Aligning With the Holy Spirit for Revival
May I submit an observation? What we in the Church have done is to fashion the Lord after an idol. We stand appalled at how the Lord called Israel to account for their idolatry in the Old Testament. We shake our heads in astonishment, yet we have done the same thing.
We have shaped the Lord into something that we are comfortable with. By embracing a theological lie, in our minds we have stripped the Lord of His ability to speak because we refuse to listen. We would rather not hear Him speak through the gifts of the Holy Spirit that include the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, prophecy nor through tongues coupled with the gift of interpretation. We don’t want Him speaking because of our pagan mindset.
No, we would rather go to a service, gathering together with those of like minds, and never hear from the Holy Spirit. In our carnal minds, we have reduced the Lord to a mute idol who never speaks, doesn’t move in power, can’t heal the sick, can’t cast out demons and can’t set the captive free. In the case of the idol, it can never speak, and we would rather the Lord do the same thing. But we go even further.
We scorn those who move in His gifts, demanding that they keep silent in the Church, because we cannot stand the thought of the Lord speaking today. Standing completely against the teaching of Paul, to say nothing of the rest of the Bible, we stand in rebellion and/or ignorant of what Paul did not want us to be ignorant about.
1 Corinthians 12:1–7 (NASB95)
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Paul makes the point that when we were pagans, we were led astray to mute idols. He goes on deliberately to outline how the Lord speaks today through His Body, and yet we refuse to allow Him to speak through our watered down understanding of the Lord who has spoken, is speaking and will continue to speak. He is not a mute, nor is He powerless. He is not held captive by our rebellion nor our ignorance of Him.
The enemy knows that if he can convince us that the Lord does not speak through the operation of His gifts, therefore stripping, “…the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (I Cor 12:7), he can lead us to disbelieve that the Lord is all powerful. Without demonstrations of power that come through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, our faith is dramatically weakened because it is now reduced to the wisdom of man rather than the power of God (I Cor 2:4-5).
Our stubborn pride manifesting in our refusal to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through members of His Body, has resulted in our being stripped of any spiritual power whatsoever. Heaven forbid that we should allow the Holy Spirit to move thereby bringing conviction to the sinner, the backslider and the lukewarm.
We don’t understand that the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict sinners of their sin and that they desperately need Jesus. We think we can convict sinners on our own by preaching the word without His anointing, forgetting the warning that Jesus gave us that, “…apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
So where do we go from here? It’s simple…we must repent and return to the Living God and ask Him to give us ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to perceive what He is saying and doing and align with Him and His will. As Jesus proclaimed, "The time is fulfilled and he kingdom is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel" (Mark 1:15).
Let us believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Let us believe that He is still speaking to His Church, both corporately and individually. Only believe that He is the God who speaks to His servants and leads them in His will to advance His kingdom. There is no other way.
I kept hearing tonight, “Run!”
I was rummaging through journals earlier trying to find some information. I never found what I was looking for but I did find a journal entry back from May that totally fits with what I hear the Lord saying tonight, “Run!” I was in the process of moving when the Lord gave me this word this past Spring. It got buried until tonight and he brought me back to it I believe for this hour.
Before I write that entry in its entirety, I have this caveat: I know the love of God is tender (Eph 3:14-19). Don’t think by this title or the word ‘Ferocious’ I mean anything other than the love of God coming to burn away all the hurt, all the pain, all that is not pleasing to him. God’s love is unfathomable and he is so tender. He is good! His love is fire. His love burns away the chaff.
I have long admired and been ministered to by the songs of Rich Mullins. He had a song back in the day called with a line, “The reckless, raging fury that they call the love of God.” It was while meditating on that song the Lord started speaking to me this word.
May we be a people who run with Jesus in this hour. May we allow the fire of his presence to burn away all chaff, all hurt, all pain. He is raising up an army that is on fire for him. All we have to do is yield.
May 10, 2018 - The reckless, raging fury of the love of God. Ferocious love - that is what I see. The ferocious love that pursues, the ferocious love that purges. Fire that burns. I hear the Lord say, “Let me loose! Let me do what I want. The Lion of Tribe of Judah - He is not tame! Let me run - let me purge - let me in to the doubt - let me in to the fear - don’t shut me out. Humble yourself - let me in - I am the Lion of the Tribe of Judah - let me be ferocious with the doubts - with the fear - with the memories - let me IN! Invite me in and let me heal - let me fight for you! I am LIGHT! I am Glory! I am FIRE! I am ferocious with my love - you don’t have to fight and do things on your own. Humble yourself and let me in. I will fight for you!”
“Let me RUN! I am going to run through you. Let me loose! Don’t be afraid. You are not alone. I want to run through you. I want to flow through you. Let me in and then let me OUT! You are my vessels of glory and honor in this hour. Do not be afraid to let me pour through you. Do not focus on yourself - it is OK to appear to be fools for me - do not be ashamed of me or my gifts or my Spirit. This isn’t about you and how you appear to others. Do not be ashamed of me and I will not ashamed of you. Run with my glory. Run with my horses. Run! Many have tried to tame me, tame my love, tame my Spirit. Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered. Let me arise within you! Let me arise! I will fight through you. No more tame. Ferocious love! Holy fire!”
April D. Turner
I hear the Lord say regarding the General Conference going on in the United Methodist Church (UMC) right now in St. Louis: Hold back no longer! You have been bullied for too many years into silence. Now is not the time to cower in silence. Now is not the time to shrink back! Now is the time to run! Run with the fire! Run with his gifts! Run with his love! Run with his power and his words in your mouth and his gifts flowing through your hands! Run!
"I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation" Psalm 40:9-10.
Come out of the old system and come into the new! I am doing a new thing! Come out and come into my glory! Run with me! The time is short! Be bold! The time for cowering is over. Run! I hear the Lord say, "Run!" Acts 4:19-20 - "And now, Lord, look upon their their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
Now is not the time to shrink back but now is the time to run!
April D. Turner