My commission is a clear and simple one, “restore hope in the heart of the believer through authentic, scripture-honouring prophetic ministry”. So, because of that, I seek to encourage, stir and energise the Church into a new way of living, thinking and being. This is where you come in.
The question many will ask is, “what exactly is the Lord saying to the Church, (God’s magnificent, redeemed, Christ-exalting, blood-purchased alternative society)in these perilous days that leave the nations gasping and guessing as to where things go next?”
The question is never asked to answer the imposing, but heart-stirring question, that is “whether things can get better, clearer, more unified and focused on the unfathomable glories of the risen, glorious, history-dominating Christ, who sits presently at the right hand of God, ruling time and history?”.
The Church is not entirely comfortable in her own skin with that.
You have only to consider the recent stock market cash to see where the heart of the Church really was. One day we we were singing, “… and if our God is for us, who can be against us?”, and then as the news of recession broke the bones, rattled in the cupboards and the song went quiet. But only for a while, the Lord knows His people and was quick to reassure weary, unconvinced hearts.
He’s never been known as anything else than a loving, compassionate faithful God, but the way that we perceive Him has.
So where are things going in our very busy, post-modern, seeming post-Christian nation?
Clearly “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people”. (Proverbs 13:34) God has issues with us, with all mankind – not just North Korea, but equally with America and the West, no country is exempt.
God is always encouraging us to press in to know Him and encounter His love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. He does this, so much so, that He holds out great and precious promises to us; “So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives”. Isaiah 55:19
God has not forgotten the West. He’s not forgotten the atrocities either. He’s not forgotten the bloodshed, the murder, lies, theft, corruption, perversion, murder of the unborn, or the billions stolen by financial corruption whilst millions struggle to live in poverty, working in modern day slavery for a meagre wage, just to exist. In the Church also, He is mindful of those who have told others that if they want to know how to hear, know, sense and walk with God they need to spend their money on acquiring the things that God freely revealed by purchasing their cd’s, dvd’s and mp3’s. God is not impressed. #awkward
Basically, if you got something from God by revelation, you don’t sell it. As the Americans’ say, “period”.
It is a day of chaos and darkness not light. There is however, a way forward – there always is with God. He is the God of unfathomable love and kindness, and nothing takes Him by surprise. His solution is simple – “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10:12)
2018 is perhaps the most challenging year the Church has faced, post-reformation. We, as the Church, have to decide to not walk in control, manipulation, the silliness of business-speak, jargon and spiritual-weirdness that we have done for years so that we can truly walk in the fresh, menthol, invigorating wind of the Spirit that is coming.
That wind or breath of God, knows nothing of the folly of man such as activations, shifts, realignments, new higher-levels and the other multitude of imaginations of man or conference marketing – it only affirms an authentic move of God that deeply convicts of sin, righteousness and the judgement to come in a way that none of the the other machinations of man ever did. The Spirit strives to honour Christ alone. There is no secondary hero, portfolio, or persona that deserves profile, fame or recognition. There are no forerunners, only servants.
Some of the greatest servants I have ever seen in action, were the leaders in Sunderland that looked after me during my visit with Paul Cain, Paul Manwaring and John Glass. I still lay awake in the night wondering at the amazing lengths they went to in delighting in being servants, when everyone of them was by far, much greater than me in the kingdom. I am indebted to them.
So, we need to move on Church. Let’s serve one another with days of prayer, much fasting, kind words, faith, action and much encouragement. We need everything we have got, to meet the needs of the most precious people we will ever meet, and a dying, perplexed, guilt-ridden, ashamed world that does not even realise that they are any of those things.
We can’t do it alone, that is why we have been sent. And if we have been sent, we do not go empty-handed or alone.
Our very best days are yet before us.