Part 1 says "We are entering into a spiritual winter. It's time to stoke the fires." Click here for the rest of the word.
In part 2 I heard "the theme in 2014 will be a light shined in darkness."
Dark is getting darker as people call evil good and good evil (Isa. 5:20). Because of the transgression in the land civil government expands its reach through a multitude of laws (Prov 28:2). Unrighteous men who create unrighteous laws (ie. that kill innocent children) will not have fellowship with God (Ps. 94:20-23). The growing confusion and death all point to dark getting darker (Isa. 41:29, Isa. 24:10, Ps. 107:10, Isa. 9:2, Zech 12:4).
We draw near to the "day of the Lord." It is a time where there are multitudes who have entered into the valley of decision (Joel 3:14). It is a day of darkness and gloominess (Joel 2:2).
A People Come Great and Strong - the Sons of Light - Out of Zion
Joel 2:2-3A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations. A fire devours before them, And behind them a flame burns; The land is like the Garden of Eden before them, And behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them. NKJV
The earth quakes before them, The heavens tremble; The sun and moon grow dark, And the stars diminish their brightness.
The Lord gives voice before His army, For His camp is very great; For strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; Who can endure it? "Now, therefore," says the Lord, "Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." NKJV
The Lord also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel. NKJV
Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." NKJV
1 Thessalonians 5:5-11
You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. NKJV
Dark will grow darker but light will grow lighter.
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Darkness will continue to grow but so will the light. When God designed light and dark He set a boundary between the two and He called this boundary good (Gen. 1:4).
You will see a holy people emerge not out of legalism but rather a holy love for Jesus Christ our Lord. As they take up their cross, die to themselves as Jesus did, they will become bearers of the light and the anointing.
Zion was the place of continual prayer, praise and worship in a city. We will see more and more city churches cooperating together to create the atmosphere of heaven (continual prayer, praise and worship) in their cities. Houses of prayer will become more like strategic operation centers helping facilitate and coordinate the efforts of local congregations. Kingdom minded leaders from all spheres of society will form councils which will be like gathering the elders at the gates of a city. These kingdom minded people will gather together corporately, work together corporately as priests, and then as kings take their light into their spheres of influence. They will be Christ bearers, lights that shine in darkness gone to deliver those who are bound in darkness hating even the garments stained by sin.
Behold a GREAT LIGHT is emerging across our land. A light shines in darkness! God is calling forth strong men to carry the light for it is they who will overcome the strongman.
Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. NKJV
Let us pray the Lord of the harvest send laborers to the harvest. Let us pray for the restoration of David's tabernacle (Amos 9:11-12). Click here for Part 1 of What is God Saying for 2014?
See read more to learn about the two supermoons that will occur in January as signs confirming the word.
We are entering into a spiritual winter. It's time to stoke the fires.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says "To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven. This is the season when we celebrate the great gift of salvation that our heavenly Father gave us by sending His son Jesus. Truly He is the reason for this season.
Spiritual seasons are marked by changes just like natural seasons. For example, you can tell Fall is upon us as temperatures begin to fall and leaves begin to change. God gave us a sign about a change in the spiritual season on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving and Chanukah fell on the same day. This event won't occur again for another 70,000+ years. When combined with the ISON comet's closest encounter with the sun we have a sign that truly says pay attention. God is speaking to us through this sign in the heavens and on the earth. Click here to learn what God is saying to us in "ISON Comet's Brush with the Sun - What does it mean?"
If there ever was a time for less of me and more of Him, it is now. If there ever was a time for His light to shine through us, it is now!
We are entering a winter season naturally and spiritually. In the spiritual winter the love of many will grow cold. But those within whom the love of God and the zeal of the Lord burns, they will be like that cozy fire place drawing many to come near to enjoy the warmth of their fire.
Satan launched an all out campaign to undermine the fear of the Lord. How? I'm glad you asked.
The key is to undermine the truth that God is the Creator. When you get rid of the truth that there is a Creator then you have undermined that fact that there is "divine design." When you undermine divine design then the truth that everyone is created with a purpose is attacked. When purpose is destroyed then accountability is torpedoed. Accountability means the responsibilty to answer for your choices. When you destroy the concept of everyone giving an account for their life before an eternal God, then you have dismantled the fear of God. Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10 teach us that the fear of the Lord is the begining of wisdom.
There is lots of talk in the body of Christ today saying there is no need for fear because fear drives you away and does not draw you near. That's not totally true. There are two kinds of fear. Matthew 25 and Luke 19 Jesus illustrates the kind of fear that drives a wedge between the servant and his master. You remember the parable. Three servants were given some money. Two invested and recieved a return while one servant hid their talent out of fear. That kind of fear that provoked inaction and missed the mark actually contributed to the seperation between the master and his servant. (The introduction was inspired as I listend to Bill Johnson teach on "Dealing with Sexual Sin in the Church.")
There is another kind of fear based on reverence, love, respect and awe. Its the kind of fear that is found in a healthy relationship with a parent or a spouse. It is a recognition of the consequences possible through trust being violated. This kind of fear actually facilitates intimacy and draws us near.
Campaigns are a series of battles. Here are a few battles I'd like to highlight to illustrate the effects of Satan's strategy with the hope that it will inspire you to engage in God's divine plan for your life. Let's start with Satan's attack on accountability. I like to think of it as account-ability or as, do you have the ability to count?
If you are wondering if I was using a word play you are correct. Do you have the ability to make a difference? You can if you are honest and can count numerically. This is how you can introduce accountability (a count ability).