Hold firm your confidence to the end.

Dear Saints,

Today I wish to just share with you all something that has been on my heart lately that coincides with the last two prophetic words which the Lord has given me for His people.

We all know that revival is coming (also a false revival).  However, this revival will most likely be in the mist of severe persecution.  In addition to this, many other tragedies and disasters are coming.

My point in all this is the importance to endure to the end.  Hebrews 3:14 states: For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold firm the beginning of our confidence to the end.

Dear brothers and sisters, it is so important that we endure and hold firm the beginning of our confidence to the end.  Jesus said that he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Matt. 24:13)  Also we read in Galatians 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we will reap, if we do not faint.

We know that there are many false teachings which claim that all we need is a belief in Jesus and then we’re saved and will soon be raptured before the tribulation starts. Well, even if that were true, harsh times and judgments of God are coming before the tribulation.  So, even if you, or a loved one you know, holds to the false doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture, we still need to prepare ourselves for severely hard times that are just ahead of us.

Therefore, it is so crucial to strengthen ourselves in the Lord daily by soaking and meditating on his word as we believe, receive and obey the engrafted word.   James 1:21-22 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and residue of wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  

This engrafted word that is able to save our souls is not simply reading or studying the scriptures.  No, it is the hearing, receiving, and obeying His voice.   And, hearing His voice also consists of Him speaking to your spirit man through the scriptures.  But the key point is that it is not us simply reading the scriptures, but yet, Him speaking His word to us through the scriptures.

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, ‘He who hears my word, and believes in [depends on, trusts, obeys] him who sent me, has eternal life, and shall not come into condemnation; but has passed [past tense] over from death to life.  This scripture expressly states that he who HEARS His word and believes (not merely reads His word) has passed from death to life.

However, contrary to this truth of the need to HEAR his word, many think that the engrafted word that saves is by merely studying and memorizing scriptures.  But Jesus declares differently.  John 5:39-40 You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are those that testify of me.  But you will not come to me, so that you might have life.

The bottom line is not in us “reading” or even “studying” the word…yes, we need to do this, but the most important thing is for us to apply what His word says to our lives.  As I shared this with my pastor, the Lord illuminated this message and gave my pastor a powerful understanding about His word being applied to our lives…we can receive this understanding by seeing it in this verse: John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”.  God wants His word to BECOME FLESH…& “dwell among us”.  We are “flesh” & in the same sense, He wants His word to become part of us.  Just reading or studying, will not do this…we must receive it within our entire being…His word must “dwell” within us!

So then, by daily receiving the engrafted word by hearing Him and believing unto obedience, we must all prepare and strengthen ourselves to endure and hold firm our confidence to the end.  Ask yourselves if you’re ready and willing to be martyred for your faith.  Ask yourselves if your willing to lose your job for your faith.  Are you willing to not be able to buy food for your hungry children for your faith.  All these things, and more, are coming.  If you think that you won’t be sorely tested in holding firm your confidence in your faith to the end, then you’re sadly deceiving yourself.

I wish to share a story about a dear brother in Christ who lost his life just a couple of years ago.  This brother was such a loving and kindhearted person who wholeheartedly loved the Lord and followed hard after Christ.

One night close to midnight, this brother and his friend drove down to a river just after a long hard rain.  Because of the rain, what was normally a calm and shallow river, became rushing torrents of water.

So, this dear brother wanted to walk to the center of the river to prove that he was able to endure the rushing water without falling.  His friend strongly advised against it.  But the dear brother was confident that he could do it.  So, he walked into the rushing water toward the center of the river.  And naturally, the rushing water overpowered him and quickly knocked him down.  The last words his friend heard him say was; “I got this”.

Sadly, his dead body was found a far distance down the river from where he was swept off his feet.  This was such a needless tragedy that saddened many of us brothers and sisters who knew this well loved brother in Christ.

During the following church service where the pastor was sharing this tragedy with all who knew this brother, he said that the brother’s death was a sign.  He then claimed that his death was a seed sown into the ground that would bring in a harvest of souls. However, when this pastor said that, I grieved in my spirit because I knew that what the pastor said was not true, even though the brother’s tragic death was a sign.  And the scripture that came to me was 1 Corinthians 10:12  Therefore let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall.

This brother in Christ had fished in that river so many times during his life that he thought he knew the river well, even after a hard rain.  And, he was confident that he could stand in that same river after a long hard rain that turned the calm river into raging waters.  But sadly, he was wrong.  And that one single confidence in himself that he could stand in the midst of harsh waters was the only thing that caused his unnecessary death.

Sadly, I knew his death was a sign, but not what the pastor had proclaimed.  Even though martyrdom is counted as seed sown in the ground for a harvest, his death was not martyrdom.  And so, this dear brother’s death was a sign to us for all the torrents of darkness and tragedies that are coming.  And, if one is confident that they can stand during what is coming, then that one has already fallen.  We MUST be prepared to endure.  And the ONLY thing that will keep us from falling is Him.  We must build ourselves up in Him daily, and in so doing, we will have built our house upon the rock that will survive the coming storms.

Another thing that the Lord illuminated to my pastor about this message, was about the brother thinking that he could “walk to the center of the river”. God said that there are many people who have a “self deceptive” mindset that because they have “walked in the river of God” in the past…i.e., their personal experiences in the past, in which God anointed & empowered them…that because they were able to “stand in the river” in previous moves of God, that they are automatically ready for what is yet to come.

God said that very FEW are truly “ready” for what is ahead & many who claim that they are, truly are not. The warning from the Lord is of great importance to us, for this coming time, as said in…”1 Cor. 10:12: “Therefore let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall”. This is not the time to allow pride to creep in, so that God’s people become careless…now is the time for us to “be sober & vigilant, for our adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1Pet. 5:8 ). Pride is his greatest weapon…he is seeking for God’s people to “think that they stand”, so they will fall.

Just so happens that after I posted the latest word which the Lord gave me on “enduring to the end”, my pastor sent out a word that the Lord had actually given him back in November.  However, the Lord did not give my pastor the OK to release the word at that time. Then, right after I released my last posting, the Lord allowed my pastor to release his word.  And, the word in which the Lord gave my pastor is an exhortation for the Body of Christ to remain strong unto the end.  This is one more reason this is on my heart so much.  I strongly feel the Lord is exhorting us to prepare to endure to the end.  We MUST prepare ourselves now so we do not grow faint when the hard times come.  I encourage you each to read what the Lord shared with my pastor exhorting us to stay strong to the end.  You can read his posting here:  https://revivalfirechurch.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/remaining-strong-unto-the-end/ 

Please, I encourage and exhort you all to seriously take into account the importance of preparing yourselves to endure through some hard times.  Don’t rely on any confidence that you already have enough faith.  Allow the Lord to build His faith in you on a daily basis because it is He who is the author and finisher of our faith, not ourselves.  Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher [perfecter] of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I pray that you all have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us today.

Your brother in Christ,

Kevin B.

 

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8 Responses

  1. I have same message as you wrote and I witness what you said is the Word of God.

  2. Yes Amen! Lately I’ve been reading a book with hundreds of stories about martyrs and all the ways they died for Jesus…and so I ask myself often what I might have to endure.
    Would I be willing to be burned? No? I need more Jesus in me.
    Would I suffer being buried alive for Jesus? No? I need to pray for more Jesus.
    Would I be willing to part with my precious daughter? No? I need more Jesus.

    We truly will not stand if there’s too much of us and not enough Jesus in us.

  3. Kevin, a clear and concise message for the body. We can do all things thru Christ and Him alone. Thank you.

  4. thanks

    Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:31:59 +0000 To: gary.bb@hotmail.com

For those leaving a comment: Please understand that the Lord has charged me to give out His warnings to awaken His people to prepare for the days ahead. In this, He has told me to not waste precious time trying to convince any that will not hear, for they have already made their choice. So with that, if your comment is a personal attack, insult, rude, or to argue; then may the Lord bless you and keep you. I will not answer back to any rude comments, nor post them. Blessings to you, Kevin Barrett

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