It is with much prayer that we begin our blog here in an effort to make men and women the world over aware of the needs of Jesus at this time. The “norm”, as we think of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and angels, is that THEY meet OUR needs. While this is true, it is not the entire truth. Being made in His image, we know that our God has needs and desires that can be met or neglected. It is incredible, for example, to think of God as needing rest. Yet, He asks the question in Isaiah 66:1, “Where is the place of My rest…?” Can we imagine GOD needing rest? Yes, and He defines that rest as being in the hearts of the humble and contrite (see Isaiah 57:15). Does He rest in YOU? If not, He needs closure. Your heart and mind (Heb. 8:10; 10:16) are His chosen places of rest. This was His plan from the beginning of time, but that plan has been hindered, delayed.
The idea that man can interfere with God’s plans may seem to some inconceivable. Yet it is true. Look at this passage in Psalm 78:41, “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” The children of Israel did not cooperate with God’s plans to take them directly into the promised land, but thwarted His plans, thereby “limiting” God. Incredible! This shows the humility and longsuffering of our Father and Redeemer. 2 Peter 3:9 brings out that God isn’t slack about His promises, but longs for all to come to repentance. The context of this passage is the second coming. Then, in Revelation 3:19-20 we hear Him inviting us to repentance that He may come into our hearts with the ultimate goal that we may join Him at that great feast in His kingdom and have a seat IN His throne WITH Him. In Hosea 5:15-6:3 we see that God says He will go and “return to His place, till (we) acknowledge (our) offence and seek His face. Then is the promise in chapter six of revival, early and latter rain, which represents the Holy Spirit’s work of bringing the SEED in our hearts to complete fruition. Mark 4:29 shows that “when the fruit is brought forth, IMMEDIATELY He putteth in His sickle…”. So, 1) it is possible to limit God. 2) God is waiting for us to come to repentance before He returns. 3) He is standing, knocking, inviting to repentance. 4) When this happens, He will pour out the latter rain. 5) This will ripen the harvest and He will “thrust in His sickle.” So we can see that the whole thing is contingent on our cooperation in heeding the message of the “True Witness.” By treating this message casually or indifferently, or as though it does not mean ME, we are delaying God’s plans. This message most definitely does mean ME; every single ME for whom the dear Lord gave His life. Consider the following from the book, 1 Selected Messages, pg. 69 “For forty years did unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion shut out ancient Israel from the land of Canaan. The same sins have delayed the entrance of modern Israel into the heavenly Canaan. In neither case were the promises of God at fault. It is the unbelief, worldliness, unconsecration, and strife among the Lord’s professed people that have kept us in this world of sin and sorrow so many years.” God grant us understanding.