I’m not exactly sure what it is yet, but I get a strong sense that God is beginning to move within The Gathering, which could result in a revival, an awakening, and a growth spirt like we’ve never experienced before. Why do I say that? The telltale signs are all there:
1. Increased spiritual activity and attack. Personally, I have experienced a truly incredible level of spiritual attack recently which seems to be intensifying regularly. The first part of John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” That is his sole objective: abject destruction and death and he will stop at nothing to see his plan through. That means that any time the Lord God begins to move, Satan also moves with increasing intensity. I know I’m not alone in my feelings of spiritual attack. Though it is never desired or enjoyed, it should be embraced with joy, knowing that He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. Satan’s attacks will always fall empty when the Spirit of the living God is on the move!
2. Sin is taken seriously among a people. As we have been talking weekly about the message of 1 John, the fact that it really does matter how you live your life continues to surface. God will not move among an unholy people (not talking of a perfect people, but a people who do not desire and strive for personal holiness). A lifestyle that does not take sin seriously is a mockery of the sacrifice of Christ. When a people of God understand this and begin to address sin within that body, God blesses them with His presence and the work of His Spirit. We are beginning to do that in love and compassion, calling on each other to holy living for the glory of God and the good of the individual. Again, Satan wants to destroy and we cannot sit back and let him pick us off one by one. We must love enough to confront and rescue one another from the destruction of sin.
3. God raises people up in brokeness and a hunger to see Him move. I have had several people come to me in the last week alone all saying the same thing: “God is getting ready to move among us and we’re not spiritually ready…we need to pray!” I couldn’t agree more and am thankful for God calling these individuals out and pray He will call us all to a place of brokeness and hunger.
I am calling on the people of The Gathering to that place of prayer. I am calling us to cry out to God in desperation knowing that if He doesn’t move, we’re done for. We will never grow, never minister at the level we’re called to and never experience all that He has for us. I am calling on us to take a hard look in the mirror of our soul and honestly evaluate the condition of our hearts, praying the prayer of Psalm 139. Make sure that you are not the stumbling block that causes Satan to have a victory he does not deserve.
I want to encourage you to come on Sunday ready to cry out to God together; As God leads, get together in small groups and pray. Whatever God calls you to do, do it with courage and anticipation! I cannot wait to see what God does within the people of The Gathering.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”