Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
The Child is Not Dead but only Sleeps - by Guest Jeremy Shuck
Wake Up My Child !
The Child is Not Dead but only Sleeps -by Guest Jeremy Shuck
Then Jesus asked "Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not
dead but asleep" (Luke 9:52; Mark 8:39).
Jesus excused the family and mourners from
the room, took the little girl by the hand, and said, "Little
girl, I say to you, get up!" Her spirit returned to her body and
she got up and walked around. Of course everyone was amazed.
How It Applies
America appears deathly ill. Nearly every Believer has
noticed the patterns of moral decline in our nation's culture and leadership.
Articles and posts on social media from Christian writers and sermons on Sunday
morning detail this decline. Trending news is fear-based and normalizes the
extremes of sub-cultures that discard Biblical values.
It may even appear that America is dead, but our God has a
different opinion and something up His sleeve.
The Lord spoke to me
saying, "If you become the Body, I'll supply
the Blood." I knew He was speaking about the Church because there
are at least seven verses that refer to the Church as is His Body. In past
revivals, the Church has experienced great power for repentance, healing,
deliverance, phenomena, and fear of the Lord, but those outpourings ended. They
ended partly because the Church, His Body, began to cut herself with
accusation, sever appendages with factions, or she was simply missing parts to
begin with. So, when the "power of the Blood" was poured into her,
eventually it drained out of the wounds and holes, ending the revival.
The Church has an
"issue of blood," and an issue with blood that cannot be healed until
we touch Jesus. I believe this is about to happen! When the Church is healed, America will
simultaneously appear dead. Fear not,
Jesus will raise her like Jairus' daughter.
Below, are listed the
five players in this story and how they represent the actions and attitudes of
portions of the Church today
1. Jairus: This group has been desperately pleading, like
Jairus did, with Jesus to heal the U.S. We diligently pray and wonder
what is taking so long, so we pray more. Sometimes we pray like we're dragging
Jesus out of a hungry mob. We've seen what we feared actually happen in our
country and are straining to keep faith, like Jairus, after news reached him of
his daughter's death.
Servants: Another part of the
Church has become weary in the waiting and looks at our present condition
saying, "Don't bother the Lord, we missed our window; it is too late for
our nation." We see a populace irrevocably defeated by moral failure, not
one that is primed for resurrection. Sadly, this group actually discourages or
at least disdains attempts to bring about healing.
Causers or Wailers: This
group is loud. Indignation and resignation cause us to shout agitated prayers
to a God we don't really believe will answer. These heated petitions sound
saintly but reveal the truth that we don't understand God's heart and that we
subconsciously believe we are more merciful than He is. The wailing continues
as if it's the thing that's going to save us from being destroyed with the
debauchers. Our shouting is provoking and mostly true, but devoid of power to
actually bring about change. The flag we raise often reads, "I told you
4. Weepers: This is the army of preachers, bloggers, and
tweeters who vociferously, but rarely eloquently, bemoan the obvious: That our
nation is not a reflection of the Kingdom
of Heaven. Unfortunately,
our depressing fervor rarely makes us insightful but only adds to the white
noise. We are genuinely dismayed because we remember growing up in a different America. We are
now mostly just getting off on the tragedy and expect more calamities to be the
chariot for our returning Lord.
5. Jesus: A small part of the Church is seeing the U.S. as a
"little girl" who is not dead but only asleep. These people are full
of hope. Their perspective infects people with love and expectancy for
restoration. In the Gospels of Mark and Luke, they estimated Jairus' daughter
to be 12. This is the age right before puberty, when a girl gains the
attributes of a woman. So, I believe, people with the eyes of Christ see
America like a girl who needs our patience and support now, more than ever,
because she is about to mature. Even
if she appears dead, that is not the end of the story.
Some Insight and HOPE
Interestingly, the woman
who touched Jesus' garment was healed of a bleeding condition that lasted 12
years and Jairus' daughter was 12. Both these miracles were 12 years in the
Twelve, symbolically, is the number of government: the 12 apostles to
govern the Church; the 12 gates with 12 angels guarding, fittingly found in
Revelation 21:12; and the 12 months to govern the year. I believe God is going
to heal our government by bringing His government and resurrect America.
I don't believe our
nation is under judgment. The USA
is a phenomenal experiment and manifestation of freedom and justice, which God
loves. Several reputable websites confirm that the U.S. sends out FAR more
missionaries and financial aid than any other country. We have millions of
Believers who have not bowed a knee to demonic ideology or gender-bending
hogwash. GOD IS PROUD OF THE USA!
We are not "Sodom and Gomorrah."
Those cities were destroyed because, among other reasons, it was normal for
their visitors and virgins to get "sodomized". I'm sorry for the
Biblical imagery, but as far as I know, it is not customary for visitors to be
assaulted like this when they land on our soil. Conversely, we have to see that
God set up the universal laws of reaping and sowing and boomerang throwing.
What we sow is going to grow, and when we throw something crooked it's going to
come back with a vengeance. That is the inescapable responsibility of our
freedom as His creation.
is not a flag-waving patriot of any country; He is King of the Royal Nation of
Holy Priests belonging to God (see 1 Peter 2:9). We belong to the Kingdom that
crosses every national boundary and ocean to unite us with brothers and sisters
of every race. We are aliens in our own nation; aliens with answers from a more
advanced place. To get down in the mud with the dirt-throwers and chuck filth
at them, paints an atrocious depiction of our King and our own royalty. (Photo by Mike De Lorenzo "Jesus'
Return on the White Horse" via elijahshopper.com)
As ambassadors of Jesus,
we cannot afford to go on stating what our natural eyes see, wailing and
I'm grateful for the Jairuses, but we need to shift even from that
place of uncertain imploring
to knowing our God.
Let's stop broadcasting depression and just carry
the message of Jesus. We are a young nation who is about to grow up. Our song
should be, "Why make this commotion and weep? This child's not dead, she's
only asleep." Speak kindly to her and tell her to wake up.
Jeremy Shuck Storehouse Church & Jeremy Shuck
Website: storehousedallas.com/ jeremyshuck.com
Jeremy Shuck is a prophetic teacher, pastor, and songwriter
with a desire to lead people into deeper friendship with Jesus and into the
adventure of their callings. His teachings reveal the image and nature of
Christ and the Lord's transforming kindness that leads to repentance. His
prophetic perspectives inject joy and hope into circumstances that appear
hopeless. Jeremy serves at StorehouseChurch in Dallas,
Texas, as the associate pastor
and worship director where he trains dozens of worshipers to release songs of
praise from within. His album, "Ain't it the Truth," is an amazing
experience in worship. It has sold thousands of copies and created countless
testimonies of people experiencing the Holy Spirit. He and his wife, Ashley,
have four children. Jeremy also designed and leads EncounterJesusSchool, a ministry school
where hundreds of graduates have gained passion for the Lord and overcome fear.
He plans on spending his life loving his family, releasing many worship albums,
and equipping saints.