Melissa — It really is an exciting time even though it may not look like it because we have entered a new era. Let’s look a little closer at what this means. Merriam Webster defines “era” as: “a memorable or important date or event, especially one that begins a new period in the history of a person or thing, a stage in development.” When I read this definition, that last part jumped off the screen, “a stage in development”. So, I looked up “development“: “1. An unfolding; the discovering of something secret or withheld from the knowledge of others; 2. The unraveling of a plot.” Oh my! We have been in the midst of an “unraveling plot” our entire lives! I am basing the time span of the past era on the life of Dr. Billy Graham. There were several words out there that the death of Dr. Graham would mark significant change, and that is when I knew we were truly in a new era. So, for most of us we have been in this “stage of development” all of our lives. God has been developing the Kingdom here on earth throughout the past era and we are about to see what He has been doing.
As the people of God assemble today may people
be saved, healed and delivered by the saving power
of Jesus Christ and His shed blood at Calvary.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it
is the power of God to salvation for everyone who
believes…” (Rom.1:16a, NKJV)
Sentiment may tell us that being persecuted is the same as being a victim or even a martyr, but according to this beatitude in Matt.5:10, persecution for righteousness’ sake actually marks the point of empowerment, where the blessings of the Kingdom (that is, the power of His order and unlimited resources) open to us. This scripture tells us we have the option to see persecution defensively or offensively, as victimization or empowerment. Spending our life pressing toward the mark and taking a righteous ground, will involve persecution in the process, but persecution is not a goal, and God certainly never intended us to develop a victim’s expectation that draws it.
(This is an excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)
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Counsel Against The Rock
When the people groups of earth got together and decided to build a tower unto heaven to gain access to the place of God’s rule, they suddenly found themselves in the middle of a pointless quandary. All God had to do to totally stop their progress was confuse their language. At that point, all their agreement and unity ceased to exist and they dispersed without laying a single brick more. The Tower of Babel became an empty memorial to man’s vain attempts to counsel together against the purposes of God. Jehovah has purposes in this time in history and in spite of people groups counseling against Him, The Rock will prevail. And concerning the purposes and abilities of Mighty Jehovha, Babel was not a one-time fluke. He can do it again!
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them. (Ps.2:2-4, NAS)