Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Days of Filling

April is hearing significant things from heaven now days.  I look forward to her sharing with me.  When I know April has been praying or studying or worshipping the Lord, I look forward to coming home or talking with her on the phone.  We had a recent conversation where I said, “I’m not hearing the Lord like you are these days, and that’s ok.  I simply look forward to hearing what the Lord is sharing.”  She told me in response, “The Lord has been speaking with you, as well.  Don’t you remember what happened on Tuesday night?”

Last Tuesday, I prayed earlier in the day prior to our prayer service that evening for the Lord to speak to me.  So often, when I know the Lord has shared with me, I know its not an original thought from me, and it’s not an audible word.  It’s an impression or, perhaps, a picture.  When I prayed that afternoon, nothing came immediately, and that was ok.  That evening in the sanctuary as April directed a prayer focus, I prayed for the church.  In prayer, I felt the impression – Luke 1-8-7 & I saw Matthew 5:6 written in pencil on a legal pad.  I took my Bible and looked up the two verses. 

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day & night?  Will he keep putting them off?  - Luke 18: 7
Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
- Matthew 5: 6

It is my belief that the Lord is speaking from heaven through a prophet to your hearts that we have entered into a time as a church when we who cry out day & night for the goodness of God will be filled, filled with a new manifestation of righteousness – right-standing with God – for us, for our loved ones, for our community. 

Fullness can only be accurately measured or understood when we know what it will take to overflow outside a vessel.  In our culture, we still don’t like waist, so the idea of waist disturbs us.  I grew up in a house where if you have enough, you tell the person filling your glass, “When.”  I’m tired of Christian congregations telling God, “When” when it comes to filling His church, His chosen ones with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3: 19).

Psalm 23: 5 reads, My cup overflows.  This is my vision for Hewett in these days, an overflow of spiritual gifts, an overflow of God’s presence, an overflow of open hearts seeking more of God.  I understand this to be viewed as a charismatic renewal in this church.  This does not bother me in the least because I believe we’ve heard from heaven – Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.

We who are hungering and thirsting for righteousness & crying out for divine justice day and night from God will be filled & blessed of the Lord.  What a wonderful time to be alive & to be in a church where we will see the divine on display feeding & filling those who are seeking sustenance from their heavenly Father!  Alleluia!

This is now in your hands and in your hearts to believe, to trust, to begin or to continue to cry out for heaven to come to earth for your sake or the sake of those you love.  Believe in what God has in store for all of us!

Jeff