It would be a complete shame to waste this “time-out” our patient God has given us, longing to return to the business-as-usual lie we’ve all been living…a lie we’ve been living, and have actually grown dependent on for much longer than any of us seem to care to remember. Perhaps, truth be told, this is because for almost as long as we can remember we’ve been living on and submitting to the paradigm of death. We are now learning (those of us with eyes to see) how our world order has slowly and steadily shifted to a Luciferian paradigm over the years. The signs are quite literally everywhere; a Microsoft ad featuring Marina Abramovic, the Podesta brothers spirit cooking parties and dark artwork collection, the Epstein Island and NEXIVM cult bust…and now the H.R.6666 (TRACE) Act.
My Maxwell Leadership Promise this past Monday was Genesis 32:28, “Then (the Angel) said, ‘Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.’” Tuesday’s message was “Balancing Your Gifts With character”…as I learned of this Seattle cop who was fired from his job for his Demonstration of Character. While we are waiting on God, He is watching us. This was our invitation for this week’s Prayer and Fast Wednesday, with prayerful focus on our Genesis 32:28 “Israel Moment”.
The Spirit is taking me deeper than usual on this Prayer & Fast Wednesday past. I had a Zoom call with 24 of my fellow office associates on Tuesday. It was both pleasant and chilling at the same time. They expressed how all of this is causing them to reflect on the important things in life, and giving them more family time…but none of them seem to have the slightest clue, or the healthy sense to question what we are all being herded into. How could they? I’ve heard their shepherd’s messages carefully if not fearfully couched in their submission to the wrong authority. I think back now and see so much. How the County Leadership Programs, the County Chambers of Commerce, and various other so-called community centers played their respective and collective herding roles by attracting, grooming, and conditioning prospective puppets, with little or no grounding in solid civic awareness or moral principle. Most heart-breaking of all…the larger churches played an even bigger role, leading us to kneel before the Gods of Social Justice and Political Correctness, leaving the smaller ones no choice but to follow along or whither on the vine. Keith had it right this week with his 2 Timothy 3:12,13 alert, but who would have ever thought to look for the deceivers and deceived in such places? Where in the world have all the “Stout-Hearted Men” gone?
John Stonestreet sheds some wonderful light here: “I’m convinced that the best opening line in history is by C. S. Lewis’s in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader: ‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.’ In selfish, snotty-nosed Eustace, Lewis personified how malforming and narcissistic, in both habit and pedagogy, education can be, especially when it encourages students to ‘look inside,’ ‘express themselves,’ and ‘be whoever they want to be.’ He fully articulated his complaints about modern education in the essay, ‘The Abolition of Man,’ which might have the best closing line in history: ‘We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.’”
Not so long ago, a Warwick friend of mine was admonished by a shepherd from the larger church for his standing up to boldly question the village government authority over the Blue Line controversy that drew national attention. My friend and his family left the larger church to find the better church.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliot
The Fear Not Fellowship has a good “stout-hearted” ring to it, don’t you think? We, as Americans, are at the greatest and most crucial fork in the road in generations. The Abolition of Man occurred because somewhere along the way, the church ceded her moral authority, withdrew from her once prominent position in the public square, and turned the making of men over to the destroyer of men.
The enemy of all mankind peddles fear to control and destroy what God gave His only Son to save. It is fear that keeps us from our churches and our precious loved ones in their darkest hour. Or, to put a twist on Elliot’s quote, Only a fool would surrender God’s greatest gift by hanging onto what he cannot keep. It’s time to shed our squeamish selves and turn away from our sleep walk on the road to ruin of business as usual, to overcome our fear and choose the only path, the solid path, and the right path of life over death.
A wise man’s heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool’s heart toward the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2