Lois Doecke - First Half of Second Meeting, Nurioopa Special Meeting - May 10, 2004

It was said once, "Never in human battle has so much been owed by so many, to so few." He wasn't a Godly man that said that and I think that we could say even today, that "in the field of human battle, there is much owed by so many to so few." Hearts it is that God requires, God is not going to use any thing other than the human heart to do His eternal work, and God has never worked in the interests of perishing humanity by using any other medium. Hearts it is the world requires, and I felt that Jesus would have been encouraged looking at that band of men around Him; whose hearts that the Lord had touched as we have been hearing, and He knew so much depended on so few. He knew they were the hope of the nations; the hope of the people, and God looking down today upon us knows that so much is owed by so many to so few.

Those who have followed the example of Jesus; dying to self, they have given their lives into the hands of God so that this work could be done through them; the work could be done in the lives of other men. Jesus looking on His disciples, knew that it wouldn't be easy; He knew there would be no shortcuts. There are no shortcuts to fruitfulness and from the cradle to the grave the flesh will cry out to save itself. In Revelations, we read of Jesus being a faithful and true witness and we read of Him being the Amen of God. To be the Amen, He had to say, "So be it" to the will of God all His life, and He as King of kings and Lord of lords had to be the victor over self, He came as a little babe fulfilling God's purpose to bring in those who were seeking for truth and those who were seeking for life; those who were seeking what was solid and sound and they weren't disappointed, because He was fulfilling perfectly the will of His Father. He knew that the hope of the nations depended on that, and even at the age of twelve years, He was sitting in the company of men who were well learned in the law of God. He even gave leave of His parents to speak of His Heavenly Father and of His will for Him. They had grown careless, in that they had left the place of sacrifice like men of old, and had sat down in one sense to eat and drink. They had became careless and had left without being sure that the Christ was with them, so He gave an example that it was needful to learn more of His Father, and this could only be learnt by being in the presence of God.

When He went to the place of baptism, John knew full well that this man was a perfect man; He was a sinless man, and he protested the necessity to lead Jesus through the waters of baptism. He suffered it because it was needful to fulfill all righteousness. Sometimes we have to go beyond what seems necessary; the second mile to fulfill the word of God. Then as we think of the will of God that led Him to the garden, we see what was in the heart of Jesus when He said, "If it be possible, let this cup pass from Me." He knew full well that it was not possible because it was in the will of God. If the will of God was to be fulfilled, He had to suffer the death on the cross. He prayed again, "If it be possible," the flesh was crying out but in the end, He said, "So be it." Be it unto Me according to Thy will. He spoke to His disciples to be up and doing and He went on to face the cross.

He was the lamb also that He might be an example to them so that they might understand how His help came to perishing humanity; it was a dying life, and the two statements that Jesus made were statements that would lead to true fruitfulness in the Kingdom of God. He spoke about the dying seed and the abiding branch, and He said that, if they were like that, there would be much fruit borne; not just a little, we think of the influence of these lives and of the lives of others before us, by whose sacrifices we are here today. Many times over the years, I've thought of certain things in my own family and in particular the choices that were made by one couple almost one hundred years ago, and the influence of that choice to be willing to serve God and to die; willing to face the affliction in the world and the scorning of men for the choice made and the step taken, and these days that influence is reaching to thousands. We don't know where the influence of our lives and our sacrifice will go. We know that across the centuries; across seas and across land, and we know that the influence of a faithful life can even reach out in to eternity and touch the heart of God; move the heart of God to reach out and bring help to those who are helpless; hope to those who are hopeless.

It pays to die and God wants to give us a vision to see this because we are so short-sighted by nature, but God wants us to lift up our eyes and see the distance to which the influence of our life will go if we have been willing to die, just how far it can reach; the effect it can have. Jesus said to Peter, "Satan hath desired to have thee, that he can sift thee," or words to that effect, but He said, "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not, when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." I don't think there is ever a conversion so great as between a living seed or a living plant. There is just no likeness between what has been produced; what is living and what is so often beautiful. God's miracle reveals what man cannot do. That is how He wants us to be, but Satan wants to put a stop to that and take away all that is worthwhile; all that is eternal from our life. He works to that end because he knows the potential of a dying life, but Jesus said, "I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not."

The day will come when the conversion will come although we may not see it now, but if we leave our life in the hand of God the work will be done, that is a sure thing; and fruit win be produced. Right through the Bible, we read of many who were willing to die and they came out the better men for it because it was the result of a dying life. Thinking of David and he was a true representative for Christ and we read of him that God said, "He is a man after My own heart." He never thought he'd reign or become king because of man's rejection and reproach, but God turned the tables and David rose to reign; he reigned in the Spirit of God; of Christ, and God loved him. He never yielded under pressure; he never changed; he never gave in to the lion and the bear and he behaved himself wisely, when the pressure became more he proved he had something solid in his life, Satan hadn't taken what was solid and left him with just a husk of his former life. He couldn't be swayed by the wind of doctrine or the opinion of men like Saul did, but David had in his heart that which was of God, and he was a strength and an encouragement to many in the Kingdom of God in his day.

He wrote in the 1st Psalm; no doubt from the background of his experience what a Godly man will do and what he will not do; where he will be found and what he will be found doing. He said he would be like a tree planted by a river of water, always producing fruit in its season and its leaves will be always green, all that he does win be prospering. He said the ungodly are not so, and although he suffered, he had proved that he was at the secret source of every living thing, and he was kept in the hour of temptation. The ungodly are not so; they have got the form of the power and they may have some of the testimonies, but they haven't got the power; they are not at the secret source and they will be driven from one end of the earth to the other because they don't have the power, but the Godly are not so because they are anchored in the will of God; a dying life but it is producing fruit in its season. God is not unequal and He doesn't expect fruit out of season, we are not going to be found singing a song of joy in the valley, but only if there is the patience and the long-suffering.

God knows what experiences to bring across our lives and, if we are willing to die, we win bring forth fruit; we don't need to worry about that. God wants those who will represent Him in the earth today and that's what Jesus was calling His disciples to do. One translation says that Jesus was the express image of His father's person and the image of His character. That is what He wants us to be in this world today. It's not going to be any use unless we have got that, else it would be just a form of representing but the dying life is what is needed. That is what God wants to put into our lives and into the lives of others. The abiding branch; and Joseph was like that. He wasn't the whole thing, he was just a part. He was drawing strength from the root and that root will help us to be like a fruitful branch; having a part in something that is more larger than we are; it's not from the human, but having fruit in what is of God. Jesus told that woman at the well about the well of water springing up within ones life, and we need to get attached to that, which has its fruit from that source. Joseph had a wall which was a support and a strength and which came from an outside source.

I was thinking of Nabal's men and their testimony regarding the men of David. They said, "They were a wall unto us," and we have to say the same thing today, in the background of our struggles there is a wall in the lives and testimonies of God's people, and we think of those who are filling their place, and it helps us to stand and to see the value of continuing to give our lives in the will of God, that truth might abound. Their lives are a wall that helps me to keep true and place my life in the hand of God today.