A generation has come onto the scene and they are hungry for the manifestations
of the reality of heaven on earth today. There is in this generation an
unsettling for mundane Christianity. Not only is this generation hungry for God
they are desperate to see His glory manifested in their lives in immeasurable
and unbelievable ways. Holy hunger is what they carry and they could care less
what anyone thinks about them. The religious spirit can't control them and the
spirit of manipulation cannot convince them that they are not welcome to worship
with all that is within them. Their worship is pure and carries a strong breaker
anointing and they are not interested in another good sermon but they are hungry
to walk in immeasurable ways of the super natural. What is there focus? Well
they have their eyes fixed on Jesus but their greatest desire is to see the
glory of God manifested in the earth in sign and wonders. Are signs and wonders
the focus you might ask? No. But without them they know that they fail to
properly represent Christ to the lost. A Holy conviction remains deep within
their souls. Where others have settled for the status quo and have decided to
camp out beside the Jordan River they will go in and possess the promise land.
The gospel they preach will be accompanied with signs and wonders to validate
the truth of their message. What do they preach? Well they preach Jesus Christ
and Him crucified and like Paul said in Romans 15:19 signs happen because the
full gospel is being preached. Deep within the heart of every believer there is
a cry for more than what has been offered in the religious system for more than
50 years. We can look back and see great healing evangelist and miracle workers
of old and dream of greatness and to walk in what they only began to touch what
is possible. God has even greater power for us to lay hold of than what our
fore fathers walked in. We can look back and catch a glimpse of what they tapped into but so much more is laid up in heavenly places for us to pull down. Great Mystics of old levitated while worshiping and today we have modern day illusionists (Magicians) and soothsayers (Sorcerers) doing the same thing on the streets of America. Yet in this day of age if one was to do the same thing while worshiping the Lord we would call them a Satanist and claim that they where channeling demonic power. The religious spirit has shut down the power of God with the saints and jezebel has had her way. God is in this hour raising up young Elisha's and Jehu's to carry out the sentence on these gruesome spirits. Matthew 11:12 states that the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force; what God is doing in this hour is replacing the identity of His children that has been robbed by a passive spirit. A holy fire as well as a holy hunger is being stirred within the hearts of the saints to the point of no return. It is indeed a no return anointing; a no return to church as usual, a no return to compromise and a no return to a weak gospel without evidence. What is about to take place will be more than just a few people filled with power who are preaching massive crusades. What is about to take place will be ordinary believers gathering crowds of 500 people on the streets because they are working miracles without a worship team to set the atmosphere. They are the atmosphere and they are for signs and wonders see (Is 8:18). The day of the miraculous will be so evident and easy' cooking a three course meal will be more work than getting someone out of a wheel chair. A holy hunger is crying out to see the glory manifested outside of our churches and in the streets. Sure it is great to see 30 salvations on a Sunday morning but what if 1,000 people were totally possessed with the God of Glory and actually went out and did the gospel? Imagine how many genuine salvations there would be because unbelievers seen power and not because someone begged them to come to Jesus while tickling their emotions with the organ in the background. I'm not saying organs can't be used to draw people to Christ; anything can be used Paul said it best in 1Co 9:22; "to the weak I became weak in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some of them." "By all possible means I might save some" in other words Paul was not constricted in his thinking when it came to being a soul winner. The thing that I am implying is that what if we became so consumed with the fire and glory of God that we as the body didn't look to the five-fold to get the Job done but each one of us becoming a loaded vessel for the Kingdom of God. That is the very nature that the saints of God are taking on. We are sick of sitting on the back burner and idly standing by watching others partake in the glory and fruit of heaven. This is the day of the saint's this is the time of fullness for the king's kids. All of creation is crying out for the son's of God to be manifested in the earth. Imagine creation crying out? Think about that creation has a voice. The Bible states that if we don't praise Him the rocks will cry out in our place. Everything is crying out for you and me to come forth in power and glory. Can you hear the voice of creation beaconing you to come forth? Can you hear the whisper in the wind and the grown in the rocks? The travailing of creation and the longing of God's manifested glory crying for you and me; isn't that beautiful?
A Holy hunger is what we are talking about and what do I mean when I say holy? I'm not talking about going without make-up and wearing long dresses or even being without piercings in your body and all the other legalistic stipulations that the religious spirit has place of the body. I'm talking about being entirely set apart for the Kingdom and His presence. Not only are we to me morally correct but we are to be mindful of our Lord in every aspect of our lives this includes our conversation as well as our actions. There is coming not only a holy hunger to see the super-natural manifested on the streets but there is also coming a move of righteousness within the body like nothing ever seen before. Dignity will be restored to the body and once again the world will fear the Lord because of the example set forth by the saints. This holiness will look like legalism and will even be label as being religious. But deep within the heart of those who are being called aside to this level of extreme commitment will know within themselves that are only pushing froth for the greater cause. It is not about trying to be holy but just resting in the fact that you are holy and out of that your true identity will shine forth. Distaste for the things of the flesh will thrive deep in the heart of these saints. A different hunger will be seen in them and they will carry out great exploits because they know their God (Dan 11:32). They will be given to a great level of discipline and self-control and will exercise the fruit of the spirit as much as they exercise the gifts of the spirit. They are hungry for one thing and that is to see Christ glorified in the earth today.
Urgency within the hour
Deep within these radicals lays a greater commitment to see the harvest come into the body. A great urgency stirs deep within the hearts of these believers and they are ready to become the Acts 1:8 witnesses that Jesus spoke about. That word witness in the Greek actually means;
Martus / mar'-toos
Of uncertain affinity; a witness (literally [judicially] or figuratively [generally]); by analogy a "martyr": - martyr, record, witness.
These are those who like the two witnesses in Revelations who "work signs as often as they desire" will also become martyrs for the glory of God. The darkest areas will be the greatest opportunity for them to advance the Kingdom of God. Untouched regions will be like searching for treasure for these rebels with a cause. A continuous thought races through their minds; this thought consumes their everyday activity and thinking. They find themselves in an almost depressed state when they can't walk out what has been burning in their heart. What is this thought one might ask, what is the thought that consumes their soul and leaves their heart in discontent? It is one thing that they are most passionate about, Souls, souls and more souls. If this is you then you know what I am talking about right now. Your greatest passion is not to chase after signs and wonders or to even have angelic activity but to see the Lost saved and the captives set free. Paul said that the whole reason for signs and wonders in his ministry was to make the gentiles obedient to the gospel See (Romans 15:13-20). In other words he desired to reach the lost; Paul's passion was not a big name ministry or even to be known for his great letters to the churches. No. He burned for souls; he longed to see the body activated to shake the nations. Remember it was Paul who wrote:
Ephesians 4:11-13; and it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers, to perfect the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of Christ until all of us are united in the faith and in the full knowledge of God's Son, and until we attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in Christ.
He wished that all men were like him separated to the service of the Lord and full of the riches of Heaven. Not only is there urgency within believers there is urgency going forth within the world. You see not only is creation crying out for the son's of God to be manifested but the entire mankind is crying out for heaven to be revealed in the earth. Humanity is looking for the authenticity of power within those who call themselves Christians. For too long we have had great swelling words and puffed up the egos of entertaining preachers who have delivered great messages without the evidence of what they proclaim to back up their message. Again faith without works is dead and dead faith produces dead results. It is time to put up or shut up and anything outside of the miraculous is nothing more than dead religion. Where is the generation with a holy hunger that will not settle for anything less than the evidence of God's Kingdom being manifested within their lives? The world is looking for something and they are hungry to see the supernatural and to experience that power. So with that in mind it is our responsibility to demonstrate what the world is looking for; we own unbelievers and encounter with Jesus Christ. This is our purpose and calling as representatives and ambassadors of heaven. We are called to re-present Christ to a dyeing world and when we refuse to do this then their blood will be required at our hands!
Then we have urgency within the Kingdom of God to engage into the unseen battle within the heavens. The third heavens and second heavens are pressing into one another and great warfare is being fought in the invisible realm for the souls of humanity. There is indeed urgency within the spiritual realm between heaven and the forces of darkness; one thing is for sure great tribulation is coming upon the earth and deep darkness is going to cover the face of the earth. But this is not a time to fear but a time to arise according to (Isaiah 60:1, 2). God is calling forth true intercessors in this time to stand in the gap on behalf of the living and the dead; they will fight within the realm of the spirit and their primary responsibility is to engage in warfare to contend on behalf of the Body of Christ. Every person has their place in this urgent hour weather they are called to intercede or called to Evangelism. It is time for the body to fitted and joined together to get the job done. In all areas we must awaken out of this spirit of stupor and come to the revelation that thousands of lives are shifted into eternity everyday. Without being awakened to a heart for harvest our insensitive souls and westernized mentality will cause the judgment of God to hit the Body. Judgment does begin in the house of God but I believe we determine the degree of the Judgment. We are on the verge of being disqualified if we do not step up to the plate and get the job done. The command of the great commission was not and is not a suggestion but it is defiantly a command to go into the entire world and preach the gospel. 2/3 of God's name is go maybe that's why Jesus said to go into the entire world.
Breaking down the strongman's house
Jesus gives an interesting illustration after he was accused of casting out demons by the prince of demons from the Pharisees. The Bible records this in Matthew 12:24-30;
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, this fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
John Wesley explained it this way: So Christ coming into the world, which then extremely the strong ones (satan's house) Jesus first bound him and then took his spoils.
Jesus demonstrated true apostolic authority when he made this statement. He was pointing back to the wilderness when the devil first came and tempted him and became defeated through prayer and fasting.
Keys to walking in victory over the strong man is having lifestyle of prayer and fasting. It is out of this discipline lifestyle we are able to walk in victory over demonic power in the heavens as well as in the natural realm. I once was in a meeting with David Hogan a missionary from Mexico who has raised over 30 people from the dead. In that meeting a lady asked him "How important is Fasting?" His reply was "How important is breathing?" There comes an authority with prayer and fasting. Almost every miracle in Mexico came out of a direct result of prayer and fasting. The Bible even records that after Christ came out of the wilderness from fasting for forty days that he came out in power; yes he was empowered by the Holy Spirit but fasting and prayer maintained that place of authority. The Bible doesn't record any other time that Jesus directly fasted but it does mention that at times He was so busy doing ministry that He did not have time to eat, sounds like a forced fast to me? (Mark 3:20). However Jesus went on to even teach his disciples the importance of prayer and fasting when they were trying to exercise a demonic stronghold and were unable to cast it out in Mark 9:29 He later told they why. It wasn't that they did not have authority to cast out demons Jesus had already given them that in Matthew 10:1. Yet in this case they lacked greater Faith to deal with this spirit. So Christ gave them a remedy for dealing with the demonic; prayer and fasting. Let's look at that passage in Matthew.
Matthew 17:19-21; Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He told them, "Because of your lack of faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.
However this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting."
Jesus knew that in order to dismantle this particular demonic spirit it would take a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. Whenever we are in lack of Kingdom power we can fast and pray and heaven will break open on our behalf. Fasting combined with prayer is like having a bazooka instead of a 22 pistol. Greater damage is done to bind the strong man in order to spoil his goods.
As the bride of Christ we must pray and fast in order to advance the Kingdom of God. The anointing does not come without paying a price nor does greater authority. Great generals of old understood the importance of having a fasted lifestyle. John Wesley fasted two days a week as well as his entire ministry team out of this lifestyle they seen amazing results. David Hogan the man I mentioned earlier fasts every other day and his wife fasts 21 day out of the month when they are in Mexico. Mahesh Chavda the Pastor of all Nations church in North Carolina does several 40 day fasts a year. He has seen thousands of miracles and healings.
As I stated earlier the bride will have to fast in order to see the revival that we have been longing for in the past decade. Yes, there has been some great outpourings in the past few years and to tell you the truth all of them happened because of prayer and fasting. But what we desire to see is far more than a 2 years outpouring within the body. What we are hunger for is explosive power on the streets of America happening through normal believers. The anointing is individual as much as it is corporate and in order for individual believers to walk in Kingdom power they are responsible to tap into that for themselves. No one can pay the price for you, only you and I can do that for ourselves. This holy hunger will drive us to great limits of desperation to do anything for the anointing to reach the lost. It is a holy hunger that causes us to burn for the lost. A desperate desire that cannot be quenched lodges deep within the hearts of the saints to do anything for the ability to reach the dyeing and hurting in the world.
Will you join the Army of hungry believers to live a fasted life? Will you seek a lifestyle of prayer to see the lost saved? Do you have a holy hunger to see the world touched by a loving Father? Where will you fit in, in the history books of heaven? What will people on earth remember you for? What kind of legacy will you leave behind for your children and the next generation?
Picking up the baton.
All throughout History great errors have been made within the history of the Church. If one were to try and count and keep a record of these it would be impossible. These errors have no doubt been very deadly for the History of the Church and the influence that it has had; but it is the sovereignty and mercy of God that we still have the privilege to keep the flame going today. One of the many positive things that can come from these deadly errors is that we the younger generation has the honor of learning from their mistakes and eventually turn right around and turn them into stepping stones. Every downfall can be turned around and made into what I like to call Glorious Chaos. The Bible states if one were to keep an account of iniquity then who could stand; no one could stand not you and certainly not me! So much of our time is spent being focused on and living in the shadows of great men who made these deadly mistakes. Instead of being critical of past generals in the army of God we ought to look at what they accomplished and the miracles they preformed through the power of God. Some of the recent Pastors that I have know have always looked at people like William Branham and ridiculed him for his errors yet they seem to forget the power he walked in. It really bothers me when people look at great generals like Branham and basically justify why they are not walking in the same power by focusing on the mistakes he made. Every man and woman in the bible made great errors; everyone except Christ had a flawless ministry and even in our day no one has a flawless ministry. Who are we to point the finger at any past general and ridicule them for their errors when we have not even stepped into a fraction of what they walked in?
Let's look at a biblical example that have taken on the errors of the past generation and have turned them around into this glorious chaos that I briefly mentioned earlier. Joshua is one historical figure who I believe took the mistakes of the prior generation and accomplished victorious feats. Joshua was forced to fill some mighty big shoes and who could imagine leading the same people that Moses lead. I mean come on were talking about a guy who split the red sea, turned water into blood and took on one of the most powerful armies in the entire history of mankind. As we know Moses ended in a tragedy of not being able to enter into a promise that he could see with his eyes. One of the first feats that Joshua conquered is crossing the river Jordan at flood season; splitting it like the red sea and taking down the walls of Jericho. Joshua went on to turn what seemed to be a great defeat of a fallen leader and turned it around for the glory of God. What became one man's failure became another man's victory. The most amazing thing that I believe Joshua accomplished is leading a stiff neck people into the promise land. Can you imagine leading some of the same people that Moses had to lead but failed because they got the best of him? I believe character is the hardest and greatest test that every leader will face; who you are in the midst of opposition will determine how far you will go and how much you can succeed. However character is not developed by hiding out in a cave trying to stay holy; character is developed in the midst of opposition and persecution. It is within the midst of the storm that determines who you are on the mountain. At the same time it is in the place of opposition that the true condition of your heart comes forth; we can clearly see this in the life of Judas when he betrayed Christ.
Now's the greatest time to be alive and a believer in Christ; Death is rampant, Aids is killing people, 50,000 Children disappear every year and terrorist are bombing our Nation. A great time to be alive? Are you crazy Jason? Yes, I am crazy and you can call that another word for faith! Romans 8:11 states that the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you and in me; with that in mind what devil of sickness can stand before you and me. You see it has been given unto us the command to preach the Gospel. Paul said it this way: Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The baton of our forefathers has been placed in our hands and we must run with all our might to see what they long for to come to pass, they are waiting for their promises to be fulfilled.
Hebrews 11:32-39 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Hebrews 12:1; Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
It's time to finish the race that our forefathers started; too much of what was pioneered by our forefathers has been buried by the humanity of those who have settled for secondary blessings. Those who have laid down their lives to see the Kingdom manifested in our day cringe at such people who settle for mundane Church as usual. A deep longing rage's in the hearts of believers to see the Glory of God manifested in the streets of the world. All of Heaven is looking to you and me cheering us to run the race that has been set before us with diligence and excellence. It was Isaac who re-dug the wells of Abraham. These wells were filled by the philistines; philistines in scripture represent those who are after the flesh or secondary blessings. The wells of revival have been filled by those whose desire is about them and not about the Kingdom being manifested. Humanity "Dirt" has replaced power and program ministry has replaced a ministry of demonstration. Isaac was the promised seed and I believe that there is a promise generation who will walk in the promises of God. Jesus said in John 14:12 that we would do greater works than He did. A greater works generation is here right now and so is revival, the tarrying is over and we are called to step in where others bleed to walk in what we get to experience. Dirt on the other hand is very dry and dead; so in essence we must get out of fruitless efforts that lead to nothing but dead works that cause us to be dry. Our efforts can never lead to a lifestyle of revival only a continual infilling of the glory can bring that about. Wells are to be filled with water not dirt! Dirt can also represent sin and when your well is full of sin the flow of water has ceased; Eph 4:30 says: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. When we sadden the Holy Spirit His presence lifts off our lives but when we awaken from sin or a spirit of slumber we can partake of God's Glory. Below are a few scriptures that highlight what we are talking about:
Isa 26:19; Your dead will live. Their corpses will rise. Those who lie dead in the dust will wake up and shout for joy, because your dew is a refreshing dew, and the earth will revive the spirits of the dead.
Luke 9:32; Now Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
1Cor 15:34; Be awake to righteousness and keep yourselves from sin; for some have no knowledge of God: I say this to put you to shame.
Eph 5:14; Wherefore he says, Awake thou that sleepiest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give the light.
We should never be dry but that doesn't mean we want go through season's were we feel dry. Ruth Heflin said this: "You don't have to feel "full of the glory" all the time. You can be a dry riverbed." I believe that the number one thing for unbelief and dryness is that we forget that Christ is alive therefore that makes us unaware of His presence. This causes spiritual slumber to have its effect. When we awake to His presence we awaken to His glory and when we are awoken to His Glory we are aware of His River. David said it best in Psalms 17:15; I will see your face when I am declared innocent. When I wake up, I will be satisfied with seeing you. Seeing Christ is the most important thing there is and should satisfy us more than seeing miracles or anything else for that matter. The first command is to love the Lord God with all that you are; Loving Him is the greatest thing we can do. The secret place ought to be the number one thing that we treasure beyond anything else; without it we can grow cold to the heart of God and bitter toward his bride. However it is just as easy to get back to the place we were originally at in him if we do get off the path. As I have recently learned God will sometimes allow us to follow after sinful lusts in order to help us realize that we have left His love and the office of a Levite; our number one priority is to love our Lord more than we love ourselves.
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