The idea that we are to be overcomers called through tribulation to intimacy is quite foreign to current teaching fashion. It doesn’t sound positive or uplifting. The modern Church’s view of itself often has little to do with reality. But then, you need to consider that recent polls tell us that true believers are less than ten percent of the people who consider themselves to be a Christian—maybe as low as six percent. However, it is a major part of the Lord’s plan.
As I update this in the Fall of 2021, I need to ask: does the final lead up to the Lord’s return in clouds meet your expectations? The reality of it is a little disconcerting, but what we are experiencing lines up well with prophetic scripture. A lot has changed since I wrote this in the summer of 2018. But as far as this post is concerned, these truths are needed more than ever. Constant communication with Jesus through the Holy Spirit is becoming more and more essential, as the day draws near.
Overcomers called through tribulation to intimacy
Here’s a quote from a precious saint who went home in the seventies. He saw what we are experiencing very accurately. We learn what we need to know by drawing near to Jesus.
“God is using the world to hammer out a Bride. They crucified Jesus. Do you think we are going to have any more glorious ending? Don’t worry; we will have to know something of the fellowship of the sufferings and defeat of the Bridegroom. He went home in shame and disgrace, without the applause and satisfaction of the world; He went out in darkness. Do you think the Bride is going home on a bandwagon? A lot of people are trying to get that bandwagon painted up now, so it will play real good.
“Where will the Bride—the overcomers—be in this picture? She will be identified with a slain Bridegroom, and the Bride will know something of being slain. The Bride of Christ will know the slain life, and she will go home as a slain Bride in union with the Bridegroom. She comes from the desert, leaning. As long as there is an ounce of flesh, she will stand in her own strength. God has to reduce and deplete her, and bring her to complete exhaustion of self-effort.” Follette, John Wright. John Wright Follette’s Golden Grain (p. 19-20). Kindle Edition.
The overcoming Bride, have you heard about that?
Probably not. The slick modern church has turned a close walk with Jesus into an accusation. We are always to live in victory. We pray. He answers—miraculously. This is the life I portray in my fiction, as well as my non-fiction. It’s an accusation because we all know life is not like that—really. Are you sure about that?
In fact, living like that will please the Lord. To quote our Lord Yeshua,
In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33b NASB
We’ve noticed for years that people without trials are not blessed. Rather, it seems as if the enemy is very careful not to get them upset enough to turn to the Lord for help. Every true believer we know well regularly experiences massive trials and tribulations. As we approach the end, we’ve arrived at a place where these trying times often seem non-stop with shorter and shorter times of refreshing. The truth shines forth that we are to be overcomers called through tribulation to intimacy. This is the normal Christian life.
The comfort and closeness are wonderful
Because we have also realized that the Lord always delivers us. The tales of deliverance and blessing are truly glorious. The intimacy with the Lord, through these times of trial, blesses us with intense joy and gratitude.
It’s all about us growing to maturity—where we know the Lord, becoming one with him, as the Lord promised.
How are you doing?