Jesus Christ was the God of the Old Testament that led Israel out of Egyptian bondage (I Corinthians 10: 1-4). As He was about to be taken the night before His crucifixion, notice what Jesus prayed: “And now, O Father, glorify You Me with Your own self with the glory which I had with You BEFORE the world was” (John 17:5).
Today, Jesus sits at the Father’s right hand in authority. He is the HEAD of the church (Colossians 1: 18). He also said: “ALL power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28: 18). He inspired Paul to write that HE sets in the church the ministry (Ephesians 4: 11-15).
It is unfortunate that many people do not really believe those simple statements. If they believed them, they would guard their lives by the instructions that have been handed down to them through the Bible and the ministry that Jesus raised up.
Paul realized this principle when he acknowledged that all in Asia had left him. Satan had undermined his work among the people even though he ceased not to warn them of this unseen enemy of their salvation.
Yet Jesus told the church through writings of those He raised up that He would never leave them. He said nothing could take them out of His love and saving hands – EXCEPT themselves!!!
Jesus never abandoned Israel even when they abandoned Him for sin. He said He would draw them to Him, but they would not be drawn.
Jesus inspired the words that “many are called, but few are chosen.” WHY? They are not chosen because they did not REALLY choose Jesus! They did not count the cost of following Jesus. They were not determined in their mind that it was Jesus or nothing. If we are to become firstfruits with a BETTER – THE BEST - resurrection, we must count the cost and be willing to forsake anything that blocks our view of the objective.
Does Jesus change? Israel lost sight of her objective of the promise land. Will any of us lose sight of our objective – being born into the family of God to live and reign with Christ? We have this wonderful promise laid out throughout the pages of the Bible. We have been given the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. If Jesus does not change rather is always willing to lift us up, then why do some slip through the cracks? Why can’t they endure? Do they have itching ears and are forever looking for something new, different? How can truth be different?
Paul said he fought the good fight and cast off anything that might blur his vision for his calling. He did not want to start toward the kingdom of God, slip and be a cast away! He kept his mind focused upon his calling. If Jesus does not change, He can raise up someone in every generation that will remain faithful. Sometimes, we may look around and think: “Where did they go?” Some let the world RETAKE them and swallow them up. Someone else may become offended over a word spoken by someone. We must be deeper in our conversion and not so shallow that just anything will sweep us away.
God called me in 1966. Ministers from the church I grew up in came after me to convince me I had strayed. I stuck with the truth. Jesus never forsook me. I was cut off from all former friends because of being called out of the world to follow Jesus. They put pressure on me to cave in and give up God’s true ways. I would not. Jesus, the Head of the church, allowed me to be tried, but I would not forsake my calling.
In May and June of 1980, Jesus sent me a vision of an open Bible. It would not disappear until I laid the manuscript down on a printer’s desk to start Newswatch Magazine. I was alone to begin with. The “unseen” spirit world must have known what God had in mind by calling me into the ministry. Satan and his angels never let up trying to discourage me and cause me to give up. Jesus said He would never leave nor forsake me. That was all I had to cling to! It was enough.
I was an outcast even in the religious community because of the strong prophetic teachings. I was ordained by four ministers at Glorietta, New Mexico, in October 1981. The last minister said: “Set him aside for the ministry of prophecy.” Jesus was rearing up someone to witness to and warn this nation of the consequences of its sins.
I remained faithful in spite of persecution, mainly from other believers. God then called me to relocate to Texas in 1993. There was to be an “ingathering of saints” that would be faithful. Jesus doesn’t change. He called, some responded. He will never leave us, but we must never leave Him! A witness must go out, and it is. We are reaching more people than ever. This is the work of Jesus Christ, the Head of the church. Do you believe that statement? God bless you if you do!!!