Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ministry Update - October 2011

HURRY CHILD!

Recently, Molly had a supernatural experience that stirred my spirit and brought me to a new level of spiritual soberness. It happened midday, while she was sitting at home with her six-month old daughter, Esther. What follows is her account.

"I was brought into a room filled with old scrolls. There were hundreds and hundreds of them, all written on and rolled up. As I walked towards the middle of the room, I noticed a very old man sitting at an artist's desk. He appeared focused and did not notice my presence initially. I observed he had one remaining blank page in front of him. When he dipped his pen in an ink well and began to write on this page, he finally looked up at me. His eyes were filled with an intensity so deep that my heart was pierced by his gaze. When he spoke, my whole body began to tremble. He said, "Hurry child........I'm almost done writing!

Never have I been so aware of the shortness of time. Seven and a half years ago, God invaded my life and told me what I needed to hear rather than what I wanted to hear. He did this because there wasn't any more time to mess around with sin or a careless lifestyle. It was now or never. I believe we have all stepped across that threshold........the "now or never" moment of our lives. It is time we listen to what we need to hear rather than what we want to hear. We need to hear that our complacency and trifling ways of life have broken the heart of God. We are guilty of trading times of home prayer and worship for the latest television shows. We have exchanged our spiritual passion for religious mediocrity. We have not made ourselves ready for our Bridegroom.

I want the last words written upon the scrolls of eternity to be of a lovesick Bride that cared only for her Bridegroom. A Bride who did not just acknowledge, but rather surrendered. Who did not just promise, but fulfilled. A Bride, who loved her Bridegroom with all her heart, not just part of it.

True love cannot be turned on and off as we so please. When ignited, it burns with a fire that cannot be quenched and fiercely consumes everything in its path. May God challenge our hearts and lifestyles in such a way that we replace our spiritual dimmer switches for torches of passion so bright and pure, it burns the eyes."


PREPARING THE BRIDE

I have never been more certain that revival is in total alignment with God's will. In times past, we have focused on the spiritual and sociological benefits for individuals, families, and communities. However, in these Last Days, we need to also look at the necessity of revival to prepare the Bride for the Bridegroom.

Recently, I was preparing to teach from "The Clash of Kingdoms." The second chapter mentions the repeated warnings given by God regarding mixture. The problem certainly exists today as the Church appears more than willing to mix the values of two opposing kingdoms in an effort to be successful in both.

I believe mixture often begins with moral dissonance. Many are familiar with cognitive dissonance. An example would be smoking a pack of cigarettes every day while believing it is harmful to your health. In similar ways, many Christians say they have prioritized their spiritual lives but are continually preoccupied with the material world. Despite what we claim, the physical world is our end and the spiritual realm has become our means. If we were honest, most of our Christianity is actually Humanism - where our happiness is the ultimate goal.

Christ came to set us free! This freedom is not just from sin but value systems, mindsets, and lifestyles that have stained our white robes and rendered us irrelevant and ineffective. Despite our past failures, Jesus is offering us today a depth of intimacy that can restore our hearts and eclipse all other loves. His love is still the greatest force in all the universe!

And tho this world with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph thru us.


MINISTRY UPDATE

We have had a very busy month. Here are some of the highlights:

• Our ministry with the officers who serve the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department continues to expand. Plans are underway to start a bible study to augment our weekly prayer meeting.
• We are providing more spiritual counseling in death notifications and crisis incidents.
• B.U.D.'s worship services are increasing in size. More men have been attending from the local rehabilitation center. Many testify of spiritual encounters with God they didn't think were possible.
• Our outreaches with prison inmates have brought many into the Kingdom and created an open heaven in the jail.
• We have increased the number of meetings in various local churches. More bible studies are being formed based on our recent book, "The Clash of Kingdoms."


Final Reminders

• Please let us know how we can pray for you. Thanks also for your faithful prayers for us!
• We are always looking for fresh and powerful worship songs. Let us know if you have any recommendations.
• I would also strongly recommend "The Clash of Kingdoms" along with our other books and CD. Just visit us at www.ardormedia.com.
• Some have joined our "Dollar-a-Day" club. Would you prayerfully consider this simple and affordable means of support? Just respond to this post if you are interested.