Saturday, March 2, 2013

The COURAGE of MY Word

As I get closer to eternity and reflect on what God wants to do with my life till I step over, I am convinced that courage is what the task at hand is.

There are a lot of challenges this time and day brings to us all. There are things that are discouraging.  The economy, marriage issues, health problems, despair, depression, disasters, discouragement, debt, defeat, deception and a dozen other demonic devilish plots to designed to destroy us.   

These things bring people down.  They are discouraging.  It is the plot of satan is to wear down the saints so they give up.  So they passively allow changes in the law.  Change the times. Satan has no new schemes.  He is called out.  Daniel 7:25 (two different versions follow for clarity)

And he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time. NIV

He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time. NLT

 When you hear, times are changing or we need to get with it and modernize you know that is a wearing down of the saints.  Homosexuals as normal...get with it.  Abortion as birth control, it's the law of the land.  Same Sex marriage, things are changing. 

The scheme has always been to discount the law, the truth, the Gospel and to use the pressure of peers and political systems to destroy the vision of the plumb-line.  Even the saints of God, those who dance and sing with great passion in churches on Sundays have been blinded, the very elect deceived by this antichrist spirit among us.  It's not a man, it's the manifestation of a spirit.  John the Apostle cleared this up in his Epistle:  1 John 4:1-3

1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

There is a spirit of antichrist loose in the world.  Many believers embrace this spirit without recognizing their error. They embrace it in the music they hear, the movies and TV they watch, the magazines they read, the people they embrace and the leaders they support (politically and spiritually).   There is only one culture and mixing the cultures of world and the culture of Christ is defilement.  God gave a command long ago that reinforced this truth of the danger of mixture. 

"You must obey all my decrees. "Do not mate two different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two different kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven from two different kinds of thread. Leviticus 19:19

While on the surface this appears to be about clothing, animals and seed, it is about the sin of mixing.  We embrace the new wine in old wine-skins...but it is the same principle.  No mixing.

Now we have a world where the cultural mixes, the political mixes, pollution of the corrupt has created an atmosphere of discouragement among HIS people.  So, many protest, they rally, they try to turn back the corruption without recognizing it is the core mixing that has corrupted before it ever manifested.

As a prophet my job is to EN courage.  Not DIS courage.  To offer Hope.  To bring clarity.  Sometimes that will be by pointing out how far from the Plumb-line we have swung.  Sometimes to warn as Jeremiah did about how hard the days will be but to say at the same time, God will give you a hope and a and now.

Hope is hard to come by other than in HIM.  HE is our only hope.  Who have I but YOU Lord? 

So as I point out the fallacies, frailties and fickleness of our culture and our corrupted political system, don't see it as adding to discouragement, see it as a beacon of Hope to lead you back to the center of Plumb.  

God's word IS hope and courage, no discouragement nor dismay.  He said so.