The Shaking (Part 1)
The Unshakeable Kingdom
October 13, 2012
Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven. . . . 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.
—Hebrews 12:26, 28 nkjv
Ø God is shaking everything that can be shaken so that which cannot be shaken will remain.
Ø We must not fear this shaking, because it will only solidify the godly and attract the ungodly.
The word therefore means that there are things we must focus on during this season of shaking. They are listed in the verses that follow this reference to an unshakeable kingdom.
- Intimate worship (v. 28 niv): “Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”
- In times of shaking, our devotional life changes from being based on duty to intimacy. Intimacy means “into-me-see.” We come face-to-face with Jesus and seek Him in His Word to hear a daily word from our King.
- Compassionate outreach HEBREWS 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
- 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
- 3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them; those who are mistreated; since you yourselves are in the body also.
- Times of shaking make us want to focus inward. However, we must continue to focus outward in ministry to the poor, the needy, the prisoner, and other believers.
- Strong families: HEBREWS 13:4 4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
- marriage and family relationships are your most important allies during a shaking. Remove old hurts and bitterness, and restore fellowship, companionship, and intimacy.
- Strong finances ( HEBREWS 13:5 niv): “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.”
- We need to simplify our finances, remove waste, and maintain a positive attitude of gratitude. When the shaking occurs to all around you, God will prosper you as a witness to others.
5. Spiritual connection (HEBREWS 13:7 niv): “Remember your leaders. . . . Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”
PSALM 1 LAURA AND I PATTERN OUR LIVES AFTER THIS.
- Everyone needs a local church and accountability to GODLY MEN AND WOMEN. You need to know a church leader personally and be surrounded by a spiritual support system. (X2)
6. Sound doctrine (HEBREWS 13:9 nkjv): “Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace.”
- In times of shaking, many strange and bizarre doctrines, stories, and manifestations will occur. Don’t run after them, but rather follow your spiritual authority and wait for their judgment before plunging headlong into something that is out of order.
7. Faithful giving (HEBREWS 13:16 nkjv): “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
- In times of shaking, the world operates under economic panic. (x2) we Christians are in God’s kingdom, a different economy that is based upon giving instead of receiving.
- MATTHEW 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”
- emphasis added). Your tithe rebukes the devourer, and your offerings are the seed by which God will add to and multiply your seed sown.
MALACHI 3: 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this," Says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field," Says the LORD of hosts;
The Shaking (Part 2)
The Unshakeable Heart
October 21, 2012
Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; he will not be afraid.”
—Psalm 112:6–8 nkjv
Ø The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.
- God allows the shaking in order to test our hearts. Do we trust in Him or in man? When things in the world look bleak, your heart must be established; that is, it must be unmoved and unshakeable.
- Satan uses the three dimensions of time, space, and natural laws to move your heart. The heart is the gateway into the fourth dimension of faith. It is beyond the dimension of the natural.
- Your heart, your dreams and visions, your thoughts, and your mouth are the four keys to having an unshakeable heart. You can manage your circumstances if your heart stays in the fourth dimension of faith.
1. Your heart must trust in the Lord.
- “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord” (Jer. 17:5 nkjv).
- The heart longs to feel secure. However, God allows things to be shaken in order to test your heart.
- The blessing of God is upon those whose hearts trust in the Lord. They are unmoved by circumstances, like a tree that lives alongside a river. The roots go deep under the stream and are constant.
- Like Jacob, the heart is deceitful (v. 9). You don’t really know your heart until a time of shaking.
2. Your dreams and visions come out of your heart.
- “I lifted my eyes and saw in a dream. . . . The flocks were streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted” (Gen. 31:10 nkjv).
- Jacob’s uncle, who was also his father-in-law, was lowering his wages. God gave Jacob a dream of how to become wealthy by putting peeled rods in the water trough, causing the flocks to produce streaked and speckled sheep!
- Outward circumstances cannot kill your dream and vision; only fear in your heart can. Even in difficult times, your dream and vision of blessing, promotion, and abundance must continue to work, because that is where the fourth dimension operates.
3. Your thoughts must remain in the realm of faith.
- “Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” (Ps. 37:3 nkjv).
- Your thoughts are bombarded by the media’s evil tidings. If you meditate on the thoughts and opinions of the world, your heart will be shaken. You must learn to trust, delight, commit, rest, and wait (vv. 3, 4, 5, 7, 34).
- Your thoughts should be on the cross and all that Jesus accomplished in the spirit world: salvation, healing, deliverance, abundance, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
4. Your words must be unshakeable.
- “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34 nkjv).
- You should verbalize your faith out of your heart. When you speak faith, it strengthens your heart.
- Your tongue is a powerful rudder that is moving your heart (James 3:4–5). You must manage your words so that your mouth is not negating what your heart believes.
Ø In times of shaking, what is going on in your heart?
- Is it shaken, fearful, worried, angry, and upset?
- Or is it full of faith, vision, thoughts of victory, and words of authority?
The Shaking (Part 3)
October 28, 2012
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
—2 Thessalonians 2:1–2 nkjv
Ø The Thessalonians were upset and fearful concerning the future. Satan had deceived them into a mind-set of panic. In our uncertain world, we must resist the same fears and be unshakeable in the eternal plan of God.
Ø We must be settled in our minds about the future so that world events, changes, and signs do not affect our hearts.
1. The day of the Lord is coming.
- The two epistles to the Thessalonians were written specifically to encourage them about the second coming. The apostle Paul referred to the rapture of the church in 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (nkjv).
- This event begins the day of the Lord. It will come like a “thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2). We must be ready and stay ready because when the church leaves the earth, God’s wrath will be outpoured: “For God did not appoint us to wrath” (v. 9 nkjv).
- The seven years of God’s wrath will end with Christ’s physical return to the earth to bring vengeance on His enemies (2 Thess. 1:7–10): “And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day” (nkjv).
2. We have nothing to fear.
- What we are seeing now in the earth is the “beginning of sorrows.” Jesus said, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:25–28 nkjv).
- In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul gives the scenario of the last days.
ü There will be a falling away, or departure, of the church (v. 3). Along with that will be the removal of the Holy Spirit, who is now restraining the full manifestation of the Antichrist (v. 7).
ü Then comes the revelation of the Antichrist in the Jewish temple (v. 4). This will be accompanied by supernatural power, signs, and lying wonders (v. 9).
ü Then comes the deception of the entire world and the final coming of Christ to destroy the Antichrist’s empire (2 Thess. 1:7–8).
3. We must stay ready, steady, and busy.
- “Therefore, brethren, stand fast” (2 Thess. 2:15 nkjv). We should be the only people who are not moved by what we see happening around us, established “in every good word and work” (v. 17).
- The most important thing for us right now is not to be idle, but to go about our work with haste. “God is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3 nkjv).
- We must never grow weary in doing good (2 Thess. 3:13). God has a calling and a ministry for each of us, and the shaking all around us cannot stop us from doing it!
The Shaking (Part 4)
Behind the Shaking
November 4, 2012
And I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory.
—Haggai 2:7 nkjv
- God is shaking the nations in anticipation of the greatest harvest and revival in history.
- The glory of the last church will be greater than the early church (v. 9).
- “Shaking” is always a sign that God is on the move.
Reasons Why God Is Shaking the Earth Right Now
1. Harvest time
Ø “It shall be like the shaking of an olive tree, like the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done” (Isa. 24:13 nkjv).
Ø Harvesters shake an olive tree to harvest it. They even beat the top branches with a stick. God is shaking the bush right now, and 2009 will be the “Year of the Harvest.”
Ø We are believing for a Pentecost harvest in 2009 as our family members and friends become hungry to be in the kingdom.
2. The fear of the Lord
Ø “When the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off (Ex. 20:18 nkjv).
Ø Israel came out to Mount Sinai on the third day of fasting. The mountain shook and was on fire. The shaking produced a reverence and fear of the Lord they had never known.
Ø Belshazzar, king of Babylon, shook when he saw the handwriting on the wall (Dan. 5:6).
3. Awakening the bride
Ø “But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept” (Matt. 25:5 nkjv).
Ø As the church, we tend to fall asleep spiritually. Empty prayer closets and dusty Bibles are a sign of distraction.
Ø A shaking is an awakening of the church to its real spiritual and moral condition.
4. Shifting the status quo
Ø A shake-up is a removal of some who have disappointed and replacement by a new team. It is a time of realignment.
Ø God is doing a spiritual shake-up in nations, economies, and leadership. This will make for incredible opportunities for people who have never dreamed of influence. The status of every believer is going to change in this shake-up.
5. Satan is losing.
Ø “Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him” (Mark 9:26 nkjv).
Ø Satan always shakes before he breaks. He knows that his time is short, and he is not on the move, but on the retreat. The gospel is advancing on all continents and is even moving into the 10/40 window.
Ø The Philistines ran in terror at the shaking of God (1 Sam. 14:15).
6. Deliverance is here.
Ø “Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” (Acts 16:26).
Ø God had to shake the prison to remove the shackles. You have been sitting in private bondage, and this shaking is a sign that your moment of deliverance has come. This has happened to thousands of people during our Freedom weekend retreats.