I want to encourage ALL my brothers and Sisters in Christ in these times. I just commented to another dear sister who is concerned about how to pray for what is going on around us and this is in part of what I advised her. I don’t think she will mind me using this in a lesson.
“Sis, I have been seeking God’s wisdom and discernment for as long as I can remember. Pray for the saints, your brothers and sisters in Christ for wisdom, discernment and strength, pray for the lost, always, and pray for those sitting on the fence. As far as the nation is concerned, God will judge, either good or bad according to His Word that never changes. If we are approaching the End times and it looks like that “season” as Jesus foretold, then the U.S. MUST decrease so the 10 country world government of Daniel can increase and allow God’s plan to unfold. Remember, Sis, your KINGDOM, your nation is not of this earth, but a Heavenly Kingdom. We can pray for this nation, but we no longer belong to it. We CAN’T serve two masters. We are either citizens of God’s Kingdom, or citizens of an earthly, temporary kingdom that WILL one day eventually fall as all earthly kingdoms do. Take heart in what our Heavenly Father has in store for us no matter WHAT things look like around us! Love you in Christ, Sis!!”
It is obvious we are definitely in the times that Jesus described in Matthew 24+ and whether we are in it full-blown or the beginning, we can tell by the “season” where we are. In the Old Testament we see the nation of ancient Israel go the way of the leadership. Now we must remember that their leadership was both religious and political at the same time, BUT the nation and the people were considered one, in the Lord’s eyes.
We are Abraham’s adopted sons and daughters and we join others throughout the whole world and so we are NOT identified with the land or any particular nation because once we were spiritually reborn, born-again, we became citizens of a Heavenly Kingdom ruled by God, our Father. We CAN’T serve two nations; we either serve the Heavenly Kingdom or we serve the temporary earthly kingdom which most assuredly at some point in history WILL fall, as ALL nations do sooner or later.
This is why it is so important to read and understand the WHOLE Bible for in it we see God, our Father’s Character and Nature, His Will for mankind as a whole and His plans for mankind’s future. When you look at what His Word has warned those thousands of years ago, we cannot in sincerity deny the validity and TRUTH of His unchanging Word.
There are things on this earth that must transpire for God’s plan to be fulfilled. It looks horrible from a natural aspect and in that sense, the sin and wickedness is terrible. BUT, God will NOT take away people’s ability to choose their direction and path they want to walk for there can be no true LOVE, no Agape without the ability to choose whether you want to walk in that love. We see people’s choices all around us right now. But when you realize what you see God’s unconditional love at work, then you begin to see His plan unfold.
Just like in the Garden of Eden, mankind can listen to the serpent and follow their own desires, or they can listen to what God told them and accept the path that He has given through Jesus Christ and avoid the broad destructive path. None of this is taking our Heavenly Father by surprise. He KNOWS who will choose Him and who will not, but His DESIRE is STILL that none would perish even though He knows that is what some will ultimately choose.
Knowing this, it is our duty to pray for one another, for strength that can only come from Christ and His Holy Spirit, we need to pray for wisdom and discernment, so that we know when to step out in the gifts that we were equipped with to either build up the Church, the Body of Christ or to win souls as the time is right. It HAS to be in God’s timing, otherwise it is for nothing. We NEED to ever continue to pray for the lost for it is by our fervent prayers that God through His Holy Spirit can move upon those He has gifted to spread that Gospel message! AND we must not forget those who have been “lukewarm” and “sitting on the fence” as it were that they would take a step one way or the other, again their choosing.
We should not be SHOCKED by what we see around us. Astounded yes, amazed yes, but shocked? We have been warned this was coming. As far back as I can remember when I was first saved, born-again, I remember preachers teaching on these times. I just didn’t think I would live to see them, but again, God knows and He knows whom He has chosen to go through these times.
God has not left His True Church, the Body of Christ, unprepared, but rather has been preparing them for years with His Word and with His Spirit abiding in each individual member. It is just that now, it is time for that Church to wake up, shake off their slumber and start to seek the Father and start remembering what He has taught us for so long. Even those new in the Lord, have been part of an accelerated training time whether they knew it or not. Look at the parable of the Landowner who paid the same wages to those who worked all day and those who worked a couple of hours. Substitute the “pay” for preparation and you see the Landowner, who you will recall is likened to the Kingdom of God, prepared those early on, but also those who came later showed them the same in preparation. It is a Spiritual principle, one of many you will find in the Bible when you look and meditate on the Word.
We are at the END of the day and now is when our preparation will come into play. You can say that the Gifts that He gives, ministry AND spiritual gifts are the “pay” to the workers. They are His gifts to give to whomever He wishes no matter when they entered the “work force,” as it were.
Now, some time ago the Lord told me He was going to change the direction of my ministry, (my service to Him and others), and at the time I couldn’t imagine how or why. But it was like my eyes were being opened to a whole new aspect of the world I was living in and how the Scriptures applied to it. I can look back those few months ago and see the transition the Lord has led me through, but then I had no clue.
I will tell you this and this is not a FALSE humility either; I cannot imagine why the Lord chose someone who is essentially nothing in the ministerial field to have some of the insights He has given me, but it IS His choice. I have been blessed as He has always done in my ministry to confirm the truth through other well-known and larger ministries so it has increased my faith and confidence even after so many years of doing this.
But I say all that to say this also; there are many well-known and well-established large ministries that still see hope for the U.S. as a nation and that is where I depart. God’s Church within THAT nation will survive, His Church will ALWAYS survive, but the nation? I cannot see a nation, whose leaders still want to push abortion law, gay-rights laws, anti-religious laws and who are engaged in outright lies and deception can be blessed by a God who abhors and cannot abide with or in sin!! It’s His Word, not mine. Unless one half of our population and the majority of the leaders (of ALL political parties) are willing to repent and undo many of these outright sinful laws that reject God’s values, how can a righteous and Holy God bless them AS a nation?
Remember, unlike Israel and the Jewish people, the Church of Jesus Christ is NOT identified with a specific nation for that Church has members in EVERY nation! I know everyone likes to use the prayer of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and I don’t want to debate or argue with those more intelligent than I am but I have to look at that prayer in the context with which the LORD was speaking to Solomon.
“Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” – 2 Chronicles 7:12-16.
The Lord is speaking to Solomon about the Temple and the land of Zion, Jerusalem. The Jewish people and the land were God’s chosen. Remember, in Revelation the Lord tells us that when He creates a new Heaven and a new Earth, even then Jerusalem will be the Capital where He sets up His throne on earth!
His Church is no longer identified with any land but rather with the Kingdom of Heaven. His Temple today, resides in the individual hearts and souls of those who belong to His Kingdom. We abide in Him, but in turn, He ABIDES, has set up His Throne, in our hearts, and it will be that way until His End-times plan is fulfilled. Then we will be part of that REAL Kingdom and we will then be one with Him in Glory. You have to read the WHOLE BIBLE and not just bits and pieces.
Today when we pray that prayer, it is NOT the nation or the land that is blessed, but each of us who enjoys His Temple abiding in us, and it is by that blessing that His blessings flow to all those around us, saved and unsaved alike. As long as we, His people, are blessed, those who are surrounding us will also enjoy some of that blessing if we are walking in true Agape.
This is why I say, pray, pray, pray for the lost. Those leaders in this nation who are leading this nation down a path of destruction are truly lost. They are blinded by the God of this world and don’t even know it! We MUST pray for them. But remember, it is still and always will be their choice what they choose. God cannot be a loving God if He FORCES His creation to love Him. There has to be a way to choose and this is why Satan was first loosed upon the world. Mankind has the ability to choose the prideful arrogance of a fallen angel that was also given choice, or He can choose to follow the Creator who only desires a people to love Him in total purity and desire to do so.
My advise to my Brothers and Sisters in the midst of all we see and what is most assuredly to come about:
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” – Psalm 27:13-14.
“Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.” – Psalm 31:23-24.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6.
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57-58.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
– Ephesians 6:10.