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” (John 8:32).
The Gospel of Good News will deliver souls while strengthening believers at the same time. No, not talking about a new plan or a changed plan, the church age has always been His plan. God’s eternal plan was never designed to be improved. His plan is much larger than this small thinking.
His plan has always been to transform lifestyles from bondage to abundant life and godly freedom: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”, (Galatians 2:20-21 “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works”, Matthew 16:2.
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Robert D. Shipman