Thus, I began to learn it was out of love that the Lord had waited to fully heal my car: to teach me to diligently obey all of His commandments so as to make sure to secure all of His blessings, always, and not to lose any (see II Cor1:20-22 II Pet1:10,11 lest II Thes2:7-12 for many believers, as warned by Paul in I Cor9:16,27 Heb3:6,14, also in Rev3:5).
MEET NATHAN MARTINSEN
Very shortly after John finished sharing his testimony with us, we were introduced to a young man by the name of Nathan Martinsen (age twenty). I was very interested to meet Nathan, seeing as how during church service the week before the Lord had kept pointing him out to me, though I had not known why. I understood at the time that the Lord was saying he was anointed with the Holy Spirit, but knew nothing really beyond that. I had left my questions with the Lord, knowing He would have us meet in His timing if He should so will. We did not meet Nathan after service that first week, so I had been left with the question as to why the Lord kept pointing him out to me, unaware that I would be attending the ACC church again the very next weekend.
Now that I was finally able to meet Nathan, I was curious. I listened closely as Nathan began to share his testimony, part of which detailed how the Lord had delivered him from six years of met amphetamine use seven months prior, during only his second church visit in his life. As he witnessed to us of GOD's grace upon him, the Lord began to show that He had placed an evangelistic calling upon Nathan, and had given him the gift of exhortation to begin to help him fulfill this calling. Nathan confirmed this, and shared how he had already made plans for the upcoming summer to go to a summit in Colorado Springs to learn more in the area of evangelism.
For some minutes, I prayed while he talked, hoping to receive something edifying for Him from the Lord. The Lord eventually did give me 1Tim1:5, which I read to Nathan from my pocket Bible, then explained its relevance to him. As I spoke, the Lord gave power and conviction to my words, almost to the point of tears on my part; the words also holding weight and staying with Nathan. The Lord then impressed upon me that Nathan would be a key person in bringing His full truth to the ACC church; the present circumstances being similar to the account recorded in Acts19:24-28.
At this point, Keith was moved to share with Nathan to trust the Lord to lead him according to 1Jn2:27: to still receive instruction from man, but to test everything with Scripture by the Spirit, as in 1Jn4:1-3. Understanding that even satan gives convincing interpretations of Scripture, Nathan would learn to test and prove Scriptural interpretations, mindful that truth from GOD builds the house of truth, and does not tear it down.
I added to what Keith had touched on by sharing that when satan gives Scriptural interpretations, which are sure to come, in time they never fit with the rest of Scripture, and always bring up more questions than answers. Just as wine increases in value with age, so the knowledge of GOD's pure truth will in time reveal deeper secrets of wisdom, (Prov8:11). The simplicity of this seemed to hold significance for Nathan, giving him a method by which to learn to seek GOD's absolute truth through obedience to the Spirit, (Prov9:10 Jn14:15,17 1Jn2:3).
CCCInc. director's note: GOD's true teachers share the full gospel;
a) obey His voice, b) seek His face, c) endure all things till sinning no more; to abide, to be sanctified, to be soul saved, to attain His glory Rev20:6, see False Christians.