“In a land of plenty where there is bread and wine in sufficiency, abasement does not come easily. In a land of materialism where there is money in sufficiency, abasement is not easily learned. In a land where there is little persecution and suffering for the gospel’s sake, there is almost no meekness of soul found among My people.” (Holy Spirit inspired utterance)
God has shown me that there is a connection between meekness and miracles and the power of God. It is something that needs to be cultivated greatly, especially in the Western Church.
The greatness of Jesus was in His meekness. Before Jesus abounded in power (Lk 4:14) He was abased (to be brought low) and humbled Himself (Phil 2:8 Amp). The Lamb was meek and lowly (Mat 11:29). He did not fight or struggle with God. His soul was under the rule and reign of God the Father. The Spirit of Christ in a man has no mind of its own. It is totally under the authority of Another. This is the spirit that is better than the mighty and can take a city (Pr 16:32). It is meekness. This is the spirit that the Holy Spirit told me is so lacking in America, and in His people.
Moses’ greatness was not in the miracles He worked, but in the meekness God worked in him. “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth (Num 12:3).” A spirit of meekness was developed in Moses’ life through frustration in the flesh. He came to the end of himself. In the Old Covenant God dealt with Israel and his prophets according to the flesh because of the deadness of their spirits. In the New Covenant God’s desire is for meekness to be developed according to the exaltation of the new nature.
Praying in other tongues and fasting have been called the power twins because one subdues the flesh while the other edifies the spirit. Together along with the Word of God they cultivate meekness in your soul.
Smith Wigglesworth made the comment that he often felt like he’d been run over by a thousand railroad engines. Paul said that he died daily (1 Cor 15:31). There is a pain which leads to gain. There is a lonely walk which draws the communion of the Holy Spirit. There is a dying that generates life and power. There is no other way to the power of God except through dying. The American Church has continually attempted to shortcut this process, thinking they can obtain the true power and glory of God some other was, but it can never be. The result will be more dead religion and a form of godliness void of God’s power. And frankly, many people are sick of that and are leaving our churches due to its absence.
Religion causes sin to abound. The new nature causes grace to abound. The body of Christ must renew its mind and feed and develop the new nature until it grows to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Then and only then will the sons of God manifest the power of God to a lost and dying world. Then and only then will they know that Jesus is Lord.