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Stand And Be Strong   4 comments

I felt it was a good time to re-post this from Feb. 2014.

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.

For Such a Time as This   1 comment

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/

You Are Not Alone   Leave a comment

From where you stand, things can look very discouraging at times.  It can even seem like you are the only Christian around.  Or that may even be true in your circles.  You may in fact be the only one in your family, in your school, at your work place.  Even in your church, it may be a very religious place where people really have no relationship with God.  But if all we see is the smallness and confinement of the place around us, we are in danger of being overwhelmed with discouragement.

The prophet Elijah found himself in a place like that.  He was not confined to a small place but travelling throughout Israel proclaiming the word of the Lord and confronting the religious spirits that had risen up against the people of God.  It seemed as if no-one wanted to hear God’s message any more.  After a very great victory on Mt. Carmel with the false prophets of Baal, Jezebel sent word that she was going to kill him. (1 Kings 19)  Elijah ran for his life and finally ended up at Mt. Horeb where God encountered him once again. When God asked him “What are you doing here?”  He responded, “I’ve been very jealous for You. The children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars and slain Your prophets with the sword.  I am the only one left and they seek to kill me.”

It’s interesting to me that the Lord chose to ignore the way Elijah felt at the time.  He didn’t even respond at first to Elijah’s discouragement but rather handed him his next assignment.  Basically He said ” Get up!  Go to this place and that place and anoint these people and here’s what will happen.”  And then in a quieter tone of voice He said, “By the way … I have 7000 left in Israel who have not bowed their knee to Baal.  You are not alone as you thought.”

When the Lord asks you “What are you doing here?”  or “Why are you doing this?”  it’s not because He doesn’t know.  It’s because He wants you to see the truth.  Many times the way you feel about something is not the truth of how things really are.

I meet people from different nations, different denominations and different churches who all tell me the same thing.  “It’s just so hard here, people don’t seem to care, we need revival but there seems to be a religious spirit here.”  Of course there is!  As long as we live in this realm we will have religious spirits to deal with.  But we must learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord as David did.  One good cure for discouragement is finding out the amazing things God is doing around the world in other parts of our family.

We need to be informed about what is really happening, especially if we live in isolated places.  We have the world at our fingertips now with the ability to watch videos and read testimonies and prophetic words online. Sharing these things with those around you will be like blowing on the embers and rekindling the fire of God within them.  Gather them to watch a conference in your living room with prophetic speakers that you know and trust.  See what God is saying to those in other countries and how it echos what He is saying to you and to the prophetic voices in your area.  There are many trusted sources under my Recommended Reading and Recommended Links tabs at the top of this page.  Check out Elijahlist to see what God is saying for 2014.

I have seen the army of God arising with my own eyes.  I have been in schools where Heidi Baker is training 200 people (from dozens of nations, several  times a year) to be radical lovers of Jesus, running into the darkest places on earth to bring His love and light. (www.irisglobal.org)  She is only one of thousands around the world who are training warriors for God’s end time army.  The genuine love and honor among them rivals the early church. Their goal is to become transformed into the image of Christ.  They will not break rank.  They will not turn and run when the battle rages.  They will give their lives as martyrs if necessary and understand the great honor of being counted worthy to die for Him.  I have seen them arising in many nations and I have no fear for the future of the true church of God.

You are not alone. You have a great host of brothers and sisters who are fighting with you.  The training may at times be fierce but it is necessary to transform us into His image so that we have His mind and His will, not our own.   Ours would get us killed.  These are choices we make now, not out of duty but because of our love for Him and the honor of being a part of His great end time purposes.  His army wins.  Light will always defeat the darkness.

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and brave.  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for Jehovah your God is with you in all places where you go.