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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Prepare For Drought

Dear beloved:  The drought that has gripped the central states of the nation shows no signs of abating.  God uses drought to bring judgment upon the land, to call people to repentance, as He did with His own children of Judah.. Joel 1:10 The field is ruined, the land mourns, For the grain is ruined, The new wine dries up, Fresh oil fails. v11 Be ashamed, O farmer, Wail, O vinedressers, For the wheat and the barley; Because the harvest of the field is destroyed. v12 The vine dries up, And the fig tree fails; The pomegranate, the palm also, and the apple tree, All the trees of the field dry up. Indeed, rejoicing dries up from the sons of men. And again He spoke through the prophet Jeremiah to the people of Judah in Jeremiah 14:1 That which came as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah in regard to the drought; v2 Judah mourns, and her gates languish; They sit on the ground in mourning, And the cry of Jerusalem has ascended. v3 And their nobles have sent their servants for water; They  have come to the cisterns and found no water. They have returned with their vessels empty; They have been put to shame and humiliated, And they cover their heads. v4 Because the ground is cracked. for there has been no rain on the land; The farmers have been put to shame, they have covered their heads. v7 Although our iniquities testify against us, O Lord, act for Thy name's sake! Truly our apostasies have been many, We have sinned against Thee.

The Lord recently gave me two dreams that leads me to believe the drought is going to continue and even intensify.  In the dream, a tractor pulling a big cultipacker farm implement was in a field across the road from where I was standing.  Several men and boys were standing on the implement, giving it more weight so that it would go into the ground.  The ground was dry and dusty, and the added weight did not help it penetrate.  All the men and boys got off the cultipacker, and they walked away dejected; interestingly, all the young boys had their baseball caps turned backwards. In the second dream, I am cleaning up a batch of wheat in a seed cleaner.  Much of the wheat is light in test weight and blows out with the chaff, and in addition to that, many of the hulls (whitecaps) are empty and have no grain in them at all.  So they too, are blown out with the chaff. I believe the Lord is saying the drought is going to continue; the farmers will be ashamed, for the harvest of the field will dry up.

Joel 1:14 Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly; Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, And cry out to the Lord. v15 Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is near; And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.v16 Has not food been cut off before our eyes, Gladness and joy from the house of our God? v17 The seeds shrivel under their clods; The storehouses are desolate, the barns are torn down, for the grain is dried up.  Jeremiah 14:22  Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers: Is it not Thou, O Lord our God?  Therefore we hope in Thee, For Thou art the one who hast done all these things.  Beloved, pray for repentance, that we would mourn the condition of this nation in sackcloth and ashes, and turn from our wicked ways to seek the only One who can give rain.  Pray for showers of water and showers of blessings upon this land, that many would repent and turn to Him.  God bless you as you pray this day, in Christ, Jim

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