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We have reached the moment in history, when it is time to prioritize your family.
To keep a closer watch on those who belong to you…your sons, and your daughters, and your spouse.

For believers, I can feel a shifting on the inside. There is absolutely a harvest taking place and about to take place all the more.
There will be many, many people brought into the kingdom of God; but for us, we must begin to place a high PRIORITY on those who are closest to us in our family, so that they are READY FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS.

This is what God has placed on my heart.
You don’t want to win the whole world, and not only lose YOUR OWN SOUL, but neither do you want to LOSE YOUR FAMILY.

Your children, grandchildren, and spouse…those that are closest to you are so very valuable. As believers, we have to begin spending MORE TIME than ever, praying for them, encouraging them, be there for them, speaking into them, and WARRING FOR THEIR SOUL.

The truth is, Jesus IS JUST ABOUT TO RETURN for the church. The rapture is right around the corner, and although there will be people saved during the great tribulation, you don’t want your kids, grandkids, or spouse to be left behind.

You should want them to be “in the boat” when Jesus comes.

So much of what I’m going to say in this post, I’ve said before.

It was true then, and it’s still true now. The only difference is the expediency of the message.
We are closer to the return of Jesus than ever before.

If you are a Christian, you’re probably feeling it.
All it takes is to quiet your soul and allow the Spirit of the Lord to begin talking to you, and you sense a shift in the air.
Something incredibly important is taking place in the earth at THIS MOMENT.
Nations are deciding their pathway in regard to Israel.
Treaties are being talked about.
Peace is spoken of, while simultaneously, there is more unrest than we have seen in most of our lifetimes.

Our own nation is chasing a path that ultimately leads to destitution.

In this last day hour, the enemy has a scheme against your family.

Now, all of that sounds bad, but the silver lining in everything is simple, and it’s this…

Scripture has already warned us of what is to come.
We know that our redemption is drawing near, and in the near future, Jesus will return in the clouds.


We have the chance to pray for our kids, your grandkids, and your spouse…really for ANYONE in your family who is lost, you can pray for them.

God has a way to reach them, but it will likely come through the avenue of YOUR FAITH interceding for THEIRS.

From the very beginning the Lord has SET PEOPLE IN FAMILIES.
Genesis 2:21-24 NKJV
[21] And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. [22] Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. [23] And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” [24] Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Over the years, I’ve spoken much about your “circle.” Your circle are those people closest to you. Most likely, they are your spouse, children, or grandchildren.
If there is one thing I know, it’s this…
This is the hour to become serious about your circle.
I know people RIGHT NOW, who would most likely blame their children’s lack of salvation on the church, on the circle of friends they kept, or what someone did or didn’t do for them.

The truth is: my family is my responsibility.
I cannot choose salvation FOR THEM, but they are going to have to walk away from Jesus OVER my prayers for them, OVER my intercession for them, OVER my reaching out to them, OVER my love for them.

It’s not the church’s fault.
It’s not your children’s circle of friends.
It’s not culture and society.

Each person reaches an age of understanding when they must decide FOR THEMSELVES, who they will serve, and IF THEY will give their life to Jesus.

Salvation is NEVER FORCED, it is only ACCEPTED…and that, by faith alone.

So where does that leave a father, a mother, or a believing spouse?
It leaves us in the position to FIGHT!

As we see and feel the encroachment of culture, worldliness, and ungodliness, we KNOW, that we should be fighting the fight of faith for our family and do everything within our power to secure their future through faith.

Since we know that Jesus is coming, if our closest circle has yet to make a decision to serve him, then our response should be WAR ON THE DEVIL, WAR ON THE DEMONS, WAR ON THE ADVANCEMENT OF INFLUENCES THAT SEEK TO KEEP OUR FAMILY CIRCLE IN SPIRITUAL CAPTIVITY.

People of God…

I recently mentioned a verse of scripture, and I want to reference that again in this message, and even go a little further.

Nehemiah 4:7-9 NKJV
[7] Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, [8] and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. [9] Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

Let me remind you, that every time you’re on the right track, and your kids or spouse are getting closer to coming to Jesus, it makes the enemy MAD!

Why? Because the gaps are being closed, and the wall is being built.
The wall, for us represents our prayer for those we love.
As that prayer wall is being built, the enemy is trying to TEAR IT DOWN.
Why? Because PRAYER WORKS!

Your prayer for your family is MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE than you’ll probably ever know on this side of heaven.
Day and night…set a watch over those in your family.
• Call out their name to God.
• Intercede over them.
• Pray for their future.
• Pray that the world and the culture don’t influence their decision for Jesus.

In fact, listen to what scripture says…
2 Timothy 3:1-2 NKJV
[1] But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: [2] For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

There is more to this list that the Apostle Paul gives to Timothy, but let’s stop with this section.
Scripture joins the “last days,” with a rise in the disobedience of children. Did you ever notice that?

Here’s my OPINION on what that means for us…
In the last days, there is an orchestrated attack on our children.

I think this attack is very evident.
It comes from every corner of society.
This attack is trying to affect the way parents are able to make decisions for their children.
This attack is trying to set children against their parents.
Schools, oftentimes are becoming the breeding ground, in many states, for what I would call, “experimentation” with the minds of young people.

This is something the enemy is orchestrating in the last days, hoping to grasp hold of the minds and hearts of those most vulnerable and plant in them all sorts of nonsense.

The enemy wants them to disobey, not just while they are little, but even when they are grown.

The enemy is scheming against our kids, trying to make them disobey the very foundations that we have built and are building into them.

What does this mean for us?

Now, let’s go back to Nehemiah…
I believe the passage we are going to look at in this book has a plan that informs us on some things we ought to do.

Nehemiah 4:10-14 NKJV
[10] Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.”

Here’s the first thing the Lord brought to my mind about what we need to do…

When you allow all sorts of bad things, bad ideas, bad talk, bad feelings in your family circle, it STOPS THE CONSTRUCTION OF YOUR PRAYER WALL OVER THEM.

You can pray…but if the parents or grandparents are allowing nastiness or ungodliness in their life, the prayers you pray won’t be effective.

Plus, you can’t just sit back and pray for your spouse, or your kids to know Jesus, love Jesus, and serve Jesus, while at the same time allowing anything and everything ungodly inside your home!

Someone has to clean out the rubbish once again.
Someone needs to clear out some junk that has potential to keep your kids or even your spouse from knowing Jesus.

The strength of your prayers for your family will fail, so long as there is spiritual rubbish like sin and wrongdoing in your life or in your home.

Let’s read on…
[11] And our adversaries said, “They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease.”

Here’s the second idea the Lord brought to my mind from this passage…
Parents of unbelieving children, spouses with an unbelieving spouse, or grandparents with unbelieving grandkids…YOU HAVE TO QUIT LISTENING TO WHAT THE ADVERSARY TRIES TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT THEM.

No matter what the enemy says, there is the possibility that Jesus is going to get ahold of their life.
In one instant, through your prayers, and through the work of God, and through the influence of friends and even other family, and yes also through the church…YOUR KIDS, GRANDKIDS, OR SPOUSE CAN BE SAVED!


Listen to how this works in the next verse…

[12] So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, “From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us.”

Ten times they were told, “attack is imminent.”

You know…the more you hear a particular message, the more you tend to believe what it says, EVEN IF THE MESSAGE IS NOT TRUE!

We must guard against what we allow our ears to hear in regard to the spiritual condition of our family.
We must continue to believe and declare, and pray for FREEDOM and SALVATION for those we love!

Here’s the deal…
The enemy will keep on pounding the LIE, if it STOPS THE WORK OF GOD in your life.

Listen to Nehemiah’s response, because it was the right one…
[13] Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. [14] And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

If you’ve got an unbelieving spouse…or a spouse that has walked away from Jesus, Don’t be afraid of what the enemy says.
Instead, remember the promises of the Lord and fight for your spouse to be right with God and ready for the rapture.

If you’ve got an unbelieving child or grandchild…or a child that has walked away from Jesus, Don’t be afraid of what the enemy says.
Instead, remember the promises of the Lord and fight for your children and grandchildren to be right with God and ready for the rapture.

Now MORE THAN EVER, is the time to prioritize your family.
I feel like the Lord wants me to tell you to:
• Prioritize your family above your work.
• Prioritize them as number one in your time.
• Prioritize them in prayer, and pray for them like you never have before.
• Don’t be discouraged by what you see on the outside, but know that the Lord is working on them even if you don’t see it yet.
• Quit focusing on all the things YOU WANT and get into the flow of what GOD WANTS for the person you love.
• Pray for God’s will to come to pass in their life, because the God’s will is that all come to salvation.

Also, be careful to keep taking the righteous stand you’ve always taken and don’t back down or acquiesce to the pattern of culture.
• Don’t quit doing what you know is right.
• Don’t stop making the right stand.
• Don’t bow down to what everyone in the culture seems to be saying.
• Stay connected to the authority of scripture and only validate the ideas scriptures promotes.

Jesus is about to return for his church, YOUR FAMILY CAN BE READY.
Don’t give up your fight!

I feel like the Lord is saying to his people…
I am working and I am ON YOUR SIDE!

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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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