April 8, 2020
Joel 3: 9-10 (NASB) “Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up! Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”
There is a proclamation coming from the King, addressed to His people, to the Church of God: Prepare yourself, there will be a great battle coming – a battle that will destroy all ‘ordinary people or commoners’. Because of this, there must be a change in mentality and the frequency of life among believers!
For a long time, believers have been made unaware by many sermons and teachings about success, wealth and blessing so that when they are suddenly hit by various challenges, struggles, life pressures and various other types of battle, people will fall!
For such a long time, the chosen people like being carried across the sea of life on a cruise ship where there are only things that are fun and entertaining; all can be done as long as it is considered right by themselves. It is not realized that the ‘spiritual cruise ship’ is the same as the Titanic which is only waiting for time to sink and create many victims!
There was no attempt to equip the church or build their lives in the Word! There is no attempt to bring believers to live in a life based on self-denial of taking up the cross, emptying themselves from many forms of self or other human ambitions. So that when there is ‘turmoils’ in their lives, all their blessings, wealth, achievement and success are completely useless; instead become a source of woe! (Ecclesiastes 5: 13-14)
But this is the time for God’s church to prepare and build congregations to start living in accuracy and rise as Mighty man!
1. Leaders or preachers must begin to change the frequency of preaching or teaching that they have been carrying in the church, replaced with the frequency of God’s voice!
These days, God is preparing and building the lives of His people to step on the agenda of the kingdom, the Divine destiny or the purpose of their lives.
When a person starts living as a soldier, he must realize that his pattern of life must change; he can no longer act recklessly ! A soldier is required to please his commander (2 Timothy 2: 3-4). Dedicate his life to fulfill the command of its commander!
Our highest commander is Christ himself! It is the time, the voice and desire of the Commander (Christ) to be heard again from the pulpit!
All this time the voices and desires of leaders who are not connected to the Commander have taken over and ‘hijacked’ the voice and desire of the heavenly Commander’s heart! This is the time the warriors of the kingdom of heaven (congregations and servants of God) to return their oath of loyalty only to the Heavenly Commander (Christ)!
Matthew 16: 24-26 (NKJV) “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
This message will continue tomorrow.
Ps. Steven Agustinus
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