Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Growing Up in HIm

I pray that out of His glorious riches 
He may strengthen you with power 
through His Spirit in your inner being, 
so that Christ may dwell 
in your hearts through faith. 
And I pray that you may have power to grasp 
how wide and long and high and deep 
is the love of Christ, and to know this love 
that surpasses knowledge
that you may be filled to the measure 
of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19

This is not so much a personal word as it is prophetic.
I have just had this burden about where we are in time.
With everything that just happened with the elections,
there is little doubt that we are living in serious times.
We have to know the Word and not let 
anyone or anything else call the shots.
Especially the cultural leaders
and powers ruling the culture today.
In my spirit, I believe that wherever 
we are in our walk with HIm,
He wants to strengthen us with His power
that Christ may truly dwell in our hearts by faith.
Oh that we would recognize this hour
as one in which He is preparing new wine
and creating new wineskins.
This wineskin is called 
"Christ dwells by faith"
and "His love surpasses knowledge."
He is calling forth a generation whose faith 
has created a place for Him to dwell for real.
 He is calling forth a generation of those 
who know His love to the measure they can be filled 
with the fullness of God.
There is currently a vacuum that can only be filled 
by mature sons and daughters--
the ones who know they are loved as His children, 
but recognize they can no longer stay there.
He wants us to grow up so that His power
might work in us to release this new wine.
It is not a child love focused on "He is mine."
It is a bridal love focused on "I am my Beloved's."

It's about as dark as it's been in a very long time.
Things look pretty dismal in the church today.
If we grow up as we are instructed in His Word, 
some pretty awesome wine is about to come forth.
He is longing that His glory fills the earth.
And although we get incredibly blessed
by this glory which is His goodness,
it really is all about Him getting it all back.

Jesus, help us to incarnate Your life
that we might be a witness 
and a demonstration of Your fullness.
You are longing that Your power 
would work through us.
To do that, we have to grow up 
into that measure of fullness.
I want to grasp the depth of Your love
as a full grown daughter
who wants to come alongside her Father.
That You might have Your way on this earth.
That this new wine would flow to every region.
That heaven would invade earth. 

Now to Him who is able to do 
immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us, 
to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus 
throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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