Are You Ready?
I decided for my sons 14th birthday that we celebrated this past
April to buy him tickets to go see a well known country singer in concert. My son was ecstatic, He loves country music, old and new. He got to bring a friend along, and the friend’s mother decided to attend with us. So this past Saturday night after months of anticipation, we all jumped in my car and headed out for what was going to be a night of fun and singing.
We arrived, parked the car and entered the world of cowboy hats, cowboy boots and plaid shirts. But to my surprise, and why it surprised me I don’t know, we also entered the world of shorts so short and tank tops so tight and low, that there was nothing left to the imagination. Now the hormones of my 14 yr old boy and his friend were quickly raging I am sure and my young impressionable daughter was now looking at these girls saying mommy she is pretty. That was just the beginning of night that I will never forget.
As we sat in our seats and waited for the music to start, I watched as people from all ages enter with beer filled cups talking, laughing and anxiously waiting for the band to start. Sounds like fun to be had right?
Then the lights went low, and the music started as I watched and felt a darkness come over the crowd, people were drinking more and more, there were women young and old falling down they were so drunk, and women dancing with their boyfriends as they were being heavily fondled. Men who were being loud and obnoxious as they spilled their beer on whoever walked by them.
As I sat there I said to God, what was I thinking, bringing my children here, I don’t remember concerts being like this when I was young, I quickly repented because my heart was full of hurt and pain that I had opened a door that should have never been open for my children to see. This is not the life that I want for my children.
But God being as good as He is spoke to my heart and I distinctively heard Him say, with every generation who doesn’t know me, they become more liberal, and more corrupt Penny. I started asking God to protect my children’s hearts from the atmosphere around them. I heard in my spirit to plead the blood of Jesus over their hearts and minds, so I did, then I heard the Lord say, take this experience and teach your children what happens to a person’s heart when it is not filled with My love, but that of an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy them. Remember we are to be in the world by not a part of the world.
I heard Him say, they do not know who they are; because they don’t know me, therefore they settle for things that they think will make them happy and filled. Beer/alcohol is a counterfeit of the joy that you receive when you receive me and the enemy uses it to deceive. The women are trying to fill themselves with love from men who have no respect or honor for them and the men feel like they have super powers as their insecurities fall to the ground from the hyperconsumption of alcohol.
Then I felt Him say in my spirit look around you, the enemy has them spending their money and time to spend hours worshipping a mere man. They are giving a part of their souls to this man, they have him on a pedestal thinking this is what life is all about. When I could make their lives so full and joyful, they would never need a beer or look for love in all the wrong places again.
Then I heard the Lord say, I am coming like a thief in the night, (Romans 16:15) who will you be worshipping? WOW. Talk about a sobering moment, talk about a reality check, talk about waking me up. It brought this scripture to my mind.
"But be on your guard. Don't let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it's going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. So, whatever you do, don't go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that's coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man Luke 21:34-36
This saddened my heart more, I wanted to shake them, make them see, wake them up. I started to literally pray for the singer, and the people at this concert, my children. I wanted them to know Him. So, I ask you this question, are you on guard? Are you ready for His return?