In Acts 16 Paul and Silas had been arrested, beaten and then thrown into prison and put into chains. You can say they weren’t having a good day. Here’s a question would you feel like worshipping?
Here is what is written:
Paul and Silas choose to worship rather than complain, gripe, feel sorry for themselves and a host of other ways of expressing that what had just occurred in their lives wasn’t right.
It says, “but at midnight.” That would seem to indicate that they had been worshipping for a while and then a midnight - GOD MOVES…
It says, there was an earthquake, foundation is shaken and the doors as well as all the chains were unlocked. Everyone was set free. We all want the earthquake and all our chains to be removed FOR EVERYONE….
Perhaps the key is to put aside complaining, griping, criticizing, feeling sorry for ourselves and numerous other “natural” attitudes and responses? We all want a “MIDNIGHT.” Then let’s “WORSHIP”, even when your having a bad day.
I am so excited to see what God is about to do. To be honest we as a nation shouldn’t be surprised that God would discipline us but instead of his anger I believe we are going into a time that His goodness we be poured out.
I hear God declaring Zechariah 8:15
While there are such darkness on the earth what a perfect time for the light to be seen on us.
Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Are we ready to carry this anointing?
As I was sitting here in my office the thought came to my mind that I should ask the Lord to help me to see what I was to see and do today. Then I realized I use to get up everyday and after acknowledging him I would ask him to help me to see what He was doing and what He wanted me to see and thus do today.
I immediately thought why did I stop asking Him that? I recall that I just didn’t stop but over a period of time I would skip one day, then another day and within a short period of time I stopped all together. I also have to admit my seeing and doing has diminished because of it.
I asked the Lord what happened. One word came into my my and that word was erosion. I then saw in the spirit homes in Plymouth, Mass and homes on the coast line on Cape Cod. As I was watching this vision i saw the water from the ocean slamming against the land these homes were built on. Then over a long period of time these homes fell into the ocean. That is a true story they did and other homes were being threatened today.
How can this happen? Simple answer slow erosion. Are you beginning to see a parallel here? You might be wondering why the home owners didn’t do something about the erosion? Hmmm… That a good question. For those home owners but also us.
Many of the home owners were hoping it wouldn’t get that bad. That everything was going to be fine. Some home owners really didn’t pay attention to the erosion taking place. Are we relating? Other owners were overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do. While others saw what was going on and they researched (studied) and found out exactly what to do but more often then not they didn’t do anything. The biggest reason was they couldn’t afford to do what was necessary. Anything resonating? They also saw that it would be a process to repair and restore their footings and foundations. Is our phone ringing?
Then as the vision was concluding a scripture came to my mind. It was:
Ok we all have enough biblical knowledge to be aware of Satan’s devices/tactics. So what happened? Answer is - the concept of spiritual erosion. So now what? I just got another picture in my mind. It’s a picture of a tool shed and inside the tool shad there was a multiplicity of tools that were neatly that were all hung up on the wall or neatly placed against the wall. Most of the tools have rusted from lack of use. Then I hear run to your tool shed and grab some tools and go to work. Then I saw two angels go into the tool shed and grab some other tools to help us. They were working right beside us.
Now what? Let’s run to the tool shed and stop the erosion.
Tonight at mid week service Lisa (Ps Tom’s wife) spoke on choices and as part of her presentation she spoke on Elijah from I Kings. After the service I took a moment and continued to read in 1 Kings 18. Lisa had used part of the story when Elijah told King Ahab that he heard the” sound of abundance of rain.”
If you remember it hadn’t rained in 3.5 years and Elijah had to have heard in the Spirit and by faith told the king it was going to rain. Big step of faith. The example of hearing something in the Spirit before we see any visual evidence of that prophetic word.
Ahab leaves for Jerusalem and Elijah goes to prayer. As he begins to pray he sends his servant to see if there was any evidence that rain clouds had appeared. Remember he had already told the king it was going to rain before there was any evidence of that reality. If we wait for evidence it will hinder walking in faith.
So he prays and he sends his servant to see if there was any evidence of rain. His servant came back and said, “I didn’t see a thing.: Elijah’s response was “go again” and I hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us don’t quit, keep pursing . When you have heard God then It’s time to pursue what you have heard. Yes, it often takes persistence and endurance. Here is the verse.
I really feels many of you need to hear this word. When you get discouraged “GO AGAIN.” Oh, Elijah pursued and persisted because he prayed.
Pastor Brian R. Weeks began ministering in 1972 and has served as a pastor to both youth and young adults. He also served as an associate pastor for eleven years, and then for 25 years as a senior pastor, apostolic missionary, and church planter. In March of 2017 he released his church Solomon’s Porch, but in order to remain part of the local church, continues to serve among its several pastors.