I am like a green olive tree…
I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it; in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good. Psalm 52: 8-9
This has been my memory/prayer verse this week in the midst of our nation caught up in fear of the corona virus, fluctuating markets, and blasphemous rebellion before God–by those who call evil good. So many are advocating and celebrating lawlessness, perversion, and the shedding of innocent blood in abortion. And yet, the Lord is in control. Whatever is meant for harm from the enemy the Lord uses for the good of His children and a harvest of the lost. He is preparing His bride for His return.
It’s so GOOD that the Holy Spirit first breathed Psalm 52 in David while he was in the midst of evil people lying, betraying, and slaughtering God’s people, all while trying to kill David—the Lord’s anointed. I encourage you to memorize vs 8 & 9. I ask you to pray the whole Psalm 52 aloud often in the future when you feel overwhelmed by fear or disgust at theapparent advance of evil. The Lord’s got this. Let Him have you afresh.
The Lord is helping me prepare a word of counsel because there is so much more to say concerning what is coming. Ever since October 1, 2019, I have been working with the Lord concerning startling yet sound things He has confirmed to me and wants me to eventually say. I ask your prayers. I’m learning so much from Him that will be of the right help at the right time. For now, let me just say that the word “corona” means crown. Your best protection against lack, disease, suffering, persecution, death, and dying AND the fear of lack, disease, suffering, persecution, death, and dying–is the Lord.
Yes, it is wise to wash your hands and refrain from touching your eyes and mouth as much as possible. Yes, it is wise to eat, drink, and exercise healthily. Yes, it is wise to prayerfully consider medical and homeopathic prevention and treatment. But put not your faith in these things. The true “Center for Disease Control” is His Throne Room. It’s ever more important to humble yourself before the Lord, cast down your crown before His throne, casting all your cares on Him. Come rest in His love. Come guard your heart, eyes, and ears from evil. Repent of any doublemindedness. Fill your eyes with His smiling face of grace because you are covered by His blood covenant. Feed on His word. Fill your mouth and ears with His praise. He will fill You afresh with His Spirit and Fire. Practice James 4 spiritual hygiene so you can become a James 5 fearless and effectual prayer warrior and witness in Christ!
This is what Kim and I are hearing Him say to you and me this week, “STAY rooted in MY mercy, MY praise, MY household—in these times of evil and upheaval. STAY. STAND before ME. STAND with ME toward the world. Call upon MY Hand.”
This is how Kim and I are praying concerning the corona virus, etc. I hope you’ll join me and share this with others. “Father, in the name of Jesus with the power of His precious blood, lift up Your Hand and take away the corona virus. As we wait upon You to move, help us stay like a green olive tree in Your Household, trusting in Your mercy, praising Your forever! You Have done it—died on the Cross, risen from the dead, ascended on High, ever interceding for us on Your throne from where You will return one day ushering in a new heaven and a new earth. Help us stay in the presence of Your saints as we wait on You. Help us stay standing before You, with You, for You–as your beloved children, royal priests, and anointed witnesses to this world You so love. Amen.
Also, local and national friends, make plans now to join us at our Bi-annual 3 Day Renewal Gathering April 23 to 25th here in Cedar Rapids! Wonderful teaching, worship, prayer, prayer, and fellowship! More details coming!
Love and blessings,