The fading weeks of summer are often the worst time for church attendance. Every pastor knows this and suffers with it! But here is a prophetic word. YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU this fall, and YOU NEED YOUR CHURCH. In recent months, or even years, you may have experienced disappointment, disillusionment and depression, or labored under a general sense of malaise, but a fresh outpouring of the Spirit of God is coming to those prepared to receive Him. You need to be present to receive it, as well as to sustain it.
In coming months, where the Spirit is allowed to move, local bodies of Christ will be revitalized. There will be a strengthening sense of the presence of God manifesting in and through worship that will bring about an increase in healing anointing and other tangible measures of His presence. We have already seen sovereign healings manifest during worship when no one was specifically praying for healing or even touching one another physically. In the days to come we will see an increase in such things. This growing anointing and sense of the Presence will probably not come as a set of suddenlies, but rather as a steady rising of the waters over a period of weeks or months.
If you have been laboring under a sense of oppression and disillusionment, as have many during recent months and even years, now is the time to rise up in the Spirit, pick up your sword and claim your freedom! I sense and know that an unseen army in the spirit realm, angelic help, has been sent from heaven to move on behalf of the Lord's beloveds to defeat the forces of oppression and bring freedom and fresh anointing. Light dawns to overcome darkness! I John 1:5, "This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all."
It is time to re-engage in the body of Christ, in relationships and in ministry, not for yourself, but for the sake of the kingdom of God and for your brothers and sisters who need the gifts God has anointed you to bring to the table in order that we might together be filled up to the fullness of Christ.
Persecution and opposition will continue in the world around us and even increase as time passes, but the power and love of God overcome all that. The great harvest of the last days cannot and will not be stopped. In the darkest of times, Jesus reigns! Rise up, people of God!
R. Loren Sandford is the founder and senior pastor of New Song Church and Ministries in Denver. He is a songwriter, recording artist and worship leader, as well as the author of several books, including Understanding Prophetic People, The Prophetic Church and his latest, Visions of the Coming Days: What to Look for and How to Prepare, which are available with other resources at the church's website.