The King of Hearts is on the Move
I heard in my spirit recently, "The King of Hearts is on the move". For a number of months now, I have felt the Holy Spirit's heightened activity in my own heart and have witnessed it in the hearts of others as well. It is a time of increasing awareness of His movement in our lives and His continued work to conform us into the image of His Son, Jesus.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit" - 2 Corinthians 3:18
In times of outpouring and revival, the glory level increases around us. We may feel, see, and experience Him in greater ways. We may have a greater awareness of His Presence in our corporate meetings. In these times of increasing glory and Presence, we will also have a greater awareness of those things in our lives that are not in alignment with His kingdom. This is not a time to move into self-condemnation or self-abasement, rather, a time to submit our hearts and lives to His grace and mercy and receive His cleansing and realigning of our lives to His. It is His goodness that leads us to repentance.
I believe we are in such a time right now. As the glory level continues to increase, things are beginning to come to the surface in hearts and lives. As believers, we are a brand new creation, no longer bearing a sin nature. But, scripture makes it clear that we can still sin even though we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:8-9
As the Holy Spirit continues His work among us, we should not be surprised as things begin to bubble to the surface in the hearts of those around us. This is a key time for the Church to walk in unconditional love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy. It is also a time to receive His cleansing and breakthrough anointing in our hearts and release it to others around us. Patterns that may have taken months of deliverance and counseling before are going to begin to be broken in a moment in powerful encounters with Him. Prodigals are going to return to their faith in great numbers as well.
The baptism waters are going to be stirring and active in this time. Don't miss the freedom He is offering and step into His waters of deliverance. Breakthrough after breakthrough is going to happen in the waters of baptism. The old is going to be buried in the waters of baptism and new life, healing and deliverance will be the testimony of many.
Spring Cleaning in the Kingdom
Recently during a worship service, I heard the Holy Spirit say, "I'm cleaning out the closets". Just the day before, I had spent some time cleaning and organizing in our master closet. As I surveyed the piles of things I had sorted on the floor, I realized I just don't need these things, anymore. I had an unusual urge to purge and get rid of the unneeded things, to simplify and keep only those things that I needed.
And just as He spoke to me in that worship service, I believe the Holy Spirit is doing a similar thing in His Church right now. We are being challenged to simplify and streamline our lives with Him. We may find Him asking, "What is most important right now? What things are not beneficial? What things do you need to get rid of in order to give Me your full devotion?" His work is uniquely personal and individual in each heart. Some are being called to a higher level of health consciousness in their bodies. Addictions are being exposed and uprooted in other lives. Many are sensing the need to turn from things that have become idols in their hearts, repenting and turning from those things that have held their affection. These are just a few examples of the deep work that Holy Spirit is doing in hearts in this hour and it will only increase in the days to come.
Yes, it is spring cleaning in the kingdom! Traditionally, spring cleaning is defined as "a thorough cleaning of a house or room, typically undertaken in spring". (Oxford Languages dictionary) Spring cleaning seems to be a bit of a lost art, but in generations past it was a time to go room to room in your house doing a very thorough cleaning.
I feel I must emphasize that the "spring cleaning" that Holy Spirit is orchestrating is out of His heart of love for us and all of mankind. His movement is always unto redemption, new growth, and transformation on every level. He is moving on our hearts to get rid of the clutter to make room for the wonderful, new things that He has prepared for us. When our hearts hold on to things that do not bring Him honor, we are living short of who He has called and created us to be. He is calling us up higher to step into who we are as the sons and daughters of light. He is preparing the soil of our hearts so that all He has sowed and is sowing, will fully take root and grow, yielding a bumper crop full of His righteousness.
Increased Glory and Increased Warfare
As to be expected, along with the increase of God's glory and kingdom activity has come an increase of warfare. It is a time to go in low, walking in humility and grace. It is a time to be quick to forgive, being slow to speak and slow to anger. We must be intentional about not giving the enemy any toehold of access into our lives.
The enemy is an imposter. Scripture tells us he "prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." (I Pt. 5:8) Notice it says, "like" a lion. The imposter is being exposed in this hour and the King of our hearts, our Lion of Judah, is rising up to roar over the hearts of His Bride, the Church. His roar is calling us up higher and awakening our spirits to hear and be in tune with all He wants to do.
We must fight smart in this hour and Paul has given us divinely inspired words to walk by concerning our warfare:
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Cor. 10: 3-5
We will do well to resist the urge to fight our spiritual battles according to worldly wisdom or tactics. We have a choice as to how we will act or respond in the many situations that come our way. Our senses need to be on high alert to detect the enemy's evil schemes. We can send the enemy's camp into confusion by our godly responses.
What exciting days we are living in as the Bride of Christ! We have front row seats to see and participate in seeing the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. May He have His full way with His Church and the many hearts who call Him Father. May the Lamb receive the reward of His suffering, the greatest harvest ever to be seen!