“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:57)
From The Christian Church in the Last Days
Someone may ask at this point, how do the narrative stories and examples in the Bible relate to me, and to the modern-day Christian church? I get up in the morning, go to work, and come home to my wife and children each day, so how do the inspirational stories of the biblical superstars of the faith relate to me in my desire to obtain vertical vision as a Christian? How can God integrate His higher ways and thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9) into the ordinary conventional routine of my daily life?
The answer is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, learning to listen in the Spirit, studying the Bible daily, and a willingness to follow the leadership of Jesus within the events and circumstances of our uniquely individual lives. Like the example of playing catch with a baseball, we get better with practice. But unless we are throwing the ball straight up and catching it by ourselves when it comes back down, we need a minimum of two people for a game of catch. To enter into a biblical style journey of faith having vertical vision, this requires the unmistakably supernatural participation of the living God. This is the reality for new covenant, Spirit-born Christians that is promised through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).
The solutions to the challenges facing Christians and the Christian church in the last days are found in raising our vision upward toward Jesus Christ in faith and trust. The answers to the upcoming challenges of the end-times are found in the fully committed approach taken by the three young Hebrews confronted with the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:18), Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:22), and Esther in attempting to be the instrument of God to save her people (Esther 4:16).
These are not ancient myths. This is not man-invented folklore. The opportunity to likewise exercise our faith, to walk in the Spirit, and to be “in Christ” in this broken world in the middle of the unprecedented world-shaking events of the last days, is a privilege, a calling, and an honor beyond reckoning. The theme of this book is to illuminate and clarify this vision of seeing above the horizontal through faith in Christ. An understanding of the role of a collective adventure of faith through the cross for the entire Christian church as a group, composed and orchestrated by God in a way that is above and beyond human invention, is another key truth leading to our success as overcomers in the upcoming end-times events.