25 years ago in my State, we were on the verge of the return to full Apostolic truth.
In conferences and camp meetings, we were inspired to reach for the highest depths of the Spirit.
One apostle urged us on, (some said we had only one in our movement), caused us to rise in faith and helped to set our hearts to all that God had for us. We were told there were Davids among us, Jonathans, Samuels, Elijahs, apostles, prophets and all the others. Many of us believed it.
There were warnings, a foretelling of things that would happen if anyone chose to get in God’s way in this, including the top leadership, down to the least of the saints.
A prophet among us on the platform related the wandering of God’s people in the wilderness and “the forgotten 2 years” of preparation just before entering the Promised Land.
Another warning was issued in the Spirit, that if we did not take hold of what God was speaking at that moment, this great move we had been told about would surely pass us by.
This prophet wept openly that he was afraid that what we had witnessed and heard at these meetings may not make it back down to the local church level.
I wish I could say we went forward as a group — but we did not.
Some excelled in the operation of full fledged ministry, but most of us were left behind, because of unbelief, or our refusal to align our work with the full Bible description and operation of the New Testament Church.
We once feared God, not the throw-us-in-hell kind of fear, but rather the humbling of ourselves in His awesome presence.
The apostle at this meeting said that we were all clamoring for revival, but he was not so sure we were ready.
He reminded us of how Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead in the house of The LORD for lying to the Holy Ghost, right in the throes of mighty revival.
I just reread that story. The scripture says great awe and fear, reverence for the Spirit and His Power came over everyone, and many people were added.
I’m not calling any names today, it’s too late for that, but that unlimited flow of the Spirit among us was blocked.
I watched horrified and shaken as a minister, right in the middle of one of those services when the Spirit settled upon us and we were waiting for The LORD to speak, ignored the Holy Ghost and went to the pulpit and started making the weekly announcements.
Just as we had been warned, that particular ministry is no more — the people were scattered like lost sheep everywhere.
God only knows what else has happened among us in the years since then. Many of us have been turned inside out, destroyed and rebuilt by God in order to change our set ways of thinking and become open to what His Spirit wants to do.
It has not been fun. It took a shipwreck of the worst kind for us to be humbled. Some of us lost everything and gave up all hope of ever being used of God again.
Of all places, in total surprise, the God of our creation has infiltrated this man-made apparatus called Facebook to issue a few more words to those whom He has chosen long ago, to bring about His Work.
He has chosen a few men and woman to speak utterances and impart small Words of Wisdom and Knowledge to those who are hungry.
The same faction is fighting against this, just as before.
It doesn’t matter much to God whether we get it or not, this time. The apostle ministering to us also told us that God didn’t have to have us, He would find someone else who would follow His Leadership.
What God will raise up to do His work is likely against our notion. Sometimes we are so shallow.
“I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’
To a nation that was not called by My name,” Isaiah 65:1.
Isaiah 65:1 tells how people will find God, who were not even looking for Him, that He would even have a nation that “was not called by My name.”
We were sure that, “My People which are called by My Name” was us. I think it was, and is, but we left out one requirement, “turn from their wicked ways.”
We refused to acknowledge what these wicked ways were. Though we once knew better than to thwart the moving of the Spirit and what God wanted done, we forgot our place, and because He did not move against us right away, we became more bold in our own judgment and wisdom.
I don’t desire to sound threatening or go back to that old way of beating people with fear. But I’m afraid we are bringing the judgment of God down upon us and we are about to see another side of Him, one that is tired of this world’s wickedness and the Church’s slackness.
The cry of the poor, the ill, the forgotten and rejected, broken and wounded lambs and the tears of those scorned by the ones who say they love, all of it has finally reached a deafening roar in the ears of God.
His patience is about to run out again. When that happens, nobody doubts who is in control and in charge.
My soul is disturbed today. I pace the floor wrestling with why God would choose me to say these things, for I am so far from where I need to be in Him.
Just as those of the Old Testament sought to stop the utterances of the Prophets, we have done the same.
One of the most important jobs he or she has, is to warn His people, simply because it is His way and He does not bring judgment upon His People, priests or ministers, without they are warned first.
False teachers, false brethren have crept in unawares to us although we were plainly told it would happen.
One particular Gift of the Spirit that many absolutely do not want operating, including Satan himself, is Discerning of Spirits.
Those who possess this Gift, see as the Spirit sees and look right through the facades of those who are causing a hindrance in the moves of the Spirit and stagnating the Church Body to grow into fullness, to include the leadership.
Whether I understand it or not, there is a moving in the Spirit world and God is calling anyone who will answer, no matter what the status-quo thinks.
The battle lines are drawn for the most spectacular finale ever known.
Mercy and grace have extended God’s longsuffering with us, but we forget that God also gets weary. Too many are falling, too many are suffering while He waits for us to get ready.
ONE MORE TIME, some of us have a chance to be what He intended, to fulfill our destiny in the realm of the Spirit. I do not want this last chance to pass me by.
Some cannot sell out all to follow this last great endeavor because of family, children and such but, they must be absolutely supportive of those whom God is raising up in this hour.
“My Spirit will not always strive with men” did not just mean those who were not following all of our rules or living by our standards. It also meant we, who say we follow Him.
You will have to take a stand! Riding the fence will no longer be an option in this.
You will choose what the Spirit wants of us, or you will side with the leadership of man.
The time for arguing and debating is over. Just as we were told so many years ago, the day is far spent, the harvest is ripe, yet we have not done the work.
It’s gonna be all or nothing, no more waiting on someone else, or waiting for approval or recognition from the powers that be.
We can’t hide any longer. Whether anyone listens or heeds the message is not important for we are a rebellious house.
What is important to each of those used by God is that the message is told, “whether they will hear or forbear.”
Though opposition remains tough and harsh, be assured, the phrase “Touch not mine anointed, do my Prophets no harm,” will take on a whole new meaning.
Those who are truly anointed will rise to do great exploits for Him.
Those who only think they are, will fall by the wayside.
And those who don’t know the difference, will be deceived.
First Published: June 24, 2010.
~ Robert Blackburn