And they that be wise
Newsletter ~ October/November 2008
We want to thank all of you who have responded to our cry for help, as also God has responded with a life sustaining peace in the midst of calamities. We love and appreciate all of you and pray for you daily. Even though we seek his guidance and direction in all that we do, in many ways we miss the mark and make mistakes. That is why we lean on Him for His mercy and His grace to sustain us. We hope that you will have an extra measure of patience with us and pray for our guidance, strength, sustenance, but most of all Knowledge of His Will.
Even though my dad is unable to travel much anymore, he is doing well… most of the time. We have been putting so much into our “prayer-starter” books this year, along with the Ephesians booklets and recording as much as he can. This all keeps him pretty busy. He sends his love to all of you. He has recorded a message for you along with an introduction to Ephesians, so if you have not received that, make sure to place your order.
Oh, how the world seems to have changed in the last month. Things have shifted, but many things going on around us seem familiar, don't they? How much has been taught us in preparation for these days. Many of the songs we used to sing keep coming to mind. One of them comes from…
Psalm 2:1-8 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thank you, God, for your promises...I must confess that I have been a bit distracted with the goings on around us. Fear has tried to grasp hold of my spirit, but when I try to imagine the worst possible outcome, my heart is overcome with joy. It's unlike any joy I've ever felt before, though. It could almost bring me to my knees in the awful wonderfulness of it. Could it be? That the time is upon us? I know many of you are asking the same question. Not many of us have seen the spirits of anti-Christ stepping forth in such boldness. But, we know it has been encroaching upon us for some time now. We might wonder... Why hasn't man learn from previous uprisings of this evil spirit? But, we know why, because the evil one will only meet his complete defeat on one incredible day, at the Parousía of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We have been learning and preparing ourselves for these times of trouble for years now. In order to live as children of the Kingdom we must live transparent lives in the light. We must turn from iniquity, as it will also shine as a beacon for the spirits that seek to destroy us. Turn the enemy from our camp, our hearts. Do not let your hearts be overcome with fear. Our strength, our power, our righteousness, is not in this world, in this country, our bank accounts or even our homes, it is in Him. Draw into Him and be bold in proclaiming the truth.
The troubles we are going through must push us deeper into the light of His Glory and Grace... As the darkness becomes more powerful the gray areas are beginning to fade; the light is separating from the darkness all around us. The ONLY thing we have to guide us is His Word and His Will. But, we must be able to hear His voice and know His will. Not just in our minds, but in our hearts. And we must be willing to submit to His will. The simplicity of His commands is clear. Chase everything out of your life that would distract you from His full purpose being realized. This is the only way we will be able to stand and be a beacon in the darkness. There is no more wiggle room. There is no more time.
It is hard to imagine that so many are deceived by this present darkness. Let this be a call to us to proclaim the truth of His Word, His Glory. Not the feel good Christianity that is being gobbled up by the masses… a plastic and artificial forgery of the light, but the truth of His Word. He never promised us big beautiful homes and fine cars, healthy bank accounts and 401K's.
He promised us light and salvation and victory. Let us walk in that. Let our peace and our strength come from Him, not the stability of the financial markets or even our president or the constitution that we think protects us. He protects us. His Word guides us in the midst of darkness. It could very well be time for His judgment to fall on our nation. We all know the dark path it has taken for many years now while we have relished in the blessings of the land and blended in with the darkness.
We have idolized our nation, the constitution, the flag we salute. We have rested in the security that those things have given us. But He has told us that these things will fall away. He has also told us that this falling away will push us into His Glory and His Light, His Spirit. It will purify us and strengthen us for the battle ahead. There will come a time when we will have nothing left but His promises. We will soon come to the full realization that His Promises are Everything.
He also promised of another falling away that would come. That many would be deceived. They are weak because they have been promised a lie, plain and simple. I’m not talking about the liberals who want to radicalize our government, I am talking about people who love the Lord and want His will in their lives. They will be led astray because they are not prepared. They will feel deceived when the truth becomes known. And it will become apparent at some point that they are not going to escape the trouble that has been forewarned. We often remain silent about this teaching in order to fit in. But the time has come to be bold in proclaiming the truth.
We have been praying the prayers of healing from The Discipline of Intercession for many years but this year has been different. As the order and direction for these prayers was laid out many years ago they seem to have more prevalence to this year than any of the others. As I began working on each book throughout this year it has amazed me each month how they are speaking to us, now, this time, these days. The scriptures we are looking at this month are taking on even more meaning and reality. These are the prayers we will pray until the end of this year. Could their timing be more perfect!? You might want to go ahead and commit this whole passage to memory, let it be written on your heart that you might be able to draw on it when fear or anxiety tries to overcome you.
It gives me chills! PRAISE GOD! Doesn't it make you want to SHOUT! GLORY!
The line in the sand is growing deeper and wider every day as the light is separating from the darkness. The time has come to decide whom we will serve. Things have changed. Priorities are shifting. My own purpose is becoming more intense and defined. Search, discover, examine and find the connection your heart seeks with God.
We used to sing this one, too...
(In the next part of EPHESIANS TRUTH we will be studying this amazing statement.
In the love of Jesus, Susanna Corley, and our little Berean family,
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