God’s Mastermind Group
By David Drew
God has always had people who were a part of His Mastermind Group. People who had the Master’s mind. People who walked with God and who had His attention, and He, theirs.
These special people were always at odds with the culture of their day and were those who were so God-minded that everything else considered important in this world, faded into insignificance. They had reached the level where they were willing to die if necessary, in order to stand true in their walk with God. They were what Jesus refers to as “overcomers” in the New Testament.
They were overcomers in the Old Covenant.
What about today? Where are God’s Mastermind group today?
If ever there was a time in history when it was important for there to be people who were a part of God’s Mastermind Group, now is the time. I don’t have to tell you that the sins of our generation are on a par or worse than evil, pagan, cultures in past times. To put it crudely, our sin “stinks to high heaven! ”We have become, largely a pagan culture.
The words sin, sins, sinners, sinned; appear around 500 times in the Bible. Yet the words are rarely used today by Christians when speaking or preaching for fear it might offend someone. Yet the Bible talks about sin a lot.
In our post-modernism world, situational ethics rule. In other words sometimes you just have to lie, cheat, blame, hate and even kill, if the situation calls for it. Morality seems to be more and more a thing of the past and it’s affecting people in all walks of life, including our so-called leaders.
One thing is for sure. If you are going to knowingly and purposefully sin on a continuous basis, it’s doubtful you can have a relationship with God, and it’s doubtful you’ll ever be able to enter God’s Kingdom.
God’s Mastermind Group in the Past
Below are some examples for us to remember. People who refused to “bow down” to other gods, idols, or the standards of the day, and were willing to die if necessary, rather than compromise.
These were people who “walked and talked with God.”
Don’t you want to be one of those?
These were those who talked to God about what He wanted to talk about, not just about what they wanted to discuss with God.
Enoch walked with God for 300 years and God took him. Genesis 5:24
Abraham “friend of God,” was the only person to ever be called God’s friend. Why was he called God’s friend? Because he was God’s friend. Isaiah 41:8
Don’t you want to be God’s friend?
Noah walked with God and he was the only person on earth at that time that God could relate to. It was said of him that he was, just, blameless and he walked with God. God looked and found ONE man only, in his day. Genesis 6:5-13.
“The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” Genesis 6:11-12
Are you someone God can relate to in this generation? Are you one with Him in mind and actions?
Are you walking with God?
“But… Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8
The above were all a part of what we are calling “God’s Mastermind Group.”
So was Moses. He walked and talked with God and became the “saviour” of God’s people, a type of Christ. In Deuteronomy it was said that God would raise up a future Prophet like Moses. That future Prophet was Jesus. Deuteronomy 18:15-19
Wouldn’t you like to be likened to Jesus?
You might say that is impossible. Is it? Do you believe you are “born again” and a part of the “Body of Christ?” If you genuinely are, shouldn’t you be like Jesus?
And what about these Mastermind people…
Joseph, Joshua, Gideon, Samson, Samuel, Esther, Daniel, David, Sarah…
“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of aliens.” Hebrews 11:33-34
You ARE Called to Be a Part of God’s Mastermind Group
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, (examples) let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (edit by me).
Here’s the key to walking with God like the heroes of times past...
In all the above examples of faithful men and women, the trait that got God’s attention was their yieldedness.
Are you fully yielded to God?
Even though “yieldedness” may not be recognised as a word in the dictionary, it describes the essential quality that will cause God to come in all His power and “possess” people.
Being fully yielded opens the door to grace… great grace.
Another characteristic tied with yieldedness is humility. God and His glory cannot dwell with pride at any level or measure.
“Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool.Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word. Isaiah 66:1-2
“For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15
The Place Where God Lives
He lives in the hearts and minds of the yielded and humble.
Want to be a part of His Mastermind Group? Do you want to have God living His manifested life in and through you? Not just in theory (head knowledge), but in actual reality?
Don’t you want to join with those who have gone before and make your life count in God’s economy? I certainly do, and I hope and pray you do too. The world desperately needs these kinds of people now! Or, are you more interested in world economy, and what you can get out of it?
God’s Calling butWho Is Listening?
Here’s an excerpt from my book, “The Power of Unity in the Name” page 165. I pray it will challenge you to live a higher life.
Do we really have an ear that can hear?
Jesus made a point of saying, “He who has an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit says to the churches.” He repeated this to each of
the seven churches in John’s letters recorded in Revelation chapters
2-3. He also used a similar statement in the gospels.
Jesus was making it clear that not everyone was listening to
what He and the Holy Spirit were saying. In fact, very few were
able to hear because their listening ability was hampered by their
selective hearing and the filter of self interest on their part.
Is it any different today?
Most Christians just want God to change them so they are never
tempted by sin again. The number of people who stream out to the
prayer lines at meetings to have hands laid on them or to be given
a word of prophecy indicates a desire for God, but a desire for God
to do something as quickly and painlessly as possible. God doesn’t
work this way. He doesn’t take away our desires so we become
some kind of robotic machines programmed by Him. He requires us
to make choices and to practice self-control.
This is what brings change and transformation.
I do not want to minimize God’s power to bring change to an individual,
but it usually comes when an individual cooperates by yielding, listening,
and obeying the prompting of the Holy Sprit and His Word.
Temptations lose their power when we decide to cut them
off. When tough decisions are made, God’s power is released-
sometimes in the most dramatic ways!
Here is an extremely serious question for God’s people and churches today.
Do we have the right buildings, sound system, musicians, songs,
and programs, and are we deaf to the voice of God?
What is God saying to the church today?
Get ready! Prepare yourself! Put away childish things! Put
away unimportant pursuits. Practice holiness without compromise!
Seek My face! Make prayer the major priority of your life! Forgive
others! Love one another!
“I AM COMING SOON BUT WHEN I COME WILL YOU
BE READY? HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING FOR MY VOICE?
WILL I FIND FAITH IN THE EARTH? WILL YOU BE FOUND
AS A WISE OR FOOLISH PERSON, WHEN I COME?”
Hey Folks! It’s time to get ready. It’s time to drop every other
pseudo thing and take on the role of being a living expression of
Christ the Anointed One, listening to what the Spirit is saying to
the churches. (end)
Are You Ready to join God’s Mastermind Group?
I believe the door is wide open to any, in any generation. And this generation it’s most important because it’s the one we are living in! People from the past can’t do anything. We are the only ones who can. And it’s also the final age. God’s Kingdom age is soon to be established finishing the 2000 year Church age.
Playing “church,” rather than being the Church, is not going to reach this generation. The only thing that will reach them is Jesus appearing to them. And He’ll appear in His yielded Mastermind Group members, just like He has done in times past.
The difference will be that YOU and the others have an opportunity to make a difference in this generation now. Will you? Is this why you are here now on the earth? Why were you born in this era? Do you have a Kingdom purpose to fulfil?
You might be surprised and what God is saying right now. But you will only clearly hear, if you are fully yielded. Some of you know what I’m talking about. But, if you don’t, and you want to be a part of God’s “overcomers,” then yield… everything… and God will come in like a flood, with His rivers of living water, the desires of His heart revealed and declared. But you must yield. It’s the only way.
What’s on YOUR mind?
Do you feel you must be “about your Fathers business” the way Jesus felt it as a young boy? God wants you as His friend and close confidant. Come “home” now. NOTHING can compare with it.
Let THIS Mind Be in You
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
Pray This Prayer Now
“Lord, I’m bringing to you this available vessel. Please fill me with Yourself. I want the mind of Christ to fill my mind and overtake it. Fill me with Your thoughts and desires. I’m Yours anyway. You purchased me. I belong to You. I yield all my thoughts and desires to You, and I will to will the will of God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
The Father is waiting, please don’t delay. It may be too late…
Remember the five foolish virgins!
Your Brother in Christ,