Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A Watchman's Weather Report: Severe Weather - More Storms on the Way

So many people are lost right now, in a sense, floundering on the sea with broken compasses and no anchor for a stay as the storm fronts roll in. This goes for the saints, too. Within the church, those of us who truly aspire to be found as a Bride worthy of the coming Bridegroom must weather the same storms that are being brought against the church and the world, as righteous judgment sweeps in with increasing fury. What had seemed a month ago like a calm before the storm has passed. Stormy weather has hit, and if you're being buffeted and have maybe capsized a time or two, don't think you're alone. I had given a heads-up about battening down the hatches, and this is why. I see this season's engagements on the fronts of spiritual warfare and struggles with stability in the issues of life are continued preparation, the Lord's good and present provision that is necessary for weathering the next storm front.

As our character, motivations and dedication are tested, it is important to keep a steady focus on the Lord, whose joy is our strength, and His promises to us that are most personal. Cling to them and keep them fresh in your mind.

The spiritual attacks that come are stealthy. We wonder, “Where did that come from?” Curses are sent by our enemies with the intent of taking us out by any means. They come through many kinds of access points targeting the body and the mind and our relationships. After successful attacks, which the Lord allows, a season of damage assessment and “post-mortem” analysis follows as the Lord provides valuable insight into our vulnerabilities. As the Lord sustains us through this season of severe trial, as overcomers we emerge with resolve, to by no means fall for those same dirty tricks again. Hard lessons are necessarily given, so learn them well, my friends. Shore up the defenses. Sharpen up your discernment and wield your offensive weaponry with skill and precision. Ephesians 6:10-20 has much to say about our moment in history.

Perhaps the most painful kind of attack on relationships involves betrayal. What is appointed for the Bride is a betrayal in the most critical season, and she must be prepared for this. I'm convinced it has been prophesied - it will come. This is one of the esoteric interpretations of what happened in Gethsemane. For a lengthy explanation of the setting you can read The Testimony of Gethsemane - Part 2. The separation of the Lord's company when entering Gethsemane dramatically modeled the separation of the church into three companies. The Lord himself modeled his Bride company, and the betrayal by one of his own company led ultimately to death. He was the Pesah lamb, sacrificed. His Bride, too, is being prepared as a sacrifice, and she too will be betrayed at the propitious moment. If this speaks to you as a profound and personal insight, treasure it.

Let's pray for each other. Abide resolutely in submissive and careful obedience. Read the first chapter of James and Hebrews 10 for encouragement. Persevere in doing good as you seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life. This is an expression of our hope.

...God, 6 who will render to each person according to his deeds: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. ~ Romans 2:5b-11

Do not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. ~ Galatians 6:7-10

We are but weeks away from the long anticipated 21st of December, 2012. What is known about that day is that it will be met with pagan ritual in high places across the globe, celebrated with drunken orgies and ritual sacrifice. How the fruit of it will manifest I cannot say, but that season will bring a demonic power boost like a supercharged jolt to the agents of our Adversary's kingdom. It will represent a windfall in their capital. What provision the Lord made sustaining us yesterday and today will not be sufficient for that day. Get what the Lord has for you today, with no deficiencies. Press in for it. You will need it.

Blessings in Y'shua, my friends.

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