“Time to Draw the Sword” – Time To Act by Steve Martin
“O you sword of the Lord, how long until you are quiet? Put yourself up into your scabbard, rest and be still! How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord has given it a charge against Ashkelon and against the seashore? There He has appointed it.” Jeremiah 47:6-7, NKJV
At the beginning of the Sunday morning gathering on August 9, 2020 at Antioch International Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Dr. Peter Wyns brought a huge, decorative sword to the pulpit and held it up. “A sister-in-the-Lord brought this today for me to show you.” (Her name is Nita Brown, our friend from Lancaster, South Carolina.) It was appropriate that he did this, for it went along well with his recent, powerful messages spoken these past months calling forth Christians and the Church to wake up in America.
During the worship time that followed I sensed the Holy Spirit say to me, “I have given my Sword (the Bible) to everyone who has called upon My name. Some carry it, some have put it down. Some no longer think it is valid nor useful in this day. I AM calling them to pick it up again and use it. It is time to draw the sword.”
The full armor we have been given as believers, as found in Ephesians, includes the battle weapon, the sword. We have been called to use it.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17, NASU
As I considered further as to what the Holy Spirit was saying to me this morning, I got the sense that He was serious. He was not giving us an “option” anymore, as if we had a choice. He was saying this word with a force of power behind it. We have to pick up the sword. It is time to draw the sword He has given us and use it.
Our country needs the prayers that cry out to God. Our country needs the believers in this land of America, still the home of the brave and the free, to start fighting the forces of hell before the forces of hell take our freedom and right to worship the Living God away.
The enemy of our souls is not backing down. Why are we standing around as if it continues to be OK for us to do so? It is not all right to be singing, “Que sera sera. Whatever will be will be.”
As Dr. Wyns repeatedly has been saying, and I too have been writing about for a few years in my books (Standing For Truth 2018, Adventures in Courage 2019, Lion of Judah Roars 2020, each available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions) it is time for us to stand up, be bold, and not let the devil take this land from us. Fight we must. Use the sword we will.
It is also time we stood strong for Israel and the Jews, and not let the lies of the anti-Semites and the Replacement Theologians continue to direct the narrative that most Christian churches have allowed to be preached from the pulpits and written pages over these past decades. That is the belief that the Church has now received all the promises given to the Jews by the Living God of Israel, taken from them and given to us, is simply not so, but a lie from hell.
Be it to stand against the evil of abortion, same-sex marriage, cultic practices and idolatry, backing down on support of Israel, or allowing our educational and political systems to become more and more liberal and humanistic, now is the time to step up, be counted, and take up the Sword of the Lord to fight back.
Of the full armor of God, the Sword is the one used not only for defensive purposes, but primarily for taking the offense. The mighty Sword is the one weapon used to attack and kill the enemy, before he kills you and the ones you are called to protect.
Are you willing? Are you going to let our children and grandchildren be fed the deceptive and destructive lies that constantly rage against the Word of God and His followers?
Not me. It is time to act. Before it is too late.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People Founder/President
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Time To Act #17 – in the year of our Lord 08.09.2020 – “Time To Draw the Sword” Sunday, 5:33 pm in Charlotte, NC USA
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