“And said , I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments”…Nehemiah 1 v 5

The church is weak and there is no fear of the Lord, these words imprinted on my heart this evening. As I read the beginning of Nehemiah I realised that the Lord was trying to tell me something. As Jerusalem was in rubbles so is the church. Truth has been eradicated from the church apart from a small remnant that the Lord knows of. The church has become comfortable and fat and the wounded sheep have no shepherd or justice. God hears their cries and He himself is going out on the pastures day and night to heal their wounds and hearts.

Gods Truth the double edged sword is about the sweep the nations. There is to be much turmoil in the coming years and the axe is at the root of the tree. Persecution will descend upon comfortable nations who have forsake their first love of Jesus. The choice is either life or death both spiritually and for some physical.

Nehemiah used the word ‘terrible’ and rightly so. He is the God of heaven and earth and ultimately He is in control. His promises are sure for those who keep his commandments and they are sheltered in the High Tabernacle.

As I write I must speak what the Lord lays on my heart it is my calling and my fear of the Lord is greater now than the fear of man.

It is also with a heart of love too because I know that Gods Word is true and what is happening around me is distressing me much despite the peace that Jesus gives me.

As I leaned on Gods Word tonight the promise that God will build His church will come to pass but not before persecution.

Moses the great leader was denied access to the promise land because of his disobedience and again I sensed the Lord is going to raise new Joshuas in this new generation will will lead Gods people.

Something new is about to happen and a change of circumstances will occur for many but do not be afraid for God is with us.

“And the Lord said unto Joshua, this day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee”…. Joshua 3 v 7

God is about to remove many enemies, people who are opposed to the Gospel of Christ.

Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves my people. Speak the Truth in love and watch the Lord move in a mighty way.

“Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.”

….. Matthew 10 v 35 (The message).

Jesus does not mince his words does he? He speaks plainly and gets straight to the point!

A friend of mine said there there were too many ‘ians’ about. Christians but without Christ in their lives – ‘ians’. How true is this!

It is costly my dear brothers and sisters and Jesus warns us over and over again that He did not come to bring peace but a sword. His sword is Truth. It is the Truth that sets us free my dear friends. Jesus is the Truth not man.

Many friends and family will not like the fact you are a follower of Jesus. A christian going to church christian is fine, but to truly follow Jesus is an entirely different matter.

When I first became a christian the man I was married to at the time was not a christian although he came from a church going family. I experienced as a brand new baby christian persecution. It was just awful but looking back now it was a preparation of things to come. God knows the future. God knows the evil that abounds and has to prepare us to stand and fight in His name. The closer I walked with God the more he mocked me and told me that his parents were going to heaven because they go to church.I put him straight on this and incurred his wrath!

Then I have had conflicts with all my family and friends I had. I lost all of them. I can remember listening to a tape one day and the guy said if you want to follow Jesus you will have to lose all your friends. I was terrified and thought no way!

I actually turned my back on the Lord for 10 years because I just couldn’t get my head around Gods Word it was too hard and I couldn’t do it. Although I left God, He never left me. I came back a prodigal daughter, a sinner, I sensed the angels singing that day and truly the scripture is true when one sinner truly repents even the angels sing in heaven! Praise the Lord!.

Then the revelation of the state of the church was revealed to me by the Lord and on my face and heartbroken shed tears for the lost and aghast at the deception that is ruling our churches today..

The church have left Jesus out and brought in man-made teachings and traditions and new teachings (false teachings) are abound! There are no fresh revelations in today’s church. The Good Shepherd is going out himself finding His sheep and feeding them.

Mindless gossip and ungodliness’s rife in the church and they have pushed God out! The angel of light sits on the altar in many churches and ears are dulled and mouths abounding in strives, envy and ambition but not to the Lords will.

Jesus is not about cozy but His peace is beyond understanding and helps us rise up over tribulations.

Are you sacrificing the Truth for an easy life? We are called to be holy as the Lord is holy. Separate.