For the last few days, I have been observing the varied reactions of my fellow Americans in the aftermath of this circus called "post-election". Some have gleefully gloated, while others are wringing their hands in fits of anxiety and frustration. I have chosen to rest in the Lord and wait upon Him to reveal His purpose [and mine] in the whole saga. It's not that I don't take it seriously, or am unconcerned about the future -- believe me, I am fully aware of where we're at! It's just that I know we are in the midst of a spiritual war, and I am waiting and watching to see what my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is going to reveal to me about my part in it.
If I listened to the voices in the world, it would be easy to get depressed, angry, worried, or any of the other emotions that run that gamut. But that would be acting out of my soul. And believe me, through all the years of my faith, I have learned that I do so much better when I act out of my spirit. So, while I wait for my spirit to hear from the Lord, I will remember that He is the same One who spoke to Moses and through the prophets of old. And I will remember that He is the same God as yesterday, today, and who will be the same tomorrow. So, the one thing I will trust in is that He is present and active in the history we are making today.
And speaking of history ... I am hearing pundits across America reciting Thomas Paine's quote from his pamphlet Common Sense, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls...". That is certainly true today! But I approach it from a different angle than this famous [and controversial] American patriot. Paine openly advocated for American independence and would later promote the French Revolution. While he argued that God existed, He was a Deist, a theological position that rejected revelation [from God], felt that the Bible was largely myth, and that miracles were impossible. Fundamentally, he believed that God was a remote Being, having no interest in participating in the lives of men. My beliefs are truly opposite from that opinion! Furthermore, in his two-volume treatise on Religion, called The Age of Reason, Paine criticized organized religion and Christian theology [in particular], in favor of man's ability to reason and to apply scientific inquiry.
Hmmm, sounds familiar, doesn't it? It is still a battle between men who put their faith in the Most High God, trusting Him to work His plan and purpose in every situation [even this one] and in every life ... and men who put their faith in men. Each one of us must decide where our faith will lie. It truly is a time that will try your soul [your mind, your free will to make decisions, and your emotions]. But it is also a time to determine what your spirit is hearing from the One who created you. What is He telling you that your purpose is during this tumultuous time? I can only speak for myself, and if you have followed me for any length of time, then you know that I believe we all have the capability to use all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, because He possesses them all, and He will distribute the ones you need [at the time you need them] as instructed by the Lord.
The purpose for some of you may be to be evangelicals, bringing people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. For others, your purpose might be to be apostolic; to be leaders in organizing and administrating the Body of Christ. It was made clear to me several years ago that I was to preach, teach, and write for the Lord. This blog has been part of that assignment. But I also knew there might come a time when I would hear that this blog had served its purpose. I honestly don't know if that time has come. That is part of what I am waiting to hear. I do know that I am to concentrate on the completion of my second book in the series Through A Kingdom Lens. I am discerning that the time is short to reach those who still don't know Jesus Christ, and my ability to reach the millions who find their identity through social media and the nightly news is going to become more difficult in the near future.
So, I will continue to write here to encourage the Body of Christ and support the Ekklesia on earth, but my concentration for the immediate future needs to be on finishing this second book, and reaching the lost and unfulfilled. And I know that as soon as that book is finished, I am to begin the third and final book in the Through a Kingdom Lens series, which is encouraging the Ekklesia to become a part of this spiritual war. That's as far as the Lord has taken me. Why the Lord had me write the second book first, I do not know... but I never question His timeline or schedule. Perhaps Through A Kingdom Lens: Rediscovering What The Church Has Lost was preparing us for this exact moment in time and our history. So, I choose to "lean not on my own understanding, but acknowledge Him in all my ways, and I know He will make my path straight".
So, for now, keep checking back on this blog ... I have not been told to move on just yet, so it just may mean more days between posts. And I know He will prompt me when there is something I am to share with you. And I want you to know that I am extremely grateful for the small contingent of loyal readers, and you will all be in my prayers. We have a spiritual connection that cannot be broken in this world. For now, this is just an adjustment that I will be making to the frequency of my posts. And I promise to keep you updated with the progress of the books, as well as the revelations I receive from the Lord. And I certainly welcome your comments and what you are hearing from the Lord, as well. Thank you, and God bless each of you and your families.
Romans 15:5-6 Now may the God who gives endurance and who supplies encouragement grant that you be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify and praise and honor the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.