Sharing a timely and important message from a great saint of God at CAC, Jay Liew:
When I was growing up as a boy, there were many memories of me watching European soccer with dad. I always remembered the stylish way the French played and the dirty way the Italians played. I always remembered dad telling me that, and I loved the French teams. The French had the one of the best teams in the world from the early 80’s until 2006. On July 9th 2006, something inexplicable happened. The French had the best team in the World Cup held in Germany. They had the best player in the world, Zinadine Zidane. It was the final game and the venue was Berlin, the opponent was those nasty Italians. On the 110th minute of the game, Zidane head-butted the Italian Materazzi and, Zidane was promptly dismissed from the game. Materazzi had verbally insulted Zidane (who has Algerian heritage) for 110 minutes. They were 10 minutes away from the end of the game and a penalty shoot-out. The French ended up losing the game on the penalty shoot-out without their best player.
I woke up this morning stirred to the core of my soul with a series dreams. I cannot help but recalling the vivid images of the prior night’s service when the pastor called out families of the church to the front. We have been in the middle of a mighty move of the Spirit of God for some time. At the same time, our church has gone thru some trials with very untimely deaths of beloved saints of God and other issues that I do not personally know and have no need to know. All I know when I woke up this morning is, my adversary, Satan is out to devour me and my family. If I were Satan, that is what I would be doing. This church is arguably the best church in the region. I was making a comment to Brother Anthony just last week, telling him that this is unbelievable how many first time faces I am seeing. For months now, we have come into our services with brand new faces. Even our highly esteemed visiting preachers have noticed the phenomenon. With all of that in mind, Satan is doubling his efforts against the foundation of our church and our families. He is and will be working on us.
If I were Satan, I would not care if a church dresses holy. I would not care if families do not have Hollywood in their houses. I would not care if they ran through the brick wall on their worship services. I would not care if they are at church on Superbowl Sunday, but if they are making a difference in lives of sinners, that is when I have to intervene. This church is doing just that. We are making differences in lives of people around us, and we are in the crosshairs of Satan’s scope.
I cannot help but to compare the state of Israel during David’s era and Solomon’s era. In Solomon’s era of peace, the nation of Israel fell into a state of disrepair. The kingdom was divided, and those states dabbled in idolatry until they finally succumbed to the captivity of Assyria in the North and to Babylon in the South. Peace was supposed to be a blessing, but it turned into a curse. In David’s era of blood and war, when he was going things right he had more opposition and enemies than I would care to know. Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. All throughout these sacred songs, there were many about his enemies. And in these times, Israel has never seen more prosperity and blessings.
The worship was different. David worshipped in the tent of David while Solomon worshipped in his grand temple. The grand temple which had the Spirit of God in its inaugural service was nothing more than a shell when it was destroyed by the Babylonians. They built another temple, Zerubbabel’s temple. Again, the Spirit of the Lord was initially there but again a mere shell when this time, the Romans destroyed it. The worship of David was entirely different. It is very interesting that in this tent, there was absolute liberty in worship. The ark was not obscured by veils. The king which was not Levite, was offering up burnt offerings and wearing priestly garments and dancing before the ark of covenant. When David died, the tent went with him along with all the liberty in worship. After the death of David, the Lord longed for this tent more than the temple. He longed for true worship and was not happy with the worship in those temples. In fact, it was a stench to his nostrils. As a result, the Babylonians and Romans did not destroy those temples. The Lord did it. He will not restore those temples but he will restore the tent of David. (Amos Chapter 9).
This is where our church comes in. This is the restored tabernacle of David. We are not manufacturing the move of the Spirit, and the Spirit of the Lord is just overwhelming us like a tsunami. This is why Satan is after me and my family just like he was after David. This is the last thing that Satan wants to see. Because of this, we have had our shares of trials. The watchman was on the tower last night and he was sounding the alarm. He was calling families to the front. If you were not called, think again! I often hear the analogy of saints as sheep and that a sheep is dumb. We are in the middle of an all out war now, and there is no room to be dumb. We have to be wise as a serpent and not be ignorant to Satan’s devices. If you are in this church, you are in a war zone! There is no neutral zone and there will be no peace with the devil. There are other churches that are at peace right now but CAC is not one of them. I was talking to my wife yesterday night as we passed a mega church in Parker. She was mentioning that her friends go to church there and it was so convenient because they can choose any of 3 services during the weekend and they are all the same. That reminds me of those grand temples that were built.
The infraction of Zidane, cost his team a possible title. That was just a game. My friends, this is more than a game. When I was single, the scripture that said; what does a man gain, if he gains the whole world and loses his soul… applied to myself. Now, I have to look at it in a new perspective. What does a man gain, if he gains the whole world and loses his family’s soul. The events that happed last night should not be taken lightly.
As I was pondering in my bed over all the trials that our church has gone thru, the Lord gave me a vision. In the vision, I saw Sis. Sandy Ortel in her chariot of fire. I saw Bro. Sam Kelly in his chariot of fire. I saw Sis. Mary Parsons in her chariot of fire. I saw Bro. Hardy in his chariot of fire. It may seem like trials to me, but when I saw those chariots, everything took on a whole different meaning. No matter what the devil throws at me, I will always be reminded of Psalm 3.
Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.