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Canada Day Notes - July 1, 2003
It's the night before Canada Day and I have been sitting on my patio enjoying the evening sun and being quiet before the Lord. At long last summer is here and the clematis is in full bloom on the bower. As I look around I am so grateful to be living in such a beautiful and privileged country. Several people have wished me to have a ‘Happy Canada Day’, and I really do want to be happy, but my spirit is not at peace. These last few weeks have been a clarion call to warn that the souls of men and women in Canada are under tremendous attack. We have to be wise and pray like never before. Let's make the fire work instead of watching the fireworks!
STRONG DELUSION & GREAT DECEPTION Are we living in the days that the apostles prophesied about? The US Supreme Court strikes down laws against sodomy and the Canadian Govt. promises to bring in laws to ratify same sex marriage. And in the UK the new Bishop of Reading is gay and our local Bishop of New Westminster has instituted the rite to bless same sex relationships. Who would have believed such a report a few years ago!
"For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. " Romans 1:26-27
"And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie" 2 Thess 2:11
"They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. " 1 John 4:6
Yes, the Greek for error in Romans 1, is emphatically the same word as delusion in 2 Thessalonians, and comes in 1 John with the energy of a demonic spirit of error (or deception, deceitful, delusion). The frightful thing is that God allows the strong delusion on those who do not believe the truth but who find consistent pleasure in the things that are blatantly not of God. There is much useful information being circulated on how to contact our MP's and I sense a righteous indignation rising up whereby we realize that both in Church and State a line has been crossed that demands action. There could be a Federal Election early in 2004 and we should act and pray for the righteous to be elected. But the intercessor must stand in the gap and plead for mercy. Tear the sky apart O Lord, and come down!
A REAL CANADIAN REVIVAL In my hunger for the Living God to be manifest in everything I am doing, I have finally inquired into the Prairie revival that started in Saskatoon in October, 1971, with evangelists Ralph and Lou Soutera. The congregation at Ebenezer Baptist had been praying for the crusade for two years. A spark was lit that started a fire in many hearts and the meetings carried on to Christmas affecting Regina and then the West in 1972. To quote a report:
“The evangelistic team, Ralph and Lou Soutera, have been greatly used of God here. There are more testimonies and restitution going on here than you can imagine. Christians are publicly getting right with God and with others in a very remarkable way. After-glow meetings are held which sometimes run as late as six in the morning and it seems that in these meetings that perhaps the greatest work is done. People come under conviction of sin very suddenly and powerfully and sometimes the agony is very excruciating until release is found in Christ. [Normally] the shyest people in the congregation will not stand before a thousand people and give a ringing testimony. It is a tremendous work of the Holy Spirit of God"
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will come in quickening power to convict of sin, righteousness and judgment. Until the fear of God is in the Church, little will change in the world! God is able.
2010: AN OLYMPIC ODYSSEY! Yes Lord, please send the Winter Olympics to Vancouver in 2010. We your church in Vancouver will seek your face over the next 7 years to prepare the City to receive the Nations in the power of God. In that day may our City be called by the name - ‘The Lord is There’ Ezekiel 48:35
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