I praise and thank God for this website which carries the works of men and women who have an anointing to write about the plans and purpose of God for man. I also want to thank Book Ministry for giving believers the space to share their testimony concerning their walk with Christ.
In God's great mercy, shortly after I received Christ, I was exposed to the ministries of Watchman Née, A W Tozer, George H Warnock, Bill Britton, T Austin-Sparks, DeVern Fromke, and a few others, that set me heart afire for the deeper things of His Kingdom. Over the years a hunger for the things of the Lord has grown and captivated me. The Lord, in His great love and mercy, has also added me to a church where the emphasis of the ministry is to 'go on to maturity' and where the perpetual challenge to my spirit is to become more like Him.
We know that there are umpteen Christian websites that bring to light the Word of God, the teachings, the doctrine, the theories, the precepts and the practices, but there are just a handful that focus and concentrate their attention upon deeper truths brought forth by revelation of the Holy Spirit in the last two centuries. The spiritual understanding of people like Watchman Née and Austin-Sparks in particular has brought about a fresh appreciation of the plan and purpose of God for man, especially in the realm of the Church, which is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22, 23). Those believers who have immersed themselves in the writings of these authors cannot but see the difference between the generalities that exist everywhere and the specific calling of God made clear through their books. Indeed, such of us who have read their books made known on this website and whose lives are being changed by the reality of the truth, can draw strength and encouragement from one another through our testimonials. If we are to grow "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13), our contributions and participation can well go beyond the local church. The expression of His life is us can in no way be limited to a geographical boundary; it needs a wider and greater release.
Let me quote from "The Overcomer" by Austin-Sparks (Chapter 3 - The Testimony of the Overcomer):
"Now the testimony of Jesus is not just a declaration of the facts which are true in His case, but these lampstands on the earth, here and there and there, are the vessels, the very embodiment of that in a living way. That is why the lamp was never to be allowed to go out in the sanctuary, but was to be trimmed night and morning that its flame might be kept clear and triumphant. Therein is typified the embodiment of those facts which are facts in Him, and their being livingly, glowingly expressed here in the Church. That is the testimony, and there is one word which embraces all that. You want to know what the vanquishing of Satan is, the overcoming of the world, and the destroying of death? There is one word which goes right to the heart of it, and it is this: life. Life is the sum total of all Christ's being and of His work. He is the life. He comes into the world as the life. He is the offset in His very person to that condition which is universal, namely, death, spiritual death. He is life. His presence is life. Everything about the Lord Jesus now is life; there is no death in Him. In Him death is swallowed up in its entirety. In His very person He is the fullness of that life of God which has nothing in it whatsoever that can be touched by death. His work is that. All the work of the Lord Jesus is related to one thing, and one thing only, and that is life. In Him life and incorruptibility have been brought to light - marvellous revelation of a thought of God! Incorruptibility!"
Jasjit, your friend in Christ
p.s.: comments are welcome
by John Mark
by John Mark
He sat by a fire of sevenfold heat
as He watched by the precious ore
And closer He leaned with a searching gaze
as He heated it more and more
He knew He had ore that could stand the test
and He wanted the finest gold
To mold as a crown for a King to wear
set with gems and with price untold
So He laid our gold in the burning fire
though we fain would have said Him "Nay"
And He watched the dross that we had not seen
as it melted and passed away
And the gold grew brighter and yet more bright
but our eyes were so dim with tears
We saw but the fire - not the Master's hand
and questioned Him with anxious fears
Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow
as it mirrored a Form above
He bent o'er the fire though unseen by us
a look of ineffable love
Can we think it pleases His loving heart
to cause us but a moment's pain
Ah No - But He saw through the present cross
the bliss of an eternal gain
So He waited there with a watchful eye
with a love that is strong and sure
His gold did not suffer a bit more heat
than was needed to make it pure
By John Mark
Love "...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." I Cor. 13:7
"... bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you." Col. 3:13
Working at a construction site several months ago, I came across three workers from another company who one day were talking about spiritual things. I recognized Christ in them, in their conversation, and in their mannerism. It so happened I was searching for a church I could attend. The congregation I was attending was filled with nice people, but I was not receiving the spiritual nourishment I have longed for and have missed ever since my pastor and most of our small assembly moved to New York. I found myself being invited to this little Bible Church.
From the first home bible study, I was warmly received and welcomed as a member of their family. Wonderful expressions of hospitality and fellowship were graciously expressed. I was soon invited to the pastor's home for a meal. There I was given the opportunity to share some of my life story so they might get to know me better. I explained how the church assembly I'd been a part of for 30-some years had moved away and I needed fellowship with others in the Body of Christ. I mentioned the fact my pastor was called by God into a ministry of delivering into freedom those held captive by Satan.
As I continued to attend the bible studies and meetings, it was clear we did not agree on many doctrinal issues. In spite of that, I chose not to be argumentative nor divisive, and carefully chose my words when asked for my feedback. We were in agreement on the essentials of the faith, but I didn't believe I should make an issue of other things we did not agree on. I believed the Holy Spirit would make it clear - the if and when I should speak.
One evening, one of the dear sisters raised a question about generational curses. The pastor had stated on several occasions he knew nothing about Satan, demons, nor of spiritual warfare. He gave her a simple answer, "You don't have to worry about that. The cross dealt with all that." And that was that.
I quietly approached this sister to see if it was her that was having a difficulty in this area. She indicated it was her best friend. I let her know that sometimes such a simple answer doesn't always answer complicated issues, and mentioned she might want to visit my website (www.bookministry.org/Audios.html) and listen to some of my pastor's audio tapes. After all, that is his area of specialization. She may need to look into prayers of renunciation if she is having difficulties she is unable to break free from.
The next Sunday, the pastor took me privately aside to talk. He informed me that he appreciated me attending their church, and agreed I needed Christian fellowship, but he couldn't have me talking about Satan, demons and angels. "I've spent 30 years getting these people free of all that, and I don't want that heresy coming into our church." He was concerned that anything I might say about such things would be heresy, even though he’s never heard me say or teach anything on the subject. He said his wife was concerned after I'd told them at their home about the church I had come from.
Needless to say, I no longer fellowship with these dear saints. As I am subject to spiritual authority, I cannot obey such ridiculous regulations of a man wanting to keep his head, and those of his congregation, in the sands of ignorance. In this case I must obey God rather than man. Instead of going to the sheep to try to divide them, I quietly left. I believe that was my responsibility in bearing with these dearly beloved saints. Were I given the opportunity to sound the alarm and instruct them in such fundamental and essential doctrine, I would have most gladly.
God holds this man responsible (Heb. 13:17 "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account...") - and this flock which is fast asleep to spiritual reality and the warfare to which every Christian is called, they will answer for that also (Eph. 5:14 "Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you").
"Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, 'Peace and safety,' destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled." I Thess. 5:1-6