WORKSHOP ON THE RAPTURE N°3
This teaching is the 3rd part in a series of nine. Please read the other 7 parts.
The notion of the will of God
With the Lord, the most important thing is not to do things too great for Him, but to do as the Lord has asked us to do. We see Saul justifying himself because he has done something for God. According to him, he had done great things for God; but he ignored the fact that the most important thing to God is to do exactly what God has asked you to do. People will say, Lord, have we not done this or that in your name? But the Lord will tell them I've never known you; because what will count for us for eternity is doing the will of God according to His word. Saul fought and was even victorious, but did not fight according to the rules; if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The most important thing is to do according to the word of God. Let’s plead with the Lord to help us do exactly as He desires.
This notion of the will of God was supposed to make us tremble beloved!
Why is it that the Lord can go as far as saying that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft? Beloved, although we cannot say that one sin is greater than another, we know at least that witchcraft is a sin not like the others. For the Lord to go as far as saying that a little disobedience is as great as the sin of divination is amazing.
But when we consider the definitions that our sister has just given us, insubordination = rebellion, we understand why disobedience can be like the sin of witchcraft. And when we look at what our brother has just said we also discover that the essential thing is not to do many things for God, but to do what God has asked, as He has asked us to do them. We see that Saul did "a lot of things" and in this case he even won the battle, completely destroyed a good number of animals, men, women. But he did not do what God asked him to do.
With this you can find the answer to the question that people often ask us. When we talk about the notion of veil for example, people say: You're not saying that God will send us to Hell because we pray without covering our hair are you? Or when we talk of women’s dressing, some say that God looks at the heart. Even some of those who have fled from trousers are found in the same condition as those who have remained in it, because they dress in small skirts, short dresses which remain instruments of seduction. When you observe the two categories, you find it difficult to establish a difference because God who said that women should not wear men's clothing, has also said that they should dress with modesty and decency.
These "sisters" believe that God will not send them to Hell because they put trousers or small skirts. They try to caricature another god who is not the God we serve. They say it is not because of a few centimetres difference in the length of a skirt or of a dress that God recommends that He will after all send them to Hell. They say that God will understand. Meanwhile what we have just examined makes us shudder.
When we understand things as our brother has just explained in relation to the word of the Lord, we see why it is dangerous to do things while saying that God is going to make an effort to understand.
We took the example of the questions we are often asked, things we sometimes believe are trivia. Is it because I pray without covering my hair that God will send me to Hell? With all that I'm doing in the meantime, I fast, I preach the gospel, I give a lot of tithes, I help sisters ...; Speaking of skirts, they tell you I have struggled to escape from trousers, is it because of a short skirt that God will send me to Hell? If the brethren concluded by saying that it makes them to panic, they are right. Because if what we have examined is true, that what matters to God is not to do, but to do as God demands, then there is need to tremble. Among a hundred people today who claim to be ready, we can end up with a maximum of one out of a hundred; because they are not ready at all. Each and everyone, although knowing what God demands, do things their own way, and believe that they have at least managed to do a little, unlike others who do nothing at all.
If doing a bit unlike others that do nothing was enough, Saul would not have been punished here; because unlike other nations he and the people were already doing a bit or a greater part. But as you know, beloved, this little or greater part did not help them in anyway, because with the Lord is either all or nothing. It is either you do exactly what He has commanded and you're with him or you do it in your own way and you're rejected.
The danger for us is to believe that as we are already making an effort compared to others, it is already enough because others have not even done the little. If things were like that, Saul would not have been punished, because unlike the other people around them who were not serving the Lord, they were serving the Lord and doing many things for Him. Know that the important thing is not to do but to do as God wants.
We need to always examine ourselves, examine and make sure that what we are doing is what the Lord has asked us to do, because if we do a bit of what we want it will not help us in anyway. That is the reason why many of those who serve the Lord will find themselves in Hell yet having done great things for the Lord. They will find themselves in Hell because they would not have served the Lord as the Lord demands, but served the Lord as they wanted to.
Some arguments that in our eyes seem to make sense, mean nothing to God. For example, God will see that I have at least fled from trouser even though my skirt is not long enough. The problem is not trousers or skirt; it is decency that God expects from you. If you want to obey God, do exactly what God has commanded. The same God who has asked you to flee from trousers has also asked you to wear decent dresses and skirts. To do in part like Saul did by fleeing from trousers, (as he who sacrificed at least sickly animals, men and women), and prefer small skirts or dresses as Saul who preferred to keep Agag and the best sheep , will be of no use to you, but you will undergo the same fate as he.
Beloved, since we are talking about ourselves, and not about others, understand that it is really possible that we know the sound doctrine and miss the rapture or completely find ourselves in Hell. Because knowing the sound doctrine does not mean that we are applying it and even when we apply it we need to apply it according to the Lord and not choose portions that please us to apply. To apply it your own way is dangerous.
Several times I found myself in front of servants of God telling them: most often we happen to teach people and tell them to do all in order to be prepared before the Lord as if we had already arrived in Heaven; it is not true. Saul was not the people. He was at the head of the people, but he forgot that he himself needed to watch over the instructions of the Lord, or he thought that he could at least violate with impunity the instructions of the Lord because he had a certain authority, a certain power. We know the rest, it did not work that way.
The notion of the will of God is something that we still need to meditate on. Once you understand that disobedience is insubordination, revolt, rebellion, the answer becomes simpler because no rebel will enter the kingdom of God. And to rebel is telling God: God I refuse to do what you want. Do not expect that people talk to God in this way and enter the heaven of God. If God can tolerate our ignorance, because he can recognize ignorance, He will never tolerate rebellion. Saul knew exactly what God expected from him but did things his own way, and was happy to have done something up to the point of expecting praises. Coming back to us, when we do things our way we expect God to praise us. Many will be surprised that instead of praise, God will send them directly to Hell.
Avoid erroneous reasoning of the kind God will not send me to Hell anyway because I pray unveiled, whereas I give many alms and do lot of things for Him. God will not change anything in His word. It is up to us to comply with all that is written.
So we therefore see that many sins which we commit loiter around disobedience. It is disobedience which is at the origin of many sins: attachment to earthly things, the putting off of the sinful nature, lusts..., all loiter around disobedience. Before speaking in terms of attachment to the things of the world, we must first of all see the notion of disobedience which is hidden behind. Be they jewelleries, dogs, furniture or anything else, God has recommended us to abandon all these things. What makes you to get attached to these things is first of all disobedience before being any other sin that you may call it.
When you choose not to abandon them and say: O Lord, make at least an effort to understand me, a day will come when you will understand that it is not for God to make an effort to understand you, but it is left to you to make an effort to obey God. With this you can then understand that a mere disobedience may be the same as great divination which is nothing other than witchcraft.
This brings us back to the conclusion that we have always drawn from our passage of 1 Corinthians 10. While God was destroying the adulterers, sorcerers, He also destroyed those who just murmured, it makes one to shiver beloved. Let us therefore be bent on doing what God has demanded, let us be sure that we are doing exactly what God has commanded us and not seeking to fix a little bit what God requires from us or to seek to correct God.
The Notion of your God Verse 15 Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed." When one begins to do things his own way, the God of the apostle is no longer his God, he begins to see God as the God of the apostle and not as his. Verse 21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal. Saul was already seeing God as the God of the prophet Samuel and not as his.
1Chroniques 21:24 "But King David replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing." When the Lord is truly our God we will not offer him what costs us nothing. Saul was ready to offer to the God of Samuel sacrifices that did not cost him anything. While fools play with God, we must be serious with God. We understand that those who play with God simply do so because they do not play with their God, but with the God of the Apostle or the God of the prophets. We must offer to the Lord our God things that cost us something, we must give Him the best of ourselves, of our time, of our talents...
The spirit of rebellion: If Saul can find a "justification" for the sheep he spared, he cannot justify why he brought back Agag. Beloved it is difficult to "justify" why we are stubborn, it is simply animated by a spirit of rebellion, a spirit that fights God that we disobey God. It is when we serve the God of the prophet, that we can find ourselves despising Him as we like. But for those of us who have the same God as the prophet, the same God as the apostle we must learn to honour our God and obey Him. We know that none of those who fight God will be found in God’s Heaven. We should learn to give the best of ourselves to God, to fear our God and obey Him. If we behave the way our brother David did, the Lord will approve us, will find us watching and ready when He comes to rapture His Bride.
When we return to 1Sam 15:2 we see that the Lord had chosen in this case to explain the reason of the mission that He entrusted to Saul. The Lord had chosen here to tell Saul why he decided to treat Amalek in this way. The Lord went as far as telling him the reason for the mission. At times God does not tell us why but simply sends us to do something. This confirms the fact that Saul knew very well what God expected of him. Another difficulty that we often have with God is that we do not quite understand what He expects of us clearly, there are times that we find it difficult to understand clearly what the Lord expects of us; and we can say: Lord if I have not done what you asked me to do, it is because I was not really sure of it. This is the reason why we go before the Lord asking Him to give us clear directives so that we should obey while being sure that we are really obeying. But in this case, things are very clear as in other cases that concern us. Even though there are some few cases where we do not know exactly what God expects of us, in most cases, we know clearly what God expects of us. Saul knew what God wanted and expected of him, this is what confirms the words revolt and rebellion.
Wilful disobedience is really rebellion. Again we understand that if God is really God, then there is no reason why a rebel should enter into His heaven if not, He is no longer God. If therefore what we are examining is true, beloved, each of you would do better to take things more seriously. When I associate this with the notion of your God that our sisters have developed earlier, you understand that if many Christians do not want to put God's word into practice, it is because they consider that this God is the God of the apostle. That is why there are some who think that I exaggerate, and others while putting God's word into practice believe to be doing me a favour, believe to please me, believe to obey me instead of obeying God, and that is terrible. I want to give you another element of discernment here. Those who are truly of God know that the God of the apostle is also their God; but those who are not of God know that the God of the apostle is not their God, that is why to render service to the apostle and to God they do certain things and when it does not suit them anymore, they stop doing it or they no longer do it. This is dangerous, and this passage of 1Chro 21:24 establishes the difference between one who believes that God is his God and he who believes that God is the God of someone else.
Saul knew that the God he was serving was the God of Samuel. He said: in any case let us suffer while we are still here, let’s help Samuel to serve his God. Meanwhile David knew that God was his God and not the God of a prophet or another king or an apostle. He knew that before being the God of the prophets or apostles, He is first of all his. That is why he said: I cannot dare to give to the Lord my God something which cost me nothing. If he believed to be serving or suffering for the God of Samuel, he could offer him anything without being worried.
Know that any time I do you good by presenting the word of God to you and you murmur, it is because you know that you are serving the God of the apostle and not yours, whereas if you believe that it is your God that you are serving, you will put the word of God into practice even if the apostle does not ask you to. Whereas every time the apostle becomes your enemy for having done you good, telling you what to do to have the grace of the Lord, the glory of God, to escape Hell.
Look at all the topics on which we have come back. These are actually topics on which we were not supposed to come back anymore. When we speak of tithe as the Lord still brought us back on tithes and offerings last time, it is a topic that has no more importance in our midst because we know more than that. We even come back on clothing; it makes no sense for those who have understood the notion of the sound doctrine of the Lord. Yet the Lord still brings us back to these things, getting attached to the things of the world, we have studied vanity on many occasions. The Lord has always reminded us that if we leave this earth today, either by death or the rapture, we will take nothing along. Yet we are still attached to useless things, some to their dresses, others to their husbands, others to their wives, other to their parents, others to their children, others even to their pets. What an abomination!
The passage of 1Chr 21 helps us to differentiate between he who considers God as his God and he who considers God as the God of the apostle or prophet. And as soon as you consider God as the God of the apostle, you will spend your time disobeying God or murmuring before God because you would believe to be serving the apostle or his God. Meanwhile if you are convinced that the God of the apostle is also your God, you will serve that God not to please the apostle, but because you are convinced that He is your God and you will no longer find yourself murmuring. So I take the example of all the elements on which we came back these days, or at least the elements on which the Lord brought us back again, things which in reality we were supposed to have understood, elements such as tithes and offerings which we made mention of recently, attachment to earthly things, women’s clothing, all these things were no longer supposed to be a problem for us. If at our level God still reveals these things, it means that we choose not to obey. And if we choose not to obey, we are simply rebels because we have now understood that disobedience is none other than rebellion.
It is because we have always believed to be serving the God of the apostle as Saul thought to serve the God of Samuel that we choose to despise God and disobey Him. The day we will understand as David that the God of Samuel is also our God, and the day we will make this God our God, obedience will be a little bit easier. And as long as you will continue to serve the God of the apostle, know that you are wasting your time, you will serve the God of the apostle, without going to Heaven. When you will begin to serve your God, you will be sure to be on the way to Heaven, those who serve their God do not murmur, but those who serve the God of others always find reasons to murmur all the times.
Grace be with you all who have Jesus Christ as Master!
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