Preparation for the New Day

 by Jack Picataggi
  

For the past 15 years, the Lord has clearly been speaking to me that we have been in a day of preparation. For many years, we have been in the state of “occupy until I come.” God is now bringing us into a day when His glory will be revealed to the earth through a prepared people living in intimate relationship with Him. 

In Joshua 1:2-3, God spoke to Joshua after Moses’ death, saying, “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses (NKJV).”

In this passage, God was saying, “It is now a new day and it is now a new way. The way Moses ‘My servant’ did it is over, and the way you will do it is by obedience to Me.” The manna had ended, the wandering in the wilderness was over, and the day of promise was giving way to the fulfillment of those promises. God did away with the old way and its provisions and brought out the new direction and warfare.

Joshua and Caleb’s day was a time of preparation for the great warfare about to begin. After the 40 years of purging and the death of Moses, the new day had come to walk into the land of promise under the direction of “the Captain of the Lord’s host.”

God is now about to come and reveal Himself in our day as the Captain of the Lord’s host. The Lord is looking for obedience to His voice, not to a man, age, or natural ability. He is working in His people an ability to follow His Spirit. In these days of preparation, we must allow the Holy Spirit to make all the necessary changes in our lives so that when we get to the battle of the end-times, we will be fit to stand and not be wounded, or even worse, taken out by the enemy.

John 1:6 tells us concerning John the Baptist, “There suddenly appeared a man upon the human scene, sent off as an ambassador from God’s presence, his name, John (WET).” Wuest’s translation opens a window into the heart and intention of the Lord. Here we see God suddenly dispatching one of His personal ambassadors to mankind for a purpose—to witness to mankind of the Lamb of God coming into the world to prepare a path into men’s hearts for the coming Messiah. God did not send just anyone for this job; He had to prepare and count on John to do the right thing at the right time. Otherwise, a very important event in history would not have been accomplished. The same is true of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Samuel, David, Peter, John, Paul, Luther, and Wesley, just to name a few.

I believe we are about to enter into one of those times in God. He has been preparing us not just to “hold a place” in time but to become the answer to Romans 8:19, which says, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Although scripture says that all who are born again are the children of God, being a child does not automatically make us full-grown sons. We have the right to become what we were born for, yet not all will fully embrace the work of the cross.

In the messages to the seven churches in Revelation, the Lord says, “to him that overcomes will I…” grant blessings, including sitting with Him on His throne, ruling with a rod of iron over the nations, and eating of the Tree of Life. The fact that these blessings are promised “to him that overcomes” indicates that some in the church will overcome, and some won’t. For the purpose of clarity, I would like to say this is not a special club of elite believers. The scripture tells us that the greatest among you must be the servant of all. What makes the difference is our personal relationship with the Lord.

This personal relationship typified in the Overcomer is clearly presented in Matthew 25 in the kingdom parable of the ten virgins. These virgins are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit: after all, they are virgins and they have lamps. Where they have fallen short is that they never became intimate in their personal relationship. They accepted the blessings of God for salvation, but they never gave Him their hearts and never allowed the Holy Spirit to change them.

We must use this time of preparation to learn to walk in obedience to the voice of our Commander. John 14:21 says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

As the Holy Spirit fills us and begins to do that life-altering work of truth in our lives, we begin to change and “keep His commandments” as a display of our love for Him. This passage of scripture is not just talking about people who do good works, but people who have submitted their lives to the Holy Spirit and have allowed Him to write His truth in their inward parts—who have learned to follow the Lamb wherever He leads.

Now we come to completion in John 14:23: “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.’” Back in verse 21, Jesus spoke of keeping His commandments to bring us into a relationship of love. Now He speaks to those who will keep His Word because they love Him. John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible says that they have changed from a people who obey God’s doctrines to those who obey that which He has commanded. They observe what He says because they truly love Him and want to bring Him glory. Gill adds that the phrase “and make our abode with him” denotes habitation, “for the saints are the dwelling places or temples of the living God, Father, Son, and Spirit; and the constancy and perpetuity of Their residence in them.”

This new day of the manifestation of the sons of God is not about a group of people who merely say they are God’s children; it’s about a people who are carrying the very presence of God in their lives to the point that they can show His glory to a lost and dying world. Jesus told us He showed the world the Father. In the same way we must use this day of preparation to empty ourselves out of all that we are filled with so we can show out from us the full glory of God—God in His people, His greatest work.

God prepared Joshua and Caleb to go in and possess the land in their day. Today, He is preparing us to become bearers of His presence in the earth, to be an answer for the world that is waiting in expectation for the revealing of the sons of God. 

 

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