The Remnant

“…there has also come to be at the present time
a remnant according to God’s gracious choice”
Romans 11:5

Remnant: a small remaining part, quantity,
a small surviving group of people.
(Webster’s dictionary)

Throughout scripture we find that God sets aside a remnant, sometimes one person or a small group of people that he has chosen to carry out a special purpose for his kingdom work.You see this in the life of Joseph when he reunites with his brothers after many years of hardship, “And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance” Genesis 45:7. Several months ago the Lord spoke a word to my heart about a current day remnant that I would like to share:

The remnant has been called.
They are being put through the fire
and now they are going to experience
the power of the Holy Spirit.
As God’s creation is groaning and
breaking forth in the physical,
it is going to happen in the spiritual.

Think of the example of a volcano erupting. We will also see God’s people “erupt” and break forth in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are seven things I would like to encourage you to pray and seek the Lord about so that you may be used in a powerful way as God’s remnant:

Do not fear.Haggai 2:5-6, “As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst: do not fear! For thus says the Lord of hosts, once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.”As you see the earth and nations being shaken, even your own nation being shaken, you must stand on this promise from the word and not fear.

Repent of sin in your life. Acts 3:10, “Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Seek the Lord and ask Him to show you areas of your life that are not pleasing to Him so that you will experience a cleansing and refreshing in your heart, mind and spirit.

Guard your heart through prayer.  Luke 21:34 & 36, “Be on guard, that your hearts may not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day come on you suddenly like a trap, but keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place.” This scripture refers to the return of Christ and is also an important word of advice that you need to remember as you face difficult challenges. It is a reminder not to let the troubles you are facing to fill your heart and mind with worry and to be careful of what you allow into your life and mind that would be a distraction.

Seek the place of intimacy with the Lord. I Samuel 30:6, “Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” As you are surrounded by difficult news and challenging situations, go before the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage you.

You must listen carefully for the Lord’s direction. Isaiah 30:21, “And your ears will hear a word behind you, this is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” It is crucial that you are obedient to the things the Lord is speaking to you, asking you to do or asking you to share with others, even simple things.  The wellbeing of those around you could depend on your obedience to listen & hear direction from the Spirit of God.

Go to the secret place. Psalm 31:20, “Thou dost hide them in the secret place of Thy presence from the conspiracies of man.”When you hear about ungodly or evil plans that governments, leaders or men are implementing, learn how to be in that special “secret” place with Christ and know His protection will cover you for the work ahead.

Trust the Lord will help and deliver you. Exodus 14:13, “But Moses said to the people, do not fear!Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which he will accomplish for your today.”There is a deeper level of trust that will be needed for the future: a trust in the Word of God that will require you to look at difficulties and hardships knowing the Lord will carry out His promises on your behalf.

The best example I can share with you for what I believe we will experience in the future is found in Acts 3:6. Peter and John were going to the temple for the hour of prayer and they encountered a beggar. What they said to this man is essential to understand, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene – walk!” Peter did not have money but what he gave to this man was spiritual.

The power of the Holy Spirit was working through Peter and he explained in verse 16, “And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know.” In the days ahead, the remnant of God may not have physical or monetary items to share, but what they will have is the power of the Holy Spirit and the mighty name of Jesus Christ to minister and give to those around them.

Is your spirit moved that you need to prepare spiritually? I pray the Lord will speak to you and give you understanding that you are being prepared for a time of bearing fruit, a time of walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, “And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward” Isaiah 37:31.

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