I repost this message again today because I am concerned that our hearts remain tender toward the Lord in light of the suffering and destruction that we’ve seen in the United States in the last weeks. In His mercy, God is allowing us to experience our frailty so that we will lean into His strength and be saved from a destruction much greater than what we now see. Humanity is utterly broken and helpless. Our systems are flawed. Our institutions are intrinsically selfish, sinful, and prideful. We cannot save ourselves, though we have imagined ourselves to be independent and strong for so long. Mercifully, God has lifted His hand enough in these days to show us our truer condition of need.
One January morning, just a few months ago, I was getting ready for my day 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, 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 transcribing the following message as fast as I could as it settled on me like a blanket of lead in my spirit.
, “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!
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 – andHE 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?
YOU WILL BE SPAT OUT.
THE SHAKING. [and three responses of the human heart]
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.
SO NOW! CHURCH!
WHO IS YOUR LORD?
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.
Today’s post was taken from the archives.