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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On by Bishop Ricky Sinclair

Ezekiel 30-32; I Peter 4

June 10, 2011

“For there has already been enough time spent in doing the will of the pagans: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry.” (I Peter 4:3)

“Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be clear-headed and disciplined for prayer. Above all, keep your love for one another at full strength, since love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining.” (4:7-9)

“For the time has come for judgement to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? And if the righteous is saved with difficulty, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? So those who suffer according to God’s will should, in doing good, entrust themselves to a faithful creator.” (4:17-19)

It’s time out for foolishness. You know, we’ve all had plenty of time to do what we wanted to do before we gave our lives to Jesus. Now is the time to take our commitment seriously. There is a shaking taking place in God’s house. Anything that can be shaken loose will be. If you’re hanging in there, now would be a great time to start lining out those areas that don’t measure up to God’s standards.

God is a good God and He’s not going to permit half-stepping on His team. He’ll never give you more than you can bear and He’ll never expect more than you can give. So many times we set the bar so low for ourselves that we have no challenges. Come on, rise up. You can do this. It’s life or death.

Some may say that the Bible has said that the end is near for the last two thousand years and that may be, but God is not slack concerning His promises the way men think in terms of slacking. But rather, He is longsuffering, giving people an opportunity to repent. It really doesn’t matter what particular date the end of the world comes, if you are hit by a truck tomorrow or die of a heart attack tonight, then the end came for you. Death is a constant reminder of our mortality. Death and the shaking of circumstances are a great way to keep our flesh dead and our spirit man alive. Let that fleshly wild man go and get wild for Jesus. Pray deep, live hard and love unashamedly.

PRAYER:

Lord, thank you for shaking up your people. It’s kind of scary but I know that it is done in love to cause us to examine ourselves and to get right those areas that aren’t. You are a good daddy and I appreciate you helping us to walk the line. If you didn’t deal with us then we would be no different from the world. I love you Lord and I ask you to help us get ourselves right in your eyes. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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