ANOTHER COFFEE BREAK: WHAT'S NEXT?
Today's Coffee Break is somewhat of a follow-up to our last post titled: 2012. Some clarifications are in order, and I'd like to encourage all those of you who believed or hoped (as I must confess I did) that John McCain would be elected.
Prophecy is a realm which marries the invisible -- that is, the future events we've not yet experienced -- with the visible -- the realm where we currently live and function. It is a dimension which operates in, through, and by the Holy Spirit. It is the means by which God directs the paths of His people, and prepares them in advance in such a way that they will walk according to His Will and Word in the face of totally (and visibly) contrary circumstances.
Those of us who have spent our lives in this realm sometimes know things because we actually see them in vision form (or repeated dreams) or perhaps because the Holy Spirit transports us (in the Spirit) into the future and allows us to see things unfolding. Many times we know things because of mental pictures that grip us in such a way that these impressions simply won't go away. Other times it is a very quiet voice speaking in our spirits. It is sometimes so quick and so quiet we almost want to ignore it (and sometimes do, unfortunately).
One constant in all of these events is the peace of God that encompasses us, no matter what we see, feel or experience.
I've said all that to say this: despite my hope and desire
that John McCain would be elected, there was no Word in my spirit that said
so. I wanted to prophesy it, but couldn't because it just wasn't
there! What the Holy Spirit WAS saying to me was, "All is well! I'm going to
use this election for my Glory." Was the McCain-Palin ticket God's
The spiritual principle important for us to remember is defined in Psalm 115:16 where the Psalmist David declares, "The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S; but the earth hath He given to the children of men." In case the point isn't obvious, God rules in the affairs of Heaven, but He makes men responsible for all that takes place on earth. Hence, God's Will may be for certain individuals to be seated in government, but unless men know the Will of God and cooperate with Him, they get what they choose (and deserve)! More on this in a moment.
John McCain served as a focal point for the people of God. Though an imperfect man, and one that many conservatives really struggled with because of past political choices, he nevertheless became the reference for those who chose righteousness to lead this nation. When it came to the issues that mattered most to committed, Spirit-filled believers, John McCain stood for life, for the integrity of God's Word concerning marriage, for the absolute stalwart defense of Israel, and -- most of all -- for the cleaning up of the Judiciary by appointing judges and justices to the Supreme Court who would not alter our nation's Constitution by judicial fiat.
Sarah Palin's addition to the
ticket galvanized millions of people who might have otherwise stayed home and
voted by not voting. Her uncompromising stance on every issue of
importance to Christians, along with her unabashed testimony as a Holy
Spirit-baptized Christian made her the one single force which caused previously
undecided voters to throw their support to the McCain-Palin
ticket. Was Sarah Palin God's choice to serve
this nation? Yes, and despite the outcome of this election, she will yet
serve God's plans and purposes for
As Roberto Matus expressed it a
couple of days ago (Roberto heads up a marketplace ministry effort here that we
know as Transformation Sunnyside) like this: never before in the history of
this nation have so many eyes of the world been focused on the Presidency of
Had John McCain been elected to the Presidency, we would not have anything close to the attention we now have. This may seem like a strange thing -- and a hard thing for many Christians who are presently in a state of shock -- but God is going to use Barack Obama's election to spur a move of God in America that might never have happened had John McCain been elected.
This is NOT a time for Christians to be wringing their
hands. This is a time to wake up and realize God's people had best
be on their knees interceding for Barack Obama, for the choosing of advisors and cabinet members,
and for this nation. God has purposed blessing and restoration for
You'll recall that in one of our last Coffee Breaks, Della and I both noted that God would hold us accountable for our vote -- that if we voted for righteous leadership, regardless of the election outcome, we would experience the blessing and provision of the Lord in the years to come regardless of the prevailing economy or national circumstances; and that if we voted for unrighteous leadership, we would suffer the consequences.
A picture of this is revealed in I Samuel 8. Samuel
was the Judge and Prophet in
Kings, you see, can be admired and praised when they rule well; and they can be blamed when things go wrong. Having a king meant that individuals didn't have to take responsibility for themselves. If they had a need, they simply presented it to the king expecting he would take care of things. If things went sour or the nation suffered defeat or humiliation at the hands of other nations and kings, "it was the king's fault," not theirs personally.
Having a judge who was also a Prophet and spokesman for
God just wasn't the same! He required individual responsibility, and that
was something the people of
Samuel well knew what it would mean for
Thus God gave
Any of this sound familiar?
God gave to
I was personally astounded to learn that 43% of those people in America who profess to have submitted to Jesus Christ, His Word and His authority, acknowledging Him as their Lord and Savior, voted for a leader whose public pronouncements made him a supporter of the willful and premeditated murder of unborn children, whose public statements and voting record declared that he would encourage and support a homosexual agenda in clear violation of God's Word and Will, and who -- like the kings of old -- would tax and spend the people's money like a drunken sailor.
Their votes for him were made -- just as
One could easily say that many folks are ignorant of God's Word concerning when life begins -- just as my opponent in the 2004 election was -- and acted in innocence. No one, however, could pretend ignorance of God's Will and Word when it comes to the issue of homosexual activity. The Scriptures -- Old and New Testaments alike -- abound with vehement commands against men committing sexual acts with men and women committing sexual acts with women.
When people choose to willingly and willfully ignore God's Word and His Will when it is clearly defined and known, that choice becomes an act of rebellion.
Saul willfully and purposely violated God's commands to him. God sent Samuel to say to him, "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king." (I Samuel 15:22-23)
I know there will be those who say that I'm just preaching judgment and revenge, but revenge has nothing whatever to do with God's Word. There isn't an ounce of revenge. The warning against homosexual acts, for example, is not God's effort to clamp down on the free will of men. It is a warning given in love. It is a warning of the horrible effects and consequences upon the bodies of those who engage in such activity. It is a warning against the mental consequences of such activity and the ripping apart of one's spirit being.
The warnings are given by the One Who created us in the first place. We were not created to act or function outside of our destiny. Mankind was designed and created by God for one purpose: so that He could have a family, so that He could have close, intimate fellowship with a species of being He created to be just like Him. When people act outside that for which they were created and designed, they break down spiritually, mentally, and physically.
That most certainly is NOT what God wants or desires!
It may seem like I've wandered far afield, but there is a point to what I'm sharing.
There were literally tens of millions of people in this
country who fasted, prayed and interceded over this election because they saw
the unparalleled danger of choosing leaders -- and the
consequences thereof -- who would take us in a direction in purposeful
opposition to God's Will and Plan for
What happened? Why does it seem that God didn't
hear? Why did this nation elect someone whose openly professed and
declared intentions were to take
Again, the short answer is that God will not violate His Word. He will allow men to vote and to choose whomever they will. But there's a caveat here, and it is absolutely vital that those folks who chose the heart of God in this election sit up and pay attention.
God did hear the cries of His people! He did respond to the fervent fasting and prayer of millions! Though it appears on the surface that wickedness has won the day, I assure you it has not! Many changes and events are in store for this nation prior to January 20th that do not appear yet.
In order to understand what God is saying concerning the forthcoming events I need to share one of Isaiah's prophecies and a bit of history with you.
In Isaiah 44 and 45, we find the following prophetic word: "Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.........That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid." (Isaiah 44:24, 28)
"Thus saith the LORD to his
anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden,
to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open
before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go
before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the
gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the
treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name,
am the God of Israel. For Jacob my servantâs sake, and
This prophetic word was delivered by Isaiah in
approximately 712 BC. There was no leader or king anywhere in the world
at that time by the name of Cyrus. One hundred fifty-three years later,
Cyrus, the son of
Cyrus' predecessors had always displaced the peoples of
the nations they had conquered under the premise that such displacement would
weaken any chances they would rise up again and regain their sovereignty.
Cyrus disagreed with that policy and began sending people back to their native
lands. In the first year of his reign (559 BC), Cyrus issued a decree
that read: Thus saith
Cyrus king of
It was an astounding proclamation for the Jews who had been in captivity for 70 years. No one could possibly have comprehended that a ruler would arise out of the old Babylonian empire who would turn out to be the servant of God. The story of Cyrus and how he came to the throne is one worthy of telling, but it would sidetrack today's discussion.
There was nothing Godly about Cyrus' upbringing. There was nothing whatever in his background that would lend one to believe that he -- of all people -- would become the servant and agent of God to restore God's people their heritage. And yet that's exactly what he did -- 153 years after Isaiah foresaw and foretold it.
There is nothing whatever in Barack
Obama's past that would lend itself to encouragement
for today's committed, believing Christian concerning
What the Enemy has planned for
There's one caveat to this, folks. God's people
cannot and must not quit praying and interceding. Now, more than ever, we
have a responsibility before God to pray for Barack Obama and the future of
More to come.
The Blessing of the Lord: it makes rich and He adds no painful toil and sorrow! (Proverbs 10:22) Be blessed!
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