Come out of the Sand, Stand on the Rock and Restore the Salt
By Sarah Beveridge
Last week I attended a “Kickstart” event in Jacksonville Florida that was put on by The Last Reformation. I met up with some brethren to partake of sound doctrine and teaching on discipleship and the true message of the Gospel. It was very powerful and full of substance.
“Substantial”, that’s the word the Lord spoke to me when I asked Him what He thought about this after it was over.
- of considerable importance, size, or worth.
synonyms: considerable, real, significant, important, notable, major, valuable, useful, sizable, considerable, significant, large, ample, appreciable, goodly
- concerning the essentials of something.
synonyms: fundamental, essential, basic
There is a substantial move of God to restore the foundations and original intent of the body of Christ in this earth. Many Christians are waking up and realizing that “church” is a construct of man and it is as far removed as you can imagine from what the early church really was and how they functioned in society.
If you have any doubts as to how far we have fallen, read the book “Pagan Christianity?” by Frank Viola and George Barna. The dedication of the book sets the tone for what you will read about in this excellent and enlightening book:
“To our forgotten brothers and sisters throughout the ages who courageously stepped outside the safe bounds of institutional Christianity at the risk of life and limb. You faithfully carried the torch, endured persecution, forfeited reputation, lost family, suffered torture, and spilled your blood to preserve the primitive testimony that Jesus Christ is Head of His church. And that every believer is a priest, a minister … and a functioning member of God’s house. This book is dedicated to you.”
After attending the Kickstart event, the thing that is glaringly apparent to me is that the institution we call “church” today is as far as you can get from what Jesus, the Apostles and the New Testament teaches. The body of Christ is a living organism and we are all called as priests. That means we are all called to be disciples and to make disciples. A disciple is like an apprentice who does what their master does. Our Master gave us a commission to go into the world and MAKE other disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus said that He would be with us when we do this, therefore we need not be in fear of doing it wrong, because how can we learn unless we actually do it? That is what “kickstarting” is all about. Remember Jesus said the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few? This is because the majority of His followers do not obey Jesus.
Furthermore, the harvest is wherever we are called. Whether in our home, our workplace, the marketplace, or wherever. We don’t have to be a missionary and go to faraway places to do what Jesus told us to do, we just need to see the harvest in our midst.
From the Kickstart event, groups were sent out to have lunch and then simply pray for people we came across. We went to the mall and prayed for several people. Although we saw no miraculous healing, it was a great experience to just reach out and show the love of God to others. The people were actually very receptive and I expect that is because God is pouring out His Spirit in these last days.
Sadly, true discipleship is not being taught in churches today. We heard testimony after testimony of regular Christians who sat in church year after year and knew something was missing and very wrong. But praise Jesus many have come out of the dead and dying institution to return to what has already been established in the word of God. A very large majority of the body of Christ, the church, is on the wrong foundation and that is just one reason why the church is so ineffective. The church has lost her salt.
Some Dreams and Revelations
While I was away I had a strange encounter and a dream-vision. I was half asleep and in the spirit I saw a “strange woman” come into my room. I called on the Lord and asked Him what was happening. Then I knew He was there and I saw a vision of a dust-pan with a salt shaker on it. When I woke up I had no idea what it all meant. After praying about it, the Holy Spirit revealed the Lord was showing me how a strange spirit has entered the church. It’s another spirit and not the Holy Spirit. (Read Revelation 17) Because of this other spirit, the church has thrown out the salt. Jesus teaches us what salt means in Matthew chapter 5:
Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Jesus also warns us not to hide our light, but to shine before others, therefore witnessing to others the love and goodness of God.
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
But today, for the most part, the church has become focused inward. There is no instruction about being a true disciple and there is very little preparation for the work of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-13.) Most Christians don’t even know what true “ministry” is and is not. True ministry is following the Holy Spirit and doing what the Spirit leads us to do. Think of Peter in Acts chapter 10. He had a dream, he went to the home of Cornelius and baptized the whole family. Peter obeyed the Holy Spirit although it seemed very strange that salvation was now for the Gentiles, and he would receive push back from the others for doing this.
The Wrong Foundation
There is very much knowledge and gifting in the church today, (Acts 2:17-18, Daniel 12:4) but very little obedience to the Holy Spirit. Just like the church at Corinth, they were the most gifted church, but they were not allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and therefore they became very carnal. (1 Cor 3:1) This is why Paul addressed the foundation in 1 Corinthians chapter 3. For the most part, the church today is on the wrong foundation, and so are many Christians.
I had another dream where the Lord showed me the problems that are caused by the wrong foundation. I had been praying for someone I know and He gave me this dream to show me what their problem is. In the dream the person got up from a desk, which represents “doing work for the Lord” and they stood facing a wall. Then the floor turned into sand and they started to sink. The sand is the wrong foundation.
Matthew 7:26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Facing a wall meant they will never be able to go forward until they get on the proper foundation. And what this means specifically for this individual and for many Christians out there is that they have not been water baptized for the forgiveness of sin, therefore they are not baptized into Christ and into the body of Christ, and they have not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This is very critical and is the reason the Lord took several months to deal with me on the subject of water and Spirit baptism. I was absolutely astounded and blessed to finally see that God is doing something supernatural in water baptism and it is paramount to our Christian walk to not only be water baptized, but to get a revelation as to what is happening in water baptism.
Click here to read the article, Restoring the Foundations: Water Baptism
Furthermore, because of much false teaching and misunderstanding of the scriptures, many Christians have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Many believe they already have this, but what they really have is the “earnest, down payment, deposit, pledge” of the Spirit when they believed. (2 Cor 1:22, earnest = G728).
This can be compared to when Jesus blew his breath into the mouths of his disciples in John 20:22. Then they received the baptism with the Holy Spirit 50 days after Jesus ascended to heaven.
Scripture clearly says no-one can come to the Son unless the Father draws them. (John 6:44) Therefore the Holy Spirit is absolutely present in new believers, otherwise they could not be drawn to the Son. But they have not received the fullness of what God intends if they have not been water and Spirit baptized, therefore fulfilling what Jesus spoke in John chapter 3.
“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5
Jesus is Restoring the Foundations
There is much misunderstanding in the body of Christ about many doctrines and biblical issues. It will take a monumental move of God to restore these things, and bring about understanding.
The subject of restoring the foundations is something that the Lord has been dealing with me about for a few years now and I expect more is coming in this area. I am just one little maidservant obeying the Holy Spirit in what He wants me to do in this move, which has mostly been to pray.
Praise Jesus the move to restore is in full swing and brave souls are leaving the institutionalized church and instead they are following Jesus. It is a little scary for many. One brother told me that when he got back after the conference he was going to have a talk with his pastor. Although he left the church, he will likely experience repercussions because satan wants to discourage and hinder. But Jesus clearly told His disciples that we will be persecuted, and we can depend on that. And the persecution comes from the very church we were part of.
Saints I encourage you to do some soul searching and check your foundation. What foundation are you standing on? Have you lost your salt, or did you ever have any? These are very important matters because we do not know how much time we have. Jesus clearly told us that our generation would not pass before all the things He warned of were fulfilled. (Mat 24:32). Peter asked us 2 Peter 3:11 what kind of people should we be, knowing that the Day of The Lord was coming? How much closer are we now to that day, and what kind of Christian do you want to be?
To God be the Glory,
Below are some resources to help you, please explore these and use them:
Find other disciples in your area and get kickstarted. (Note that I am on the map in Virginia.)
You can also find someone close to you and get water and Spirit baptized:
Understand that the FULL Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Learn about what the true Gospel is and is not. ( Hint; its not “say this little prayer.”)
The Pioneer School
Get Discipleship Training in the US at the Acts 2 School: