Arise and Shine – A Time to Prepare

A couple of years ago,  I was driving to work and it was a morning that I decided to go in earlier than usual.  It was dark outside and as I drove I was noticing signs that were lit up and restaurants I had never noticed in the daytime.  The Lord started speaking to me saying that there were going to be dark times coming and those that were prepared in the Body of Christ that no one had ever noticed or that people thought were foolish for believing in Jesus Christ before were going to shine in the dark times.
Now it has been a couple of years since that time, but months ago, I was listening to a pastor preach these verses:
Isaiah 60:1-4 “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you:All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip.”
When I heard the pastor say that verse, that time in the car overwhelmingly came back to me and I knew he was making a prophetic declaration.
With all this being said, I believe that we are in a time that the Lord is saying to the Body of Christ, especially in America…”Wake up and prepare yourself.  I want to use you in the coming days, because gross darkness is about to cover the earth and I need My people to be prepared to hear and recognize My voice to lead them.”
The Bible says that the Lord does nothing without letting the prophets know. (Amos 3:7)
Since the time of hearing this sermon, there has been preacher after preacher saying the same verses.
Here is a great starting point to preparing yourself to be used in this endtime, as a LIGHT in the world:
Hebrews 12:1a Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
We need to get anything out of our lives that would hinder us from hearing the Voice of God.  We need to declutter our lives spiritually, physically and emotionally.  As much as possible to getting back to the basics in all areas of our lives.
The greatest days for the Church are in front of us.  We will see unprecedented miracles.  Souls will come in the Kingdom in great numbers, but we MUST prepare ourselves to be used by God. 

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