2018, The Year to Cry Out for King Jesus!


(Please read the entire chapter of I Samuel 8)

1 Samuel 8:3-5 (AMP) 3 His (Samuel’s) sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice. 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah 5 and said to him, “Look, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint us a king to judge us and rule over us like all the other nations.”

1 Samuel 8 unfolds explaining that our God’s point man, the most influential, chosen man-servant of our God, the prophet Samuel had grown old, without a suitable successor.  Samuel’s sons failed to follow in the faith and grace paths of their father and therefore, disqualified themselves in the eyes of the elders of Israel. The elders of Israel devised their own plan, birthed out of their own limited understanding.  Israel’s leaders chose to be led by a mere human, rather than the Voice, words, and ways of our God!  They preferred a human-led kingdom, rather than the leadership, provision, and protection of their God.  Our God instructs His prophet to inform Israel of the consequence of their choice (verses 10:21).  They persisted, and our God gave them the desire of their heart (verse 22).  Scripture revealed that it was just as the prophet declared, the people of Israel suffered under the rule of Saul.

Nothing New Under the Sun

Psalm 106:15 (KJV) He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

Some may think the Word of our God is antiquated; Truth be told, our God’s Truth is as relevant today as was in the beginning when He declared, “Let there be Light!”  There is indeed nothing new under the sun.  Today, many leaders who call themselves by our God’s name (Christians) continue to make ungodly, foolish, self-serving demands, and as a result they and all who agree with them continue to suffer leanness of real love, joy, and peace in life.  Today, in the systems of the world, (Faith, Family, Education, Government, Business, Arts/Entertainment, and Media) we see the result of ungodly, foolish, self-serving leadership, and poor choices that are made.


To those who wonder why the world mocks the seemingly powerless church, it is because of the ridiculousness of what they perceive.  The lost hear preaching, teaching, praying, and talking about an all-powerful, all-knowing, omni-present God who is not made relative in real of life.  Today’s church is unable dispense our God’s grace, wisdom, authority, and power.  Our God cannot confirm His Word and ways with His supernatural power, because many leaders have left the walk of love and faith in the True Gospel of Jesus The Christ, and are moving in worldly ways and methods in the search for temporal things, that satisfy the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. 

Many choose and follow created things in the search for knowledge and power.  Many choose to remain ignorant to the deeper things of God (taught only by His Word and Spirit), when our God has already provided everything we need to be transformed into the image of The Christ (full of grace, wisdom, power…), according to His plan. It is our lack of faith and accompanying works that satan mocks; he knows our God IS fathomless love, wisdom and fearsome power! 


In the heart and mind of our God, even before He laid the foundation of the earth, the sacrificial Lamb of our God was slain and humanity restored to our rightful place in Him.  In and through Jesus The Christ, our God completed the work of redemption and restoration of all.  Through and in the birth, life, ministry, death (shed blood), burial, and resurrection of Jesus The Christ, our God fulfilled His promise to forgive, heal and restore us:

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (KJV) 14 If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now Mine eyes shall be open, and Mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

It is finished. In and through Jesus The Christ, our God provided believers access to His wisdom, spiritual tools, power, and authority to adjudicate, command, and sentence humanity’s defeated foes of satan, his dark kingdom, and the carnal, fallen sin nature (flesh).  Our God has provided His unchanging promises with His solemn vow; He has given us His Holy Spirit of Truth, His authority and power, Jesus The Christ’s shed blood, and the signet ring of His name to get the job done.  He backs His Truth (spoken in faith) with His Consuming Firepower and heavenly host! 

Watchmen, our God has charged us to decree and declare His will, to call things that be not as though they are, until they manifest! Let us enforce and manifest the finished work of our God!


Watchmen all over the world, let us cry out that humanity be filled with the revelation knowledge of our responsibility to close all entrances to satan and wickedness in our lives:

1 John 5:18 (AMPC) We know absolutely that anyone born of God does not deliberately and knowingly practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him (Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil), and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch him.

Watchmen all over the world, let us cry out to the leaders of the church to repent and return to our God’s will and ways.  Let us cry out demanding that they untangle themselves from the affairs of the world (2 Timothy 2:4) and return to calling on the only One who can save, before the correction (judgment) of our God falls upon them:

Revelation 2:5 (AMPC) Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously, when first you knew the Lord, or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.

Our Sovereign God is removing the influence of leaders who are not seeking His face (character), will, and Way (Jesus The Christ: John 14:6).  He is raising up leaders after His own heart.  We must understand that correction (judgment) must begin at the household of faith; our God cannot lie, this promise must be fulfilled before the return of Jesus The Christ.   If we are found wanting, we must return to our God with truly repentant hearts. Our God is not deceived; He knows those who are truly His, let us depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19).


Watchmen, let us call believers all over the world to remember the teaching of Jesus The Christ.  Let us crush every demon blocking His Truth with the gavel (Word) of our God; let us destroy them with the Light and heat of His Consuming Fire!  Let us lift our voices in the spirit, to remind God’s people that we are anointed (by grace through faith) to crucify the flesh, to arrest and cast out devils, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to perform miracles and unleash signs and wonders.  Let us unite and remind the church that our God’s Holy Spirit speaks words of His wisdom, knowledge, and prophesy to us, that we may know His Truth.  Let us remind the church of our God-given spiritual languages. Make your sound, ye trumpets of the Most-High God.  LET US BE ABOUT OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS; LET US BE THE CHANGE AGENTS HE DESIGNED AND CALLED US TO BE!


Philippians 2:13 (AMP) For it is not your strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work (that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose) for His good pleasure.

Watchmen all over the world, let us fight the good fight of faith, knowing that our God is working in us, through us, and on our behalf.  Let us proclaim His heart, mind, and will, by His grace (Loving help to be and do the impossible), as He works with us teaching us to trust Him, which brings Him pleasure.

Philippians 1:6 (AMPC) I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ (right up to the time of His return), developing that good work and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

Our Apostle Paul, whose interactions with our God’s Holy Spirit and The Christ, equipped him to write a great portion of our modern-day bible, shares about being fully persuaded of our God working in us to perfect and prepare us for life in the New Jerusalem.  We must trust our God in the same manner that he and The Christ trust Him.  If we truly believe these things about our God, we will boldly (without fear or any apprehension) cry out for our King.


Revelation 22:7; 12; 20 (AMPC) 7 I am coming speedily. Blessed (happy and to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this little book. 12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing My reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. 20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

Watchmen all over the world, let us pray as our God’s Holy Spirit leads.  Let us be mindful not to entangle ourselves with the affairs of the world, but remain faithful to decree and declare the mind, will, purposes and plans of our God.  Let us fearlessly contend for the faith of Jesus The Christ, arresting satan and his cohorts, waylaying his works and plans, arresting and destroying his conjured spirits and influences, while killing the flesh with Word and Holy Spirit of our God. 

Watchmen, let us mercifully dispense the grace of our God to humanity, always remembering that we are who we, are and know what we know, only by His grace. Let us cry out for our King Jesus The Christ, knowing our God, the Only Righteous, All-powerful Judge is working His work and there is nothing that can be done about it, once we have decreed and declared His will in His faith.  Let us cry out fearlessly, collectively and in His faith,

Let us cry out, “Amen! Even so, come, Lord Jesus in 2018!”

Blessing to our God’s Faithful Watchmen in 2018

May the peace of our God be with you and all who live under your God-appointed umbrella of love, faith and grace.  May you see your NOW faith produce Now results, to the glory of our God!  I thank our God in advance for souls won, minds regulated, restoration of all that was stolen, and transfer of wealth, so that we may work freely to further His covenant and kingdom in the earth and most importantly, in the hearts, minds, and lives of His people. In Jesus name; amen and amen!


Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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