By Ron McGatlin
God is preparing you and me along with many others for major changes in the depths of our inner being. The major turmoil and unrest that confronts and attacks our lives in this day is a trumpet call for the coming King of Glory with His mighty armies manifesting to redeem Planet Earth and all that is on it.
Gone are the days of external religion of form and pomp creating pageantry of social niceties thinly covering corrupt minds and hearts defiled by the unmet needs of our own hearts and lives. This old house is being gutted and stripped to be completely renewed within and without. The tables of the merchandisers in the temple (our hearts) are not just being overturned but are being trashed and burned. The unclean residue is being completely cleansed away within and without in preparation for the King of Glory to abide in all purity, that the brightness of His presence may dwell in perfect peace within His people. We are being made a place where He wants to abide, a place suitable for a King to show forth His glory.
God makes no apology for the disruption of our lives and our religious systems and traditions that have been set in stone, carved with the tools of man’s pride after the pattern of unmet needs and desires to rule in place of God. Carved and painted edifices to soothe the souls of multitudes caged and tormented in false external forms of idolatry that were even called worship.
The Beauty of Internal Holiness
The great mystery of the ages is coming to pass in this eternal day in which we live. The vacant and restored holy house of God in the hearts of the renewed holy people of His choosing will be filled with the light and life of Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit of the living God. The peace and the power of His majesty completely fills our hearts and permeates our entire hearts, souls, and bodies with His pure love. In your heart and mine eternity now abides within time that the glory of God might be known on earth.
Within you and every redeemed child of God is the most precious and the most valuable asset for life on earth. No other being on earth has this treasure of potential within.
Mankind was originally created by God with capacity for full connection and interaction with both the heavenly spiritual realm and the earthly natural realm of life for the purpose of filling the earth with the life and the pleasant peaceful rule of heaven on earth.
Fully redeemed and restored people of God have the potential of full connection and the active experience of life in the heavenly spiritual realm and in the natural earthly realm.
Through the indwelling Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit within redeemed mankind, there is a clear channel opened to Christ Jesus seated at the right hand of the throne of Father God in heaven. Through this fully opened and clear channel, all the assets and potentials of heaven are now available to us to bring heaven to earth and fully establish the kingdom of heaven on earth.
It is through Christ in us by the Holy Spirit, and not by just the knowledge of Christ, that God reigns in our lives and on earth through us. For much too long religion has caused us to seek to know God through head knowledge and human understanding.
Christ abides in our spirits deep within our being in what we call our hearts. It is from our “gut,” our belly or bosom or core of our inner being, which is much deeper than our heads, that we flow rivers of heavenly living waters.
The tribulation of persecution and devastation of cleansing judgments are for no greater purpose than removing our tendency to try to function in life in the power of our intellect and understanding apart from the reality of Christ deep within us by the Spirit. We are now, in this day, coming to a greater reality of living by and walking in the Spirit. We are beginning to receive His life from the deep well of Christ deep in our innermost Spirit being.
The Natural Unredeemed Man
There is no direct connection to the heavenly throne of God in unredeemed mankind; there is no Spirit of Christ deep within by the Holy Spirit in natural fallen mankind. It is only through the willing experience of the cross that man can come boldly to the throne of God.
Unredeemed man has only connection with the natural earthly realm and the fallen dark side of the spirit realm. Therefore, unredeemed man can only bring forth the ways of earthly human good and evil darkness of the fallen spiritual realm. Regardless of all his religious effort, mankind without Christ by the Spirit deep within can only bring forth works of “hell on earth.”
Human good without Christ Jesus is the darkness of evil intent veiled in a shroud or facade of shallow human kindness. At the core human good, without the indwelling Christ, is always founded on self-oriented need fulfillment. The lack of Christ in unredeemed man creates a continuing emptiness or lack in the heart of man that drives him to strive to fulfill that inner neediness, which can never be fully satisfied outside of Christ within by the Spirit of God.
Father, Your kingdom come, and Your will be done.
Many Christian believers will soon experience the fallacy and vanity of their life experience of external religious form being exposed by the coming of the reality of the resurrected Christ by the Spirit into their innermost being. The kingdom of God comes not with observation. However, its works and rivers of living waters will manifest and be seen in the world.
Pain is a part of the process of preparation for joy unspeakable and full of glory.
1 Peter 4:12-13: Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
No good comes from self-abasement. Sufficient are the fiery trials to point out our spiritual needs and urge us to be further cleansed through genuine repentance, which is full agreement with the cleansing process of preparation for the glory of Christ to be fully revealed in and through us to the world around us. Christ in you then becomes the now present reality of glory and no longer just the “hope of glory.”
The following scripture is very clear that Paul is speaking of eternal glory now in this present life and not just a future glory.
2 Corinthians 4:7-11, 16-18: But WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS ALSO MAY BE MANIFESTED IN OUR BODY. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS ALSO MAY BE MANIFESTED IN OUR MORTAL FLESH.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 FOR OUR LIGHT AFFLICTION, WHICH IS BUT FOR A MOMENT, IS WORKING FOR US A FAR MORE EXCEEDING AND ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. – David
Do not fear little flock; it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.