16th September 2007
The Last Leg of the Race
I was given a burden this morning to share this word with
a couple of local pastors (those who still preach that there will
be an "escape rapture" of the saints). I'm passing this on to all of you
now too though, with the hope of encouraging you to run this upcoming leg
of the race with endurance, and with the hope that you might pass this
short word on to those who you know are still making "lies their refuge,
and falsehood their hiding place." -- D
Many in the church today are not going to have what
it takes to run the last and final lap of the race. This
is because "their teachers" have taught them to set their hope on
an escape rapture, a false doctrine that will eventually lead
people into confusion, stumbling, and falling away from the
faith, rather than to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus. It is going to take great faith and trust in God alone for the
saints to endure the things that are coming. But most have not
the faith and trust and vision that will lead them to
a victorious end, because they have put their hope in
false doctrine, making lies their refuge, and
falsehood that which they hope to hide under when the overflowing
scourge passes through.
My heart is terribly grieved today, because I know that
most of my Christian brethren have not been properly taught,
trained, and strengthened to the point that they can ENDURE to the end
of this upcoming last leg of the race. It is going to take
great endurance to finish this race that Jesus has called us
to run. It was for the joy that
was set before Jesus that He endured the
cross. In the same way, beloved, it is for the joy set before us (that
of glorifying God to the end - and the hope of a glorious
resurrection) that we also endure -- whatever comes
our way -- right to the very end.
If you have not vision for what is spoken of here,
this final leg of the race, then please pray for God the
Father to give you vision for these things -- vision that you can
share with others.
These things I have
spoken to you, that you (and your flock) may be kept from
stumbling (John 16:1).
Blessings to you, in Christ Jesus.