February 18, 2018
Thus says the LORD: "As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion two legs or a piece of an ear, So shall the children of Israel be taken out Who dwell in Samaria-In the corner of a bed and on the edge of a couch!" (Amos 3:12).
This is one of the pictures of the last days: as a shepherd rescues only a few fragments of the sheep after the lion has devoured it, likewise, only a small remnant (a few poor in spirit and weak in world’s eyes) will be rescued from the general spiritual destruction which is already here.
According to the Lord the reason for such a massive spiritual downfall is, "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns-broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jer 2:13).
When we lose our whole-hearted dependence on just Jesus (Who alone is the source of all goodness, love and life) and start depending on something else in His place then it is evil in the Lord’s eyes, even if it is a spiritual gift or some manifestation of the Spirit. Only the Lord holds the central and supreme place. Our entire focus and total dependency should be on Jesus alone. This is the poverty of the spirit, this is the spirit of first love and this is a child-like heart. It may make us look simple and weak in the world’s eye, but we will be steadfast in the spirit. This is the meaning of having a single eye. This is having an undivided heart. This is the BRIDE!
Ministry flows from Christ-like character and one of the main characters of Jesus is His complete dependence on the Father. As Jesus depended on the Father we need to depend on just Jesus!
It is JESUS and JESUS ALONE!!
S. R. Manohar
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