This is going to feel unnatural to your common sense, but…I believe the Lord is saying we’re about to enter into the best of His plans. That 2020 is the “Year of Restoration,” and that this decade is a set-up for the greatest moves of God through the Church. This is not a time of destruction as many fear (or are led to believe), but a time of great transition into higher levels of operation for the greater glory God desires to release through His children.
I know this is completely counter to what many of you have been digesting on social media and your news sources. But, I believe it is far more in keeping with the Gospel of the Kingdom Jesus preached and prophesied.
The truth…COVID-19 will pass; it will loosen it’s grip on the world. Donald Trump’s defeat or re-election will not determine the Kingdom’s outcome. All of life is not dependent upon who sits next in the White House. God will still orchestrate world events and governments to set-up His people to release the latter rains of His love, power, and miracles. The current outbreaks of hatred and violence will not forever define the atmosphere of the nations. Unity will come—it’s been prophesied. In the end, God wins!
Some might call what I’m describing as revival, global glory, the end-time outpouring, or latter-rain, but whatever your reference, the scripture is clear about the last days. In my opinion, it’s not death and destruction; it’s greater glory (the manifestation of God’s love, presence, and goodness) through the Bride as she ushers in the return of Christ.
Consider these few prophetic scriptures regarding God’s end-game (and there is so much more):
- “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” (Ezekiel 36:26–27, ESV)
- “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:2–3, ESV)
- “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18, ESV)
- “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17–18, ESV)
- “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:9, ESV)
The Bible writers had a Kingdom Now mindset. They believed that a day would come where God, through His people, would overcome the darkness. That, they would fight for His glory manifesting, right now, rather than biding their time for the Great Escape.
Be encouraged, God’s goal is not your torment, but your flourishing. You are a victorious church bringing the goodness of God throughout the land…and ultimately, throughout the world.
Certainly, that doesn’t mean we won’t go through difficult days, but that’s not our Lord’s goal. And yes, there will be terrible times we face, but the Father’s desired end is His good reign, now and forever more.
So, how do we prepare for these days?
Unless we purpose for revival, we won’t get revival. Nothing happens, physically or supernaturally, without our availability.
God never forces Himself or His miraculous works upon those who do not invite His action. This is the heart behind prayer (or any spiritual endeavor)—it cries out to God saying, “I’m available, Lord! Do your work. Bring your healing. Send your miracles. Let your greater works manifest, Jesus! Here am I, use me!”
Just examine any area of your life—you’ll see this principle at work.
Better health doesn’t spontaneously erupt from the tissues of your body. Wealth that supports the lifestyle to which you would like to grow accustomed doesn’t just get dropped at your doorstep. Bucket-list vacations don’t show up on your calendar without great sacrifice.
It’s always the same: sacrificial action + extended time = great fruit!
I’m in ministry today because the desire for the divine dream was bigger than my hope for a secluded and easy life. I had to choose the dream while I was married, had two kids, and lived on an income of less than $1000/month with a rent of $650/month; all the while going to grad school. An impossible scenario in anyone’s mind!
But WE DID IT! We survived and we thrived. And we’re still in full time ministry 30 years later!
The church that’s for the end-time revival is no different! It receives exactly what it shoots for.
The Biblical principle is simple: “You reap what you sow.”
So, what about revival? How do we sow into a future outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the Bride of Christ?
I would like to give you 7 Must-Haves that we must develop in order to see revival breakthrough the boundaries of the Church walls.
#1 Passion for His Presence—Without the presence of God, there can be no supernatural atmosphere, nor divine leading into greater things. If we do not long for the unseen, how will the unseen manifest into this moment?
#2 Joy in Repentance—As long as you hold onto your life as your own, then the power of sin will dominate your path. When flesh is in control, then there will always be a break in the Holy Spirit’s work in our life. Repentance displaces darkness and embraces God’s Kingdom.
#3 Devotion to Prayer, Worship and Fasting—Giving up one hunger will always create hunger for something brand new. Prayer and fasting are the permission-givers to the Spirit of God to move and work.
#4 Commitment to a Spirit-Led Life—Only the mind of God can imagine the “Promised Land” He has provided for His people. You can only be led to what God imagines. You will not get there in your own understanding. Yield to His revelation and you will always land where Jesus is pouring out His works.
#5 Kingdom-Centric Mindedness—A believer in Jesus enters a Kingdom reality. That kingdom has a culture. It operates with a particular kind of faith, language, and vision. If you don’t embrace the culture, you can’t embrace or receive the promises that come with that culture.
#6 Believing for Supernatural Intervention—Without faith, it’s impossible to step into the places of God’s greatest pleasure where He pours out His blessings. My emotions will always deceive me and bind me to what I can’t do. So, I must trust that the Lord’s work is always on the other side of expressed actions of faith.
#7 A Lifestyle of Extravagant Generosity—Hoarding creates a full home of useless stuff, but a generous life sows seeds that produce a huge harvest in due season. And yes, that means both time and finances.
As you can see, great results (even supernatural ones) require great devotion. Everything good in life is the result of investment. God wired it that way. You get harvest only when you do the hard work leading up to it.
The millennial reign of Jesus is coming…let’s make room for it!