Preparing Our Hearts For What Is Ahead

Dear Revival-Fire Church Family,

We send you our warm loving greetings, in the name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ! We are truly living in exciting times, as we are seeing much happening all over the world! We are increasingly seeing many significant events take place, which the Bible has foretold. We have these things foretold to us, because God is wanting His people to be aware of what is coming. But this is NOT to frighten us or to scare us…it is NOT to put fear in us…He has foretold these things to us to PREPARE us.

It is important that we recognize this, as this is what God’s word clearly says. Jesus told us to be “wise as serpents, but as harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16). Sometimes when I tell people this, they do not understand me & some have even taken it the wrong one & have become upset with me. But that is ok…it doesn’t change the truth! For we, as God’s people are told that we must walk “circumspectly”:

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

The word “circumspectly” is the Greek word “akribos”, which means: “diligently, perfect, circumspectly, exactly, accurately”. It comes from the word “locust”, particularly that species which especially infests oriental countries, stripping fields and trees. The point being, we need to be careful & not be foolish in life, but wise…”redeeming the time, for the days are evil! “Redeeming the time” refers to properly utilizing the time that is left. In other words….”prepare”. This was written nearly 2000 years ago, but is still applicable today…even more so, as we all approach the end! Jesus tells us that as we approach the end, we are to “watch & pray”:

Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luk 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

It says that “that day” is as a snare & is referring to the time of the 2nd coming…this is “the day of the Lord”. If God’s people are not watching & praying, they may find themselves fall into the same snare that the whole world will soon fall in!!! To “watch & pray” speaks of our diligence to remain sober & vigilant, as we see these days approaching. It seems to me, that the Lord is increasingly speaking to us that we are to prepare, as we see these things coming on the Earth & I am often reminded of that passage in Proverbs:

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Basically this is saying that those who will walk in the wisdom of God, will see what is ahead & hide themselves in His safety. We cannot live by blindly walking out these days…we must walk in His wisdom for this hour. The Lord once told me that when He repeats a “thought” like this, it means that it is doubly important. Sometimes He will even repeat a thought 3 or more times, as in Rev 2-3, where He says something 7 times: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”. That one thought is SO important & vital to the church today, because so few are truly hearing His voice.

He is wanting us to “arm ourselves” with His wisdom & knowledge…for as we will be aware of what is coming & what is going on around us, we will be able to free ourselves by His power…as we stand against what the enemy is doing & will do in the time to come. There is much that is coming & we need to be aware of this & arm ourselves while we still can. This isn’t just speaking about the earthquakes, plagues, famines & other disasters that we are seeing increase more & more…there is even a greater need for awareness that we truly need at this hour.

I remember back in the mid 1980s, while ministering at the convalescent hospital that Julie & I shepherded, apart from our own church, an elderly lady once asked me something, but at that time I didn’t really know what to tell her. She asked what a verse meant & I know I told her something, but I remember that it really wasn’t a very accurate understanding of what Jesus was actually talking about in this verse. At that time I didn’t understand things that are spiritually discerned very well & it wasn’t until just several weeks ago that the Lord helped me to better understand it:

Luk 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
Luk 23:29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
Luk 23:30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
Luk 23:31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

I understand that Jesus is DEFINITELY speaking about the end-time. Lets acknowledge that today, society says it is a BLESSING not to give birth or to breast feed, because society agrees that abortions are MORE acceptable. Let me say that bible verses can have several meanings, as we know that the word of God is ALIVE!!! (Heb.4:12). His word is like a precious stone that shines differently, as you turn it…it has “facets” that will shine forth a uniquely different light. I also liken this to one looking into a lake. You can only see so much from up at the surface, but as you go down “into” the water & go “deeper”, you will see things more clearly & will also see things that you couldn’t see from above. The Holy Spirit will speak “rhema” on the word of God & give us unique understanding & wisdom into His word…so, we praise the Lord that His word will become “alive” to us!

What the Lord recently revealed to me about this verse in Luke 23:31 is, that He is saying today that if His people will not seek Him while things are going good…how do they think that they will be able to seek Him when times get bad? This is why He has commissioned me to minister to people regarding the importance of getting into His presence & seeking His face. It is really surprising to know that there are MANY who believe that they can wait until “the world falls apart” & THEN they will seek the Lord! How can anyone think or believe this! We need to be close to God NOW…we need to be surrounded by His presence NOW, for tomorrow may be too late!!! One thing that people need to understand is, God’s “grace” will not be here forever. God’s says “NOW is the day of salvation”!!!

2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

There is no guarantee for tomorrow! All we have is today & whether we will accept it or not, the day is coming that this season of “grace” will be over. We know this because God says so in His word, as the time is coming that God will judge the living & the dead, by His son Jesus Christ. In fact, God says something that is really sobering at the very end of Rev.:

Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Rev 22:15 For outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.
Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

If we look at verse 15, to those who will be “outside”…we understand that these are people who are “fully given over” to these things. These are people who have “become” these things in their lives. But, still…lets look at these & then apply them to our own lives. The word “dog” refers to one walking in an “impure mind”. Many struggle with having impure thoughts today. Sorcery is “pharmakos”, where we get our word “pharmacy”. We can easily see all of the ‘substance abuse’ that there is today…yes, even in the church! But, we also see much manipulation & control & they are a type of sorcery\witchcraft also! No one would ever think of a believer as being a “whoremonger”, but there is much sexual impurity in the churches today. What about all the “hatred” that people have in their hearts, in not forgiving others? God calls them being a murderer! (1Jn. 3:15). Sadly, “idolatry” runs rampant in the hearts of many believers today, as idolatry is very sly & elusive. Many do not realize that covetousness is also idolatry (Col. 3:5). And the last one…”loving & making a lie”. I know that no one in the church flat out “lies” anymore (hello?), but what about all the “small fibs” or “little white lies”?

I think that you get the idea here! So, there is still a need for repentance in Christianity! Jesus is saying IF “God’s people” do these things in a green tree (when things are going good), what shall they do in the dry (when things go bad)??? God’s people need to be seriously preparing their hearts for what is ahead…for there is much that is coming, but not just calamity & destruction…there is also going to be intense moral decay & depravity. God says that there is going to be a “falling away”…a time when we will either run towards Him or away from Him. I know that this is a staggering statement but we must bring ourselves face to face with this, nonetheless. We all must confront our own lives with the reality of what is coming. God tells us what we are to do:

2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

If we, His people…will humble ourselves & pray…admitting the things that are still having a place in our hearts – if we will turn from them, He will hear our prayer…He will forgive us & heal the iniquity in the our “land”…in this case, the land of our hearts. We must continue to seek Him…we must fully surrender our lives unto Him…for if we will do this, we know that everything will work out just fine!

With all of our love,
Pastors Mark & Julie Moore
Revival-Fire church

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