Glory to God!
The Lord is preparing us for revival. In these past weeks, God has been speaking to us about the Church's need to recognise the spirit of this world, her need for revival, the nature of true revival and the journey towards revival.
In his message entitled "Babylon: Confront or Conform," Alex showed us how we need to recognise the spirit of this world if we are to overcome it and not conform to it. Looking at Daniel 1:1-6, Alex pointed out the principles the enemy uses to conform man to his kingdom as he targets leaders and potential leaders; entices influencers who are instrumental in shaping the future; changes the environment and spiritual atmosphere; makes Christians spiritually sterile and impotent; changes the language and information to "brain-wash" his subjects and changes people's identity and desires. Recognising the enemy's tactics helps believers overcome the spirit of this world and choose to align themselves to God and His Kingdom and not conform to the pattern of this world.
As we prepare ourselves for revival, it is important for us to understand what revival is, why we need revival, how revival comes about, what revival looks like and what the fruit of revival is. In his message entitled, "Revival," Richard addressed each of these questions and showed us from Hosea 10:12 and 14:1-8 that it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers righteousness upon His people so that the Church is revived and our society is awakened to Christ. As God's people return to the Lord, He promises to heal their waywardness and revive them, causing them to depend on Him, to blossom, to be deeply rooted in Him, to grow and mature, to be full of splendour as they walk in authority and royalty, to be the aroma of Christ, to be a shelter and protection from the world, to multiply, to become known as the habitation of God's presence and to be a people living in the care and communion of God.
Two weeks ago, God moved us into a powerful and prolonged time of worship and intercession. The Lord was clearly stirring the gifts in the Body and as room was given for prophecy and intercession, we began to experience a definite shift and release in the Spirit. After Alex led us prophetically through a significant and powerful time of prayer and response to the Holy Spirit, Richard brought a short word of instruction in which he described what he sensed God was doing and how the present revival would come about. It was wonderful to see the Holy Spirit move among us and to witness the stirrings of revival as God began to unstop the wells of revival and release the gifts of the Spirit - the things of the Spirit that will quicken the Church and awaken the Lost to the reality of God's presence, love and power.
What the Lord had begun the previous week, he continued last week as we moved with the Holy Spirit in worship, intercession and prophetic declaration. The Lord is quickening and activating His people to release heaven on earth and to be aligned to His will and purposes. In his message entitled, "The Water has Broken," Alex spoke to us from Zechariah 4:1-10 and showed us how God's people must learn not to depend on human wisdom and strength but rather on God's Spirit to bring about the fulfillment of what He has spoken in His written and prophetic Word. As God's people begin to the signs of the fulfillment of God's prophetic Word, they must rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit and be obedient to Him. God is encouraging us to persevere and to continue seeking Him until He comes and showers righteousness upon us! We praise God for the evidence of revival among us as the waters are breaking and revival is being birthed!