Restoring The Past, To Move Forward In The Fullness
As we head into 2017 many words are coming forth about restoration, second chances and comebacks. All of these words are true and ring with my spirit. God is on the move and He is preparing to release blessings upon His people. I sense the Spirit of the Lord saying “the storehouses in heaven are full to overflowing and I am preparing to release the overflow into those who truly seek My face”.
There are other words coming forth saying it is time for the prophetic movement to really arise and for His prophets to arise and begin to prophesy. However, I have concerns that much of what we hear from the “new breed of prophetic people” revolves more around “prophesying current events”. God is not looking for people who merely prophesy current events. He is looking for a people to truly tap into His heart and declare what is on His heart. The Father’s heart is one of calling His people back to their first love.
A Timely Word, From A Surprising Source
I recently started reading a new book by James L. Snyder. It’s actually a new book, using old material. The title of the book is Alive in the Spirit which captures A.W. Tozer’s thoughts on the power of the Holy Spirit and the importance of experiencing the presence and the power of God. I must admit, when I think of prophetic words – and I’m sure I’m not alone here – I do not think of A.W. Tozer as a source of such words. But, in this book I found an amazing – and timely – prophetic word we would do well to ponder.
First off, we need to remember the source material for the book Alive in the Spirit comes from sermons Tozer preached in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. On page 34 of the book under the heading A Prophecy, I found the following words to ring true in my spirit once again.
The next generation or two of Christians will face a challenge that cannot be overcome in the natural. Throughout history, God has selected certain people to come out of the established church and start over again using biblical authority. What is happening across the board cannot be salvaged from a spiritual standpoint, and the chances are pretty high that God may have to start all over again.
Read church history; read about the revivals and how God scrapped everything present at the time and started all over again. Perhaps this will happen again.
Unless there is real surrender to the Holy Spirit, we are facing some serious problems. We have become a culture of Christians trying to do God’s work apart from the enduement of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We acknowledge Him in our creeds, but rarely in our work and in our lives.
A Reformation Anniversary
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the reformation started by Martin Luther when he posted his 95 Thesis on the door of a Wittenberg church in Germany. We find ourselves approximately one generation beyond the time when Tozer said the “next generation or two of Christians will face a challenge that cannot be overcome in the natural”. I believe as we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation Movement that started in October of 1517, God is going to begin to “shift and shake” His people not into a “new understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit”, but into a “re-establishment of an understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit”.
I believe God is about to “hit the reset button on the Holy Spirit which will release the power of the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ once again”. I believe the “Holy Spirit is about to make a great comeback”.