I have found that the
desire of almost every fellowship or church is that there is revival.
Why then do we not have it satisfactorily? Is God withholding the
outpour of His spirit from us?
I have learnt to trust
the word of God explicitly. If the bible says that God does not withhold
that which is good from those who deserve it, it means it. But then, why
does revival tarry? I have even taken time to petition God on the issue
– by the grace of God, my ministry is prophetic in nature – and He as
assured me that revival is not being kept away because He wants to
begrudge us. So, why do we not have revival?
This is a multifaceted
question which requires a multifaceted answer. But, eventually the
answers all amount to the same thing; our faith.
It all amounts to how far
we are prepared to submit to God’s authority in His ordering of the
church, His method of doing things, His timing, His attitude towards all
that surrounds us, and His supervision of the affairs of the church. As
long as we want to do things our own way and do not want to be told what
to do, He will not force His way on us. As a result, we will not be
operating at God’s best; He will not be free to release His grace on us.
It is all about how well
we would manage the resources He puts at our disposal. Do we use them to
prove our devotion to him or do we use them for our own agendas. It is
not just enough to fight a good cause, we must fight His cause.
The Kingdom of God is
like the military. Every army has a commanding Officer. To be a member
of the army, you must obey without question the instructions of the
commanding Officer or be penalized. It is not just enough that you are
fighting the enemy, it you do not follow the instruction of the
commanding Officer, you do not belong in the army; you are fighting your
own private war. The commanding Officer must be able to know that you
will be found where he expects you to be when he expects you to be
there. No army will invest resources to a soldier than will not follow
orders. They will not be able to ensure that the soldier will get the
supplies they send; if the soldier misses the supplies, the resources
will be wasted or worse, it could end up with the enemy.
In many ways, the church
has been wasting the resources of God. Ministers have been using there
positions and the anointing to aggrandize themselves rather than to
edify the body of Christ. Note that there is a difference between the
body of Christ and the “Church”, and there is a difference between
edification and pacification. Many ministers simply preach their own
message; they do not listen for God’s message but form there own. Many
ministries have developed television ministries that God never commanded
into existence. In similar manner, many ministries have been distracted
away from God’s instructions to other “visions.”
The greatest form of
waste that goes on in the church in the fixing of round pegs in square
holes. A lot of people are in the wrong ministry. This is further
complicated by Church leaders who manipulate church structure to suite
themselves. They choose people for all the wrong reasons whereas “the
stone that the builders rejected has become the corner stone.”
Many of us would rather
interpret the bible to suite us rather than let it correct us. We have
developed “positive thinking” rather than the love of truth. Many of us
are more devoted to our beliefs than we are devoted to God. This is
clear cut idolatry. We would rather follow the dictates of the church
rather than the Spirit of God. We time our selves according to the
standards of the world, the moods of church leaders or and the church
and God knows what else.
We copy each other giving
no heed to the plans of God for us as individuals (this is another form
of idolatry). How can God entrust the Church with His resources in the
mist of all these?
A short while ago, there
was a highly publicized crusade in this city, a lot of churches were
involved and expectation ran high within the body of Christ that the
event that would revive the church has finally come. It was an immense
effort. Every one wanted to be part of it, including myself. But, as
usual, I sought God’s face before involving myself with the program. I
received several visions, two of which I will share with you.
In one, God gave me a
puzzle; He showed me a man in a house, there was spiritual foolishness
in the man. The man was at one end of the room, his promised future at
the other end and a fiery wall of the forces of darkness in the middle
of the room. Then the Holy Spirit asked me what He should do. I replied,
“It is a good thing that the forces of darkness are standing between
this man and his future. If this man is allowed the get to his future
with folly inside him, he will destroy his future”, and God said, “This
is why I would not give to the Church the revival they are asking for.”
The second vision shown
to me was of a man with folly in him and his wife that were driving
along in a car. There car was stopped by Policemen and they were thrown
into prison. At the back of the car was a set of twin girls that were
abandoned in the sun with no one to tend or take care of them. The Holy
Spirit interpreted the vision to me thus; the man and his wife are the
church leaders and the churches respectively, the Policemen are
territorial spirits and the children are the converts that came out of
the crusade. The new converts will suffer under spiritual destruction
because the churches and there leaders have been trapped by territorial
strongholds of darkness.
When God says one thing
and man says another, I prefer to believe what God says; He has never
failed me yet.