Why would God allow the gathered Church globally to suddenly be halted so that we are unable to meet and gather as we have always done. What is God saying to the Body of Christ at this juncture in time? Find out as Ps James Anson from NZ shares this prophetic call to the body of Christ
Today I would like to speak prophetically both to our local church and also the body of Christ. In this account Jesus is commanding for certain things to be removed "Take these things away!"
Just as in this incident at the Temple - Christ bought a halt to the way worship was being conducted at the Temple. The way worship was being conducted had DRIFTED and was in need of a DIVINE RESET.
In a once in a generation event with COVID-19, church as we know it has been halted in it's steps. No longer able to meet together as normal - we have been confronted with this global pandemic - our activity and the way we conduct Church has not been allowed to carry on with BUSINESS AS USUAL.
The money changers of Jesus day were confronted with a rare display of anger and emotion. What was Jesus angry about that day?
Matthew 21:13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'
They had drifted from God's original PURPOSE - clearly stated here - MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER but you have made it a 'den of thieves'.
Not only were the merchandiser's making money off the poor but they were perverting God's original purpose - for the temple to be a place of worship and prayer.
Now I don't know about you - but when your regular activity is HALTED in it's tracks, when suddenly things STOP and can't just be started up again - I've got to ask WHY?
WHY GOD, HAVE YOU STOPPED CHURCH AS USUAL? WHAT IS IT EXACTLY ABOUT THE WAY WE HAVE BEEN DOING THINGS THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE ?
Clearly God is wanting to speak to the church globally at this time and He has our ear. What is He speaking? What is He saying? The people Jesus confronted in that time received a clear message - but what about our day? What is God speaking to us about today?
Not only is the World going through a RESET but the Church of Jesus is going through a RESET. Quite simply - from this point forward the world is going to operate very differently and so also must the Church.
"How tragic would it be if Pastors around the world are simply waiting for the world to return to normal so they can get on with church as they always have".
RESET = 'to set, adjust, or fix in a new or different way'
What exactly is God wanting to fix in a new or different way moving forward from Covid-19?
I want to share with you five SHIFTS that God is speaking to the church about right now:
From OVER ACTIVITY to a place of REST
From Martha to Mary
From IMPERSONAL to PERSONAL
Hebrews 4:9–10 (NKJV): 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
This is the place of ABIDING in HIM and ALLOWING HIS WORD to Abide in us. The place of allowing the sap to flow from the VINE (CHRIST) down into the Branch (the church)
It is the place of re-discovering our FIRST LOVE for God and ceasing from STRIVING AHEAD in our own strength and ACTIVITY.
Jesus MOTTO for doing the will of God is found in John 5:19 (NKJV): 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
When you can no longer attend a physical church gathering of God's people you are suddenly confronted with what you truly carry onboard as a follower of Christ.
Jesus never said "Go into all the world and make people attend church services". NO! He told us to go and MAKE DISCIPLES.
Just because we attend a church meeting doesn't make us a Disciple of Christ. The benchmark of Christianity is not how many meetings we attend but are we being obedient to the two crucial commands Jesus gave to His followers:
NOTE: they are not the Great SUGGESTIONS!
The question shouldn't be "Do you go to Church?"
The question should be "How are you displaying the love of God to others and how are you going about making disciples".
The book of James tells us that James 1:22 (NKJV): 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
It is not "HOW MUCH CONTENT WE CONSUME" but about "WHAT WE ARE PUTTING INTO PRACTICE" with what we are learning.
You see we love to CONSUME without ACCOUNTABILITY. I believe a high season of ACCOUNTABILITY is coming to followers of JESUS. He is not coming back for a ONE TALENT man or woman but a 5 talent or 10 talent person.
Jesus gave the parable of the WISE MAN and the FOOLISH MAN. He said both these types of people HEARD THE WORD but only the WISE MAN put it into PRACTICE.
The ARMY of the LORD that will march through the PERILOUS END TIMES such as COVID-19 - is an army that doesn't just talk about it - but an army that will carry out the WORD of GOD.
Jesus warned those who were hearers only - their house would crumble and fall over when the winds rose, the storms came and the rain beat upon our house.
As COVID-19 has hit the world - many are just waiting for the world to return to NORMAL! But the world is never going to be the same.
INNOVATE - make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.
COVID-19 demands that we INNOVATE in order to continue moving forward. If we do nothing we will be going in REVERSE at a high rate of knots.
God is an INNOVATIVE God who doesn't want us to get 'set in our ways' and 'do what we've always done'.
So much of the church world has always been about COPYING successful church models - if we do it just like Hillsong do it or Bethel do it - we too can be successful. The only problem is that is not How God works. He has a special CUSTOM BUILT PLAN for our church, your church - that will be successful if we allow CHRIST to reveal His BLUEPRINTS for us! Amen.
JOSHUA EXAMPLE JERICHO: When Joshua took charge of ISRAEL to be the COMMANDER in CHIEF and lead God's people into the PROMISED LAND - he was confronted with his first major challenge - highly fortified city of JERICHO.
As he asks the LORD about taking the city - no doubt all the conventional means were in his mind - archers, spears, hand to hand combat - but God tells him I want you to MARCH around the city once a day for six days and on the seventh day you are to march around the city seven times never saying a word. After the final time around I want all the priests to blow their trumpets and your men are to give a mighty shout, and the walls are going to fall flat and you will go in and I will give the city to yo
Can you feel the IMMEDIATE MIND BLOCKAGES to this strategy??
Can you hear your rational mind rising up with all the "BUT…BUT..LORD you don't understand."
NO…no..son you don't understand…I have heavenly strategies for every situation and I want you to INNOVATE and see my hand at work. You remember the 5000 people hungry with no food at hand and how I fed them? That's right - one boys lunch fed the multitude.
It's a day and time not to complain about what I DON'T have but rather what I do have and to INNOVATE. Take it - seek God - ask HIM to show you what to do with what you have and see the miracles unfol
We've been hearing this one for a while now but it is still on God's agenda.
We must move past the day of 'come to church' and move to 'go into all the world'.
From solely INTERNALLY FOCUSED to EXTERNAL FOCUS
If COVID-19 has told us anything it has spoken loud and clear that church is not about a building - it is not about BRICK and MORTAR. It is about the people and it is about mobilizing God's people to be on MISSION and be found where the NEEDY, the HURTING, the HEART BROKEN live and demonstrate Jesus to them.
While we say COME Jesus is crying GO!
It is about finding ways and means to be NIMBLE, MOBILE and far reaching into the COMMUNITIES we live in. Finding ourselves in loving CLUSTER GROUPS committed to obeying Christ.
It is about finding the ITCH in our communities and SCRATCHING where they are ITCHING. Finding the needs and meeting them demonstrating WHO JESUS IS.
Jesus made it clear to His disciples:
John 20:21–22 (NKJV): 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
He has equipped us with the Holy Spirit to be directed, led an sent into a world desperate for more than just CREEDS and QUOTES - but power and love - SENT ONES for JESUS.
Can I conclude with this thought:
Do you feel like your tables have been turned upside down right now?
Rather than waiting until Jesus moves on and RESETTING the tables as to just how they were before JESUS' astonishing display of EMOTION and ANGER - why don't you ask Him today:
1. LORD what are you wanting me to do in this crucial time in world History?
2. What changes are you wanting me to make at this time that the world has GROUND to a HALT?
Whatever He tells you to do - do it!