Supernatural Preparations for Things to Come.
"Mens Hearts failing them for fear of things coming" ...should not be for us!
I probably worried many with the idea that an alien type invasion will be coming upon us according to the Bible. This invasion would look more like V would and less like Independence Day as the literal physical return of the Nephilim . It is true and as hard as it might be to believe such a thing could happen, we will be thrown into this very position some day. As LA Marzulli says it will become self evident very soon. Personally, I am less frightened by that than I am the collapse of our economy or the coming war in the mid-east. We are as the Bible says living in perilous times with all kinds of dangers around us. When you keep up with all of the technologies that can and will be used against us, it is overwhelming. From HAARP weather manipulation, Bluebeam holographic illusions and thought injections into the mind., Mankind being sprinkled with chem trails for a dozen different reasons, The Cern collider creating black holes, Artificial Intelligence overruling man's sovereignty , Trans-humanism and genetic manipulation of humans creating real Frankensteins or even food with Monsanto and GMO frankenfood with no nutritional value and toxic garbage included. The political scene with Obama as President, a proven enemy of the state, Multiple Arab nations overthrowing their governments with the press touting freedom and democracy but most of us knowing it is the prophetic mentions of Psalms 83 coming to pass, it could drive a person crazy. Any single one of these can drastically change our comfortable lives and in combination, it makes the statement by Jesus all the more clear when he said,
Matt 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
So thismay seem a bit off topic but for your personal survival, it is not.
Evil Times Require Special Action
The first thing we have to realize is that God is going to begin with ourselves. Isaiah gives us some understanding about these times and what the Lord promises as safety and provision.
Isaiah 59:19 When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”
When the powers of darkness are overwhelming in a combination of actual physical events orchestrated by demonic forces and the mental anguish of knowing what is happening and the sense of helplessness we have a promise that the Lord will raise up a standard against it. What then is this standard?
Isaiah confirms what the standard is that will be raised up in the following chapter of the same context of events.
“For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon you, and his glory be seen upon you.”
You are the standard ! The Lord will begin with you as one who is willing to see past the fear and anxiety of loss or disruption of a comfortable illusive life and face an ominous reality. Together with all others that are the called to understand the situations around them, you are best last hope for a blind deaf world. You are the called to be this standard or declaration against the powers of darkness. Unlike the gross darkness upon the rest of the people you have a hope that they do not know or understand. It is your job to get over yourself and know your God and exploit the situation for the Lord's purpose. This is exactly what the Lord revealed to Daniel in relationship to the fearful end time events and the deceptive flattering promoted by the Antichrist system that things are the same as they ever were.
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatterers: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. KJV
Now this text should be self explanatory in that we are to use the knowledge and wisdom we have in our relationship with the Lord to convey to a frightened world the hope they can also have to real dangers coming upon them. The weight in what we have to say is not so much in the quoting or expounding of the scriptures on the intellectual level. This is very important but the equally important and often missed elements are the emotional appeal in our calm and confident attitude we have in our relationship with the Lord and his promises. The the most often neglected element that appeals to the spirit of man is the supernatural actions of the gifts of the Holy Spirit working in unison with the other two elements. That is the supernatural signs and wonders being worked through us toward them in support of what we say and how we feel. This is the missing element in most of us today that we will need to be this standard of hope against the coming powers of darkness in any form.
We need the Gifts of the Holy Spirit; They are still here for us today.
The gifts are not something you can take a course or buy the Book, “Holy Spirit Gifts for Dummies.' The reason being that you cannot embrace this with just an intellectual learning process you have to experience this with , “On the Job Training”. In this sense you are to be not only hearers of the Word but Doers also. This is converting intellectual knowledge into wisdom. That only comes with time and patience from application and experience by trial and error. There are no short cuts to this as unfortunately in today's society everything is instant. This is one process that cannot be instant or a quick fix but it is a growing and learning process
So while we cannot be instructed as to how to accomplish this with just the intellect, we can receive instruction from the Bible as to how to prepare ourselves to enter into this kind of relationship to receive these gifts. First because of false teachings many have the difficulty believe these gifts are still here today for us. In short here is some the understandings to help get over this obsticle.
The initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit working gifts is recorded at the beginning of the church.
This was the initial start of the Church that empowered by the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts following them that believe. (Mk 16:17)
An agricultural term was described as the former rain as James described this same event he also concluded that there would be a latter rain.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
We my friends are in this latter rain. This is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon His people and it will be even greater then the first mentioned by Matthew and historically explained in the book of Acts. This is God's answer to the great deception come to fruition in the last days. You are that standard that people will see as Christ in you at this time of darkness. They will perceive this on all three levels, Intellect, Spirit and Body. Your message will have the proclamation of the Word, the emotional appeal and the power of signs and wonders to support and back it all up against the supernatural lies manifesting before the world.
“... But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first”. KJV
Believe to Receive
How to get directed to enter the use of gifts on a daily basis can be accomplished in three parts:
The greatest problem with any aspect of our relationship with the Lord is simply getting ourselves out of the way so the Lord can work through us. Our fears and desires are usually the snares that hold us back from receiving the promises, power and rewards of a supernatural relationship.
First we have to really know that the Lord is in control. If you have fear and anxiety over the things you see coming upon us how can you convey hope to the unsuspecting world? You can't. You have to allow fear and anxiety to be cast away from you. That come from knowing his perfect love.
Right now most of us have one upheaval after another happening in our lives. The enemy is coming against us for what we know but the Lord wants to use this to temper and solidify your faith in him. By going back to the Word of God and quoting it aloud, confessing it in prayer, waiting for His direction by His Word and not reacting out of our gut human emotions , you will get victory after victory leading to the casting out of all fear. These trials can turn attacks from the enemy into opportunity to grow in faith, seeing the living word transform you into a great person of faith having confidence in Him and your relationship. The Lord does the battle as we simply stand and see the salvation of the Lord in our lives. It is the process of getting ourselves of the situation and let him get in and be under control. All we have to do is agree with him and His Word. This is what is meant by
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for the good to them who love God and to them who are called according to his purpose.”
We love God because he first loved us. That epiphany happens after being born again. We can truly love him because we are touched and feel His love for us. But it doesn't stop there, this is an ongoing process of entering deeper in that love by experiencing the Word in our lives more intense with greater attacks or challenges. “called according to His purpose”, means in the Greek, that we agree with God. If we are continually agreeing with his Word and His mind seeing past the attacks and waiting for God to direct and lead we will never fail! The problem is we always think we have the better idea or plan or that God just doesn't know the situation and we want to react and use our plans or methods. Yes he does know how you feel. Agree with him and his word and let go!
The biggest problem is our own human frailty and attitude, it needs adjusted from the natural standpoint of view. It seems in our natural state we are either confident in our own intellectual accomplishments and education which can becomes a barrier or we have such a feeling of unworthiness and false humility that it becomes a barrier from the other end of the spectrum. Balance is where we need to be in order to believe to receive.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15 KJV
There is something lost in the intent of this scripture that can make a big difference of perception and practice on our part. Built in this text is a prevention to being presumptuous with one's own intellect.
The word for study used in conjunction with, “ shew thyself approved” has the actual intent of in the study process as presenting yourself to the Lord in the study of His Word. I wonder how many academics follow this Biblical pattern of study. How many just jump in to study for many different reason with out prayer first. This text is telling us not to just study to be a good student before God it says to present yourself before God to be led in the study. Ahh that makes all the difference in the World. The Word of God can only be understood by the inspiration and revelation through the Holy Spirit. We have to invite him through prayer and let him lead in the learning process. If we are to present ourselves we must also examine ourselves. The symbolism of this is in the partaking of Communion. This is the outward show that before this communion process we are to examine ourselves before the Lord before we go through this ritual. This same communion process should take place with examination of ourselves before we get intimate with God through his Word. Like an actor, asking about his role, What is my motivation. That will depend on your ability to get answers. We all fall victim to this as we may approach Bible Study, prayer or even take actions witch may be the right thing to do but what is our motivation. Fear, revenge, anger, a desire to be impressive anything less than love for God and his truths may just get us into trouble. Examine ourselves continually. This is where we are to walk circumspectly considering all things in light of our attitude and motivation.
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Eph 5:15-17 KJV
The error of not doing this is where some have become shipwrecked in the faith as Paul mentions here that would happen on a vast scale in the last days.
2 Tim 3:1
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. KJV
That text certainly explains all of the theological “experts” that appear on the History channel. There are so many over stuffed over fed Christians that are always learning but never doing. Our whole relationship with Jesus is supposed to be one of dynamics! We are to realize that as we study and learn, God is going to set us up with situations to challenge and exercise our faith to be built up.
1 Cor 10:13
“You have been put to no test but such as is common to man: and God is true, who will not let any test come on you which you are not able to undergo; but he will make with the test a way out of it, so that you may be able to go through it.” BBE
This scripture works with with Romans 8:28 in that All we do is agree with the Lord to His Will, His Mind, His Way and His Truth and in that an escape route will always be there for every situation that will work everything to His will and your benifit. Avoiding this causes one to always learn never knowing the truth. Experience is the only way to wisdom. Wisdom is the only way to use the gifts in the power and might of the Holy Spirit to produce a supernatural life in Him.
We are chosen not because we are special but because we are loved. If the Lord can use a Donkey to talk He can and will use us if we are willing to be humble before him. Paul understood this whole process I just laid out to you as he commented about himself.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: Rom 7:18 KJV
I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, Phil 3:8 KJV
On the other end of the spectrum we have those who have to be perfect of better than now to receive any gifts or be worthy to walk in the supernatural. That is only for heavy duty people of God, not someone like me I mean... These are the words of self defeat and false humility. Not only does this type of thinking keep you down. In this thinking as a two edged sword you will tend to have unrealistic expectations on those you deem leaders or spiritual superheros. Reality check! There are no spiritual superheros. There are only men and women raised of God in spite of themselves who balanced, are able and willing to be doers of the Word agree with God and learn from mistakes with the humility to receive forgiveness and proceed on to the finish line of victory. That is why Paul made this observation about those in the Church even as early as in His time.
1 Cor 1:26-29
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. NASU
The final path to receiving and using the supernatural gifts of God is take action. Did it ever occur to you to start praying for the gifts? You might wonder but what ones should I pray for what does he want to give me? I say be greedy and let God sort it out! Start by praying for all of them all of the time. Now you will only get what the Lord wants to give you but in most cases, I find that he has already built in our framework and personal character desires for certain ones and leanings toward certain areas of ministry based on our own temperaments.
Pray intensely by fasting. I do not know of many who have entered into the supernatural relationship without fasting. You will find this was a regular part of every prophets life and as a watchmen it must become a part of ours. Most men used greatly by the Lord also used a prayer list. Yes check it out history will show you the most consistent leaders of faith used a prayer list. It helps one to be consistent
and inspired as you are constantly changing the list as things happen.
I know this sounds rather simple but that is the beauty of our Lord he has not made this a hard learning process like Gnostics and intellectuals of today would mislead you to believe.
I would also suggest a timeless book to understand the importance of Fasting, “God's Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis.
If you will be willing to apply yourself to what I have written in this article I guarantee you will be on the path to entering into the supernatural relationship in the power and might of the Holy Spirit and his gifts to be a beacon of light for yourself and others in the coming time of darkness.