Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Riddled With Holes

A Foundation Riddled With Holes

A few months ago, the Lord let me see the U.S. in a way I never have before. I was watching the dvd, EXPELLED, NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED. I paused it to talk to the Lord about what I was seeing and hearing. Suddenly I saw in a vision a 3D view of our nation, as though it were a puzzle piece cut out of the earth and lifted so that I could see. I watched the landscape ripple as something enormous and dark moved like a sting ray lurking just below the surface as it traveled across our land. Then I noticed the earth beneath the surface was entirely riddled with holes as if termites have been eating away at it for many, many years. The foundation of this nation is in such condition that the slightest pressure will cause collapse.

I believe the dark thing I saw moving across the land is the principality that rules over the U.S. The “lurking beneath the surface” references demonic activity that has gone virtually undetected for many, many years. When God’s people find contentment in the world they live in, rather than in making God the center of their world (as in, it all revolves around Him), their discernment is dull (at least) and these things do happen.

I am sharing this because I hear so many angry voices shouting about what must be done. But there is nothing that can be done by the hands or will of man to repair the damage that has been done to the structure of this nation. It is not the fault of one political party or another, or a particular group of people. It is the wages of sin. Sin works like a cancer eating away at our souls. As the souls of individuals are eaten up, so is the land they live in.

It’s not only the obvious things. We like to focus on the obvious because it keeps the “spotlight” off of us. Sin is any form of self-idolatry. Exalting oneself… what “I” think, what “I” feel, and what “I” want above God in our lives. Living this way…according to the pride of life, and self-righteousness, we allow the enemy in our midst. Sin is sin. There is no “big” or “small”, no scale from 1 to 10.

This is not a time to blame. It is not time to revolt. It is time for every Believer who calls themselves a follower of Jesus Christ to put their lives where their talk is. I don’t mean in how we vote, but in how we LIVE. We sing songs telling God how He is the absolute best and that we give Him our whole lives, but walk away from our song-fest returning to our old ways…like dogs returning to vomit. Seems we suffer from multiple personality disorder. We cannot whole-heartedly support the American way, and whole-heartedly love and serve God. God’s way is not “the American way”.

History repeats itself time and time again. For every thing there is a season. Every empire, kingdom, and dynasty has its appointed time; and then the power changes hands. Only One reigns supreme at all times forever and ever, and His kingdom is not of this world. If judgment has come to the empires before ours, who are we to expect our nation should be spared?

What we are experiencing is not unique to us. It is the history of the world. God does not support any government or system of man, any more than to use it to maintain some form of control over the chaos of a lost world. To think that He would desire to preserve our way of life above anyone else’s only reveals how little we know Him.

What follows is an excerpt taken from Milt Rodriguez’s most recent blog: “Consumerism or Christ?”
“He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his kind intention which he purposed in him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ. Things in the heavens and things on the earth” Eph. 1:9, 10.
“If you continue to read the letter to the Ephesians, this eternal purpose and will of God should become clear. God wants to increase or expand the sphere of his Son by having a Body for his expression, a Family for his community life, and a Bride with whom to share his love.”
This is what God supports and is working in each of our lives to achieve.

We always want God to jump on our bandwagon. We childishly attempt to take over His work...robed in self-righteousness playing at being Holy Spirit. His name gets slapped onto our projects as a means of manipulating others to do what we want. If we think we will find our security in the masses, we are sadly mistaken. If we seek to find our security in anything other than WHO GOD IS, we will repeatedly find ourselves disappointed and frustrated.

How much time and energy do you have? I know my limitations. I don’t have the time or the energy to serve two masters, to support two kingdoms. I have just enough time and energy to love and serve the One that gave His life for me, the One that brought me out of darkness to walk in His light.

Don’t misunderstand me. I have resembled the remarks above more times than I can count. I only love and follow Him because He loved me first, and He faithfully leads and guides me by His Spirit. The thing is… it seems we mean everything to Him. He desires that we would truly know Him and share His life. There is no one on earth who could make us a better offer…that we should be His sons (and daughters), and He would be our Papa God! 1 John 3:1 What American dream compares to the richness of knowing Him in this way?

The world can rob us of our (American) dreams, but NOTHING can separate us from the love of our God, and His plans for our lives. No one can take away the treasure of “Christ in us”. All else is hay, wood, and stubble. Instead of asking “What’s in your wallet?” as the commercials do, I think it’s time we ask ourselves where our treasure lies. The heart is wrapped up in what it treasures. I hope it’s not wrapped up in hay, wood and stubble. What a waste that would be.

Marcy Ellis
August 26, 2009