God's School of Preparation -Part 1
The closing out of this present Age is upon us. In former times when God closed out one day or Age and began another, He prepared vessels who were His voice, announcing the ending of one Day and the beginning of a new Day. Moses and John the Baptist were men whom God used in this manner.
Those who aspire to be a partaker with the Lord in the closing out of this present age and the beginning or furtherance of His purposes and ultimate intention must enter the School of Christ and be recreated, developed, and trained. These must pass through a rigorous discipline, process of crucifixion, testing, chastening and correction.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. -1 Cor. 9:24
The first thing necessary is to discover this School of Preparation or the School of the Holy Spirit, then seek to gain entrance. One must know and be aware that this course of training is available before he or she can enter its classes. A knowledge of its requirements is helpful; accepting them is essential.
Before we will be able to rightly relate to the classroom lessons of this school, we must come into a practical relationship with the Holy Spirit as our director and teacher. Each individual will be in a class by himself and receive the lessons specifically fitted to the crucifixion of his own will, mind, and carnal nature. These lessons deal with our inward man; firstly, God searches backward correcting incidents of the past, and forward, to prepare us for the intended position and work that will occupy us in that day.
Except we, in some measure, come to understand God’s ways of working, we may find ourselves involved in that which is contrary to and fighting against His purposes. He may be trying to crucify us through a certain individual, but all we see is someone trying to do us wrong. God may be applying the chastening rod, but we interpret it as someone wrongly abusing us. If we will consider past persons and events and can recognize God at work refining us, we will find ourselves in His School of Preparation, having entered without our being aware of it.
Jesus, the Master Re-builder, is at hand through the Holy Spirit, diligently working with fullers soap, refiner’s fire, winnowing fan, trying circumstances, and unreasonable people. He will bring to bear all these, and many other crucifying, chastening, and correcting people and trying things, which are exactly suited to our individual processing and ultimate perfection. ("Be ye perfect as I am perfect" -Matt 5:48)
The only safe way is to face them all. See no man. Rather, see it as being appointed of the Lord. The Lord will formulate conditions, and set in our path persons adapted to reach and correct our every crooked or warped tendency. We must accept and understand the fact that it is the Lord at work.
An almost endless variety of incidents and people, strangely unaccountable, may gather around us. If we will remain steadfast and faithful, after we come through it all, we will be a greatly changed person, and have become “a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work (2 Timothy 2:21b).”
There are many who talk about End-Time truth, but few seem to find the door that leads into this School of Holy Spirit Preparation. Jesus said of the Pharisees, “They say, and do not.”
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22).” Unless we submit to this time of processing, in God's School of the Spirit, our participation in His End-Time purposes cannot be obtained.