A child being born is truly a blessed event. However, before the arrival of that bundle of joy makes its grand entrance into the world, pain on a level unimaginable precedes the happy occurrence. As new life comes forth, the birth pains or contractions become deeper and more intense. This type of new birth can be found at many levels: Physical, Political, Economic, and even Spiritual.
At the risk of sounding environmental, the Earth is going through a birthing process of its own. Romans 8:19 states: “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God”. This would correlate with the massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on 03-11-11. In other words, what the world witnessed in the physical, God is witnessing in the spiritual. It is time for the believer to make themselves manifest or to present themselves in the Earth realm.
Why? Creation since the Fall, has been under a curse and is looking for the rightful stewards to take their place. Who are the rightful stewards? It’s not the New Testament religious believer. It’s not the Jew holding tight-fisted to the Torah. It is the New Man that Paul talks about in Galatians 3:28 which says: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”. Since God is the ultimate multi-tasker, the cleansing and purification process is taking place at the same time of the birthing.
Since all of this is going on simultaneously, it can be quite traumatic as well as confusing. This is where we must question ourselves, “Where is our focus”? Is it on the pain or on the anticipation of God finishing the work? While it is quite easy to focus on our pain, I would encourage you to push past the pain and let God complete His work in us. Part of that completion process is repentance. Something the Church in America has profusely resisted.
How? By not understanding that our rights and freedoms were not given to us government, but by God. Therefore everything God has given us we are required to steward properly. Luke 12:48 states, “…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…”. Please understand it is not the perfection of stewardship God is looking for, but our repentance when an error has been pointed out.
The time has come to put away ‘childish things” and for the Church in America to grow up. It is time for us to be sober and vigilant. Not just in the spiritual realm, but right here where we live. The persecution of the Church in America is fast approaching. Yet I see those in the pulpit as well as those in the pew fast asleep. Thinking that, “If say a prayer, go to church regularly, put something (less than 10%) in the offering, or preach some “canned” sermon that I picked up online, it will be “ok”. One thing we must understand in America; What we as Americans think is acceptable and what God thinks is acceptable are two different things.
What the world witnessed in Japan, is the Judgment of God on a nation. We in America had better wake up and take notice. Our nation is now hanging in the balance and judgment will be pronounced soon. If there is a day to wipe the “sleep” from our eyes, today is the day.
The Lord is coming for His church. Only those with discernment will be ready. To say to yourself that “I have time” is to lull yourself into a false sense of peace and safety. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:3: “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape”.
America is on the birthing table. God is bringing forth the contractions, and there is no epidural available. What will you do?