Last night I had a dream. I saw a traditional church building, but it stood on legs and had arms and it was dancing.
As I looked, I saw it was actually a puppet and was being held up by strings. I then saw that at the top of each one of these strings was the name of an ism, capitalism, conservatism, communism and so on.
As I watched, I saw the strings being cut and the church began to fall, and I heard the Lord say,
“How much of the church is held up by man made structures and systems? How much of your prayers and plans are driven my these systems and world view?”
As I have pondered the dream, I found myself asking the question, how much of our prayer and world view is Kingdom centric and Christ focused?
I firmly believe the Lord is issuing the same challenge to the church in our time that Jesus gave right at the start of his ministry,
From then on, Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, because the kingdom from heaven is near!” (Matthew 4:17)
The word repent literally means to think differently, live by different values, have a different world view. Why? Because the Kingdom of God is at hand. At hand means something is accessible or available. In other words Jesus was instructing us to step out of this world system and values and live and think from a Kingdom of God perspective.
Sadly, in much of the church in our time, we live with a hybridized world view, or a mixture at best. God is calling His people to repent and live and think from a pure foundation of Christ and His Kingdom alone.
God is committed to this purpose of having a pure perfect bride so He is allowing those things that are not founded upon His Kingdom to be shaken. The pandemic is only the beginning of what I believe will prove to be the greatest reformation of the church that has ever taken place.
I hear many praying for revival, but the sense I have is there must be a death before there can be a true awakening. Heaven’s response to some prayers is stop asking me to revive that which I want to kill and destroy.
We live in a time that we find much of the body of Christ more possessed by the political and religious spirit and the mind of the world than it is filled with the Holy Spirit and the mind of Christ. To some degree we have a god made in our image in the western world, even to the point that some now seek to change the scriptures to reflect their corrupted mindset and values, rather than allowing the same scriptures to change them.
Each one of us must come before God in humility and say,
“Search me Lord, help me Lord. I want to truly see the way you see, totally free from the contamination of the fallen systems of this world. Help me live from a Kingdom of God perspective, not the kingdoms of this world’s perspective.”
The word of the Lord right now is, this is only the beginnings of the shakings to come.
We are going to face days that will make the past pandemic look like a pimple in time, but take courage, for the Lord of all is out working His purpose and plan and what He has started He will bring to completion.
Go to your foundations and make sure all you find is Christ alone!