Words from the Daughter of Zion
“Occupy Until He Comes”
God bless you all this day. This week I am discussing “Occupy Until He Comes”
Luke 19:12-13 says to us “He said, a very important man went to a country far away to be a king and then to return home. So he called ten of his servants and gave a coin to each servant. He said, Do business with this money until I get back .”
The word ‘occupy’ is a military term. It evokes synonyms of capture, conquer, invade, obtain, seize, to take hold of, to possess, to keep. It also brings about the idea of being busy, to employ, engage, engross, monopolize, to use. It does not mean to tarry, to lodge, or to sojourn, loiter, delay, rest, stall, or to wait.
Jesus told this parable and used the word ‘occupy’ to exhort His disciples to spread the Gospel throughout the world. He wants us to be aggressive and a bit violent in our efforts to overcome the powers of spiritual darkness. It is possible to fulfill the Great Commission found in Mark 16:15. Matthew 24:14 says: “The Good News about God’s kingdom will be preached in all the world, to every nation. Then the end will come.”
To establish the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, this Commission must be fulfilled. Just like a farmer can not harvest his fields from his or her easy chair, so us as Christians can not stay in the pews, or sit around and watch television or whatever else is taking up our time, we must get out there and minister His love, and His word to a world that needs to know Him. Yes, we need training ground. We need training in discipleship, and in evangelism to a point, but we need to get on out there and touch souls, to see lives changed by the love and the power of the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. We need to obey the call – we all are called. If you are born again, then you are called to the ministry of reconciliation. To see souls saved, to see people healed, set free, delivered and living a victorious life as a believer in Christ Jesus. We are truly the mouth piece that needs to minister this message, this life, this love to a world of people that need to know Him as Savior, Lord and Master of their lives. We need to “occupy” – to obey this call as a child of the Living God.
We need to see that His word is clear, and does not leave any room for slothfulness in the work left to be done in doing this Great Commission. We need to see that we have the courage to step on out and to do this, as individuals before the Lord, and together as the Body of Christ to unite in His love and power to see this done in Him. To do this in boldness, to “occupy” while there is still time, before ‘night’ comes. Praise the Lord, you all- let us do this! We have what it takes this day, this week, this month, this year! Let us make a declaration to reach these dear souls! Let us see lives touched and changed by His dear love, and share the Gospel of salvation, healing, and deliverance. Let’s see ourselves equipped to do this, and let us get the word of the Lord to a people that are so desperately looking for a direction, a life of fullness, and love .
Matthew 11:12 says “Since the time John the Baptist came until now , the kingdom of heaven has been going forward in strength, and people have been trying to take it by force.” (NCV)
Father God is calling His people into battle. He needs some “violent” soldiers now! Christians- believers need to rise up so that their witness – their lives shine in the dark places here on this earth, in our world that we do “occupy”. I am saying that a sleeping church is not what we are to be, we are to be awake to our call of the Great Commission. We have a job to do, and we are do all that we need to do to see this happen. Of course the devil does not want this to happen. So we need to stand up and to ‘violently’ stand when opposition comes, to go forth in His name to do what He has called us to do while there is still day time. J
In Ezekiel chapter 37 Father God led the prophet to the valley of dry bones, and told him to prophesy life. Yes- Life. When the prophet obeyed, things began to happen. Life gives way to life. The army began to take shape by a prophetic word from the Lord God.
So do not be ‘dried up’, without hope, and cut off like the bones spoken of in Ezekiel 37:11. Instead, let us follow Him in obedience. Let us become soft and pliable, with hope and determination, plugged into the Source of Life. For the Lord says in verse 14, “And I will put my Spirit inside you, and you will ‘come to life’. Then I will put you in your own land. And you will know that I the Lord, have spoken and done it, says the Lord.” Take Matthew 11:12 that I just shared with you and lay hold of it, for the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men and women of the Lord God have (and will) lay hold of it. Let us become a vibrant, militant, and forceful army of the Lord Jesus, an army that our Father God is raising up today in Jesus’ name. He needs His Body to rise up in His name. He needs the Great Commission still to be going on. Souls are still living here on this planet, and they are still in need of a Savior, a Lord, a Master. They still need a reason for life, and that is in Christ Jesus. People in the church do not need to be timid and fearful in doing the Great Commission. The Spirit of the Living God is on the inside of us, and we need to be all counted a member of the militant army of the Living God speaking Life into ‘dry bones’ all around us!
Let us continue to seek, and to reach the lost souls that need the Lord Jesus. 2 Samuel 14:14 says, “We will all die someday. We’re like water spilled on the ground; no one can gather it back. But God doesn’t take away life. Instead, he plans ways that those who have been sent away will not have to stay away from him”(NCV). When Jesus passed through Jericho one day, He looked up in a tree, and he spotted a short man who had climbed there to get a better look at Jesus. This Jesus is the man of Galilee who performed all kinds of miracles. Imagine the man’s surprise when Jesus ordered him to come down, saying “I must stay at your house today”. Read in Luke chapter 19:1-9 about Zaccheus.
Zaccheus was the chief tax collector, and very wealthy. So imagine his further surprise when Jesus later said, “Today salvation has come to this house…. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost”. Look at verses 9 and 10 of Luke 19. No one at that time expected this to happen, but God does the unexpected. He also has the practice of meeting people at the point of their greatest need. Zaccheus so desperately needed a friend, as well as the most important need, salvation, and the very Presence of Jesus made him want to do good. Without any urging whatsoever, Zaccheus began to give from a grateful heart, and to make restitution in his dealings with the people. Jesus changes people from the inside out, and in so doing, removing all the facades. Let Him reside in us today. We have a job to do! That job is to “occupy”. It is to do the Great Commission until He comes. Life is what we need to see happen in those around us, and that life only comes through a personal relationship with God through the Lord Jesus.
God bless you all. I have this on my heart, look at James 5:20, “remember this: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner’s soul from death and will cause many sins to be forgiven.”
What could be more worth striving for than winning an eternal soul, a friend for all eternity? Proverbs 11:30 says “A good person gives life to others; the wise person teaches others how to live.” J
Remember this verse : King James Version -
Proverbs 11:30 :
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
and he that winneth souls is wise."
God bless you. Stay in touch. If you need prayer, encouragement, just let me know.
Until next time, love and prayers, Teresa
God bless you all . I am here if you need to talk or to pray.
Blessings to you all this week and stay in touch-
I am here if you all need to talk or to pray,
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Teresa Kay Abert
Words from the Daughter of Zion 2011