In 1804 an expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out to explore the western half of the United States. Those men were pioneers, the first ones to see and learn of new territory. Their journey ended on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and soon they were settlers. I personally live in a country that was named after these two pioneers. Someone with true grit always goes into new territory before others will follow. Men have opened the doors of revelation and sincere believers have followed them into the blessings the revelation produced. Lewis and Clark were led by an Indian girl named Sacagawea. The pioneers God sends out are led by His Spirit.
Isaiah 28:24 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? Does he open and break the clods of his ground?
God sent His prophets out to plow up new ground in order to have revelation for the believers to sow into. Men like Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin have gone before us and endured the hardships of resistance we will not face. Most folks are comfortable in their “religion”. They are not warm to fresh revelation, fresh manna. Not everyone followed Lewis and Clark to the land they explored and mapped out. The land Lewis and Clark discovered was wild and uncivilized. It needed to be occupied and developed before it could sustain the owners. The revelations of the Holy Spirit are new and fresh and they need to be accepted and acted upon before they produce fruit.
John 16:13 When the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth.
How many Christians have a “pioneering spirit”? How many are willing to be led by God’s Spirit? Many are content to stay back and criticize those who seek for more of their Lord. I imagine those who followed after Lewis and Clark were warned not to go. “You had better not go out into the new territory, the Indians will scalp you!” The descendants of those wary people are among us today. “Don’t mess around with that Holy Spirit because tongues are of the devil!” I’m like a teenager, the more people oppose something the more I want it. People can oppose good things just as much as they do bad things. I don’t want people making my decisions for me. Let me find my own success and deal with my own failure.
2Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be elevated above the status quo through all the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of satan.
The Apostle Paul was a true pioneer. The Lord took him where no man had ever gone. His revelations would have a profound effect on the Body of Christ. They would strengthen the church and cause it to grow. The devil did everything he could to stop Paul and persuade him to stop offering such truth. The devil sent Paul’s own kin to persecute him but he knew why they were sent, the devil hated his revelations. When Paul sought the Lord for help, the Lord gave him His grace and with this grace every attempt of the devil failed. We do not face any where near the attacks the fathers that plowed before had to endure. Oral Roberts laid his hands on over a million people until he wore his shoulders out and with tears in his eyes he said he was the most hated preacher in the world.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.