We could have been born in any generation. But God chose us to be born in this last day generation, to have the honor of fighting in the last battles and to be worthy to usher in the Kingdom of God. Obviously most of us would call ourselves unworthy and unqualified to fight such a battle. But the choice was not ours. It was His and He always chooses rightly. Receive this as hope. He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. ( Phil. 1:6 ) He will finish what He started, not only in the earth but also in each of us personally … if we remain faithful to Him.
So in addition to placing us in this time period, He has also poured out grace and gifts that the former generations knew little of. Not only did He save us for this time but He also saved specific anointings and giftings because we need them desperately now. We have also been gifted with advanced technology to send the gospel around the world in a moment by common every day people through the internet. And to whom much is given, much will also be required. (Luke 12:48b)
Take courage. The days you were born for are upon you. Courage is already within you, in the form of the Spirit of the Lord, the Victor, the Champion. Greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world. (1 Jn. 4:4) Courage is not necessary when we are sitting by the fireplace drinking tea. In fact, it’s difficult to muster much of it in that instance. But when the battle comes, it will be activated and we will find there is more within us than we knew. This, of course, is not for the purpose of pride. Pride goes before a fall. (Prov. 16:18 )
It is very difficult to write a blog post of this nature and not refer to “The Lord of the Rings” or “The Hobbit”. Jesus often speaks clearly to me through movies and Tolkeins writings are full of prophetic significance for this present hour and that which is to come. Those of you who know these movies will agree. But for my purpose here I will simply refer to the general underlying theme that it is often the small people, the unlearned, the insignificant in the sight of the world who find great courage, become great heroes and end up saving the world in these stories. And as a side note, it also requires those at odds with each other to finally join together to fight and defeat a common enemy.
In our day it comes down to this: There are only 2 choices … for God or against Him. We choose to be for Him when our thoughts and beliefs and attitudes agree with His. This will require our knowing what He actually did say and not just what we thought He said or what we were taught by others. The Word of God just became even more important.
Don’t make survival your goal. You are destined to be an over-comer. Much of what you have to overcome is on a personal level and it counts. Without that you would never make it to the higher levels of the battle or the higher ranks of the army. Hopelessness must be defeated. There is always hope in Christ. The fear of man must be defeated as well and replaced with the fear of God. In fact, the fear of God is a positive cure for the fear of man. Just ask Isaiah or John in the book of Revelation. This is a time to arise in intercession and also make a strong stand for God and righteousness. He is with you.
There is much more that could be said but I will refer you back to a previous article in this blog called Stand and Be Strong from Feb. 24, 2014. https://comeawaymylove.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/stand-and-be-strong/
God speaks to us any way He can get our attention! We are wise to learn to listen to His still, quiet voice so that He doesn’t have to shout. Sometimes people say to me, “Everything is not prophetic.” And my reply is usually , “Most things are, if we can only hear or see them.”
Our family has made a cross country move this week. Part of that journey took us through the mountains of Western Canada. Amazing! Spectacular! I have loved these mountains for the last 7 years that I have lived among them. So often I find myself thinking of the words that David penned about lifting my eyes to the hills where my help comes from – from the Lord who made Heaven and earth. And I often hear the voice of the Lord as I gaze on His handiwork. Being in the mountains on this trip was no exception.
Many mountain roads are on such a well planned grade that it looks as though you’re on a somewhat level road. It’s difficult to see that you’re actually ascending. The clues are that the RPMs are increasing, the speed is decreasing and it’s hard to hold your neck in an upright position since it’s being pulled backwards as if you’re on a roller coaster! Another clue is that the outside temperature is dropping and there is snow on the ground. All those waterfalls and rushing streams you passed half an hour ago at the lower levels are now frozen and glistening in the sun. Suddenly you come to a place where you can look down and see how far you’ve climbed. The view is spectacular and there are eagles flying overhead, calling you ever upward to the higher snow capped peaks still ahead.
Life in the Spirit is this way as well. There are times when the incline is so gradual you don’t even realize you’ve been climbing. But there are other times when you suddenly realize that you have just passed a particular test that you had failed many times before. This time something was very different and you hear Him whisper “Well done” with a smile in His voice. You have not only passed a test but graduated to a higher level. The testing now will be more difficult but you will be able to handle it. It doesn’t get any easier but you get stronger, so it seems easier and you begin to look forward to the challenges.
We cannot rightly judge ourselves or our fruit here in this realm. It is only there in Heaven after the final term when we really find out what our marks were. But if we live to love Him instead of just trying to make the grade, our lives will be so full of Him that the marks won’t matter so much to us here. We live to love Him and spend so much time with Him that we simply absorb and reflect His glory.
“In the midst of the chaos of your life when you cannot seem to find My presence, stop and quiet your soul. Listen for My still, small voice within you. I am here. I promised to never leave you and I never will. Stop and quiet yourself as David did. (Ps.131:2) You will need to consciously dial down the noise of the outside world and step out of your realm and into Mine. I have given you this ability. You are not of this world even as I am not of this world. (John 17:14) (See archived postings under “Created for both realms”)
I hear you saying, “I can’t do this … it’s too hard … I don’t know how … I’m not strong enough.” And I agree! In fact I have already told you this long ago. Without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) Ah, but beloved you are not without Me. I dwell within you. The good news is that I have already conquered all that you come against and all that comes against you. Since I am in you and you are in Me, you can do all things through Me because I strengthen you. (Phil.4:13) Let Me fill you with the peace of God and set you in the middle of chaos where My peace is needed. Stand back and watch as My peace flows out of you and into the people around you. You are plugged in to the power source of Heaven. It’s not about you or your strength but only the strength of your relationship with Me.
Many of My people question Me when they go through testing and training. They wonder if they have done something wrong and think I am punishing them. But this is an incorrect mindset. You haven’t done anything wrong – you are doing something right! You have passed the primary tests and now you can go on to the next level. You must be trained as a good soldier (2 Tm.2:3) so that you can become stronger and able to not only stand but overcome in the battle that is yet ahead. I would not be a good Father if I allowed my children to be lazy or disobedient and then elevated them to a position of responsibility that they were not able to handle. Children must be trained. No child likes the training (Heb.12:11) but the mature begin to understand and look forward to the challenge, knowing it will produce strength. You are being conformed into the image of Christ. There is nothing greater than that.
I am with you, beloved. I am for you. I will not allow you to be tested more than you are able to bear. (1 Cor.10:13 – the word ‘temptation’ in the King James can also be translated ‘discipline’.) You have given your life to Me. Now will you trust Me to know the best way to mold you into My image? Look ahead and see the final result of a spotless Bride who will rule and reign with Me for all eternity. You are preparing for that now. The Bride is making herself ready.” (Rev.19:7)
This will be a great part of our testing in these last days: to overcome the lies of the enemy against God and His goodness.
We are entering times when mans own choices have lifted the restraining hand of God against evil in our nations. In some cases those choices are bringing His righteous and holy judgment as His Word said. Some things will be very clear. When a nation is being judged or disciplined to bring it back to God, everyone in that nation will be affected in some way.
Other things will be far less easy to understand. Why does disaster strike? Why do our friends and loved ones die or experience such hard things when we have prayed and believed? Once when I was questioning the Lord about many of these things He said to me,
“My bride will have to be so in love with Me that she trusts Me even when she does not understand.”
Of course He loves us individually and has our best interest at heart. But this is not just about us as individuals. It’s much bigger than that. It’s about His eternal plan, of which we have a part.
Fundamentally, at heart level, we must believe that God is good and just and righteous at ALL times in ALL He does. We must stop blaming God for the works of the enemy! To misunderstand this could be fatal. Since we are finite creatures, this will require an ever increasing depth of relationship with Him to bond us so closely that we cannot be separated. (Rom.8:38,39) This will require much more love than we now possess. We must ask Him for His love which cannot be shaken. ( Rom.8:35-37 )
Once in a vision the Lord encountered me on a seashore. He pointed toward a beautiful ship and said to me “That’s my ship and I’m the Captain. I make the decisions. The question is, can you sail under My command?”
If this sounds hard and contrary to the nature of a loving God, we have only seen a part of the many facets of His character. He is the lamb and He also is the lion. In the midst of the battle you’ll want the lion on your side. All of those blog posts under “Intimacy with the Lord” are true. In fact, it is that very depth of intimacy that will cause us to keep on holding tightly to Him no matter what happens. You learn to trust the One you love and love the One you trust. Because of His deep love for us and ours for Him, we know that we can trust Him and His leadership. Incidentally, in the last part of the vision I spoke of, Jesus looked deeply into my eyes and opened His hand to reveal my name tattooed on His palm! ( Isa.49:16 ) I was undone once again by His love.
There were times in my life many years ago when I was just beginning to learn these lessons. When things went from difficult to impossible I fell back into immaturity and began to blame God. I had prayed and fasted and declared and believed but still He did not answer my prayers. One day when I was literally yelling at Him He stopped me. I could hear the pain in His voice as He said to me,
“It hurts me when you publicly disgrace and dishonor Me in this way.”
Silence and shock! What did He mean by that? Quietly now He began to explain what I had absolutely no concept of.
“When you rail against Me and blame Me for your trouble it dishonors and disgraces Me. And yes, it is very public. You think you are alone here in your room. But all those in Heaven and the realms below hear what you say. You disgrace Me before the enemy and all of his hosts. And you dishonor and accuse Me before all of Heaven, the angels and the great cloud of witnesses.”
That understanding solved something for me and I repented deeply. When it hits us personally as it has so many times before, when our needs are not met or disaster strikes, the thing of absolute importance is our response to Him. Will we trust that He loves us and His will is best even when we are hurting, even when we don’t understand? There are only 2 choices here. The middle ground is running out.
Obviously I am not suggesting that we sit back and receive everything the enemy throws at us, presuming it is God’s will. We do have authority given to us from the Lord over the evil one. But what about the delays we don’t understand or the circumstances that we just cannot line up with God’s Word no matter how we try? We need wisdom to separate these things properly. However, when it comes down to the bottom line question of “Is God good or has He failed you?” our response must always be in allegiance to Him alone. Otherwise we find ourselves on very dangerous ground and create much more trouble than we already had.
Help us God! Give us Your grace to make it! Strengthen us Oh God!
By the way, there are times when He does just give us strength that we did not possess before … His strength. However, the #1 way that we gain strength is through testing and training! Paul talks about exercising to strengthen our mortal bodies to run the race and then compares that to our spiritual life. (1 Cor.9:24-27, Phil. 2:16 ) He also refers to our being soldiers in the army of God. ( 2 Tim.2:3,4, 2 Thess,1:4, Heb. 12:7 ) A General in the Army started out as a Private. He became a General through rigorous, hard training and also the battles he fought in.
These last day battles will require God’s people to be high impact and low maintenance. If we search our hearts and find that is not the case then let us run to the Lord and not away from Him. Let us repent for our weakness and submit ourselves to Him for His training. He is the only source of our strength. He is the goal and He is the reward for those who overcome.