Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fear Not

"Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things." Joel 2:21

If you watch the news lately, you will see plenty of reports which could incite fear.  From worldwide plagues to civil unrest, from violent crime to economic uncertainty, from terrorism to global warming, etc.  Satan is doing his best to instill fear in the masses.  The world wants you to operate in fear, because then you remain controllable.  This is why it is so critical that we take everything to the Lord in prayer.

Even those in the world can pick up the changes in the atmosphere and are feeling the need to make preparations.  The issue is that - in spite of the physical manifestations of trouble - the problem at its core is spiritual.  In order to endure the times which are coming, we must find our refuge in the Lord.  In all of this, we must remember in Whom our hope lies (Psalm 39:7; Psalm 62:5-8).

Some might look at these things and say, "Oh no, the end must be near!"  I say, "Rejoice!  The end must be near!"

How do you maintain peace in a whirlwind?  How do you remain steadfast when the very fabric of the world seems to be disintegrating around you?  You die now.  Of course, I am not speaking about suicide; I am talking about cold-blooded murder (Romans 6:6; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5).

Don't be misguided like Peter was, presuming that you will be able to stand because you are not fully aware of what is in your own heart.  This is the time to pray for cleansing, purging, and strengthening so that He enables you to stand.  I can only imagine how Peter felt when the words of the Lord came true and he found himself cursing to deny Jesus Christ.  Yet, there was one command that Jesus later gave him to get him back on track, "Feed my sheep."

Our focus now must be on doing the will of the Father.  Many of us have spent a large portion of our lives living for ourselves - even if we called it living for God.  It is the mercy of God which has been longsuffering with us and given us the time to finally get our priorities in order.  Jesus let us know about these things to come precisely so that we could be prepared.

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."  Matthew 24:6-14

Even though Jesus told us that these things would be, many people will be unprepared.  There are those preaching a "Kingdom Now" with people trying to reclaim the world for Christ before He returns.  This will never happen and is not Scriptural.  There are those who have been taught that they will be long gone, having been whisked away in a Pre-tribulation Rapture.  Scripture does not support this idea either.  Still more are so focused on trying to obtain prosperity in the world that they have no idea of the times and seasons in which we live.  Let not such things be said of you.

"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares." Luke 21:34

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." I Thessalonians 5:4

The truth is that the world will become increasingly more evil - to unimaginable heights - prior to Jesus' return.  Just as with Sodom and Gomorrah, the cry of the world's grievous sin is great and will have reached up to Heaven (Genesis Chapter 18).

What an everlasting shame it would be to read all of these warnings in Scripture, see all of these signs around us, and yet do nothing.  What lamenting there would be to know that God's mercy and grace gave you time, but you were unable to rouse yourself from a spiritual stupor.  I don't want to be one who knew the truth, but was unable to be transformed into the truth because I loved darkness more than light (John 3:19).

Jesus is coming back in judgment, yet it is only the sinners who have reason to fear.  Die to self now so that you can live eternally with the Father.  The Lord is prepared to do great things through those who are His - and that distinction soon will become undeniable (Daniel 11:32).

"The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?" Isaiah 33:14

6 comments:

  1. Amen! Thank you Father for your grace and mercy! May we choose to die now, daily that we may be ready to do great exploits for you by the power of the Holy Spirit!!

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  2. oh my you did not receive my first response
    Mai GOD always use you to help me at times of my need and since HE have directed you as my spiritual mother I need counsel
    for the past couple weeks my neighbour who is heavy into witchcraft has been sending cats howling, stooling, urinating around my home at night, disturbing my rest, I have never done nothing wrong to her
    I have told God a lot of words and right now I want to stand on my promises to Him, I don't want to be as Peter in denying Him, at night it seems as if I am powerless like the devil is walking all over me, it is only my 3 year son and I, most Christians out here are just surface faced, they don't know the depths of satan so I am all alone in terms of humans,
    as God told you to help strengthen me in Fear Not which you most certainly did, tell me do you know anything about this cat ritual or how to stop these demon inspired cats?
    I've been praying and begging God to place me in a physical home with spiritual parents mostly a father, I need the guidance of the saints, I'm tired of this devil doing as he likes in my life, please could you also add my pray request in your prayers
    God is using you mightily Mai and may He continue to reveal the knowledge and wisdom of His son Jesus Christ to you
    I prayer you continue to reach to higher places in God
    may His grace and peace continue to rest on your home in great abundance
    your husband must be wonderful person

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    1. Hi Christhinker,

      I thank God if this message has helped you. Even when others don't know what we are dealing with, God knows. And He can send many vessels to reach us and comfort us in our time of need.

      What you are speaking of is called a familiar. Witches often use familiar spirits (and in particular cats) to curse/watch others. I had an experience with this before, but in my ignorance, did not realize what I was dealing with. Our home was in the middle of a long row of houses in a subdivision, and it was the dead of winter. Not only was it winter, we had just experienced one of the worse ice storms this state has ever had. Roads were closed, businesses were closed, schools were closed,...everyone was urged to stay off of the streets.

      Yet, all of a sudden, we could hear this constant, distressful meowing. After looking we found a black cat on our porch. That cat had to pass lots of houses to get to ours, as we were not on the edge of anything. Our house was surrounded by other house. And I thought at the time was very weird at the time. We ignored the cat - even though our girls urged us to help the cat; there was just nothing we could do. Then the next day, again, constant meowing of a cat on our porch in distress. This happened for the next 2 days. I kept asking why this cat kept passing every other house and coming to ours as it was the strangest thing. Our girls were growing frantic, insisting we keep this cat from dying in the cold. So, I took the cat, placed it in a box, and attempted to drive it to a shelter. During the drive, the cat climbed out of the box and on to my head and down my body. I was freaked out (because I am NOT a cat person) and I was driving on very icy roads. I couldn't just take my hands off of the wheel and move the cat, so I was very uneasy. Eventually, I found the shelter and dropped it off. BUT, I understand now that this was a spiritual experience. I did not understand why the cat kept passing all the other houses to come to ours because I did not realize that we were being targeted. I just didn't understand spiritual wickedness much yet as a young believer.

      This type of activity occurring around Halloween is not uncommon because it is high season for witchcraft. I would recommend going on a fast if you can and get prayed up. Get some olive oil and anoint your house (even the outside of it), praying against those evil spirits. Let praise and worship music play in your home consistently, even at night. We always keep praise & worship playing in our rooms throughout the day and night. Lastly, bind those spirits, knowing that you have the power to do so as a believer and that God has given you authority over them in Christ Jesus. Here is a prayer you can use as a guide in taking authority over those spirits and canceling any assignments the devil may be using to target you: Prayer to Break Curses Pray out load and in faith, knowing that greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world.

      Ask the Lord for strength to stand and to help any unbelief you may have so that you can pray, believing that it is done in Jesus' name. Feel free also to dial-in for nightly prayer and encouragement so that other brothers and sisters can join you in prayer. We will keep you in prayer as well.

      May God strengthen, bless, and keep you and your son!

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  3. thanks Mai, I am setting all this advice in motion, getting myself to launch a warfare and be consistent
    I was on the prayer line but my service provider sent me a heavy bill even although it is toll-free, I am trying my best to be back on the line even if I could only be on for 15 minutes, I truly miss the saints
    God has to find a way to get me back on that prayer line
    thanks Mai God bless you and yours

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    1. Hi Christhinker,

      If you are someone who lives outside of the United States, then that might explain why there was a charge. Those fees can be very hefty. Don't feel like you are in bondage by my suggestions. Just do what you can. God will honor your heart in desiring to not be given a spirit of fear from this attack. But, you are right. We must launch a warfare. Oftentimes, the Lord lets Satan get close so that we can learn the need to fight. For example, He could have taken the Israelites a much shorter way than through the wilderness to reach the Promised Land. However, He took them a long way so that He could teach their hands to war. Part of engaging in that warfare is conquering fear about what Satan may "do". Just keep in mind that Satan cannot do one thing more than God allows. Our destiny is always in the hands of the Lord who is working for us, not against us.

      Much love in Christ!

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