*I released this word in 2014, but I think you will find it even more relevant today. At a time when many believers are still hoping to be raptured away from future tribulations, I contend that this is the time that all of history has been waiting for. It is the time to prepare the way for His glory to cover the earth. It is the time for believers to lead the world into the glorious KNOWLEDGE of WHO HE IS and how He operates. Our greatest moments are just ahead!
Until there are altars of prayer, worship and dedication to the Lordship of Christ in EVERY sphere of influence in our culture, the rising altars of the spirit of anti-Christ will OUTNUMBER US. This is why this is an urgent hour. The “judgments” standing at the door of this nation will only have power if we stand back and do nothing. James puts it fairly clearly: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17 ESV). The OPPORTUNITY before us is historic. We are about to be a part of the greatest move of God the world has ever seen – but ONLY if we respond rightly to His initiatives and invitations.
To those who believe in “victorious eschatology” I would say this. Yes, God’s kingdom is advancing and there should be NO FEAR of what lies ahead. But, instead of arguing about whether or not He’s coming to rapture us – we should be on our knees together and preparing as if HE ISNT! We cannot exempt ourselves from our own responsibility in rising up in this hour and not only shining God’s light in the darkness, but turning away from those distractions and compromises that are a stumbling block to His coming in glory to this nation.
Just as Jesus wept over Jerusalem, so He weeps for America. As a loving Father, His heart constrains Him to do that which He does not want to do, but HAS to do in order to call us back to His heart. Where our goal and cry may be for DELIVERANCE from this mess, He is after the DELIVERANCE FROM OURSELVES. This will not happen simply by being united in a purpose, program or even vision. It must be a ONENESS OF PURSUIT. We must put aside petty differences and divisive doctrines and come together to seek His face on a consistent basis. We must pursue holiness, humility and serve one another in covenantal love, honoring one another’s gifts, assignments and roles in this hour.
It needs to start at home, personally and then as a family. Practice Psalm 91: “He who DWELLS in the shelter of the Most High will ABIDE in the shadow of the Almighty.” It is only in the PLACE OF HIS PRESENCE that we will find true safety, security and identity. REGARDLESS of what comes to this nation, God’s purpose is that we WALK TOGETHER in oneness of heart, knowing the true power of His love and goodness.
“Thus says the Lord: “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and they say, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it, ‘so I will do for my servants’ sake, and not destroy them all. I will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and from Judah possessors of my mountains; my chosen shall possess it, and my servants shall dwell there.” (Isaiah 65:8-9)
God is strategically placing believers in every mountain of our culture in order to provide godly leadership in the coming transformation. He is also raising up men and women to come alongside them in prayer. Mordecai was a hidden tool in God’s hands, set apart and appointed to influence and direct those in positions of authority. Intercessors can be strategic change agents by not only praying for leaders, but sharing much
–needed counsel and wisdom to those in high places. Mordecai never sought the throne or center stage but went undercover in prayer and encouragement to one who was called there.
(From Chapter 11, “The Mordecai Mandate” from MOVING FROM SWORD TO SCEPTER)