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Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots” @ https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com
When the World is Shaking
POSTED ON JULY 9, 2020 BY BETH ANDREWS
If it seems like this year has left us all shaken, I don’t think that’s by accident. I believe the enemy has taken hold of the pillars on which our human ideology is built and is having a rocking good time. I have not seen so much confusion and turmoil and unrest in my lifetime. The devil is on a mission to upend the world in which humans exist. Makes you wonder if God has left the building.
Let me put your mind somewhat at ease. God is still very much in the building. Listen to what He said in His Word:
“Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that connote be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire’” (Hebrews 12:26-29).
I believe God has been allowing this shaking for His own purposes. For the church and believers, He is shaking lose everything that does not have eternal value. Things like our fine buildings and traditions and systems and structures. Our weak sermons and half-hearted worship. Our surface-level relationships. Our fluffy feel-good “discipleship.” Our wealth and opulence. Our finery and frivolity. Our individuality and autonomy. Our worldly wisdom. Our selfishness. Our self-righteousness. Our attraction to sin. Our whining and grumbling. Our unbelief. Our pride.
What will remain? Humility. Real Love. Real Power. The Cross. The empty tomb. Holiness. Faith. Perseverance. Righteousness. Truth. Purity. Wisdom. Obedience. Surrender. And Hope. And Peace. And Joy. And from these God will build an unshakable kingdom and people to call His own.
So shake me God. Shake Your church. Shake the dust and the cobwebs that have overtaken us in our ease and slumber. Shake loose everything that will not have a place in your Kingdom. Then cause your Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…