There is noone more powerful or more horrible in all of existence outside the Kingdom of Heaven. Yet much of the modern church fails to teach about the character and danger associated with this most detestable and unsavoury of foes. Even the Chinese General, Sun Tzu, the writer of, 'The Art Of War' knew of the advantage of studying an opponent. He wrote, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
After a time with the Lord leading in a journey of discovery on the state of the church in my home town and nation, another time to speak and share, in prayer, for God's glory and the coming of His Kingdom to the earth. Glory hallelujah!
Well time for a swan song in the country of New Zealand for the time being. Hard words and a hard line, because the word of God refuses to compromise with the will of men. Or women. When so much is available, when so much has been given, can it be any other way? Repent and receive Jesus, for the glory of God is worthy above all else.
Reaching a point in this preacher's life, in delivering the prophetic warning to the 'ends of the earth', he finds himself ousted and away from the place where God brought him to be. Despite his cries, his life has not ended there. Instead he finds himself back in a familiar place, a place of anointing and blessing on his travels to his journey's end. Could it be that there is still a ways to go? May the Lord, the Good Lord, go with us, in Jesus's name.
It brings no joy to make strong prophetic utterance. Yet, as with all of our Lord's decrees, the choice of it lays in our hands, hearts and minds. He may not change, yet He may relent. I have lived in this city for over five years' now. I have applied myself to the resolving of its problems. I have offered myself over and over, to all walks, works and cultures in this society. Yet the message of the cross has not been accepted, its rejection consistently in favour of the pursuit of other gods and selfish desires, an elitist self confidence that bears only one fruit, and that a shrivelled fruit of bitterness. My heart breaks, yet my Lord makes clear, I must speak when I see the sword coming. So I speak.
A strong message for challenging times, with the compass prayerfully set at dead centre for the Lord. His ways and matters and opinions outweigh our own. No compromise, no alternative. He is either Lord of your life or He is not. It really is that simple.
When the world becomes lost to itself and godlessness, our Father sends messengers to reestablish the dialogue. Michael has been sent to the ends of the earth to preach the gospel, to speak as one crying out in the wilderness. This week, in much prayer, trial and hardship, the still, small voice of the Lord spoke one word to him, "Lift." Here is his sermon from that.
There are three ways we can know God externally from ourselves. This message explores each and prayerfully points the way to the fourth way we can know God, by accepting His request to activate the living soul within us.
Jesus, Yeshua is the Son of God, His Spirit is the Transforming Power...
Psalm 19 v 3:4a "There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their line goes throughout the earth, their words to the ends of the world." The universe was spoken into being. Words are important.
Michael Robert Jackson was baptised in the name of Jesus in 2012, after a forty year walk in the wilderness, ten years after he first came to Christ. He is the least of God's children.