The shift is taking place, many are feeling the change in the atmosphere, as though momentum has turned in favor of the advancing kingdom of God on earth. Prophecies are coming forth, Azusa Now is over, wells are being dug, and many have made their choices and are making their choices of whose side they are going to be on. We are on the verge of the greatest move of God we have seen in our lifetime on Earth, and it is going to be powerful, exciting, challenging and all God. But as we all know, wherever there is the real, a counterfeit will rise.
I was at a birthday party yesterday and they had cake and ice cream. I noticed they had two brands of ice cream, Bryer's, which was in its typical packaging and Blue Bunny. As many of you know Blue Bunny ice cream went through some listeria scare and had to ban all their ice cream from the shelves. This hurt their company to say the least. But what they have done is changed their packaging so people begin to buy their ice cream again. It is so subtle that very few would even notice. It looks like a brand-new brand, but it's the same company. In the midst of the excitement, don't stop being discerning; in the midst of the outpouring, don't stop listening; in the midst of the new voices rising, don't forget the Word of God.
I say all this because I have noticed new voices rising. They are passionate, they are "on fire," they get the crowd going, but they are not meat and heat. Some of the new voices are recycling old wineskin messages, they are packaged differently, but it's the same brand.
This move of God that many know is very close is going to bring the meat and the heat. It is going to the Spirit and the Word. It is going to be revival and reformation. We need transformation and miracles. Discipleship and evangelism will come from this move of God. Listen for the Word of God in the messages, not just the prophetic hype. The Lord is releasing fresh revelation of His word to His mature sons and daughters, along with prophecy, evangelism, signs, wonders and miracles. Jesus was the Word of God made flesh, and He did heal all those who came to Him with diseases.
Scriptures that are taken out of context and used for flash are why we have been powerless as a church. Without the meat of the Word, there is no new sound from the messenger. I was at a worship event the other day and the leader, Dustin Smith, said, worship leaders are all looking for the new sound, the next sound that will the church will want to hear, but he said, the new sound is the sound of authority. Authority comes from identity, so you will recognize the new sound when you hear it, you will know the meat when you are fed it, and you will feel the heat when the fire falls.
Paul said in Galatians 6:6-8, "Let him who is taught in the word share all good things with him who teaches. Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."
James said in James 1:16-17, "Do not err, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no change or shadow of turning."
We are in the midst of a major transition, many of you feel it and have wondered why you are still sitting at home, when there is a word in your belly that is like a fire shut up in your bones. The reason is because it is better to be in the wilderness with God than in the promised land and forget about Him. Be patient, He knows where you are, don't try to make something happen, you have come too far to build your own thing now. Keep alert, keep watching, keep listening, there are newly packaged old wineskins on the rise, but very soon, the Lord is going to release those who have the meat of the Word and the heat of the Spirit.
Lisa Great is an author, speaker and blogger with Mouthpiece Ministries International. She has been in ministry for over 25 years, she has a BA in Youth and Family Studies, a MA in Education. She can be reached at mouthpieceministries.net;
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