Dear Family and Friends,
In light of all that’s has transpired in the past couple of days, Pastor Bruce and I want to take a few minutes to encourage you today.
If you look at things completely in the natural you will have the opportunity to become discouraged. But remember what Jesus said in Matthew 24, as He was answering the disciples questions regarding what signs would they see indicating that they were experiencing the “last days”. So, Jesus begins to tell them, and the first thing He lists in verse 4 is deception. “At that time deception will run rampant. So beware that you are not fooled!” There’s a lot meaning in that word “deceive/deception”. It tells us there will be a mass divergence or separation from Biblical standards on a world-wide scale and that we would see moral confusion in society as deception attempts to engulf humanity with misinformation about what is morally right. This explains the scripture, “Good becomes evil and evil becomes good.”
We can see the spirit of this world and the anti-christ spirit is working furiously to eliminate all remnants of a godly foundation from society and to replace it with deception that will ultimately usher in a time when the anti-christ rules. In II Thessalonians 2:11, Paul writes that at the conclusion of this period, a vast percentage of the populated world would be controlled by delusion.
Now more than ever is the time for the church to rise up with boldness, courage and walk in obedience and truth. Those are the words the Lord spoke to me on December 9th. We simply cannot be moved to fear, cowardice or terror by what is going on or being said. It’s time to believe totally and completely what God says in His Word. It’s time that we completely trust, rely and hang on tightly to His Word. The Father makes it clear how we position ourselves when we face any enemy: Deuteronomy 31:6 & 8 AMPC “Be strong, courageous and firm; Fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.”
“It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will march with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; Let there be no cowardice or flinching, but fear not, neither become broken in spirit, depressed, dismayed and unnerved with alarm.”
Jesus is looking for His Body in the earth to stand strong, firm, courageous, resolute and unmoved in the face of what is going on in the world. There is a great harvest of people that need to come into the Kingdom of God before Jesus comes to rapture the church. God gives us His power, ability, efficiency and might to live in an ungodly world and still be victorious. Acts 1:8. The Holy Spirit lives in you and we must tap into His ability in order to get through each day. Also, in Matthew 16 Jesus promises us that He is building the Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church.
Isaiah 41:10 AMPC “Fear not, there is nothing to fear, for I am with you; Do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; Yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My victorious right hand of rightness and justice.”
We must remember that God always provided and protected His people who were obedient to Him…even when they were in the wilderness! God has always been with His people during challenging times throughout the Bible and in all of history because God is faithful to those who keep His Word! As we continue to move into 2021 let’s take hold together with God and His Word and be determined to see people saved, healed and set free and to see restoration, reformation, breakthrough and victory.
We love you very much,
Pastor Sheila and Pastor Bruce