This morning, as I prepared for my day, I was thinking about watching the State of the Union address when the Lord stopped me in my tracks. He said, “Pray for the Church to hear what I am saying to her. Pray for her to know the days in which she lives. Pray for her to see and hear what is really happening.”
So, a couple of hours before President Obama would stand in the high hall of American power and release the State of the Union address, I went to the Almighty God to pray for the Church – that she would hear what He is saying from the most supreme court of heaven. I don’t know what I expected to happen, but I definitely wasn’t expecting to be propelled onto my face, weeping and chicken scratching as fast as I could a message that settled on me like a blanket of lead in my spirit.
Jesus says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit of God says to the Church.”
The Real State of the Union
Oh God! Have mercy on my nation. We have slaughtered the innocent. We have exalted ourselves so high and pushed You to the margins where You cease to be GOD in the proud imaginations of our hearts. Now it is all about what we can do – the kingdoms we can build – and they are falling.
CHURCH, REND YOUR HEARTS!
You cry for the inner parts of us. Even Your Church in this age wears You on her clothes. She makes a show of her programs. She stands crying for justice and pleading with man to do something – and she builds her kingdom among the poor – and You are not LORD there.
GOD – BE LORD IN ME!
Oh – release the fear of the LORD on Your Church and on this nation! Oh, release it, Jesus! For mercy’s sake, release it while hearts can still turn to You!
Oh it will be great and fearful, this day of the LORD. Oh – You will showcase mighty judgments and so many will be offended… Oh Jesus!
BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT for JESUS is KING AMONG THEM.
COME REIGN, JESUS!
Oh have mercy! Release the fear of the LORD on a people made ready. Oh make us ready!
OPEN STOPPED UP EARS! OPEN BLINDED EYES!
Spirit of God, speak loudly to the Church! Speak!!!
If there is ANYTHING that stands in the way of me loving YOU with all of my heart – it must go. YOU are King. There is NO other.
ENTERING INTO THE KINGDOM MEANS ACCEPTING THE KING AS KING INDEED.
The rich young ruler HAD to give away his wealth. His wealth was the one thing that stood in the way of the one thing that really mattered – Jesus being KING. How hard it is for the rich to inherit the KINGdom of God!
For so long we’ve prayed prayers of consecration – dedication – we have sung about His lordship – and HE WILL TAKE US UP ON IT. He will be LORD. He will destroy everything that stands in the way of the first commandment:
“HEAR O ISRAEL. THE LORD OUR GOD – THE LORD IS ONE. YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART.”
The shaking is coming. It will be fierce. Oh – wake up from Your slumber! Arise! Awake! Set Your hearts low before the King before He casts Your heart low.
HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD!
At this critical juncture of time – we CAN NOT afford to sleep. We CAN NOT afford to do business as usual.
or all out?
IF YOU ARE LUKEWARM…
YOU WILL BE SPAT OUT.
THE SHAKING. [and three responses of the human heart]
1. The shaking will offend many. Many will believe God has not sent it – many will say it has come only naturally – for God is good and “wouldn’t send this trial…” So those who believe this lie will fall prey to the antichrist. The “christ” who is NOT Christ. Their lord will be a deceiving spirit that tickles their ears into hell.
2. Some will know that God has sent the shaking – and these will rise up in defiance. They will stiffen their backs, harden their hearts, and curse God.
They will plot, scheme, and curse. They will become like the destroyer. They will take their stand against Jesus – and God on high will laugh. None who rise against Him can succeed. They exalt themselves – wise in their own eyes – proud in their hearts – and they will be shattered like pottery. Their lord is the devil. With him, they will be cast down.
3. The others will humble themselves at the mighty hand of God. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK AND MOURNFUL. They will soften their hearts – bowing low in worship as all around them topples. They will not walk in rebellion. Their hearts will be made pure – purged of selfish ambition and vain conceit.
These will be consumed by God and transformed into His likeness. They will be the pure, spotless Bride for whom Jesus is coming again! These will not fall away, but fall to safety. Jesus will be their LORD – both now and forever.
SO NOW! CHURCH!
WHO IS YOUR LORD?
Humble yourself before Him while there is still today. If You hear His voice, do not harden Your hearts!
Is there ANYTHING that owns you? Rules you? Anything you would not gladly give for Jesus? Anyone? Is He truly your King? If all was shaken, how would you respond?
I will not go away sad… like the rich young ruler. I will throw myself on the rock of King Jesus – humbling myself, going low. Choosing to be broken and crushed… so that He will not fall on and crush me to destruction when the time comes.