What Will the American Church Look Like by the End of This Year?
Amidst all the prophetic words being spoken today about what lies ahead, I believe there is one reality that we must prepare for: The organized Church of this nation is about to be turned on it’s head and begin to function in smaller units, not bigger ones. It’s going to start looking a lot more like the book of Acts than that of the Reformation, ministering out of empowered relationships more than theological debate. I believe we could see some dramatic shifts of this by the end of this year.
Two weeks ago, I posted a dream the Lord gave me about the Church. I saw a beautiful church with a well-maintained brick façade that, within minutes, fell apart – actually imploded – because of a river of God that flooded it from the foundation up. The water rose so fast there was no way to stop it or escape it. To the side was a group of people standing on a large Rock, looking heavenward. I knew He was saying that things were about to change. His Presence is going to flood the current foundations of the organized Church and wash away anything that isn’t of Him. Whether they are man-made programs or secular mindsets, He is going to cleanse His Bride to make her holy. This is why we must station ourselves on Jesus, The Rock of our salvation.
Since that time, the Lord reminded me of another dream I posted in March of 2014 about the Church going through a radical transformation. In this dream, I was sitting in a cathedral of immense size and grandeur, when all of the sudden my seat was lifted up and I begin to go on this crazy ride as the building itself became a Transformer…you know…like the toys and movie:-) It basically turned upside-down and inside-out and I could hear all the clicking sounds of things being shifted and put into place. It was a wild ride that took my breath away. All I could do was hang on. I knew He was saying to get ready for a sudden and dramatic change in how we see Church.
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What holds us together are not our liturgies, church governments, programs or successful ministries. He is cleaning out His House of all the fluff and forcing us to get back to the basics of following Him and walking TOGETHER in healthy relationships, empowered by the Holy Spirit. He wants to strengthen the family unit and restore the joy and intimacy of fellowship among believers in smaller settings. Though I anticipate there will still be large churches and ministries for specific assignments, I believe the core of our strength will come from small groups and intimate relationships with each other. We will no longer depend on the church to take care of us and feed us. Instead, we will become the ones to feed the church! Just like the book of Acts, believers will begin to walk in a level of supernatural empowering that will invade every part of their lives. Instead of going to church for our weekly fill-up, we will BECOME the church, filled and overflowing with the power and presence of Christ.
I see the Lord sovereignly placing people and even geographically moving families to be close to healthy fellowships where they can receive support and encouragement for the days ahead. As much as we need HIM, we also need each other. We cannot be so preoccupied with “stuff” that we forget what is most important and WHO is most important.
Instead of waiting for revival to come to our churches, we need to BECOME revival; a people ready to move and act at the Spirit’s directives to demonstrate the kingdom of God to a world that’s literally falling apart before our eyes. Foundations will crumble, systems will fail, and everything that can be shaken WILL be shaken. This is good news, however, because it will pave the way for the sons of daughters of the kingdom to rise up and BE the true representatives of Christ and carriers of His presence.
The Church Age may be coming to its end but the Kingdom of God is at hand.
A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..
A word by Dana Jarvis
I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.
Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!
You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.
However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”
I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!
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