These Shifting Times
I hear over and over the words “REVIVAL”, “AWAKENING” & less but I am also hearing “HABITATION”. Who is right? And what season is that we are actually in?
I had a dream night before last of a storm coming. I saw it from an upstairs window, ran downstairs while hollering “we have to go!” Neither mother nor father listened. I ran downstairs and believe I stood outside front door and saw this giant storm coming.
I ran back upstairs begging mother to get up, let’s go its time. Then I ran to the father’s room and did the same thing but he was reluctant and didn’t want to “get out of bed”. I ran back to the window and saw the storm closer and ran into mother’s room finally she listened but was also reluctant. She was getting up and I ran back to father’s room and he refused to get up and my heart was sad.
I ran down the stairs and knew I had to get out of that house now! THEY were supposed to go with me but I don’t recall them there, the mother was on her way but not the father.
This was an unsettling dream. I knew it was prophetic. I saw a large storm coming and was trying to wake up the church! I believe while father can represent God in this dream it represented “tradition” and “customs” that an authority type figure refused to let go of whereas the mother who represented the church, while reluctant, actually got up and was coming.
BOTH had to be awakened but only one moved forward.
What does it mean?
We are NOT taking “traditions” and “customs” into this next move of God on this earth because those who do, won’t be able to “weather the storm”.
It involves a team…in this dream, I represented a voice, like John crying in the wilderness trying to get people to wake up and be equipped.
The father would not repent so he was not revived nor awakened. He was stuck….meaning traditions and customs will keep people from moving ahead much like that of the Pharisees in Jesus time who refused to repent and be awakened by following Him as HE equipped His disciples!
So, what does revival, awakening and habitation have in common?
THEY WORK TOGETHER!
Revivalists/Evangelists preach the gospel and heal/deliver people so that they are able to be awakened.
Without repentance there is no forgiveness of sins! Luke 13:3
“3 I tell you, No; but unless you repent (change your mind for the better and heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally.”
“and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
There cannot be a “turning away from” if someone isn’t willing to recognize sin then get in agreement with God Almighty that it IS sin and ask His forgiveness. THIS is revival!
We were once dead in our sins, until Christ Jesus…Ephesians 2:1,5-6
“1And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins.”
“5 Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). 6 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”
“13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.”
Well, that is only to be saved someone might say….is it? Is it ONLY for that? Let’s look at the matter of forgiveness and what JESUS said about it…
Matthew 6:15 & Mark 11:26-
“15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, [b]leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.”
“26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.”
This is where we must see a “revival” to bring in the ones who are lost, ones who think they are saved but in deception, and to see those who are saved but not walking in the Light reconciled and forgiven….set free! ALL need salvation, healing AND deliverance! WE have preached of salvation over and over but the fact is that JESUS IS the complete package and it is TIME people truly recognize their need to be saved yes but also healed and delivered!
Healed of wounds, mentally, physically and emotionally. WOUNDS that are diseases, infirmities are as bad if not worse than physical ailments. MOST physical ailments are the product of something that has happened to someone emotionally, or mentally, like trauma whether it’s something they did, or something that happened to them. UNFORGIVENESS is the #1 reason people struggle to be healed! SO in revival, there is not only salvation but healing & deliverances!
Awakened to be WHO they are created to BE!
This means equipping the saints!
They cannot walk in the light if they have no understanding or else the Lord would not have given apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers and pastors to help equip the saints to DO the ministry!!
THIS IS EPHESIANS take a look at this as it completely explains this! Ephesians 4:11-16
“11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. 12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), 13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [[b]full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. 14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of [c]unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead. 15 Rather, let our lives lovingly [d]express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 16 For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.”
This is why Paul goes on to say to them in Ephesians 5 about imitating Christ Jesus…. look at verses 14-17
“14 Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. 15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), 16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”
Meaning, stop living like you once did when you were dead in sin! You have been revived now be “awakened” to WALK in the Light!!!! KNOW the will of GOD… “His will being done on earth as it IS in Heaven”!
When people are equipped they begin to live a life of dwelling in Him and Him dwelling in them in a way that they are truly a HABITATION of the presence of GOD!
HOW does this look…the LIGHT of YAH WILL shine out from those who are truly a “HABITATION” of Him!
They choose to NOT sin! THEY LEARN to live without sin in their lives…does it mean to not ask for forgiveness of unintentional sins? No, of course not but willful/intentional sins become a thing of the past for them! God’s grace covers the unintentional sin as we recognize our need for His forgiveness and the Blood of JESUS to always be applied to us! IT IS WHY…when someone who is BORN again in Jesus dies and has unforgiven sin…they are covered by HIS great grace! THEY…you and I did not or do not earn this…it is why it’s called GRACE!
HIS GRACE also gives us the power to overcome so we can choose NOT to sin!
Instead of us wondering “what happened” we ought to BE what IS happening!
When the Lord inhabits a person and those person’s come together, His Light AND Love abound….then we can truly sing “we are One in the Spirit we are One in the Lord, we are One in the Spirit we are One in the Lord and we know that all unity will one day be restored and they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, YES they’ll know we are Christians by our love”!
That is the Word…
The Glory of the Lord is to cover this earth…
WE ARE RECREATED and LOOK, ACT, THINK and TALK differently!
Check it out…with these verses is a warning about how people building for themselves, it will come to nothing. Habbakuk 2:14-15
“13 “Is it not indeed from the Lord of hosts
That peoples labor [only] for the fire [that will destroy their work],
And nations grow weary for nothing [that is, things which have no lasting value]? 14 “But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.”
The Hebrew words for glory and knowledge in summation basically means that the splendor and weightiness of Yahweh will be ascertained by seeing! (Yada and Kabod are two of the root words used).
What does it mean? We are to DO what Jesus did…HE said so! John 14:12 this is the command of Jesus from Heavenly Father to display HIS GLORY all over this earth! HE chose you and I giving us skills, gifts, talents and all kinds of things to show Himself through us while: healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out devils and just BEING IN HIM letting HIS Light shine through us. RISE AND SHINE FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS INDEED COME! THIS IS NOW!
IN order to get there this requires a “habitation” of God Almighty!
“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
When HE is abiding in us, we abide in Him and we are One with Them and One with each other IN Him!
“21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.”
WHY is this so important?
SO THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE and BE CONVINCED that YOU (Heavenly Father) HAVE SENT JESUS CHRIST!!!
THIS IS His plan! Always has been.
His Kingdom Come and HIS WILL be done on earth AS it IS in Heaven!