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Preparing the Bride – a Holy Hunger!
One thing is certain and for sure – those who are God’s Own, who have truly been bought with His Blood and are living a life filled with His Holy Spirit,
- will be less satisfied with religion and religious gimmicks;
- will have a deep inward yearning towards seeking to (experientially) KNOW God in ways surpassing the mere teachings of men about Him;
- will DESIRE to be conformed to His Likeness and Image, and to be changed to become the workmanship of His hands as they daily allow Him to work in them;
- will long to be changed and….
- will desire (with a stronger passion than ever before) to live a life of holiness (being a Lighthouse beaming Christ and His Light out from within).
They will live all out and full out as children of God, not seeking to find a balance within themselves between God and this world – but they will fall head over heels into the arms of Jesus to be fully POSSESSED by the LORD of their lives.
God is raising His remnant, dressing His bride, washing their garments to be without spot or wrinkle, trimming their lamps and filling their vessels to the brim, so they may be ready to meet their Groom.
Those who have ears to hear, are finding themselves being drawn by a Holy hunger!
Many Are Called!
Elisha threw his mantle unto the shoulders of Elisha as a prophetic act indicating that God was calling him to separate himself for ministry.
This calling however was no guarantee of a ministry that he would receive, or that had already been given to him, by any means.
The Bible says “Many are called, few are chosen”.
Receiving a call is not receiving a ministry, not even if it comes from a mighty man of God.
A ministry is given by God exclusively to those who have proved themselves to be faithful in following the journey they are called to.
At the end of his journey of faithfully following, Elisha stood before Elijah requesting his own ministry to now be given and received.
Elijah could not give him anything, least of all a ministry, all He could say to him was that if God had chosen to grant him a ministry, the token for him would be that he would see him being carried away into heaven.
The mandate, Authority and Anointing of a ministry is never in the hands of any man to pass unto us, or to be withheld.
God Alone chooses whomsoever He wills, from wherever He wills, at whatever time He wills.
The best a man can do is to lead the way so you may follow faithfully in His footsteps to learn the ways of the LORD in the ministry He has called you to, willingly and faithfully following with a sure heart’s conviction that says, “surely I will not let you go before I am not blessed”, the rest is in God’s hands!
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven is in South Africa. He has been serving the LORD in ministry since 1991 and has hosted numerous apostolic revival meetings in South Africa and in South America. He also currently pioneers a organic church planting movement across South Africa. For more information about him and his ministry visit Fellowship of Believers or Revival.