NOW IS THE TIME
Scripture challenges us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). If we always have soulish reactions to what we see and hear, we would quickly find ourselves in a sad, disheartening place. I’m grateful for the admonition to walk by faith – it’s full of hope, promise, reminders of God’s faithfulness, and so much more.
Almost daily I find myself listening
to news, and reading articles and reports regarding the state of our nation. Of
course, we are very divided on the ideals and philosophies that should guide
us. Many on the left want secularism, the view that public education and other
matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a
religious element. Others of us hold to our faith in God and the desire that
America cling to her Christian roots and principles. An article I recently read
brought these diverse viewpoints into stark focus.
The article was regarding the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, spearheaded by Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska. It seems that abortionists are continuously using loopholes to allow babies that survive abortions to die on the table, without providing any help or comfort whatsoever (can hardly bear the thought). Sasse, along with 37 other senators, is trying to change this. The article went on to say that if the law makes it through the Senate, it will almost certainly be rejected by the Democrat controlled House. Unconceivable.
What have we as a nation become?! Founding Father John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President and signer of the Declaration of Independence warned, “…God who gave us life and liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever…”
This is why we continue to give all of our efforts to turning America back to God. The coming Third Great Awakening is needed to stop this runaway train, because it is the only thing that can transform the conscience of a nation. Regarding the apostate leaders of Israel, through the prophet Jeremiah, God stated, “Are they ashamed because they have done such shameful things? No, they are not at all ashamed. They do not even know how to blush!” (Jeremiah 6:15) Their conscience was dead.
And speaking of an inability to feel shame, consider Planned Parenthood’s recent “Freedom to F**k” campaign. Other celebrity supporters of abortion are now spearheading the “Shout Your Abortion” movement. In other words, “Don’t be ashamed of abortion—brag about it.” It is certainly not my intention to shame anyone who has participated in an abortion—God can completely eradicate the sin, shame, and pain. My point is that a portion of America is in desperate need of an awakened conscience. Nothing can accomplish this but an encounter with God!
This is coming! God, in His
mercy and covenantal faithfulness, is going to send a great revival. A merciful
awakening is on the way, through which millions will find salvation and
therein, find the mind of Christ. The heart and conscience of a nation will
come alive. America will change from the
There aren’t many prophets I trust as much as Chuck Pierce. When he called me a few weeks ago and said, “It is time to go through our nation, region to region, preparing the land for awakening,” I was very excited. Chuck went on to say, “We can now activate the revival roots in America.”
As we prayed about how to accomplish this, Holy Spirit led us to break the nation into regions and in this way, touch people from all 50 states, releasing the hovering power of Holy Spirit to bring forth revival (we are still deciding on exactly how many regions, but it will be probably be 15-20). I cannot tell you how encouraging this is to both of us. Keep an eye on my website (www.dutchsheets.org) and join us for one of these upcoming gatherings. And please pray for us.
When God says it is now time for an outpouring of His Spirit, He is not guaranteeing it; He is alerting us to release it through faith, prayer, and spirit-led decrees. Jerusalem missed the time of a God-visitation (see Luke 19:42-44); both Elijah and Daniel had to release restoration and revival through intercession, even though God had declared it was time for them to occur (see 1 Kings 18:1,41-46; Daniel 9:1-23, 10:12). This is where we are today in America. It is time to Appeal To Heaven as never before! That is what we do in these gatherings; it is also what I’m asking you to do in your personal and corporate prayer times. It is time for the final push in the birthing of America’s spiritual restoration! This is the year!
Borrowing the words of President Bush regarding the war on terrorism, I believe they are true of America’s prayer army, “The battle is joined on many fronts. We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter; and we will not fail.”
~by Dutch Sheets