Well, as I promised, something different.
This is the concluding part of a reflection on the Spirit of the Age prophecy that was given here.
I think it is important that, when such a word is received and verified, we should respond. To do otherwise is, frankly, an act of disobedience.
So hence, the time and thought that has gone into, and still goes into, developing that response. ‘We’ right now are our local Church community, but I do believe that such a word is also meant for a wider audience.
All that has been proposed so far in relation to this prophetic word would be wonderful if it came to fruition. But, perhaps it is idealistic? Naïve even? Absolutely – in our own human endeavour it would be a hopeless pipe-dream, doomed to failure, wrecked on the rocks of our sinfulness.
We are painfully aware that without the Holy Spirit of God, none of this is possible. For we all fall short, and only His Spirit can sustain. There’s no point attempting anything in our own strength or because we think it is a good idea; we need to know it is of God!
To that end, we think there is a deep need for those who wish to respond to the Spirit of the Age prophecy to be called into a season of prayer and fasting. It is only by seeking the power and grace of God that changes can begin to take place. Only the Holy Spirit working within us can make these things come to pass.
It does not need to stop with just us either. Do we need to join with other Churches? Do we need to pray further – deeper – wider? Do we need to pray for our community, our city, our country? Do we dare to believe it could make a difference? Should we be contending in spiritual warfare against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms?
What is the end result? We do not know. The journey is perhaps more important than the destination. Perhaps a community, a church, that however failing, however fragile, yet bears in itself the presence of the risen Lord. The Bride redeemed, ready to inherit the land. A fertile garden, in which the Lord could begin planting…….
Certainly a deeper sense of community and belonging…………and another way perhaps of reaching out to those in the local neighbourhood ?
What would He plant? We don’t know that either. Perhaps a renewal of His gifts? Perhaps those in the wider community who are known only by Him, just awaiting a place to be planted, a place to bring the harvest home. Perhaps most importantly, Himself.
Perhaps also this may light a fire that would ignite others? For this is the word I was given sometime ago about this:
If you build it, they will come.