[anzac] ARE YOU "UNSETTLED"??

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:53:10 +1200
Are YOU "UNSETTLED"??
by Colin Wilson, 
Highland Christian News

Dear Christian believer, 
For a considerable time now you have been strangely unsettled in 
your spirit. This has perplexed you - as you have just been getting 
on with your Christian walk and participating in the general life of 
the church. But you have been disturbed in yourself. You have 
re-read the pages of the Bible relating to the dynamic works of the 
apostles and the early disciples; and then compared these with 
what you have been experiencing in your own life and fellowship 
setting. And you have perceived a huge "mis-match"; a yawning 
gap between where (spiritually-speaking) things are now, and 
where the early followers of Christ were in their day. (Note: I am 
not suggesting that Pentecost is to be repeated; but rather 
continued.. Eph 5:18.)

In different times and circumstances you may have felt that it was 
time to "move on to a new situation" in your journey with Christ, 
but in a strange way you have not felt any clear direction regarding 
which way to go. You have not felt called to "re-locate"; indeed you 
may have been feeling and continuing to feel that you need strive 
to indentify more closely with your immediate neighbours and that 
section of society (neighbourhood/ workplace, etc.) in your 
immediate orbit.

In a strange way, any striving that you have done to draw closer to 
Christ, and to be more committed to His calling and God's word, 
has increased rather than reduced the dis-satisfaction and unrest 
that you have been feeling. And you have felt lonely even when 
surrounded by other Christians who do not seem to be disturbed 
in spirit in the way that you are. Most other Christians in fact seem
to be just happily getting on with their lives. And this adds to your
perplexity. "Is it just me? Why am I feeling this way? There must 
be something wrong with me; as most others seem to be getting along OK."

You have been concerned that you might be getting cynical and 
critical over what you see as the increasing worldliness in the 
church. And you long for fellowship with others whom you feel might 
understand - in some measure at least - "where you are". But as 
you cautiously yet honestly open up to others whom you sense
may be walking the same path, you find that they too in their heart 
of hearts have been going through exactly the same inner spiritual 
processes and turmoil as yourself.

If you have been sensing or experiencing any of these things take 
heart dear child of God. I believe that what you have been going 
through is a God-given unsettledness, a Holy dissatisfaction with 
"what is"; and what He has been creating in you is to prepare you 
for the days to come.

I believe a great crisis lies ahead - for society, its peoples and the
religious system which many would call "the church"; and God 
needs those who have been weaned away from dependancy on 
the structures, programmes and other facets of organised 
churchianity. He is looking for those who hunger and thirst after
righteousness; and long to be filled with the life-giving Spirit of God.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is searching for those who 
are - and will seek to be - Kingdom-builders (as opposed to empire-
builders). He is desiring and preparing those who will seek to know 
nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified; those who will find no 
satisfaction in the trinkets of this world and who will spurn the 
carnal methods, the fixation with "success" and the worldly 
measurements of "spirituality" and "commitment" that have invaded the
church.

But, if you have not done so already, please consider some 
questions. Are you a believer who is prepared to "abandon all" in 
the cause of Christ and His Great Commission to reach the lost? 
Have you considered the cost, and are you prepared to pay that 
price in the context of the measure of grace that has been shown 
to you? Indeed, in your spirit, you realise that nothing short of total
submission will slake your thirst for God and satisfy the desires 
of your heart. The way ahead could involve great sacrifice; and you 
may face rejection and much criticism - even from those around 
you and close to you in the "church",  but it is this type of sacrifice 
in which the Lord delights (Matt 5:11&12). And indeed the cost of 
turning away from His calling upon your life will be even greater.

Take heart dear follower of "the Way", you are not alone. Many 
others are being spoken to in exactly the same way as God is 
speaking to you. If it is not apparent to you yet, time will reveal 
those who will stand with you. Meanwhile equip yourself with 
(a knowledge of) His Word and abandon yourself to (the leading 
of) His Spirit, that He might use you to the extent that He would, 
as the God of all ages works out His purposes in our fallen and 
needy world; both now and forever. 

Your God and my God has clearly stated through His Son Jesus 
Christ: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteous-
ness, because they shall be filled. Blessed are those who are 
persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom 
of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute 
you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven."

-Your brother, Colin Wilson.