Turn on the television and the fear-mongers have taken over the airwaves. From Zika virus to terrorists attacks, contaminated food, and even the 2016 elections (no matter which side you support), we are assaulted with reasons to fear. As believers, we must be informed but we cannot allow the fear that plagues others to attach itself to us in a way that allows it to dictate how we live.
Several years ago the Lord spoke these words to me and I believe they are as timely now as they were when He first spoke them. I share them again with you and pray you will learn to not fear what others fear, but make Him your sanctuary.
For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary…Isaiah 8:11-14a
“The underlying current in the world in which you live today is fear – and it is not only a fear that is permeating the “world” but it is grabbing hold of many in My Body as well. They may couch it in other terms, but the bottom line is far too many are beginning to operate from a place of fear rather than a place of faith. That breaks My heart; for, it is in times like these — perilous and turbulent times — that I desire to show Myself strong to My people and, thus, to the world.
Hear Me! This is not the time to allow the negative reports that you hear daily to become a part of your thought pattern and, therefore, the framework from which you base your behavior. Now and always you must govern your lives, your actions, your decisions on My Word. You hear the words released by media, released by the “experts” and echoed and reechoed by those around you and many are allowing those words to drown out, to overshadow My Word. Now is the time more than ever before to know what you know and live it out, walk it out no matter what is going on around you. No matter what the “experts” say. Now is the time more than ever before that My children must be fortified with My Word. It must be a part of you. It must become your necessary food. It must be that which guides you! Be aware of the facts, don’t ignore the facts, but don’t allow the facts to become stronger in you than My truth of My Word! The words I speak are truth; they are spirit and they are life!
Now is the time that I will show Myself strong to those who will stand on the reality and truth of My Word. I Am all that I Am. Allow Me to show Myself mighty in your life for all to see. It will become a testimony of My greatness, a testimony of My faithfulness, a testimony of My love and it will cause others to seek Me as they watch you let Me do what I do best — simply be I Am!
I say to you as I said to Isaiah: Do not say what the people around you say and do not fear what those around you fear. Make Me your fear. Fear is nothing more than placing respect and reverence in something or someone. So whom shall you fear? In whom shall you place your reverence and respect in this time of shaking? Will you reverence the Dow Jones? Will you reverence the negative reports? Will you reverence the doctor’s reports? Will you reverence CNN? Will you reverence the government? Or will you reverence Me, the Sovereign Lord? Make Me your fear!
For as you make Me your fear, I have promised to be as a sanctuary to you. A sanctuary is a place of safety and refuge. A sanctuary is a place of peace, protection and provision. What touches those outside the sanctuary cannot touch those within it. I will be as a sanctuary, if you truly place your faith in Me.
Yes, just as I promised in My word, I Am shaking all that can be shaken. I Am shaking heaven; I Am shaking earth. I Am shaking within and I Am shaking without. Those who are truly Mine, who have anchored themselves in Me and in My word are those who shall remain standing strong when the shaking is over.
“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:6-9)
Know this: as the shaking continues many will come to you – My Church—for answers that the world systems and false religions have not been able to provide. They will come in droves, knocking at your doors in search of answers, in search of truth. You have the answer. You are the answer. You are the hope they need – Christ in you is truly the hope of glory for the world.
So I call you now to a place of prayer that presses in like never before. I call you now to a place of stillness at My feet where I will release strategies, wisdom and answers. I call you now to hear Me more clearly than ever; for, through you, My Body, I will release the answers needed. I call you now to be Joseph to the world’s pharaoh. And as you release those answers, as you put My strategies into action, as you walk out by faith that which I Am speaking, many shall be saved and the world will know that I Am with you. Many shall come into My kingdom as a result. Fear not; trust Me.”
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:25-29