In everything give thanks. This scriptural truth has been tremendously overlooked in our culture, and even in our church. Genuine gratitude doesn’t result from a ‘fake it til you make it’ approach in our own strength: it comes from actually knowing who God is. The Lord gives us the reason to be grateful, the faith to be grateful, and the power to be grateful. Jesus is calling us in this moment to adopt an attitude driven by supernatural gratitude so that the doors can be opened wide to the massive harvest that God deserves in this generation. Jesus is altogether worthy! These trials will be used by God to strengthen us at a pivotal time. Thank you Lord!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
In this day a great peril for the people of God is the false shepherd, the wolves, and the imposters who bring promises of liberty barely disguising the slavery to sin and to the world they imply. There is great evil and a profound battle for this generation. Every moment it rages spiritual. Eternity is at stake. Do not be deceived. This powerful message brings to bear the importance of taking God at His word. There are so many lies and deceptions that have abounded in this generation, but the truth is the truth regardless of any disagreement. Our responsibility to the truth: Jesus Christ. It is time to be bold for the Kingdom of God! The stakes are too high to draw back.
Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Wake up Christians! We must know the times that God has called us into like the sons of Issachar. This isn’t just a call to awareness of Biblical prophecy: it is a call to action. The time has come for us to act. In order to act properly we must be completely surrendered to the Lord and infused with the Holy Spirit. Why haven’t we been able to come together for the glory of the name of Jesus in this generation? God deserves a harvest, yet we walk about in our ignorance. This is not necessarily an ignorance of the trends away from godliness in our society which are readily visible. It is an ignorance of the subtle traps that have ensnared us and prevented us from being fully sent forth in obedience to the will of God. What prison is holding you back? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it and for the faith, authority, and power to destroy it!
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
It is time for leaders of the faith to stand up. There are enemies not just on the horizon or at the gate but in the camp. It is time for those who know the Lord to set the example of faithfulness in this life to demonstrate to everyone, particularly believers, that we can and must endure in the faith. We must be careful and discerning of the dangers and threats that are in our midst. Many would deplete our faith if they could, and the enemy will continue to deploy resources to make a ruin of our faith. Remember that it was faith, both in its fullness and in its utter lack, that caused Jesus to marvel during His earthly ministry. Arise people of the Lord and overcome!
So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel. And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”
1 Kings 18:20-24
Are we really open to being disciples of the Lord? We are called not just to be followers but also ambassadors. We have the first picture of discipleship in the picture of God’s commands to Adam in the Garden of Eden, and we must carry through our responsibilities in this generation. We must give as many people as possible the opportunity to know Jesus as both Lord and Savior, and that begins with our conduct, our obedience, and our desire to dwell in the presence of the Lord. Despite whatever the world and the enemy says and does we will continue to follow the will of God. Holy Spirit give us strength and faith in this generation! Will you join in the Great Commission?
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Perhaps it seems as if your spiritual resources have run dry, that your calling is in question, and that your mistakes have created an irreparable separation from the will of God. In this moment know that God’s calling is irrevocable. If you are serving the Lord, then continue to persevere in obedience to Jesus. Press in to God! Don’t give up until you hear from Him. Pray. Fast. Know that the Lord is for you. Let this be a season of refreshing and encouragement. Laborers are needed for the harvest that is coming. Will you join in the work that will bear fruit eternally for the Kingdom of God? Jesus is worthy, and if you find yourself thirsty and dry today, then make the choice to refuse to stay in that place. Go to God today! He has not written you off.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”
We sow what we reap. We sow later than when we reap. We sow more than what we reap. New York now openly celebrates infanticide in a flagrant way. This is one more horrifying extension of the original lie: because we are created in the image of God we can determine right and wrong. Spiritual wickedness is responsible for the deterioration of our moral standing. We must understand the nature of the darkness we are facing and the power of God to transform each and every situation at every level. We must come home to the Lord at this time or risk being swept aside by this torrent of darkness rather than being part of the standard that God will raise up against it. God is not mocked, but he is longsuffering. Many think that they are getting away with grievous offenses against the Lord. Many others have fallen to the delusions perpetrated in this generation. Jesus strengthen our faith! Transform our hearts and minds! Prepare us for what is to come!
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
In this generation there are those who are spectators in the body of Christ, those who have a form of godliness but not the true power of God. Will the Lord find faith when He returns? In these days statistics about the belief structures of people who identify as Christian demonstrate a remarkable deviation from the plain, historical doctrines of the Bible. We are called into an abundant, supernatural life, and the word of our testimony is meant to be a living witness of the transforming power of God. Give the glory to Jesus. Commit your life to Him. Seek His face. Now is the time to pray and to press into the secret place of the Most High. Do not falter. God help us if we retreat. This year, if we have the resolve to go the distance, then faith and favor will abound. Do not shrink back in this moment. God will give you a life that touches those around you. He will call you in a way that will bear fruit that lasts for all eternity. We must quit with the pretending, the backbiting, and the frivolity. God is on the move!
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
In Ezekiel 22:30 God said through the prophet that He searched for someone to stand in the gap for the land of Israel but that He found no one. The result was necessary justice and judgment. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was born, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, paid the price for our sins, and rose again. He is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. Be encouraged in the Lord today brothers and sisters as we reflect on the gospel, Psalm 18, John 3, Ezekiel 22, and Nehemiah 7. God bless you today!
This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network via a new collaborative effort Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith