Last week, I used Proverbs 1:22 to underscore the topic of my blog post. In it, the writer asks, “how long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?” This week, the scripture continues to stir within my spirit. Watching what is happening in our nation and around the world, I have such a sense that we, the Body of Christ, must arise to the demands of this present time. All my life I have heard about “Ezekiel’s Army” (See Ezekiel 37) coming to life, but I truly believe this is the time. There has been a great flood sent forth by the enemy and now is the time for the Lord’s Army to be the standard that will be lifted up! Joel 2:11 says, “the Lord will give voice before His army, for His camp is very great: for strong is the one who executes His word…” With our confidence in God and the power of His Word, we must answer the call to arise in this day. The power we carry is the power of the gospel. We need to remind ourselves that the gospel is the declaration of the announcement that our God reigns in the heavens and in the earth (See Isaiah 52:7). We need to remind ourselves that His camp is great and we are part of it! As His emissaries, we only need His authority to move forward. Let’s move forward with renewed confidence and a sense of who we are in God through His Word!
We Need to Keep Our Focus!
It is time to stop sounding alarms similar to the ones I hear from many Christian circles. Which “alarms” am I talking about? I’m talking about alarms of fear and danger. They are coming forth from people motivated by emotions instead of faith and even from those who mix emotions with faith. To walk in the maturity God has for us, we need to understand that simplicity is not only because we have a lack of knowledge or expertise. Often, our emotions suppress our knowledge and expertise, and as a result, we end up responding from our base thinking rather than from the perspective of the Kingdom. Politicians as well as the media, through both news and entertainment, want to get us into the realm of emotion so they can control our thinking and ultimately our actions. This is why we must heed the admonition of the Word to enter into the place of rest. The children of Israel never did, so God spoke of another day of rest for His people.
Will you join me and enter into that rest? Like our Father, if we will operate from the perspective of His finished work, we can confidently go forth walking in the confidence of God!