“Are you being conformed to My ways or the ways of the world? To whom are you listening and what is their message? Are they calling you to holiness or is peace, prosperity, and safety their main theme? You need to know My heart. Any gospel that allows you to remain in your comfort zone - looking to your personal needs only and caring for the things of the world - is another gospel, not Mine.
"In this crucial end-time season, you are to be setting yourself apart for My glory. You are to be learning to act like Jesus would act for when the horrors of the world come to pass. You are to be learning how to be salt and light to a world that has no bearing on truth. You are to show a world that has forgotten how to love the love of Jesus. I never said that your life was supposed to be easy. I called you to crucify your flesh and its needs and desires.
"Soon, I will call you to account. Soon, what you have studied and what position you have taken in Me will bear its kind of fruit. If you have lived only for yourself, you will have no tools to defend My honor. If you have heeded My Word and truly lived under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, learning of His ways as your priority, many will see Who He is because of you. Your life will have been well spent in My eyes.”
Psalm 51:10 AMP
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering and steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 106:12-15 AMP
12) Then [Israel] believed His words [trusting in, relying on them] ; they sang His praise.
13) But they hastily forgot His works; they did not [earnestly] wait for His plans [to develop] regarding them,
14) But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted and tried to restrain God [with their insistent desires] in the desert.
15) And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls and [thinned their numbers by] disease and death.
Isaiah 48:3 NIV
“I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.”
Jeremiah 12:5 AMP
[But the Lord rebukes Jeremiah’s impatience, saying] 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?
In my quiet times, I feel an urgency I’ve only felt a few times before. I am convinced that something big is on the horizon. That is not a gloom and doom prediction, but a call to diligence. For many years now, the Lord has been calling His people to a depth of commitment and subsequent service so that their lives will be of consequence to Him. The intensity of the call is increasing as time grows short.
There are two phases I have observed that honor God. The first is a commitment to become intimate with the Lord - to draw close so that He can reveal who we really are or are not, so that we can repent and become who He desires us to be. The second phase is to go forth in the new life and calling that each of us has - to implement whatever task for which the Lord has formed us once we are completely His.
I am convinced that we will stand before the Lord one day and answer for this time, whether it be a time of preparation or implementation. How diligent were we with either phase? How important was the work that the Lord had for us compared to the things of the day that clouded our real purpose for being born?
Help me to be more diligent with my appointed mission for each day, Lord,