Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
[1 Corinthians 15:51-53 NKJV]
Paul tells us that we shall all be changed in a moment, which is true; but the decision for change is made in the moment, and we do not know when that moment will come.
God creates the circumstances for ‘the moment’, and when ‘the moment’ arrives, we shall surely know - it is a moment of decision, a choosing to go with Christ, or to turn away. That is always the choice. The Holy Spirit never says “I’ll come back to you next week, once you’ve weighed up the pros and cons.”
Time after time in scripture, we see His saints faced with challenges; literal life and death decisions — and the response has to be immediate. When the test comes, there can be no prevarication; act ‘in the moment’; act now, for there is no other option.
When the disciples chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit to serve, he had the option to refuse that commission. God always let’s us choose the way we will go — But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
Stephen being full of the Holy Spirit will have understood ‘in the moment’, what the outcome of the situation would be when he spoke to the assembly. He had to decide whether to proclaim truth, or save himself. Stephen chose the path of truth ...
Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him.
[Acts 7:55-58a NKJV]
In Stephen’s story we see the crucial element in making that life-changing decision — being full of the Holy Spirit. That allows us to be “carelessly careful”, with everything in life, allowing Christ to guide in the moment.
Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.
[Isaiah 26:20 NKJV]
We Shall Be Changed Kitty Parham + Richard White
Wednesday 7th October 2020
I have to get to the implicit relationship that takes everything as it comes from God. He never guides presently, but always now. Realise that the Lord is here now, and the emancipation is immediate.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART