“The time is coming when serving Me will cost you everything. The time is coming when even your movement will be observed. Freedom to praise Me will be non-existent. It will be a time when you will need to mention the Name of Jesus with a whisper or you will be in peril. What is of utmost value to you now will fall pale, as your quality of life decreases and others rob you of your freedoms. Who will you turn to if you are not in the habit of turning to Me now? How will you find the strength to endure then, when you are immobilized now if someone yells at you with his or her face?
"In that day you will wish that you had redeemed the time to grow in Me, while you had the opportunity to do so. You will regret the foolish ways that you spent your time, squandered your money, and trivialized My availability to teach you how to survive, even prosper. You need to take stock in your life now. What are your priorities? What are you learning? Who are you really serving? What are you doing with My resources of time, freedom, and wisdom? I have warned you; do not cast aside My counsel. Suddenly you will wish that you had heeded My Words.”
Isaiah 28:9-11 NLB
9) They say, “Who does the Lord think we are? Why does he speak to us like this? Are we little children, barely old enough to talk?
10) He tells us everything over and over again, a line at a time, in very simple words!”
11) Since they refuse to listen, God will speak to them through foreign oppressors who speak an unknown language!
Jeremiah 12:5 AMP
….. If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? And if [you take flight] in a land of peace where you feel secure, then what will you do [when you tread the tangled maze of jungle haunted by lions] in the swelling and flooding of the Jordan?
John 12:35 NIV
Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while there is light, before darkness overtakes you.”
We have been so blessed in this land that we firmly believe that nothing can really change to the point of bondage and desperation, even when there have been so many warnings to the contrary. Throughout the Bible nations rise and fall, some because they were so decadent that God would no longer tolerate their sin.
In the last years, our Lord has warned those who would hear to be ready for anything at any time. The world is creaking and moaning, straining for the return of Jesus, and at the same time an unusual stillness has permeated our land. Business as usual is the order of the day while things are all heading in the direction of prophecy fulfilled. We as Christians should be working while there is light to work; instead, we are sleeping our way through them, consuming His grace and mercy on our lives. Our spiritual muscles have atrophied to the point that we can no longer stand, much less be a readied army. I believe that the Lord is heralding a wakeup call over and over again, and we are not hearing Him. We have been lulled to sleep.
Teach me to really hear what You are saying, Lord,