Then He reminded me that the focus of the first 4 hours was repentance, first personal and then corporate! God was and is calling them and you and I to Himself! The Lord clearly spoke to me not to presume that He would ignore my sin! The Lord reminded me of James 4:8-9 which says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners and purify your hearts you double-minded…” In that moment I was undone before the Lord, repenting for my pride and my presumption! That day I saw the Lord deal with thousands of people! There were no anointed preachers, emotional alter calls, powerful dramas or compelling sermons! There was only the call to return to God in prayer and fasting, in humility seeking the Heart of God, not for an issue or a cause! There was a revelation that moved through the stadium that day that said the crisis in America is not the result of politicians, laws or political parties! The problem in America is me! It is those who call upon the name of Jesus! Doug Abner, a pastor in Manchester Kentucky said the issue in our nation is not the darkness (sin), the problem is the lack of Light! You see the condition of the land our nation is directly related to the condition of the Church, you and I! Sin is rampant because the church is silent! The problem is not someone else, the problem is ME! As Nehemiah stated as he cried out to God, “It is I Lord! Forgive me for I have sinned and my fathers before me have sinned!” I was so convicted, not by a speaker but by the Holy Spirit Himself! After I wept and laid myself before the Lord in humility and repentance I asked the Lord what are you doing, what is this all about! I knew by the Spirit that the moment we began to prepare for the Response on August 6th that it was more then an event, He clearly stated to us that we were not preparing to go TO an event, but that we were preparing to go THROUGH! I began to receive revelation that all we are doing is UNTO something else! The Lord clearly shared with my spirit what He is about on the earth in this hour! It is not first about evangelism or compassion, it is not about new buildings or programs, it is not about contemporary or traditional, it is not about abortion or marriages or any single justice issue! Please hear my heart, the Lord did not say that any one of these issues is wrong or bad, they are all important to the heart of God but they are not primary! The Lord said He was about Himself and calling His sons and daughters back to himself! I clearly heard the Lord impress in my spirit that this is a preparation season! Preparation for what? His response continues to overwhelm me as I write this! My spirit understood that the preparation was about His soon return! He wants to come to us but He can’t , He is withholding himself from us even now! He is longing to come, to reveal Himself to us in fullness, to bring the full measure of His love and justice but He can’t! And it is because of me!

Because of the sin in my life, my pride, my apathy, my arrogance… So He is moving across the earth seeking to awaken and call His children to cleanse their hands and purify their hearts first! If He showed up today with His fire as we are praying we would be consumed by His judgement because of the condition of our lives. I have realized it is His great love and mercy toward me that keeps him from answering my prayer! He is giving you and I a chance to prepare ourselves so that when He comes we will be able to stand and not just stand but partner with Him! “But who can endure the day of His coming and who can stand when he appears? For it is like a refiners fire and like launderers soap!” (Malachi 3:2) We find the answer in Psalm 25 when the question is asked in verse 3, “who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? The answer comes to me with great conviction, provoking the core of my being to respond no matter the cost! The Lord says to us, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek His face! (v.4-6)” We are being called to stop seeking His hands first, but to seek His face, the place of presence and glory and it is the only thing that will ensure that we will stand in that great and terrible day when Jesus returns! The Lord told me to be like Moses who loved my face (presence) and not like Israel of the wilderness who love My hand (what He could do for them)! When I seek His face, I get His hands! Forgive me Lord! I want to be prepared to stand when you come and when your fire falls I long for it to bring life and revival to my soul! In all of this the Word of the Lord is clear for me! The call is to a life of consecration daily asking the Lord to search me and know my heart, to try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting (psalm 139:23-24). He has invited me and I believe all His children in this hour to draw near but we must understand the way we are to come! Not in perfection, but in humility and confession and repentance! This place is not a moment or a box we check off and move on! It is the lifestyle and place we are to live out of if we are to stand in the days to come! The first call is to His face and then He will joyfully give His hand! I have had it backward long enough, forgive me! Send your Fire!

 

 

 

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