Thursday, November 3, 2011
In the MEAN Time
A daily news ticker reads….
"10 kids bully and brutally beat a fellow student" Protest continue across the globe chants of "DESTROY ISRAEL" "Death to Jews" fill the air, "Man stabs his wife and four children" "Gold continues to sky rocket" "Investors keep a watchful eye" "Greece in Crisis, fears mount" "Weekly Jobless rates stay over 400k" "The Pope calls for a Global Government"
And we were Created for a such a time as this! Why? For what purpose?
To be Salt and Light "In the Mean Time" ...we have been told to Redeem Time.
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
All across this globe, a mad push is in the works to demand "ascension" and its basis comes from none other than he who has said "I will ascend" Evil is springing up like grass and YET God's Word has promised that through Christ, He would build His Church and that the Gates of Hell would not Prevail against it!
Right Now in a lot of ways it seems that the opposite is happening! Apostasy is rampant, "Emerging" into the rank in file on every side and front! Unholy "mixtures" accepted in the name of "cultural relevance" are taking place of Pure and Undefiled Religion. If it's "hip and speaks of Jesus, well then hey it must be Jesus." Complacent, lukewarm living has replaced passionate surrendered lives.
"In the Mean Time" Churches are going Cross-less, Tolerance preached instead of Repentance, the gospel veiled to those who are perishing is not what Jesus spoke of when He spoke of His Church!
His Hallmark description of His Church, (Of His House) was that it was to be called a "House of Prayer" notice He didn't say "a house of sermons, or pulpits or a house of praise or house of even worship, but rather PRAYER"
Why did Jesus come? To destroy the Work of the Devil, what was that work? Separating lives from God through sin. Jesus came to reconcile us not into a form of godliness, but back into one on one (atonement) relationship with The Father!!!
That is why He answered when asked about prayer, "When You Pray, pray like this "Our Father who art in Heaven" He came to reconcile us who were lost and now found, back to 24/7 covenant/adopted relationship with Almighty God as Our Father!
Why is this so imperative now? Now, “In the MEAN time as The Lord Tarries, we were created for such a time as this to know Him and make Him Known!! Redeeming the Time!
The Hour grows late and darkness is covering the earth and gross darkness the people! It is our time to Arise and Shine!! But Unlike our enemy, this arising is by our decreasing and Our Lord Increasing...
Churches are looking for the latest and greatest trendy thing to inspire attendance! Pastor's want numbers to look successful of course! You need numbers to help insure a budget and help keep up with salaries and mortgage payments. This has become THE VISION of Church of so many, but in the simplest of terms we were told to Seek First the Kingdom of God and all that would be taken care of. We weren't chosen to build a Church, we were chosen to go and bear fruit! And yet there is no offspring without intimacy! Forgive me, but you can't make a baby without having sex and You can't share a true vision of our Father's Heart and bear His Fruit without spending intimate times in prayer hearing what it is He wants to do in You and through You!!
In this hour where the gates of Hell are screaming all around us, it is time to fall on our faces and answer our Father's call ...."Where are you?"
Are we hiding in churchianity, hiding in a form of Godliness and no power? In the assembling of ourselves together, are bound people being set free, are new souls being added or is your increase just through migration and not transformation? Is it THE GOSPEL that’s being Proclaimed? For it is the only power unto Salvation.
You can not enter the Kingdom of Heaven without being "born again" I don't care how it's spun, You must Repent of believing or trusting in any other thing for salvation than Jesus Christ and Him Crucified and Resurrected, and in that repentance it directs that person to an Eternal Secure, day to day, hour by hour, minute by minute covenant relationship with Almighty God as Abba Father! If it's not through that WAY, then it's just a religious experience and will be rendered null and void. I don't care how "cool or hip or culturally relevant" it seems! Christ and Him Crucified Reconciling lost man/woman back to God.
For the Backslidden Church
Repentance is returning back to that Secure relationship, God has never left, but through the deceitfulness of sin, condemnation and guilt starts screaming from the accuser of us all, and yet the Holy Spirit is working, trying to lead us to confessing we've gone astray and for us to pray for The Joy of Your Salvation to be restored. David didn't pray for his salvation to be restored but His Joy.
In the Mean time, we need JOY Unspeakable for that is our strength!!! The Joy of the Lord is His Resurrection Power working in us and through us causing us to "arise and shine"
The call of "in the mean time" is to lay aside every weight, all the guilt and all the messages that say you have to "be good enough" and realize you can't but that You are Loved anyway and that we would all run to our prayer closets at this hour with great JOY knowing it is He that desires our attention and time ....not out of religious duty but out of Eternal Purpose! John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
We have been chosen for "such a time as this." It is no accident that we are alive at this time!! In this hour where darkness is covering the earth and deep darkness the people, but no matter how dark it is, as the Lord Tarries, the Gates of Hell will not prevail against a people who know Their God! The Effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much and there is no greater call in this hour than for His People to PRAY!! True Fruit is born only out of such times. Light still expels darkness and Salt still flavors and the Church should be Boldy Proclaiming our Saviour!! But we can't do that without Him.
All Sin is born out the Godlessness. Living life without Him is a matter of pride. To say you can do anything without Him is error. That is why we are told "In All Your Ways acknowledge Me and I will direct your paths"
What has happened and is happening all over is we have many believer's/Churches trying to live for Him without Him....We go do stuff having not spent anytime in prayer about what it is we are doing for Him. We build buildings, have bible studies, devotional series, sermon series, this pop up outreach or that woman's conference, all good stuff, but If it's NOT Born of Him, it's all a labor in vain. Unless The Lord Builds the House they that labor, labor in vain!!
Thousands of events and services are conducted with very little fruit or true conversion YET, Peter spent time in prayer and repentance and then Preached ONE Message and over 3,000 people were converted in PUBLIC (Non Churchy) setting. He was not going in his own name, or might or intellect, He Just preached Jesus Christ and Him Crucified
Right Now, at this very dark hour, A Light needs to be revealed and Put On a Hill (THE GOSPEL) Needs to be trumpeted to our friends and family and co-workers and neighbors an golf buddies, cycling class, to all our world's with a great urgency!! And The Heart and Power that is required to do that comes not in your will but from His and that comes from spending TIME in His Presence Praying!!! I have heard it said this way "purity in private produces power in public" We need to run, not walk right now to a place of turning back to our First Love, spending time with Him, allowing Him to SPEAK into our lives. You Know He is the Living Word!!! What is it He really wanting to say to us right now???
Mathew 10:27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
...Breaking News every hour on the hour "In the Mean Time" is the kind of bad news you'd use to just see in a movie, BUT we are carriers of GOOD NEWS ...This is not our Home, We have been bought and purchased and Our Master has told us in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Sounding the alarm, its time to seek The Lord!!! Romans 13:11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here