WEEKLY PROPHETIC MESSAGE: Someone shut the door!

God is cleansing the church right now. We are being sifted and shaken to reveal hidden heart motives.

Have we become dependant on others to worship? How do we react when the doors to where we once gathered are closed?

“Why doesn’t one of you just shut the Temple doors and lock them? Then none of you can get in and play at religion with this silly, empty-headed worship. I am not pleased. The God -of-the-Angel-Armies is not pleased. And I don’t want any more of this so-called worship!
Malachi 1:10 (MSG)

God had had enough of these priests offering up blind, sick and crippled animals that they wanted to get rid of.

They were playing the game of ‘religion’ but not giving God what He asked: blemish free animals. Their worship was a farce; a mockery.

It is better to shut the temple doors than to practice religion and half hearted, works based worship.

What God is after is pure and sincere worship. The type that presses in even when no one is watching. God is longing for His remnant to draw near to Him.

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. Matthew 6:6 (MSG)

The emergence of house worship

Have you noticed that quite suddenly we have gone from attending church services and worship gatherings in buildings, to now finding ourselves worshiping in our living rooms, on our own with God?

Is this frightening to you? No one to tell you when to sit, stand, yell out or high five someone? No one to see how you diligently serve in church or watch you respond by lifting your hands?

Well, God has been preparing me for some time now to “make my house, His house”, to create a place for Him to dwell. To stir up His presence and see His glory manifest in my humble dwelling.

Our family worship times have been the most gloriously uplifting and satisfying as we dance before the Lord, praying and waiting on Him.

What if we are transitioning into something greater? What if this time of so called ‘restriction’ is causing us to rely on the pure presence and glory of God?

Our homes are becoming His homes. From these places of worship we will see a mighty move of God that will spread from house to house across our nation.

Ask the Lord to make your house His dwelling place and expect a fresh visitation.

WEEKLY PROPHETIC MESSAGE: Beware of the Michal’s!

David had hit the high of all highs! He was pumped, elated and unashamedly proclaiming his victory in a public display of jubilant celebration!

‘So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.’(2 Samuel 6:15 NLT)

David had every reason to triumphantly praise and thank God for the mighty blessing of having the ark back. The presence of God had come to the City of David and despite wearing only his priestly garment, he was not holding back.

But David was strongly rebuked and criticised by Michal (Saul’s daughter) for dancing before the Lord and she despised him. (See 2 Sam 6:16)

Don’t be surprised when your passionate worship and celebration dance stirs up the Michal’s around you! Those that want to steal your freedom to worship extravagantly will come knocking.

Not everyone will be joining in with you as this next victory breakthrough causes joy and thanksgiving to come bubbling out of you.

But, you just keep your eyes on Him, keep your praise flowing, your victory moves pumping, blow your horn, jump, clap, shout and dance as David did! When the glory hits you, you will dance like never before!

True worshippers

A few days ago in a worship session I felt the Lord saying to His people…

“I’m calling forth my true worshippers, those who worship in spirit and in truth. Those who are not moved by the cares of the world but the cares of My heart.
They are willing to obey at any cost. These are my true worshippers who will lead the way. They will bring heaven to earth!”

Is this you? Does this resonate in the your Spirit? Rise up passionate worshipper. You are chosen for the this hour!

Your own ‘tent of meeting’: more than a spectator

Moses went right into the ‘tent of meeting’ and met with God face to face like a friend (v11) but the people only stood at the entrances of their tents and spectated. Read Exodus 33:7-11

Moses had a revelation of the necessity to regularly meet with God and hear from Him so he set up his own special place to go to meet with God that was away from the chaos and people in the camp.

It probably wasn’t convenient or easy for Moses, but this sacrifice shows his dedication and desire for the presence of God.

Joshua was totally addicted to ‘the tent’…
Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young assistant Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.(Exodus 33:‬11 NIVUK)

Ha ha! He couldn’t leave it, couldn’t get enough! Just picture him worshipping all night on his own.

If you havent already, find yourself your own ‘tent of meeting’, a place to reflect, meditate and hear what God is saying to you in your daily life; a place away from distraction and duties.

Enter into your special tent. Eliminate distractions and you just may find yourself like Joshua, swept up in His presence not wanting to leave!

When the people ask, “Why are you doing this?”

When God gives us instructions or requires something of us, often it is hard enough for us to understand the ‘why, when and wheres’ let alone outsiders.

This is precisely what happened to two of Jesus’ disciples who untied the colt ready for His triumphant entry to Jerusalem.

These disciples were simply obeying their Master and got questioned along the way.

Mark 11:4-5 (NIV)
They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”
(Read Mark 11:1-11 for full text)

Sometimes the Lord may ask us or require us to do something that seems peculiar, illogical or unnatural to onlookers.

People will question motives, if you’ve heard correctly, and try and make natural sense of it. “Why are you moving there, why are you waiting so long, why are you investing time in that project, why aren’t you thinking long term?”…etc

Sometimes there is no logical explanation, as in the disciples’ case but they just obeyed. They didn’t understand all that Jesus was doing. But they knew what the Master had told them to do, so they did it.

It may not all be crystal clear because ‘we know in part’ (1cor 13:9). So don’t be moved by the opinions of others, because you will be questioned, but continue to be led by Jesus and obey anyway. Through your obedience, you also will find yourself carrying the presence of God into your town, where all men will worship shouting Hosanna in the highest!

Chains be loose; the key to unlocking your prison door!

Are you facing a challenging situation? Do you feel like you are in prison? Are you locked up by your thoughts, emotions or circumstance?

Paul and Silas again find themselves locked up in chains, wanting to bust out of that prison!

But what was the key to their deliverance and ultimately the furthering of the gospel?

It was their extravagant prayer and worship that caused an earthquake unlocking the chains and opening the doors.

Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Is your prayer and worship to God shaking foundations and setting people free? Is it busting open the doors of situations that seem impossible?

This is what is happening through powerful prayer and worship meetings around the world and it is exactly what happened when Paul and Silas opened their mouths in one voice!

Gather some people together, cry out to God and worship from your heart and see what doors will open up for you!

Reflecting His glory

I just LOVE how Jesus describes worship for believers of our time.

He is clearly not concerned where we go to worship, our title or method. All He asks is that we live an authentic lifestyle of worship from the inside…

John 4:21‭-‬24 (MSG)
“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

So who is God looking for?

True worshipers that are really living Christ out in their day to day lives.

Be yourself before Him and others. Let worship flow from your heart. Reflect His glory and be extravagant as you show him HIS WORTH!

Out with the old, in with the new

2 Kings 17:33-34 (NLT)
And though they worshiped the Lord , they continued to follow their own gods according to the religious customs of the nations from which they came. And this is still going on today. They continue to follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the Lord and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel.

Have you been holding onto things from the past, things that were a part of your former days before you knew Him?

Do you still meddle in traditions and experiences that were once a part of your life that are contrary to the Word of God?

Don’t slip back into old habits and ways. Run from them! Allow God to open your mind to anything that needs to be done away with.

Embrace the new life in Christ! Truly worship the Lord wholeheartedly and follow His prompting.

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