As we move from a "stable" mentality to an "inn" mentality, there is a flagship verse that stands out strong, "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." (Colossians 4:6) The message of Grace will minister to EVERY man! Because Grace is FOR every man! Before we launch into that verse, we must look at the context in which it lies by backing up a couple verses; "And at the same time pray for us also, that God may open a door to us for the Word (the Gospel), to proclaim the mystery concerning Christ... That I may proclaim it fully and make it clear [speak boldly and unfold that mystery], as is my duty. Behave yourselves wisely in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity." (Colossians 4:3-5 Amplified Bible)
My heart aches and yes, even trembles a bit at the broad measure of deception that has had a huge increase in these difficult days. Spirits that imitate the voice of our Savior are cloaking themselves as Angels of light and also come masquerading as the Voice of the Holy Spirit in order to distract and lure believers away, slowly from sound convictions, godly warnings, and above all, THE still small Voice. The Bible tells us that deception; doctrines of demons, and false prophets will increase.
On Thanksgiving evening the Holy Spirit began to reveal some things to me concerning the New Year. This is what He showed me. Just as there is a changing of the guard in the White House and president elect Donald Trump has 4,000 cabinet positions to fill, the Lord is looking for many positions to replace in seats of great authority in spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-11) as well as the five-fold ministry of the body of Christ. (Eph 4:11-12). Many prophetic voices will be raised up from the pit to the palace. Get ready for an upgrade.
Bo Airavata, 16, had fallen on the historic Wiconisco Bridge. His body seared with pain. He tried to get up. It wasn't going to happen. He had lost the use of his legs. "So much for making curfew," he thought as he heard the 10 o'clock whistle. The bridge was dotted with streetlamps, each one casting an eerie glow on Bo's situation as he tried to slither out of the way of oncoming traffic. But it was useless. No matter what he tried, his body refused to move. A black Sedan then came out of nowhere. The driver seemingly noticed that there was something in the middle of the road. He put the low beams on and aimed them at Bo who felt relief that someone knew of his condition. A split second later he felt terror as the car reared up and drove straightforward.
Remain silent upon your bed and receive the word of the Lord. Be still and know that I am your God and that I have everything under My control. Know that even though you might not be overcoming like you should that it is OK to come to Me just as you are and be accepted. Yes, you are accepted in the Beloved. Know that I will take you from where you are now to where you need to be. This is the end of all times and the enemy is coming upon many like a flood trying to wipe them out of their funds, their health, their families, and relationships.
I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying that 2017 is your year! It is your year of breakthrough, advancement, provision, and miracle manifestation. The struggle that was in 2016 will not carry over into 2017. I am releasing a supernatural grace upon you now to transition into the new season of blessing and abundance that awaits you. I am releasing miracle money for you within the first 90 days of 2017!
2017 is going to be a time in which many of the least likely people begin to awaken to God's love. A long-awaited start of global awakening and revival will take place. Many of these people have been rejected by the Church, but God is saying, "I have not forgotten them and their cries have reached my ears." Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117:1–2 (NIV) The world is going to awaken to the awesome power of the Lord. There is a reason for all the turmoil and attacks.
Soaking is a huge key in 2017 to see and experience the greater weight of His glory. As I spent time with the Lord recently I had a vision where I saw encounters with Jesus happening right across the body of Christ where the Lord was specifically releasing new mantles upon His people. These new mantles were for the new season that we are entering into as the body of Christ. He is looking for those chasing His heart and humility. The first thing I noticed was His eyes, He was looking, His eyes were roaming through the body of Christ and instantly I knew what He was looking for. He was looking for those chasing after His heart simply to know Him and humility!
When God has given a prophetic promise, how are we to respond? Are we to wait for Him to bring it about in His divine timing, or are we to war for that which He has promised to see it speedily brought forth? This is not really a trick question. Hopefully you will agree that the answer is - BOTH! Scripture gives clear direction that we are to wait for the Lord AND to war for His promises. But sometimes walking this out can be harder than it at first appears. So while both are important, today I want to emphasize the importance of contending for the promises of God and fighting the good fight of faith - both personally and corporately.
Is it possible your church is risking revival by adopting Seeker strategies?
All these new methods of how to build the church has left me confused. ~ David Wilkerson
It's easy to fall into the trap of believing revival is defined by an influx of new believers into the church. After all, we see this happening in the great revival chapter of the Bible, Acts 2:
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47 (ESV)
The ultra-simple protocol seems clear: Provide opportunities for the lost to get saved and as a result the church will grow. Ultimately, it is presumed, with enough such impact that revival will land.