The Lord our God is preparing His forces to take back that which satan is trying to rob and extinguish, God’s eternal light, faith, power, and the work of God’s children on earth. It is only through faith, trust, and the anointing of God’s power that we can overcome the insurmountable events shaping this world into the image of anti-christ. God’s earthly glory and power are resident in His God-directed work and love for His children.  God’s power and gifts for service are given to us as we seek His will and purpose in our lives. The Holy Spirit’s power is wasted on a vessel devoid of a desire or intention to serve God in His earthly work.  We pray for His kingdom to come and His work to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  We have to open the door of our hearts and apply ourselves in faith and love for that work to be done through us. Our desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit and our love for God largely determine the amount of power that works in us.  Ephesians 3:20  “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

As His people we can be corrupted by the lust of our eyes and by following the desires of our heart instead of the call and desires of Christ. Are we taking God’s mercy and goodness for granted? Do we really think that God does not require us to complete His work on the earth?  You might say you have no talent, but God’s work is accomplished through us by His Spirit.  We are to be emptied of self and filled with God’s Spirit. Romans 8:9 “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”

I believe we are seeing and experiencing for the first time on a “world scale” God’s prophetic declaration:  1 Peter 4:17 “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the Gospel of God? 18 Now if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” God is giving all of us His “wake-up” call so that we will be praying, watching and waiting for His return.

To belong fully to Christ we must not give ourselves to the desires of our flesh. The world has nothing to offer that can compare to being a “child of the king” and receiving from Him the life He has prepared and ordained for us before we were even born. Experiencing God daily in our lives, knowing we live under divine protection by fully following Him, and reaching heights we could never reach on our own, makes our lives “exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think.”  God opens for us a realm of possibilities attainable only through Him. Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” There are benefits given to the children of God that the world will never know or experience.

We live and raise our families in the world, but we must be God-directed in everything to be a blessing to our families and the world.  We are a spiritual light on the pathway of life, and we receive that light as we follow “Jesus Christ who is that light.”   2 Corinthians 6:16 “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in themand walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’  17 Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”

As confessing Christians, it is time to seek honesty and ask ourselves whether we are actively building the eternal “kingdom of God” or enlarging satan’s earthly kingdom and hell. Ephesians 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

There is nothing standing in the way of Christ’s return for His children. Those who are ready should be joyfully awaiting His return.  While we await His return, we prove our love for Him by keeping His commandments.  We do Christ’s earthly work through the words of our testimony and doing the works given to us by Christ. Jesus Christ came to finish His Father’s earthly work and to do His will. Our lives should become “all about Christ and our heavenly Father” and not about us.  We are created in His image and God desires us to finish Christ’s work before He returns for His own. Psalms 40:8 “I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart. 9 I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great congregation; indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know. 10  I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your loving-kindness and Your truth from the great congregation.” 

While we await Christ’s return we are to set ourselves apart from sin to holiness. Our Lord plainly expresses His will regarding our preparation for His return. 1 Thessalonians 4:3  “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4  that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5  not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

We are not going to wrestle with satan under the cover of his darkness anymore.  God is going to give us light, and satan will be exposed for who he is (the source of all evil).  I believe with all my heart that in this hour, as we call on God, He is going to lift up an unprecedented standard of His Holy Spirit against evil.  We can win this battle to overcome the world and its evil through the mighty power of prayer and the power that dwells within us. Those who put on the whole armor of God will receive greater power.  We will not have our prayers hindered by lack of discernment of satan’s goals and methods, but God will supply the truth and light we need to pray effectively against satan’s principalities and powers.  Satan’s darkness will become “God-given” light before us, and we will be able to see his strongholds and methods. God will tell us how to pray and speak to defeat him. Ephesians 1:18  “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19  and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.”

God tells us to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to withstand satan in that evil day. The evil day we have dreaded is upon us.  Finally, we will take our stand against our enemy and be anointed to overcome him. We are called to be overcomers.  We have read the end of God’s revelation about satan and we know he will spend eternity in hell with all his subjects.  Satan is not a winner but a loser, and his punishment will be unending. We will overcome all evil because there is no one greater than our Lord and savior. 1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them (THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST), because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

This is the time to “arise” from our lethargy. We are to put on the whole armor of God and “fight and overcome” the enemy of all righteousness and goodness, the destroyer of souls, and the robber of all truth.  We will not be destroyed but live to rule with Christ! Do not fear those things that you will see only with your eyes. Psalms 91:7 “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.” Psalms 91:14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.  16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

My prayer:  Your word, oh Lord, is truth and it never fails or returns void.  I know You and Your great love for Your children. This is a time of unprecedented tragedy and sorrow for many, but I look unto You for You are the beginning and ending of our salvation.  I pray for those who are fearful and being attacked by satan. Increase their faith and trust in You.  Pour Your truth and faith into their hearts.  Strengthen them as I pray.  You use evil for good, and so I ask that goodness, blessings, and divine protection will flow upon Your children from everything that satan has meant for evil. Use this time of sorrow to show Your children everywhere Your power, unfailing love, and protection.  May Your children be mobilized into a mighty force for good.  Scatter our enemies through Your presence and our faith.  Let everything satan has meant for evil work for the good of all Your children.  Anoint us to overcome all evil and prevail against our enemies. May our love for You grow into a mighty force for good. Isaiah 12:1And in that day you will say: ‘O LORD, I will praise You; though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for YAH, the LORD is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation.’” 3 Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. AMEN. 

In Christ’s love,

Anita

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