Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Time to Stand

Timothy 4:2-4

2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

This week, God has dealt with me, primarily in dreams about the readiness of the Body of Christ. God is revealing that a great season of testing is upon us. This is a season when God's people MUST know who they serve and why. As leaders, we must prepare the people to stand in adversity. The season of "protecting" the sheep will be challenged. Temptation "in private" is at a new level. Spiritual warfare is peaking. Who will stand?

For too long, God's people have been sheltered with a form of religion, but denied the power thereof. We've emphasized those things that please the flesh, and neglected the weightier spiritual matters. NOW is the time of accountability. NOW is the season for boot camp, in preparation for the war to come.

People of God, we must ask ourselves - "Where does our personal relationship with God actually stand?" Outside of the church service, how much of the Word do we really know? In the face of temptation, when the others are not around, am I really able to stand? Religion is going to be challenged. Another season of great exposure is before us, and the spirit of anti-christ is indeed active among us - even within our church walls. The enemy is strategically placed and ready to challenge those who claim to be the children of God. How many of us are fully equipped?

The plan of action is this - the people of God MUST fast and pray. We MUST know the Word. There is no longer an opportunity to squeeze by and barely make it. Your relationship with God MUST be solid. No more depending on the pastor or a family member to cover with their righteousness. The biggest thing God is revealing - CHURCH WORK cannot cover TRUE MINISTRY. Too many of us are hiding behind being busy. Busy is not equivalent to ministry. Get in place. Do what God has called and ordained you to do.

You will be tested, and that very soon. Selah.

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