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The Reckoning 04/22/2010

Many have backed away from such a fight
No, not him, for he’s a child of the Great Light

Driving the dagger into the heart of the beast
He stands alone, strong, not afraid in the least

Oh, how many have doubted his intention
For he’s sanctified, set apart, called to abstention

This moment in time has finally arrived
For it is now, it is for now that he has strived

Greatness has always been his destination
And the Great Light from above is his restoration.

So as the powers of darkness sweep in
He fights valiantly, determined to see it end

But this is the beginning of a movement
The beginning to perpetual self-improvement

It is the revolution, the fight, his beckoning
It is now, it is time, it is… The Reckoning

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

Reading this poem again stirred something in me…

Chosen Generation, it is time to choose your side! You’re either for Jesus or you’re against Him (Matthew 12:30). The world doesn’t need a religious version of itself. Let’s turn away from our sin and press forward as sons and daughters of the King! The world needs people who are radical, counterculture and willing to Love selflessly! We’ve missed it by focusing too much on doctrine and/or the power of the Holy Spirit (both wonderful things), when being a Jesus follower is about LOVE.

You want to see the world changed? You want to see REVIVAL? Love the person right in front of you.  We want Revival and even put in the work through prayer, but forsake the people around us who desperately need to know Jesus and His Love. This isn’t about hit and run evangelism, it’s about building relationships that last, no matter how messy or difficult they get. Love makes disciples.

Everyone was created in God’s image so how much more should we Love those around us. Remember when Jesus talked about the Sheep and the Goats? Read Matthew 25:31-46 if you haven’t. Jesus commends the sheep because they tended to His needs and they are perplexed. When did they take care of Jesus??? He replies in verse 40, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” We say we want to go to the nations, but we’re doing a horrible job of Loving the hurting and broken in our own towns and cities. James 1:27 reads, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

Brothers and sisters, we are called to Love outrageously, turn away from sin, pray without ceasing, preach the true Gospel, make disciples, and set nations on FIRE! We are predestined for greatness! We are glorified to walk into darkness and see the light of Love win out! We are chosen to be REVIVAL FIRE! The spark starts with US!

Walk in the peace and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ and be blessed!

“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to beconformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” -Romans 8:28-31

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  -Ephesians 6:12-13

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To God Be All The Glory!