This is a word the Holy Spirit gave me as I was in my morning study of the Word. I strongly believe this is for the church as a whole, especially western Christianity. It comes out of Psalms 130, and is an exhortation from David to Israel, but I sense that this is also an exhortation to the church. Instead of Israel, I am going to write what I saw…[Church].
Ps 130 (NASB)
v7. O [Church], hope in the Lord!; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption. 8 And He will redeem [the Church] from ALL her iniquities.
The Message brings a little more clarity to this, and really drives home what I sense God is wanting to say…”O [Church], wait and watch for God-with God’s arrival comes love, with God’s arrival comes generous redemption. 8 No doubt about it-He’ll redeem [the CHURCH], buy back [the CHURCH] from captivity to sin.”
This registered with the verse I read just before that in Psalm 100:3 “Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
The emphasis is on the last part, “We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture” This verse is giving perspective to what the Holy Spirit spoke to me this morning. The church was made by and for God. The church did not create God, and any man-made form of God outside of that which He is, will be shaken off. God IS GOD, and we did not create Him.
This exhortation is a call for the Church to slow down and turn their gaze UP. It’s time for the Church to watch and wait for God’s arrival, many have speculated that this could be a 3rd “Great Awakening.” I sincerely sense that God is getting ready to completely overtake the Church with such a ferocious love that it will be unrecognizable compared to it’s current state. As Maria Woodworth-Etter used to say, God is coming to restore power back to the Church! It is going to be so profound and powerful that this move will completely erase the sins of the past. There have been many hurts caused by well meaning people within the church, who have lost focus and turned God’s design into a private enterprise. The money tables (motives of man) are going to be turned over, and God is coming to redeem what has been lost. Keep watch Church, and wait expectantly on the Lord, for He is coming, and He will not hesitate to sovereignly take over the traditions man has installed in the place of worship. Put your hope in Him and He will restore what has been lost and stolen away. This is GOOD NEWS! The Church is at the dawn of her GREATEST hour; She is about to shine brighter than ever before!
Amen! Come Lord Jesus