Your Power

Mass murder, debauchery, and the stress of nations—these things press on us daily.  We can feel the crushing weight of inadequacy. We ask:  Can we stay sane?  Is the moral situation so far gone that we must withdraw into our ‘faith cocoons’ and just endure, hoping we outlast the madness?

Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.’  But, how do we apply all that power and might to this flood of evil and stress that is bombarding us every day?

Not only can we apply it, we are expressly called—and uniquely equipped—to express the power of God.  The legacy of our faith demands it. The nature of the Holy Spirit—and the Word of God demand it.  There is no holding-pattern for us.  God only leads forward.

The religions of the world teach escape.  They deem the world to be too dangerous for their devotees.  Whether it is a Buddhist Monastery or a Muslim Caliphate, the message is clear: They can’t coexist with secular culture.  They require physical separation, cleansing rituals, strict diets, or the total subjugation of infidels.

With just a few simple words, Jesus revealed the vast superiority of our victory compared to all the religions of the world.   He prayed to the Father, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)

Supernatural peace can quell the deep frustration from hearing the insane ideas and words of politicians. 

When Jesus prayed that prayer, He was praying for us, His flock, to remain in the culture. We are to be warriors. We are to be salt and light. These are not just fighting words—they are an in-your-face smack down of evil.

While cultural contact withers the faith of false religions, it enhances the Christian—it sharpens their faith, brightens their light, and deepens their authority.

You must understand why you are here.  You must see the astounding picture of the army you belong to.  Our very presence on earth is God’s way of saying, victory is available.  He keeps us here because we can win!

Think of soldiers in an army who are only aware of the battle they are fighting in their own little sector. They are being hard-pressed, and things are going against them. If, for one moment, they think it is just their fight, they will soon be defeated. But when they remember they are only a part of a great and mighty army, and that the Captain, their Leader, the God of the Armies of Heaven is directing it, immediately the situation is transformed. In other words, we have got to realize God is involved in this battle with us. We are only here because of God.

The 3 steps I am about to declare will bring victory over the present evil and stress.  They hit me, when I saw two groups of people. They were hundreds of years apart and in totally different circumstances, but they took these identical 3 steps to victory.

One was a prophecy by Daniel around 600 B.C. The other, occurred in 31 AD.

In his prophecy, Daniel described how the Maccabean revolt would triumph in 167 BC.  The second instance happened when the people in the land of Gennesaret welcomed Jesus.  The former liberated Israel—the latter wiped out sickness and disease.  Again, they both took the same 3 steps.  Here are the scriptures:

Daniel 11:32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant, he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.”

Mark 6:53-56: “When they had crossed over (the Sea of Galilee), they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.”

Here are the 3 key words in both these victories: KNOW, STRONG, CARRY.  The first group knew God. They were strong. And they carried out exploits.  The second group did those same 3 things.  They recognized (knew Jesus).  They ran (showed strength).  They carried others who received miracles (exploits).

Take these 3 steps to defeat today’s stress and evil:

1. Obey God’s pull. He is pulling you to know Him in deep intimacy: Psalm 27:8 says “When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”  What is your reaction to God’s call? He wants to do a secret work in you.  Are you saying, “Yes”?

I believe Jesus is using this message from me to draw you into special closeness with Him.  If you say, “Yes,” special things will begin to happen.  You will instantly conquer fear and worry.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. “

Your faith for mighty things will multiply.  Jesus said,” If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)

God not only knew that the insanity of today was coming—He took steps to prepare a special relationship that would produce special powers for His children.  We can blame no one but ourselves if we neglect this astonishing invitation.

2. Become strong. What did Isaiah say would happen to those who heeded the call to wait on God? “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Your new-found and deep connection to God the Father will create strength.  Note once again, the amazing parallel between the phrases, “they shall run and not be weary,” and “they recognized Him and ran.”

‘Touchy-feely’ faith is out.  This is the era of strong Christians.  Tomorrow belongs to Christians who are stronger than any headline—stronger than threats—stronger than anything unfolding on the earth.

3. Accept your mission: You have a mission, you have an ordained exploit. It is ironic that the true cure for today’s fear and stress is: to think big and take on massive vision.  Fresh vision always chases away depression.

An exploit that summons up all your talent and every drop of your courage and combines it with His limitless resources, is comfort food for the Spirit-empowered believer.

The bottom line:  We are subjective creatures. We live in this unhealthy psychological generation that starts with man and ends with man. Most of our troubles are due to that. We are full of self-pity. We are always looking inward and feeling sorry for ourselves. We are always looking for something to help us. Get rid of those things! Forget about yourself for a moment, and realize that the battle belongs to the Lord!

You can know Him. You can become strong.  And you will accomplish amazing things in Him!  

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM

When the racists call everyone else racist—when the fascists call everyone else fascists—when those who are full of hate—call everyone else haters, and society listens, then freedom is, truly, just a candle in the wind.

When the Left says that words can be the same as violence, and then they are found to be guilty by their own inflammatory words and actions, then freedom is a candle in the wind.

As John Daniel Davidson said, “Is it not divisive and inflammatory for Democrats to refuse to enforce our borders while promising to give taxpayer-paid health care to illegal immigrants? Is it not divisive and inflammatory for sports stars and corporations to denounce the Betsy Ross flag and the national anthem as racist? Doesn’t that exacerbate a feeling of helplessness and dispossession, and fuel a whole spectrum of responses—from ordinary patriotism to outright xenophobia and racism?”

When thugs don masks and beat innocent people in MAGA hats and these terrorists are coddled by Democrats and leftist media, then freedom is a candle in the wind.

Elizabeth Warren—who is still uncertain of her own race—blamed Donald Trump for “advancing racism and white supremacy.” She and the others on the Left are all but calling for a race war. When war is declared and the side that does not want war is blamed for the war, then freedom is a candle in the wind.

Worst of all, we see how evil they are, that they can immediately politicize a massacre.  They don’t care about the victims of the shootings. Bullets tore into the bodies of innocent people. Did any of the voices of manufactured outrage care anything for the families who lost everything in an instant? The shattered lives do not matter to them. The incurable sorrow will get no compassion from them.  To them, these families are just a photo opportunity—a prop to be used to alarm a nation into voting for them.

Instantly, Beto O’Rourke said that President Trump was a “racist” and had “a lot to do with what happened in El Paso yesterday.” Sen. Cory Booker was even more blunt, saying, “Donald Trump is responsible for this.” When masses of people can’t see how evil this is, then freedom is a candle in the wind. 

Most sane people reject the Right Wing conspiracy theory that says international corporate and political elites in the West are intentionally replacing their native populations with immigrants, in order to enrich themselves.

However, the Left isn’t trying to deny this.  The New York Times ran a Michelle Goldberg column under the headline, “We Can Replace Them,” which closed with this line: “In a week, American voters can do to white nationalists what they fear most. Show them they’re being replaced.”

Again John Daniel Davidson says, “This isn’t a new idea on the Left, and it isn’t relegated to the fringe. Back in 2002, Ruy Teixeira and John Judis came out with “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” which popularized and mainstreamed the idea that white Americans would be replaced by a permanent majority coalition of non-white voters. Ten years later, after President Obama’s reelection, Teixeira took to the the pages of The Atlantic to argue that things were playing out just as he had predicted, and that if Democrats could keep giving Americans what they truly wanted—more welfare, more regulation, more government control over daily life—then “the emerging Democratic majority could be here to stay.”

More recently, turning the white nationalists’ “replacement” rhetoric on its head has become commonplace among Antifa protestors chanting “we will replace you,” a sentiment powerfully reinforced by the anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement protestors who recently tore down an American flag outside an ICE facility and replaced it with the Mexican flag.”

When such utter tyranny can advance unchecked, and is protected by a news media that is corrupt to the core, then freedom is a candle in the wind.

However, freedom’s greatest enemy does not reside in the camp of leftists, but in the pews of churches. A soundly sleeping generation of believers is our greatest enemy. Their apathy is our deepest danger.

But all is not lost.

History shows us that God does not wait for the lukewarm to rise to their duty. Our God is a consuming fire.  Do you wonder, why God doesn’t do something? You see America being torn apart, battered into submission, and molded into some ugly weak version of her former self. All in the name of progress. When those who are the moral bottom of society become the loudest voices of influence, shouldn’t God act?

I believe He is acting. But it is happening in a wholly unexpected way. He is at war to save our nation. The real question is, “Are you ready to understand what your assignment is in His war to save America?”

In a last-ditch effort to save America, God will pour out His Spirit. It will not be within the “system” but outside celebrated circles. It will restore much of Spirit-filled Pentecostal churches from business-model-entertainment-centers back to a movement.  Many small churches will become ground zero for the Glory of God.

This event will not be painless. Wicked agendas will topple. False doctrine will die an early death due to the healthy appetite of young converts. Church empires will be given the ultimatum to return to dependency on the Holy Spirit or be brushed aside, and suffer total loss.

God’s miracle will be a great boon to some, but a horrendous event for others. It will be a day of rejoicing and a day of mourning. It will be a complete display of extremes. God will do what He has to do to save this nation.

In this hour, it is not enough to be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit—not nearly enough. Every soldier of God must know what God is doing in their time. The New Testament begins and ends with the drama of willing vessels having their lives interrupted, ruined for mortal pursuits, commissioned for great exploits, and then launched into an amazing adventure.

STAND!

Evangelical leaders hailed Trump as a type of King Cyrus.  Now they are bailing on him because they can’t take the heat.   Just when he needs the church the most they abandon ship.

Fellow preachers, do we need to be reminded about the miracle we saw on election night?  For weeks, we were told he had no chance to win.  Have you forgotten how close we came to a nuclear winter called Hillary?

Do we need to be reintroduced to the obvious?  Look at who hates him, and you will find every reason to stand with him.  The same people that hate Israel, hate Trump.  The same people who want to kill Trump, want to kill the unborn.  The same people that want to silence Trump, want to silence the church.

Pastor, his enemies are your enemies.  Those who want to stop his policies, also want to stop your vision.

He tweets.  Get over it!  When virtually every news outlet lies about him…how else will he get the truth out?

He is rough and crude.  So, what?  Draining the swamp in Washington is not the job for your breathy voiced yoga instructor.   Trump is the strong medicine God chose.

He has enraged all the usual suspects:  Teacher’s unions, socialist hippies, gas bag college professors, and all the cuckoo caucuses infesting our halls of government.

I want to remind my esteemed yet timid colleagues our children are getting a nutty education.  Life doesn’t hand out participation trophies.  Life won’t let you retreat to your safe place.  Do you honestly believe that the drivel doled by leftists in the name of “education” will teach hard work, perseverance, and character?

Trump’s determination to make us strong in a hostile world is condemned as “nationalism.”  His campaign to make education rational is condemned as “out of date.”  Only drug addled moonbeams can find fault with common sense.

Our morally bankrupt leaders don’t know how to solve problems.  My generation put a man on the moon—this generation put a man in the girl’s bathroom.   I am not attacking transgender people. I am illustrating how—when it comes to priorities—liberalism rots the brain.  With the life-threatening problems we face they focus on this?

In the next 90 days we will see the most blatant attack—in our history—on everything we value as believers.

The last thing President Trump should feel right now is that he is alone.  He must feel the fervent prayers of the Body of Christ.  He must hear your voice supporting his valiant moves to unwind the snake Obama wrapped around the throat of our democracy.

Dear preacher did you support Trump because of a fad fever?  Are you silent because of the backlash?  If you believe Trump is a miracle, and a type of King Cyrus, then act like it!  Seize this divine opportunity to stand with policies that best reflect our values.  Don’t chicken out now that the heat is on.

I never voted for Trump because I heard some goose-bump prophecy.  I came to my decision in prayer.  I studied history.  I saw us sinking into the same quicksand that ended prior nations.  I looked at our choices and it was crystal clear that Trump was not just the best choice—he was the only choice.  He still is.

Monsters

America is reeling with horror over mass shootings. And, instantly, we are flooded with opinions about why. Many who offer opinions do not want answers, they only want a platform on which to rant and rave. Facts are a stranger in our calamity.

Is someone standing behind the curtain pushing America to extremes—setting us at each other’s throats in order to destroy this nation?

Monsters have come to Main Street. It seems like our nation is in an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled Monsters are Due on Maple Street.  The intro to the episode feels eerily appropriate:

“Maple Street, U.S.A., late summer.  A tree-lined little world of front porch gliders, barbecues, the laughter of children, and the bell of an ice cream vendor. At the sound of the roar and the flash of light, it will be precisely 6:43 P.M. on Maple Street…This is Maple Street on a late Saturday afternoon. Maple Street in the last calm and reflective moment – before the monsters came.”

What happens next in this story parallels what is happening to us: the roar and flash of light was an alien spacecraft, as aliens are sent to take over the world. But instead of attacking, they hide and manipulate the paranoia and pre-existing hate within humans to get them to kill each other.  In our case it is not aliens, but an ancient being far more wicked and powerful. Now, back to our story.

Suddenly the power goes out and the people take to the street.  A young boy named Tommy tells them a story about aliens and how they have taken human form and live among us. Then, in the story, the aliens are living as a family that only appears to be human, but who are actually alien scouts. The power outage is meant to isolate the neighborhood.

Peter van Horn offers to go over to the next street and see if they have also lost power. While he is gone the fear and suspicion intensifies. Cars won’t start, and then suddenly they do, causing people to wonder if the owner is an alien.

A shadowy figure carrying a hammer is seen walking toward them. Tommy exclaims, “It is the monster!”  Don obtains a shotgun, claiming it may be necessary for protection, which Steve, the voice of sanity in the group quickly confiscates, claiming, “No one is going to shoot anyone.” As the figure gets closer, Charlie, the hothead, panics, grabs the shotgun, and shoots the figure, believing it to be an alien. When the crowd reaches the fallen figure, they realize it is Pete van Horn, returning from his scouting mission on the next street over, and he is now dead.

Lights begin flashing on and off in houses throughout the neighborhood; lawn mowers and car engines start and stop for no apparent reason. The mob becomes hysterical, hurling accusations, smashing windows, and taking up weapons as the situation devolves into an all-out riot.

The scene cuts to a nearby hilltop, where it is revealed that the shadow that flew overhead is, indeed, an alien spaceship. Its crew are watching the riot on Maple Street while using a device to manipulate the neighborhood’s power. They comment on how “simply fiddling with consistency” leads people to descend into paranoia and panic, and that this is a pattern that can be exploited. They also discuss their intention to use this strategy to conquer Earth, one neighborhood at a time.

Now we return back to our present situation.  No one in their right mind believes these shootings are justified. They are horrendous, cowardly, and evil. But, evil is working both sides of the street.

The Left has seized these mass shootings for political gain. Heavy.com instantly claimed that the El Paso shooter was a Trump supporter. What is the inference here? Trump supporters must be stopped!

Democratic Presidential hopefuls Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke faced sharp criticism for blaming Trump for mass shootings. Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe tweeted this ” How many more people have to DIE violent deaths at racist hands before impeaching the president for inciting white nationalist terrorism and violence is taken as seriously as impeaching him for obstructing justice? The real national emergency is Donald J. Trump’s terrorism.”

While most in the Democrat party have distanced themselves from that remark, it is their unspoken opinion.  Those words are not meant to heal. They are meant to do what the aliens in our story are doing—to incite hatred and chaos, with a view to taking control.

The Left is not trying to defuse the situation or bring comfort. They are solely interested in using mass shootings for their political ends. What they don’t know is that they are being used by an infinitely more evil being.

A friend of mine, who is a Bible scholar with a PhD, made the following observations about what is happening on Main Street.

“The endgame for Satan is to supplant the Kingdom of God in order to establish his kingdom on the earth. Satan wants to be the god of this world.  In order to do that, he has to basically reduce the population of earth to the equivalent of a North Korea. One leader, the anti-Christ. One world government. No freedoms. No rights.

“It begins with every nation on earth being under the complete control of either a dictatorship, Communism—or its little brother, Socialism. If the government of a nation is all powerful, then the people are subjects, not citizens.

“There is only one nation that is free, founded on Christian principles, and opposes the plan of Satan.  In order to bring down that nation, Satan must first render its people powerless to resist that One World Government.”

But, millions of Americans are not fooled. They see the evil—they can even describe it.

Some see evil in the way our society is marginalizing young men, but this is no excuse to resort to these heinous crimes against innocent people.

Some see evil in the way social media controls information. Millions are angry with Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Dorsey (Twitter) because they feel these titans insult our intelligence by saying they are fair and impartial, when they are nothing more than tools in a leftist agenda.

Satan says, “Let’s turn them against each other. Let’s create anarchy and fear, to justify the next level of control.”

There is no doubt that there are monsters to be found among those on the extreme Left and the extreme Right. What we must see is that the same devil is creating them both.

That takes us to the issue of guns. The left wants take them all. It is ironic how the media describes the victims of these shootings, saying, “They were defenseless.” But the leftist media’s answer is to make us even more defenseless by disarming us all.

Again, my friend Dr. Smith, wrote:

“On April 17, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord by way of Lexington. The goal was to confiscate large stores of guns and gunpowder held in Concord.  When word of this reached a group of Americans living there, they said, “I don’t think so!” And the revolution soon followed.

“Since America is the only thing that stands in the way of darkness covering the entire globe, the way to bring America down, is to disarm its citizens. Then, so the Left believes, the government would be the only entity with guns. But in truth, the government and criminals would have all the guns. That is why the Left hates the Second Amendment. They are, for the most part, unaware that they are pawns in Satan’s game.  Satan has blinded their eyes and caused them to believe the lie that guns are the cause of all the murders, suicides, and mass shootings.  The real problem is not guns, but evil.”

My friend, the only way America will survive, and the only way we will ever stop these mass shootings, is by a moral awakening—a moral awakening that removes the blame from each other, and places it where it rightfully belongs—on all the villains who are helping create monsters, and by resisting their god, Satan.

8 Being sober in your spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 To Him be the authority and rule, forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:8-11)

DON’T POLITICIZE THIS SHOOTING

The nameless horror has come.  Tonight, we are not right wing, left wing, or independent…we are Americans.  No parent should send a child to school and have them shot to death. No bystander should do anything but try to comfort the families.
Everlasting shame on anyone who chooses to debate gun control.  Shame on any politician who seizes this new Saint Valentine Days Massacre for their own end.
Are we so soulless that we can’t pause our debates—or give our political railings a rest. We have been visited by pure evil.  When that happens you guard your mouth and pray.
Mark them.  Punish them.  Excoriate any voice that uses the media to rail about why this happened, and who is to blame.  Remember them, for whoever they are the are the villains of society.
Instead of increasing the pain of these families by giving this your spin, let’s give them a collective hug and tears of true grief for a loss they will feel for the rest of their lives.
No matter what I say, the toxic media will broadcast voices of pseudo rage.  Like carnival barkers they will call you to their political side show.  Who will be the first traitor of decency to speak words like salt in wounds?
The Bible says that Job’s friends saw his sorrow and suffering was so great they sat and said nothing.  They just sat with the sufferer.  They sat for 7 days.
We have come to a tragedy for which there are no words.  It is simply time to let the love of Jesus emanate from us in prayer.  If anyone reading this knows these families I beg you to just sit with them for there are no words for this loss.
Father God, we pray that a comfort from beyond this world will cover the families who lost these angels in Florida.  You said that the Father had anointed you to comfort them that mourn.  Words are so inadequate for this disaster.  Only a blanket of supernatural love will suffice.  We open our hearts now to feel their sorrow.  Open our hearts to feel your sorrow, for only then can we do what is right for these wounded families.

What is going on. What to do about it.

Masses of Americans believe there is a cover up in Las Vegas.  They do not accept the media’s version of events.  They believe someone is hiding the truth.  Something this evil and horrifying must have more to it than just one man with no motive.

They believe that this is a false flag orchestrated to take away our freedoms and help usher in government contol.  I hate conspiracy theories.  But who can say without a doubt that they are wrong?  We may never know what is behind the massacre in Las Vegas, but there are things we can know—important things.

We can know what is really going on.  We can know what to do about it.

That is the promise of 1Chronicles 12:32, “of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”

So, what is going on?  The prophetic voices I trust, tell me a blanket of supernatural evil has settled on America.  They say it settled on us in stages.   Let me summarize their perspective:

The first stage is the fury against the president.  I do not agree with everything he does or tweets; but who can deny the onslaught against him is bizarre?  Even respected people have gone inexplicably wacko.   No Trump insult is out of bounds, or vile enough.  The subject never changes.  Entire networks preach Trump hate 24 hours a day.

Next, demonic power is creating human monsters.  Read this part carefully:  The word fierce appears in two notable instances in the New Testament:  One is in Matthew 8 calling the demoniac “exceedingly fierce.”  The other is 2 Timothy 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous (fierce) times will come…”

The implication is clear: Demons drive acts of depravity—acts so depraved we won’t mention them here.  They are flooding mainstream America to kill natural emotions. 

Now read the rest of these verses in the light of this insight: “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” -2 Timothy 3: 2-4.

Revelation 13:17 says, “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”  I knew that verse would be fulfilled but, I wondered…how in the world could it ever happen in a free society like America?  Well, here’s the answer:

A society dulled by supernaturally controlled addictions, and revolting appetites can be easily manipulated.  They can consider anybody who disagrees with their politics human garbage.  Suddenly, it’s okay to take away their guns, their rights, their jobs, and put them on an economic hit list.  Bottom line: it has all gone supernatural.

So, if that’s what happening, what do we do?  God wants to do an important miracle in the American church so she can spare America from disaster.   THE AMERICAN CHURCH MUST GO SUPERNATURAL.

I have never felt this urgent about a truth.  The world is surrendering to demons.  We must surrender to the Holy Spirit.   There is a great hope but we must act now.

Heaven saw all this coming.  God’s Spirit already forged weapons and prepared a plan.  There is a supernatural assignment for every church, every leader, and every believer.  Here is what we must do:

Stop grieving the Holy Spirit.  Stop doing these things that hinder miracle power when we so desperately need it.

-Stop teaching that gifts of power are not for today.  Stop asking the church to fight with one hand tied behind her back.  Stop denying the weapons the Jesus paid for with His own blood.

-Stop running the church on human power, marketing and wisdom.  This makes you AWOL.  We are in a war not a business.  You have been sidelined and neutralized.  You have big events that do nothing to save America.  Worst of all, you distract the army of God from even becoming an army.

-Stop banning instruction on spiritual warfare.  Restore truth about the gifts of discerning of Spirits and deliverance.

-Stop preaching false revival.  Away with strange fire!  Stop binging on emotional extremes that reduce the gifts of the Spirit to parlor tricks.  Stop having “out of Bible experiences.”  Quit the New Age approach to miracles that make it about formulas and techniques instead a relationship with a Holy God.  Ask for real power and boldness to speak the truth.

Start asking for boldness and power.   Acts 4:29 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”  Peter knew exactly what to ask for in a situation like ours.

God is calling.  He is recruiting people to become powerful conduits who display miracle healing power and cast out devils.  They will do things we have not seen in decades.  They will walk in power most have never seen.   They will hold rallies in the worst dens of wickedness and pull treasures out of darkness.  The ground is moving.  The stirring is getting stronger every moment.

Intercessors are honing their gifts and will soon pray with unequalled power.  Prophets are emerging with the true counsel of God and not “prophetic” money schemes.

The real is about to swallow the unreal.  A remnant that will not break ranks—settle for human accolades,take bribes, or speak buzz words—is on the horizon.

This is what is happening and what we should do about it.

THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE

Today we are processing a nameless horror.  The streets of Las Vegas are drenched in innocent blood.  Everything else should pale in significance.

The man who killed at least 58 people and injuring 515 when he opened fire on concertgoers Sunday night has been identified as Stephen Paddock

His dead body was discovered by police in a room at the Mandalay Bay Resort after he took his own life, with ‘over 10 rifles’ discovered on the scene.

It is time to have a long, loud cry.  It is—as the book of Ecclesiastes says—a time to mourn.

Photo by David Becker/ Getty Images

Even so, the usual suspects will disgrace themselves.   They will rub salt of the wounds of those who have lost children, parents, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, close relatives and dear friends.  Please…somebody shut these people up!

Grief counsellors will dispense trite psycho-babble.  Their advice will harp on environmental factors to help explain this mad man’s behavior.

Vacuous theologians who will tell us God has a plan in all of this.

Doomsday prophets will spew venom saying, “see, I told you so, this is God judging America.”

Some will politicize this massacre.  Oh wait, they already have:

-CNN’s Jeff Zeleny, inexplicably pointed out Monday after the Las Vegas shooting that many country music fans are likely Trump supporters.

-Hillary Clinton said, “Imagine if he had a silencer.”  Displaying a remarkable ignorance of how rifles work at a time when no one should be talking about how guns work.

– Congressional Democrats chose not to wait for all the facts to come in before immediately pushing for increased gun control measures.   Instead of waiting, out of respect for their loss, these hacks turned them into a political football for their agenda.

-CBS fired one of the company’s top lawyers– Hayley Geftman-Gold—after she said she is “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican,” (There are no words for how low this is.)

The short supply of comfort, decency, and sanity are a testament to how degraded America has become.   But that too is for another time.

The families and friends of those murdered should not be in the middle of religious, psychological or political debates.  They should not be click bait for internet trolls.  This behavior is beyond disgusting.

What then, do they need to hear?

They need to hear us say that we know this is an unspeakable loss and tragedy.  It is a loss that cannot be calculated.  Not a day will go by for the rest of their life where they will not feel the loss.  It is an insult not to realize this.  We must, as the Word of God says, “weep with them that weep.”  Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus—feeling the sorrow of Martha and Mary—even though He would raise Lazarus from the dead.

We must tell them that we do not know how they feel.  How can we?  Even those of us who have suffered great loss cannot possibly say we know how this horror is crashing into their souls.  We must tell them how sorry we are for a loss we can’t imagine.

God didn’t do this.  Telling them this is the hardest part.  Jesus settled the question when He instructed us on how to pray: “Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”  These words presuppose that, in many ways, and in many situations, God’s will is not being done on Earth.

We must let them express their anger toward God but we must not discredit God.  They will soon be reaching out to Him.  We cannot cut off that lifeline.

Lastly, we must admit the existence of evil.  This man chose evil.  He willingly surrendered to the dark undertow of evil.  Don’t blame his upbringing.  Plenty of us have had horrendous childhoods and didn’t resort to mass murder.  This was pure evil.

For me to appropriate this massacre as a sermon on America’s decadence would also be wrong.  That comes later.  The right thing to do is for the nation to wrap its collective arms around these innocent people in the grip of unrelenting sadness and grief.

As the Desert News said, “Even if citizens and politicians cannot find common ground on political issues, they can search out common ground in the manner they engage with each other. For now, the nation can unite in prayer and care for victims and their families. They can support those who mourn the loss of loved ones and they can try to bring about greater peace even amidst the chaos caused by such unconscionable evil.”  Amen