by Andrew Strom
Deaths, job losses, closures. We are all surrounded by tragedy
at this moment – and as we all know, the damage will go on and
on – well after the deaths decline. Livelihoods ruined, homes and
businesses gone, millions devastated and left bankrupt. Most
do not realize exactly how much has been lost.
And so we will weep with those who weep. We cannot downplay
the tragedy of what is happening here. But I have a very different
word for the Remnant of God. You know who you are.
Despite all this tragedy, to those who have been “waiting” in the
caves and the rocks and the depths of the wilderness – I say,
“Lift up your eyes.” The very season you have been waiting for
is here. Your true ministry is about to begin.
We are living in the “sudden stop.” We are living in the great ‘Reset’.
In 100 years when they speak of this era, they will speak of this
as the moment when everything changed. Like World War II, like
the Great Depression – this is the hour after which nothing will ever
be the same. And Remnant – this is the season you were built for.
I am speaking to those who have been set apart. You have allowed
yourself to be broken. You have trained yourself for battle. You
know how to preach Repentance and Conviction of sin. You have
been trained in the healing of the sick and the moving of the Holy
Spirit. You know how to baptize, to pray powerfully – and to train
others. You are a fully-equipped preacher of the true gospel.
You have used your time well. You have paid down your debt. Your
hands are free of shackles – and you’re ready to go. You have a
boldness and an audacity about you. While others shrink back,
you will jump forward. You were built for such a time as this.
Some of you 65+ will come out of retirement. Your latter years
will be much more fruitful than the former ones. The old era did
not welcome you. The new era has no choice.”Fortune favors the
brave,” goes the saying. And this has never been more true than
it is now.
While others fear – you are bold. While others play it safe – you
see this hour for what it is – and you seize the moment. Those
who shrink back will miss out. Those who are alert – and move
forward with boldness – will have the field almost to themselves.
I say to the remnant, “Lift up your eyes.” Everything has changed.
Do not confine your gaze to your own nation. Many of you will be
headed overseas. “But,” you say, “The planes are grounded. Most
nations are closed.” Yes – for now that is true. But before long
there will be travel again. And the people will be hungry for a word
from the Lord. Especially the poor.
Where once you were ignored – now you will be welcomed. Where
once you were constrained – now you will be loosed. Where
once you were disregarded – now you will be respected. “Who
dares wins.” Go forth like Joshua and take the land.
Do not be distracted. Politics is a distraction. Current events are
a distraction. Social media is a distraction. Keep your eye on the
prize – the big picture. Today’s harvest is whiter than it’s ever
been. Be alert. Watch for the doors to open and for the Lord’s
timing. Act with boldness. Seize the day.
Most of the world will be in turmoil. Most of the people will be
shrinking back. Very few will be travelling. Many churches and
businesses will be in trouble. But you will be looking around with
alert eyes – for where the Lord may send you.
Do not fear. Go forth with boldness. The former things are passed
away. Remnant – this is the hour you were built for. Don’t let it
pass you by.
Special blessings to all,
From: REVIVAL List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Amen, Amen, Andrew — Bring it on, Lord! But (& it’s a very big one) God’s people must not return to where they were and continue singing like Frank Sinatra’s song: “We’ll do it our way!” instead of starting to do it God’s way of (a) obeying His Great Commission by holistically (& advised by Joshua Project knowhow) making disciples, that make disciples, ad infinitum His way (Matth. & Luke 10); (b) gathering as Ekklesia (in small groups) in accord with 1 Cor. 14:26ff & associated passages; (c) multiplying by every ekklesia disciple making disciples & respecting the family, culture & communities of new disciples (no clones!); (d) mentored by disciple-makers & overseen by gifted leaders in accord with NT standards.