Last night during our prayer service I was reading the book of Ezekiel and I had a revelation about reaching people. Over and over again he says “the spirit of the Lord spoke to me” or “the word of the Lord come to me saying…” Over and over again the Lord told him he was sending into a place to speak to a rebellious people. God tells him that more than likely they will not listen to him and that they may reject him, hurt him. He let him know with no uncertain terms that this was not going to be a fun mission.
Yet, God told him that if he did not tell them that their blood would be on his hands. OUCH!! He also let him know that he would be free of it and his life would be delivered.
“Now as for you, son of man, I have [b]appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a [c]message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life” Ezekiel 33:7-9
God made it very clear NOT to speak until He instructed him to speak, he even went so far as to give him instructions to go into the house, tie himself up so he could not leave and go among them. God also said that he would make his tongue stick to the roof of his mouth so he we be mute and COULD NOT SPEAK until God wanted him to speak.
“I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people” Ezk 3:26
God was sending Ezekiel to the house of Israel…. but before he sent him God prepared him. He had Ezekiel spend MUCH time interceding for them… praying for them. God had him strengthen his body, mind and Spirit before he was allowed to go. And the most important thing was He made Ezekiel wait until GOD SPOKE IT, until God said GO!!! Not a moment before or a moment after…. but when God speaks it…..
In every church they all have the same vision, to reach the city, reach the world they are in. And this is the CORRECT vision I believe is the very heart of God. We are to reach a lost and hurting world. So plans are made, money raised and people mobilized to go go go….. and we see some results. But for the most part within the churches it is difficult, always trying to find leaders, helpers, time and of course MONEY to make it happen. It’s labeled “outreach ministry” or something else, now days the churches try to use different names for it so it does not sound so “churchy” so it’s not threatening to the community. I think that the hearts are right but most of it is done in the flesh because it is how it is suppose to be!! I mean what kind of a church would it be with no outreach to the world?
So, here is what the Lord showed me during prayer 3/14/2015
A church (a group of people who follow God) in any city has a purpose and that purpose is to reach people to introduce them to Jesus with the goal of leading them into Salvation. WE ALL know that we (the church) cannot save a soul. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that can bring a man into salvation, clean them and give them a new heart. So if that is true it is a “Spiritual” experience not a flesh experience. In other words it ALL takes place in the spiritual realm.
If this is true it seems to me that churches would be much better off dropping their “program” and enter into a time of preparation. Outreach is not a program it should be our DNA. The church should spend time…..
1. Hearing God’s voice, what is it He wants us to do, what is it He wants us to say and what is the message He wants to give them. I do believe that God will give this direction to the leaders of the church and it is their job to invite, educate, and bring in the congregation to join in with them. THIS IS THE PURPOS OF THIS CHURCH mentality. Can the purpose and vision change season to season … YES YES YES
2. Preparing by interceding for the people He gives us to go to….. God had Ezekiel intercede in some very strange ways but by the time it was done Ezekiel was chomping at the bit to get out there, his love and compassion for the people God called him to was to a point that HE had to speak and could not wait…..
“Now lie on your left side and place the sins of Israel on yourself. You are to bear their sins for the number of days you lie there on your side” Ezk 4:4
Ezekiel who is called the “son of man” acts out, or walks in visions in his prophecy. A most intriguing event is recorded in Chapter 4. He lays on his left side for 390 days and then on his right side for 40 days
This is GOD called, not man made
3. KNOWING and HEARING God’s voice in this …. DO NOT GO until he says GO!!!! If we go before God speaks it, everything we do will be in vain…..but if we really hear His voice (Spiritual experience) when He says go….. there is NO doubt in my mind that lives will be changed, healed, restored, addictions broken, everything I mean everything changed in lives. There will also be ones who will fight and resist but if we are moving we will have the right words to say and know what NOT to say.
Can you imagine a church that spends majority of it’s time interceding for those who call has called them to? Can you imagine the UNITY that would take place in a church? Can you imagine the lives that would be changed over the years? Can you imagine a church that poured it’s resources into one thing…..can you imagine a church that the only purpose they had was to reach a world for Jesus not to grow a church?
A church with ONE focus and one focus only… REACHING PEOPLE.
Let’s be world changers…….let’s get out of “church” mentality and get into “people” mentality.
In November of 2014 the Lord started speaking to me about fasting in 2015….I wasn’t sure why or what I was to seek or what He wanted to show me, but I kept pressing in to seek some answers. In December I felt led to do a year long fast. Even after making that choice I was not sure why. I felt for the most part it was for me to have discipline over my body, mind etc…. and I do believe that is a very big part of it.
Today begins the 3rd month of this journey, I have had NO spiritual breakthroughs, no great insights, no new revelations but I have been faithful to this fast.
When I was pastoring and would fast I had a hard time understanding why it was so hard for other to fast….I really tried to understand but I just couldn’t grasp why, after all I was going 30 days only water and it was AMAZING!!! LIFE CHANGING!! I wanted everyone to experience it. Well here I am working full time, crazy hours, long hours…..I get church in once a week…. I still get my devotions in daily but it’s a huge change from being in ministry full time. The bottom line I am seeing first hand why it’s so hard to fast when you are in the real world. I hope I didn’t pass judgment on people and lay guilt on people over this in the past. IF I DID I AM SO VERY SORRY….
With all that said, here I am beginning my 3rd month of a year long fast. As I begin this month I feel a deep stirring in my spirit and I am anxious to have this revealed to me. I know the Lord is asking a few things of me and I am pressing in on these issues. He has been so good to me. I stand in awe of the changes He has made in me, the love he has put in me and the LIFE he has given me.
Here is an outline of the fast…..
Jan ——- Coffee
March—– Bread (hardest one for me)
April —— Breakfast
June ——- Dinner
July ——– Coffee
August —– Deserts/Sweets
Sept. ——– Bread
Oct. ——— Breakfast
Dec. ——— Deserts/Sweets (Christmas time)