What God desires today is to turn this age from the age of the church to the age of the kingdom. We are here on earth for this, and we are in the Lord’s recovery for such a high purpose – to be one with the Lord to turn the age from the age of grace to the age of the manifestation of the kingdom!
Every time God wants to make a dispensational move, a move to change the age, He needs to obtain an instrument, a group of people who are willing to cooperate with Him to be the dispensational instrument in His hands that will change the age.
As we live on earth today we need to realize that our life must have a dispensational value in God’s hands – we want to be one with the Lord to change this age, to bring Him back (see Rev. 12:5-11; 1:20; Dan. 12:3; Matt. 13:43).
We are not here to have a nice church life, a nice Christian life, or a lovely family life; we are here at the end of this age to turn the age! We want to be cooperate with the Lord that He may build up His Body for the preparation of His bride that He might return!
Lord Jesus, we desire Your return! May Your kingdom come and Your will be done! Lord, go on in us today and produce us further to be the overcomers, those who turn this age. May our life have a dispensational value in Your hands! Make us those who turn this age, Lord!
God Must Obtain a Dispensational Instrument
God Himself can do anything He wants, but in His economy and His move on earth He limits Himself to man’s cooperation in doing many things.
When He wants to change the age, He needs to gain a group of people who agree with Him, pray for this, and are one with Him to change the age. We need to pray,
Lord, make me an overcomer – make me a part of Your overcoming bride! Make me a person that has dispensational value to God! Lord, together with the saints, may we have a dispensational value to You! We want to live in the principle of the man-child to turn this age and bring You back!
The way we are produced as overcomers is not by our doing our best or trying really hard, but as Rev. 12:11 tells us, because of the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and by not loving our soul life even unto death!
We want to be the shining stars as the messengers in the churches (Rev. 1:20), those who have a heavenly position and condition, who are one with Christ as the unique Messenger from God. Daily we need to enjoy Christ as the fresh message of God sent by God to His people!
This will make us those who will shine like the stars – having the living message of God, Christ as the fresh speaking of God, to His people (see Dan. 12:3).
Christ is the Sun of righteousness (Mal. 4:2), and He is making us the righteous ones who shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matt. 13:43) – we are becoming a duplication of Christ to shine forth like the Sun!
This is the way for us to be produced as the dispensational instrument for God to change this age. He needs to gain the man-child (see Rev. 12:5), the corporate seed of the woman (Christ with His overcomers, see Gen. 3:15), the overcomers who bring this age to a close and bring in the age of the kingdom.
The Unique Overcomer is in Our Spirit!
Christ has overcome the world, and in Him Satan has nothing – no hope, no way, no ground, no possibility or opportunity in anything (John 14:30). Christ as the unique overcomer is today with our spirit, and He is producing us to be His overcomers from within!
For this, we need to set ourselves not to defile ourselves with anything that Satan has to offer as food in the world today, but eat only Christ as our spiritual food and drink (see Dan. 1). Set your heart not to defile yourself with the satanic food in this world BUT rather eat Christ, drink Christ, and breathe in Christ for Him to be everything to you!
When we are in our spirit, we do not sin (1 John 5:18-19), but we keep ourselves, guard ourselves, and the evil one cannot touch us! We need to ask the Lord to keep us in our spirit so that we may be His overcomers as His duplication on earth today!
If we are faithful to cooperate with Him in His recovery to be His overcomers, we will sit with Him on the throne (Rev. 3:21), even as He overcame and He was given to sit on the throne. Remember: the unique Overcomer dwells in your spirit to make you His overcomer!
Being Special Christians Doing a Special Work
We need to consider before the Lord what are we doing today so that we may bring in the next age. We live in special times, and there’s the need of special Christians to do a special work.
We need to give ourselves to the Lord for Him to build up His church, His Body (Matt. 16:18). The Lord needs to recover us back to Christ as our everything (1 Cor. 1:9). We need to give Christ the first place in all things, and we need to make Christ everything to us in our being, our daily life, our work life, and our church life.
Also, the Lord needs to recover the oneness of His Body, the enlarged oneness of the Triune God (John 17:21) – we need to be daily brought into the corporate “In Us”, that we may be one!
Practically, we need the recovery of the function of all the members of the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 14:4), because it is all members of the Body functioning in their measure that cause the growth of the Body (Eph. 4:16) so that we may grow with the growth of God (Col. 2:19).
We need to realize that today God needs special Christians who set themselves aside for the Lord to do a special work for Him, the work of the building up of the Body of Christ for the preparation of His bride that He may return!
We do all this in the principle of the Body (Phil. 1:19), not individually. In everything we do and say, we are for the Body and in the Body.
Today the Lord needs to raise up men who will turn the age for the recovery of God’s expression and authority. God’s expression today is torn down among men, and His authority is denied – but God needs to gain “Daniel and his companions”, the ones who allow God to be expressed through them and who are truly and fully under God’s authority (Gen. 1:26; Rev. 4:3a; 21:11, 18a, 24; 22:5).
Lord, have a way in us. Cause us to see the age we live in and the work we have to do today. Make us those who respond to Your need and do the work needed to change this age. Make us Your overcomers today, those who are one with You to bring in the kingdom age. Lord, You as the Unique Overcomer in our spirit, go on in producing us as Your many overcomers! Recover us, fill us, sanctify us, reconstitute us, and make us the same as You are in life and nature that we may express You and represent You on earth!
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired from brother Ed Marks’ speaking in this message and portions in, The Glorious Church (by Watchman Nee, pp. 153-157), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Crystallization-Study of Daniel and Zechariah, week 2 (entitled, A Pattern of a Person Used by God to Turn the Age).
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- Hymns on this topic:
# When God wants to move, / He must gain an instrument; / Overcomers separated from the current age.
# And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, / And by the word of their testimony / And they loved not their soul lives unto death. / Therefore rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!
# Will you be an overcomer? / Christ is calling now! / Will you then be such a follower, / Though you know not how?
- Pictures credit: Inspiration Unlimited Facebook page, HWMR Daniel and Zechariah Quotes album.