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Monday, June 16, 2014

Sounding An Alarm

Luke 12 : 42 – 48, And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. NKJV
We are truly living in the last of the days that lead to the returning of the Lord. We know this because we are witnessing the fulfillment of the prophecies that were foretold both by Jesus and many of the Old Testament prophets. Therefore, we, who have been born again, must guard our hearts so that we don’t allow the world and its influences to derail us from being and remaining faithful until the Lord returns.
Remember, Jesus tells us that in the last days it will be like it was in the days of Noah before the flood. People will be eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage; nevertheless, they won’t discern the times. For them, the Day of the Lord will come upon them as a thief in the night. They will be caught unaware.
We are living in very troubling times. However, I’m not speaking of the violence and the threats of war that loom over us daily; I am just reiterating what the Bible has been saying all along. Times are troublesome because people are doing exactly as Jesus foretold in Matthew 24. Millions have lost the fear of the Lord; and, as a result, they’re entering into temptation by disregarding God’s Word and warnings. The Holy Spirit is prompting me to sound an alarm in His holy mountain (Joel 2).
America is at a crossroad. This country was founded upon the principles of God’s Word. Consequently, these statutes are embedded in our constitution, as well as other civil documents that frame our government and beliefs as a “Christian” nation. It is because of its faith and willingness to live sacrificially unto God that He has caused His grace to shine on this nation and made it great.
Nevertheless, in recent decades, we have seen a “turning-away” from God and His Word in our nation. As a result, those who were previously committed to Christ and His service to God’s kingdom have begun to cast off restraint, just as Jesus said in today’s scripture. Pastors, ministers and churches are not adhering as closely to the true precepts and commands of God’s Word as they once did. Both churches and society have become lax in upholding the Godly principles which cause and sustain life. The further our nation slips away from God’s commands and the love for His kingdom, the more our nation descends into darkness and degradation.
As Peter stated in his epistle, it is time for judgment to begin in the house of God. It’s time we call ourselves back to living a life that is holy and acceptable before God. It’s time for the church to become “salt and light” in the world again. We, the church are Christ's ambassadors; we possess the Word of life and Jesus’ authority to exercise His will in the earth. I am very concerned (putting it lightly) that if we don’t return to the Lord, we as a nation are headed into darker days and troubling waters.
God is calling America and the churches in America to repentance and to “man” our posts in His kingdom. We must be about our Father’s business. Therefore, we must forsake the allure and temptations of this evil world. Let us not get caught up in the widespread deception that is taking this world by storm. Instead, let us humble ourselves and pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.
God doesn’t want destruction to occur in America. Nevertheless, if we don’t heed His warnings and pray for His protection to cover our sins, then what option will He have? He will have to allow the seeds we’ve sown in rebellion to produce corruption.
God’s heart is still for America, but He needs American Christians to wake up, rise up, and return to righteous living. He needs Christians in America to begin to pray and call on His name so that He can bless us with a mighty revival of repentance, like He did in Nineveh. God isn’t willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The Lord wants to find us as faithful and obedient stewards when He returns so that He can reward us for a job well done. It’s a huge task, but know this: Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
Sounding An Alarm To The Church,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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