October 31st is Reformation Day in Germany. (It is good that there is a different name for this day in the year than Halloween.) Many years ago, Martin Luther took a – for him, I’m sure – tremendous step of faith to tell the whole world the truth that salvation is reached through faith and by grace only. This truth is the gospel that we Christians believe in and yet for many it has been and still is, I find, maybe too simple to receive. “No, God’s love cannot be that radical and revolutionary; it cannot be that incomprehensibly patient and faithful, that generous.” In believing so, people come up with the same life-stealing, self-destructive ideas again and again. Really, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)! People drive innocent children into madness and the weak into despair. Are we any different when we choose to comply? When we choose to play along?
I had a surprising, reformational encounter with God yesterday during worship and will talk about the revelation as the Holy Spirit leads me but for now it suffices to say that reformation begins today, right now, in our own lives when we do as He says in Isaiah 30:15: “Come back to me! By returning and resting in me you will be saved. In quietness and trust you will be made strong.” (TPT)
It is simple. Or – is it too simple for you? Oh, I am asking this question myself, my friends!
Are you prophetic and maybe feeling like you’re at the end of yourself?
There are times when something does not happen the way we expected it to happen and we can feel devastated. We start thinking, ‘was it all wrong, did I imagine stuff? Did I hear right?’ and even, ‘am I prophetic at all?!’ This is his plan, to make us doubt everything that God has ever told us.
It’s confusing and painful but I want to encourage you to guard your heart by reminding yourself who you are in Christ – you are still God’s child and it is no longer you but Christ who lives in you. Get back to the basics, to the simple gospel of Christ for the very spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Christ! We know His will in Christ: to rejoice, to give thanks and to pray with no ceasing.
Here’s the truth: You ARE prophetic and you DO see and hear from God in a special way. Move on, keep coming up higher to the throne room of God and being blunt about how you feel before Him even though it takes courage! It’s okay to lament, it’s okay to cry out to Him. There’s no fear in love, God will never push away the brokenhearted and contrite who just ask for His saving hand. He knows we all need some space to just lash out with our emotions. He is a compassionate God.
I pray for everyone who reads this and is going through the same thing right now that you will receive a comforting touch of the Holy Spirit today. That you will let go of fear and receive refreshment in body, soul and spirit as you encounter Him. The onslaught of the enemy is heavy, I tell you!!! It’s okay, it’s alright. You’re alright. God’s got you.
P.S.: Here is a song called “You Know Better Than I” which encourages me everytime I hear it: https://youtu.be/P3LndEB-Drc