It’s Time

Some of you have been beaten down and bruised by an illegitimate system. Some of you have been spit out left for dead by those who you were once close to.

It’s time.

Some of you have been squeezed by rules that seek to destroy. Some of you have been broken by laws that offer no hope.

It’s time.

Some of you have been chosen to be healed. Some of you have been called to be free.

It’s time.

It’s time to receive this hate and this defeat and this call. Have you been trying to yourself? Have you been trying your hardest to be who you think you are supposed to be on this journey, in this battle, in this life?

Haggai’s Perspective

‘But now, do consider from this day onward: before one stone was placed on another in the temple of the Lord, from that time when one came to a grain heap of twenty measures, there would be only ten; and when one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measures, there would be only twenty. I smote you and every work of your hands with blasting wind, mildew and hail; yet you did not come back to Me,’ declares the Lord. ‘Do consider from this day onward, … consider: Is the seed still in the barn? Even including the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree, it has not borne fruit. Yet from this day on I will bless you.’ (Haggai 2:15-19 NASB)

Praise the Lord for the seed still left in the barn! So I ask of you:

If we do not love through the hate, who will?

If we do not allow Christ to reveal new life through us, who will?

If we do not step up and receive His signet ring, who will?

‘I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations; and I will overthrow the chariots and their riders, and the horses and their riders will go down, everyone by the sword of another. On that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, My servant,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:18-23 NASB)

What’s Your Ring Size?

May the heavens and the earth shake. May the principalities of the powers of this world see the true expression of Christ in the unseen realms, in the heavens, and in the seen realms, the earth.

May we receive His signet ring as ambassadors for His Cause, for His Kingdom.

May we realize, our King is the King of kings. He is the Lord of lords. And most importantly, He is the Lord of hosts.

When it’s dark and you feel you can’t go on, here comes the dawn. Our King, the Lord of hosts, rises with His Kingdom and His fleet to accomplish His Causes.

We are victorious through Him.

It’s time, Army of God. The flag is rising.

Wear His signet ring with His authority.

It’s time, Army of God. The banner is unfurling.

The heavens are shaking. The earth is shaking.

The drums are beating, Army of God.

It’s time.

6 comments

  1. jimpuntney · August 22, 2012

    My brother, it is time, time that we collectively, lovingly, and without reservation proclaim.

    The Year of the Lord’s Favor
    ISAIAH 61

    “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
    Because the LORD has anointed Me
    To preach good tidings to the poor;
    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives,
    And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; the day of vengeance of our God;
    To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion,
    To give them beauty for ashes,
    The oil of joy for mourning,
    The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
    That they may be called trees of righteousness,
    The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” 4 And they shall Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
    And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
    Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
    Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

    “For I, the LORD, love justice;
    I hate robbery for burnt offering;
    I will direct their work in truth,

    And will make with them an everlasting covenant. Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
    And their offspring among the people.
    All who see them shall acknowledge them,
    That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.”

    I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
    My soul shall be joyful in my God;
    For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
    He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
    As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
    And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its bud,
    As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
    So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

    • marklchampion · August 23, 2012

      Amen. Living in Christ is Isaiah 61 for sure. Thank you for sharing this encouragement!

  2. kaleymayer · August 22, 2012

    Amen! Good word. We have been crushed, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed for we have The One in us who is Life! The seed in the barn … all this is for the forming of Christ in us as we are chipped, shaped, and pushed into the church, the Body of Christ.

    • marklchampion · August 23, 2012

      Amen, Kaley. Praise the Lord we are not abandoned. There is a seed in our barn! May the Church rise! It is time!

  3. Trevor Honeycutt · August 22, 2012

    Oh wow! What an encouraging word! As I read, my heart cried-out “YEEESSSS!”

    Oh Lord, yes, it’s time. Your kingdom come, Your will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Let all rule and authority, all governments and powers…fall at Your feet.

    Praise You King Jesus!

    • marklchampion · August 23, 2012

      Amen, Trevor! Your will be done, Lord. Splendid experience to be able to watch Your will take place. May we rise up in You, Lord. It is time.

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