Message One of the recent Thanksgiving Conference concerned our need to see the focus of the Lord’s recovery. The vision spoken of in this message is not easily seen, and seeing needs to be followed by experience, which also does not come cheaply. Thus, the speaking brother encouraged every saint to pray in a twofold way. We first need to pray that the Lord would grant us a vision of the Lord’s recovery, and as we begin to see this vision, we need to pray all the more that it would become our experience.
One of the major points in the first message, which was also the first banner of the conference, says, “The unique focus of the Lord’s recovery is the testimony of the Triune God—the corporate expression of the Triune God, the testimony of Jesus.” In Revelation, a book that speaks much of the testimony of Jesus (1:2, 9; 12:17; 19:10; 20:4), the local churches are portrayed as golden lampstands, which are the embodiment and expression of the Triune God (1:11-12, 20). However, in the epistle to the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2, the Lord warned that because of their degradation, there was the possibility that He would remove their lampstand out of its place (v. 5). For Ephesus’ lampstand to be removed does not mean that there would no longer be a local church meeting in that locality but that the church there would lose the testimony of Jesus. For this reason, this testimony is the focus of the Lord’s recovery—then and now.
Regarding the way for us to become Christ’s shining testimony, the outline for Message One states, “In Ephesians 3:16-17a and 19b Paul prayed that the Triune God in Christ would make His home in our hearts so that our inner being would be filled into the overflowing of the Triune God for the corporate expression of the Triune God; this is what God wants to recover today.” In order for the church to be the testimony of Jesus—the corporate expression of the Triune God—the saints need to be filled with Him until they overflow Him in everything they do in the church life and their daily life. This overflowing testimony should be evident whether we are ushering in a meeting, caring for the children, at work, or at home with our family. In order to become such a shining expression, we need to be daily filled with the Lord by praying that He would make His home in our hearts more and more.
O Lord, grant us to see and enter into the focus of Your recovery. Fill us to overflowing so that we would be Your corporate expression—Your shining testimony.