Sunday, March 01, 2015

War and Hope

We are in a state of continual spiritual war.  In war there are casualties.

As this world heads like a freight train into the last days, a question should arise:  is this all there is?  Fear, destruction and death?  As things continue to get more and more out of hand in this world, what are the righteous to do?  Are we to just barely make it in the last days or have we been called to something more?

What does the Word say?

1 Cor 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

It is easy to forget that what we are living through is a love story.  The tragedy and grief can sometimes be overwhelming but we have to pan the camera out and look at the bigger picture.  What is this life about?  A love story.

... By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten
Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 

Our Lord sent His only Son in love to redeem us.  We are to walk in love toward Him and each other on this earth.  These three remain: faith, hope and love.

What we are seeing in this world is the death of faith, hope and love.  We are in the world but not of the world.

Matt 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold.

At all costs, we must hold onto faith, hope and love.  Without these things what is left?  As this world grows darker, the light within each one of us will be magnified in the world around us.  Consider what happens to even a tiny flicker of light in a room as the lights in that room are turned off.  That little flicker of light becomes magnified the darker the room becomes.

We are those tiny lights.

Matt 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

When we consider the impact of small things, we are tempted to believe there are no small things.  The little things we do, however seemingly insignificant can move mountains.

Matt 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Surely as weak as we are, with the little strength we have we can lay hold of this much faith and move the mountains before us.

We are seeing the dividing line become more clear between the world and the believer.  There is no hope, love or faith in this world but we have been called out of it.

As it was written here recently, we have a different destiny:

Malachi 4:1For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 


2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts.

grace and peace

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Calamity and Hope

For the past 6 months or so the Lord has guided my mind down a new path.  If anyone has been reading this blog for awhile they know that it once was filled with nothing but warnings.  Those warnings are no less important today but there is less need to actually warn because the events that used to be on the horizon are now staring us right in the face.

While it is true that many are still unaware of the destruction waiting for them around the corner, those of us who have been watching understand that any day everything can change.  This leads us to today.  This world, is faced with a coming economic calamity that is nothing less than an apocalypse.  No, we have not seen it yet and the masses are still living in blissful ignorance as the stock markets hit new highs every day while (among other things) the GDP of the United States is expected to hit an all time low.  This world is living on borrowed time.

So what?  So, the warning tone left this blog some time ago, maybe years ago and a subtle change has taken its place.  The Lord has shifted the tone to encouragement and hope.  Here is what the Lord impressed upon me today that encompasses both warning and hope:

If there is a word that characterizes this world, and specifically America today it would be arrogance.  This country has actively pursued removal of every hint of the Lord God from every aspect of life.  The courts have removed the ten commandments and there wasn't a whimper, prayer was removed from the schools and you could have heard a pin drop.  Society has chosen man over God every time, everywhere.  Homosexuality and perversion of every kind have replaced godliness.  Arrogance has replaced humility.  Seeking the truth has been replaced with passive acceptance of lies and all of this has happened without a whimper from the masses.

Christians have accepted as fact that the Lord no longer answers prayers, no longer performs miracles, no longer heals, no longer exerts His power.  The devil has ridden roughshod over faith and belief and it has all been accepted without a fight and thats the problem, no fight.  The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy, all the time, every time.  When he cannot kill, steal or destroy he ties, and binds and suppresses to the point that the people of God are literally living like Israel in Egypt but they do not recognize it due to their blindness.

What is going to happen to this arrogant world?

The Lord is coming to set these arrogant and wicked ablaze, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.  This root and branch business is important.  What has happened in this world right up through this very day is, judgement occurs, destruction comes but it is not absolute.  There has remained a root, so life and hope of "normal" returned after judgement.  This time will be different, the root and the branch will be burned.  That means, no hope of restoration of 'business as usual' that this world clings to like a life raft.  No, the systems of this world are in the process of being plucked up by the roots, and this next time things will be different.  The difference will be enough to cause knees to buckle and hearts to fail out of fear.  That is what is coming and it is not far off.

Wait a minute brother D, did you just write that the tone has changed here?  Where's the hope and encouragement?  And the Lord continues in Malachi, pay careful attention here:

Ahh, what a big word "but" is...warning warning warning but for you, it will be different!

This right here ^^ is what the Lord has been laying on my heart for the past 6-7 months.  FREEDOM.  The devil has run roughshod over the people, he has chalked up victory after victory over too many Christians.  But what is coming?  While this world is being hit with a spiritual sledgehammer, with blow after relentless blow, we will burst forth like calves who have been penned into a stall for too long.  We will skip forth, FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE from the hidden slavery that has been imposed on too many of us for too long.

This has been impressed on me for 6-7 months and the Lord just cemented it into my spirit today.  In short He confirmed to me that what has been a gradual theme developing in my mind and spirit are not chance, it is His Spirit speaking to my spirit and now me speaking to you.  

What is around the corner is absolute horror for this world and freedom for us.  What is required of us?  This is very important.  Freedom comes with responsibility.  We must clean up our lives, get rid of any dirty laundry in your life.  Obedience is required, it is not optional.  When the Lord tells us to jump the only question should be "how high?"  Unquestioned obedience is mandatory.  

We have to stand up spiritually and be willing to fight.  Many of us may forget this, we are at war, all the time, every moment.  We are living through a spiritual war and in war there are casualties.  When the devil comes at us with guns blazing, we can either lay down and play dead and become a victim or we can pull out our spiritual weapons and back him the heck up.

Lets let the Word of God explain to us what kind of posture we should take.  Does this sound like preparation to lay down and play dead in front of the devil?:

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

What does this ^^^ tell you the Lord expects from us?

When we become aware of the cattle pens that the devil has had too many of us living in, many of us will become angry and thats a good thing.  When we realize how much theft and death and destruction the enemy has so subtly introduced into our lives we will become angry and that too is a good thing.  What to do about it?  Armor up.

The testimony of this nobody is the Lord does do miracles for His people today but faith and belief are required in the face of enemy onslaught.  The enemy will fight you for your miracle.  He will fight you for your answer to prayer, your healing, your freedom, your testimony, for every thing.  The very last thing he wants is any of us walking around with a flag overflowing with battle streamers proclaiming the Lord's victorious power in our life.  

We should ask the Lord to double our faith and kindle a fire within us to armor up and through faith, obedience, praise and thanksgiving break out of our 'cattle stall' that the devil has penned us up in for too long.

This is what the Word of the Lord says is coming and it has already started:

Hell on earth for them:

Freedom for us:

The Lord has building up this message in my life for the past 6-7 months and the time to deliver the message is now.

grace and peace