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Listen to what the Word of the Lord says, as we begin…

Psalm 94:1-14 NKJV
[1] O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs- O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth! [2] Rise up, O Judge of the earth; Render punishment to the proud. [3] LORD, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked triumph? [4] They utter speech, and speak insolent things; All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. [5] They break in pieces Your people, O LORD, And afflict Your heritage. [6] They slay the widow and the stranger, And murder the fatherless. [7] Yet they say, “The LORD does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob understand.” [8] Understand, you senseless among the people; And you fools, when will you be wise? [9] He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see? [10] He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct, He who teaches man knowledge? [11] The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile. [12] Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O LORD, And teach out of Your law, [13] That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked. [14] For the LORD will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance.

I’m telling you, there are some believers who are beginning to feel like the Lord has cast them off.
They feel like there is nothing that they can do, and that the Lord is not hearing their prayers.

They are being pressed into discouragement and are desperately trying to find a way out of it.
They don’t know what to do.

But here’s what I believe the Lord is trying to say…
Listen…this is the word of the Lord for you:
“Don’t give up now. Help is on the way. I am here for you. I have never stopped searching for you, and I will never leave you. Only listen for my voice. OPEN UP YOUR EARS FOR THE TIME DRAWS NEAR. My power will once again be shown and poured out. I am not like a man who is “this way” one day, and then “another way” the next day. I am constant. I will never change. I cannot lie and my word is complete truth. You do not have to worry, because all the time I have had you in my hand. Though the enemy has come against you and you feel defeated, you are not defeated. My Spirit remains, and in my Spirit is life and peace. Continue to search me out. Continue to look after me. I will be found by you, says the Lord. You will see. I am the great God of Jacob and my name holds all power. There is nothing to fear. There is no worry to hold to. Only trust me and seek me and you will find that what I say in your heart is true. Try me and believe me in this.”

The Lord knows our thoughts
In the deepest, most inward part of our being, the Lord is familiar with how we feel, and how we think.
He understands the complexities of our mind because he formed it. The Lord understands our reactions, and the motivations behind our actions.

If you have placed your faith and hope in Jesus, I am telling you, KEEP IT STRONG AND DON’T GIVE IN, because God is going to come through for you.

• You have to keep your mind in the word of God.
• You have to allow the precious Holy Spirit to have his way in your mind.

Your mind is the MAIN BATTLEFIELD of your life.
If we can win this war of words that constantly tries to barrage our mind, heart, and soul, we will win THE WAR.

The enemy wants you to believe that you’ve lost…but God’s word declares VICTORY even when you don’t yet see it.

This is a faith walk.
The main component of everything about the Christian life is that it is by faith, and therefore, IT WILL NOT ALWAYS MAKE LOGICAL SENSE.

If we could only quit trying to figure everything out and simply come back to a sincere TRUST in the Lord, it would bring peace into our heart and words of life into our mouth.
In the passage we read, the Lord promises blessings on those whom he INSTRUCTS.
That’s the key…to allow the Lord to be the single greatest instructor and influencer in your life.

Our present day culture has coined the word, “influencer.”

We have social media “influencers” who have become famous because of some crazy post or video they made, and because many people follow them, we are supposed to believe that they are very knowledgeable and worth following.

But culture lies to us!

Just because someone has many people following after them, it doesn’t mean that WE SHOULD FOLLOW THEM TOO!

Scripture declares to us that there is a NARROW ROAD!

Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV
[13] “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. [14] Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

The influencers in our life should be Jesus, the word of God, The Father, and Holy Spirit.

They speak.
They lead.
They guide.
They watch over our life.

And when we open our ears to the voice of the Lord, we are BLESSED!

The Lord says…
“I am drawing together my present day church. The church that I am returning for will make herself right in my presence, through my blood, and the righteousness that I give. Be found in me. Be ready through my Spirit, for I come soon, says the Lord. My returning will be quick, and you will not expect the moment. But your heart can be ready by faith. Don’t let your moments pass by and slip through your hand. Use what I give you and prepare yourselves. I love you, says the Lord, Therefore I speak to you for your good and your preparation. Wait on me.”

There is a movement at the present, that says we shouldn’t be talking about the “blessings” of God and that only pain and suffering are going to happen in the life of a believer.

I agree that not everything in life is perfect, but I also know that GOD IS GOOD.

At his core is GOODNESS.
How do we know this?
Because scripture declares that “GOD IS LOVE.”
Scripture declares that God is LIGHT and in him is no darkness AT ALL.

Even in the midst of trials, pain, and hardship, the BLESSING OF THE LORD is what keeps our head up.

Verse 13 says, “you will give him REST from the days of adversity.”

You have to know, that what the enemy has planned against you, the Lord will turn on the enemy’s head.
God is not going to leave you in the middle of a mess.

God is not like that at all.
Instead, God walks out into the middle of the mess our life is in, and he begins the clean up and clean out process.
• He starts removing the old and planting the new.
• He begins forgiving the sin…when we ask him to.
• He begins filling our heart with himself…when we seek for him.
• He begins changing the old and replacing it with new…when we search for him.

In fact, let’s read verse 14 again…

Psalm 94:14 NKJV
[14] For the LORD will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance.

You have to believe that God is WITH YOU.

Scripture continues with these words…

Psalm 94:15-16 NKJV
[15] But judgment will return to righteousness, And all the upright in heart will follow it. [16] Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

God is looking for people to trust him.
To trust him enough to take their stand.

We have to rise up and stand for the truth, stop giving into the lie, and hold tightly to what we know.

It’s not that we are fighting against people, but that OUR STAND signifies what we believe.

• We must stop allowing the enemy any space in our life.
• We must stop allowing defeating words and thoughts into our mind and heart.
• We must stop believing what culture says the church and the people of God ought to be, and instead we are to look into scripture for our direction and our voice.

The reason the enemy is adamantly trying to keep God’s people bogged down in discouragement, and sometimes in plain old sin, is because he wants to keep you so buried up by life that you don’t rise up into your destiny.

If the people of God would ever RISE UP, we would see culture CHANGE!
Now, here’s what I believe the Lord wants to communicate to us…
God wants to birth an unprecedented knowledge of himself in your heart…something that will transform your LIFE, something that will cause you to RISE UP. It will come from remembering the way God has helped you in your past, and unswervingly following the Lord into the harvest of your future.

Your future is NOW!

Whether everyone else sees it or not, YOU DON’T HAVE TO MISS YOUR HARVEST!

Listen to scriptures encouragement to us…

Psalm 94:17-19 NKJV
[17] Unless the LORD had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.

Can I remind you for a minute that the Lord has been by you THIS WHOLE TIME?

Not a moment has went by that His Spirit hasn’t been there and held you up.

You haven’t made it this far on your own.

In fact, on your own, you would’ve died in the battle.
On your own, you are not intelligent enough to make it.
On your own, you cannot get past the starting gate.

But with Jesus, the Father, and Precious Holy Spirit on your side, you have walked through the rivers and they have not overflowed.
You have walked through the fire and have not been burned.
You have lost friends, fought battles, and frequently been tired, but you have not given up.

Do NOT stop searching for the Lord NOW.
You have come too far to turn back.

There is NOTHING on ANY OTHER PATH…that is worth going after.

The Lord has been your help.
When you couldn’t do it on your own, Jesus has helped you up.
He has opened up the way before you.
You are where you are because the Lord has been your help all this time.

But even in our slippery situations…even in our sins and our short comings…the mercy of the Lord is for us.

[18] If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up.

When you cry out for God’s mercy…IT IS THERE!
Don’t let the devil keep you from what is YOURS.

Scripture says…

[19] In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94:20-23 NKJV
[20] Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You?

Surely, this is where the people of God find ourselves in the present day.
The culture literally devises evil by LAW.

They enact laws that are ungodly and unholy, but here’s what you MUST REMEMBER…

We are not of THIS WORLD, and our CITIZENSHIP is based in heaven.

We are in the world, but not OF IT.

[21] They gather together against the life of the righteous, And condemn innocent blood.

Culture is against babies, marriage, men, women, and biblical correctness.

Why? Because Biblical correctness ALWAYS opposes political correctness.

If you’re a man, they want you to be a woman, and if you’re a woman they want you to be a man.
Culture wants people to believe that there are millions of people wandering around not knowing what their gender really is, and not wanting babies to exist, and not wanting anything to do with what is right.
But I’m telling you, culture lies!
There are MORE PEOPLE WHO STILL WANT WHAT IS RIGHT than you can imagine.

So therefore, take your stand.
Therefore, believe that God is WITH YOU, and FOR YOU.
Believe that God will never leave you or forsake you.

Remind yourself of the GOODNESS OF GOD, and of the good things that he has done.

[22] But the LORD has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge. [23] He has brought on them their own iniquity, And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The LORD our God shall cut them off.

Culture, the world, the political correctness of the current day in which we live, WILL NOT WIN IN THE END.

Those who trust in God, and those who REMIND THEMSELVES of the GOODNESS OF GOD, will win in the end.

You have to remember and remind yourself that the LORD IS FOR YOU!

God will NOT cast you off!
You are precious to Jesus!

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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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