Watch and Pray:
"And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26: 40, 41)
Jesus is now presently coming to His disciples and telling them to "watch and pray" because there will be trials, pressures, and even persecution coming to the Church. Yet, the Lord is still finding much of the Church to be unprepared and still asleep.
The Lord is going to wake up His Church, but because many in the Church are still not awake even in light of the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, there will be a great shaking that will take place, not only in the world, but in the Church itself.
"For this is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land." (Haggai 2:6)
It is time for the sleeping giant, which is the Church in America to wake up, to watch and pray for the hour is late, and the shaking has begun.
We must be rooted and grounded in the only foundation that will endure this shaking, and that it the foundation of Jesus Christ and His Word.
"For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthinans 3:11).
Our spiritual House must be built and established on the rock that can not be moved, on the Kingdom that cannot be shaken, on the One that has said that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Yet, we are not to shrink back in fear at the things that are coming on the earth, but we are to lift up our heads, knowing that these are the last days, and our redemption is drawing near.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3).
The news media has made us aware of what the enemy is doing, but may God open our eyes to see what He is doing.
The Kingdom of God is not remaining stagnant but is ever advancing. The Church is the vessel that God is using to bring His Kingdom into the earth realm. Therefore we should not maintain a defensive posture, but an offensive one.
"For the for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:4).
God has given us many weapons that are powerful and that the enemy cannot stand against.
God has given us His name, which is above every other name in heaven and earth. We need to know the power and authority that is in the name of Jesus and use that name as a might offensive weapon against the enemy.
God has given us the blood of Jesus that shuts down every accusation of the accuser of the brethren. "We overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb."
God has given us His Word, the two edged sword of the Spirit. We must pray the Word, proclaim the Word, and use the Word as a mighty offensive weapon to overcome anything and everything that the enemy is doing in our nation and in our personal lives.
Much of the world is looking at the Church as if we are sheep that is being led to the slaughter, but when it is all said and done, this will be the church's finest hour, for we will rule and reign with Jesus Christ.
"Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
and sing for joy on their beds.
May the praise of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters,
their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them—
this is the glory of all his faithful people.
Praise the Lord." (Psalm 149)