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Romans 13:11-14 NKJV
[11] And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. [12] The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. [13] Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. [14] But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

The message that the Lord is placing on my heart is a simple one, yet its importance should not be underestimated.

Something is happening all around us.
Something of spiritual significance is, even now, working powerfully.

Events on the horizon press us and pull us towards an outcome, whether expected or unexpected.

And if ever there were a time…a moment in history for the sleeping church to arise…the time is now.

God is calling out to us…

“WAKE UP SLEEPING CHURCH!”

Wake up to your purpose.
Wake up to your destiny.
Wake up to what’s going on around you.
Wake up to my glory.
Wake up to the things of God.

This IS your MOMENT.
This is the day that God has been preparing his church for all along.

Satan’s attack is swift, but it will not hold victory over the people of God.

If you love Jesus and seek Jesus, there is a stronghold of safety, an ark of protection, a refuge from the storm.

Jesus will KEEP AHOLD of the people that truly KNOW HIM, and SEEK HIM.

But the time for playing around is over.
And the time for sleeping is over.

WE MUST RISE.

This message burns deep within my heart.
There is something that God is desperately trying to get across to the majority of the church and my fear is that the church as a whole…the capital “C” church, is not listening.

We cannot afford any longer to go blindly along our way, thinking that everything is OK.

We cannot afford to get sick of seeing and hearing all that is happening around us.

We MUST REALIZE that the sleeping church is called to arise and take up the weapons of our warfare and become a giant AGAINST the giant.

The church is a GIANT AGAINST A GIANT.
The giant against us will FALL if only we will arise, and shake off the sleepiness in our life, put on the full armor of God and go out into battle.

Paul the Apostle says very seriously to the Corinthian church…

1 Corinthians 15:34 NKJV
[34] Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

There is still, in this moment, a work for the church to do.

I’m telling you with all my heart, that God is calling people to intercede on the behalf of his heart.
The things that are important to the heart of God, he is placing upon the lives of faithful people, who will pray and intercede for what is happening and what is coming.

My fear is that people are not listening and that we won’t be ready.

But those that WANT to be ready, WILL BE READY.
Those that WANT to be used, WILL BE USED.
Those that WANT to see the Lord show up, WILL SEE HIM SHOW UP.

The Lord placed a word in my heart specifically for this post, and it is this…

We are moving into a moment when EVERY day is imperative.

I’m telling you, this word is burning in my soul.

There is no longer time for church like usual.
There is no longer time for half-hearted prayer.
There is no longer time for ordinary Christianity.

The army of God, the church, must wake up to the battle that is all around us, and we must be ready for deployment.

It’s time to take up your sword and bend your knee to seek the Lord.
If you are going to make it through the things that are coming, you have to be ready.
This is the moment in history that has been preached about, talked about, and hopefully, prayed about.

We are swiftly moving into a moment when every day is imperative.

What does that mean?
It means…
Don’t waste today.
Don’t waste tomorrow.
Don’t throw away your time on pursuits that profit nothing.

Watch what is happening, but don’t get caught up in what is happening.
Keep your mind and heart alert and ready for whatever command and whatever instruction the Lord wants to communicate to you.
Don’t let life just “ease on by”, but live your moments with purpose of heart and readiness of mind.

The coming days are imperative to the church, and to the things of God.

People must be…MUST GET…READY!

Another word the Lord placed in my heart for this post is that…

We must become “pockets of resistance” in our places…in our homes, our churches, our families, our spheres of influence.

You have a place that is uniquely YOURS.
Maybe you are a husband and father…that is your place…become a “pocket of resistance” in that place against what the enemy is seeking to do.

Maybe you are a wife and mother, grandmother, friend…that is your place… become a “pocket of resistance” in that place against what the enemy is seeking to do.

Your “place” is the spiritual position of authority that you currently occupy.
Don’t cast off this thought with the notion that you don’t really serve in any place of significance.

Because every single believer has been POSITIONED BY THE LORD at this moment in history for “Such a time as this.”

Remember that story?
Remember how those words rang out forcefully in the ears of a woman who was uniquely positioned to do something incredible for her nation?

Here’s an imperative part of Esther’s story…

Esther 4:6-14 NKJV
[6] So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square that was in front of the king’s gate. [7] And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. [8] He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people. [9] So Hathach returned and told Esther the words of Mordecai. [10] Then Esther spoke to Hathach, and gave him a command for Mordecai: [11] “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.” [12] So they told Mordecai Esther’s words. [13] And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. [14] For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Please allow me to echo the words of Mordecai for a moment…
THIS is YOUR time.
THIS IS THE MOMENT FOR THE CHURCH TO ARISE.
This is that time we have heard about and learned about all of our lives.

You have reached it.
It is here.

If the church remains silent at this moment in history, not only will we miss the move of God’s Spirit, but those that don’t know the Lord, the ones he is calling and drawing…right now he is drawing…they will miss the salvation of the Lord.

Church, we must wake up and step into battle.
Carrying the hope of Jesus.
Carrying the weapons of our warfare.
Carrying the Spirit of God.
Carrying the anointing of God.
Carrying the message of the gospel.
Carrying our prayers before the Lord.

It has always been for SUCH A TIME AS THIS!

God’s call is…

WAKE UP SLEEPING CHURCH!

We must become “pockets of resistance” in our places…in our homes, our churches, our families, our spheres of influence.

We are to resist the enemy forcefully and lift of the name of Jesus powerfully.
In prayer we lift up his name.
In voice we lift up his name.
In action we lift up his name.

Our resistance to the plans and forces of the enemy is anchored to, and authored in…prayer.

Soul shaking prayer.
Soul stirring prayer.
Soul strengthening prayer.

The church has reached a climax moment of spiritual opportunity.
There is something happening in the spirit, that God is calling on his people to “pray through.”

It’s more than political pondering.
It’s more than national security.
It’s spiritual in nature and the importance of this moment must not be lost upon the lives of God’s people.

Your time is NOW.
Your moment is NOW.

If you ever had the desire to “wake up” spiritually, that time has arrived.

Why does God call on the church to wake up?
Because of what is about to happen.

We are moving into a moment when EVERY day is imperative.

What you do from this moment forward…MATTERS…more than it has ever mattered.

What you pray from this moment forward…MATTERS…more than it has ever mattered.

What you say and do from this moment forward MATTERS implicitly.

Through your prayers…it’s time…

We must become “pockets of resistance” in our places…in our homes, our churches, our families, our spheres of influence.

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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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