Birmingham – November 1996 Session 2

Session Two

 

The Lord will move when He finds a longing in the heart of His people – it doesn’t matter how many – no longing, no faith. The devil wants to suppress a sense of longing, that is why he brings discouragement, depression and exhausts you in body and in spirit. The devil will do anything to stop your longing after God. The Holy Spirit is the master of anticipation – Hope.

 

Hope is the left hand of faith. You can’t have faith without anticipation. You can’t have faith unless the God of hope works powerfully in your heart. What the devil tries to destroy is a divine sense of anticipation.

 

God will even allow frustration into your life so that you begin to anticipate something. We need to learn how to respond positively to God’s times of frustration. He uses anything to stir is out of that awful death where there is no expectation. God will allow that frustration so that a holy pressure builds up in your heart. We sometimes blame the devil for this but we shouldn’t allow the devil to have that way in our lives. God will work until there is such a sense of longing – in a man, in a woman, in a church. If you are not at a place of longing yet, don’t ask, let the Holy Spirit work in you until He creates a thirst in your heart (even if you don’t know what you are being thirsty for) and if this builds up in your spirit comes a breakthrough of revelation.

 

Passivity of spirit is what the devil loves – a confusion, greyness – anything that stops alertness of spirit. But when we are open to the Holy Spirit He brings a quickening that gives us that cutting edge of anticipation – we expect God to move. God can’t do anything with a bunch of passive Christians. Our spirit is to be a place of urgency and sometimes a place of divine unease. We all want to be in a place of peace. There is a peace in the Lord, but also a place of divine unease. When we are sensing the Holy Spirit, God takes our spirit and creates in there a divine urgency. That is the opposite of passivity – it gives creativity and bursts out.

 

God has never yet used a multitude to bring revival. He uses the heart of a person(s) who have opened themselves to the Holy Spirit until there is an intensity of longing comes and they are willing for god to move in them until God breaks out. The ways of the Holy Spirit are not logical. He will do anything to work in your heart to cause this anticipation, because that is the launching pad for faith. You come to realise that you can’t do it by yourself. In fact you may come to a point where you feel worthless. You feel that you are no good and God will move through that until you throw yourself on His mercy and by a supernatural miracle God will do something that will take you out of that negative and release you into the powerful redemptive ministry of the Kingdom of God. God is a God of Crisis.

 

He doesn’t work by telegrams and logic, God brings the human soul to a place of inter-action with His Spirit. Some people draw back from this because it causes such a violence in your heart and apart from the grace and the help of the Holy Spirit, you could never take it. He comes in to oppose the flesh and brings us to a place of helplessness. Any of us who have ever walked in the anointing of God know that this anointing comes through a sense of utter weakness and of an overwhelming sense that “I can’t do it” – at the point God moves in, in His divine grace and mercy and the result is something supernatural.

 

“The Kingdom of God comes with violence and violent men take hold of it.”


Unless we understand these things we will never understand that the way of spiritual breakthrough is a place of submission, a place of cost, a place of energy, a place of working, of urgency, of crisis, a place where God will take our flesh right to the edge of our frustration and we lay ourselves before God and invite Him to work by His Spirit in our lives. That is the death of a person – that is where we need to come to. The devil wants us to be passive, to get to a certain level and think that we know it, that is the most dangerous sin – to think that we know something.

 

Real men and women of God walk in power on their knees.

 

The overwhelming power of God comes into our lives and leaves a brokenness of spirit, and this is a brokenness that must never heal. Praise God for every healing power, but this is a brokenness in our spirit that must never heal. When we have been touched by God, when we have experienced the dislocation of the flesh (see Jacob), when we have opened our hearts before the Holy Spirit and when we have been left vulnerable in the presence of God,     ?      from every security, the minute that we tie ourselves up to security again is the  minute that we contradict the work of the Holy Spirit.

 

“Lord show me your glory and teach me your ways.” (Moses)

 

 

Circular route

 

When we see a glimpse of the glory of God we need to understand the ways of God and understanding His ways leads us back into the glory of God. As we understand this we will see again that His ways are not our ways and we must be sensitive and obedient  to the promptings of the Spirit of God for Him to lead us and guide us in the ways of the Living God.

 

“When I am weak, then I am strong.” If that is a slogan it means nothing. But if it’s a reality of spirit, because in me life is motivated by a longing for God to move then nothing that God does will ever be unproductive.

 

We need to open our hearts and say, “Lord, get moving inside of me, stir me up.” We must never get to the end of a day and know that we’ve missed the purposes of god because we have failed to get into that place of crisis before Him and let God pull it out of us, to bring us into a new place of revelation. If you are really baptised in the Spirit, that is what goes on. When there is a real baptism in the Holy Spirit it enters us into this kind of process before God. It releases us from our own self and we become available for God to move in.

 

God is looking for a people whose spirit is willing to become a place of His Urgency. In their flesh they may feel at end of themselves sometimes. Nobody has ever done a meaningful thing in ministry without it being fronted by this period of time in which something builds up in you until you feel that you are going to explode. Then you do explode, but there is a testimony of the Lord in it.

 

People who want to go into ministry coolly – filling in the form, so many points and you are an apostle, so many a teacher etc. , they are never effective. That is not the way anointing comes.

 

Anointing comes through the energy of the Holy Spirit in you. Anointing comes from the flesh being frustrated and your own humanity being taken right back until a longing comes in you, an anticipation comes into your spirit and there is a build-up of divine energy and then you go forward in the power of that – as long as it runs like that. Then you have got to learn to stand still again, learn to let God deal with you again, learn to let the Holy Spirit work in you again, until there is another building up, another energising, another feeling of crisis, until you lay yourself down again and there is a new opening of anointing – then off you go again.

 

Spirit – physical. You cannot have manna to “save it for tomorrow” – we have to have this fresh daily bread.

 

Today – we have to let God work in our hearts and move in our spirit create element of the word – a mystery (Isaiah 55:10,11).

 

For example the word the Lord gave me when I was a 17 year old – “Behold I set before you an open door which no man can shut.” This was the creative element in my life.

 

The word is not just – a word from the Bible nor a piece of spiritual information, but something that is birthed in a crisis.

 

When God moves in your life, He plants a word that goes on to bear fruit and which pours out of your life. This is the secret element when we are longing after God.

 

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish each other with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Col. 3:16)

 

The powerhouse secret of every believer.

 

What the devil want is for people to get baptised in the Holy Spirit and never to break through to God-consciousness but always to be centred on themselves.

 

If we want to be a crucible for revival we need to offer our spirit to the Lord (John 19:30), saying “you do what you like in my spirit never mind what” – so that we can become a place where something supernatural occurs that will bless many people round me. There is a deep working of God to be done in our hearts, not a work of condemnation, not even a work of cleansing, not a work of healing, but a spiritual dimension beyond every need-orientated thing.

 

 

Crucible

 

Where God can work things prophetic; things symbolic for this generation; even to a gathering up of all the longing before God to become a place where God can answer the longing.

 

This is not frustration, but a spiritual process that goes on in the heart of some people, that builds up and God can then respond to that heart. Out of that life will then come an anointing and you have a seed bed that will spread to multitudes.

 

This is the dimension of spiritual experience that is way beyond anything that many people in the charismatic world are experiencing. It is not to do with my getting blessed or healed (God will be that through His Word) but my becoming a crucible in which God can do something deeper in this generation.

 

With the longing there can be no movement.

 

“The hand of the Lord was upon me.” (“the power of the Holy Spirit will overshadow you”)

 

A deep and heaving working of the Spirit of God in the bowels of your experience – it is a challenging experience that must be understood, or you will misinterpret it. You will say that you don’t have the opportunities, but what you have to understand is that God is at work in the belly of your experience because out of you He wants to bring something that might never have been heard in your generation.

 

God never wastes His words, He never casts His pearls before swine, never pours His water on the desert. He knows that when He sends out His word it is going to be effective and therefore He knows where He sends it before He sends it. God says, “listen and be available to me.”

Isaiah 64 – living in sin, about to go into judgement – the people at large were not saying, “O Lord, rend the heavens” – the prophet was!

 

If there is going to be revival in the country it won’t come through normal Christianity but through the heart of someone who says “Lord, here is my belly – you are putting such a longing in it” – “as when the fire sets twigs ablaze” – a profound stirring in the heart.

 

There needs to be a voice from the Lord in the nation. This will not come through theological study but as people submit themselves to the profound moving of God and begin to understand the ways of God.

 

Isaiah the prophet could only speak chapter 64 because he experience chapter 6.

 

John 12:41 – “Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him”. God wants to touch us with His glory so that we have the right foundation to speak the prophetic word. Only people who have seen the glory of God can speak of what they have seen. Only God can speak words that convey His glory, only God can move by His Spirit in such a deep way that we understand these things. The Spirit of God is moving amongst believers and saying “who will stir themselves up after me?” (Isaiah 64)

 

The Spirit of God is stripping away the deadness and greyness and passivity.

 

There has to be a sense of anticipation, an inner crisis, a godly frustration. A head of steam builds up until we are launched into a new place of ministry in God, that is how the anointing is released.

 

Divine fusion – restless, set-apart, convicted. I take upon myself the crying need of the nation, my church, my family and I collect it into my heart and say, “God, open the heavens”.

 

The devil wants to distract us into other things – world, temptations – but when the Spirit of God is on you, you have an urgency that is from Jesus, this is the same Spirit that Nehemiah had when the enemies came to distract him and get him onto the plan of Ono. Nehemiah says, “I can’t come down because my eyes are fixed on completing this work of God”, Jesus says, “I can’t turn aside to anything else because my face is fixed to go towards Jerusalem.”

 

We are not talking about lectures, something laid out, but a divine movement of the Spirit of God by divine initiative, where God finds the hearts of the willing. There is nothing God cannot or will not do in the hearts of the willing. Where God opens your heart up and we fee the passion of God within our spirit and we allow the Holy Spirit to do these profound things in us then the result will be that something of God will take effect within our life and ministry.

 

Everyone of these people in the Scriptures, the Old Testament and the New had to separate themselves from the ways of other people (Isaiah 8:11). Maybe not a normal marriage, home, job – but hey all had to declare their willingness to stir their hearts up, to become a place of divine unease. There will never be productivity in your life without divine unease. No true prophetic burden can ever be given without feeling the burden of the prophetic word, no true intercession of spirit can ever be entered into without feeling the burden of the intercession. No compassionate work without feeling God’s agony for the hearts and souls of dying men, no healing ministry without feeling the brokenness in God’s heart for a broken world.

 

What has been is not sufficient for what is going to be. The things that are happening in the world are going to take this pressure of divine operation to bring an answer. Things that we have learned, good though the may be, will have to be sacrificed at God’s altar, because in the Holy Spirit there is another wrestling to be gone into and out of that will come something that we haven’t yet thought of.

 

God’s purpose in this nation will never be fulfilled by what has been. God is working in your life is never going to be established by what you already know. There needs to be an openness to the leading of the hand of God so that we can be brought into a place of feeling and sensitivity. “We are the clay, you are the potter.”

 

The purposes of God are beyond our imagining but it says that God does nothing without revealing it to His servants, the prophets. When we get into this place of availability – we get into the processes of God and the outcome happens without our necessarily recognising it to begin with. God doesn’t reveal everything to us immediately because He wants us to keep humble and be available because the thing he has in mind is far beyond what we can imagine. If we started to spell it out and strategies it and put words to it, it would actually stop short of what God is trying to do in the process.

 

As I have been taken forward by faith I have had a clear indication in my spirit – “keeping rolling with God”. That is the place of productivity, everything in our flesh wants to say, “Hold on, let’s write it down, let’s spell it out, let’s encapsulate it” and God says “No, I want you to be available, I want your heart to be open – Behold I set before you an open door – I want you to roll with it, I want you to go with it because you will be amazed at the outcome of this thing.” We can begin to divert the movements of God because we are not running in patience with the movement of the Holy Spirit.

 

Before sin came in God created a spirit in man that was a holy spirit (not the Holy Spirit). A consecrated spirit but sin has corrupted it, diverted it and crushed it. But you have been born again and your spirit is now available to its Creator to become a crucible where the Holy Spirit can come to earth and find a room for His energy – your holy spirit. The devil wants to do everything to divert it, to crush it, to make it unclean, but if we come to God and say, “Lord, I thank you for my holy spirit and I want to give my holy spirit to your Holy Spirit to come and put His energy in and whatever His agenda is, do it in me.” Even when we are asleep, the Holy Spirit can work supernaturally in this dwelling place. Determine to be one in your area who is wanting to be part of the prophetic remnant that is willing.

 

“I want to understand the urgencies and crisis of your Holy Spirit. I want to understand the passions of your heart, I want to be susceptible to the hand of the Lord upon me – here I am.”