Friday, June 16, 2017

A Very Small Remnant

From: Francis Harper

A Very Small Remnant

God is looking for a people who, want more than anything else in the world, to walk in his explicit and perfect will. When he finds such a people he will be able to send them forth with his power and anointing to do anything he wants them to do. Nothing will be impossible for this willing people to accomplish.

The day of our willingness will be the day of God’s power. We must know his will and be willing to walk in it. Only then will we fulfill his purposes in our lives.

We must be willing to wait for the Lord’s instructions. Waiting is difficult. All of man’s organizing, zeal, eloquence, intelligence has come to naught. We must be willing to wait for the Lord and his Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to where we need to be and what we need to be doing for the Lord and his kingdom.

In his dreams, Nebuchadnezzar saw a stone [evidently quite small] cut out of the mountain without hands [of men] that smote the feet of an image [shaped in the form of a man] that “became a great mountain and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35). The stone, very small and insignificant in its beginning [representing the kingdom of God on earth], will eventually fill the whole earth.

5 loaves 2 fishes 001Although “the dream is certain and the interpretation thereof [is] sure” (Daniel 2:45), the stone is still very small today. But remember, the Lord delights in using very small means to accomplish his great work. The lunch of a lad, when blessed by the Lord, was more than enough to feed five thousand. See John 6:9-14. Isaiah prophesied: “Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as [will be as] Sodom, and we should have been like [will be like] Gomorrah” (Isaiah 1:9).

Nephi wrote, “. . . I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few . . . Nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their dominions upon the face of the earth were small . . .” (1 Nephi 3:226-228).

It is not a matter of numbers. Jonathan and his armor-bearer proved “. . . there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6).

“The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are chosen; for God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things [a very small remnant] of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen . . . that no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Corinthians 1:25-29).

The Lord has given us this precious “stone cut out of the mountain without hands” as our stewardship. “. . . unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:57 IV; 12:48 KJV).

I am confident that in God’s perfect and precise timing a very small remnant of Saints will arise to fulfill the prophecies of Isaiah, Nephi and Daniel.

Like a seed without water is dormant, the stone representing the kingdom of God will remain in dormancy until it is enlivened by the Holy Spirit.

As the early Saints prayed and waited for Pentecost, we must wait and pray for Pentecost again. The kingdom will come “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). “The dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure” (Daniel 2:45).

I want to be associated with the very small remnant the Lord will utilize to establish his kingdom. How about you?

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