In prayer recently I felt a Holy weight fall on me which laid me out flat on my face. I felt the intensity of the fear of the Lord and what is coming.
I sense His grief over the state of our country and the state of the church. I saw how much of the poison of the worlds ways has polluted that which was to be kept Holy.
The desire for comfort over righteousness has caused a familiarity with grace that was never intended.
The striving to make the American Dream a reality has been a great distraction for many. Our focus became more on ourselves and less on others. It became more about building our personal kingdom instead of building the kingdom of heaven. We became focused on self and making a life for ourselves free of all discomfort and inconvenience.
Are we called to a life free from pain? To the contrary, we are told we will encounter discomfort but we are to count it all joy. We are told persecution will come. We are told to lose our lives, to die to self and that was truly when we gained true life.
I heard the Lord say to me that we have been lulled to sleep by the American Dream much like Sampson was lulled to sleep by Delilah. We chose comfort over a “set apart” life full of the power of the Holy Spirit. In essence the American Dream has become the American Nightmare full of comfort seekers rather than selfless Christ seekers.
God didn’t send His son to earth to suffer and die so that we could have a comfortable life. He sent Jesus to die for us so that we would lose our life through our belief in Him. A wise pastor told me a long time ago that each time we dig self back up out of the grave we stink a little more.
We are called to die to self and live to Christ. It was Paul who said “it is no longer I who live but Christ in me! who lives.”
We must not make avoiding pain the main way we move through this world. Our leading must be motivated strictly by obeying the Holy Spirit’s leading. Remember satan tried to entice Jesus by offering Him all the treasures of the world. We must not fall for the same trick. I’ve said it many times that the enemy does not come in a suit that says “bad guy”, he comes many times as our “dream girl”, “dream guy”, “dream house”, “dream job”, “dream salary”, etc. Not all dreams are God dreams.
It’s time to turn from the American Dream to God’s Dream for America. It’s time to turn from our dream for our life and to God’s dream for our life.
REMOVING THE WORLDLY DEBRIS FROM THE CHURCH
I could feel the sadness over all the people who don’t feel welcome in our churches. I could feel his anger over those who want to carry His authority but not His heart.
Things that have kept into the church like pride, judgement, control, vanity, greed, gossip and slander…. these things should not be found in the Lord’s house.
I see a reprioritizing to align with His heart about to happen within His church. I see great compassion and humility being released as we shift our focus off of others and onto the face of a holy God! We will not care what others are doing or what they look like but instead only care about what the Holy Spirit is doing.
It’s time to turn from our ideas of what church should look like and into Gods idea of church. We must allow Him to remove all the pollution that has kept in through the ways of the world and replace it with a return of righteous living, Holy living, and the fear of the Lord.
Reverence is returning to the divine. No more familiarity and treating that which is Holy as common.
IDOLS COME CRASHING DOWN
Anything that is holding a place in our lives that the Lord deserves will come crashing down from tv shows to music. The Hollywood celebrities that we have put on pedestals will come crashing down. We will see that much of the gold found in California was fool’s gold.
Those institutions we have valued and viewed as “Ivy League” will be seen in a new light. Anything that we label as “prestigious” will be seen differently. The idols are coming down. We are learning to see them how God sees them.
I sense the Lord saying that the future will be very uncomfortable in the worldly sense but refining in the Godly sense. We will lose passion for the things that are not of Him, in favor of those that carry His fire! He is allowing the momentary discomfort to reprioritize our hearts. The things that just don’t matter will fall aside and the things that do will gain a deeper anchor within us. Sniper like vision will emerge in many from this season and intercessors will be given heavenly keys to strategy to disarm the enemy.
Another amazing thing that will emerge from the pressure will be longer distance vision of a world that we have never experienced in real life. It will be a life that God dreamed of where we can trust people again and believe the words coming out of their mouths. I see innocence being cherished and protected again.
I see media producing shows that will bring life and encouragement. I see such a strong sense of justice in society that gone will be the days of filming crime instead of trying to stop it from happening. I see people engaged and genuine compassion for their neighbors coming. People will have a new appreciation for truth and highly regard it. I see self righteousness breaking off people as people from all kinds of backgrounds embrace one another. I see the church in all its beauty!!!
We will be truly “living the dream”, but it will be Gods dream we are living out and not our fleshly manmade one!