Wake Up Church, Rise Up, Conquer all, and Make Yourself Ready!
13, Jesus asks His disciples “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”
“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (verses 15-18)
The Greek word for Peter is petros which means a small pebble. However, the Greek word used for rock by Jesus was Petra which means a massive rock.
Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone and The Head of the true church, and Peter is one of the lively stones that form the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 3:11) (1 Peter 1:4-6) (Eph. 1:19-22) (1 Cor. 10:4).
THE HEAD AND CHIEF CORNERSTONE:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the stable power in the church that should rule and reign over the Body of The Church, and He is also the firm foundation of the Church.
Jesus Christ wants His people to become all that they can be through Him. He wants us to be strong in the inner man, and by faith to be rooted and grounded in His love. Why? So that we will be filled with all of the fulness of God.
He is able to do exceedingly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that worketh in us through Christ. Christ in use; the hope of glory. All glory goes to Jesus Christ throughout all ages for His wonderful goodness and mercy toward all mankind (Eph. 3:10).
1PE 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, the Head and Foundation Rock of the Church has provided everything for the believer that is needed for the abundant and overcoming life on this earth.
However, the world system which is headed up by Satanic powers is a controlling entity that wants to manipulate, deceive, suppress, destroy and render powerless all of God’s people and all people because they were created by almighty God.
In the Church, The Lord Jesus Christ must be our authority, and we are called lively stones, because we as Christians are not limited to a church building. We are to be at liberty to move as the Holy Spirit leads us on a daily basis.
Where the Spirit of The Lord; there is complete liberty. The Lord does not try and control any person because He want us to voluntarily choose Him and His will every day.
He wants His people to have the freedom to be led by Him at all times, but there is a strong “control” spirit in some of the churches that wants to hinder the free flowing activities of the lively stones that comprise the Church of The Body of Christ.
Our very lives are to be offered onto the Lord; which is our reasonable sacrifice. Everything in the Kingdom of God is based on our free will obedience unto the Lord and His commandments.
Jesus Christ wants us to obey Him out of our love for Him, and so we are never forced to obey Him, but all of His commandments are for our own good, and we would be very wise to obey our Lord, Savior and coming King Jesus Christ.
THE BODY OF CHRIST TO BE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
RO 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
The true sons and daughters of God are the mature Christians that are led by the Holy Spirit of God. That means that every decision we make should be birthed in and through much prayer and seeking the Father’s perfect will even as Jesus Christ did Himself.
Many Christians’ lives, marriages and futures have been wrecked, simply because they made the wrong decisions, and they did not seek The Father’s will first in their lives. Always, remember that Father knows best. Jesus Christ knew this fact, and He always did what His Father revealed to Him. Hallelujah!
Many churches have been asleep for a long time, but praise The Lord; the Church, at least the remnant of the Church is waking up. When we wake up, then The Lord Jesus Christ will give us His Light.
When we wake up; then the Lord will be able to redeem the time, the territory and everything that we have lost or have had destroyed by the enemy of our souls.
We are admonished to continually be filled with The Holy Spirit, and we are to rejoice and give thanks unto the Lord for all things. We are to submit ourselves unto each other in the fear of almighty God.
14 Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
After we, The Body of Christ wake up; we are admonished to rise up from the dead, and then The Light of Jesus Christ will be manifest to us, in us and through us, His people.
We need to let our light shine outward to a lost and dying world. Pray that the Light, love and Truth of Jesus Christ will be spread throughout our nation, its people and the world.
Ephesians 5:13-14 (King James Version)
13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light
14Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
We as The Lord’s sons and daughters have been given all power of the enemy. We more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. We can do all things through Jesus Christ, and nothing can separate us from Jesus’ love, His Presence and His care for those that love Him and for those who are called according to His glorious purposes.
Romans ;8:37 KJV
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What are we commanded to do with the supreme authority that we have been given by our Lord Jesus Christ?
We are to take back the lives, the property, the territories, and the atmosphere where the Lord has placed us. We are not to just sit on our hands and do nothing with the all powerful authority that has been entrusted to the true Christian.
We are to “occupy” until the Lord returns. He wants us to take the territory; not by physical power but by the Spirit of The Lord.
Occupy means to take over the pagan elements and destroy them in the spiritual realm, as Josiah did in the physical realm when he was king. The Christians have the power to bring down all Jezebel, Ahab, witchcraft, sorcery, magic, wizard and all other evil spirits. We have been given “all” power over the enemy and his demons and those humans that are being demonized.
13 And He called His ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
MAKE HERSELF READY:
RE 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
1. THE LORD’S PRAYER
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray; He prayed to His Father, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven”. We should pray in like manner every day.
2. THE LORD’S HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER
Jesus prayed for The Church His ultimate desire for His beloved people. He
prayed that we will all be “One” as He is One with God, The Father. The Lord’s prayers will be a reality, and they will come to pass in God’s perfect timing. Hallelujah!
JOH 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
JOH 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
We need to go to the Lord Jesus Christ to buy from Him, gold refined by the fire, white raiment of purity and eye salve so that we can see the Truth. We need to ask for wisdom, knowledge and the fear of God must be strong in each one of us.
THE GRAND FINALE:
We are in the last days, and we are in the Valley of Decision. We need to decide today which team are we going to support.
The Lord is going to seal all of His servants that have been completely sold out to Him, and they will not suffer the wrath of God when it comes. However, we are warned not to wait too long to deny ourselves, our own lives, and to take up our crosses and follow Jesus Christ. Today, is the day of salvation and deliverance.
Choose this day Whom you will serve. The Church must wake up, rise up, conquer all and make Herself ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Dearly Beloved of God, Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ, and be led by The Holy Spirit as the days will become more and more evil and the deceptions more and more insidious.
My prayer for ;you:
Please keep Your people in Your loving arms, and keep them safely protected from all of the fiery darts of the enemy. Please keep them in Your full armor Lord, and preserve them blameless until Your coming.
Please move mightily upon Your Church to wake Her up, Raise Her up, use Her to conquer all evil through prayer, fasting and Spiritual Warfare, and to Make Herself ready to meet You!
In the all-powerful Name of Jesus Christ and all for Your glory. Amen and amen.
Peggy Kannaday has been the managing editor for “Church Growth International” since 1991. “Church Growth International” is the English outreach of The Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea.
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