• Dr. Meg Hart

As many people around the world remain on the stay-at-home order during this pandemic, it is easy to feel as life is at a standstill. Some believers are growing weary, stagnant and disheartened! There is no time for that Church! It is time to wake up and expectantly wait on the Lord! This is not the time to give up and give in to distractions and hopelessness!

God always used the dry and unexpected times to reveal His glory and power on the earth. He is looking for His children to rise up during this time and receive His strategy for the outpouring of revival that is about to be unleashed around the world. He is looking for voices to loudly proclaim their unshakable faith during the great shaking that is happening right now. It’s time to praise Him for His grace, mercy and favor upon us as we are living in this very moment to share the Gospel, call ourselves and others to repentance and prepare for an outpouring of revival like the world has never seen, as we eagerly awaited the return of Jesus!

How can we do that during this pandemic?

We need to pause... in His Presence.

God is using this pause, this short time, to clean us up, reset us and prepare us for the next season.

Here are 10 confessions from Psalm 62:5-8 (TPT) we can pray as we pause… in His presence.

1. I am standing in absolute stillness, silent before the one I love, waiting as long as it takes for Him to rescue me.

Go before God to your secret place of prayer. Focus your attention, heart, mind and spirit on Almighty God. Feel His Presence as He makes Himself know to you. Express your great love for Him by being still in His Presence.

2. Only God is my Savior, and He will not fail me.

Praise Him for His unfailing love and promises. We need to take this time to repent for any areas where we blamed God for the bad things happening, and reignite our trust in Him.

3. For He alone is my safe place. His wrap-around presence always protects me as my champion defender.

Remember that God is with us always, even when everything around us is out of control. He will defend and protect us against the attacks of the enemy, because we already have the victory in Jesus.

4. There’s no risk of failure with God!

The government may fail, people may fail, but those who trust in the Lord have the unshakable faith that with God on our side, we cannot fail!

5. So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me?

Read and live out Psalm 91! There is no fear in God. We are sons and daughters of the Most High God! We know who we are and Whose we are! We need to repent for any fear that has gripped our hearts and keep our eyes on Jesus.

6. God’s glory is all around me!

As we pause in His Presence, His glory fills every area of our lives. Our spiritual senses are tuned in to His hand in everything taking place, and we receive a deeper revelation of how God is using His glory and power to once again take what the enemy used to bring death and destruction and use it for His good.

7. His wrap-around presence is all I need, for the Lord is my Savior, my hero, and my life-giving strength.

Pausing in His presence will replace our weariness with His strength, and the world’s fear with Kingdom courage. His Presence brings life and healing to all of the dead and broken areas in our lives.

8. Join me, everyone! Trust only in God every moment!

As we pause in His Presence, surrender to and trust in God for every area of our lives, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us His wisdom, discernment and knowledge for every moment of every day!

9. Tell Him all your troubles and pour out your heart-longings to Him.

God knows everything about us, but longs for each of us to pause in His presence and share our hearts, dreams, cares and concerns. As we share with Him, He will give us His perspective, insight and strategies. He will reveal His heart and plans in His perfect timing. Pausing in His presence assure us that when He is ready to speak, we are positioned to listen!

10. Believe me when I tell you—He will help you!

He wants to use us this very moment to reach others for His Kingdom. However, we cannot pour from an empty and broken vessel. Each day let’s pause in His Presence and allow Him to heal us, strengthen us, restore us and fill us with a fresh anointing so we can pour out what God prepared for us to others!

People without the hope of Jesus are watching us. This is not the time to give up or give in to Satan’s schemes of apathy, lethargy and worldly distraction. Pause… in His presence now and every day with extraordinary faith because God is ready to us mightily for worldwide revival!

Dr. Meg Hart founded Restored Women in 2015 and Restored Global in 2018, both ministries birthed into her heart from God as a result of the great revelation, redirection and restoration she experienced through Jesus.

She is an ordained pastor through Global Ministries and Relief Inc. and holds an EdD in Performance Improvement from Capella University

She is the proud mother of one daughter, Mackenzie, and serves at Life Church in Williamstown, New Jersey.

She recently published her first book,

Falling in Love Again: Redirecting Your Earthly Rejection to Eternal Restoration by Amazon.com Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1705397336/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_7fhSEb11KA6S6

This article originally appeared at restoredwomen.com.

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  • Dr. Meg Hart

We are living in the last days, and we are seeing the great falling away of the Church. As prominent pastors, worship leaders and artists are walking away from their faith and denying Christ, they are taking with them entire generations of fans and followers, especially the younger generation. We are seeing record high suicides among children, and the internet has brought a new level of compromise and bullying that we as parents and caregivers did not have to deal with previously. The enemy has been relentless in deceiving and attacking our kids.

The Lord is sending out the alarm to His Church to be prayerful, vigilant and obedient to do whatever it takes to save our children from eternal destruction. With access to every evil portal into hell through the internet, social media, television, music and relationships, we as Christian parents cannot be naïve into thinking that our children have not been exposed, tempted or engaged in sin and compromise.

No matter how much we shelter and protect them, they still open access to evil through these outlets, and many times do not want to hurt or disappoint their families, so they keep the sin hidden, and it festers into their adult years. Many times, parents are unaware of their children’s struggles because they are either not paying attention to what their kids are watching and doing online, unaware of who they are hanging out with or want to be the cool and accepted parents, so they allow a little bit of compromise to stay “relevant” and often turn a blind eye to sin. Others assume that since their kids are being raised right, attend church and youth group regularly and think they know what friends they are associating with daily, they do not have to worry. I was one of those parents.

A few years back, when I discovered that my own teenager was struggling with hidden sin, it was like the rug was pulled out from under me. Through anger, I asked God how this could happen when I thought I was so resolute in protecting her. Where did I miss it? He reminded me of a prayer I prayed over her not too long before everything was revealed. I prayed that God would expose anything in her life that would affect her eternity and the call He had on her life. Although I was not prepared in any way for what was about to be exposed, He faithfully answered my prayers.

We went through a long season of pain as roots were revealed. I relentlessly tried to send the alarm to other Christian parents and pastors whose kids were also in trouble. Many ignored the call and swept it under the rug. Many ostracized and mocked me. I was resented by many and felt the sting of rejection. However, I was going to what it took to help my child and any others who were struggling. Even though the journey to healing was painful, I realized that I was not alone, and that God would help me stand and fight for my child and for this generation.

Our children are being granted open access to sin right under our noses! They are being overtly exposed to adult content and expected to handle it as an adult. As we witness record high addiction, promiscuity, suicide, murder, pornography and human trafficking rates skyrocket among children, it is time to wake up and do something! God gave us the care of His children, and we need to take it seriously!

Here are 7 ways you can help protect your kids from eternal destruction.

1. Pray ask God to reveal anything He needs you to know about your children. This is one of the most powerful prayers you can pray. It can also be the most painful. However, through His Holy Spirit, God is there to bring the peace, healing and strategy to start the steps in helping them. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come”. John 16:13 ESV

2. Be a parent, not friend! When is the last time you looked at your children’s phone, social media accounts, browsing history or what they are watching on television? When is the last time you went into their rooms and looked around? Do you really know the friends and their parents well enough before sending them over for sleepovers and outings? If you think that your child would never be engaged in sin through these mediums because they are strong and godly, you are being deceived. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” 1 John 1:8 ESV Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything you need to know and be vigilant to find and deal with it! “The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that He has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions”. Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV We are called to be the stewards of these kids for God. While we can have friendship as part of the parent/child relationship, we are to be parents and God’s caregivers first and foremost.

3. Set and adhere to Holy Spirit-led rules, boundaries and consequences. If your child is struggling, ask God to show you the steps to take to help them as their spiritual authorities. Remove what needs to be removed and set what needs to set according to God’s strategy to protect and help our kids. Watch who you allow your kids to be around. Make them accountable for their decisions and actions by correcting and disciplining them! As painful as it may seem at the moment it is vital for their spiritual well-being. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 ESV

4. Do not be a bystander parent. If we see our own or other kids mistreating, gossiping or compromising, we need to address it immediately in love. Bullies are not the only perpetrators to the victim. Bystanders are as well. Do not be a bystander parent and do not allow your children to be bystanders to evil. Teach them to stand up for God’s Word, Christ’s examples and go reach out and those who are hurting and in trouble. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6 ESV

5. Ask God to reveal the root of the sin. When you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to show you the root and the open door where the enemy was allowed in. Something may have happened to them that you did not know, or they may have willingly chosen to sin. No matter what the root is, once it is exposed, walk your children through the Word and prayer to seek forgiveness and help. This may take time and much persistence, but do not give up, no matter how much pushback you get. The enemy wants to wear you down and make you give in or give up. We do not have to handle this on our own! The Holy Spirit is here to help! “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NLT

6. Do not allow disappointment in your children or even in you change your perceptions on their God-given identities and your roles as parents and caregivers. When you discover that your child is struggling with hidden sin, remind them that you are displeased with the actions but not them. The enemy will immediately try and bring shame and hopelessness when sin is exposed. Point them immediately to the Word and to God’s and your forgiveness. “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy”. Proverbs 28:13 ESV. Also accept God’s grace and mercy when the enemy tries to bring guilt to you for not knowing, and thank Him for revealing it. Just as we are not perfect, neither are our kids. Just like we are exposed to sin, they are too. You are not a failure!

7. Speak life into your children! The enemy attacked your kids and now it’s time to fight back in prayer, worship and thanksgiving! Pray without ceasing for your kids to have hearts of repentance and be ready to return to, serve and honor God. “But now this is what the LORD says: “Do not weep any longer, for I will reward you,” says the LORD. “Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy. There is hope for your future,” says the LORD. Jeremiah 31:16-17 NLT

Remember, we will one day stand before Jesus and give accounts for how we raised His children. When choosing to be godly, vigilant, wise and uncompromising parents or caregivers, one moment of resentment from our kids and others who choose to turn a blind eye to sin and compromise will be well worth the eternal safekeeping of our children and future generations.

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There are some who are facing their darkest hours of tragedy, persecution and loss right now. My family and I have recently faced a heart-shattering tragedy when my uncle was brutally murdered on Good Friday. I had already personally faced and persevered the most difficult year of my life, and this tragedy knocked me flat down.

As my family and I pick up the pieces of our shattered hearts and literally walk moment by moment through this tragic loss, I felt like God had abandoned us. There are still many unanswered questions, we are waiting for justice, and I am angry. People have told me that my faith was weak, or I didn’t have enough faith because I wasn’t saying or doing the right things in my time of grief and unknown future. I started to believe them until I had a revelation on what faith in God really is. My outlook of what defined faith changed when I heard these words from my pastor:

“Faith is not really faith until it is tested”.

It is easy to say we have the right amount of faith or real faith when everything is going well, comfortable and safe. It is easy to believe that we must have had big faith when our prayers were answered. It is easy to encourage others who are suffering when we haven’t faced their loss, tragedies, rejection and persecution. In these last days, Satan is on an all out assault on Christians around the world to turn from God. He is ruthless, relentless and brutal. The persecution of God’s children come in many forms, and we are tested now more than ever if we really believe in the goodness, love and eternal hope of God.

Measures of faith are not based on how many scriptures we recite, how we appear to others or how loud our praises can be heard. Authentic faith is based on our trust and commitment to God, even when our feelings, understanding and rational conflict. Faith arises through each wave of pain, desperation, suffering, grief and pain and is just as real through a whisper or tears. Faith can come after words of anger and anguish to God when we tell Him how we really feel about what is happening yet choose to still love and trust Him despite those feelings. When we read about those with great faith throughout the Bible, it always accompanied a great need, hardship and loss.

Here are four things to remember when our faith is tested:

1. As we experience brokenness and devastation, faith may only appear to be small and not of any significance to others. However, the roots of authentic faith are anchored deep in the One who will help us in our darkest hours. Our feelings, thoughts and circumstances may feel like God has abandoned and failed us, yet our decision to trust Him regardless of the tests, tragedies and trials we face is faith.

2. Jesus Himself had to have faith in His Father when he was betrayed, falsely accused, tempted and put to death. He was tested in every way we were. As he hung on the cross and became sin for us, He cried, “My God, My God, why have your forsaken me? “Matthew 27:46. His commitment to God’s plan and love for us despite his physical emotional and spiritual anguish in that moment demonstrated pure faith.

3. Our decision to trust in a loving God and Jesus as our Savior in this lost and broken world takes true faith. When the enemy has come to rob, steal, kill and destroy and all hope seems lost, it is faith that surpasses all human understanding, intellect and feelings. We can cry out for Jesus to help us keep the faith. “I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea. Do not close your ears to my cry for relief. You came near when I called you and said, ‘Do not fear’”. Lamentations 3:55-57

4. Our measure of faith is not based on how successful, happy and put together our lives are on this earth. Jesus told us that we will face hard times, and that has nothing to do with our lack of faith. “I have told you these things, so that in Me You will have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Rather, it is based on if we are still holding on to our eternal faith and hope when loss, persecution, and hopelessness occur. “So we fix our eyes on not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:18.

If you are facing your darkest hour, do not lose hope. “In every way we’re troubled and not crushed, frustrated but not in despair, persecuted and not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10. Cling to Jesus in the silence, pain and rubble. He is here and understands. No matter how much my heart hurts right now, I choose to believe this. Do not let people discourage you that your faith is weak because you have not responded or are unable to handle your pain the way or timeline, they feel you should. God knows your heart. He sees your tears. He feels your pain, and He is big enough to take what you have to say to Him.

No matter how bad, difficult or impossible your circumstances appear, He has an eternal plan to heal, restore and deliver those who have been severely tested, yet choose to love, follow and trust Him by faith.

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