There is a ripening process happening right in front of us.
God is preparing the harvest.
He is ripening the fruit.
He is preparing the reapers.
With long suffering he waits for the precious fruit to be formed and mature.
The conditions are becoming conducive to a move of God.
The move of God is the latter rain that the Lord is sending upon his people. The mighty move of the Spirit of God to prepare us for the last day harvest.
God is calling his church to repentance and readiness.
The Bible says…
Hosea 6:1-3 NKJV
 Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.  After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.  Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
He is getting his church ready for his return.
He is preparing the fruit of the Spirit in our life.
He is strengthening us for whatever we must face during the interim of the ripening process.
The Lord is calling out to his church right now, for ALL OF US to get ready.
Not just ready for the rapture…
But get ready…
To be used.
To be filled.
To be a witness.
To be called upon in this hour.
To rise up and defend your faith.
Before the harvest there may come a storm, but the God of heaven knows all about how to take his people through the storms!
The more the devil comes against the church the more effective the ripening process.
So we DO NOT FEAR the devil’s attack or the attack of culture, or the attack of those who come against what we believe.
We are strengthened by the things that come against us and they sharpen us for greater battle.
When the stones are throne against the people of God, we must decide to lean into the stones, just like sharpening a knife, the people of God are sharpened and developed as we lean into the stone at the proper angle.
The process hones us, and sharpens us.
What could easily dull our life, spirit, and witness, becomes a sharpening stone causing our life and words to cut through the fray with greater effectiveness and power.
The Lord Is Not Passive In This Hour…He Is Preparing A Harvest
The temptation is to think that God is doing nothing…that our prayers are going unanswered…that the people of God are being pushed back…that the darkness will win.
BUT I’m telling you…
God is not sitting idly by on the sidelines doing nothing.
Even if you don’t see it or realize it…
There is constant Holy Spirit work going on behind the scenes.
In the political realm, the Spirit is at work.
In the realm of this pandemic, the Holy Spirit is working.
In the world, the Spirit of God is working.
In the riots and turmoil…God the Holy Spirit is still at work, battling the darkness, saving people, getting us ready.
In the people of God, the Holy Spirit is doing a work.
In fact, in every place and in every thing, God is preparing a work that we might not even see or realize at the moment, but when the season of what God is preparing is come to fruition, we will see the work of God on display.
The Bible says…
Psalm 68:1-5 NKJV
 Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.  As smoke is driven away, So drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.  But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.  Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.  A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.
Don’t think that revival will come easy and don’t think it will be all peace and no confrontation.
The church is going to be called to wage heavenly warfare on our knees, crying out to God for the Holy Spirit to move.
We are going to be enlisted into the battle in ways we never thought.
People of God are going to be used in ways they never imagined.
It is spiritual battle, but we are on the winning side!
Revival will come.
The Spirit will be poured out.
The work may be quick, but powerful.
And in the middle of it the war still rages for the souls of men and women, for the positioning of power, but remember this…
The Lord Is Not Passive In This Hour…He Is Preparing A Harvest.
No matter what you see with your eyes or hear with your ears, remember that heaven is NOT passive.
Matthew 16:18-19 NKJV
 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.  And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
There may be many different sorts of keys…
But never forget that YOU, filled with the Holy Spirit ARE A KEY!
Your prayers are a key!
What you bind in prayer and loose in prayer is pivotal to the outcome of the battles we are facing.
Heaven is not passive and the gates of hell will not ultimately prevail against the church!
Jesus has equipped us and continues to do so for the battles we will face and the wars we must engage in.
When I say, “heaven is not passive,” I mean that…
God has empowered YOU.
God has equipped YOU.
God has filled YOU.
God has called YOU.
God will Speak to YOU.
God will lead YOU.
YOU are the church that the gates of hell will not prevail against, and God will not keep silent nor go down in defeat inside of YOU.
This is the hour that the Spirit of God is preparing for in the church.
We must submit to the Lord and prepare our hearts for what he desires of us.
Listen to what Paul the Apostle says to Timothy…
2 Timothy 1:6-14 NKJV
 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
This is the moment to stir up the things of God within you.
Don’t let them sit passively.
Don’t let them sit unused.
You might not feel like there is anything worthy of use inside of you, but that is NOT true.
You are called of God.
You are filled by the Holy Spirit.
You are able and equipped to be USED by the Lord for the work of his Spirit.
Get into prayer…and stir yourself.
Get into the word of God…and stir yourself.
Get into the voice of God…and stir yourself.
What’s inside of you is powerful and effective when you stir it up and allow the Lord to use it.What’s inside of you is powerful and effective when you stir it up and allow the Lord to use it. Share
You’ve been through battles before.
You’ve been through hardships.
You’ve seen God come through in the pivotal moment for you.
This is the hour to draw from those things and STIR UP what’s in your spirit so that the Lord can use you.
 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,  but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,  to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
Next Paul says that FOR THIS REASON he is under attack.
For what reason?
Because of what Jesus had done in his life.
Because of the great work and potential and power of the Holy Spirit in his life…the enemy was attacking.
Never think that when God does a great work in you that it will come easily and without a fight.
Don’t think revival and the move of God will come without a fight.
We have to rise up in the Spirit and fight the enemy of our soul to see the harvest God is preparing!
 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed,
(WHY?) for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
Paul says that he knows the God in whom he has believed.
He trusts God.
He is persuaded of God’s keeping power and ability.
Paul had committed everything about his life to Jesus and was fully convinced that Jesus would be able to keep his life until it reached the final reason for which God had called him.
There is a ripening process happening at this moment.
The preparation has already begun.
The fight is on.
The battle is here.
You might not be experiencing battle in your life yet…if so, prepare.
Read God’s word.
Act in faith.
Your testimony must echo the words of Paul the Apostle when he says…
“for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
Paul goes on to tell Timothy…
 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
I’m telling you in this last day hour…
- Hold on to what God has placed in your heart.
- Keep your faith, and keep your strength.
- What the Lord has committed into your soul, don’t let the devil take from you.
Fight for the truth.
Fight for the move of the Spirit.
Fight for the salvation of the lost.
Fight for the church.
Fight for the assembling of ourselves together.
Pray for your brother and sisters across this nation.
Pray for those taking a righteous stand.
Don’t back down.
Never give up.
DO NOT QUIT!
God is NOT PASSIVE in this moment, and neither can we afford to be passive any longer.
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