How can struggle with God lead to greater glory?

Loren Covarrubias Blog

On January 20, 2017, the United States moved into a new era. This era is the leadership by our newly elected President, Donald J. Trump. For some, this new era is one of fear and trepidation; for others, it is a time of great excitement and anticipation. The difference depends on whom you favored to win. There are few in the middle these days, as the country has become more polarized with each election, creating more and more conflict. I have my political views, but my purpose in ministry has always been the priority of the Kingdom of God. I believe that, first and foremost, every area of our lives should be influenced by our commitment to the principles of the Kingdom. As a follower of politics since the age of 12, I have also learned that most fears of cataclysm are unfounded. You see, there is a leader above our president: His name is Jesus Christ. The scripture declares that all power in Heaven and earth are under Him. Not everyone knows or understands this, but it does not make His authority any less. If all the rulers of the world were to band together against God, and His anointed, it would not threaten the reign of God.

The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:“Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.” Psalms 2:2-6

God Is Declaring the New Day!
I believe that the earth is moving into a New Day. I have been prophesying this for some time, and can see it becoming more and more evident. The funny thing for me is how often I hear people using this as a marketing term, or as a term to describe changes in their corporations or organizations. To me, it is like the Lord is saying, “I am going to give everyone the awareness even though they may not grasp it.” I want you to know that the announcement I share is a prophetic one! When earthly leaders want to make an announcement, they may call a press conference or send out information in other forms. The scriptures declare that God does not do anything without first revealing it to His servants, the prophets. Once they hear, they must declare it to the people of God; who must, in turn, grab hold of the word God is speaking. Whatever the political outcome, I know that God will use them for His purpose. It can be so exciting when we can see what God is doing, or at a minimum, make a calculation about it. However, we must also be prepared to receive what He is doing. Oftentimes, I have found that when God does perform His work, the people of God are as clueless as the world in which they live.

I remember all too well the Jesus People and Charismatic movements of my generation, and how many were slow to receive them; some never did. We must understand that for some, life is business as usual, based upon the model of what the Lord was doing one or two generations ago. Oftentimes, denominations are memorials to past visitations, but I have lived long enough to see how the non-denominational churches, that once lambasted the denominations, are now entering in their own protective mode. I hear a call from the throne of God for something more!

Will You Answer the Call?
There is a great call for revival in our country…and in the nations of the world. The motivations of this call are well founded, but I do not believe that we just need a revival. A revival means to bring something back to life. We do not need to re-visit the wells of yesterday. Isaac, the son of Abraham, spent his life digging up the wells of his father. Although this seemed admirable and sustained him, his son did so much more. Rather than just settle for the birthright and blessing he got from his father, Jacob sought for everything God had to offer. His journey involved great struggle, but in the end, it brought forth an inheritance that formed the foundation of a nation. God recognized his struggles and blessed him. It may not even have been what Jacob was looking for, but it brought him to the place of his eternal destiny. Do not settle for a revival: God has called for an awakening!

I believe that God is once again looking for a people like Jacob, who will say, “It may take a struggle, but we are going after all that God has for us. We are not looking back; we are moving forward and going where our destiny is calling.” Jacob’s quest took him on a journey with many conflicts, as he had to go to a strange land. It was a place of uncertainty, but it was also a place where he experienced the face of God. This is what God is calling us to. The people who move into the face-to-face encounter with God, will usher in the greatest glory that the church, or the world, has ever known!

This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Seals Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Psalms 24:6-8

So I will ask you my question again, “Will you answer the call to this level of encounter? Will you step outside of denominational line, or even your entrenchment of previous moves, to walk in the greatest glory?” I hear the voice of the Lord calling out to us, to awaken and be changed by a face-to-face encounter—let’s answer the call!