God owes you nothing yet He provides us with everything.
God shutdown all of our idols during the Easter season for what purpose do you think? To seek His face.
As we come into Resurrection Sunday churches are scrambling to keep a sense of normalcy. But if God is changing your normal routine it is not for us to fight for normalcy, rather to surrender to God and fill that time seeking His face… in prayer. There is an overwhelming theme of “this too shall pass” with no corporate prayer movement or repentance, so we will sit tight and in the process miss the entire purpose of this supernatural event.
In 2 Chronicles 7 we see a clear order which God uses to lead His people to repentance. The purpose is to free them from the burden of their chains, those that they have placed back on themselves, also to remove false worship, idol worship, and practices which God hates.
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” – 2 Chronicles 7:13-15
- He asks for humility and if there is no humility He will deliver it.
- The purpose is prayer and repentance.
- As a result the eyes of the Lord are opened and His ears become attentive to our prayers.
We have seen the locusts, both literal and figurative. We know of COVID-19. We are now to humble ourselves and pray.
So here we are. You can’t gather. You can’t sing corporate praises in person. You are locked in your prayer closet, you are behind closed doors. What do you think God wants from you?
Prayer movements are what spark revival. From the first upper room and the revival preaching of Peter, to modern day movements, prayer is the seed sown in private which births new life. Why do you think God calls the hidden, private parts of the Body the most precious? There is a deep spiritual mystery to prayer but when God presents you with a problem too big for man it is intended to draw our attention to Him.
If God is stripping something away it was blocking your view of Him. An unobstructed view is necessary for unadulterated worship.
If something is being stripped away it was blocking your view of Jesus. To walk on water you need a clear view of Him. It means He is setting the stage for miracles.
Human power is no match for God. That is the point of a storm that brings you to your knees.
You need God power, not government power. Government is not Jehovah Jireh. No small business loan, no stimulus check or help from the Fed, no Republican party and no President can help you. Riches fail in the day of distress, the government can do nothing, and God will strip it all away just to prove it.
The storm is meant to test your foundation. Whether you built your house on the rock or sand is proven in the driving wind and rain, when the flood waters come. The reason Jesus makes us go through the storm, and not around it, is to test your foundation. To see what you will cling to.
What is happening in America and around the world isn’t an attack on worship, this is God removing false worship. This is where true worship begins.
Satan’s goal is to make you think God is not loving when in fact leading us to repentance is the most loving thing He can do. When American Christianity is fed a diet of Americana, boastful exceptionalism, politics, prosperity and emotion that is a Christian diet that will fail in the day of distress. The Church around the world has followed us into our idolatry, but can we lead them to the cross and to repent?
No ego, no idols, no exception. A supernatural intervention that humbles us is laying the foundation for something great.
This is a pivotal moment in history, a 100 year storm and Church history will be written in the days ahead. Will the Church respond in humility and prayer, in surrender, and will we see a revival which spreads globally? Or, will we continue to worship ourselves, government, our mouthpieces, the power of men which is carnal and demonic at the spiritual core.
Tear down any remaining idols and make way for the King. Welcome the very presence of Jesus in your midst and announce Him by name. All celebrity fades away at the supremacy of Christ, the majesty of His splendor and the almighty power of His hand. He will destroy all idols and He does not have to apologize.
It is about His name and His glory.
Let everything be swept away until He is all that remains and He is all that we cling to.