It’s time for the church to PICK UP and PURSUE, the STRATEGIES and ASSIGNMENTS from heaven that the Lord is trying to communicate to us.

We don’t want to miss the things of God!

Often, the people of God complain so much, whether in a physical sense (out loud), or simply in our heart (unheard, but not to God).

This has been a normal thing all the way back to the children of Israel coming out of Egypt and taking a journey through the wilderness to the promised land.

They complained about water, and about food, and about everything!
So many times, the Lord had to stand in a posture of correction to them because they would not learn the lessons that he intended for them to learn.

The children of Israel continued on in a mindset of getting exactly what they wanted, the way they wanted, when they wanted.

Now, don’t put this aside and think that WE are never like they were, because the Bible clearly holds them up as an example to us…sometimes as an example of what NOT to do.

They did the same thing when it came to having a king over them…they complained.

“Everyone else,” they said, “has a king…we also want to BE LIKE THE OTHER NATIONS and have a king over us.”

Here’s what Samual the prophet said to them about their mistake.

1 Samuel 10:17-22 NKJV
[17] Then Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah, [18] and said to the children of Israel, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all kingdoms and from those who oppressed you.’ [19] But you have today rejected your God, who Himself saved you from all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to Him, ‘No, set a king over us!’ Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans.” [20] And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. [21] When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was chosen. And Saul the son of Kish was chosen. But when they sought him, he could not be found. [22] Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, “Has the man come here yet?” And the LORD answered, “There he is, hidden among the equipment.”

Allow me to say a couple of things again…
We don’t want to miss the things of God!

The Lord is, in this hour, trying to communicate personally to the people of God.

He is speaking, MAYBE more than ever before.

Why? Because…

  • The time is short.
  • Persecution may come again, in greater measure.
  • The oppression of truth is certainly active in the public arena.

We can have the attitude of complaint, worry, doubt, fear, and wishing for the past…as the children of Israel did,
OR we can seek the face of the Lord and LISTEN INTENTLY for his voice and take on an attitude that looks for what we ought to be DOING in this hour.

I’m telling you, I believe the church is at a crux moment in history.

We know that the church, the bride of Christ is going to be a guest of honor at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

We know that we are going to make it, in the end.

But there are many who are walking in their own paths, instead of in the purposes and assignments of the Lord.

It is placing the people of God in a distinct position of making choices that we never thought we would make.

Please hear what I’m about to say…

We see leaders among the people of God asking…

  • “Do we still believe abortion is wrong?”
  • “Do we still believe that homosexuality, and all the other names given to it are wrong?”
  • “Do we still believe in a literal heaven and hell?”
  • “Do we still believe that Jesus was really God, or was he simply a good man?”

We have leaders AMONG the people of God, asking questions that scripture, our foundation and bedrock, CLEARLY ANSWERS, all for the reason of seeming cool, hip, inclusive, progressive, and “woke.”
I know that there are people who simply don’t want to hear the negatives, but we have to understand that, when we cast aside FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES, the foundation we build upon suffers too.
It becomes weaker, more unstable.

We MUST SETTLE, DEEP IN OUR SPIRIT, WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE TRUE…and then take the next step and ACT ON WHAT WE BELIEVE!

This brings me back to our first statement…

It’s time for the church, the people of God in the earth, to PICK UP and PURSUE, the STRATEGIES and ASSIGNMENTS from heaven that the Lord is trying to communicate to us.

Here’s what the Bible says, you are probably very familiar with this verse already:

Joel 2:25-29 NKJV
[25] “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. [26] You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. [27] Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.

The Lord is a “restoring God.” He will do just as his word declares to us.
I believe this involves REVIVAL THAT BRINGS RESTORATION.

A revival that restores…is coming.
It is going to move across, not only the earth, but the nation.

We often look for things that we think will happen during a national revival, but don’t misunderstand, because although the Lord is calling the lost out of every corner of every nation, and is saving and will continue to save those that come to him, the Lord is not necessarily performing a revival on America, so much as he is issuing orders that will create a revival among the church…his people.

  • Revival doesn’t start in the halls of Congress, the Senate, or in the office of the President.
  • Revival doesn’t begin on the national news or the late night commentaries.
  • Revival begins in the hearts of God’s people.
    If it is not born in US, it may not be born.

That is why right now it is mission CRITICAL that the people of God PICK UP and PURSUE, the STRATEGIES and ASSIGNMENTS from heaven that the Lord is trying to communicate to us.

There is already, and we are about to see even more, an UPTICK in the amount of spiritual activity, spiritual warfare, and prophetic anointing happening among the people of God, and we DON’T WANT TO MISS WHAT THE LORD IS DOING.

Scripture continues…

[28] “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. [29] And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

It should come as no surprise when we see the prophetic anointing increase, because the Lord is pouring out his Spirit in relation to the point of time we find ourselves in.

He is READYING the church.
He is CALLING the lost.
He is PREVENTING calamity.
He is RIGHTING the wrongs.
He is JUDGING the nations and the peoples.

**And in many instances, he is GIVING THEM EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT…even if their desires have been skewed toward the wrong things. *(Like Israel desiring a king.)* **

As the church, we need to pursue God’s assignment for our life like never before.

You are not an insignificant cog in the wheel.
Instead, your life serves a great purpose.

As one man that I follow says, “we still have the ability to APPEAL TO HEAVEN.”
It’s true!
The church, of all people, are the focus of God’s heart!

What do you think will happen when we appeal to heaven with all of our heart?

What do you think will happen when we stand in the courts of the Lord and pour out our heart for our nation, for the babies, for revival, for the lost, for the hurting?

Scripture says…

Joel 2:17 NKJV
[17] Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'”

Our job, my job, the job of the church right now is to be a people of PRAYER.
Of all people, we are the ones who have the most unique ability to be heard by the Lord. He will not turn a deaf ear to the cries of his people.
We ought to make it our mission to become a praying church, more than at any other time in history.

There ought to be people communicating back and forth over phone calls, text messages, and social platforms, declaring what the Lord is leading them to pray about, and then joining with other believers to move heaven and earth through their prayers.

It has been said that a nation cannot LEGISLATE RIGHTEOUSNESS, and I agree, because righteousness ONLY comes through an encounter with the grace of JESUS CHRIST, but as we see, it is certainly possible to legislate and enact UNRIGHTEOUSNESS through ungodly laws.

BUT THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Don’t think it’s impossible to change things around you…it is ENTIRELY POSSIBLE.

God orchestrates men and women of God who will listen intently for his voice and pray into existence the desires of his heart.

There are prayer strategies and assignments that the Lord is doing his best to communicate to his church, and he is doing it NOW!

What do you think will happen when the people of God start to pursue the prayer strategies of heaven?

What do you think will happen when the people of God start to pursue the prayer assignments the Lord has for them?

I’m going to tell you what will happen…

GOD WILL HEAR AND GOD WILL MOVE!

In the often quoted, rarely performed, very familiar scripture, the Lord says…

2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
[14] if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The Lord is not speaking to a nation in this verse.
The Lord is not speaking to a king, a congress, a senate, or a president.
The Lord is not speaking to a mayor, a governor, or a lawmaker.

The Lord is addressing a group of people that he calls, “My people who are called by MY name…”

He is addressing US!

I’m telling you, the prayers of the saints are the answer, and it is time that we pick up and pursue the prayer strategies and assignments of the Lord he is issuing through Holy Spirit right NOW!

Don’t sit back and wait on someone else to do it…WE MUST DO IT.

The time to act is NOW.
The time to pray is NOW.
The time to listen for the Lord’s voice is NOW.

We are not ignorant of our enemy’s devices.
We are not ignorant of the enemy’s plots and schemes.
It is our job to pick up the prayer calling and start making a difference in the nation we love, and the people we love.

It is time for the church to awaken and pray, until…

  • Until revival comes.
  • Until the the Spirit moves.
  • Until harvest is here.

It’s time for the church to PICK UP and PURSUE, the PRAYER STRATEGIES and PRAYER ASSIGNMENTS from heaven, that the Lord is trying to communicate to us, THROUGH his HOLY SPIRIT.

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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