2 Corinthians 4:8–9 (ESV) We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
Heading into the shower this morning – a great place to meditate and pray – I was thinking of the many people in my sphere of influence who are experiencing spiritual struggles.
Personally, recent years have come with major crises and battles that have wearied me to the point of being perplexed and almost driven to despair. But at each point, when i most felt crushed, forsaken, struck down and willing to succumb to despair, the unfathomable grace of Jesus Christ has broken through.
I received a report recently and entwined in it was an expression of weariness. A look at society demonstrates that “this present darkness” is moving freely and unabated in an effort to obliterate the light of the witness of Christ in His people. It is no wonder those who are disciples of Jesus Christ are under huge pressure and affliction, while the pseudo-christian religion is adapting to the struggle through passive acquiescence.
Contrary to the ‘evidence’ of circumstances and the natural world order, I sensed that things were about to change. While in the natural the struggles have seemed overwhelming, and there is no sense of the raging of darkness slowing, I have sensed a word of change for the people of Jesus Christ.
Is this a Spirit Word for the people of Christ? You need to judge for yourself, in Christ.
All I can say on this matter is that the false prophets recorded in Scripture, were motivated by position, possession and pleasure. They spoke from a position of influence with political powers, they sought to speak words that compare favourably with those political views and they were rewarded financially and drew wide based support and following. Prophets of God tended to speak out of suffering, oppression and weakness. They were always social pariahs. This was also true of the Apostles of the NT.
I’d rather listen to a voice in the wilderness than a ‘successful’ media-preacher. I don’t believe there is a ‘calling’ to preach the blessing… only a compelling mandate to preach Christ crucified.
Usually, when I hear the Spirit speak, it is an event that cuts across my thoughts, my feeling etc, totally disconnected with my current focus. This is how it came, so Im thinking and believing that it is a Word of encouragement. Though this present darkness will continue to advance – in accord with God’s ultimate plan and purpose – a change in the personal experience of those who are the people of God is coming. Those who have been wearied under the weight of spiritual oppression and darkness, TAKE HEART, tears are in the night but joy comes in the morning. The two witnesses of Revelation (ch 11), a type of the witness of the church in Word and deed, is apparently destroyed by the spirit of antichrist, but after three days they receive the breath of God (Spirit). This is typical of the refreshing empowerment of Jesus Christ.
A great falling away is happening:
Matthew 24:9–14 (ESV) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
But a great empowering is coming to those who have endured…