A People for Crisis Time

-Becoming a Prophetic People

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 Revelation 7:13-17

New International Version (NIV)

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’  nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’     ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

Jesus Christ, the First and Last,
The Living One and Lord of all
Holds power transcendent and so vast
It either appalls or enthrals.
For God, right now, is preparing an army
Of conquerors with exceptional worth,
They are the ones who will rule in Eternity
Having served their apprenticeship here on earth.
Overcomers, through the blood of the Lamb,
Ruling with Jesus in his heavenly program
Called to suffering, like the Suffering One,
Called to renounce all other claims,
Called to show the authority of the Son,
Called to mission to proclaim his Name.
This high and noble and dignified calling
Beyond all other claims, enthralling!
It’s the Church, Christ’s Body, his precious people
Who constitute this company, anointed and free.
“Who are these?”, the Elder asks John the apostle,
As they see and assess a vast dynasty,
The angel himself answers with bold clarity,
A people who are destined for co-regency!
Those who gain triumph in tribulation,
Those who are cleansed by the blood of Jesus,
Those who alone can give true veneration
To Jesus the One who is Matchless.
The overcomers by means of their victories
Share Jesus’ authority as his beneficiaries
Are we his people for this crisis hour?
Do we discern his sovereign plan?
Are we living under Holy Ghost power?
Are we transcending our culture’s life-span?
Let’s be his end-times people of power!
May we arise with a new anointing
So that in zeal and holiness this hour
We prepare for the Day of his appointing

God Will Always Have His Way

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould but let God remould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity”  (Romans 12:2 J.B. Phillips)

We know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good  (Romans 8:28 J.B. Phillips)

“God will always have his way”.
It’s a statement so very easy to say,
Especially shortly after the day
Fulfilled, with little delay

I wonder of Joseph said it
When he was there in the pit,
Or during those years in Egypt
Aware of having God’s credit?

I think it was a growing theme
When Joseph interpreted a dream,
When he began to plan and scheme
And when he ruled supreme

Providence, promise and predestination
In a miracle of integration,
Showed God’s favour towards the nation
Of Egypt, and later, Israel’s formation

Humans may rule, God overrules,
In every culture’s ways and schedules
He uses an earthly way as a tool
Making it serve his heavenly module

In all things God is working for our good,
All the way from babyhood,
In all livelihood, adulthood and nationhood,
A truth that Joseph understood

The whole of cosmos is God’s territory
A kind of divine laboratory,
His purpose is always revelatory
His promises, an infallible authenticity

I have learned to find my rest
In what God says is for my best,
So in his will I shall invest,
God’s way for me, his prized bequest

Paul E. Grant | December 2010

Genesis 50:20

There at The Cross

You carried the weights of billions
When you died there at the cross,
For the consequences of rebellion
In Eden; immense, unmeasured loss

A price beyond human resources
When you died there at the cross,
You faced down Satan’s ravages
In a conflict so horrendous

An awesome Divine intervention
When you died there at the cross,
In obedience to the Father’s direction,
The price for both humans and cosmos

You had left a home of sinlessness
When you died there at the cross,
To secure absolute righteousness,
To live in a world of dross

Victory over self and sin is now
Mine through his death on the cross,
He has fulfilled his magnificent vow
To do God’s will in a world of loss

Your death, O Christ, paid the price
When you died there at the cross,
For through that mysterious sacrifice
I am clothed with salvation’s kudos

This kudos is more than superficial
It’s a state of inner wholeness,
His cross alone gives me the credential
Of being accepted and righteous

Thank you Jesus for making the purchase
Then giving me an amazing status,
Thank you for love so enormous and generous
All through that work when you died on the cross

Galatians 6:14.  “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

 Paul E. Grant | December 2010

A Pentecostal’s Yearning

Habakkuk saw his world in a whirl
Prior to Babylon’s invasion,
Israel choosing to go its own way
Would soon face deportation

God would use godless nations
To bring about his will,
Both in the world and among his people
He remained Sovereign still

Twin issues were before him,
Power and idolatry of nations
The backsliding of his people;
He would address both notions

Like Habakkuk I too tend to despair
As I view both the world and the church,
Idolatry and sin seem to prevail
Has God left his world in the lurch?

God planned to restore his people
To truly be his witness
To a world described in Romans one and two,
A people called to holiness

And so today, as I view the landscape
Of the church’s way of living
In our Western world and elsewhere,
It’s a scene that is disturbing

I address a notable group of God’s people,
The tribes of Pentecostalism,
For one hundred years a powerful force
In the mission of evangelism

At the start, a flashpoint of revival,
A resurgence of God’s Spirit,
Signs and wonders and holiness
Full Gospel with no limits

Christ the Saviour, the Centrepiece,
His Headship and empowering,
Worship to him, not to the church
And passion for the lost and dying

Worldliness denied and renounced,
Gifts of the Spirit functioning,
Services defined by spontaneity
With audiences contributing

We cannot return to past days
Nor hold to traditional ways,
We ought not initiate replays
We need to repent and obey

 To bend in penitence and contrition,
To confess that we have died
To all our cultural idolatries,
To yield to the Crucified

A passion that will burn like fire [1]Amy Carmichael
Aspirations soaring higher,
Intercession, not mere desire,
Servant leadership to inspire

A church confronting the powers
And worldviews of post-modernity
With Holy Spirit dynamic
Overthrowing their authority

Recovering “first love” devotion,
Embracing self crucifixion,
Abandoning this world’s notions,
Giving priority to Gospel mission

A restoration of biblical purity,
Standards and ethics, maturity,
A commitment to God’s priority
To the world’s unsaved humanity

Yes, there are more than four billion souls
Needing to hear of Jesus,
If Pentecostal power is God’s way
We need it in its fullness

So this Pentecostal’s yearning
Is for the ageless Gospel message,
To be seen disrupting the church
And confronting all human knowledge

There is no other hope for this lost world
Jesus’ return is near,
May we submit and be restored
Learning to live in godly fear

Paul E. Grant | August 2009

References

1 Amy Carmichael