Where’s the Cry of the Prophet?

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
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You might be thinking: “Don’t worry, we cry out to God all the time at our church pleading for Him to pour out revival or at least be with us/show up at our next service.” The cry of the old Testament prophets were sincere, heart-felt and God inspired. They would get “burdens” on their hearts to intercede for groups of people in order to stay the wrath of the Lord. They could effectually “buy more time” for the people to stop their wicked ways to avoid judgment. The prophets were also used by God to convey a variety of messages or warnings to the people. You see, these people didn’t have a “main line” to the Father the way that we do, and needed a person that heard from Him to effectively communicate. The problem is that people still try to use Old Testament models to bring about change in the New Testament church.

The silliest thing to do, is to try to “pray in revival” as if it has been God who has been withholding anything from His children. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Rom 8:32) Knowing the heart and will of the Father will cut short a lot of these “all – night storm the gates of heaven” prayer sessions that people feel compelled to hold. The truth is that God has put all of heaven’s resources at our disposal. If only one single person in any prayer group would take the time to discover who they are in Christ, what they have, and be bold enough to use it, entire churches and cities would be transformed. There is so much untapped “revival” within every believer.

I understand the hearts of these misguided prayer warriors. They truly want to see a mighty move of God in their churches, but are mistaken as to how to bring it about. They will cry out to God from a position of an orphan instead of a son/daughter. An orphan has no sense of belonging within a family. When you have doubts and insecurities about the willingness of a father figure to bless you or just “be there” for you, you will timidly beg requests. You will feel quite blessed just to have the occasional visit from the father, but not expect a tangible healthy relationship. A son/daughter, however, is secure in their place in the family, and doesn’t doubt the willingness of the father to provide for them or “be there” for them. They have no problem running up and into the lap of their father and making demands on his love, goodness, or time(through fellowship). The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Rom8:15). The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture. Gal 4:7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.  And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.(NLT)

We’ve been adopted! We are children of God- and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ(see Rom 8:17). The great mystery of the ages has been revealed in us- which is: Christ in you! the hope of glory. We don’t have to beg God to revive the life-less parts of His body(the church). Don’t you think He wants see us walk in the fullness of our redemption that was purchased for such a high price at Calvary? Do you want to see a mighty move of God in your congregation? then MOVE! Our Father has equipped us and commissioned us with all the tools and anointing to do the exact same works as Jesus, and even greater works than those! Won’t someone believe that! That is the cry of the New Testament Prophet. We’ve been waiting on God, and all the while He’s been waiting on us. Nothing will build your confidence more than knowing that when you minister to people, you are acting in agreement with the Father’s heart, and manifesting His will, with His power. My cry is for the body of Christ to regain it’s identity as Sons of God. Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. Phillips translation: The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.

When you speak the Word by following  the Bible- which is the Father’s plan, you can rest assured that the Holy Spirit will back you up with His power flowing through you. Establish your heart with God’s righteousness- which is righteousness by faith, and rest in the finished work of Jesus so that you can have confidence before God and man. Recognise and embrace your sonship with the God of Love, and stir yourself up knowing that every time you move, God moves. Become the “move of God” that everyone has been trying to pray in. Read John 14:12, believe it, and act on it- Sons and Daughters of God!

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