Morris Grovum – End of Convention Quiz - Penang 2009

This is the last day of our convention; and for some it’s the last day of our convention season. Some have had just one and some have had two: Singapore and Pt Dickson. When we were at school, at the end of year, there would be a little examination. So today I am going to give you a little quiz and have 9 different questions to ask. If you are taking notes you can write them down but should you disagree with the teacher, please come to me after the class. I would like to share a little of my experience. I heard the gospel when I was 22 years old; I was cat-napping for 22 years. Then I went into the work in 1969; and that was 40 years ago, but I feel I am still in kindergarten. At first my Mother and Father were opposed to the gospel, but then they softened up and both made their choice. I would see my Father reading his Bible and then he would pray. And he was faithful until he passed away at 92 years of age, having had a stroke a few days before. My Mother made shipwreck four or five years after she made her choice. I had a birthday coming up and she asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and because there were friends coming over. I said, “All I want is a better Mother.” I was home a couple of years ago. It was on a Sunday afternoon and we had a gospel meeting and Mother went with me. She said, “Morris, I hope you won’t be too disappointed if I don’t make my choice today.” That showed me something was troubling her. This week there were three funerals. One of our friends going home from a Wednesday night meeting and there was a head-on crash and she was killed. The only certain thing about life is that it is uncertain!

Well, Question No. 1: There are two places where God dwells. You children, where is one place God dwells? In heaven? Yes, that’s right, but where else does God dwell? He dwells in the hearts of his people. John 14:23 “If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him.” About 15 years ago my companion and I were called to a funeral on a Wednesday afternoon. That night we had a meeting and the local school teacher had just arrived there. She pulled up and asked the folks of the home, “Can I come to your Bible study meeting?” She stood up and started asking questions, so we told her we would answer her questions afterwards. After, when we were leaving, she said, “God loves everyone.” But I said, “One thing I know, God loves us a little more.” Later she said, “That’s right – “If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him.” Yes, God loves the whole world but God loves his own a little more – his children. And he and his Father will come and dwell in their hearts.

Question No. 2: And this is a little harder. Now, we believe in the devil, and where does the devil dwell? And this was a surprise to me. In Revelation 12:7, 8 and 9 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” This is a vision of what had happened. He was cast out into the world and his angels were cast out with him. So, when we step out from this convention, it’s into enemy territory! The devil has no other place to dwell and the devil is not just floating around in the air but wants to dwell in the lives of people. He’s not floating around in the air, but he comes on two legs! I wondered when Jesus was tempted by the devil if he came on two legs? “You are the Son of God: you can make these stones into bread. Look after yourself first: think of yourself first!” But Jesus said, “It is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God.” “He may have come if you were the Son of God; you know Caesar who is the Emperor – when he snaps his finger the whole world has to jump.” But that was a lie, so maybe he came to Jesus on two legs. “You can throw yourself down from this wall and God will lift you up.” I don’t know how the devil came to Eve in the O.T because it says the serpent came. But the devil said to her, “You can serve God and you can serve yourself. You can partake of the tree of knowledge and good and evil.” The tree of life is Jesus, but the tree of knowledge is the dependency in every life! We can make our own choices and refuse what’s wrong. Where did Eve make her mistake? She started discussing these things with the devil; and the second thing was she should have gone to her husband. Did you know that the devil has children? You read about that in John’s epistles. Did you know the devil has ministers? II Corinthians 11:13 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” The devil is a professional. You see him sometimes with three horns; but he came to Eve with words. He wants to come and he’s his own minister; he poses as a minister of righteousness. But Satan himself was transformed into an angel of light. They dress up like ministers of righteousness. Satan means opposer. The dragon means cruel and the devil is deceitful! Peter said, “The devil is a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour.” You just have to resist him; we don’t have to fight him. What’s an example? A few years ago in Saskatchewan, one of our friends was in hospital and they have over ten different denominations there. This man knew all too well that our friend, Martin, had a Sunday morning meeting in his home. Well this minister came in and asked, “What church do you go to?” And Martin said, “The same one that you read of in the Bible.” In South Africa a worker told us of a boy and his mother. His mother told him, “If you ever see a lion coming at you to attack, don’t run because he will have you for supper. Turn around and stare the lion in his eyes.” So the boy listened. A few years later when he was walking down this trail, he was 15 years old and there was a lion. The first thing he thought of was running, but he stared at that lion. The lion came right up at him, pawed at the ground a bit then turned around and left. We have nothing to be ashamed of; nothing to apologise for. But if there’s somebody seeking and searching, I just like to tell them, “I’m part of the church that you read of in the N.T.” Someone else said, “I belong to the only church you read about in the N.T.”

Question No. 3: Where is the verse in the Bible that says God’s way is light? I love the words of Jesus in Matthew chptr 11:28-30 Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” So God’s way is not hard; God’s way is easy. The only thing that makes God’s way hard is when we resist; when there’s rebellion inside us, that’s rebellious to God’s will. In Alberta, every winter they have this demonstration of horses with their beautiful harnesses. And we were watching them; and one particular team seemed unmatched. One pony was very resigned while the other one was jumping around against the harness. That particular pony was all wet and sweated up. When a horse starts to sweat and white foam covers him. For that little pony the way was hard, whereas for the other one it was easy. If we are resisting the way and will of God we are fighting and we get frustrated and the way becomes hard. We may not think so if we are fighting on the inside; it’s something that’s often on the outside. If we become a rebel it often becomes evident on the outside. And just one sign is what a man or woman does with their hair. The mark of a rebel for a man was when he lets his hair grow long. If a woman is rebelling she starts chopping off her hair. Most of the ladies in Vietnam have lovely, long hair, but one day a young lady turned up and she wanted to demonstrate her rebellion. She said she was trying to be a Buddhist and she is still fighting. But Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light. I think of those folks in Vietnam that carry loads on their shoulders. One time we were on the beach and there was a little lady carrying water from the ocean up to the restaurant. And I said, “Let me carry that for you,” and I tell you that load was heavy. But she knew how to carry her load and there’s a certain way to do it and that’s with a willing heart. That makes the burden lighter. I’m sure that lady didn’t put a couple of stones in her load. Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you for I am meek and lowly in heart.” That’s part of the secret. Jesus was saying, “I am meek and humble.” We often think those two things are the same. Meekness is the fruit of the Spirit, and Jesus had wonderful meekness. If we can take insult without resentment, we have meekness. Who was insulted more than Jesus? Have you ever had anyone call you a devil? That would be an insult. I looked up the meaning of Beelzebub; and it meant Lord of the devils. Jesus was meek and took insult without resentment. Humility is having an understanding and acceptance. If a man thinks of himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. We are just about 50kgs of dust. It’s so easy to be proud, but proud people are easily offended. But if we are humble it doesn’t matter what people tell you because if you are nothing, you won’t get offended. A little girl got home and told her mother, “They told me I look ugly.” And mother said, “What did you say?” She said, “I think you look nice.” So Jesus was meek and humble and if we are meek and humble, that makes the load lighter. There’s nothing heavier than to carry a feeling of unforgiveness. That’s a heavy load.

Question No. 4: How can you lower the standard of Jesus? We often hear that expression that so-and-so lowered the standard of Jesus. We can live beneath the standard if we want to but you can’t lower the standard of Jesus. We want to seek to uphold the standard of Christ. In Acts chapter 1:9 who were there with Jesus? “When he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel which also said, "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” So it’s not going to be a 2009 version; he’s going to come back the same Jesus that we are hearing about. And he will be looking for the same kind of church, the same kind of people and the same kind of ministry. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and we will all be judged by the word of Jesus. All mankind will be judged by the very same kind of Jesus and the same words of Jesus. We can live beneath it, if we want to; but the standard of Jesus is fixed.

Question No. 5: When do you think the anti-Christ will come? Sometime in the future? No! 1st Epistle John chapter 2:18 “Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have heard that anti-Christ shall come, even now are there many anti-Christs: whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” So the anti-Christ has been here 2,000 years. Chapter 4 tells us what it is, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and that is that spirit of anti-Christ, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” The anti-Christ spirit is a spirit that comes into the lives of people in false religion that makes them think they have Christ, but they have something exactly the opposite. Right away their face turns red and you can feel that enmity. They hardly know what’s happening and they start to argue. Do you know what it is? It’s the spirit of anti-Christ that’s fighting against the Spirit of Christ.

Question No. 6: Ten times in the Epistle of John he wrote about “my little children.” So where were the big children? All the big children had gone out. When I was home I attended some twenty plus conventions, and I wondered, “Is it going to be the same spirit at the next convention?” And what a thrill it was to go from convention to convention amongst God’s people. If we ever get to be big children we won’t last long. People with all the answers seem to have all the problems. Good to have the spirit of a little child; and when a little child grows, he can grow up to be a perfect little child.

Question No. 7: What is the first thing that’s going to happen when Jesus returns? The answer is in 1st Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” The way I see it is: it’s those that have died in Christ and are waiting for the resurrection. And when Jesus comes he will bring with him those souls and they will be reunited. Those that reside on the earth; their bodies will be changed with the resurrection body and God’s people will be caught up and taken from the earth. Jesus said it will happen as fast as lightning. In one place where two will be in a field, one will be taken and the other will be left.

Question No. 8: Is that when every eye will see him? I think the answer is no! My companion in the third year of the work was a great teacher: he said there were two faces to Christ’s coming. He will come for his people; and the next – he will come with his people. So after Jesus comes there is going to be a state of turmoil and tribulation on the earth. Matthew 24:27 “For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” God put something in the eagle and that’s where they will be gathered together; and God put something in his people that we will be drawn to Christ as we are drawn to Christ today. When you go on a vacation, what do you do? Some of our friends when they go on a vacation; come Sunday, they find out where the meeting is and they are there. Verse 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” Jesus said it would be like lightning, but he didn’t say anything about the thunder. Verse 30 “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” That’s when Jesus will come for his people; and I have several verses of when Jesus will come with his people -1 Thessalonians 3:13 ”To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” First, he will come for his people; and then in the ages he will come with his people. And between that time there will be terrible tribulation on the earth. Enoch prophesied of this and that’s when the judgment day will happen. That’s not when Christ comes for his people because he will come with his people – that’s when the marriage feast is going to take place. Revelations 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him (the Jews): and all kindred of the earth shall wail because of him.” If twenty buses were to go over to the main land, we could all get on. But if there was only one bus going, we would be left standing there. You plan to be on the bus but you are left behind. So who are those that will be left? Jesus spoke of the ten virgins. The five foolish were right there with the wise. They were thinking that these five virgins were foolish carrying this extra oil; but they will be left. In the message to the Laodiceans (Revelations 3:15) the Lord said, “I know thy works that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Going to a meeting doesn’t make us a Christian; it’s like a passport to another country. If you are going to another country you need a visa; and that’s like having the Spirit of Christ. Just imagine the portion of those that are left. I think of four different classes. Think of the prodigal who knows exactly what he should be doing. They know where God’s people are, and they feel, “If I need it, they are there.” That year I went home, a sister and some friends were having lunch together in a café and this trucker fellow came in. So when they went to pay their bill they were told, “That trucker that was sitting over there paid your bill.” Maybe he was someone who grew up in a home but he wasn’t willing. When Christ comes back there’s going to be a class of people on the earth who will know what they should have been doing; but they weren’t doing: and they will be in the midst of this tribulation. The weeping will be of those who never knew there was such a thing as God’s way. The wailing will be those who came right to the door. And the gnashing of teeth are those who left it and walked away! If they are living when Christ returns they will be caught in that calamity that we read of in the 9th chapter Revelation verse 20 where one third of everything happening, it says, “Yet they repented not of the works of their hands.” It seems somehow, there’s an opportunity for people to repent. I don’t think any of us want to be caught in that time. When Jesus comes he is coming with power and glory. It’s going to be a glorious time and he’s going to reign for 1,000 years on this earth. Meekness is a terrific power. We read where every knee shall bow, but in this day every knee will bow; everyone will submit to the King of King on that day. So we have a terrific lot to look forward to in following Jesus and walking in this way.

Question No. 9: What is the last prayer in the Bible? It’s found in the second last verse of Revelation chapter 22, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus. And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” I hope that can be our prayer also, “Come, Lord Jesus come.”