Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Read our Text for Today again. This is so powerful, and should instill a marvelous hope and faith in our hearts. When we consider the past 12 months in our entire world, dealing with all kinds of political upheaval, and especially COVID-19, my heart is crying out to see our Text for Today fulfilled, and that right quickly. Allow me to speak to you purely from the church perspective. Church, as we have known it in the last three decades is over, and in large part, I am glad. While what I share today is a harsh reality for many, church over the past 30-years, and in reality, much longer, has not been a true manifestation of the redeemed church of the Lord Jesus Christ. (I speak of the church in general, for there are congregations that are truly on fire.) Yes, we have come together on Sunday (but with most Sunday evening and mid-week services either cancelled or socialized), but to what end. Some would say we come together to worship the Lord. It is good that we worship the Lord, but that should be a daily function of every believer. Others might say we come together for preaching, or discipling, or fellowship. Once again, all that is good. But my question is, “Where is the supernatural that should be manifest in our midst?” Sadly, much of what we have called church over recent decades has been a mere formal, and lately very informal, gathering so we could say “we attended church.” My friend, while I do not intend to be harsh or condemning in any way, that is really not what church is to do in the earth.
I am convinced that the “new thing” the Lord is about to do is to bring the church to a place where the power of God is truly manifest, but in a manner that surpasses all that is known of the past. In Scripture we read of the early and latter rains of Holy Spirit. That would be the mighty manifestations of Holy Ghost in the Old Testament (early rain), and the might manifestations of Holy Spirit in the church age until now. We also read of the early and latter rains being poured out together, and that in a short time. That, dear reader, will be a new thing indeed, the likes of which have never before been seen. Toward that I look with great anticipation and expectancy. I am convinced in my spirit man that we are presently stepping into that time when those of God’s people who are prepared and ready will be used by Him in the mightiest manifestations of power, glory, and majesty the world has ever witnessed. The early (former) and latter rains will be poured out together in, upon, and through His church. Get ready, my friend. A new thing is here!
Manna for Today – Isaiah 43; James 5:7; Deuteronomy 11:4; Job 29:23; Jeremiah3:1-5; Hosea 6:3; Joel 2:23