As we face more and more limitations on our freedom to work and interact with others because of the virus, I can’t help but be reminded of the times of testing the Lord brought upon His people in the Bible. God always used those times to get them to examine their own lives and to see where they have missed the mark set by God for His people.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Paul was very aware that he was a sinful man, who struggled to be a man of righteous deeds.
Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
In this time of forced slowing down and separation, let’s take the time to sit with God and ask Him, “What are You wanting to show me about my life where I have missed the mark of righteousness in my life? Where have I gotten lazy, rebellious, or downright disobedient?” For a while we can mask these “hidden reefs” (Jude 1:12 NASB) with our good deeds, but in these times of testing, they are exposed, and we could be shipwrecked on these reefs.
As God exposes the areas of sin and rebellion in our lives, we must be quick to REPENT and TURN from our wicked ways. When we repent, we will then bear worthy fruit, and not fruit out of our gifts and positions in the church! (Luke 3:8)
Romans 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
We would all say, of course I don’t despise God’s goodness. But when we do not quickly come to our senses and repent of our sins and ask for God, and others, to forgive us, we are keeping ourselves away from the goodness of the God we love.
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
Please spend some quality time with the Lord today, asking Him to examine your heart for any wicked ways. Repent and be brought close to the One who loves us more than we can comprehend!
This is the day for us to gather in our homes and WORSHIP our Lord! Let us not neglect this powerful privilege we have to lift up our voices in praise to our Lord!
Psalms 147:1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
Let’s be a light to those around us, as we put on praise today and every day, because we have HOPE, our hope is in the Lord our God!
Psalms 146:1-10 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. (4) His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
The LORD shall reign forever—Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!
Let’s remind ourselves with our praise that God is in control, and He is a God of mercy. I encourage you today to saturate the atmosphere in your homes with worship and prayer.
Psalms 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
Let’s fill our hearts and homes with songs of praise to our God and declarations of how Great He truly is!
At this time, when God is allowing our schedules and activities to be wiped off our plates, as He is slowing us down, He is calling out among His people for a voice that will listen to Him! He has much to say in this time of quiet and rest; but are our souls at rest so we can listen?
Psalm 62:1-2 My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
This is a prophetic message the Lord spoke on September 26, 2017.
Fire will come, come strong, down upon thee
Fire I say like never before
Fire from every area, from even My threshing floor
I am changing things and changing ways
Changing everything around, you will not be the same
Do you not see how I have called upon thee?
I have called for a voice that will listen to Me
I have called upon one that will hear Me and declare My Name
I have called on one that will have no shame
I have called out, and I have called out to you deliberately
I have called you in every way
Will you not listen to Me this day?
Will you not hear My pains in My heart?
Will you not and will you continue to depart?
Will you not see what I say this day,
What I am saying to you is what is in My heart?
Now I need you to pray
In the silence God has given us, we must wait. Because in it, God is producing His Voice in us! A transformation in us is happening in the silence.
Psalm 62:5-8 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
Throughout the book of Isaiah and Jeremiah, these prophets would give analogies of the Potter (God) and the clay (mankind) being made and remade. Their lives were radically changed by invading nations who greatly restricted everything they used to do, including publicly worshiping God. We can learn from their experiences of being remade into new pots for the Lord.
Jeremiah 18:4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
I must confess, I don’t really like the remaking! It is unsettling and messes with our minds and purpose. A pot is made of clay and fashioned and dried by fire to make it into a useful vessel. We tend to get comfortable in our purposes and the ways we do things. That can lead to complacency. I compare complacency to lining up at the starting line of a race and waiting for the race to start, all the while being unaware that the race has already started! This is never what the Lord wants for His people.
The Lord does not throw us away, but he remakes us into the useful pot He needs us to be in each season of our lives. Are we looking back to what used to be, or are we resting in the fact that God Almighty is the one who has us in His hands and is refashioning us for His Purposes in this time of history!
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
This is a challenging season for people all over the world, but for God’s people it is a time to rise above the chaos and fear, and SHINE with the Light of the glory of God who is in us!
How are you being changed in this season? Please take the time to talk with God about this today!
His Word is What Sustains Us
Psalm 1:1-3 Those who put their trust in the Lord and delight in His Word can come before their Heavenly Father in Boldness and partake of His Presence
How Do We APPROACH THE LORD to Hear Instruction?
We Come to the Altar of Surrender to approach Him
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READ for yourself the entire Book of Hebrews, let God speak to you!
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It is easy to get overwhelmed by the magnitude of all that is changing continually all around us and all over the world. David was feeling the same thing while he was isolated in a cave hiding from his enemies.
Psalm 142:1-3 I cry out to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me.
We must do the same thing as David – PRAY to the Lord our God. We must get with other believers and PRAY! First of all we need to pray for ourselves to be settled in who God is. Then we need to pray for WISDOM that only comes from God – wisdom from above.
James 3:17-18 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
But if we listen to the wisdom of man- earthly wisdom, it is characterized by jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder, and all evil things. There will be no peace and not wisdom.
Yesterday in prayer the Lord brought to our remembrance a prophecy from May 4, 2012, that gives us the key to receiving God’s wisdom:
“I am slowing you down to bring you wisdom! Look at the elderly man. You must walk with him. Slow down. You are walking too fast. He walks with a pace of wisdom. He is not running. Do not walk ahead of him. He has much to say to you. I am giving you this wisdom. Slow down, Slow down, Slow down, Slow down, Slow down, Slow down, Slow down; hear the wisdom.”
Here are the words of a hymn called Open My Eyes that I May See. Let this be our cry today to receive God’s wisdom:
Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth that You have for me
Open my Ears that I may hear the voice of truth that You send
Open my mouth that I may bear gladly warm truth everywhere
This fast started 18 days ago. Before it started the Lord told me this would be the most difficult fast I have ever been on, because He was going to discipline my mind. I had no idea what He meant, but I knew it was going to be serious. And then the corona virus began to touch our lives. The effortless life we once knew was shutting down all around us.
This morning I told the Lord we need discernment so we will not be deceived. Please help us to know what is going on and what we need to do and pray. As a ministry we have met most of the day to seek the Lord in what we need to do to stay faithful to God’s call on our lives, and to encourage others to stand firm also. I will be sharing what God has shared with us over the next several days.
God first told us the satan is using FEAR as a tool to release the spirit of SEPARATION & ISOLATION into the world to dominate the people spiritually and physically. He told us to SLOW DOWN and ask Him for WISDOM! We must be careful to not move out of our emotions, thoughts, and opinions. In our slowing down to seek the Lord, we must also gather with others, in person, on the internet, or on the phone, to be ACCOUNTABLE. We must not make decisions or moves without wisdom and accountability. This unification of the body will break the spirit of separation and isolation.
Psalms 141:4-5 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice deeds of wickedness with men who do iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies. Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; do not let my head refuse it, for still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.
Things will never be the same, everything must come and must be changed
I am bringing this change to them so that you will know that I am close to thee
Embrace the change, don’t look behind, stay focused and you will see Me
Look forward and you will see that I am standing
It is Me that wants you to see change has come and the change is from Me
Because change has come, you must come and abide
The mountain path is open to thee, step by step, come up
Come and see what I have for thee, come up to the mountain top
Come into the secret place, I want to bring you close, so that you can hear
This is an excerpt from a prophetic psalm the Lord gave us July 27, 2014, called A Change Has Come.
Change means to cause to turn, to make different, to put one thing in place of another, to shift.
We can definitely say the world has changed almost overnight. But our God never changes. Since He remains our constant, let’s keep our focus and hope on Him.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
We see in the prophetic psalm and this verse that God is calling us to come closer to Him, up to the mountain top for the purposes of purifying our hearts and minds! Human hearts and minds have a difficult time with change. Let’s confess this to the Lord and let Him bring the change in us that He is desiring!
This will take courage. Courage means to be alert physically and mentally, to have a steadfast mind to not be deterred by danger or pain.
In order to do this, we must Pray and we must Worship. Could the Lord be birthing Intercessory Worship at this time? I say Yes Lord, yes!
Today’s blog is what the Lord has been speaking in great unity to our intercessors this morning.
As much as I try to distance myself from the virus mania, and the disruptions man’s reaction to it have brought around the world, I have to admit that God is allowing it. He is Sovereign over everything. We must look at ourselves and see that if God is allowing a plague to be all over the world, we have sinned against Almighty God. We must repent of our lack of showing God the proper whole-hearted love, respect and devotion He deserves. We obviously are NOT trusting in Him, but eating from the table of the world’s news stations, instead of eating from the Truths in God’s Word.
We must spend some serious time in prayer repenting for our sins and the sins of our nations. Asking God to reveal our sins, and how we are to pray for them. I do not believe we have spent the time in Prayer for this crisis as we should! I encourage you to gather with fellow believers and seek the Voice of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:14-17 For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Usually when God sends judgment it is to awaken the people to their need to repent. A great awakening and turning to the Lord Jesus Christ is coming to the world. We must be like Daniel and offer up repentance on behalf of the people and pray for true repentance to come to their hearts today. We must pray and continue to pray until God says “it is done”!
Romans 13:11-12 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Have you noticed we are in a season of global unsettledness? Of course you have. Life as we have been accustomed to has been disrupted. How are we doing? Do we see this season as an opportunity to shine the light of God and His love to those around us?
1 John 4:11-12 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
Did you catch that last part? God’s love is perfected in us when we love those around us! So, how can we love the people around us better? In times of confusion, truth stands out as a shining light, and it also stands the test of time. So let us be careful to only speak words of truth and the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ! And may we do good deeds that demonstrate the love of God that is in us!
1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
Another way we can demonstrate to God that we love the people around us, is to pray for them. Isaiah 33:2-6 is a great prayer to pray over individuals and nations at this time.
Isaiah 33:2-6 O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their strength every morning, our salvation also in the time of distress. At the sound of the tumult peoples flee; at the lifting up of Yourself nations disperse. Your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts rushing about men rush about on it. The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. And He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
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