This morning I had such a burden for America. Of course it is the same burden I have been carrying but it seemed to intensify.
As I began to try to share it, people said, “Oh yes, we have heard that, we are in a shaking and a shaking is coming,” and even I have prophetically said that, but this had a different feel to it. We have been praying back judgment and asking for mercy instead for a long time. And God has honored those prayers.
But today I felt that a more sure word was coming forth, and to be honest, much of this I did not want to hear so I was resisting it. But I felt the Lord was saying that there are many in a presumptive grace that He was going to deal with. Many would even be dying. Not a few, but many.
Even as I was sharing some of this that I was sensing earlier, someone wrote me and asked me what specifically was God showing me. I replied that the burden I was carrying was for the hearts of the leaders because they are the ones that weep between the porch and the altar (Joel 2). They are the ones that God goes through to execute His justice and His judgments.
Many today are not in a place to intercede before God. In a time of crisis, they would have to work on themselves quite a bit before they could go before God for the people. They would have to come in the right protocols before Him (with humility and contriteness being a major part of that), they would have to bring the right offering before Him and then when that was right, He would hear their prayers.
We don’t just lollygag and sashay ourselves into His Temple, saying “Pop, I need you to do this for me.” That is presumption! There is a such a thing as favor with God but there is also the respectful fear of the Lord! He is a mighty King and He can act like it and will, just to remind us. We really do not want to be on His wrath side. It is a fearful thing to fall iinto the hands of the Living God. We can have a friendship that is not a presumption.
Some people’s tribulations are because it is sometimes not as much what they did wrong as what other people have done wrong, and they have fallen victim to that. There is an order of God that is not just a 1,2,3 list, but is a multi-dimensional order of life that has vibrant effects.
When you let children play with knives or guns, tragic things may take place. A child without training and a learner’s permit can be a disaster behind the wheel of a car, not only to himself but to innocent others also. When we are frivolous in the Courts of God with His Words and with His imparted Spirit to us, we can get on dangerous ground. When there is no fear of the Lord, only judgments can follow.
Do you realize that angels are messengers of His Word and ministry and when those things are abused, those angels have a right to report to God? I don’t say that to make you afraid but to impart to you the importance of the respect for the things and Household of God.
God is more long suffering than any man but when He makes a determination, the point He chooses to make can be quite dramatic! It could be something that we will respect for a long time to come! Remember when Uzzah tried to “help God out” in carrying the Ark? He got zapped to death and King David was greatly upset over that. But God was demonstrating protocols – the right and wrongs of them. Later when the blessing was seen at Obed Edom’s, David realized that he had to get over his offense and ignorance and cooperate with the program of the Lord.
I saw God’s judgments coming and many weeping, shaken. And God was saying that “I Am going to get My House in order, because it is very out of order.” And while I was weeping at the judgments, I was also relieved with the correction. Some have been broken and discouraged over the disarray of His Church and Body, and many have lost heart. There are many ministers who used to be in ministry who have dropped out, but the gift and the calling is still there for it is given without repentance on God’s part – we just need to come into order.
He gave me a vision of a family getting ready for dinner and the parents placing the portions on the table. There were certain portions of potatoes, and vegetables, and meat, and gravy, and bread. The Lord said “My true ministers know how to give proper portions to the family. All the portions are important but the right variety and the right amount is very important for good health and proper nutrition. The proper nutrients are needed for good health and right thinking.
We have been living too much on “dessert” and we have neglected if not rejected the other proper needed portions in the House of God in good balance. Children only raised on dessert become sickly in their bodies, and they become skewed in their thinking. It can cause the immune system to not function as it needs to for protecting the body. When we minister to poverty, we give them portions that are good for them so their health will return and they can think through things for themselves and not just depend upon others for provision.
The Lord said the shaking that is to come is to realign the Church back to proper order. Because we have prayed for it, it will come. If we had not, we would just suffer the results. I saw a thick layer of unhealthy fat coming off. It was the result of all the “dessert” given to people promising them “the good life.” In that “good life” there was no responsibility imposed, instead it was a licentious spirit of lustful self will. That of course would result in the Body turning on each other.
It is time for the spirits of competition and greed and lust and vying for power to be exorcized out of the Church. I also got a vision of the Church in its different smaller groups of members and there was the “elite” class. When hungry and hurting people would come in, they would be told to “Go over there, your portion is over there.” They were not included in the main group but made to feel set apart as those who did not “measure up.”
He also showed me weaker people like the elderly and homeless and abused and victimized people coming in looking for hope and their place in the Church but not being able to find it. If they were lucky, they got a “designated” ministry “help” but if not, then they found more help and love outside of the Church, even though their hearts were aching to know Jesus andto be assimilated into His true Body. So they quit going and suffered alone in their silence. The Lord said they were only seeking their place and He has one for them, where His Spirit can truly manifest in their portion.
The Lord said He was going to deal with that because people were after “the good life” and did not realize how much the world had infiltrated them as a deadly leaven. He said He was going to judge it and it would be painful, but that it would be a mercy to those who really did want Him.
Then the Lord showed me Israel and the importance of our unity with them. We are the two sticks to be joined as one! Many nations look to America in respect and gratitude for what we have done for them over the years. The Lord said that He took great pleasure in Abraham and He wanted that same pleasure from his seed today. He said that America and Israel were to be cooperative spirits, having the same goals and visions – visions that He gave them!
We are not to worship the leaders but we are to pray for them and ask God to give them His Vision and goals and then cooperate with them in that. Every person would have a part to play and a gift to bring – a gift that He had given them to bring and express. The Vision that God gives is big – do not discard it or take it lightly!
As the Lord gets us lean again, He is looking to see the work of the ministry take place. He is looking for the ministry to the WHOLE body in all of its dimensions. Life has many dimensions and they all work with one another to make a greater multi-faced effect that carries a force with it. People will either be drawn to it or repelled by it.
Today the leeches and parasites are feeding off of the Body and it needs its immune system to repel the wasters. There are warriors and there are tender nurturers and they all are important and must work together. There are the laborers and the artists and all must rest and work and contribute in healthful ways. They all must RESPECT each other and the gifts God has brought to the table and they must be in their right proper portion. When we fail to respect one another and the gifts God brings, even though we partake of it, we disrespect God.
It’s easy to take things for granted, but an awakening is coming. There is a remnant that is crying out and God has heard their cries. They must not lose heart, they must get back in their place, they must work and be about their Father’s business. It is a mandate.
We have seen many revivals but not all of the revivals have been built on the right foundation so some of it has gone off center and then toppled or played out. The Lord says if we will build on the right foundation, then He will bring His Glory in and we can dwell in it. We will be able to come in and out of His House and reach the lost and bring them in, if they are so willing. We will be fulfilled in our callings and the world can be won for Him. He is the King. It is His Kingdom.
It’s a good thing. It’s a good message, it is Good News! It is the Word and Life of the Lord.