End Times Watch 80
The Next Level
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End Times Watch 80 - The Next Level
By Ron McGatlin
Crystal clear spiritual clarity comes through perfected
purity and holiness.
Perfected purity and holiness comes by the resurrected life
of Christ replacing our crucified life. (Rom 6:5, Gal 2:20, Rom 6:11-13, Col
The next level to which God is calling His people is the
oneness that results from knowing the Son of God in such intimacy that we become
perfected spiritual beings to the measure of the stature of the fullness of
Christ. God has been specifically preparing a people to become as Christ is in
the world since he called Abraham out from among his people thousands of years
ago. (Eph 4:13- 16, Col 1:27, Heb 11)
Take heed and beware of the
leaven... Mat 16:6
A new level of life awaits the unleavened people of God.
The leaven of religion and the cares of this life permeate
the lives of believers creating a fog of darkness that clouds the crystal clear
spiritual clarity preventing the full measure of the fullness of the stature of
Christ. End times watch.
Provision has been made. The fullness of the stature of
Christ is not an unreachable goal for this generation in this age of the
maturing kingdom of God. For thousands of years, through many generations, God
has been preparing a people. The Holy Spirit of God is pouring the resurrected
life of Christ into emptied vessels of humble forerunners who have been purged
of the leaven of religion and this world.
The greatest hindrance to moving into greater kingdom
fullness is the dark fog of leaven or mixture that seeps into our hearts and
lives from relating in a Babylonian cultural environment. Leaven or mixture is
like a virus and spreads quickly and quietly by contact. Once infected it dulls
our spiritual ears and eyes and then spreads from us to others by contact. The
fog of mixture causes us to lack sharp clear discernment and become spiritually
clumsy and slow. We become vulnerable to falling into sinful thoughts and
entanglements. End times watch.
Multitudes on the journey into the fullness of the stature
of Christ are detained from ascending the mountain of the Lord. After having
started the upward move, the leaven of the cares of this life and Spiritless
religion seeped into them through relationships and connections. End times
Their vision became clouded, and they gradually turned from
the upward trail and began to move around the mountain instead of moving upward
toward the high calling of God. They were moving but were only going around the
mountain year after year at the same level. Many have come to believe that
maturing into the fullness of the stature of Christ is not possible in this
life. They believe the kingdom is not in reach now in this life and will only be
fulfilled in some future day.
Connection, Affection, and Relationship
No person lives in total spiritual isolation. Our
connections and affections develop into relationships that significantly impact
our lives. Who or what we relate closely to will affect the destiny of
our life. End times watch.
Moving upward to the next level in God is directly tied
to our relationships.
The first and primary foundational relationship is with
God. We must be securely connected in God through and by the life-giving Spirit
of Christ. Our deepest affection must be for Christ Jesus and His kingdom from
above. This is the foundational relationship that transforms us into pure, holy
sons of God. This relationship will affect all other relationships in our lives.
End times watch.
God’s jealousy for us is not a selfish jealousy but a most
valuable influence in our lives to prevent hindrances in our attaining the full
destiny of God in our lives. We will never ascend to the next level of the
fullness of the stature of Christ in God while we remain closely connected to
those who are not and will not be fastened into full connection to God and set
their affection on Him, love Him with all their heart and relate closely to Him
in the Spirit. End times watch.
Neither can we be of ultimate value to help those in need
of more of Christ unless we ascend to the next level. Only then can we become a
mature brother to them and allow the Spirit to work through us to draw them
toward more of Christ. To remain in close relationship with those who are not
willing to move upward for the purpose of trying to help them is deception and
will hinder our moving upward with God. We will be leavened and will not move
into greater fullness until the leaven or mixture is removed from us. End times
Please hear this carefully. When we are properly
related to God, we will become an offense to those who are not willing to move
upward to the next level. We can only remain in closeness with them by
compromising our own relationship and potential stature in Christ. In
compromising we have fallen into personal sin and are in need of cleansing
ourselves. If we do not compromise, we will be rejected and cast out
from them and thereby will not continue in a close relationship. How shall
two walk together except they be in agreement? End times watch.
This is NOT just talking about connection with people or
groups with blatant sin or corrupt reputation. This is about what we might term
good believers who may have a lot of things right but are still tied to other
gods and Babylonian ways and will not or cannot turn from them. Also this is not
talking about becoming elitists or prideful as the accusers will surely say. It
is moving on to the greater fullness of the stature of Christ and a greater
fullness of His Kingdom reality.
Also, this is not talking about refraining from eating or
visiting with sinners. Jesus reached out to sinners and went into their houses,
drawing many to Himself. However, Jesus never joined into them and did not draw
life from them but rather offered life from heaven to them. When Paul spoke
about not even to eat with a sinful person, he was talking about a person called
a brother in immoral or blatant sin, not a lost person (1Cor 5:9-11).
Also this is not implying animosity toward or ill feelings
toward those from whom God has separated us to lift us to the next level. Jesus
loves everyone, but He does not connect closely in relationship with
everyone. Even some who use His name in ministry He will turn away saying, “I
never knew you.” In other words He is saying we were never in relationship (Mat
7:21-23). End times watch.
Anything or anyone that becomes equally as important to
us as our relationship with God has become another god to us.
Hear the word of Father God when He said that we shall have
no other God’s before Him – “Come out from among them and be separate and touch
not the unclean and I will be a Father to you - For I, the LORD your God, am a
jealous God.” These are only a few statements among many from God on this issue.
Attaining the fullness of the stature of Christ may require
severe actions to cleanse the body personally, and perhaps corporately, from the
leaven or mixture that offends our destiny in God. Here is what Jesus said for
us to do when we find ourselves in the situation of being hindered from entering
into the next level of fullness of life with God.
Mat 18:8-9: "If your hand or
foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to
enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be
cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out
and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye,
rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.”
Throughout biblical history the saints have paid a great
price in this epic journey toward the fullness of the stature of Christ bringing
forth the New Jerusalem life of “God with us” in the glorious kingdom of God on
earth as it is in heaven.
The heritage of the blood of Jesus and of all the saints
who have given their lives suffering unspeakable hardships in faith is with us,
pressing us onward to the fullness of the stature of Christ now. In faith they
subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of
lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of
weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies
of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again. And others
were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better
resurrection (life). Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and
of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were
tempted, they were slain with the sword.
They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being
destitute, afflicted, tormented; of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered
in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through
faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better
for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. (Heb 11:33-49)
We must not hold back. We must move upward into the destiny
of the ages to the fullness of the stature of Christ. The kingdoms of this world
shall become the kingdoms of our God, and the glorious New Jerusalem City of God
shall prevail to rule the earth with the glory of God. God is with us. End times
Arise; shine; for your light has
The glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
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