I originally gave this message in March 2013. But while travelling in the USA this month I had a dream on March 15, 2020 that brought this message back to the surface.
As we know there is a global pandemic of the Coronavirus 19. I had this dream before all the nations began requiring quarantines.
The Dream: In my dream I had traveled through neighborhoods and houses. I saw a couple pick up a piece of wood. About a foot long 2 x 4. A man and a woman both picked up this wood and went inside a house and shut the door. I also saw on top of the house some hay. Then as the dream unfolded all the houses burned to the foundation except the house the couple entered. I understood that everything that was not built upon the rock of God and was built with wood, hay and stubble would be burned in this trial.
I would like to encourage people in this season where there is a forced stop on our activities to be a time of introspection and repentance. Many of the things we have built in our lives were fleshly and carnal. God may have not caused this plague but He had allowed it to be used to get our attention. We as a body of Christ have to be set ablaze once again. We have been busy doing ministry or works and have failed to enter the Presence of God and seek His face. Ministry has been all about us and not about God. We are here to fulfill His purposes on earth. He is not a magic genie at our beck and call to serve us. We are called to serve Him.
I have been outside of the USA for about 5 years now. During my time in the USA I was very aware of how there was everything available to pamper the flesh. So many stores and businesses to meet every need you could have. Those these things are nice and a convenience they had a great pull on the flesh and it's needs. Whatever you wanted it was there. Having lived abroad I had to give up a lot of these thing a while ago. It wasn't until I returned to the USA that I really saw how seductive these things are. When you have these things around you all the time you don't really think much about it. Now these are the very things that are under fire during this trial.
Also, the need to go, go, go. While being on the forced quarantine I encourage you to take some quiet time and get back to hearing God. Shut off the TV and the radio and be still. Don't worry about the bills, what you will eat or what you will wear. God said He knows you have need of these things. Get back to walking in faith. Pray in the Holy Spirit and rise above the chaos and get into Heaven's atmosphere. It's there you will find the peace you need to weather this storm.
The things we do by the instruction of the Lord will stand. Everything else we do will be burned up in the fire.
When was the last time you actually prayed without asking God for anything? You prayed simply because you wanted the Presence of God? God knows how to get our attention and I hope He is getting all of our attention so we can get back to our first love.
God is our anchor in this storm. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. He is our Help. He is our Provision. He is our Healer. Do NOT Fear. Psalm 91 says NO Plague or Pestilence shall come near our house. We must believe the truth of God's word if we want to see it manifested in our lives.