The Bible says that everything that can be shaken; will be shaken. Everything that can’t be shaken will remain. Let’s read from the book of Hebrews chapter 12, verses 26 through 29. “Whose voice that 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.”

I believe with all my heart we have reached a time where some of the behavior and attitudes exhibited by Christians, God can no longer tolerate. As we enter the year 2012 the whole world has been focusing on the Mayan calendar, anticipating a great cosmic shaking. Man is fearful of total destruction. My concern as a Christian is not the Mayan calendar, nor the shaking of the earth, neither the total destruction of mankind; my concern are those areas in my life which are not pleasing to the Lord. The Bible clearly tells us the events that will take place in the end times. So I do not look for mystical answers. But my heart is what God wants to deal with as a Christian.

So while there are many things, terrible things, that will indeed take place upon planet Earth in the last days, God is looking for a people that will wholeheartedly follow after Him; seeking His face and allowing Him to change their hearts and lives.

Recently I heard an awesome message by Sis. Teresa Conlon. It was called “small things are big things”. One tremendous point she brought out in this message is found in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 10 verse 1. The Scripture tells us this “dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so does a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.” The ointment here represents our Christian testimony and the message of the cross. The dead flies that are in the ointment represents hidden sins and sinful attitudes that so many hold onto, even while preaching a good message; the truth; and testify of their faith to others. There are many today in the body of Christ that have excellent reputations as men and women of wisdom and honor but attitudes and conduct that are sinful, even where no one can see it, cause the sweet smell of their message and their testimony to stink in the nostrils of a hurting world. When the world in its lost condition observes the church arguing and fighting, bickering over who is the best, they are hard-pressed to want to accept the message even though it is the message that will change their lives and save their souls. These sins; these attitudes, that are not pleasing to the Lord in the life of a Christian must be exposed and the believer challenged to repentance. The trouble is that most who are showing forth the attitudes of exclusiveness, spiritual pride, an elitist mindset, so on and so forth; are so convinced that they are right it is very difficult to reach them. We must pray for them because the Holy Spirit can bring them to their knees. It is these “little foxes” that will spoil the harvest that God intends to come forth from the message of the cross. ( Song of Solomon 2:15)

In Matthew 24 verse 6 we read “and ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Among all the other problems of the last days Jesus seems to be saying here that the misuse of the mouth are real problems to watch out for. Notice he said you shall hear of and there will be rumors. There seems to be among ministers of the cross a large emphasis placed on rumor and hearsay. Dear friends, do not base your walk with God on rumors and hearsay. Please I beg of you, do not join the rank’s of those who major on slandering other ministers. It is very difficult today to do anything in the ministry for Jesus–without somebody speaking against it. Gossip and sinning with the mouth are very popular today. In many Christians lives, tale bearing and rumormongering are common everyday experiences. This type of activity causes the sweet smelling ointment to stink. It is a rank and disgusting odor. I personally believe this behavior stinks so bad that it makes God sick especially when it comes from the lives of his children. The infighting and the bickering and the wars between Christians such as we have been witnessing God will not long tolerate. We are living in a time where people have no fear to openly gossip and slander each other as well as the ministry gifts. Among many, it will get worse as the day approaches. But among God’s remnant, those who are serious about serving Him and giving Him their lives, we must allow the Holy Spirit to shake these behaviors and attitudes completely and totally out of us.

As we prepare to charge the year 2012 in order to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world, we must understand that God is not the author of the competitive spirit. It is not God that is causing or promoting men and women to stand up and say “I am the only one with the word of the hour” or “God is using us and us alone.” Friends, do not get caught up with those who claim themselves to be great leaders or to have important anointings. Beware especially of those who always put others down. Beware of those who isolate themselves from the rest of the body of Christ. Beware of individual ministers, believers, churches, and ministerial groups that politic and woo you to uproot your base, demanding that you support only them. These things are not of God. Lawlessness is not of God. Preaching one thing while living another is one of the surest ways to bring the judgment of God.

In 2012 as the shaking continues, you and I dear friends must decide whether to be sheep or to be goats. This could in fact be the greatest time of harvest the world has ever known in all of its history. The message of the cross is right. The message of the cross is the Bible. The message of the cross will set captives free. So it is imperative that we do not allow the dead flies of stinking sin and arrogant attitudes to cause others to recoil from the foul odor of sin in our lives as we try to give our testimony of this life-changing message. As we charge the year 2012 do not forget the biblical principle that we do not wrestle with people ( Ephesians 6:12–13) we need to learn now that it is not permissible to live an argumentative life. It is a violation of holy Scriptures for you and I to continually be in strife with others. If you live in strife, you will begin to invite in every evil work.See James 3:14–17. The last thing that we need is every evil work manifesting itself in our lives, our marriages, our homes, and our ministries. We must seek to never allow any dark spirit to infest itself within our souls; robbing us of the beauty and the powerful impact of our testimony to the grace of God through the message of the cross.

I firmly believe with all my heart that in the year 2012 God is going to do some miraculous things. Many prayers once thought impossible will be answered because of the mercy of our great God. Because of the blood of Jesus we will see things take place that will be so mind-boggling that we may not even believe it as we see it. A harvest of souls will be gathered in to the kingdom of God. Let’s you and I allow the Holy Spirit to work within our hearts. Let the Holy Spirit accomplish anything and everything that he desires within us. Together, you and I can rend our hearts before him and allow the sweet smelling savour of the message of the cross from a pure heart to penetrate all who come in contact with us in 2012.

This is part 1 of this message that God is given me. Stay tuned for part 2 coming in a few days. God bless you my friends. Remember, we are going to charge the year 2012 and win souls to Jesus.

Part 2 of this message will deal with the dangers associated with marginalizing the poor and needy and the false “revelation” that all we need to do is preach to them….