“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?
Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” (James 4:1-5)
American believers prayed and God said “NO.”
I know there are many out there in shock about the recent outcome of the election especially after the millions of prayers that ascended on its behalf. Numerous pastors had 40 days of prayer and fasting challenges and there were the “clarion calls” of this being the biggest election in our history and people were fasting and praying for something that didn’t come to pass because we were asking amiss.
We were treating God like Santa Claus asking for a political present of a desired outcome instead of God’s presence! It’s very understandable why this was the case, it would be a seeming “quick fix” to what we all see coming that we in no way want to deal with... yet, God chastens those whom He loves.
The prophetic voice of God is very simple. REPENT! Repent from looking unto anything else but God for hope!
I’m convinced if Jeremiah was alive and an American, he’d be weeping, Isaiah’s head would be set like flint, John the Baptist would crying in the wilderness and Jonah would be out to sea but about ready to be spit out again onto the shores of sunny California headed straight to Hollywood─ the one place he wouldn’t want to repent if he were me! The message of repentance should be covering this land!
Please stop and think.
God’s Word says it’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance and whether we realize this or not, He’s being really good to us right now in that He is forcing us to take a good hard look at “from where we have fallen.”
There are numerous rotten fruits of our fallen state and I could list off a resume of “sins” that reflect where we are at, but the ax is laid to the root of our problem and that quite simply is Godlessness! For the most part, the church of America has treated God as a glorified Santa Claus wanting His “gifts” and “blessings” more than we have wanted HIM!!
I believe in that on November 6, 2012 Jesus stood up amidst the masses of praying believers across this globe and said “Unless you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood you have no life in you” (John 6:53).
In John chapter 6, Jesus has just performed one of his most famous miracles of feeding the 5,000 and many were now on board to follow Him for what He was capable of doing “for them” and were crying out to Him to perform on their behalf more miracles. In replying to the crowds Jesus stood up and offered his “hard saying” and the Bible says that, “many disciples left and followed Him no more.”
I can relate to that “gut check moment.” Ten years ago in my own personal walk I was going through a time in my life that wasn’t as bad as what Job went through but felt like it to me. I was desperate for God to “fix” an area of my life and had retreated to a field to pray and scream and cry out for an answer of my will. I mean I was desperate, tears were flying and YET I will never ever forget hearing the reply of “Tim, unless you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood you have no life in you.” I knew instantly that the answer to my praying was “NO.”
After the multitudes turned and walked away, Jesus turned and looked to Peter and the remaining disciples and asked, “Aren’t you going to leave me too?” Peter replied, “Where else can we go Lord, only You have eternal life.”
I fear greatly for those who have married their faith with their patriotism in this hour. I fear that just because God isn’t performing miracles on behalf of the patriotic cry that many will “turn and follow Him no more” because they were taught that this is “our best life now.” And that if they prayed based on 2 Chronicles 7:14, that their best life was still available in the here and now they are going to be greatly disappointed to find out that no matter how hard they pray God has already spoken that in the last days perilous times will come! We can’t pray that away.
We have to awaken to the sobering truth that earth is the Titanic and Jesus Christ is the only Ark of salvation.
God’s Word says that He isn’t willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, but despite God’s desire, many more will perish than will be saved! As Jesus has taught us...
“Broad is the gate that leads to destruction and many go that way” and “narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and few go that way.”
In just doing that math, we can understand why more and more we are going to be feeling surrounded on every side, almost feel like we are losing. And if it’s longing for this place to get better, to go back to what it once was...we are losing! But that is good news!
This is NOT our home, we are just pilgrims here. If our praying starts to line-up with the Spirit of God it will begin to be more and more: “The Spirit and Bride in agreement crying Come Lord Jesus, Come.”
Pray that ministers every where would read Jeremiah 23 and take it to heart and tell the TRUTH while their is still time! If you have Stage IV cancer the doctor isn’t going to give you a placebo if he’s any good at his job, He’s going to tell you the truth and urgently start you on chemo.
America’s at a very perilous point (Stage IV) and the ONLY message for this hour is: “REPENT!”
Judgment begins in the House of God!
Repent of being purpose driven instead of “Spirit led.” Repent of using God as a means to a selfish end, repent of “having church” instead of being the church. Jesus said, “My House is called to be a House of Prayer.”
What would be His testimony of His House today? You have made it a den of entertainment? Seeker friendly, cross-void and tolerant, flattering places of self-help with sooth saying mantras absent from the Word of the Lord,” where prayer is “cliché?”
It seems that our best praying today is for a “good service” instead of just seeking His face. We’ve lost confidence in the very thing that God has ordained as the power of God unto salvation─the preaching of the cross! Jesus Christ crucified is rarely mentioned because it’s not attractive to carnal man.
I know that statement probably comes across judgmental. I pray it’s heard for the way its been laid upon my heart, to realize from where we have fallen. Hey, I grew up in church, I can “play the part.” We’ve learned that well in the “Bible belt” but it has allowed for a modern day “golden calf” to be erected. Church in a lot of ways has replaced God. And it’s another thing to repent of...We need to get back to the heart of God.
God is about numbers but then He’s also not! After all, more will be choosing eternal life without God than with Him and therefore.... He is about those as Jesus prayed: “These are those which You have given Me.” The ones that are, “ripe unto harvest.” And those who are ripe are only going to be drawn to THE GOSPEL, to the message of the cross!
God has made us all ministers of reconciliation. “Be reconciled to God” and in His mercy, that is exactly what the Spirit of God is at work doing in this moment in time. He is calling His people back to Himself! FOR HIM! We need Him 24/7 in our lives to LIVE!
And He has said to us, “They who seek to save their life will lose it, but they who lose their life for my sake shall surely find it.”
“This is eternal life that you may know The Father and His Son Jesus Christ whom He sent” (John 17:3).
“You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-38).
What does that look like in our daily walk? How do you fall in love with someone you hardly know and how you do know someone without spending time with him or her?
I’ve heard it said that love is spelled: T. I. M. E. and TIME is an altar that needs to be rebuilt in our homes, in our prayer closets and in our church gatherings!
I absolutely believe that God wants to establish one thing in this earth...THE ARK OF HIS PRESENCE for the saving of the souls that are His! And there is no other way to do that than do it His way.
“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind Him—
A grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
Gather the people,
Sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and nursing babes;
Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room.
Let the priests, who minister to the Lord,
Weep between the porch and the altar;
Let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord,
And do not give Your heritage to reproach,
That the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”
I believe its upon the heart of Almighty God for prayer meetings to be arising all over this land with His people falling on our faces, confessing and repenting of sin. His response will be to meet us right where we are at by pouring our His Spirit that will turn our times of prayer from repentance to standing in the gap on behalf all those who are either lost or asleep, very much like what happened to Abraham in Genesis 18 and 19 when God shared what was on His heart at a very similar time, “as it was in the days of Lot,”
God was about to pour out His wrath upon Sodom and Gomorrah and revealed this to Abraham. Abraham had family there!! In desperation He began to plead, “Lord will you spare?” God did not save Sodom and Gomorrah but He did honor Abraham’s intercession by rescuing those he had laid upon his heart!
Same sex marriage, abortion on demand, adult entertainment a leading industry, child predators, anti-God governance, global economic upheaval, dealing treacherously with Israel, divorce, addictions of every kind are leading to a point in time that UNLESS God shortens the days, “no flesh will survive.”
Darkness and even gross darkness is covering people and the things that will invoke the wrath of a loving God are going to grow scarier and scarier ...but Our God says, “Do NOT be afraid, hide yourself in Me.” And as we hide in Him, He will pour out His heart and Spirit upon us, causing us to arise and shine…going out into our assigned world.
Knowing that...where the Spirit of the Lord is there is “FREEDOM.”
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
In a nutshell, it’s time to stop fighting for a sinking ship and start pointing to Jesus Christ...
You’re going to be seeing things that will cause you to want to fight for the here n now. There will be lie after lie and injustice after injustice, “Evil will be called good and good will be called evil.” But remember this:
“When you see the wicked spring up like grass, it is that they may be destroyed forever” (Psalm 92:7).
As I type this message Israel has been hit by over 100 bombs in the last 24 hours, Syria is in chaos and the literal fulfillment of Isaiah could be any day (Damascus will be a ruinous heap).
People are rioting in Greece as crisis measures are being implemented in their crashing economy, even while the pundits talk that America is approaching a “fiscal cliff.”
Islam is ascending and we will be hearing more and more about Caliphates, Jihad and Sharia Law. If Paul Revere were alive today he’d be shouting: “Islam is coming, Islam is coming.”
Foundations all around are crumbling so much so that we must make like Job and say “Though He slay me, yet will I praise Him” and we must join with Peter and resolve to say “Where else can we go Lord, you alone have the words of eternal life.”
But first things first:
IT’S TIME TO COME CLEAN:
Dear God, we confess our sins before You. It’s before You and You alone have we sinned! We have “gone to church” without coming to You! We have been more worried about “church attendance” than attending to You. We have put vain and shameful things before our eyes. We have lusted in our flesh, and have been so full of pride. We find ourselves at a time that You have graciously warned us about and it is indeed very perilous, God. Everyone has gone astray and done what is right in their eyes. It might have even seemed right but it has lead to death. Dear Father, I come before your throne of grace to obtain mercy in this time of need. WE need You to have mercy and pour out Your Spirit of prayer and repentance upon your people, drawing us back to You, for You. “HELP GOD, HELP.” In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
May the Spirit of prayer be stirred like never before.