"Come out from among them, and be ye separate" (2 Cor. 6:17a, KJV).
In John 6, many of Jesus' disciples stopped following Him because they didn't understand what it meant to eat His flesh and drink His blood. As with multitudes of professing Christians today, this proved that they were following Him for the wrong reasons all along.
There was a time under the first covenant when Satan appeared before God and asked to sift Job (Job 1). I can relate to that in a small way to what we've recently gone through the past year. I know that by revelation, but I can't share it all yet because it's too holy and private. I'll just say that Satan obtained permission from the Lord to sift my wife and me.
No, he didn't cause the sickness, but what he did during the trial offered us a great temptation to curse God as Job's wife and friends encouraged him to. There were demonic manifestations throughout my own trial that I didn't understand and in my broken-down mental condition could not resist. If I told you, you wouldn't believe it.
One day I turned to Carolyn in one of the lowest moments of her own trial, when she was in excruciating pain and had to be rushed yet again to the emergency room, and in frustration I asked her, "Why are we serving the Lord?"
A Question God Is Asking His People Right Now
The above scenario is happening in some way all across the body of Christ in Western society. God is using the political upheaval and economic and societal pressures to purge His church from friendship and adultery with the world. He is sifting our motives to prepare us for what lies ahead. We are in a serious time of judging ourselves. Stop playing church, Christian! Stop your love affair with the world. Stop serving yourself.
Are you serving God for the loaves and fishes? Do you only follow Him when things go well and smoothly in your life? How is your attitude when you don't understand the what and why of your circumstances?
Here is the place He has brought me to after months of not understanding: If I went to hell, I'd still worship Him.
I'm not kidding you! You can quote me on that. Heaven knows. It hasn't been perfect, but I have proved it out. Jesus is Lord. I will never accuse Him. He alone has the words of eternal life.
I am not serving Him for the loaves and fishes. Carolyn and I are not serving Him for the blessings and the benefits. We are serving Him because He gave His life for us and shed His holy blood for us. That is enough. We don't need any more proof of His love. We are free!
We don't fear death anymore, so what can the devil possibly do to us? Kill us and send us right into the presence of the Lord forever? He's got nothing! He's been stripped of all his power over us. You see, friends, it's in the dying to ourselves that we truly live.
What is this pandemic? I spit in its face.
What is COVID to us? I'm not being insensitive to anyone who has suffered or died from it. If they were followers of Jesus, they are now with the Lord. I don't feel sorry for them. Are you kidding me? They wouldn't return to the earth even if they could. It's far better to be with the Lord; that's the Bible, folks.
This is the motto by which we must live by in these last days: Live free or die. Or probably better said, die and live free.
For a powerful prophetic word on the fire of God, watch the video above or at this link.
Bert Farias' books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and turning away from the truth we are seeing in this hour. Bert's current passion is to promote a culture of the supernatural manifestations and ministries of the Holy Spirit in the church today and to pass it on to the next generation (Passing On The Move of God To The Next Generation). His newest release, now available on Kindle and soon on paperback, The Supernatural Church of Love And Power, is a book for the ages. Other materials/resources are available on his website, Holy Fire Ministries. You can also follow him personally on YouTube (Holy Fire Ministries), Facebook or Twitter.
Bert Farias' books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God, and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and turning away from the truth we are seeing today. The Tumultuous 2020s and Beyond is his latest release to help believers navigate through the new decade and emerge as an authentic remnant. Other materials/resources are available on his website, Holy Fire Ministries. You can follow him personally on Facebook, his Facebook ministry page, or Twitter.
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