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WORDS OF THE LATTER RAIN

Volume 3, Issue 2, January 2010

2/23/2010

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The Road To Brokenness, Church News, and Going To The Homeless

Ken Nix

Tuesday, 2/23/2010

By Kenneth Nix

The Almighty God in his infinite wisdom and love created man with the freedom of choice. The road of brokenness is a road that one must choose to take. It isn't the road chosen by most in this world. It is, however, the road spoken of in Matthew 7:13,14: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” There is a reason that this road isn't readily chosen. It is a road that requires two things that are not embraced or sought by this world. The two things required to walk this road are surrender and sacrifice. Of course, to have true surrender and sacrifice there are otherfruits required. To truly surrender and sacrifice we must have faith, trust, belief and love. We must truly believe and trust in God's perfect love, perfect timing and perfect will in our life. We must in faith embrace our destiny and we must totally surrender to their will.

Surrender is often difficult for us to do, yet the lack of surrender is a barrier to the growth that God desires for us. It is a barrier to becoming a broken vessel. We have to be broken to become vessels to receive all that God wants to give us, for God knows that without brokenness we will succumb to the darkness of pride. In surrender we can have a walk that is full of joy and peace for we will walk in the presence of the Mighty Ones of heaven. It is in surrender that we will see the hand and power of God. We have been told that there are no coincidences in the life of the surrendered man. What does this mean? How does that concept coincide with time and chance? In Ecclesiastes 9:11, we read: “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither the bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.” Or in Luke 13:4, “Of those eighteen, upon whom the tower of Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  Time and chance can happen to all men. But does time and chance happened with God? The Almighty God knows the beginning to the end and there are no surprises for God. There is no time and chance with God. He directs his angels, he chooses when he will protect and when he will not.

Man can go ignorantly throughout life without surrender and never see the hand of God. Man foolishly believes that by ignoring God it means that God does not exist nor control. But the Almighty God does control and it is in the life of surrender that we come to see and recognize his hand in our life. It is then that we will know to praise him in storm or sunshine, for nothing happens without the knowledge of God. When we surrender to this knowledge, when we surrender to God then he can lead and guide us. He can mold us and shape us to the vessels he desires us to be. He will bring us to the state of brokenness we need to be fully in his presence.

We have been told that pride is something we must always be on guard against. Pride is something we must always fight. When pride is removed in your life it doesn't mean it will always remain gone, but isn't that true of most things, for we have daily choice, and we have choices of the moments of our life. We must continually choose to trust, believe and surrender. It is a road that we walk and not a one time occurrence to experience.

Surrender is one of the important steps in the road to brokenness.   Sacrifice is also very important. Sacrifice is a term foreign to many Christians. They understand the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus, but embrace the false notion that only Jesus must sacrifice and not themselves. Sacrifice is necessary for brokenness. The Bible is full of words pertaining to the sacrifices we must make. Let’s look at a few of the scriptures pertaining to sacrifice. Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” We are to lay our lives upon the altar so that God can break us and mold us. Jesus has told us that we need to place ourselves upon the cornerstone. He is that cornerstone. See Matthew 21:44, “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Sacrifice is so important and is a concept that needs to be embraced. Those of the End Time Assembly of God have been shown and taught the importance of the daily sacrifice which involves praising the Mighty Ones of heaven at least seven times a day and washing in their word at least twice a day and going into their presence in prayer at least three times a day. Before we began being taught by our Heavenly Father and his Blessed Son many of us had no true concept of what it meant to sacrifice. We thought that by keeping the Sabbath and Holy Days, by observing the Day of Atonement once a year that we were sacrificing. Now we know what a fasting lifestyle is, but even now our sacrifices have been minor in comparison to what may be required of those who follow the Lord Jesus in the days ahead. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to spend more time on this part of the road of brokenness. Lets look at a few more scriptures. Matthew 10:38,39, “And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” This is talking of sacrifice. In the second verse its not necessarily talking about dying for the Lord, though it can be required of some. This verse is talking about the willingness to sacrifice our life in total obedience and surrender. In other words, the concept that we have indeed been purchased by the blood of our Savior and we do fully belong to him.

In the Church News section of this newsletter I shared the wonderful news of a recent baptism. I discussed with Bill the same thing that I discuss with all who seek baptism. I always refer to Luke 14:28, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

I stress the need to finish the race set before us. I also stress the concept of “cost.” There is a cost in following our Lord Jesus and we must be willing to pay any cost required. This means surrender and sacrifice. Lets also look at Hebrews 5:7-9, “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”

The word “obedience” is an interesting one in this scripture. Jesus was obedient all the days of his life and never sinned. So how did he learn obedience? The Greek word here is hupakoe, which means, “compliance or submission.” Jesus fought a daily battle during his walk upon this earth as a man. He made his daily choices of surrender and sacrifice. He walked in brokenness and submissive unto his Father. To be submissive requires complete surrender of our will and our desires. We must be willing to trust every moment of our lives into the hands of the Mighty Ones of heaven. This is the road of brokenness.

We know that we are living the promise of Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” We are being shown mighty things and we are being taught. We have been given wonderful promises, but to embrace these wonderful truths, to claim these wonderful promises requires surrender and sacrifice, for in these two elements our God can break us and mold us into vessels ready to receive.

In a very powerful message entitled, ‘Unto The Four Corners” received from the Lord Jesus and published in the April edition of the Words Of The Latter Rain, we are given these words, words that need to be engraved upon our hearts, “...Become vessels broken to receive so that you may stand against the darkness. Victory is won, but the Lord shall use his vessels of light to fight the battles upon the earth. You must not grow weary, and you must stand against the evil upon the four corners of the earth…” Let praises be lifted as we walk the road of brokenness.


Church News

by Kenneth Nix

I want to share the wonderful news of a baptism, for it is a time of rejoicing and needs to be shared with all. We ended up having forty people at church on the day of the baptism sharing in the wonderful event and I know all of you would have loved to have been there. It is always a time of great joy for us, for the angels of light and for the Mighty Ones of heaven.

Luke 15:10, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.

My brother, David and my dad, Henry were able to join me in this blessed event. David did the actual baptism and my dad and I joined him in the laying on of hands. Our brother in Christ, William (Bill) Martin was the one baptized, another warrior of light was added to the army of Jesus and another brother to stand upon the Crystal Sea. What a time of rejoicing!

I am including pictures of the baptism on the last page. As you can see from the pictures, we used a large metal tank in the church building. Also, for the first time we used submersible heaters which had the water very warm at the time of baptism. This made the water comfortable for Bill but left previous members baptized months previously asking why we didn't think of it sooner!

Bill was also blessed with a message from our Lord Jesus later the same evening along with Nathan Kemper and Matthew Nix, which was the cause of more praises to the Mighty Ones of heaven.


Going To The Homeless

 By Kenneth Nix


 Our Lord Jesus instructed my father and I to go unto the homeless in Atlanta. We have been there on two previous occasions and in that city of darkness we have found there to be many homeless. We were blessed in having Travis and Matthew join us for this trip. Prior to going to Atlanta we saw the hand of God move in providing for the trip. We are never instructed to do anything without God providing the means for us to follow his command. We were told to go unto his children in Atlanta as they were cold and hungry.

We began by announcing to the church members the need for clothing. We shared the words from our Lord Jesus. We were able to collect coats, hats, gloves, socks, shirts, etc...from God's people. Also we were led to purchase some food and some additional clothing. We found clothing and food items at thrift stores and dollar stores.

Then we saw other doors opened before us. My son Travis works part time at “Old Navy.” When one of the managers saw Travis buying a couple of coats on sale, he was asked about it. When they discovered that he was doing it for the homeless, they donated several boxes of coats to us.

When my father and I were at a nursing home in Laurens, SC, I mentioned to the activity director that I wouldn't be there for the following Thursday as I would be in Atlanta. She asked about the trip and I advised we were going to take food and clothing to the homeless. She then checked with the directors of the nursing home and they provided us with a box of blankets to take with us!

So with a carload of clothing, we left for Atlanta on a cold Thursday morning with our hearts full of praises. We parked our car on Peachtree Street in Atlanta and decided to walk the streets. We had $5.00 gift certificates for Burger King and McDonalds to give away. As we passed out the gift cards we told people of the clothing, advising them that we would be back at the car at two o'clock to pass the items out. But as we walked we were able to pray for  many as well as pass out a few blankets we carried with us along with the gift cards.

We then met Tanyett. Tanyett is a homeless woman that God led my dad and I to on our first trip to Atlanta. In fact, on our first trip she was the first one we met. She showed us where many of the homeless gathered and told us where it wasn't safe for us to go. She introduced us to a lot of her “family” out on the streets. By family, I mean others that were homeless. She told us that they became like family and tried to look out for one another. She was a big help to us on our first trip and we always look out for her when we are there. When I saw her on this last trip I called out her name. She came up to us hugging first me and then my dad, telling another homeless man that we were her family.

When we arrived back at out car and started passing out the clothing, we were overwhelmed by all of the homeless seeking clothing. We quickly gave always all of the food, socks, gloves, coats and hats. There weren't many women on the streets and still had some women's coats left. We also had one man's coat left. It was bright orange and apparently none of the homeless wanted it. As homeless they have to make themselves “invisible” to the police and store owners. So bright orange wasn't their first choice.

We also noted that the churches had fences around them with locks. There are signs informing no trespassing and to keep off the grass. The homeless live in the shadows along with so many of the lost and alone, and many of the churches in our land have failed miserably in caring for their needs. I felt saddened by my blindness, but also feel joy at God's mercy in opening so many of our eyes to the needs of those around us. That day in Atlanta we all received greater blessings and greater warmth that what we were able to give. Praises to the Mighty Ones of heaven!

Some pictures of this trip are on the back of the newsletter.

 

 

 

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