Self Endeavor (Chapter 4. The Great Divide)
If you’re still with me, chances are that you are not among those of the Outer Gathering. I say this because these are unable to discern the things of the Spirit. Therefore it is more likely than not, that the revelations brought forward in the last chapter would have been enough to raise more anger than curiosity of what was to come. You may have noticed that the inner assemblies are called Fellowships, and the outer 1 is called a gathering. This is because of their difference in nature. Merriam Webster’s defines fellowship as a community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience; or a company of equals or friends. As a fellowship we share in the common interest of seeing God glorified through our lives. We have also as a community, come beyond the tendency of looking for His hand upon all of our needs and desires, yet never wanting to take part in the activities that will only serve Him. The move of the spirit is something felt and shared by all, we also know of the declaration of Romans 8:36
As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Therefore we understand by discernment, what our brethren are going through, and how we can bring encouragement. There is understanding of the enemy’s intent to establish II Timothy 3 in the presence of our Lords work. So we diligently work to reveal all manners of wrong doing in His house. Be it of self, or in another. Physical eyes have been placed in a position of lowliness; because we understand the necessity of letting the endeavors of Ephesians 4:1-6 declare itself in our very works
1. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called
2. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The idea of standing silent in the midst of immorality, for the sake of peace and unity, are far outweighed by the command of the spirit to denounce rebellion. This format is declared from the pulpit to the door. Without hindrance, God Rules…Over organizational directive, cliques, would be power struggles, and self-servitude. Already what has been spoken has eliminated at least 70% of the Sunday morning assemblies from falling into the category of true fellowships.
Now let’s discuss The Gathering. Merriam Webster’s defines gathering as simply “To bring together”. Let’s look at some instances of mere gatherings that were everything but glorifying to God.
And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
And I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto this entire evil congregation that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
To simply gather together in the sight of the Lord can, serve almost anything, spiritual or carnal. But the element of fellowship induces a spirit of unity that crosses the bounds of spiritual and moral lack. One spirit encourages another. One life corrects another. One heart uplifts another…And one Lord rules all.
I John 1:7-10
7. but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
And self-righteousness is kicked to the curb. These are the facts by God’s word. But somebody reading this right now is in utter disagreement with it. Those who can find a reason not to be subject to the corrective nature of God’s word can in fact be a danger to those who are babes or unlearned. For this very reason, there is in the spirit realm, a great divide which protects the spirit of them that are in need. In order to help you to better perceive this next section, let’s go back to our diagram of the nucleus.
The presence of the outer gathering can be compared to an experience I had in middle school. I recall a friend that was very apt to cut classes. What he enjoyed about it most was positioning himself in the hallway, just short of the teacher’s vision. From this vantage point he could be seen by everyone in the class room. Now he could dance, make faces; stand on his hands, and everything else that could possibly distract us from the things that we had committed ourselves to learning. You see, he really did want to be there, but under his own terms. By not entering the classroom, he could be exempt from the responsibility that came with that close contact. Do you know anyone that has an automatic directive to sit in the back of the fellowship? Do you know anyone that has a strong issue of wanting to distract you in the middle of in-depth teachings? You know the ones who are more inclined to give their attention to outfits, the jewelry, the cars, and yes, even the opposite sex. Understand one thing; the outer gathering cannot be used as an excuse for why we have failed to rise in our own spiritual growth. They may be among us in the physical, but in the spirit there is a blockade that is designed to protect us from being distracted from hearing, feeling, and seeking the things of the spirit when they are coming forth. It’s almost like the veil that sealed the glory of God into the Holy of Holies. His Glory is present to those who have shown the smallest amount of desire to commit to its revelations, but blocked from them that are of ulterior motive. Looking back at our diagram, the inner membrane is symbolic of that veil. It retains that which should only be accessible only in a special place. And the outer membrane restricts penetration from the outside, as a bullet proof glass protects the bank teller. It allows them to be exposed to the point of necessity, while protecting them from any harmful element. This is the structure of the great divide. Many will say of their own understanding, that there is no division in God’s house. For those who have not the ability to hear of the spirit; and can only perceive what they SEE in the word, let them SEE this.
I Corinthians 11:17-19
17. Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
18. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
Michael Jordan raised the bar on the standard for basketball performance. Until him, many moves in the game were never thought possible. It takes a better performance to show the lack in another. Many of us have not grown to receive of the fullest depth of the spirit because of lack of understanding. Until we get beyond the inability to truly hear God through His Holy spirit, we will not rise in the fullness of power that His word declared. Henceforth we not only fail to be evidence, but as declared in II Timothy 3:3, we despise them that are. There are heresies among us, some of intentional nature, and some of overtaken faults. We learn to discern the difference between the two, and to deal with them as the word tells us to.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
The key word here is overtaken, we look in the face of so much straight out iniquity in the assembly, and do our best to find justification to not be responsible to reveal the enemies hand. Oh we will whisper, backbite, gossip, and secretly judge; but because of lack of intent to reveal the enemy in our own life, we can’t bring correction. Overtaken means that with an all-out endeavor to escape you were out run. You can truly tell when a brother is overtaken in a fault. Your directive to bring correction is met by him with a spirit of conviction and remorse. And in your first revealing the knowledge of the fault, he is able to profess acceptance of need for strength. The virtue of our own spirit becomes restoration. But how can he be restored if you will not first be the vessel of revelation. You see it’s first about you, and your ability to be of greater service to the Lord and the body. Let’s go a little deeper:
I Corinthians 5:11-12
11. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother BE a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortion; with such a one no not to eat.
12. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13. But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
The key word here is BE. No matter how hard you try, you cannot get a meow out of a dog. It’s a dog…it barks…no manner of convincing changes that. These are the ones whom whenever corrections comes, they can justify all things, regardless of the depth of the iniquity. They believe that they can escape correction through the old proverbial Flip Wilson excuse, “The devil made me do it.” These have a form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof. There spiritual rebellion IS a witchcraft in the presence of the people (I Samuel 15:23). Know them. As well as you should know them that DOES labor among you. (I Thessalonians 5:12) Those of the outer gathering do serve a purpose. But will they command the revelation of your approval in God’s presence…or your compromise.
I Corinthians 11:19. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
To them that have an ear let them hear what sayeth the Lord of YOUR house?