A GATHERING OF ONE
BY: ROMEO CORSINI
When we meet, it is a gathering of oneness. Are we aware that our purpose is to prove our oneness? Do we agree? We can’t walk together except we be agreed. (Amos 3:3) So, what do we agree upon? We agree on the same spirit, not the same presumptions, not the same facts. I am not interested in learning anymore. I want to be experienced. We can liken it to having all the education in the world and not being able to get a job because you don’t have a skill.
What is wisdom if it isn’t having learned through experience? What is learning to us, the children of the most High? Learning to us is revelation. Otherwise it is called opinion. What is your opinion worth? I say this because it is true. We who are spiritual and who walk spiritually live by revelation. Yet we cannot discard those called by God to be leaders by saying that we only live by revelation, therefore have no need for anyone else. There are many who need to rely on the wisdom of those more established in their walk in God.
Look to what Paul said in 1 Cor. 7:25 and 40. “Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful…but she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the spirit of God.” And this is Paul’s wise opinion based on his experience with the spirit of God.
Scripture does tell us that we need not that any man teach us because the spirit of God will guide us to all truth. It also tells us that there is wisdom in the multitude of counselors. (Prov. 11:14) There you have it. Wisdom is the key. I could go by the knowledge I have that the Bible says I don’t need to rely on anyone but the spirit of God. But my experience teaches me that there are many times I need the good counsel of my friend, my elder, both in the Lord. I have seen it happen where well-meaning individuals become loners and can’t hear anyone, though someone would come to them from the Lord. Experience teaches us wisdom, which is another word for spiritual discernment.
How can we gather together with the purpose of proving our oneness if we cannot receive from one another? We cannot receive from one another when what is being offered is opinion and not truth. How often does one have truth to share? Only as often as he has had revelation from the spirit of God. Or…. as often as he has humbly listened to others called by the Lord to minister wisdom. There is another key.
I find that in this age of lawsuits, in this country especially, of so-called plagiarism, where people accuse people of not being original but repeating what others “have come up with”, the word of the Lord is often reduced to ‘preferred customers’. (Why, I’ve heard of ministers who have become so big that they would not go to certain places without guarantees of money totals and attendances, explaining that God would not be a waster.) But I say to you that if I do share any word and it is the truth by revelation, whether I received it or heard it from another, then your wisdom, your discernment, should hear the voice of God and give thanks. You should not praise me or anyone who is sharing. What we have received we have received freely. If I cannot pass on to you a truth from God, even a song unto God, without permission from man, I dare say that it is not from God no matter how good it sounds. Our ears need to be re-trained sometimes from the deception that if it sounds good, it’s good enough. Discernment alone should tell us that if I have to pay to receive, it’s not from the Lord on High.
As we gather together, we do so for a purpose. If you are not there because you are led by the Lord or because you are seeking more of Him, then why are you there? I say, better there than many other places. I also would say that you should let your reason of being there in that you want to hear the truth of the Father. Let your reason to gather be that you want to be trained to hear the voice of the Lord, not to learn a new doctrine or by-law or dogma.
Let no one come to water down your resolve to be instruments of the Lord by making of you audiences for their glory. An audience is strictly a group that is there to hear. Untrained and untaught or trained but taught incorrectly, they will hear the speaker and not the Lord. Your ears are holy things designed for the voice of God. They are not garbage containers. If our mouths should not utter both sweet and bitter, then why should our ears be receptors of good and garbage? (Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? (James 3:11) Of course, that means we are to be discerners of the spirit. That is why I began by declaring that we agree on the spirit and nothing else. The spirit does not change. As we walk about our towns and work places we should be able to recognize our own kind through sight or sound by the discernment we possess.
And why shouldn’t it be this way? After all, our God is Spirit. Peter said in Acts 5:32, “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost whom God hath given to them that obey him.”
That is another reason why you won’t have to advertise your places of worship. You won’t have to plaster the town with signs reading, “Come to our church. We’re not boring. Come worship with us because we’re hip and cool. We are the “up and coming” church. We’re what’s new in church-going. Official sponsors of the 59th Olympics!” It frustrates me to no end how the churches think they have to be clever in advertising to draw attention to themselves when in fact it is the Lord who draws His people to Himself. It is He who adds to the church daily, not by might, not by power (all advertisements), but by His spirit (discern and be discerned.) “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47)
Your ears are your spirit. Your eyes are your spirit. Your minds are your spirit. Do you see what I see? As a man thinketh so is he. That is to say, as a man allows himself to be influenced so will he be. Therefore, we have a serious responsibility to know just what does influence us and to avoid what is not good for us. We also have a conscience that will help us when we can’t figure what is right and what is wrong. I agree with what I read in a Watchman Nee book that our conscience is the spirit of God talking. How many of us know our conscience enough to recognize it when it speaks? How many of us truly know how holy the conscience is, holy enough to be reverenced and obeyed? WE HAVE A DUTY TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THAT WHICH WE HAVE DISCERNED TO BE NOT OF GOD. When people come together as a unity to worship God and to wait upon Him for instruction, direction and inspiration; they must act for the sake of the one body. It should not be every man for himself. That is why it is important to know that we agree on the same thing and that same thing is the Spirit of God. Otherwise we would be differing on the small petty things that do not involve growth in the Spirit of God.
We agree on the Spirit of God. That is what makes us one. Any time I say the Spirit I mean Christ, and Christ said that the Spirit would come and abide in us. There are many ways to describe what the Spirit of God means but I found one that says it well.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phil 4:7-8)
When we meet, therefore, let us be one by remembering the beauty of Christ. Let us remember the fruit of His Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; Gal 5:22-23. And let us always know that apart from one another we cannot worship God as one. “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:5) “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.” (Ephesians 4:4)
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