On the Edge

     America, as well as the world, is going to experience the emergence of a strong force in the earth.  There have always been remnants of this mighty people who will settle for nothing less than their own full dedication and obedience to their King as well as freedom for all for whom their King has paid a great price to redeem.  I am not speaking of ISIS or any terrorist group. I am speaking of the Body of Christ that transcends geography, denomination, man-made creed, agenda and even time and space.  It is true that Christians have, at times throughout history, made grave and horrible mistakes and have lost their way, but Christians around the world are again being given grace and challenged to awaken and take a stand to push back evil and to present freedom and light to the world. This stand must be preceded by humble repentance.

     God does all that He does in order to redeem, set free, or purchase back, those who have been enslaved and held in bondage.  Because of this, revival is coming to America and other parts of the world.  Much prayer has gone up, many prophetic words have gone across the land, and the time is fast approaching.  Get ready. 

     However, it is important to remember that there are conditions for Revival just as there are just reasons for judgment.  God always precedes Revival and Judgment with a call or opportunity to Repent.  Repentance moves the hand of God faster than anything else.  You can see this in David being challenged by the prophet Nathan or in Nineveh repenting which then averted Jonah’s prophesied judgment. 

     Because we were founded on Biblical principles America, more than many nations, must repent for the great fall she has allowed to take place.  ‘We the People’ have allowed this fall as we have stood back in our perceived greatness and did nothing to uphold the wisdom we initially found in God’s Word and Will. 

     A call to Repent comes before Judgment which is often followed by Revival found in humility.  Repentance can also come before Revival that pushes back the hand of Judgment.  Judgement will come as an act of justice but Biblical history is full of accounts where it has been held off for a later time, for a people who would later fall into the same sinful unrepentant condition.  God is Merciful but He is also Just.

     There are two primary sparks or reasons that revival takes place.  First, revival fires start through the proactive heartfelt humble cry of Christians who have been given the grace, or God–breathed ability, to truly realize their need for Him and to understand that without Him they are helpless.  Of course this is the core belief of a Christian’s life but at various times a resonating voice moves heavenward and moves the hand of God. 

     Secondly, revival comes after God has allowed a nation to be shaken, pressed, and brought low.  Often, when a nation or its leaders have sought out sin, promoted it, or ignored His warnings to leave sin alone, God will pull His protective hand back and allow the results of their actions to come upon them. 

     God is patient and kind.  He protects but He also moves in justice to allow free will (see Romans 1:16-32).  Push Him away and the results are not good.  However revival takes place it is up to God, but one thing is for sure – God does not want to lose anyone.  Patience and tolerance are His choices, repentance is ours.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.’   (2 Peter 3:9)  

     God has sent the Gospel message through the Church so that all may hear and have a chance to choose a restored relationship to their Creator.  People are the object of His love and Christians know that our true enemy is not of this world, but is spiritual. Sometimes our greatest enemy is ourselves.  I am only speaking from a position of reality.  Among us, there is none righteous, no not one apart from the Blood of Jesus Christ.  However, as we learn to fight a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons we more effectively confront the ultimate enemy of mankind.

for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.  (2 Cor. 10:4-6 NASB)

     There are many different views as to how to walk out or adhere to the process defined in 2 Cor. 10.  As long as we continue in our efforts to do the right thing and remain teachable, I believe we will grow in wisdom in these matters as we draw closer to God.

     The primary tasks are to pull down spiritual strongholds, know God and His nature, be obedient to Christ as Lord of your life, and be ready to confront that which is wrong once you have addressed those same items within yourself.   It is first important that we humble ourselves before God and allow Him to make us right.   Once we stand right before God, no weapon formed against us shall prosper and since God uses all things to make us better, we win from the very start. 

     Revival is coming to America and many parts of the world.  I know this because trial comes to perfect us not to destroy us (See James 1).  Great and miraculous things are taking place in the Middle East and many are coming to Christ while at the same time, many are being given the grace to endure incredible hardship.  The devil knows that his time is running out and he is getting careless.  Wait till he sees what God intends to do next!  Like nothing before!  Again, I know this because God is faithful and we win!

     I will cover more on this next week as we look into some key beliefs regarding Judgment, God’s Love, and the efforts of the Church in the world today.  Until then, have a great Independence Day and remember that Christ has set you free!