The Lord's counsel for the year 2023 as it has been given to this servant is to continue to develop and deploy our talents, skills and abilities (carried forward from the past couple years). It is also this (especially for this year going forward):
4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5Let your reasonablenessd be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5
1I will bless
the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
4Enter his gates with
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
2 Peter 1
1 Thessalonians 5
3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
1And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
You get the idea ^^, He said it over and over again in different ways in different places. And we know the Lord uses and economy of words so if something is repeated we need to pay careful attention. So, it is interesting that in a year that the enemy has unleashed every weapon in his arsenal to make an end of humanity and bring in their demonic world order-the Lord counsels what He does above. Interesting right? All hell is breaking loose and we are to be in a place of rejoicing and thanksgiving-nonstop. This is assymetric warfare at its finest.
The Lord has been leading us to this place over the past few years with constant and consistent pressure driving us to our knees more and more (or not). This season is accomplishing many purposes, one of which is the beginning of separating the sheep from the goats. One really does have to believe to do the things necessary to prevail in today's spiritual climate. Playing church isn't going to cut it anymore. Either we are ( we dont "go" to church, we are the Church....) the Church or c'est fini.
So, the enemy has employed most or all of their weapons against humanity but they are missing one key ingredient. They need their "superman" in order to get their demonic world order. Joey diapers certainly isn't going to lead them to victory :P. This is one of the scenarios that may have been impressed recently on this servant. While the world is dealing with a nonstop assault on their very lives (whether they know it or not), the pressure continues especially with this war thing Ukr v "R" setting thge stage for guess who? Their superman.
We know for a fact that he is not here yet because the Restrainer is alive and well on planet earth. In fact the existence of that big country that starts with an "R" that is armed to the teeth and fighting the forces of the demonic world order is proof of this restraint in action. We also know that their superman's arrival will be preceded by satanic signs and wonders:
2 Thess 2
. 9The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
^^This has absolutely positively not happened yet. But, it could be getting close? Who knows. The timing of things is the Lord's alone. We know what is going to happen, He already told us that. The million dollar question is always when.....
So, interesting times. It is time for us to do what we were put here to do. We have things we are good at, develop and employ whatever that is. Also while the enemy throws the kitchen sink at humanity we are to by force of will if need be in this season stay in a place of thanksgiving and rejoicing. The Lord's ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. Stuff like this is how He rolls and it doesnt always make sense to humans. Kind of like this:
1Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 2And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 3You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. 4Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat,a and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” 6So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.” 7And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD.”
It doesnt always have to make complete sense to us we just have to do what we are told. He is not going to tell us to do things that go against His own nature nor His Word so we have checks to ensure we are on the right path when we get our marching orders. We have been given our orders. What comes next should be glorious to watch. The enemy has every worldly reason to be successful and yet they have hit setback after setback, snares and roadblocks preventing them from steamrolling in their demonic world order.
The Lord God is good. If we stay on our knees in prayer and in His Word for guidance we will not be ashamed as this story plays out before our eyes. Glory to God
Grace and peace