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A Timely Word

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“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17 ESV)

You may say, “Peter wrote that letter a long time ago. It doesn’t pertain to this day and age.”

Wrong. It has everything to do with the church of the twenty first century.

Especially today’s church.

“God judging His church? Really?”

He did it in the Book of Revelation, didn’t He?
But consider this: if you and I will judge ourselves, we won’t need to be judged by the Lord. 

Here’s a word I believe is from the Lord. It’s the same word He placed in my heart a few months ago, a word I’ve preached, taught, and have written a book about.

In essence, here’s what I hear Him say:

Because the day is so late, and nighttime will soon settle upon this last days generation, it is time for My people to examine their lives. 

Do you find yourself struggling with lust, pride, greed, or other things that wars against faith and confidence in Me? 

Have you grown to love the world and all it has to offer?

Are you ashamed of Me?

Arm yourselves with the mind of Christ. Take My words and let them be your sole support, confidence, and life. 

As I have said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’, so I have instructed you to build your life upon everything, and only, what I tell you.

The mind of Christ will be your wisdom, your sanctification, your confidence and courage. It will keep you from sin, and give you the ability to help others become free as well.

Your flesh will rebel, screaming bloody murder. But those who ignore the temper tantrums of their flesh will find new strength and fresh grace in these final days.

Judgment always begins with My people, for I want only the best for them. And as they partake of My best, they will have something to give away.

It is time for My people to be as the Apostle Peter, as he spoke to the lame man in Acts, chapter three: “It’s not our money you so desperately need. You need that which Jesus Christ has given us.”
So arm yourselves, be ready when either temptation or opportunity comes knocking. Arm yourselves with the mind of Christ. For those who do will find victory and joy in serving Me.

Brethren, I believe the time is short. We have just enough time left to do God’s will.
Nothing extra.
Let’s make certain we’re prepared to finish well.

Those who are armed well will finish well.

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“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” (1 Peter 4:1 ESV)

Should I…?

 

IMG_7009.JPGI sometimes wonder about this crazy, mixed up world. 

Specifically, how should I act as a follower of Jesus Christ?

Should I be nice, smile a lot, and show God’s love with only my actions?

I mean, we all know most people aren’t interested in church, religion, or Jesus, don’t we?

I would rather not make someone mad, or turn them off, by speaking about such a personal topic.

Would it be best if I built a good rapport with people before I mentioned something as strong and personal as “God loves you”? Like I said, a person’s relationship with God is a VERY personal thing!

And how should I, as a preacher of the gospel, relate to this world and all its diverse and tolerant people?

Can the gospel I believe COEXIST with other faiths; other religions?

If I dilute the gospel message, so it’s not quite so offensive, will I still witness the power of God? Will people be transformed if I share a more “sinner friendly” message?

How much truth should I be willing to defend? Must I stand against government pressure, and possibly lose my tax exempt status? Do I have to look like a religious goofball in order to present the message of life?

How strong a stance should I take against sin, whether in or out of the church?

If I succeed in “getting along” with everyone here on earth, will anyone be in heaven because of my testimony?

Do I REALLY need to hate my life, loving Jesus more?

Contemplating these and other questions, and wondering what society will be like just prior to Jesus’ return, I remembered what the early followers of Jesus had to contend with.

Suddenly, I received the answers to all my questions.

“But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”

“And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council and all the senate of the people of Israel and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.” Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”” (Acts 5:17-32 ESV) 

There’s only one way to live for God, and thus make an impact for Him.

Though not everyone who hears will agree, if they are going to “repent and believe the gospel”, they must HEAR the gospel in all its purity and power.

If God is to “confirm His word with accompanying signs”, I must preach His word; not some weakened substitute.

As for “coexisting”: yes, we all can live on the same planet, and maybe sit together and share a steak or a bowl of soy beans. But if Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, and He is, then nothing else will work.

If NO ONE has eternal life without receiving Jesus as the Lord of their life, then lighting a stick of incense and joining hands while singing Kum Ba Yah just won’t cut it. 

I MUST be prepared to go all out for the gospel; giving my all for my Savior. If I’m only going part way, I might as well not go at all.

I truly hope we, as “last days followers”, do as well as the “first days followers” of Christ. What was their response to the pressures and questions of the day?

It was a response that ignited the fury of the devil, but released the power from on High.

“We must obey God rather than men.”

And so must you and I.

Prophetic Words

I believe these are prophetic words from the Lord: I originally posted them about 8 months ago, but thought about them again after hearing a clip by Dr. Myles Munroe. [button href=”http://youtu.be/7hk2ZPrqnK4″ primary=”true” centered=”false” newwindow=”true”]Listen Here[/button]

A shaking is coming upon this land; the land of the free and the home of the brave. A land that is more brazen than brave, and more in bondage than free. This shaking, which will affect each and every person, rich and poor, young and old, will help right the wrongs done specifically in the Lord’s Name, yet against His Kingdom.

For He will display what His grace is really about. He will reveal His power to free the addict, but will call into judgment the things permitted and proclaimed as His will, but have only been the will of worldly-minded pastors and preachers. He will manifest to each person who hungers for freedom, the grace that frees them. But He will correct those who believe God’s grace is their license to pamper the flesh.

The coming shaking will identify and separate truth from error. It is part of the laundering process required to remove spot and blemish.

Anything and everything this nation is holding to, apart from the Lord, will be shaken from their grip, whether things or thoughts. It will be only for a short while, and when it stops many will grab hold of the same things as before. However…

Many, many prodigals shall be shaken off of their bunks, out from under their bridges, and released from the snares that have held them for years. They shall come to their senses, and shall see Jesus as the real and only Lover of their soul. They shall be shaken from the worldly trees they have joined themselves to. They shall fall like overripe fruit. They shall release their hold, and the world’s hold shall be released from them.

Shaking, shaking, shaking. Wind blowing, rain falling, hearts failing; but His Kingdom will remain and His prodigals shall return.

Spiritual doors will fall off their hinges, leaving wide open opportunities for God’s people to enter areas previously blocked. His Power and His Word shall be carried into these shaken places and new life will spring up. Yes, the prodigals are everywhere, hiding in their world of make-believe; but He has not forgotten them, and He knows exactly where they are. And they will come. Yes, they will come.

So release this word into their lives; by faith call them forth. Prepare your hearts for the shaking, and for the prodigal’s return.

Yearn for the prodigal. Believe for the prodigal. Embrace the prodigal – and you will embrace God’s restorative love. For understand this: He is calling the prodigals to come home. He is running after them. He is leaving the ninety nine to rescue the one. And He will find them.

And so will you.

As for the timing of the shaking, it’s already being staged. But within 14 months the shaking’s major effects shall be witnessed. There will be some news agencies that will refer to the shaken economy, the shaken weather patterns, and societal turmoil as an earthquake which cannot be seen or heard, but is being felt across the nation. Race issues will again be a hot issue; because it has not been resolved in His church. But He is forcing us to face it and resolve it.

For those whose hands are in His, you have nothing to fear. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. You can boldly say, the Lord is my helper; I will not fear. But if you feel things in your life shaking, release them to Jesus. Be free.

Smile, child. And warm your heart to His plans, His purposes, His gifts and callings… and His prodigals.

They’re coming home.

The more people struggle against it, the worse it will be. Defiance to His shaking will bring about certain ruin. Not right away. But as certain as the sun rises in the morning, ruin will come.

People of God, begin NOW to loosen your worldly grip, the lust for sensual entertainment, and your adulterous relationship with the world. Let it go, and discover how to love the world as He does.

Amen.

“His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden. Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind. When he stops, the earth shakes. When he looks, the nations tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the Eternal One.” (Habakkuk 3:4-6 NLT)

End Time Shaking – End Time Harvest

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We can miss a huge piece of God’s puzzle when we don’t ask him questions. For instance, there are some verses in the book of Acts that, in my opinion, have a vital connection to the day and age we’re living in.

The time of shaking.

Look at the following passage. James and the other “pillars of the church” quoted from Amos 9:11 when they said…

And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,

“‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.” (Acts 15:15-18 ESV)

Did you notice the part that says, “after this”? Why would it read that way? I asked the Lord that question, and he directed me back to Amos.

The Lord speaks of a rebuilding, a revival, of the Presence of the Lord, which will draw the nations into the kingdom of God. But something MUST come first. Before the tent can be completely and entirely finished, Amos prophesied a shaking, a sifting, must occur.

For behold, I will command, and shake the house of Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall to the earth. All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, ’Disaster shall not overtake or meet us.’ “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,“ declares the Lord who does this.” (Amos 9:9-12 ESV)

“I will shake the house of Israel…as one shakes with a sieve…”. In other words, shaking precedes building.

Yes, God has shaken Israel, but I believe he’s ready to shake his church. Why? So he can finish building on an unshakeable foundation. He knows we’ve tried to build into it our ideas, our beliefs and doctrines which he never sanctioned. They’ve got to be shaken loose. And, they will be.

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken – that is, things that have been made – in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:26-29 ESV)

Here’s another passage that prompted me to ask my Heavenly Father a question.

“How does this apply to my world?”

And he directed to Haggai, chapter two.

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:6-9 ESV)

Now a lot people, well meaning people, like to look at Haggai’s prophecy and talk about the end time transfer of wealth. Yes, they do. And maybe, I emphasize MAYBE it has something to do with it. But I doubt it.

Why do I doubt it? Because there’s nothing in the New Testament (that I know of) that corroborates that teaching.

So WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Take a look at these next passages.

“And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.” (Malachi 3:17 AMP)

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10 AMP)

The first verse of Isaiah 61 is what Jesus quoted in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…”. Well, he kept on talking, clear down to verse 10! “Adorns herself with jewels…”

What’s he saying? Basically, and prophetically, this: “the silver and gold, the precious jewels, will come into my house from every nation. My special treasure, my peculiar people, shall make my house much better than the former one. The glory of God shall fill my house as never before! AFTER the shaking!”

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1

“Whose house are you…” Hebrews 3

The shaking precedes the final completion of the “latter house.”

Want more proof? How about Malachi chapter 3?

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1-5 ESV)

Briefly, this tells me the Lord is coming TO his house before he comes FOR his house. What’s the purpose of the house, anyway? To be the place where God and man commune, AND to be the place that welcomes all the nations into the kingdom of God. His house, a house of prayer for all nations, right? It’s a praying house so it can be a FILLED house!

Forget about the transfer of wealth, will you? Yes, God will supply what we need to bring in the nations.

But we need to see the nations as the wealth God is adamant about finding, rescuing, and showing off.

I can just see him, saying to the devil, “Lucifer, take a look at these precious jewels! See how they shine? Take a good, long look; I want you to remember their beauty for all eternity!”

People, there’s coming a shaking. If we’ll yield to the work of God, we will see the greatest harvest in the history of the world. Yes, many will be shaken, and some will barely make it. An apostasy spirit is growing and becoming more influential as each day goes by.

But he who endures to the end shall witness the Desire of the Nations welcoming nation after nation into his house. The house that is his welcoming, glorious house.

People like you and I.

Wow!

Hey, let’s discuss this some more! Write your comments, and see where the dialogue takes us.

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