Sunday morning, March 28, I arose super early and felt convicted by several messages and sermons lately that rather than get dependent on the office of "prophet," I live into what I've been hearing lately and draw near to God so He can draw near to me (1 Peter 4:8). Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who draws near to Him must believe that He IS and that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
In the mid-80s, we saw a trend of the promotion of the office of "prophet." One of the downsides of this movement is that it trained laity to be discouraged from meeting God where He is, and relying on others to receive, interpret, and deliver God's word to the people. In a society that was becoming increasingly compartmentalized and secularized, this further weakened the church and cut us off from the voice of God.
I believe we are living in the last days, when God will pour out His flesh on all people (Joel 2:28). I believe that He is desiring closeness with us, as He always has, but using this time and this season to cause us to really hunger for Him and seek Him out. This is not an unusual time; we are always to be in that mindset. However, we are seeing a move of the Holy Spirit back on us drawing near to Him, crying out to Him, and asking for Him to make Himself known. In Jeremiah, we read, "call to me, and I will tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
Everywhere I go is a move on the people of God, the remnant, to spend time with God. If we have faith as a mustard seed, which starts small but realizes its potential to grow very large, we will KNOW that He IS and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him. It is not about the manifestations, it's about the relationship. It's not about demonstrative power, it's about drawing near to Him and counting on Him to want to be glorified. It's about restoring our right relationship with Him so that all we want is more of Him.
Today, take time, even if it's 5 minutes, to pull into your prayer closet and FULLY focus on God. Cry out to Him. If you need something to say, use John 3:30 paraphrase, "more of You, less of me." You can also use the very shortened version of the Jesus prayer, "lord, have mercy." The longer version is "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." When we're honest about who He is and who we are, we make more room for Him to show up as He is, in His power.
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