A Voice Crying In the Wilderness
by Shanna George
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Brothers and sisters,
I have known for over 20 years that I was called to be a watchman in the house of God. It is a commandment more then anything that makes me more special, I know that many more are by far more gifted because they are
more diligent in pursuing God.
I remember so clearly when I got saved that the Lord began to show me Rhema words, He began to show me what was to happen in the church in the future, and when I began attending churches I saw the things that are amiss,
the religious spirit, the false teachings, the control, the love of money, the sin in the church, and Sunday church goers that lived like the world the rest of the 6 days a week.
But at this time, He was my first love, and then I began to allow other things gradually took His place, as I am sure many of you may have done.
I saw that the people were not changing, and I wondered why. I knew that the word is powerful, and can change anyone that wants to be changed. It isn't all about being on the road to heaven it is about changed lives, about living for Him and being true disciples not just church goers, that fill the pews and the coffers so the Pastor can live well.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I love Jesus Christ with all my heart, and I believe His word and He speaks to me through it. But I see how so many churches do not allow the Spirit to come in, so the people sit under a word from the intellect rather then from the Spirit of God, and in many fellowships there may be the Spirit moving but there is a mixture, of worldliness or greed that enters in and taints the word going forth. It is like moldy bread, it is like putting new wine in old wine skins.
I cannot support such a church but I support need, true need in the body around the world for me that is in Africa, the Lord has given me such a love for the African people. But even in Africa the ways of America has tainted them, it has made them hungry for what we have, money. Lord have mercy!
They have a need, not only for physical food, but they are starved for the spiritual, they are starved for hope, they are starved for people who care.
There is so much self serving when the Spirit does not have full access in a life that is not surrendered to him.
He has been calling, He has been knocking and yet so many have never opened the door, they are trying to enter in some other way. And the way is narrow, and few that be that find it. There is only One Way and that is through Christ's shed blood on the cross.
It grieves me so much as I have heard from people that say that the words they read really touched their heart, but you see we have to go further we have to press into the Spirit of God, we have to press in and cling to the Lord Yeshua. Jesus Christ.
Even as I found myself not abiding as close as I once was I now have to press in even harder.
We cannot let up, we must make Him our portion or we will not be strong enough, we will not be where He wants us during this terrible season coming upon us.
Beloved do not turn your ears from what you are seeing around you, judgment is coming where should we be found?
Do you think your church can save you? Do you think your pastor or leaders can save you?
Only the Lord God almighty !
What has He said in Psalm 91? If you do not remember go now and read it, because it says nothing about your church or Pastor, it says:
Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Are you abiding or dwelling there? This is where He will be looking for us, this is where He will keep us.
Read the whole chapter. When things get so bad you do not know where to turn, you turn to the rock that is higher then You, but if you stay glued to him abiding in Him and His Presence you will know what to do.
I have cried out for many years against what I saw as false teaching, but it wasn't until I was able to begin my time in the wilderness, was I then able to really hear from God.
We have to look at John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, Paul and many more of the prophets that separated themselves
from the world for a time so they could hear from God, each got personal revelation from the Lord.
I don't mean to say that today we can get extra revelation that doesn't line up with scripture, but what I am saying is that God is Spirit and He speaks to us as Spirit, and we cannot hear from Him until we are away from all the noise and clatter and cares of this world. Jesus went away up to the mountains or even the desert to a lonely place to be alone with the Father so he could hear clearly his will, and so he could follow it out precisely.
You can't hear from him when you are being taught doctrine that is from the traditions of men, rather then from the Spirit of God, these men in seminaries get together and they argue what is true and what is not true in the bible and then we are to accept their brilliant ideas. This is how they have decided doctrine for us. The Holy Spirit is alive and He will teach us if we will listen. Man has put his intellect over the wisdom and knowledge of God.
1Co 2:11 For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words.
1Co 2:14 Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.
Of course I couldn't be exclusively away as those I mentioned. I had to work but I found that the more I spend time with the Lord, away from the clatter and business of the world and the constant chatter the more I was learning from him.
He would speak through my pen or my fingers, I would sit down and the message flowed, not even thinking one thought.
Last year I began the ministry to Africa and so my writing changed somewhat and also the frequency of messages changed, because I was not spending as much time at His feet.
Most every message came directly as I studied scripture or I was praying. And the form changed I believe because I was not spending as much time of the up close and personal relationship I had from 2004-2006 when I would spend hours at the feet of the Lord.
I don't claim to be a prophet or even desire titles as those who know me know this.
But I do believe I am as one crying in the wilderness.
I am a messenger, a watchman in the house of the Lord, warning that time is winding down, and that the days grow darker, the threats are looming down on us from terrorism, from the powers of nature, from the total depravity of the world, and yet so many are asleep, they are lukewarm if saved at all.
They are only interested in what will benefit them in the flesh.
The Lord is not speaking any more to those who will not listen, they have been warned by so many watchmen, and now it is time for the refining of our relationship with Him. For those who are truly His.
So if you are truly one of His put everything aside and seek him only. I know we are to occupy until he comes but we are also to put Him first and if we are lukewarm he will spew us out of His mouth.
The Lord is saying: I will only speak to those who will listen, those with listening ears, those whose heart is on fire for me.
I know your works, see I have set before you and open door and no one can shut it, for you have a little strength, kept my word and have not denied My name. Because you have kept my command to persevere I will keep you in the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth. Rev 3:8
The time is now here, you are either hot or cold, if you are lukewarm I will vomit you out of my mouth.
There are those who say I am rich and have need of nothing, they will find they are not rich enough to stand in the judgment that is coming on the whole world, as everything that is not of him will burn in the judgment in one fashion or another. Actually we all need the fire to burn away all that is displeasing to the Lord.
Only a close habitation with me shall keep you.
Look around you can you not see it has begun? The die has been cast and only those who cling to me shall endure.
I know and test the hearts of men. I know the works and the motivations. I know what is done for their own glory, and what is done for Mine.
I know everything in your heart, and nothing passes from my view, all unrepented sin, all iniquity is seen by me and I say repent or be judged.
Men think that they are not seen by me, they do despicable things no eyes should look upon and they do it thinking no one sees
but I know, I see and I will judge, those things that are not repented of.
I love those who love Me, and those who seek me shall find me. Who will put Me first, I must have your whole heart, I will not share you with idols.
Pro 8:17 I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me.
Look about you and you will see My word being fulfilled in the earth today. Only those with eyes to see and ears to hear will know and understand what they are seeing, the rest are oblivious to that which does not please their flesh or their intellect.
Judgment shall come swiftly and without warning to those who do not understand, those who are wise shall understand and be prepared, they have been listening for My voice of instruction while sitting at My feet.
It shall be as Daniel in the lions den or Meshach Shadrach and Abendego, as a Mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings, there shall I be. These days your faith shall be tested.
A good man's steps are ordered of the Lord, here I will test the true, your faith must not waver with your heart fully on Me, the author and finisher of your faith.
If you do not see Me, if you do not hear Me, you are lukewarm and you are not walking in the Spirit, but after your own flesh your own desires, your heart is not right with me repent and return to that which must come first, your love for Me.
I do not seek after works from men but a heart that seeks My will, My glory My ways and My righteousness.
I seek fruit the fruit of repentance, from dead works and the fruit that is eternal that reflects My IMAGE.
Do you see Me high and lifted up? or do you see only that which is in the world. This reveals the true state of your heart.
Repent of lukewarmness, repent of your idols, repent of your dead works, repent of your sins that make a mockery out of my name that is repulsive to My righteousness.
Repent or go through the fires of My judgment which shall be a fire that shall clean your garments and make them white, this is more valuable then fine gold.
So you say you do good works? The world does good works, but they are not initiated by me, those
who call themselves My church do good works but they are often to elevate self and make a name for self among men, to be seen of men.
They are not pleasing to Me, nor do they seek My will, it is all works of the flesh and will be burned.
I judge the hearts of men.
My heart is on the meek and humble, the broken. The meek shall inherit the earth. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom and before honor is humility.
Repent of your pride and arrogance, repent of your dead works, for my judgments shall be seen in the earth, My coming is near.
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Shanna, WOW! Such strong, powerful words and emotions are contained in this article. We need to fall in love with Jesus in order to be active in our faith. Thanks for posting such a great wake-up call to the six-day Christians. Loved the whole piece. May God bless you! Sincerely, Dan Blankenship, Author of THE RUNNING GIRL