"Therefore my loins are filled with pain; Pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman in labor. I was distressed when I heard it; I was dismayed (vexed) when I saw it. My heart wavered, fearfulness (horror, terror) frightened me; The night for which I longed He turned into fear (quaking, trembling) for me.
Prepare the table, Set a watchman (await) in the tower, Eat and drink. Arise, you princes, Anoint (consecrate) the shield!"
From the first time I read this, I knew what the Lord was saying. At the same time, I didn't want to know.
We are at the point, the culmination of history arriving at it's destination. Just like a woman in labor cannot stop the birthing process once it has begun, so it is now with God's timing of "end-time" events. They cannot be stopped.
What is this pertinent verse of scripture saying to us? What is it to prepare a table? Psalm 23 says a "table shall be prepared in the presence of our enemies."
We are to be in a place of readiness and waiting upon the Lord. He said to eat and drink. What does that mean?
Jesus said, Joh 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Joh 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
The word of God is interpreting the word. To eat and drink is to do the will of the Father in Jesus.
Arise, you princes. Stand up! God is giving the command and He will be exulting His people in this season.
Isa 60:1-3 "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness (misery, destruction, death ) shall cover the earth, and gross darkness (gloom) the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising."
Isaiah talks about the night that I longed for. This is it. Night is the darkness. Gen_1:5 "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day"
God is causing us to shine. He will be bringing those that have consecrated themselves unto the Lord to the forefront. Anoint your shield. Make sure you have your heart and focus right in this season. It's not about the stuff. It's not about the recognition. It's about the Harvest! It's always been about the harvest. Your shield, is the shield of Faith. Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What are you applying your faith too?
If you are not bringing people into the Kingdom of God in this season then what are you doing? Have faith for souls.
If you are doing your part, whether it's training, shepherding, evangelizing; the focus in this season should be soul-winning.
If God's glory is upon us in this season the people will be drawn to us. We just need to share Jesus and bring in the harvest. The Holy Spirit will do the drawing, we just need to do the talking. We need to be His hands, feet and mouthpiece.
How do we anoint the shield? We must be spending time with the Lord. Completely yield to the Lord in this season. This is not the season to hold back. If the Lord gave you a word for your life, start moving in that direction. What are you waiting for?
Joh 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Joh 11:10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
As long as we are here and Jesus is in us the light is still here. When His people are gone, His light will be too. We must spread the light, share Jesus, the Gospel to everyone we meet. We must get out of ourselves and get into bringing others into the Kingdom.
If we truly love, with God's love, we'll stop judging and condemning the lost (who we used to be) to hell. If we truly love, no matter who the people are or what their position is we will share Jesus. Let's get to work! There's a lot to be done.
Farmers don't rest until they gather in the harvest. One day can make the difference between having a bountiful, healthy harvest or having their field and all their work destroyed.
Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."
Joh 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Luk_22:27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
Jesus said in John 4:34 that His assignment was to do God's will and in the next verse He discusses the harvest. In Luke 22:27 Jesus says that He was here to do work or harvesting. If that was Jesus' assignment and we are to do the works of Jesus gathering the Harvest would have to be one of our assignments also. Stop making excuses for sharing your faith.
Lord, I pray for your Holy boldness and fire to fall on your people for the empowerment of being witnesses to the ends of the earth. In Jesus name. Amen.
This word was posted in our October 15, 2013 news letter. Since that time that terrible storm hit the Philippines and now the Tornadoes in Illinois.
The Storm has hit!
I know we are going to be having a cold winter. I can tell you the storm has hit (economic)! It will not stop and become business as usual. This storm will effect this country and others for a long time to come. The worst of it has not hit yet. Make sure you are hidden in the "secret place of the Most High" as He passes by this nation, we want His hand to cover us.
Mercy and His Grace to cover America.
The Spirit of
God is hovering.
I don't know about everyone else, but this has been a year full of great change. Old friendships released, new ones created. Upheaval from physical and spiritual locations and establishment in new ones. The release from past trials and things that were holding us back. To the embracing of things to come, destiny manifesting.
There is no doubt that we have entered into a new season. Past paradigms won't work in this new spiritual
location. We must be at a place of complete trust and reliance upon the Lord. There can be no more doubt. There seemed to be a short season of unwinding or de-tangling from former attachments, people, jobs, locations and identities.
As we move into this new season we must be confident that we have the antidote for what is happening. We have "THE ANSWER"! His name is Jesus. We must fearlessly and boldly proclaim what He has done for
us to the world! They (the people) are looking for Him, they just don't know it, YET. The Spirit of God is hovering over the face of the deep once again; waiting for the Word of God to come forth and bring life.
That word will come out of you and me.
Expect to see more crazy storms(physical & economic) to come before the end of the year.
God is allowing this to get the attention of the people We must be ready with the TRUTH at the moment they cry out, "What must we do to be saved? (How are we to fix this?)"
Allow God to reposition you. You might say, "I've never done this before." That doesn't matter, you've been
trained and raised up by the Holy Spirit for such a time as this. Move into the uncomfortable position so God will receive the Glory. God has equipped you with everything you need for this season. He is now pouring
the water of His spirit upon you to activate those dormant seeds inside of you. Just like the desert, they will bloom, seemingly overnight.
Hold on to His hand, He will lead and guide you in the way that you should go. Trust and rely fully upon God.