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God always has a word for his people.
In fact, the Lord will NEVER leave his people without a word.

Your hope and strength find their beginnings in the Word of the Lord.

With this being said, I believe the Lord has a word for today…

I feel like the Lord is trying to say that we are being destroyed because we don’t really know who we are.

We have forgotten the things of God.
We have laid aside the things that are right and have pursued that which is nothing.

We have to STOP pursuing what is wrong and once again pursue that which is right.

And it’s not always that people are pursuing sin, instead, sometimes it’s that we don’t flee from what we should and we simply LEAVE OFF what is right.

The time is NOW for the people of God to get our pursuit RIGHT.

Pursue the Lord with vigor…
Seek him with all your might…
Lay down your soul to him…

God will move among the remnant of his people with power and deliverance.
He will bring deliverance to them who will make the choice to pursue him with all their heart and seek his face.

Scripture says…

2 Timothy 2:20-22 NKJV
[20] But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. [21] Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. [22] Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

These things MUST be our pursuit!

That if only we would enter his house…

  • Consumed with the multitude of his mercy.
  • Consumed with zeal for the Lord.
  • Consumed with the fire of God burning deep in our bones.
  • Consumed with having the presence of the Lord in our life.
  • Consumed with finding the liberty of the Holy Spirit.
  • Consumed with the move of God and the power of God, and the holiness of God…

There has to be something other than our own desires and pleasures that consume our life.

We have to turn over the keys of our heart to Jesus, and let him have his way in us.

Our life needs to be consumed by the desire for Jesus and his plan, his call, and his move.

God is trying to do something in this last day hour, but we cannot simply sit by and do things like we’ve always done…we have to PRESS IN TO PURSUE GOD LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

Pursue him to the point of being consumed by the need for your relationship with Jesus.

Him on your heart.
Him on your mind.
Him flooding your soul.
His Spirit speaking to you.
His presence pouring into you.

We must know…
That when we are consumed with God himself, that he will suddenly come from his temple and move with power and glory.

That the fire of God will burn among us…burning away the evil, causing true repentance to lead us to revival.

There is something that we must be consumed by and it is the almighty God himself.

Not just his “stuff”…
Not just his hands…
Not just what he can give…
But HIM.

Jesus himself.
Holy Spirit himself.
Father himself.

Before I go further, there is a passage that I feel like the Lord is directing me to begin with.

In this passage, the prophet gives a discourse to the people of Israel, and points out where they are missing the mark…So let’s begin there…

Hosea 4:1-6 NKJV
[1] Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. [2] By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. [3] Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away. [4] “Now let no man contend, or rebuke another; For your people are like those who contend with the priest. [5] Therefore you shall stumble in the day; The prophet also shall stumble with you in the night; And I will destroy your mother.

Listen, because the writer is about to drop his bombshell of truth…

[6] My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

We MUST NOT…we CANNOT forget or turn our hearts away from the truth, and the knowledge of God at this moment in history.

As in most cases in scripture, the writer is speaking, not to enemies of God, but to the people of God.

That means he is also speaking to US!

The people of God will be destroyed for lack of knowledge and certainly, if we reject the knowledge of the Lord in this hour.

God is serious about the fact that we MUST KNOW HIM.

Not just know OF him.
But KNOW HIM.

Fully.
Intimately.
Powerfully.
Know him.

But it’s not just that we know him that concerns the Lord…it’s that we KNOW WHAT HE DID FOR US AND THAT WE KNOW WHO WE ARE CREATED TO BE.

You are CREATED to be SOMEBODY FOR GOD…
You are the APPLE of his eye.
You are the desire of his heart.
You are the only thing in the universe that God the Father willingly chose to GIVE ALL FOR.

He paid the price for YOU!
That’s how important you are to the Lord.

We are destroyed, held back, put under because we don’t fully realize the power of God that he longs to pour into us.

We FORGET what he has ALREADY DONE IN OUR LIFE.

That if we only enter his presence in the multitude of his mercy, realizing that we are no longer bound by sin…
We are no longer bound by shame.
We are no longer bound by the past.
We are not bound by what others think of us.

And if in any of these you are still bound…Jesus Christ can and will set you free.

There needs to be a free church.
Jesus came to build a free people.
Jesus came to set the captive free, and release the prisoner.

Here is the passage that is on my heart…

Paul the Apostle tells the Colossian church something he is praying FOR THEM.

Colossians 1:9-12 NKJV
[9] For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

He is trying to get them to understand that they are NOT WHO THEY USED to be.

They are saved.
They are redeemed.
They are washed in the blood.
There is something new from God in their life.
The Old is past and the new is come.

You need to take your eyes off of everything else and let the Lord move on you…let him shake you…let him fill you…

There is a move of God just on the horizon.
In fact, it is beginning NOW for those who will simply step into the water.

God is here.
God is present.
God is ready.
He simply waits on US to move in!

If people are destroyed for LACK of knowledge…then HOW MUCH MORE WILL THE PEOPLE OF GOD BE BUILT WHEN WE ARE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL?

The enemy wants you to think that you can’t make it.
That you are still bound.
That you are still not healed.
That God cannot help you.
That none of this will work.

But when the church begins to rise up with new knowledge.

Knowledge that God is FOR YOU and NOT AGAINST YOU.
Knowledge that YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR in him.
Knowledge that you can DO ALL THINGS through Christ Jesus.
Knowledge that GREATER is HE that is in you than he that is in the world.

This knowledge will set you free!

Scripture says, “you will know the truth” and the truth will set you free!

But Paul continues…

[10] that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; [11] strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

Do you realize that this scripture declares that YOU are STRONG.

Say that with me…say this…
“The Lord makes me strong.”

Say this…
“The Lord gives me joy.”

Say this…
“The joy of the Lord IS my strength.”

I will not fear what man can do.
I will not fear what the destroyer can do.
I will not fear the evil that surrounds my life.

I will walk WORTHY of the Lord and FULLY PLEASE him.

Why? Because…
I was created in Christ for good works.
I was created to bear fruit.
I was created to bear fruit that remains.

The anointing on my life does not fade away.
The anointing on my life is not transient…here one day and gone another.
But rather, His anointing abides.

The yoke of the enemy is DESTROYED from my life because of the anointing power of God, placed upon me.

Is anyone DECLARING THESE THINGS WITH ME RIGHT NOW?

You have to know these things and declare them!

YOU ARE STRENGTHENED WITH ALL MIGHT ACCORDING TO HIS GLORIOUS POWER.

It’s not what YOU can do…it’s what he’s already done in you, for you, through you, and to you.

There is a power and strength of God that is upon his church…because he is raising up warriors for the final hour.

The church is not going down.
The church is going up.
Your family can be saved.
Miracles will not cease.
Authority in Jesus will command the hand of the enemy to release those in bondage.

Paul goes on…

[12] giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

He is saying to them…and by default…TO US…that WE ARE QUALIFIED.

Not by the fruit of OUR accomplishments, but by the fruit of HIS sacrifice.

That Jesus paid the price, and WE RECEIVE THE INHERITANCE.

Never forget what the Bible says about YOU!

Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV
[13] He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, [14] in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

I’m telling you…

  • You are delivered.
  • Bondage broken.
  • Past broken.
  • Sin broken.
  • Delivered and free.

The power of darkness will not prevail over the church because the light of life in the person of Jesus has shined in our heart.

There is no darkness when the light shines.

Light ALWAYS overcome darkness.

He transferred you into a new Kingdom.

You have redemption through his blood and your sins are forgiven and GONE.

Don’t let go of the knowledge of WHO YOU ARE…and the knowledge of WHAT JESUS HAS DONE IN YOU!

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Larry Shankle

My heart is for the church that Jesus is building and returning for...the church that the gates of hell will not prevail against.
More than anything, the desire of my heart is to see the greatest revival of the Holy Spirit, salvations, spiritual awakening, and for the miraculous to come back to the church, preparing believers for the return of Jesus.

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