Sunday, March 6, 2011

Releasing the Glory - The Houston Oak in Gonzales

It's March 6, 2011.  I'm in San Antonio.  Later this afternoon several of us will gather on the Alamo plaza to remember the sacrifice paid 175 years ago.  It's time to stand.  It's time to "cross the line" for Texas and the Lord's kingdom.

On March 13, 1836 General Sam Houston dispatched three scouts from Gonzales, Texas - "Deaf" Smith, Henry Karnes and Robert Handy. Their assignment was to ride to San Antonio de Bexar to learn the status of Col. William B. Travis and the other defenders of the Alamo. Only twenty miles from Gonzales they met Susannah Dickinson, her infant daughter Angelina and Joe, Colonel Travis' slave.

Mrs. Dickinson informed the scouts that on the morning of March 6 all the defenders within the Alamo had died at the hands of General Santa Anna's army. Henry Karnes returned to Gonzales to report the news to General Houston.  The news threw the residents of Gonzales into a panic. Following the desertion of some of his soldiers, Sam Houston ordered the torching of the town and summarily retreated to the outskirts of Gonzales.  On March 14, 1836 (175 years ago), with the townspeople watching the town burn, Houston stood under a massive oak tree and mustered an army. He headed east (the runaway scrape) towards an inevitable appointment with destiny and victory at San Jacinto

Last August I wrote:
The word of the Lord for the day is "muster."  He is sounding the alarm.  He is mustering the troops. The dictionary defines muster as:
  1. to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge
  2. to gather, summon, rouse.
  3. to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces.
  4. to come together; collect; assemble; gather.

He is setting everyone and everything in order. He is calling us to "pay the price" for His kingdom. 
Last spring I stood under this same tree near Gonzales, Texas and called the saints of God to muster together.  The Alamo represented a place of complete sacrifice. In this season we are fighting another nation or kingdom.  Dr. John Benefiel of Oklahoma reminded us of one simple fact.  There are only two kingdoms.  The kingdom of our God and the kingdom of satan.

We serve the kingdom of God.  We are mustered for His work.  The kingdom of darkness will crumble and fall as we move together as the Lord's army.  Rise up saints of God.  On March 14th, we will once again gather at the Houston Oak.  I will call out in the spiritual what Gen Houston cried out in the natural.  It is time for the army of our God to form.  It is time for us to head towards our destiny to see our enemies fall beneath our feet.  These enemies are not of flesh and blood - but the enemies of darkness that would desire to see the demise of the God's kingdom.  BUT the victory is ours.  I will see you in Gonzales!


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