The Enemy Within
(America Wrestles with God, pt. 2)
November 15th 2020
The fate of our nation is weighing in the balance right now. The reason is not solely because of the uncertainties in the official result of the 2020 elections, although it’s a clear display of a nation in great divide. The real struggle is that America is going through a deep identity crisis as a nation.
What divides America is not the battle around her but the battle that rages within her. The biggest threat is not the external evil forces surrounding her but the internal evil forces who managed to penetrate and operate from within. Most of the time we are quick to blame and point at the devil for sowing chaos and deception. But sometimes the devil doesn't even need to do that, because there are enough demons on the inside that can do the job (Matthew 12:45). The enemy within is far more dangerous than the enemy around you. You do not have to look far but search within you to find areas that can destroy you. This of course can be applicable to our personal and individual life.
America, like Israel, was founded on the principles and inspirations of its
covenant with God (Genesis 12:13). But just like Israel, America has strayed away from God and prostituted herself with her many idols. But time and again, God's grace and mercy are always upon those whose covenant has brought remembrance to the Lord when His people began to cry out in repentance. God has heard the repentant cry of America, even only from its remnant. God is merciful to extend His grace and restore His covenant with her.
Like the story of Jacob at Jabbok where he wrestled with God for his blessings (Genesis 32:22-32), America is faced with the same opportunity in this season. An invitation to a real fight, unlike the wrestle mania Americans are accustomed to entertain herself with, the fake punches, and the phony throw downs or wild smashing of chairs that have no real power to destroy or overcome the opponent. In this flight, America is not the audience that is watching and mocking. Instead, she is being watched and being mocked. The fight is no longer product of her imagination. This one is real; this one is dangerous and this one has a lasting consequence for generations to come.
The same way Jacob had to meet and wrestle with man (himself) and with God at Jabbok; God is inviting America to have a serious Jabbok encounter with Him. Jabbok is not just a simple name of a fighting arena for Jacob, but I believe it is the key to unlock the mystery of this fight. It holds a significant symbolical meaning in the wrestling story. JABBOK (Heb. יַבֹּק), tributary of the Jordan from the east, the first river south of the Yarmuk. The Hebrew name is derived either from the root meaning "to empty itself" or "to pour out".
America needs to be in a place of pouring out and emptying herself before the Lord like Jacob did. America needs to encamp at her Jabbok for a season. Jabbok is a place of surrender and resilience at the same time. What does America need to pour out, and empty herself of? What is she willing to surrender to have an encounter with the living God?
Certainly, we need to empty ourselves of pride, arrogance, idolatry, hatred, violence (sacrifice of innocent lives in the altar of abortion). All of which causes self-destruction, and breeding places for demons to operate within (Ezekiel 18:31). The stark political and cultural contrast in our nation is just a reflection of a torn heart and a troubled soul of our nation.
The good news is God has made a way for America to arrive at its own Jabbok. We can pour out our repentance over the Lord just like Jacob did. Hold on to God, until we are forgiven. God not only released His blessings over Jacob at the end of his struggle, God also released him from his old self, beat every demon off of him. as a result of his overcoming spirit, at daybreak God gave Jacob a new name and redeemed his identity. God also marked him by permanently changing his walk through the injury he sustained in his hips. For Jacob, it’s all worth losing a limb to gain a life of fulfillment and prosperity.
Jacob demonstrated resilience and endurance until the end. He refused to give up. He has an unwavering faith that if he gives all that he has on this fight he will prevail, and so he did. He knew that if he has to fulfill the promises that has been spoken over his life,, he must have God's approval and blessings, even if takes all night long of wrestling. It paid off in a big way. God's promises of blessings and prosperity over his life and his descendants was released to him. At the end of labor pains, he gave birthed to a nation of promise, Israel was born. (Psalm 30).
America can share the same fate as Jacob if we are so willing and hungry for our inheritance with God. A restored covenant and a promising future await America at daybreak.
We must fight on, continue to wrestle through this dark hour. Pour out our true repentance; wrestle out and let go of every demon within us that is consuming and eating this nation alive. Hang on to God and our faith; grab a hold of God’s agenda and will for our nation. God will release His approval and His blessings as we overcome and prevail in this ultimate battle for America’s destiny and inheritance.
“For you need to have endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:36)
The Ultimate Wrestling Match for America
November 11th 2020
America’s ultimate wrestling match is not between President Donald Trump and Former VP Joe Biden in the Presidential Elections as it still plays out today. As they fight over and represent two opposing sides of culture, aspirations, and visions for America’s future; this political wrestle mania is like nothing we have seen before, seems to camouflage the real fight that is going on in this nation.
The greatest battle America faces today is not between two political systems. The true fight is in a deeper and greater measure, the spiritual battle over America.
America is facing the most crucial battle of its life and destiny as a nation, wrestling with God through the night hours for its spiritual inheritance and destiny. America indeed has arrived in its own Jabbok, having a wrestling match with God as Jacob did in Genesis 32:22-32.
God has given this nation a chance of a lifetime, an ultimate fight of faith, to defend its destiny and inheritance as a nation. The result of this fight will determine whether it can reclaim its God-given purpose and God-given glory. Is America willing to fight all night long into the daybreak for its blessing? Will it wrestle with God and overcome?
The story of Jacob in Jabbok is an illustration of America’s ultimate fight for this hour. Jacob’s wrestling match with God and its outcome gives us a parallel perspective of what‘s at stake in America’s ultimate wrestling fight for freedom, destiny and inheritance with God. Will America prevail? Will it overcome?
The true battle and struggle is how much and how bad you’d like to win this fight. Jacob did not let go of God until he received his blessings. Will America let go of God? Or will it hang on until God releases its blessings?
We need to search our hearts as Americans, are we even part of the fight?
"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (Deuteronomy 30:19)
August 25th 2020
Joshua 5:2-9 (KJV)
“At the time the lord said unto Joshua, make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.”
V9. And the Lord said unto Joshua, this day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.
I believe we are in a “Gilgal” moment. The first time Israel saw the promise land, instead of faith, fear of the giants prevented them from entering in.
The consequences for that…. they ended up walking around in circles for another 40 years in the wilderness.
In Hebrew, Gilgal means - A circle of stones, A Wheel, A Rolling away.
God wants to break the cycle of going around in circles, and in order to do that He must deal with our flesh.
God must circumcise our flesh; surgery must be done! Flesh refers to our sinfulness and our disobedience.
Sometimes we think we are ready for our promise until we see the giants.
Giants have a way of exposing our sins and measuring out our faith.
At the present moment we are facing a giant called Covid-19. And it’s bringing to light hidden sins and it’s testing our faith.
The adversary of our faith, place Giants in the way to keep us out of our inheritance.
The key to taking out the Giants is allowing God to perform divine surgery. Let God circumcise our flesh.
Israel could not enter the first time because their flesh got in the way. Giants are never the problem, it’s a lack of faith in the Word of God.
Now they are facing the giants a second time. And this time God is very serious about dealing with our sinfulness and disobedience.
We are at a “Gilgal” moment. God will not allow the church to enter the promise land in the flesh, unless, we let God deal with our hidden issues and idols.
Israel was on the move, then suddenly everything came to a dead stop. When covid-19 came everything shut down. We couldn’t go backwards nor could we go forward.
At this point God has no desire for us to return back to the old ways of doing things nor does He want us to move forward until a deeper work is accomplished in our hearts.
This is a divine “Gilgal” moment and we must allow God to perform divine surgery removing unwanted issues like, pride, jealousy, envy, competition, selfishness, and many other sins we made a sanctuary for.
We cannot go back, nor we can move forward until we repent and ask God to purify us with His Holy fire.
Are you ready to surrender your all at Gilgal? This is where we lay down our flesh, our agenda, our pride, and take up our cross and follow Jesus!
It’s time to die to self, slay the Giants, and enter the Promise land.
August 24, 2020
A few weeks ago, this Word came to me while praying, “the next several months will be turbulent with many twists and turns.”
The word turbulent is characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not controlled or calm. (dictionary)
We have entered turbulent times since Covid-19. Conflicts, disorder, and confusion have hit us all in a big way.
I feel that turbulence will become much greater if we do not pray. The picture that I received from the Lord was that of an airplane.
Many of us who have flown will understand what I mean. Sometimes airplanes go through turbulence resulting in change in the atmosphere.
Cntraveler.com – article titled, “What Causes Turbulence? 11 things your need to know”
According to the article, “turbulence is caused by a number of factors: think upward and downward currents from thunderclouds, thermal currents, or clear air turbulence from rapidly changing wind speed or direction.”
The article goes on to say, Pilots know when turbulence will occur. This gives them time to warn passengers ahead of time by turning the seatbelt sign on.
We have a spiritual Pilot whose name is Jesus Christ. He is the senior captain of the flight. I sense the captain saying, “the flight is going to get a little bumpy.” (the seatbelt sign is on)
Whenever I experience turbulence, the first thing I do is pray. God is asking us all to pray. Darkness needs to be exposed and the strategy of the enemy overthrown in our country as well as in our church.
Be sensitive on how God would like you to pray. Then obey God and stand in the gap. Many souls are being weighed in the balance.
During flights, unexpected turbulence does occur. Science calls this, clear air turbulence. It occurs when weather seems perfect; it’s the most dangerous kind. It suddenly happens without warning. So, keep your seatbelt fastened. Things can happen without warning.
The Good News is this, the plane will not fall out of the sky due to turbulence. We have a destination to reach, we are crossing over into our destiny.
Don’t be discouraged. Perhaps you have suffered prophetic disappointments in the past. God is doing a much deeper work in all of us. God is doing something much greater than we originally thought.
The flight might be a little bumpier, but we have the best Captain flying us over the sea of trouble.
John 16:33 (KJV) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Please take the time to seek God with all your heart, God is preparing us for His GLORY!"
God is not finished with our country, the church, and He is definitely not finished with you and me! If we stay in faith, pray, and obey, the best years are ahead of us.
Get ready, it’s Harvest time! Amen!
August 22, 2020
Exodus 20:18-20 KJV
18 “And all the people saw the thundering’s, and the lightnings, and the noise of the Trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not” for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not."
The Word of God came to me recently before the thunder and lightning passed through this past Sunday.
I heard the words, “my Glory will come like rolling Thunder and Lightning.”
As I woke up to the sound of rolling thunder and lightning this past Sunday, I sensed God saying this is the sign of my Glory coming.
The Glory of the Lord has to do with the “Fear of God;” fear, reverence, and the awe of God returning to the Body of Christ.
In verse 18, we see thunder, lightnings and smoke on the mountain with fire.
This is what we are experiencing right now in our city of Tracy and the State of California. California is on fire; we are currently surrounded by fire.
There’s been emergency evacuations for those who live close to the fires.
The Glory of God is coming to accomplish a deeper work, the fires of purification. It will begin with the fear and awe of God.
I’m afraid we have lost the fear of God and have not given Him true honor, power and glory.
Throughout the Bible, especially in the book of Revelation, thunder and lightning is the language of God.
Thunder reflects the power of his voice; lightning the path of His power to accomplish His will.
Can you hear the sound of the Trumpet; thunder and lightning?
The Trumpet, heavens alarm clock.
Thunder, the weight of His voice.
Lightning, the fire of purification.
The FIRE of God is here, are you ready?
Acts 2:19 NIV
“I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke."
Pray that the fires do not pass over the boundaries of our cities and communities.
Pray for the safety of the people of our state. Pray the air quality will change for the good.
Pray for our cities where bloodshed, fires, and smoke are taking place.
Pray for the election that God’s will be done.
And most importantly, return to the fear of the Lord for God is coming with His GLORY! AMEN!