Awake from Your Slumber
America has been taking it easy. But I want to serve notice on every evil, demonic force attacking us: we are awake now.
I greet you with Jesus' joy. I am so glad to be in the house of the Lord. I was out in Arizona when the FAA shut down the airways. I had noway to get here to be here with you, and I was just frantic, because Ireally wanted to be able to man this post and be in this position with youtoday. So I'm glad to be here. I was frantic. I was running everything asbest as I could. Between my computer and my cell phone, I was giving it thebest I had long distance.
So I'm with you, and I'm aware and I feel you and I understand so specifically the challenges before us, and it's just good forus to be together in the house of the Lord. I want to go to the word of God.I want to spend the time that I have with you in a very, very significantand essential way, sharing what I believe that the Holy Spirit has definedfor me to share with you today. I want you to go to the Gospel of St.Matthew, Chapter 13 , verses 3 through 39.
"Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of Heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field, but while men slept, his enemy came and sowedtares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up,and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants ofthe householder came and said unto him, sir, did you not sow good seed inthy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, an enemy hasdone this. The servants said unto him, shall we not go to gather them up?But he said, nay, lest while you gather the tares, you root up also thewheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the timeof harvest, I will say to the reapers, gather you together first the taresand bind them in bundles to burn them. But gather the wheat into my barn."
Can you say amen?
Remain standing. We're going to pray, but I'm going to be talking to youthis morning about the gathering of America, the gathering of America.Whether you realize it or not, there is something going on quite seriousbefore our eyes. I want to talk to you about it today. I want to use thistext merely as a backdrop, a canvas on which I will attempt to paint some ofthe contemporary issues and challenges that are facing our country today andput that in context with the text that we're sharing today and where we arein the scheme of God's purpose and will for our lives. I think it's verysignificant. It's certainly on my heart today, and I believe that I have a word from God, and I want to share it with the house today.