Children of the Most High, and Servants of the gospel of our lord, I have come to you in the name of the Jesus Christ. Speaking those things that are relevant to our present mind in him, that we may further our appreciation of the truth as well as increase our growth in the lord's gospel. I will not speak without the comfort of God's glorious witness. And this witness ye know because he is your friend. Had he not been we could not be gathered here today. And if we were not witnesses unto him then would he depart from our presence. But he is here because we honor him. And we obey his commandment to keep the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace. And by this our fellowship is sanctified by the word of God, and the presence of the holy spirit. And we are glorified in Jesus Christ with the glory he gave us according to the word. AMEN!
Beloved at one time it would have grieved me when ye would reject my instructions in terms of bringing correction unto you in matters concerning your affairs. But I see now that it is not so much that ye are rejecting me, as it is that you are ignorant to the ways of God, and wise to your own conceit. Knowing this, I am more patient with your stumbling as I was when I first came unto you. But I will have you know this. If ye know your affairs better than ye know God's ways then how can your affairs be established upon his principals. And if your affairs are not established upon his oracles then what else can ye do but stumble.
Friends I am given authority by God to bring correction. And beloved ye know the reputation of my obedience when speaking the truth. How it can easily be perceived as judgment. Even though I have learned gentleness, and hath spoken softly unto you in the meekness and lowliness of heart. For neither am I ignorant to the works of the flesh whereby rebellion rises up often against the spirit of the lord. I have spoken plainly, peacefully, and politely only to be disregarded by many of you. And when the fullness of your rebellion is glorified in your flesh, then the words of my wisdom is exalted high above your arrogance because the holy spirit bares witness to those things that I have spoken in love.
But I will not accuse you. For I have faith in your love of the truth. And even had you been haters of God, still I will not accuse you. Because that is the work of Satan. My prayer is that ye would know the truth, and obey it. For it is the lord's will that all would be saved, and that none would perish. Therefore in all things do I strongly urge repentance unto God for the remission of sin. Exalting no thing above the cross of Christ. Whereby liberty, redemption, and reconciliation unto God was freely given unto us by faith in his holy child Jesus.
Now dear children influence over you is greater than you know. And I will wait for you to understand your part in those things in which I have commanded of you. Beloved how often have I spoken a thing unto you that ye did not understand. Yet ye could feel that it was the truth. And then how many times have I spoken a thing unto you, and then explain it, then ye agreed that it were true . Yet you believed not because ye walked contrary unto that in which ye found to be true . Then how many times have I spoken unto you a thing that ye knew in your hearts were true , yet ye chose not to hear because it came from me. And then how many times have ye altogether rejected my speech and called it foolishness. Yet you were convicted later of the holy spirit that my understanding was the truth.
My children ye have indeed gone to the ends of the earth to keep from hearing my report. And ye are not ready to see me in the glory whereby God has plainly brought me forth. For now ye see me as foolish. Naming me a hypocrite because of things ye may know of me regarding a former life. Choosing to think of me as evil because I may have spoken a truth which hath convicted you of sin. Shattering the polished image of light that you have portrayed of yourselves, that ye may appear righteous unto those who will not tell you the truth, neither cares for your souls.
I say this unto you again, for some reason God has found me worthy to preach the gospel. To be a teacher of the truth. A counselor in his glorious wisdom to bring his people to a greater understanding of his ways. That his ways may become our will. And our self righteous and our own will can no longer hinder his spirit from performing those things that he has planned for our lives. Therefore, should I bring correction and ye receive it, then ye hath agreed with God. If ye have agreed with God ye have repented unto God. And if ye have repented unto God, ye then have received forgiveness from him. And if ye receive forgiveness then ye surely hath peace with God. If ye have peace, then ye are established in his righteousness.
It is written, that by faith in Jesus Christ we are declared the righteousness of God. However if we do things that oppose God's righteousness, or refuse to do those things that are according to his righteousness, then we can not be established in his righteousness. Therefore if ye would receive correction, and learn to love instructions, ye will know the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. Friends, I imagine that until the end of the earth I will find myself having to defend my ministry. If this makes me weary then I shall not endure until the end. Neither will I receive the prize. Therefore, I choose to rejoice over all things whereby I have been challenged and accused. Glorifying the God who called me by his name.
To the glory of God that I've learned to be gentle with your faith. And for the time being I've been trusted with your growth in the Lord. I understand that because of this we as his children will be faced with many challenges. We'll experience much discomfort. And yes we will endure a measure of suffering. Yet all of these things will be for the building of our faith. Yet often times faith can only be increased through correction. But if we will learn not to confuse correction with feeling threatened or controlled then maybe we will learn to love instructions opposed to despising them. Let this be another thing we long for in God as we continue in his righteousness.
Let us learn how vital it is to be corrected. And how blessed it is to correct our neighbor. This thing must be learned through walking with God who knows all things. You can not always correct someone because you are knowledgeable. One has to feel your sincere concern for his or her well being. They must be able to recognize the wisdom and authority of God in your presentation. And besides being convicted in their hearts you must make them feel loved, and not as though they have been judged. For this we will need to be patient.
Therefore let us all repent from rebuking one another with criticism. Let us be determined to suffer long and lovingly with those who not only share our faith in Christ. But those who may appear to resist the blessed comfort and hope that we have found in his death. To God be the glory this day for those things that have been shared and have agreed upon. May they strengthen us on our continual pursuit of God's love as we meet with the temptations of the devourer whom the lord has already defeated. Until the lord allows me to open my mouth again regarding his business know that I do love you. And I will be praying always that you would learn how to minister correction unto the brethren in the pleasant patience of our most merciful God, and the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
Written by: The Fivefold Prince of Stewardship