By Jorge Parrott
All scriptures from NKJV
Much needed to be shaken in each of us and the structures and traditions man has built. The Lord did not cause these plagues of fear, virus, and violence. Yahweh is so far above it all. Our Lord is inviting us to awaken to our identities in Jesus and see where He says we are seated, with the King of Kings. As we keep our eyes on the Ancient of Days, standing in the Kingdom that can not be shaken fresh, fierce hope is being awakened in us to see and understand what He sees and is speaking by His Living Word and Holy Spirit for this perilous time ripe with many abundant opportunities for advancing the Kingdom of God in our very lives, in every family, culture, and tribe. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4 “ And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.”
A few nights ago I awoke about 3 am and heard His whisper to ‘come away with Him’ into a time of prayer and quietness hungering desperately to be with the Lord. Soon I felt His presence as He spoke, “Be still and know that I am God.” Suddenly, that peace that passes all understanding washed over me, and a holy rest and joy-filled my soul. In an instant and for the next hour or more everything changed. It had been too long since I last felt that stillness and contentment. Maybe you have felt that way too? Only God can invade our present and change everything in a flash!
With all the static, turmoil, and restlessness globally in the media breeding anxiety and fear the sons of God are called to separate ourselves from the world. Many are finding we have to turn off the news and run into the arms of Poppa, our strong tower, and shelter in every storm. He gives us all we need to overcome the world (the Word, Holy Spirit, the full armor of God, etc) and that is, all by faith. Luke 18:8 “I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
The Lord calls us friends! Wow! In John 15:15 “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant, does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” What more can we possibly ask for? The Bible is our life’ manual and answer book. We just have to look up the Answer. Billy Graham said, “Heaven is full of answers for which nobody ever bothered to ask.”
As governments try to silence Christians and close churches globally we hear that more suicides took place in 2020 in California than died from COVID-19. What did we expect? Yet, those who have not encountered the Lord yet look everywhere but up to our Giver of Life. There is great urgency for the sons of God to speak out, in worship, praise, love, and exemplify the matchless love of Jesus, speaking the truth in love more and more. We need to get outside of the church walls to take Jesus into the streets anyway. If we must go to parks, stadiums, city streets, anywhere, now is the time for public worship and evidence which can not be stopped by believers everywhere to gather and praise and sing glory to our King!
It is time for the followers of Jesus to awaken and obey Jesus to go into all the world, every corner, every alley, every place where darkness reigns and usher in the Light of God. We can no longer delay or justify inaction. James said faith without works is dead. We each are given a voice. We don’t seek the spotlight but His Light to shine through us as we worship in all things we do, trusting Him to use us however He desires and always for His glory.
How Did We Get Here?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that Hitler came to power because of the Church’s falling into ‘cheap grace!’ The USA is at greater risk of being destroyed than at any time in history. The Church has given away too much and if we don’t act fast the blood will be on our hands. Ezekiel 3:18. How did we get here? Our Judeo-Christian heritage is threatened as never before. Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide. While anarchists and Marxists/socialists direct and influence the left’s major liberal political party the Church stayed silent far too long. We allowed prayer to be taken out of schools. We allowed the anti-Christ spirit to invade our education and generations have been brainwashed with socialist /secular teachings.
Too many ‘on fire’ youth, many of whom were homeschooled ‘fell away’ from Christian beliefs when they went away to college, some even to Christian colleges and had their faith diluted and watered down into spiritual dullness and blindness. We allowed abortion to murder millions of innocent babies. Many Christians felt it was better to not get involved in politics. How can we even call ourselves Christians if we support ungodliness and allow abominations into families and churches and schools? The list goes on and on.
While all are at risk we must rise to the call believing the best, brightest future for our nation lies ahead, not behind. But, it is up to each of us to register to vote and actually vote, not for personalities of people, but for principles of godliness and righteousness, preserving the nuclear family, standing with Israel, fighting for the rights of the unborn, godly relationships between man and woman and do all we can to save our Christian roots and history, not repeat the same mistakes and save the soul of each of our nations. Sure, we fight for needed changes and an end to any form of racism and injustice but not allow the haters to destroy our great nation.
It is time for every pastor and believer to speak out on holiness, righteousness, and truth. Put away the secular humanist ideologies of political correctness and being afraid to offend someone. There has been too much unholy-grace application in thinking politics doesn’t belong in the church. Jesus said to go into all the world and make disciples of people and nations. This purification in the church is needed to end the promotion of building any man’s kingdom instead of building the Kingdom of God. We are to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Many thought this year means the end is here. It is near but we don’t feel this is it. There’s more time but we have no time to waste or remain complacent or lukewarm! Take a look in Revelation 21:8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Many have seen this year as a time of purification and repentance to draw nearer to the Lord in intimacy and real trust. Jesus said if we are not ashamed of the Gospel then our Father will not turn away from us.
In Luke 22:36 “Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” There is no room for chickens to soar with the eagles. Faith, not fear is how we overcome any age, especially now. As we read in Revelations 21:8 “But the cowardly, ]unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Weapons Of Warfare
Whatever we have battled in life has prepared us for this hour. Romans 8:28 The battles will intensify until Jesus returns. We all have to get over ourselves and get out of the Lord’s way and align our lives, surrender as bondservants, ready, instant in season and out of season. Personal responsibility needs to be caught by those around us, not just taught. Let’s ask ourselves why would the Lord have us born for such a time as this? It is the most glorious time in history if we choose to embrace our ‘new creation reality and identity in Christ Jesus.’
There are many conspiracy theories afoot and we know the root of them all began in the Garden of Eden when satan caused the fall of Adam and Eve. The enemy of our soul has never stopped attempting to thwart the plans of the Lord. The Lord is all-powerful and loves to turn the tables. We are seeing many tables being turned this year and more will be flipped as God’s people pray, repent, and seek the Lord as never before. 2 Chron. 7:14
How do we fight? In 2 Cor. 10:1-6 we are reminded “Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
Love Is The Answer
We are seeing too much darkness and division and hatred unleashed. There have been many great change agents without endorsing violence. Many look for answers without knowing the history and once again, many are working to rewrite history or abolish it altogether. Edmund Burke said, “Those who choose to ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” Without love, we can never fulfill the Lord’s plans and purposes. God created us to love and be loved. Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment. He answered to “love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” Matt. 22:37-39 We were made in His image and likeness for loving Him and loving each other. Gen 1:26 We need the Lord’s help to comprehend how much He loves us.
The modern church age has made things far too complicated. 1 Cor. 16:14 exhorts us to “Do everything in love.” Bob Jones, the well-respected prophet who went home to glory in 2014 is known for asking the last few years of his life this one powerful question, “Did we learn how to love?” Too often we have only superficial ‘head’ knowledge being familiar with the words we read but they have not sunk into our spirit-man or woman changing everything in our experience and perceptions. We can overlook or minimize the simplicity and power of the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Word of God is filled with ‘milk as well as meat’ and this God-breathed revelation that will transform our lives if we receive the understanding deep in our hearts that signifies the ‘new creation reality’ of the reborn life. We must have the baptism of the Holy Spirit for the fullness of Poppa’s heart to be alive and thriving in our own life.
We all know the verses in 1 Cor. 13:1-3 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not to love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
We simply can’t risk losing the centrality of love as a foundational truth of the New Covenant as we see in 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins.” The time for action is now. 1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” The end time outcome of our nation and many nations being true ‘sheep’ nations depends on our obedience with faith and boldness to awaken, (ourselves and then others) to fulfill God’s destined purposes in our day depends on this simple, profound urgency in Jesus own words when He said, “By this, all will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another” John 13:35
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