I want to welcome everyone to our first session. This is the first blog-based discussion series of Fire Brand Generation Hour. Here is the first discussion in our Shift Series for online blog-based prophetic sessions. Expect something new and something fresh from God as we discuss today. Let us go to our reading in this session.
John 11:38-44 (ESV)
38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
The Church today is known to many as an organization that declares whether to have or not to have a blessing. It became a weighing scale for which one is identified to have been blessed or to have been cursed. But God is creating a new sound for which the Church has to voice out and announce. There is an announcement going on. There is a prophetic declaration that is waiting to be released from the Church. There is a heavenly utterance that is on the verge of the spirit realm. There is a wave of announcements moving among us. And we need to know this.
The Shift Series was birthed during the setting down of 2015. It was impressed through the Spirit that 2016 will begin with a Great Shift. And this shift is taking place individually, then to the Church, then to the nations.
What is this announcement that God is blowing to our spirits?
Announcement is a public and commonly formal statement about a fact, occurrence, or intention to something, someone and some places.
Now there is an occurrence in the spirit realm that God has to inform us, His Church. It is a fact that transition from one year to the next is a shift. There is a shift of focus and perspective. God is shifting His Church not to focus on the building and pews. He has a greater intention. And this is what He is announcing all around us. Why???
Because God is introducing a new thing!
Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
He is introducing a way!
Some of us as locked up in prison doors. Some of us are lying in our tomb. For some, it intimidates us. Perhaps it drives to seek even more for God. But for some, it felt like a comfort zone and even to some they are dying from the inside; dying in the situation; dying in the confrontations; dying in the attacks and battles.
But God is saying “No! I am sustaining and protecting your life! There is a way out. Do you not perceive it?”
Now the Church was busy building buildings and filling the pews. But it is time to rebuild the life and fill up the spirit! God is telling us there is a way out of the busy-ness of the church. Many of us were locked up inside the church buildings and obligations. And the Spirit of God has been locked out of His Church because of the programs, duties and responsibilities that were set before us. No wonder God revealed to John in the book of revelation this situation.
Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Jesus was speaking to the believers in Laodicea. He was speaking to His Church! And this is not for evangelism per se as commonly used because He was calling out not to the non-believers or even to pre-believers but He is calling out to the believers; to those who believes that He is the Christ. It is because Christ has been kicked out and forgotten outside the Church.
Where is God in our Church today? Is He in or out?
Now in our reading, Jesus spoke three statements. In our time, these three are now prophetic declarations to us as a Church!
1. Take away the stone (verse 39)
God is shifting our circumstances. He sent angels concerning over us and commanded them to “take away the stone.” He is taking away the stones that has trapped us in years up to year 2015. But God is moving to roll out the rock to make a way for our going out. The Church needs to have the vision in seeing this coming and has already come. We have to see that stones are rolling out our way.
Prison doors are being opened. Dungeons are unlocked. Bondages are getting loosed. It is all because God commanded so. He commanded this shift!
There is an increase of angelic activity today. Let us take that opportunity and get ourselves up from the miry of our world towards the world of God. But as Martha said, it would not be very comfortable when God opens up the tomb our lives, the grave, the prison, the dungeon. People will smell the odor of our past, our failures, and our limitations.
But God is saying, “Did not I tell you that if you believe, you will see My Glory?”
And that glory will overwhelm us and people will see the very unexpected, unusual, and peculiar that a “NOBODY” like us before became a “SOMEBODY” now in Him! He covers our shame and crown us with His glory!
Now who is ready for the rolling out of the stones from our lives?
2. Come out! (verse 43)
God is telling us “Look! There is a way out of your circumstance. There is a way out of your past. There is a way out of your failures. There is a way out of your grave. There is a way out of your tomb.”
Stand and walk towards the exit from wherever we are at. And walk towards God. Oh! Don’t settle on where we are at right now. I say, don’t settle! Let us stand and walk. Stand and walk like Joshua and march around the wall of hindrance; rock of blockage. Stand and walk in faith!
And get ready for the coming down of the wall and rolling out of the rock! Church should not be locked up by wrong priorities, declarations and doctrines.
It is because of the third declaration coming up. Let’s get some right declaration over our lives! It’s time for the wrong priorities, declarations and doctrines to come down and be crushed beneath us. Everything that stands up to our face against our faith and against the Gospel of Christ should come down! See it coming down. Because we are coming out as the true Church, the Bride of Jesus Christ!
3. Unbind and let go (verse 44)
God has spoken the word of power for our release. Let us see here that when Lazarus came out, He still has the linen strips all over him. His feet are bound. And his face is wrapped with a cloth. It is us. Assess ourselves. we have all the dirt and blemishes and bondage of yokes wrapped around our body. We can’t even start walking and preach the Good News because our feet are tied up in chains and shackles. We can’t even see where we are going because we are blinded by many things.
When God called us out, there are still bandages in our lives. He did not call us out because we are righteous and clean. But it is because we have a purpose to fulfill, position to operate with and portion to get a hold of.
But God’s purpose is not just get us out of the tomb. But to get us out of the things that still hold us back and things that mark us based on our past. He wants to make us blameless before Him ans seal us based on why created us for; our original purpose; our predetermined destiny.
He is bringing us back to our original position He has intended for us to be at from the very start.
He has to take the linen cloth off of us. He has to get rid of the cloth that blocks our vision of Him. He has to loose our feet in full freedom. He is commanding Satan and his minions to let go of us!
Imagine in the spirit realm God is declaring “Satan! Get your dirty hands off of My Church!”
With His Spirit, He is commanding the dark forces of Satan to leave our body and soul. Oh, I see there is a greater freedom coming to the Church! Freedom from religion. Freedom from sickness. Freedom molestation. Freedom from homosexuality. Freedom from poverty. Freedom witchcraft and sorcery. Freedom from condemnation and guilt. Freedom from insanity and confusion. Freedom from depression and oppression. Freedom from our past and failures!
As the Church, we cannot lead the lost out there if we are still locked up from the inside. We cannot raise the dead if we ourselves are dying. We cannot open the blind eyes if we ourselves are blinded. We cannot make the deaf hear if we cannot hear either. Let us get ourselves loosed.
When we can still see and perceive rock or wall before our face, command and declare our God-given angels. “Angels, take away the stone, the rock, the wall. Roll them out of my way!” Name it! When we see our friend’s burden and issue, instead of blaming and condemning him, stand and command angels to help us because God sent them to help us especially in the realm of the spirits and Holy Spirit.
When we can still see and perceive ourselves in the same situation and circumstance that are far from God’s way, command and declare to ourselves. “<Speak our name>, come out! There is a way out! Walk towards it” Start declaring God’s word over our life.
Get the right declaration! Our knowledge of ourselves will determine our path in our purpose, position and portion.
When we can still see and perceive the enemy binding and holding us, command and declare to Satan. “Satan, let go of me! You have no right to hold me from what God has destined me to be and to do!” And see how the atmosphere aligns, conspire and accommodate our declaration!
Who is ready to get out and declare??? The world awaits the voice of the true Church!!!
I hope everyone is blessed with the Word of God today! I hope to see you on the next discussion for our Shift Series… There is a progressive work in the atmosphere and we have to get ready!