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Are You Part Of The Remnant?

God is the One who chooses and calls forth a Remnant by His Holy Spirit, so their names can't be found on a separate membership listing. Perhaps the best way to identify them is to look for the signs of the Remnant, that is, the gifts they exhibit, their shared spiritual characteristics and their impassioned voices of concern for the church and the lost world.

Before we look at some of those, it should be said that in reality, the Remnant is not being called to do anything that God is not calling all believers to do. In that sense, we are all one body. Yet we know from the history of the Bible and even our own experience that not everyone fully obeys God's words. However, we also know that some believers do exhibit a deeper commitment and obedience to the Lord than others. Recognizing this, we must also consider the words of the Apostle Paul in the book of Romans, Chapter 12, Verses 4-6:

"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us..."

By keeping these facts in mind, we can begin to understand the idea of God's calling forth of a Remnant from the body. To "call forth" a person or persons is to call them to the forefront, that is, to be as a spearhead for the body of an army. In many respects this is what the remnant is being called to do. The dictionary defines the function of a "spearhead" as to:

"go out in front, lead, bring, bring on, cause, direct, get the jump on, guide, influence, initiate, launch, motivate, move, persuade, pioneer, produce, prompt, shepherd, spur on, and to trail-blaze"

Those called forth often bear the full brunt of the enemies' wrath and find themselves standing between the enemy's army and the body of his own army. Those in the rear often don't know what fierce fighting is taking place on the front lines. Some, frankly, do not want to know and hope they will never have to fight for their army. They are very comfortable and have a nice clean uniform. They are in the army, but not in the battle. They remain behind.

That being said, how do those who have been called forth differ from those who remain behind? What do they look like? What characteristics do they exhibit?

Are you sensing God's call?

Signs of the Remnant

The call of the Remnant can be characterized as being similar to that of a prophet's call. Even though every believer is different and possesses unique gifts of service for the body of Christ, as the Remnant, they share some common spiritual characteristics. While not intended to be all-inclusive or complete descriptions, the following eight (8) characteristics or "signs" are often experienced by those whom God is calling forth as His Remnant. Generally, it can be progressive, a growing and learning experience as God prepares and moves His people forward. As always, it begins with the heart of the believer.

 

1) A stirring up in his or her spirit

Like the fire in the Prophet Jeremiah's bones. "But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my ones." (Jeremiah 20:9) Or, like Lot, a righteous man who was "tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day." (2 Peter 2:7-9)

2) A growing dissatisfaction with superficial faith and Mediocre Christianity

That which is propagated and practiced by some churches and leaders, including manipulative and self-entertaining worship practices, politically correct preaching and pretentious public prayers. As the Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. (Isaiah 29:13) And heeding the words of Jesus to the church in Laodicea, "...because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:15-17)

3) A sense of urgency

An increasingly strong inner drive, a real sense that the luxury of time is running out for the church for revival and evangelism. Expressed in numerous verses, but especially in these verses by Paul to the church in Rome, ".. understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed." (Romans 13:11)

4) A pursuit of genuine, deeper and more powerful prayers

The Remnant finds itself seeking a deeper level of private individual prayer and with others who also sense Christ's calling them forth. Confessing sin, giving thanks, and listening for God's voice, they truly believe that prayer works and claim the promises in scripture with a confident expectation of the Lord's answer. "...confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:16) "...whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)

5) A recognition that spiritual warfare is real

That it is not simply a metaphor to encourage church members to behave better. That Satan and his demons really do exist and fight against us. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God..." ! (Ephesians 6:12-13) Practicing discernment, prayer and intercession in the name of Jesus Christ.

6) An emphasis on the whole Bible - the entirety of God's Word

They reject weak, selective, and politically correct preaching and teaching that ignores the full word of God and promotes a weak and immature body of believers and leaving an unchallenged lost world. As Paul prophesied, "...the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." (2 Timothy 4:3) The Remnant believes the Bible is the living word of God. That it has authority and power to change lives.

7) A heart for Evangelism - to see the lost saved

The Remnant has a driving desire to see the Church and it's leaders return to, promote, and preach Evangelism. Motivated by love and the knowledge that Hell is a real place, they are spurred on by the shortness of time, and their desire to make know to a lost world that in Jesus... "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

8) A compelling desire to proclaim God's word to His Church and the world

Compelled to stand up and speak up because, "Christ's love compels us" (2 Cor. 5:14), the Remnant is responding to God's call to be the prophetic conscience of the church. Once again, echoing Jeremiah's words "...if I say, "I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name," His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot." (Jeremiah 20:9) They find their obligation to be like Ezekiel's, "You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen..." (Ezekiel 2:7) The Remnant endeavors to proclaim a message of repentance, prayer, and obedience to the Gospel of Christ both within and without the church. 

The descriptions of the signs above are just brief summaries here to provide us with a glimpse into the Remnant's heart.

One of our biggest desires is to see the VOTR ministry and web site grow to help facilitate communication amongst the Remnant at the grassroots level. Readers can find much more in the VOTR Articles, Links and Resources and of course the Voice Of The Remnant book. As the Remnant, we must always seek to encourage, support and pray for each other. Where does the Remnant go from here? Please continue reading the Remnant's challenges and spiritual needs below.

Remnant Challenges and Spiritual Needs

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