Sunday, October 05, 2008
Secure, Sow, and Save
I decided to take the month of September off as a vacation so I could get geared up for the coming shift in this country's leadership and economy. I had been preaching that things would take a turn for the worse, so I took time off to get refocused and prepare for the coming storm in America. My job as a minister of the Gospel can't be jeopardized by hard times since preaching should only really require a voice and a message, but many in America are suffering, and I must stay sensitive to God and his people's needs. I thank God for his impeccable timing of my vacation and the woes of this nation. It gave me time to really take a good look at what is happening and spend time securing my own family financially and spiritually.
You may not like some of the things that EX Ministries has said and done over the years, and I have no problem with that. There are many things I don't like that I have had to say down through the years, but the truth is hard to swallow sometimes, even for the messenger. Yet, if it's the truth, we must not run from it, but we must accept it and run with it! So, I understand the anger, frustration, and dislikes that many have for the message we preach, but it's just the way truth sounds in a time where sin abounds. I ask that you as you are reading this that you would soften your heart up a bit and receive what I'm saying here.
We are in a crisis in America and it goes much deeper than the eyes and ears can see and hear. The media is steering and guiding you to make you believe certain things that are not true because they don't want a panic and they don't want you to stop shopping, purchasing or banking. If you stop those things, you will bring the piece of economy we have now to a screeching halt and the billionaire CEO's will not be able to sustain their lavish lifestyles. This is happening in the church as well. When you raise your lifestyle to the level of a rich and famous pastor or even recording artists, and then people get scared and thrifty with their money, it causes many to use lies and deceit to keep the machine going and sustain their lifestyles. But hear me people of God. I have no hidden agenda. I have no multi million dollar church building to sustain, I have no army of employees to keep paid, I have no big debts to pay. I am financially secure and live debt free, so there is no financial agenda at all to make me proclaim what I am about to say to you. And I speak now, as a prophet of God.
There is no money in America. We have printed paper but we don't have the gold to back it up. We are in debt to other countries and we are over populated without enough domestic jobs to go around. The bottom has come out of America and because we have allowed the deaths of the unborn and homosexuality to flourish, we have upset God and He has taken his hand off our nation. We are seeing the beginning of the end people, and the answer to solving our woes as a nation, in our leader's sight, is a one world government! It's perfect timing for everything to merge and we all get on the same page to get us out of what we are in as a nation! Our banks are merging to give the power to go cashless to a few rather than fighting many small banking conglomerates. Our government is lying, lending money to Wall street that will in turn give more power to government and make us more in debt to them. And then, enters the first black presidential candidate that is taking our attention off what's really going on and creating racial division in this nation.
Saints of God, there are 3 things I hear in my spirit for the believers of this nation and I feel they are very, very important to consider at this time. All of these things that are happening are the prelude to the Antichrist and the end of all things as we know it. Don't miss it people of God. The end is not near, it's HERE. And while we are sleeping, the Lord will return. Wake up and take note of these 3 things God has spoken in my spirit.
1. Secure - It's time to secure your relationship with Jesus Christ and know what the truth of the Word says rather than what people are saying. If you have backslidden, it's time to come home. If you have been frolicking or flirting with the devil, it's time to leave him alone. If you have been living in sin or with sin, it's time to end that relationship! It's time to come to Jesus, and prepare for his return.
It's time to secure your marriage and family as well. Get them on the same page and build your love and support each other as a family. Invest in strengthening the bond of your spouse, children, or whatever family you have. The number 1 cause of families breaking up in America is financial problems and given the current economic state of America, if we don't secure our families, this crisis could rip them apart. We shot the video Strengthening the Bond for that very purpose. I cannot admonish you anymore than I already have about purchasing this DVD to invest in your family's security. We have got to tighten up in this area as a people if we are going to make it through this coming storm. Too much divorce, too many fatherless families, and too many bad leaders is what's plaguing us and we must change this quick if we plan to survive as a people
2. Sow - It's not the time to stop giving to the cause of Christ! Please do not make the mistake of keeping offerings and tithes from your church. You must give! You see, when people lose jobs and money, they lose hope. And that's when the church of God should be able to step in and restore hope by giving them Jesus. But ministries cannot function without your financial support. You must not stop giving to ministries, missions, and church fellowships. Now, if you are a member of a crazy church and you know that foolishness is going on there, then by all means, stop giving it there! Yep, I said it. Don't invest in foolishness and forward the devil's deceptive agenda. But if you know the ministry you are a part of or support is genuine and standing for God in this final hour, then you must support it with your finances. It can't continue without your help. The bible is clear and in times of famine, the people of God will flourish if they exercise the principle of giving. I'm telling you people of the most high God, in this time of financial meltdown, we must be the ones that are positioned to offer answers and relief to families that don't have any hope left to sustain them. Therefore, we must gear up and continue to support ministries that are blessing us and teaching us so that we can bless and teach others and bring them into God's safe haven.
3. Save - That new car can wait, drive the older one. That new hat can wait, wear the others you have. Turn movie night into scrabble night and instead of going out every night of the week to eat, cook at home and maybe invite friends or family over and have a potluck. There are many ways you can save money, but the bottom line is that it's time to save! The extra's need to be trimmed off your agenda and we need to stick to basic living for a while. It's time to put money back and build up some resources because everything is shaky at this point. I'm not saying abandon all spending, but I am saying that God has spoken to me and things are not going to get better any time soon. We need to be smart and put back as much as we can. Now, don't put back God's money! Continue to give to his Kingdom (when it's really his Kingdom, I can't stress that enough). But cut back on needless spending and save. Even if things start getting better and you have cut back and saved some, it was still a smart thing to do!
Remember people of God, do not be afraid. Find the secret place of the most high and abide in his shadow. Let him secure you, your family, and your money. Give all to God at this time. Fast, pray, believe. God is going to see his people through this time. You will continue to see large ministries fold and celebrity preachers will continue to be exposed. You will see the church hemorrhage and many lose hope in the church because they followed a lie for so long that when it ends, it will crush them. But those things must happen because there are many mega ministries that should have never been followed in the first place. The local church is going to rise up again. The smaller, hands on type ministries are going to start flourishing in this last hour. Family based ministries will start appearing and catering to strengthening each other in this time rather than raising up a king-type leader in their midst. God is always in control of his true church and his true followers are still his priority. So, get close to him and you will make it through the coming storm in America.
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Matt. 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Psa. 91:1 ¶ He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Until He Returns,
G. Craige Lewis