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I’M SHARING TODAY’S PODCAST WITH THE INDICATION FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WHAT I’M SHARING IS A PROPHETIC INSIGHT FOR THOSE LISTENING OR READING REGARDING WORLD HAPPENINGS AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE.

 

A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRUCIAL PROJECT,

I found my life barraged and pressured by distractions of all kinds.

Now, this is not an unusual pattern.

 

DISTRACTIONS COME TO STEAL OUR PASSION, OUR PURPOSE,

GOD’S PROMISES, AND HIS PROVISION.

 

I have a scripture and a strategy that I use when distractions come to derail my focus now that really helps to keep me on track and focus on what’s in front of me. This can apply to everything from work, house cleaning, Counseling, writing and ministry, right down to sticking with the list for the grocery store, and not adding extra cheese and crackers and other goodies in the shopping basket!

 

WHEN NEHEMIAH WAS REBUILDING THE WALL,

distractions came in the form of men calling out to him, high up on his ladder, to come down to discuss “their” important matters. These men presented concerns and rumors they feared to be truth, and, they were persistent and insistent that he come down and address the matters with them immediately!

Nehemiah responds plainly,

"I cannot come down, I am doing a great work."

 

THERE ARE MANY DISTRACTIONS BEING HURLED AT THE BODY OF CHRIST CONSTANTLY.

So what do we do?

We look those distractions square in the face and we say,

"We cannot come down. We are doing a great work."

End. Of. Story.

 

WE HAVE NO TIME FOR DISTRACTIONS.

THERE'S TOO MUCH ON THE LINE.

There's restoration to be done, broken down walls and broken down people to be filled back up, truth to be told, healing to be performed, love and justice to manifest and so on.

 

AND WHILE WE ARE DOING THESE ASSIGNED BY THE LORD TASKS,  (because if they’re not assigned by the Lord then we’re basically doing our own thing, not his important work), while we are doing the assigned things from the Lord, we pray. 

And by that I mean, we dialog with God our Father, and praise, and tell Jesus about the gratitude that we have for His life that He poured out for us, and speak back to Him the words He taught us in the 4 New Testament Gospels. And we also allow the Holy Spirit of God to have access to our hearts, bringing a sweet exposure and conviction where we might need to have our hearts cleaned up and "grown up" further in the way God has mapped out for those He loves so very much.

 

When we do these things in reverence and determination as we work,

You will find that we do not have time for distractions.

 

WHEN GOD SPEAKS AND WHEN WE FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS,

and when the Holy Spirit is busy working in the dry and hard places of our souls, as we do that in our work, every single day, we do not have time for other distractions!  We. Cannot. Come. Down.

 

WE CANNOT TAKE TIME TO BE PULLED INTO CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE WICKED, "weasely", and filled with all kinds of narratives that have nothing to do with what God has and IS doing right now right in front of us in our daily lives.

 

THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE NOT TO BE INFORMED AND...

...that we are not to be advocates for godly truths. That is part of rebuilding walls that have come down in our society. But getting into non-ending dialogs and basically verbal fights with people who just want to prove a point is literally drawing us into distraction and frustration.

 

SPIRITUAL WARFARE.

It’s a Reality and Intense Fight for Good Over Evil!

Listen ever so closely to these mighty battle strategies against distractions!

Now my beloved ones,

I have saved these most important truths for last Instructions.

Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-your union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.

 Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser!

Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. 

For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage.

Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all glorious and godly things and will rise victorious.

- Ephesians 6: 10-13

 

FRIENDS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST GOOD AND EVIL!

We are doing a great work!

We are obeying God!

And, let’s hope that we aren’t doing it with haughtiness or an attitude of being a little better than everyone else in the way that we serve God! No way!

Someone whom God has called to rebuild or to restore and to do every day jobs, understands that the distractions of ego or the distractions of frustration, often create breaks in relationships, breaks in friendships and it kills the opportunity to have peace with God fully.

 

SO FRIENDS!

REFOCUS.

Do not negotiate with distractions.

Simply move on and put your hands to the great work before you.

Humbly. Purposefully. Without an attitude of needing to prove you’re heroic.

 

WE WORK, WE SERVE, WE LOVE AND WE FIGHT,

with our eyes focused on the One who rides at the forefront of our battles.

He’s there day and night, radiating comfort, wisdom, and grants discernment for every challenging situation that you and I will face.

 

MY FINAL PRAYER FOR YOU AS I CLOSE OUT TODAY’S PODCAST,

is from Hebrews 13:21

“May God Equip You With All You Need For Doing His Will.

May He Produce In You, Through The Power Of Jesus Christ,

Every Good Thing That Is Pleasing To Him.

All Glory To Him Forever And Ever!

Amen.”

 

STAY STEADY ON WARRIORS. 

WE CANNOT COME DOWN TO NEGOTIATE WITH DISTRACTIONS.

WE HAVE GOD’S WORK TO DO.

 

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By Mary Lindow

 

There are many things going on in the midst of God’s people. 

Yet significantly there are two things we need to speak about. 

One is a movement which is organized by man. And in this realm we find the organized church system with their planned programs, teachings and sacraments.  

The other is a movement of people coming into a frustration with those organized systems and coming out of those established order of things. 

So many churches have gone through pain and devastation because of uprising in their ranks.

Church leaders and members separate. Their unresolved issues and wounds infect others around them.  With their tongues and pen, (and emails and Facebook postings) their resentment and bitterness spread in uncontrollable proportions.

Christians in other Churches receive the bad report. They don’t even know the people involved but… because they have inclined their ears to hear them, the report poisons them like toxic waste in their souls. If unchecked, this becomes a hideous, malignant cancer cell eventually damaging their mind and attitude towards Churches or Christians. 

But the most sorrowful part is to see these believers drifting without any type of solid anchor to hold themselves steady

And that becomes another thing in itself.  The enemy quickly moves to make them into another established ‘independent group’, away from God’s original thought and purpose. 

The age-old serpent, the ultimate enemy of our souls, has not lost the art of deception even after centuries! He, even now, can cause God’s people, including the sincere ones, to miss the mark!

I believe that this touches the greatest widespread PROBLEM IN WESTERN churches.

The consumer culture has invaded the church.

Pastors and people are not united "for better or for worse" but just like it is practiced and encouraged in secular commercial organizations these days, until the pastor “fails to perform.” 

And “performance” is compared- even though unconsciously most of the time – with film and television performances!

 

Church goers in Western countries watch between 15-20 hours of television a week, AND UP TO 100 hours are spenT on mobile phone and social networks - and then THEY come to church.

They bring with them expectations of the pastor-as-preacher, pastor-as-counselor, pastor-as-comedian and all around nice guy! Which are in all roles, for 99% of pastors, unreasonable and totally impossible to ever fulfill.

Pastors are being asked to be a one man/one woman, three ringed circus act and need to jump through hoops of fire, be shot out of cannons, and get into a cage filled with lions and tame them, in order to somehow “Wow” the people, to convince them that they have a desire for them to stick around long enough to learn the basics of a godly life!

  

The consumer culture we all now live in and sadly…embrace, is less about serving one another, or encouraging one another, or …having patience with one another!

It is much more interested with getting  “top dollar value for tithes and time.”  “Or…I Pay - YOU pray!”

 

Today things have degenerated into vagueness, IRRELEVANCY and uncertainty. 

The real meaning of what God’s purpose in His people really is meant to passionately reflect…. is missing.   Things that ARE NOW being said and done… do not mean what they did mean originally in His Word. 

So many spiritual and scriptural terms are put into motion, but they are not in the same dimension and point of view, which are in the Divine plan! 

 

The tragedy is that so many welL-meaning believers have gone on with the outward appearance of searching for the will of the Lord and they fail to see that the power of His radiant life is missing

Well, the Apostle Paul warned us in his letter to Timothy about this….“This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come…Having the form of godliness (true religion) but denying the power thereof .”

 

My heart is really sad to see things as they are around us. 

Everything is falling short of its original design.  There is so much labor and “muster” being pumped out there and is being poured into the “church machine” more than any time in the history of God’s people! Yet the toil is ending in heart breaking disappointment! 

Nothing is fully and finally getting through to the end.  It is all stopping at some place.  Is that not what we read in the past moves of restoration or reformation?  They all stopped somewhere. 

Beloved, there is something that is missing and eluding. 

There is something that is absent which hinders the ultimate issue. Is there any one who asks,  “Lord, why is this thing happening?”  Sadly… The Majority is going on in their frenzy to find a place where they can dictate on their terms just how THEY have decided to serve Him.

  

Saints! only those devoted to humility and honor can be saved from this deadly poison that lulls those longing to be entertained and pampered, into apathy and spiritual paralysis!

 

God’s truly  DEVOTED PEOPLE in this hour should seek Him and that which is upon His heart. 

What the Lord is doing in this hour is so different …and we should be sensitive to Him!   He is looking for His New Vessel in which the power of resurrection may freely work. 

The Apostle Paul said “according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20b).  These vessels will have to be men and women who have “seen”!  They shall be like “a voice in the wilderness”.

It is becoming more and more clear that God must do a FRESH thing AMONG HIS PEOPLE! And that fresh thing is that He is drawing them to seek the Lord Himself and His manifested presence! 

The Psalmist said, “When You said oh Lord, Seek My face; my heart said unto You, Your face, Lord will I seek.”

  

Will you set your face to seek Him?

Oh that God may find His ‘Davids’ in this crucial hour that will set their faces towards Him at the command of His voice!

 

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