On my recent visit to the U.S., the Lord prompted me to begin memorizing Ephesians 2. I was struck by verses 2-3 that describes how we used to follow the ways of this world and live gratifying the desires of our flesh. Before we were made alive with Christ we lived like this, but now, by the grace of God through faith that is no longer who we are.
Ephesians 2:1-3 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
With the rise of hipster culture, there has been an increasing trend toward healthy eating. Raw, organic, and non-GMO foods are becoming more and more desired among a younger generation that just seems to want to eat clean. For myself, I have just recently felt to stop eating processed sugar, and having done it for a few months, I have found my tastes have changed. As I look at food labels I am becoming increasingly aware of how sugar seems to be added to so much of what I previously ate. Having been off sugar for a while, fruit and vegetables are now wonderfully sweet to me, but foods with processed sugar seem sickly sweet and distasteful.
I believe this outward trend is a prophetic sign of an inward cry from a generation that is desperate for real, raw Christianity. A generation who have developed a distaste for religion that has been diluted by the culture of the world. Instead of being content with a form of godliness that denies the actual power of God, the Holy Spirit is releasing a hunger in peoples hearts to see the real power of God manifested.
There is a craving that is growing in the hearts of Believers for holiness, not based on old legalistic ideas, but on an awakening to the power of what the Cross has actually done for them. Having been born again, faith is rising that we have been empowered to no longer live gratifying the desires of the flesh (Ephesians 2).
The Greatness of His Power
Holiness in its purest form is a faith response to knowing God and the reality that we have been crucified and raised up with Him. It is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us! With a raw lens, uncluttered by religious filters, the revelation that “as He is in the world so are we” is birthing a new breed. A breed of Believers who read the Word of God with a faith that confirms their identity as co-heirs with Christ, and who hunger to walk out that identity in practical and powerful ways. (Photo via Pixabay)
With this return to the raw, unfiltered message of the Gospel, accompanied by a repentance from everything that has taken away from the simplicity of knowing Christ and Him Crucified, there is a new level of glory being released. Those who embrace the power that comes from clean, undefiled lives and who choose to daily reckon themselves dead to sin, taking on the identity of the Pure One, Jesus, are about to see the raw message of the power of the Cross and resurrection confirmed with unprecedented signs, wonders and miracles.
Words of knowledge, prophecy and creative miracles that cause the world to take notice are going to give these preachers of righteousness new platforms to proclaim the message of salvation. The Lord showed me a vision as I wrote this of nets being pulled in absolutely full of fish. The harvest is here! The world is groaning, waiting for Believers to manifest Christ. They want to know the real Jesus who transforms lives.
Wake up! The shaking has begun and people are waking out of their slumber to the greatness of the power of God that He wants to manifest through them.