Friday night, one of my roommates here comes into my room when i was getting ready to go to bed. He says with a big grin on his face, "Did you hear what happened today at school?" I said, "No, what happened?" "We didn't have classes today!" At first, i was like 'what do you mean?' Then it dawned on me: The Holy Spirit broke out in intercession! they started praying around 8am and kept going til about 1pm. i was immediately jealous and happy for them at the same time.
The Lord rewards those who seek Him. The Lord pours out into a vessel that is cleaned and wanting and needing a touch from Him. My roommates went on to describe to me what happened. Unfortunately, words can't describe what was going on in my heart. I seriously wanted to start crying out of joy. Luckily, the schools leaders allowed the intercession to takeover and not worry about classes for the day. We're a school and church that is somewhat used to this sort of thing happening. We long to have an atmosphere where the Holy Spirit feels welcome to move about as He so desires.
I've said it before and i'll say it again: the Lord is raising up sons and daughters to take rule and reign on this Earth. The only way to do that is to have people who are used to being in His Presence and know His voice. I'm not talking about having nice church services and living decent lives. This is a Saul/David like scenario. I'm not writing this to necessarily trash traditional style church. But something seriously needs to change. We need to be able to change the method without changing the message. Jesus said "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."
Recently, it came down the vine that a church here in the states issued a "30 Day Sex Challenge." i read it and was like "what?!? thats absurd!" I'll stay away from the marrieds portion of that one (considering my current single status) and just hit on the singles end of it. For singles, it was to abstain from sex for 30 days... Whatever happened to the message of Holiness and consecration. Can we not realize that parts of a 'seeker sensitivity' in our 'American gospel' just isn't working? I loathe sitting in on messages and the minister has to dance around issues so as to not offend someone.
But i know for a fact that church as we know it is about to change. I'm not talking about watering down the message at all, but perhaps in how its delivered. A loving parent will at times have to bring correction to their child. It's in how its brought i think that makes a big difference. Is spanking a bad idea? Nope. But it depends in the attitude and the manner of which is delivered. What child likes to be disciplined? as far as i know, none. But the Bible says to not despise the discipline of the Lord, because He disciplines those that He loves.
All this to say that this past week here in the FIRE community, hearts are being stirred. Minds are being renewed and lives are being changed. May we have wisdom so as to know how to steward what the Lord has given, is giving and will continue to give to us His bride.