Archive for October, 2008

A Dire Warning!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

October 5, 2008, I was abruptly awakened from a very sound sleep three times by a very troubled spirit — heart, which just does not happen to me. At the time, I could not figure out what my Lord was trying to tell me. Nonetheless, being it happened three times I inherently knew it was very important. It was as if the Father, Son and Holy Spirit had witnessed to my spirit during the night.

That Sunday morning, as it is my custom to do, I proceeded to spend at least an hour with my Lord in prayer in order to prepare myself — my spirit to hear and receive what my Lord had for me that day. As I did, the following Scripture came to mind:

Luke 22:39-46: “And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. And when He arrived at the place, He said to them, ‘Pray that you may not enter into temptation.’ And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, ‘Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done.’ Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. And when He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, and said to them, ‘Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.’” (NASB)

I then immediately knew what my Lord was trying to tell me by waking me up three times. Although, it is written in the Old Testament by God’s foreknowledge that the Shepherd would be struck down and the sheep would be scattered, could it be by Jesus saying, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation,” He was telling His disciples that the fleeing (scattering) did not have to happen? I believe so! If they stayed awake and prayed with Jesus would they have entered into this temptation and fled from Jesus’ side? Jesus seemed to be saying, no!

Although Jesus is the Son of God — Emmanuel (God with us), it is also written that He also identified with us by coming in a body of flesh and blood. Therefore, in order to have the strength that He needed to face His temptation — His cross, a temptation so great that His sweat turned to blood resisting the temptation to turn away from His cross — His cup, He relied solely on prayer.

Yes, Jesus received the strength to face His cross — His temptation from His Father only after He endured in prayer, thereby, giving us an example to follow. If that is what Jesus had to do, how much more do we need to endure in prayer to find the strength to face our temptations?

Now what I’m about to say next is not from me, but from God. And yes, I’m very aware of the consequences I face if I attribute something as coming from God which is not from Him. So let me reaffirm this to you again. The following is not from me, but it is from God: “Temptation and deception, and the evil one are now afoot — on the move globally in a mighty way — more powerful than ever before, because he knows his time is short. So why then are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation and deception so you will be kept safe from the evil one and his lies!”

He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit is saying!

Prayer: Father, during this church age we are Your ambassadors of light in this world — there is no other light. Darkness cannot overcome light, yet we see darkness doing just that; therefore, we must conclude that the light through Your Church is becoming dim — going out, or perhaps even false, i.e., proclaiming an adulterated gospel, ergo, darkness is filling the void that is left. Father, as Your prophets of old felt alone and brokenhearted so do I — even knowing, according to Your word, there always remains a godly remnant. Father, even if a few — or none are willing to listen, don’t allow us to fail in these last of the Last Days. Fully equip us in Your Holy Spirit so that we may burn bright with Your glorious unadulterated gospel message; as You have given us Your heart for those who are lost, or those who merely profess being a Christian without Your Spirit. My Lord, is there anything I — we have left undone? If there is, please my God, show us now! Father, may we hear Your voice clearly and be found in the exact center of Your will — and doing Your will when your Son returns for His bride. Father, as our Lord instructed us to pray, also keep us from temptation, deception and the evil one. May Your Holy Spirit give us ears to hear and eyes to see. In Jesus’ name. Amen and Amen!

God bless you,

Minister Raymond D. Sopp