A Time of Decision – a Time of Destiny – Ray E Horton
Nothing will change our culture but a Great Awakening. The promised Great Awakening that has begun in many places only comes as it comes to each of our hearts individually, and we then arise in unity, encouraging one another in the life of faith.
The promised Great Awakening only comes as it comes to each of our hearts individually
We are at a time of decision. Christians can no longer remain in complacency and be a part of what God is doing and is about to do in these last days. The days are over when we could live with feet in both worlds.
But the choice isn’t hard when we remember the Lord’s love, grace, goodness and faithfulness. The truly successful life, bearing much fruit, fulfillment and joy, comes from yielding fully to the Lord in intimate prayer and following the leading of the Spirit, empowered by Him. Answered prayer is so much more fulfilling than flesh-directed self-effort.
So come, brothers and sisters, lets each one of us decide to fully surrender to the Lord now, not to our preconceived ideas, filled with fears and uncertainty, but confidently to the God who loves us, who gave His life for us on the cross, who rose to give us eternal life, and who sent the comforter, the Spirit of Truth, to show us the way and to live it through us, if we’ll let Him.
Let Jesus Live His Life Through Us
Let us back off now and let Jesus live His life through us as lights to the world. It’s not based on our own goodness, abilities or status; it’s all based on Him and His Grace – that’s why we can and need to do it. This is the day! And we do it by the faith that He has placed within us.
Why do I have to decide now, you ask? Because the time of the end is clearly at hand. Oh, we don’t know the day or the hour, but we can discern the times. And God has been speaking it prophetically for several years now, and presently even more emphatically. The time John wrote of is here. “Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come” (1 Jn 2:18).
“Do not love the world’s ways. Do not love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from Him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity) (1 Jn. 2:15-17 MSG).
We are in the world but must no longer be of the world
Remember, that “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” – He is pleased with our faith when we believe that (Heb. 11:6), because He loves us and wants us to experience that joy of the service that He individually and uniquely created each of us for and called us to from the beginning of time.
We are in the world but must no longer be of the world. And we have a ministry to the world – each of us – we are ambassadors for Christ and ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20). Let us put aside our pride and fears, and as temples of the Holy Spirit, be the vessels of Jesus Christ, providing Him here the arms, legs and mouthpiece to advance His Kingdom now.
It is by His grace as we rest from our ways and allow Him to live through us. Let us step now into our destiny. Let us do it together, helping one another believe in this new and unnatural way to our flesh. For it is in giving of our lives that we receive. That is how we will be whole.