- Day 39 -
Keep On the Alert & Pray Unceasing
As we see prophesies from the Old and New Testaments all unfolding, this is a time to be awake in the spirit, “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray” (1 Peter 4:7). Now is the time for the redeemed children to grow up even more quickly into maturity. Apostle Paul said, “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11).
In response to Apostle Paul’s words we would do well to pay attention to the admonition to throw away the childish ways of earthly preoccupations and thrills and deal with reality in the Spirit. We are to become crucified to this dying world more than ever before and the world to us (Galatians 6:14) so we can stand without shame and condemnation before the Holy God. In the book of Hebrews we read, “Without holiness no one will see the [Him]” (Hebrews 12:14) and “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Our Savior continually said to all listening, “He who has an ear to hear” listen and obey what the Spirit is saying, beseeching, imploring, and compelling us to do.
There is an urgency that is being felt by many people more and more as we are watching the signs of the end days unfold rapidly. The Almighty YAHveh is sounding a shofar in the hearing of His people beseeching us to run from this doomed world, take up our cross in the process, and follow Him so that we can endure victoriously to the end.
Any message that is not awakening the slumbering masses is dulling and lulling the Almighty’s people to sleep. A mother and father love to hug their little children and rock them in their laps. It is a wonderful and natural thing to do; but when the house is on fire, you put that child on his feet saying, “Get your coat and run, we have to go!” There is a time and a place for everything—and this is the time we need to leave the earthly cares, concerns, desires, and comfort zones and to flee away from these temporal things and move upward in the eternal Spirit of our Savior and His beckoning love for us.
It is a necessity to pull up our tent pegs out of this world in order to move spiritually following the Holy Spirit in the midst of His glory that is transforming us upward from glory to glory. No more horizontal temporal preoccupations of the earth but a vertical thoroughfare is opening up for those in the Spirit to ascend into an open heaven in His Presence. Through obedience, prayer, and by following the Holy Spirit they are bearing the identity of their Savior as they learn to live, breath, and have their being more and more invested in heaven. This transfer of focus from the earth to the Spirit is a necessity or we will end of being double minded people confessing Him with our lips but our hearts are going to be on this earth that is under His judgment. YAHshua (Jesus) said, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her [judgments] ” (Revelation 18:4).
Right now the issue for all of us is that we need a deeper intimacy and a more powerful daily connection with YAHveh (the LORD) though YAHshua. We must have it. We have to go into prayer and leave the things that are calling us to the preoccupations of this world that is doomed to destruction. There is no way around it. The intimacy we have in prayer allows Him to speak clear and definitive words of instruction, guidance, and direction that we will need for our faith to be strong and for us to be able to escape what is coming. YAHshua (Jesus) said, "…keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36).