Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people, but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1,2
Every conceivable form of darkness is covering the earth and its people. The light of the gospel has faded and the world is lost in a cloud of religion. Lust and greed have consumed the hearts of men and pride has dominated their minds with great delusions of grandeur. The only hope for mankind is for the people of God to arise!
God has said to His people, arise throughout His word that it is their time for victory. The Hebrew word speaks of becoming powerful, to come upon the scene, to stand, to maintain oneself, to be established, to endure, to persist, to be valid, proven and fixed. The word literally means to get up on your feet and move out as in a military term.
The world is sin-sick, disease ridden and in need of a blood transfusion that is only available from the Savior's veins received by faith through the grace of a holy God. The entire planet seems to be reeling from the effects of sin and death and there is a darkness descending upon mankind that is extinguishing any remnant of spiritual light.
Jesus alerted His disciples to the fact that they were to be aware of the signs of the times, to be sober and awake. He warned them of things to come in the future, things that are here now staring us in the face. Like a ravenous beast ready to devour the world we are confronted with demonic powers being released upon a complacent church unable and un-willing to fight in this last great battle for souls.
The time is at hand to stop trying to figure out what the church is supposed to look like, and start to behave like the "Royal Priesthood" that we have been called to be! Heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, freely you have received now freely give! Believe it or not, the "Body of Christ" has more to do than show up for an hour on Sunday, only to go back home and watch the football game and take a nap.
'But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.' Acts 26:16
We are stewards of the mysteries of God, witnesses of His resurrection by faith and managers of His power through the Holy Spirit. As a "Royal Priesthood" we are called to minister before the very throne of God. The blood of Jesus has washed us of all sin and translated us into the Kingdom of Heaven to rule and reign on earth by His divine authority.
The most powerful race on earth, the believer has been given access to all the power and glory of God. A nuclear arsenal of dynamite available to breakdown demonic strongholds, defeat the powers of darkness, change the spiritual landscape of the earth and even raise the dead. The body of the living Christ is a force to be reckoned with and the very expression of Jesus in the earth today!
That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power for all patience and long suffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:10-12
The body of Christ has been qualified to become partakers of the divine inheritance, in other words we have received all that Jesus possessed through His covenant of blood, His word, His anointing and His love. We have been adopted into the very family of God to fulfill His divine plans in the earth and to carry out His purposes for a worldwide harvest of souls.
The priesthood of believers are called to replicate the nature and character of God in others by sowing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the fertile fields of the lost of this world and by making disciples of all nations. The mission has not changed since the birth of His glorious church two thousand years ago when His disciples received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
The Spirit is calling His body to arise and shine forth as sons and daughters of light, forsaking the divisiveness and false doctrine of the modern day man centered church with its ritual and gospel of self and take up the whole armor of God and join in the battle for souls. It is time to shake off the dust of dead religious works and move out in the power of the Spirit, sword in hand to defeat the powers of darkness and take dominion over the earth. It is our God given destiny!
Open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. Acts 26:18