God Spoke Last Sunday
I love corporate worship, don’t you? God is revealing Himself as our hearts are fixed on Him in humble adoration. It is always such a special time in which we discover the unity we have in the Spirit.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 was no exception. I began interceding for our church- that the gifts expressed through the Holy Spirit’s empowerment would be freely released. I sensed that God had a word for us, and I prayed against any limitation that would be blocking it. During our meet and greet time, I approached Demetria, a guest in the service, and assured her that Pastor Jim is receptive to her speaking a word if she has one. I just sensed she was the one. She confirmed it by saying she had already spoken to Pastor.
Pastor asked her to come to the platform and share what the Lord had given her; he is very familiar with her prophetic gifting and trusted her with his flock that he faithfully shepherds. Demetria took the mic and released a prophetic song- that which she heard during the time of corporate worship.
“Though the times are changing, My Word remains the same… Be still and know that I am God.”
The congregation was encouraged. God is speaking, of this we are sure. The Holy Spirit is moving and promoting our unity in Him.
Today, I continue to digest this spoken word, because I know that individually we each have responsibility concerning our response. God is giving His Word priority in relationship to change. The manner and degree of change is not clarified; what is emphasized is the unchanging nature of God’s truth.
Allow me to employ some deductive reasoning: If God says that being still is a necessity, then we must posture ourselves to hear from Him. His Word is the source of truth, and the expectation is that we have a daily diet of God’s Word coupled with prayer to have eyes to see and ears to hear. Why? Why does Holy Spirit speak this direction to us in this day? What change is coming?
I share what I perceive from the Lord… the thing that takes me into prayer again and again. The power of deception is at work; it always has been, but the fruit of its work is defined now as good in our society.
In the community of faith, the gifts are given by Jesus for the purpose of preparing God’s people for works of service. The goal is for the body of Christ to be built up, “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). The following attributes will accompany the on-going process:
- Unity in the faith
- Knowledge of the Son
- Spiritual maturation
- No longer tossed back and forth by the waves
- No longer blown here and there by every wind of teaching
- No longer influenced by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming (See Ephesians 4:12-14).
I have been saying for three months, “The winds of change are blowing.” The scripture above pinpoints the wind manifesting as teaching- teaching that takes an unsuspecting soul far from God’s truth. Friend, you and I must not be unaware and caught off guard by what is surely a pervasive thrust in our day. There is an all-out demonic attack to bring spiritual blindness through deceptive teaching.
God’s antidote is that we be still and know Him; position ourselves to hear Him speak truth to our innermost being as we consume the Word. The times are changing, but God’s Word remains the same.