Here is a timely warning from one of our ministers in Australia. SOME few of you brethren feel you are not a vital part of this Great Work because you are not a minister or used directly in some way in God's Church. You let feelings of discouragement and despondency come over you without any apparent reason.
Could it be that the Adversary — Satan — knows DISCOURAGEMENT and DESPONDENCY are the easiest way he has of keeping you from doing your part?
Satan is desperately trying to get each one of you to NEGLECT the gift of God's Holy Spirit which you have received (I Tim. 4:14). If he can succeed, you will FOREVER become unprofitable, unqualified to enter the Kingdom of God (John 15:6).
Satan Against God's Kingdom The one thing Satan hates above all else is for the Kingdom of God to be established on this earth. Naturally! Because Satan and his demons are going to be stripped of their authority when this great event occurs (Rev. 20:3). They crave authority.
No wonder they are striving day and night to prevent your conversion into the Kingdom at Christ's return to this earth (I Pet. 5:8). We are warned "not to give place to the devil." You must recognize the devices of Satan and resist them (James 4:7). Few understand the ONE MAJOR DEVICE used by the devil against God's people today! Satan is trying to MAKE YOU FEEL that the power imparted to each of you through the Holy Spirit of God is not important or vital! Through this clever Satanic device, some of you are NOT STIRRING UP the Holy Spirit of God which He has so graciously given you. IT IS TIME YOU WAKE UP TO THIS DANGER!
CHURCH to Preach Gospel of Kingdom When THIS Church was built, Christ gave to it the great commission of preaching the Gospel to the whole world, a work which cannot possibly be fulfilled without the Holy Spirit of God!
Why is it that no other Church on the face of this earth preaches the True Gospel of the Kingdom of God? They may understand and preach some fragments of Truth. Yet, not one of them preaches Christ's message. The Church of God is the One Body which Satan is unable to control and prevent from preaching this vital message because it is LED BY AND GOVERNED BY CHRIST THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Consequently, he tries to render useless the human instruments through which the Holy Spirit is working. And, herein lies the danger to each one in God's Church. Your only hope is that you remain yielded to God so He can continually keep you filled with His Holy Spirit!
WITH THIS SAME POWER, WE CAN COMPLETE THE WORK GOD HAS GIVEN US TO DO!
WITHOUT IT, WE WILL UTTERLY FAIL! Unless EVERY MEMBER of the Body functions properly, the Body is not going to be as effective as it ought to be in executing Christ's commission.
Satan Introduces Fifth Column Satan knew he could not stop the spreading of the Gospel by attacking the ministers and lay members who were FILED WITH GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT — those who were determined above all else to carry out the commission committed to them! As a result, he had to try another maneuver by which he would attempt to destroy God's true Church.
Satan introduced a fifth-column movement! He stealthily worked in false brethren or turned different ones in the church against the ministers GOD HAD PLACED IN OFFICE OVER THEM. Satan in all of his craftiness knew that the leaders could do little if they didn't have the Church's support — just like a front line of the army without any supply lines to back it up can do little. THROUGH THIS METHOD, Satan set out to break down the very power of the church. And, brethren, HE IS STILL WORKING IN THE SAME MANNER, trying to get some of YOU to find fault and accuse the ministers, or else get you to let down, become lethargic and not do YOUR PART IN SUPPORTING THIS VERY WORK OF GOD! We need to recognize just whom we are following whenever we fall into one or the other of these conditions.
Some people, when they get bitter against the ones God is really using to perform His Work, begin to speak presumptuously about them and, yet, appear sincere to those not growing spiritually (II Pet. 2:10-15). This should not sound strange to us. Even the Apostle John was spoken against by a self-styled and self-appointed teacher who should have worked on the supply line instead of the firing line in the church (III John 9-10). Emphatically, Satan has found that he can work much more effectively by TEARING DOWN THE STRUCTURE OF THE CHURCH, by pulling away certain ones WHO ARE NEEDED ON THE SUPPLY LINE TO SUPPORT THIS GREAT WORK OF GOD. These individuals become disgruntled if they cannot be the "mouth" to speak God's message. They are so filled with vanity they are unwilling to be the hands and feet of Christ's body. Satan knows that if he can disconnect an individual member from the Head of this Church — Jesus Christ — that person will DRY UP SPIRITUALLY AND BURN IN THE LAKE OF FIRE (Col. 2:19). This Satanic maneuver, when effected, renders useless another of the vitally needed members of the Body of Christ — a member needed not only in this time when laborers are so few (Eph. 4:15-16), but a member of the Kingdom of God who could have inherited eternal life.
You Need Christ You need to bring "EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY to Jesus Christ" (II Corinthians 10:5) and let Him instruct you through those whom He has called. YOU NEED THE SAME HOLY SPIRIT WORKING THROUGH YOUR MIND that is working through the minds of those God has placed over you for your spiritual growth and perfection (Eph. 4:11-12). If you zealously do the part God has called you to perform — instead of seeking to do another's job — you can say with all confidence, "Christ in me is my hope of glory!" The question is, are you living your old life again, with its vanity — or is Christ living in you, doing His work through you as a member of Christ's Body? Remember, we are a part of the Body of Christ now, ONLY IF WE AS A GROUP DO WHAT CHRIST DID IN HIS EARTHLY BODY!