As I engage in different conversations with brothers and sisters around the world, and as I experience wonderful things I have never experienced before, things I thought I never would live long enough to see, there is a recognizable “theme” emerging in little pockets here and there . . . kingdom testimonies of a different order and quality than anything I have ever known.
At the risk of ruining something the minute we touch it and define it (God help us all) . . . there is a “move” of His Spirit involving a corporate manifestation in love and power (NOTE: not meetings, gifts, anointing, power, personalities, and sermons) that is unlike anything I have seen or been a part of previously in my life.
It is not flashy. It is not: “come to the show” or “come see the superstar preacher and wonder worker.” It is not “mystical” unless empowered resurrection love and life in human vessels is mystical. It is “behind the scenes” in little “Bethlehems” scattered around the world. It is not something you can “go and see.” It is not something you can write a headline about. You can’t do an “interview” with the functioning Body of Christ. It is not centered on a personality. It is not about “a man, a meeting, a message, and a miracle.” It is not something to be found in a meeting, but it is as real, and discernible and as “manifestational” as a change in barometric pressure is in the weather. You can’t see it, but you can feel it and you know when it happens.
These are the best kingdom days of my mortal existence on this planet.
Yes, that includes “signs and wonders” and all the things that people are “begging God to do” in tiresome and straining eternal prayer meetings for “revival.” Yes that includes genuinely TRANSFORMATIVE conversions (Like I haven’t seen since the 1970’s.). But the catch is: it is outside of everything we have valued and known.
Too often “revival” in our understanding and in our prayers is: “Give us more of what we already have and like, don’t make me change anything, don’t ask too much of me, don’t challenge my doctrinal beliefs, but do something so me and mine can be great, successful, and famous, and so I can be rich, and my church and ministry can have a bigger sanctuary.” Revival is about an end to everything about me and mine! Much if not most of our alleged “crying out to God for revival” is compromised, blind, and self-agendized. Revival is here. It’s just not happening on the frequency and in the way we want it to, or in the ways our traditions and teachers have conditioned us to expect.
Just as those who were obsessed with the routine in the temple in Jerusalem could not recognize the most significant event in the history of the cosmos happening under their noses in their own neighborhood, this “thing” I am seeing and experiencing (and it’s not just me, that’s what’s so encouraging and interesting!) is the same. If we look for it where we think it should be happening, we will not see it, though it be in our own neighborhoods and under our own noses.
Open your eyes. Start loving. Start caring. Start giving. Start sharing, and the revival you are hoping for will explode around you. You just won’t be famous and it might cost you everything you currently esteem and value.
The issue is not that God has not sent, or is somehow withholding “revival.” The issue is God is broadcasting an FM signal and we have AM receivers. We can pray, cry, beg, repent, moan, groan, travail, do “restored Davidic prayer and worship for 24-7” and other forms of spiritual calisthenics all day long, every day of the year, to try and coerce God into broadcasting on our bandwidth. He isn’t. He doesn’t. He won’t. The problem is not reluctance in God. It is not having the right receiver to hear what is already all around us. Tune in. Get on on His bandwidth. Dump your AM receiver. You’ll be amazed at what you hear that you were not aware of even though you were literally being bombarded and surrounded by the signal in the heavens, every day of your life.
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