Our God is moving – He has a particular move in every age, and today even if our gospel preaching is adequate, our Bible teaching is accurate, and our meetings are scriptural, we need to ask ourselves, Lord, do we have the ultimate move of God among us?
We may preach the gospel – even the high and complete gospel, we may teach the Bible truths – even the deeper truths of the completing ministry of Paul, and we may meet in a scriptural way – according to God’s ordained way; but do we have the ultimate move of God among us?
What is God’s ultimate move in this age, and how can we participate in it? The ultimate move of God is to fulfill His eternal intention by having Christ as life in us, flowing in us, saturating us and permeating us, and making us fit to be built up into His Body for His expression.
God’s move today is not something outward but inward; He wants to recover us from things seen to things not seen, and from outward things to the inward experience of Christ.
The Lord Jesus is in us to be our life; He lives within us, He flows in us, and He wants to saturate and permeate us to make us building and buildable members of His Body – this is the ultimate move of God today.
Therefore, in order for us to participate in God’s ultimate move we need to experience Christ day by day for the building up of the church as the Body of Christ. It must be our real and daily experience that Christ is the flowing life within us.
We need to daily turn our heart to the Lord, call on His name, live in spirit, and exercise our spirit, so that we may have Him flowing within us to saturate us and permeate us with Himself, with the result that we are built up with the saints into the Body of Christ.
As we allow the Lord to saturate us by opening all the inward parts of our being to His shining and filling, we are supplied with His elements and all the negative things within us are being eliminated and terminated.
Today God moves within man; He moves in us to saturate us and permeate us so that we may be transformed, grow unto maturity, and be built up for Christ to have a Body, a corporate expression, that will become His bride and will consummate the New Jerusalem.
Asking Ourselves, Do we have the Ultimate Move of God Among us Today in the Church Life?
In Christianity when there’s an evangelistic campaign, there’s much organization among the leaders, and sometimes they even invite famous people to attend, they ask various denominations to band together and promote the campaign, and great numbers may gather together.
In His mercy, the Lord may save some of these people, and they become children of God. However, what happens after that? Where are the people that care for these new ones, perfect them, and help them to grow unto maturity for the building up of the church?
We must turn to the Lord and ask for His mercy so that we may be the people on earth who afford Him a way for the ultimate move of God.
Throughout the ages the Lord has recovered the matter of preaching the gospel, and today in the church life we have the high gospel, the complete gospel, even the gospel of the kingdom, which includes the entire revelation of the Bible.
Furthermore, the Lord had a way to recover many of the truths in the Bible, and in the church life we have the completing ministry of Paul, a revelation of the economy of God, and the high peak truth, being up-to-date with the Lord in the present truth.
Finally, the Lord recovered the scriptural way to meet – not only meeting as a social gathering but meeting in the God-ordained way to build up the church.
However, even if our gospel preaching is adequate, our Bible teaching is accurate, and our meetings are scriptural, we need to ask ourselves this question, Do we have the ultimate move of God among us?
God moves in man, and He wants to be enjoyed and experienced by us to be expressed through us as His Body. Do we live according to the spirit daily, living no longer by our natural life but by the divine life in our spirit to express Christ for the building up of the Body?
Christ, the wonderful One, must be our life, and we must live Him. We must daily contact the Lord, be filled with Him, and be saturated with Him. We need to daily have many conversations with Him and allow Him to make His home in our heart, so that we may be in the ultimate move of God in this age.
Our entire being needs to be infused with the Lord’s feelings, His intentions, His thoughts, and His desires. We need to daily seek the Lord and grow unto maturity by being transformed little by little by His flowing life within us.
The result is that we will be built up with our fellow believers in our locality to be the golden lampstand shining bright for the Lord’s testimony. This is for the building up of the Body of Christ and for the preparation of the bride for the Lord to return.
May we be those who daily participate in the ultimate move of God by experiencing Christ for the building up of the Body.
Lord Jesus, do we have the ultimate move of God among us today in the church life? We may have an adequate gospel preaching, an accurate Bible teaching, and scriptural meetings, but do we have God’s ultimate move? Oh Lord, we want to experience You today as life so that we may be transformed and grow in life for the building up of the Body. Make Your home in our heart. Infuse us and saturate us with Yourself. May Your life within us flow and permeate us until we are filled with God and built up together with the saints in the Body of Christ!
The World Situation is for the Ultimate Move of God and for His Ultimate Recovery
It is amazing to look at history in the light of God’s move in His economy and realize that God arranges the whole world situation for His ultimate move and His ultimate recovery (Rom. 8:29; 2 Tim. 1:9).
In the first step, God prepared the Roman Empire for the coming of the Lord Jesus, the redemption on the cross, and the spreading of the gospel.
In the second step, God prepared Martin Luther with Germany for the return to the Bible, putting the word of God in the hands of the people.
In the third step, God greatly used Great Britain with the Brethren the last two centuries to open up the word of God, dig out the deeper truths in the Bible, and shed much light on the scriptural way of meeting.
Finally, in the fourth step these days God has prepared the United States for the release of the truth, the establishing of the local churches, and the spreading of the Lord’s recovery with the deeper truths and the practice of the church life all over the earth.
In His sovereignty God raised up a new country, the United States, as the last power that would match the Lord’s recovery to spread the recovery all over the earth. The USA never robbed other country to create their wealth and economy but rather in God’s sovereignty they have a lot of natural resources and they also gave others money and things, and they were involved very much in the maintaining of peace around the world.
Today the Lord is carrying out the ultimate move of God by gaining a good number of believers who know how wonderful Christ is, who have Him as their life and live Him, who are filled, permeated, and saturated with Him, who grow in life and are transformed by His flowing life within them, and who are built up with fellow believers to be the golden lampstand in their locality (Eph. 4:12, 15-16; Rev. 1:11-12).
We all must have this reality in the local churches today; inwardly and outwardly we must be filled with the Spirit, and we need to live in spirit, walk according to the spirit, and do everything in the mingled spirit and not in our human natural life.
The only way we can live the Christian life and participate in the ultimate move of God for the Lord’s ultimate recovery is by exercising our spirit to be filled in spirit and live in the mingled spirit.
We need to exercise our spirit to pray over the word of God to be filled with the Spirit, and out of our inner being will flow rivers of living water in our living Christ, and the church life will be filled with the manifestation of Christ.
May the Lord open our eyes to see what age we live in, what the ultimate move of God is, what the Lord’s ultimate recovery is, and how the world situation is going on.
The world is going on for the spreading of the recovery, for the preparing of the bride, and for the local churches to be raised up as many golden shining lampstands in many countries.
The Lord is regaining not merely some small teachings but the central vision of God, and He is spreading throughout the earth for the ultimate move of God in man. May we be those who see this and cooperate with the Lord in this.
Lord Jesus, open our eyes to realize what age we live in, what the Lord’s recovery is, what the ultimate move of God is, and how the world situation is going on. Cause us to realize how wonderful Christ is. We want to take You as our life and live You, being filled, permeated, and saturated with You. We want to grow in life and be transformed by Your flowing life within us, so that we may be built up with the saints to be the golden lampstand in our locality for God’s expression. Lord, we want to participate in Your ultimate move today and be in Your ultimate recovery!
References and Hymns on this Topic
- Inspiration: the Word of God, my enjoyment in the ministry, the message by Minoru C. for this week, and portions from, The World Situation and God’s Move, chs. 3-4 (by Witness Lee), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, Special Fellowship concerning the World Situation and the Lord’s Move, msg. 3 (week 3), Spreading the Divine Truths and Seeing a Vision of the World’s Ultimate Situation, God’s Ultimate Move, and the Lord’s Ultimate Recovery.
- Hymns on this topic:
# As the center, as the kernel, / Of God’s plan our spirit is; / Calling on the name of Jesus / Makes our spirit one with His. / From the center to circumference / God would saturate each part; / Feeling, mind, and will renewing, / Making home in all our heart. (Hymns #1325)
# Do you see them in the cities, / Meeting on the local ground? / They’re the local, golden lampstands, / Where the Lord His home has found. / ’Tis the local church, the church God has chosen, / Where all the saints dwell as one! / ’Tis the local church, the church God has chosen, / Where all the saints dwell as one! (Hymns #1257)
# So, Lord, I give my heart to Thee today, / That it may be Thy home in every way, / A place for Thee to come and settle down, / And all Thy grand recovery work to crown / In one new man. (Hymns #1179)