— by Steve Driessen
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
— Deuteronomy 33:27
Recently a friend shared that she had felt impressed to pray for “a safety net” underneath the United States, and at the same moment, she saw a snapshot vision of a safety net, such as is used by some trapeze artists. She then heard the Lord speak, “Underneath are the everlasting arms.” As she continued to pray, she felt God was saying that He will be there to catch the nation, and will not permit it to come to utter ruin.
I believe God is showing me that the way He will place a safety net underneath the United States is through His Church. I am not speaking of a weak, ineffective Church, but a strong one, which is filled with the glory of the Lord to do great things upon the earth. And the only way this strong Church will be in place to help the nation is through prayer. Without prayer, the safety net will not be available.
We are headed for both the best of times and the worst of times. Whether it will be a good or bad time for each of us will depend on where we are in relationship with the Father and His plan. Some people live in His house, but do not embrace His plan. Many who think they are safe will find that the things they thought were rock-solid will be shaken.
It will take strong relationships to navigate through the next eight to ten years. The time of trial will be a means to strengthen and mature the Church into the Lord’s army for the Last Days’ harvest. We know things cannot continue on the way they are. But times of difficulty tend to bring great men and women to the top. We either get stronger, or we become weaker. Jesus is coming for a strong Bride, not a weak one.
Get ready for the shaking, for it will be a worldwide shaking, and no area will be immune. Some, of course, will be affected more than others. Even those who live a sheltered life will feel the effects of what is coming.
God is even now preparing churches which will be safe houses of the Lord. Some of them that currently look small will become major points of refuge for the many who will be taken by surprise. This will be a time of great signs and wonders, healing and miracles. Joel 2 will again become a major theme in the church, along with the power of the Holy Spirit. When this happens, you will know the time of shaking has come, and even the foundations of the earth will be shaken.
We are now in a time of transition and positioning. God is placing His people in specific locales so that He can release them into their particular point of effectiveness in the fray. They are being positioned, as David was, to confront the giants of fear and unbelief.
It will take supernatural power to overcome in the days ahead. Analytical people will have a hard time coping with what the Lord is doing. Life will not go on as usual. Those who fret will have the tendency to miss God’s moving among His chosen saints.
Will you join me in praying that the Church will arise in the Lord’s strength to be a place of refuge for this nation? If we will pray, we will surely experience the truth that “underneath are the everlasting arms.”