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I read this about six months ago are more. Without me commenting on the the contents, other than I see much truth when I ponder the remembrance of the unity directly following the 9/11 event by our government leaders in contrast to the present.


WE HAVE A CHOICE HUMILITY OR HUMILIATION
By
JAMES ROBISON
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WE HAVE A CHOICE
HUMILITY OR HUMILIATION
by JAMES ROBISON
Let me share first my personal understanding of prophecy in light of
statements that often confuse or distort the definition of real prophecy.
I believe that true prophets sometimes predict future acts and events or
consequences. These messages can be alarming or refreshing, but they are
always intended by God to give life or improve life.
There are prophets who may, on occasion, foretell the future, but every
believer can prophesy or speak words of life. Paul said in Corinthians,
“Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would
prophesy.” In my opinion, this means that when we speak, we should
prayerfully seek to speak words that edify and enhance life itself.
When Paul encouraged people to prophesy, I do not believe he was
encouraging us to predict future events, but rather to strengthen the lives
of the hearers. We should pray that the heart of God will be expressed
every time we open our mouths. We should never attempt to reduce
the “end times” to a specific time frame or date. Jesus Christ will return
quickly in the sense that He will come suddenly, unexpected by far too
many. Believers are exhorted to live prepared for Christ’s return at any
moment, always redeeming the time.
All biblical predictions will come true. All prophecies will be fulfilled.
The misunderstanding of the Bible’s truth is often man’s finite attempt to
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comprehend infinite wisdom. Paul said, “If you think you know, you don’t
know as you ought.”
Throughout history, from the Pharisees of Jesus’ times to the religious
zealots and intellectuals of today, people have been proven wrong.
Inappropriate predictions, unwholesome lifestyles and the course of
world events continually expose the fallacy of human wisdom. We need
prophets today — not fortune tellers and wild-eyed mystics, but exhorters
and edifiers. We need prophecy today to encourage believers and to
correct the family of God by speaking words of life.
THE GREAT SHAKING
What I share next concerns believers in the New Testament church family
and all whom God loves but have not yet received His abounding grace
and abundant, eternal life. I believe the following things will occur before
Christ returns or “the end of the world as we know it.”
All that can shake will be shaken to the foundation. Those unfruitful
things that do not pertain to true life will be revealed. The unshakable
will remain, including the true and holy remnant. No one will be excluded
from pain and suffering, apart from supernatural intervention.
I am convinced there will be a healthy church found on earth when
Christ returns — the true spotless bride, prepared, adorned in His glory,
ready for the glorious appearing of Christ the Groom. He will come for
that which is like Himself. This has nothing to do with how large or how
many but a prepared body of believers determined by God. This prepared
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bride will anxiously watch for His return because of deep love, not fear
or escapism.
God knows the hour. It cannot be determined by time or space, but we
do know He will come for a people in love with Him and one another —
living in fullness, free from fear, abiding in peace amid storms and turmoil,
shining as unfading light in the darkest of hours. Their eyes will be fixed
on Jesus; their hearts will be focused on His kingdom purpose; and their
hands will be doing His work as faithful servants.
Those outside the family of faith will tragically miss all that pertains to life
and godliness. There is no reference here to religious traditions that lack
true expressions of life and love. These people, along with unbelievers, will
face separation, death and the eternal consequences of their choices in this
present lifetime.
Yet while we know this to be true, we must leave judgment, vengeance,
wrath and justice in the hands of the supreme Judge. Because of our finite
understanding, many things are unclear. But be assured that our God can
be trusted with justice, mercy and judgment.
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PLEASE READ OR SHARE THE FOLLOWING IN
TOTAL CONTEXT SO THAT THE INTENT AND
CONCERN WILL NOT BE MISREPRESENTED.
For several years I have sensed in my spirit some awesome and alarming
things when I meditate on the Scriptures and pray. I have waited a long time,
but I believe the time has come for me to finally share these impressions.
I earnestly pray that the free world and especially America — my home
and the land of the free, where many choose to live as slaves bound by
appetites and actions, demanding their way rather than God’s way — may
somehow be spared the horrendous results such decadent practices have
produced throughout history. I don’t want us to get what we deserve. I
cry out for mercy for me, my family members, friends and everyone — even
those who chose to be our enemies. I don’t want anyone to perish but all
to repent, just as the Bible expresses. This is the very desire of God’s heart.
Please join me in focused prayer.
I am convinced that brokenness will come to the church and to America.
The choice is ours: humility or humiliation! Our population will cry out
to God on our faces, desperate beyond comprehension, in unity of spirit
and heart, longing for what really matters. The whole world will long for
peace — not just national or world peace, but peace within. It’s not peace
as the world gives, having everything our way, but rather having it His way,
having what only Jesus can give. People, not material things, will matter
most. Our focus will be on love, relationships, family, joy, compassion and
serving others.
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Those who claim no faith will respectfully acknowledge the importance
of our First Amendment guarantees. They will be accorded the same
respect from the faith community. Open dialogue, debate and difference
will no longer be rooted in a desire to destroy opposition.
BROKENNESS WILL LEAD TO TRUE CHARACTER
A change of heart and direction will take place in this nation. Brokenness
will lead to true character, determination, self-sacrifice and a sincere
desire to know and do what is right, regardless of the cost or sacrifice. The
line distinguishing good and evil will be as distinct as the difference in
light and darkness — the difference as clear to all observers as terrorists
flying airplanes into towers, killing unsuspecting people of all nations and
races, compared to those brave souls risking their own lives, giving of
themselves, seeking to rescue them. It will be as distinctly different as
suicide bombers killing innocent school children and the compassionate
doctors and relief workers who strive to ease suffering around the world.
There is the force of evil on one side and life-enriching righteousness
on the other. We cannot continue to deny that evil is a reality, while
tolerating and defending it as a mere difference of opinion.
What I share next is sobering.
I have resisted sharing what I believe I’ve seen in the Spirit, not because
I doubt the accuracy, but because I long for and pray for what I see to be
averted. I pray for a change of heart and direction, for true repentance to
occur until our nation receives the truth of God, begins to live with the
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character, strength and faith that made America great in the first place,
and allows selfless love to prevail rather than selfish indulgence.
As I said, I am convinced brokenness will come. Count on it. The Bible
says God’s Word is a hammer; its power can break our stubborn will. His
Word is a fire; it can purify us. His Word is water; it can cleanse. The
choice is ours: Choose life or choose the way that seems right to men and
women — the fruit of which is death.
WE MUST WITNESS THE CHANGE OF HEART
If the current practice of abortion on demand, destroying the most
helpless and innocent of human life, continues with bold, open approval,
we will find all innocent life vulnerable to what has become the culture of
death. How can we possibly expect our lives and our rights to be protected
when we fail to offer it to the most precious little ones? We must witness
far more than the changing of any court’s decision — we must witness
the change of heart that will no longer terminate innocent life, however
foolish some judge or legislator may be. Rest assured, our laws will reflect
the condition of our hearts.
We have made such an idol of economic gain and material possessions,
I am not certain brokenness will come apart from the collapse of our
economy and loss of treasured possessions. Selfish indulgences, revealed
through sexual excesses and perversion, are promoted and defended as
perfectly acceptable and normal. This attitude must be changed from
within, and its effect will be visibly manifested in the lives and practices
of our general population.
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It’s my hope that the church family will pray, seek God, turn from any
wicked ways and see our land healed. I pray that unbelievers will respond
to God’s offer of life, forgiveness and grace, resulting in supernatural
intervention and protection. God is described in the Bible as “a mighty
fortress,” “the shields of the earth,” “our Deliverer,” and “the solid rock.”
The intentions of evildoers can be supernaturally detected and thwarted.
The enemy must be changed or defeated.
We must have God’s power and protection in order to miss our enemies’
plans for us. Without this divine miracle, unparalleled, indescribable
devastation is coming to our shores — truly “the sum of all fears.”
I’m not referring to the natural disasters we are already witnessing and the
challenges that reveal our nation’s soul and character. I’m talking about
deliberate destruction directed by the deadly actions of evil men.
WHERE WAS GOD WHEN THIS HAPPENED?
Many times in prayer, I have seen agonizing pain and suffering resulting
from a direct nuclear or biological strike in major population centers in
the United States. I see masses of people crying out in fear and panic from
destruction and death beyond comprehension. There is a cry for help and
mercy, for a way of escape, for protection, for communication, for news of
loved ones. Comfort is totally disrupted. A sense of total loss jeopardizes our
way of life. Prayer is prevalent. People are desperate for help — even divine
intervention. No one asks, “Is there a God?” It seems everyone is looking
for Him, including those who once moved to keep God out of public life.
Many ask, “Why?” Others ask, “Where was God when this happened?”
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But people are not questioning the faith of others. They are looking for
faith in others. There is brokenness and humility, along with humiliation,
as those who once thought they stood firm, rapidly fall. Many high towers
crumble. Households and communities tremble in the aftermath. Our way
of life pales compared to the simple desire for life itself.
The only strength and hope for the future comes from those who are
truly strong in the Lord. The most courageous prove to be the most
compassionate; they understand pure love and willingly sacrifice on
behalf of others. Their genuine strength of character is revealed, and
people wholeheartedly seek to hear truth. They want someone to provide
clear direction, inspire proper action and promise a stable, secure future.
Prosperity is suddenly defined as life itself, rather than life’s possessions.
I HAVE SEEN THE PAIN AND SUFFERING,
AND I CRY OUT TO GOD, “HAVE MERCY!”
The life of privilege and opportunity is a distant, often faint hope, but it
is actually possible for those who will endure the unparalleled hardship.
For those of us who experience this horror, things will not be the same.
Our true character will face a supreme test, and survival will depend on
whether we turn our hearts to the Supreme Power, the One who gives life,
the merciful, everlasting God and Father, the one and only blessed hope.
I have seen the pain and suffering, and I cry out to God, “Have mercy!”
Then in my heart I hear, “I am offering it even now, if only it will be
received. I will not force My way into the lives of men. They can choose
whom and what they serve. They can eat of the fruit of their ways or
receive liberating truth and life-changing love.” In prayer I ask, “Is it
too late? Lord, please help us.” I pray for repentance, brokenness and
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humility, for mercy received and mercy shared. I hold on to God’s
promise, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
I pray, “God, break our hearts by the power of Your Word and the love
revealed through the cross of Christ. Break our stubborn will. Humble us
that we may be mightily exalted as we exalt You and build our lives and
future on Your rock-solid principles.”
Only right relationships with God will produce the necessary resolve to
fight the right fight the right way. It is only through commitment to Godly
principles that we will have the character to make the sacrifices necessary
to protect and preserve the truly priceless aspects of life.
It has become increasingly difficult to hear transforming truth when much
of the mass media and the entertainment community so blatantly mock
truth, promote twisted lifestyles and assail traditional family values.
I am grateful that for the moment we have some national leaders who
acknowledge the importance of prayer and faith. It is critically important that
all believers pray for those in authority, because they must have the resolve
and wisdom from above in order to make and stand by correct decisions. As
we pray, we must remember: No political leader or party can be seen as our
hope and security apart from the guidance of Divine Providence.
WE WILL BOW BEFORE GOD
OR BE BROKEN BEFORE GOD
The only way we will miss the agony I have seen is by supernatural
intervention — by God giving us wisdom and clear communication
between all concerned parties, enabling us to uncover sinister plots.
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I believe with all my heart that we will bow before God or be broken
before God. America cannot continue to rebel and choose darkness when,
throughout our history, we have been exposed to so much light. I am not
speaking of perfection or perfect hearts. I am pleading for all to sincerely
seek to share life, to know love — God’s love — and admit the need for
personal and public change.
Real repentance will produce the necessary change in people’s hearts and
minds, which will result in a renewed national desire to protect all life,
because life is precious.
MOVED BY COMPASSION AND UNSELFISH LOVE
Our laws will begin to reflect transformed hearts of the voters and legislators
guided by time-tested, proven principles. The family will once again be
defined properly — husband, wife and children. Our freedom will not
only be diligently protected, but its benefits and blessings freely shared.
While enjoying the privileges true prosperity affords us, we will cherish
the responsibility and joy of sharing what we have with others. We will
not be manipulated or motivated by greed, but moved by compassion and
unselfish love.
A major part of the entertainment community will forsake the
promotion of indulgent and perverse lifestyles and seek to inspire us to
rise above our natural, depraved tendencies. Their tremendous ability
will be used to present great and admirable acts as was Steven Spielberg’s
through Schindler’s List. They will use their great talent to present people
and stories worthy of respect rather than those committed to decadence.
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Let me make it clear: Caring people will no longer be merely cursing the
darkness. As surely as light dispels darkness, when the light begins to shine
freely, its effect will be visible and undeniable. History confirms the need
to defend the faith, but in this day it will be the demonstration of faith’s
transforming power that inspires repentance and change.
I invite all who bear witness of the concern I have shared to join me in
prayer, in pursuing the God of holiness and in reaching out to others to
share our blessings, whether great or small. Let’s discover that the “joy of
the Lord” is indeed our strength and hope.
Pray, fellow believers. Please pray and share this message as God leads,
while encouraging others also to join in prayer.
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12 consider reading
this message again
each week and
prayING daily
concerning the
issues addressed.
Let’s pray . . .
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◆ For all to bow before God in humility and
not wait to fall before Him in humiliation.
◆ For all in authority to have wisdom to make the right
decisions and the resolve to stand by them.
◆ For the family of faith and all who love freedom
to search their own hearts and turn from evil.
◆ For the enemy to be turned from deadly intent and acts, and
their plans and deceptive practices to be exposed, thereby
nullifying their actions and protecting the innocent.
◆ For the ultimate defeat of all terrorist activities.
◆ For peace in our hearts and on earth.
◆ For America and the free world not only to enjoy
the fruit of prosperity, but also to compassionately
and consistently share their blessings with others.
◆ For the Christian church family to live in oneness with
God and the unity of the Spirit that Jesus prayed for, so
the world will know we are truly His disciples and He
is revealed through us as the ever-living Lord of all.
14 James Robison
Founder & President
LIFE Outreach
International
Having accepted Christ as his Savior at age 14, James began speaking
in churches in 1962, which soon led to over 600 city-wide crusades and
conferences attended by more than 20 million people. In 1968, the James
Robison Evangelistic Association launched a TV ministry. In later years, the
ministry name was changed to LIFE Outreach International because James
wanted the organization to be purpose-centered. The ministry changed the
format of its television program, “LIFE TODAY,” to make it more interactive.
James and Betty co-host the program, which can be seen in more than 200
million households in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and in
many other countries, and more people are coming to Christ in a single year
than in James’ first 20 years of ministry.
Much of the ministry’s focus is in other parts of the world, 40 nations
and growing. LIFE Outreach helps feed 375,000 children in crisis areas
throughout Africa. The ministry has also drilled more than a thousand
fresh water wells throughout Africa and in 20 other developing nations.
James and Betty have three children and 11 grandchildren, and they make
their home in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
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“When one uses the term prophetic, it is a ‘high risk’ word. But what I have read
here from James Robison’s pen has all the marks of a prophetic voice. The risk we
take is in not heeding it.”
— Ravi Zacharias
“James, with this wise, sensitive and piercing ‘word,’ you have sounded a trumpet
call to repentance without sounding melodramatic. Sobering concern is registered,
but hope is still offered. This isn’t an ordinary word: It is without redundancy and
packed with pungency. Speak it, print it, spread it.”
— Dr. Jack Hayford
“Finally, my friend James tells it like it is. When we are in the exalting business,
we force God to be in the humbling business. There is still time to return to God
in humility, but time is short.”
— Dr. Tony Evans
“James Robison is sharing a message every Christian in America needs to consider.
I believe this message is a prophetic word which can encourage real revival and
help to preserve our future as a nation under God. Read it and reap.”
— Dr. Jack Graham
“What James describes has solid basis and clear precedent in Scripture. We don’t
want to hear a warning any more than did the people of God in the days of Isaiah,
Jeremiah and Hosea; but God’s directives for humility and the pursuit of holiness
do not waver. We are still on this side of terrible repercussions for the carnality
that has overtaken our nation and permeated much of the church. We still have
time to humble ourselves and pray. To turn from our sinful ways and seek God’s
face. I wonder if perhaps these are days for the people of God, as a whole, to go
facedown. For any who will, I’ll meet you on the floor.”
— Beth Moore
WHAT LEADERS ARE SAYING:
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“I believe James Robison has a prophetic word that the body of Christ needs to
hear and respond to. Even though it’s a hard word, he offers hope.”
— Stephen Strang
“Like the prophets of old, James Robison has a burden and message for this
country. His passionate cry for repentance and revival is rooted in his love for
people and conviction that we must return to God and seek His ways. We must
heed this call.”
— Ruth Graham
“You [James] wrote a completely inspiring piece that all Christians should
consume, and as you often so admirably do, you have addressed the subject matter
to those who are without faith. That is vital because that’s where the lines are
going to be drawn when push comes to shove and prophecy comes true — who
believes and who doesn’t? I haven’t run across anyone who addresses those issues
as skillfully, and kindly, as you have.”
— Mark Davis
Talk Show Host WBAP/Dallas-Fort Worth and ABC Radio;
Columnist, Dallas Morning News
“Mr. Robison’s message of entreaty is sane, balanced, as accurate as a laser. It bears
the urgency of a quiet authority. Its key watchword is the emphasized ‘We will bow
before God, or be broken before God’ — a word that needs to be sounded out to
our nation, its people and its leaders. God grant your ministry a megaphone for the
wide sounding out of his thoroughly timely warning.”
— John McCandlish Phillips
Former New York Times Reporter

 2007/7/3 7:52





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