Right about now a slew of “words” are being given about 2023.
Those words may or may not be from the Lord or inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The only way to know is if:
A: They line up with the Word.
B: They come true.
You must have both of those to confirm an accurate Word.
Too many share feelings, emotions, thoughts and even manipulation then lay the Lord’s Name on it.
Biblical prophets told the truth. No matter what it was. They were there to offer correction, a warning and confirmation of what the Lord was doing or going to do.
I can only share what I believe the Lord is telling me.
Time and the Holy Spirit will tell if it’s true or not.
I believe that it is, or I wouldn’t share it.
This word comes from prayer and confirmation from praying with my fellow SRT member and brother in the Lord Larry Barrett.
This week on The Porch the Lord had me give a teaching and an admonition to Keep Going. You can find it on Firefall Talk Radio either on firefalltalkradio.com or one of the streaming platforms we are on.
The Word for 2023 ties into the encouragement to keep going.
If you are going to keep going you must press on and persevere against everything this world and or the enemy throws at you.
If you thought 2022 was bad 2023 won’t be any better. In fact, it will be worse. The powers of darkness are emboldened in their efforts to destroy the Church and to destroy everything good and righteous. The people that serve the powers of darkness do not believe that they can be stopped or even slowed down. And they are right. Nothing we do in the natural will do that.
No person, social or political act will do that. No one is going to save us. Only the Lord can change things. He is our only hope. No man, woman, politician, program or fallen world system will change things.
And, I do not believe that the Lord is going to either.
He is allowing these things to happen.
The Book of Acts Church, our foundation, understood this and kept going.
2 Corinthians 4:3-7 3 And even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so they might not see the light of the Good News of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Messiah Yeshua as Lord—and ourselves as your slaves for Yeshua’s sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Messiah. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, so that the surpassing greatness of the power may be from God and not from ourselves.
For too long the Church (people not a building) have abdicated, their responsibility and therefore their authority. We’ve looked to people instead of the Lord and instead of acting upon His declaration to go and do in His Name. We are His agents of change.
It’s His great power not ours that gets things done.
We change things by changing people one at a time. Getting them saved, healed, and delivered. Discipling them and helping them to do the same for others.
The Word tells us things will get worse and worse before the Lord Returns. The Lord Himself told us that would be the case.
The darker it gets the brighter we shine, and the more people can see that Light.
No, brother and sisters, 2023 will be worse in the natural but greater in the Spirit.
It’s time for the “greater works” that the Lord spoke about in John 14:12.
The same Spirit that raised the Lord from the grave is inside of you and ready to work with you to get the job done. Where you focus your attention will determine that work.
If you want your ears tickled and told everything is going to be okay that’s your choice. There are plenty of ear ticklers out there to fill that need. But, if you are a part of the Remnant that has shaken off the bonds of religion and the worship of men, 2023 is your year to rise up. You are not alone. There are other spiritual guerrilla fighters in the homes, coffee shops and meeting rooms who have forsaken denominationalism and sectarianism to be a part of THE Body of Messiah alone.
WE ARE THE CHURCH. HIS CHURCH.
WE ARE EMPOWERED WITH ALL OF THE AUTHORITY OF HEAVEN GIVEN TO US BY THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
WE KNOW THAT WE WIN.
Never forget that the enemy believes that they are the ones that win. They are not afraid of us and will not relent until they are subjected and imprisoned. They have been preparing for this moment for millennia and we cannot underestimate their commitment to their cause.
Dig your heels in and stand. Press in together. Share your shields and cover one another. Have each other’s back. Sword of the Spirit in hand. Word of the Lord in our minds. Name of the Lord on our lips.
Go set the captives free in His Name. Change people and society changes.
Get into The Word and get The Word inside of you.
Fall in deeper love with the Lord and regain His love for the lost and dying.
Set your mind on things above and not things on the Earth.
Set your heart upon Him.
2 Corinthians 4:8-12 8 We are hard pressed in every way, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not in despair; 9 persecuted, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Yeshua, so that the life of Yeshua may also be revealed in our mortal body. 11 For we who live are always being handed over to death for Yeshua’s sake, so that the life of Yeshua may be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
The Book of Acts Church knew what it would take to fulfill the calling.
Let’s make 2023 the year that world sees the Book of Acts Church in action again.
Let them say about us what was said then, those who have turned the world upside down are here.
Let’s shake the world one last time before the Return of the King.
RISE UP REMNANT.
Richard J Grund