How Do We Respond?
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
— Hebrews 12:25-29 (NKJV)
In the midst of the storms in the last days, God desires that His people be firmly established on the Rock and be a shining witness to the world. The need to prepare is urgent.
How Do We Respond?
We are halfway now, and before we go on, we’ll first proclaim some Scriptures. We turn to James 1:2, 3 and 4. But when we make a proclamation, if it says "you do that," we say "we do it." We make it personal. We line ourselves up with what the Scripture says.
"We count it all joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance. But we let endurance have its perfect work, that we may be complete and perfect, lacking nothing."
How many of you want to be complete and perfect, lacking nothing? The key is endurance.
Now we’re going back to the theme that we began to deal with before, the shaking of all things which God has predicted through His prophets. God says, "I will shake all things, I will shake the heavens, I will shake the earth, I will shake the dry land, I will shake the sea, I will shake all nations, I will shake everything that can be shaken." The purpose being that those of us who have received the kingdom that cannot be shaken may be, as it were, filtered out from the rest of humanity.
Now I want to deal with a practical response, how shall we respond? If we really believe that God is going to do what He so clearly says He is going to do, what are we going to do about it? Are we going to do nothing or are we going to seek from the Bible to know what the sensible and scriptural course of action is?
First of all, it’s obvious that if we want to remain unshakable, we have to build a foundation on the word of Jesus, hearing and doing His word. So all that I’m going to say now follows out of that. In other words, in what ways shall we hear and apply the teaching of Scripture?
I want to start with two verses in 2 Peter 3, a chapter which deals with this period, the period of shaking. I’ll read these verses, 11 and 12. 2 Peter 3:11-12:
"Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God."
Peter asks a very sensible question. The question is not first and foremost "what shall we do?", but "what kind of persons ought we to be?" What we are is more important than what we do. And he gives a very simple outline answer which contains three elements. He says, first of all, "in all holy conduct and godliness". Secondly, he says "looking for". And thirdly, "hastening the coming of the day of God". So there are three things that he speaks about: holy conduct and godliness, looking for the coming of the day of God and hastening the coming of the day of God. That should be our basic response: holiness, looking for the coming of the day of God and hastening the coming of the day of God.
Dear Lord, I realise that, for You, who I am is more important than what I do. Please help me to take Your Word seriously. When You say You will do something, You will do it, and I need to align with that. Please help me to never adapt Your Word to what my sinful nature desires, but to humbly bow to You and to fear Your Word always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
These messages are taken from Derek Prince's teaching on the theme, I Will Shake All Things, available in our webshop here.