I believe, Christmas, is very significant this year, not only for the people of your nation, but for the whole world. While we focus on His first coming at Christmas, His second coming quickly approaches. Even Billy Graham has publically stated that the signs are converging as never before in history.
The sign of the blood moons begin from Passover, 2014. There has been a dire warning of a possible global currency reset from the IMF in the next few months. Judgments coming to the US. War in the Middle East.
The death of Paul Crouch and the sudden weakening of Billy Graham are very significant. There have been prophecies which indicate that only after the death of some of God's generals the final move of God will come. This ties in with the context of the four blood moons. The end of an order and a change in season. I ponder these things as South Africa mourns for Nelson Mandela, a great statesman.
As we watch and see all these things begin to take place, let us ensure that we are truly established in the salvation which Jesus bought for us at the cross. Let us be found standing on the Rock as the storm clouds begin to gather.
What do I mean by this?
Let me illustrate. Recently, I watched two well-known Spirit-filled men of God talk on cable television. They are household names. They are known throughout the world. One spoke of the importance of the Jesus prayer.What is the Jesus prayer you may ask? It comes from the early church. Men and women of God sought to pray unceasingly.By the way, praying unceasingly has always been what spiritual men and women of God have sought throughout the ages. They have never been satisfied with the status quo. They desire more of God. A touch from heaven is not enough. They desire to live in His Presence continually. Now, one of these men said that the way to attain this was to repeat the Jesus prayer (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner). He said that he prays this all the time. The other man of God said that he also did that when he walked throughout the nations. He repeated the Jesus prayer over and over again. They stated that if you do this all day, you will even dream about Jesus at night.
My question to you is this. Is this correct? Are these two Spirit-filled men of God really established in Jesus?
Is there not a better way? How should we teach the saints of God to come before God?
(Note that this is for believers. One first needs to come to Jesus in repentance and receive Him as both Lord and Saviour to enter the kingdom of God. This is the beginning of the Christmas message.)
The second part is becoming established in Jesus.
The key is given below:
In our time alone with God, we turn our heart inwardly to our Lord Jesus and keep turning toward Him until our mind is collected and quiet before Him. We should then remain quiet before Him for a while. Often we will experience and enjoy His Presence here and we need to simply remain before Him: do not say or do or think anything as long as His Presence continues. The principle, again, is this: we should not move as long as He is near.
The awareness of our Lord‘s presence will lift after a while and this is the time when we need to speak a word, even simply His name - Jesus – and we will find that the sweetness of His Presence returns and settles on us. When His presence returns fully, we need once again to be still before Him.
There is a fire within you and it ebbs and grows. That fire, when it ebbs, must be gently fanned, but only gently. Just as soon as that fire begins to burn, again cease all your efforts. Otherwise, you might put out that flame [Guyon].
There is a fire of Divine love. It is this love which burns the believer and can even cause the believer to suffer. How? Sometimes the absence of the Beloved greatly affects the believer. The love of God intoxicates the believer and puts an insatiable longing within him to be changed into the likeness of his Lord. Therefore, it can be said of love... Divine love is as b as death, for it kills just as surely as death kills. [Molinos]
When the presence of the Lord really becomes your experience, you will actually discover that you have gradually begun to love this silence and peaceful rest which come with His presence [Guyon]. We have come to something which is delightful. Tasted the genuine Presence of the Lord. We feel as if we are in paradise. We have found within our Lord something which is sweeter than all the pleasures of this world. Sweeter than honey. More precious than gold. Drunk the true wine of God. He has brought me to the house of wine [Song of Solomon 2:4a]. Here His Presence is like precious oil that heals every inward wound, a fragrance which comes over our whole being.
This is not only the beginning of true prayer but also the way to true worship of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Revival comes as true prayer and worship is established in the hearts of a remnant of His people.
This is the beginning of the way to pray unceasingly. It is not as the two men of God said. Their approach was wrong. It is similar to a heathen mantra, repeating a prayer over and over again. Instead, we need to learn how truly to become established in Jesus. This is how we learn to abide in Him and walk in the Spirit.Of course, this is only the beginning. However, many – such as the two men of God - have not grasped this simple truth.
If you grasp this simple Christmas message, you will be on the road to spiritual soundness and stability – standing on the Rock - as the storm clouds of this world begin to gather.
Have a blessed Christmas
Revival Central, South Africa