Entering the promised land
When we think of the promised land, how far do we think God will go? How far will we be conquerors in Christ? Where is He leading us in the land of our souls and what impact will it have on the environment around us?
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, Eph 3:20
There are loads of Christian trends impacting the communities around us. Is this our promised land?
What land did Jesus walk in? There’s the places he lived and then there’s the land of promise that poured out of His life. What promised land did He reveal?
Jesus spoke of wells, hearts, words, kingdoms, grace, righteousness and much more. Jesus did more than express these things in words, He brought a demonstration of there reality.
There is a place that can only be described as paradise
Psa 20:4 May He grant you your heart‘s desire And fulfill all your counsel!
Imagine such favor with God that what is in your heart, God gets involved with by making it happen. Then God goes even further to bring fulfillment to that which we speak as counsel. Imagine perfect alignment with God’s heart.
There is a real connection to God making things happen by starting with heart’s desires and speaking. One of the main ways we see this is salvation.
Rom 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
So we find an eternal connection with believing in our hearts and speaking. With this connection and transformation there comes an alignment that is promised. If you have been immersed in the word in environments of faith over the last couple of years I’m sure loads of scriptures are bubbling up, from such promises of ask in my name without doubting and I’ll give it to you, then on to such kingdom dynamics like ask for the Holy Spirit and I will not give you a snake. The bible is full of God transforming our lives as we believe and speak.
Let’s just for a moment imagine our hearts flooded with what is on God’s heart. Imagine perfect love gripping you. Imagine perfect peace. Imagine counsel that heals as His words flood over you. Imagine a flood of freedom as healing comes. Imagine tears running down your cheeks as you gaze into His perfect beauty. Imagine being washed white as snow. Oh the splendor, oh the beauty, oh the glory, oh the joy. Unspeakable joy.
Now imagine being able to express what seems unspeakable. To overflow from God’s heart merging with yours. For out of the abundance of our hearts our mouths speak. Oh the words that would come and the life that would be found in these words.
The promised land is in our hearts and in our mouths
We are entering dynamics of the third day, the day of promise, the day of resurrection. Imagine what we are entering. Imagine God’s favor to see healing inside and out, faith unwavering. To have God’s heart and unspeakable joy. Where the Spirit is there is freedom. This land starts in our hearts, moves to our expression of confessing this belief by what we say and do and God releases it’s reality, the tangible kingdom of heaven.
There is a word rising up in the nations about this new day, Sanctification – alignment with almighty God. There is a generation God is separating unto Himself, Divine sanctification.
What’s the soil like for this seed?
I believe it goes deeper than neo-charismatic but is vitally connected. Can it be received without embracing the expressed outpouring of God’s manifestation of power in all His heart’s expressions as seen in the neo-charismatic communities? To do so would be a violation of His gift and yet God in His mercy allows it in the hope we will acknowledge Him. He loves us and we need to love Him with all our hearts minds and soul. To express our love as He expresses His. He is to be wooed and woos us in so many ways. He expresses love and calls us to abound in that love.
From Pentecostal to neo-charismatic
The expression of third wave?
To understand neo-charismatic we need to look at charismatic, and to understand charismatic we need to look at Pentecostalism. Classical Pentecostalism grew out of the holiness movement and developed a distinct identity at the start of the 20th century. The main doctrine of Pentecostalism that made them distinct from other Christians was they believe there is a second work of grace after conversion, which is called the baptism in the Holy Spirit, that Pentecostals beleived is evidenced by speaking in tongues. I love this expression “second work of grace”. I’m sure many of us can identify with this. The question now is what then is charismatic? The adoption of Pentecostal beliefs by those in the historic churches became known as the charismatic movement. This sweeped around the globe in a way that resembled a wave. This movement was not an intellectual exercise but God responding to believing hearts, releasing His grace for more, as they expressed their belief.
We can see the evidence of this climate of change in all Christian denomination types throughout the world. As this climate begins to mature there is a tendency to try and maintain this by natural gifting and not as a gift of grace. But grace is about to increase globally and has started in pockets around the world. To see this better let’s look at the Neo-charismatic movement.
So what is neo-charsmatic then?
The Neo-charismatic (also third-wave charismatic) is a movement that places emphasis on the use of spiritual gifts such as speaking in toughs, prophecy, healing, and revelation, received by the Holy Spirit. This movement has been considered to be the “third wave” of Pentecostalism (the “first wave”), and was furthered by the charismatic movement (the “second wave”). Neo-charismatics are now believed to be more numerous than the first and second wave categories, combined, as a result of the growth of postdenominational and independent charismatic groups.
Doing what Jesus did now
This wave has been going since the 80’s. It started as separate churches, then experienced as a wave. This starts with individuals then spreads into communities till a generation is transformed. This is a gift of grace like the Pentecostal movement spreading into historic churches. This has already started and in some ways already come. Many churches have began to receive this gift of grace.
If the main distinction of difference for Pentecostals was the “second work of grace” is there a third? What does it mean that Jesus grew in favor with people and God? The reality is His grace grows. There is an ever increasing flow of His favor. As we embrace the reality of God in our lives and His love for us we will experience this uniting of hearts as a wave that will spread in love and power for the healing of a generation, a chosen remnant, by grace and favor.
So were are we?
God is calling forth a wave of grace and favor that will fulfill Jesus’s cry:
The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
Divine alignment that breaks the walls of division. A move of grace that so brings God’s rule in our hearts, as we surrender, that we can truly say He is our Lord. This is not because we give up on Spiritual things and expressions of faith for unity, no it’s the complete opposite. Instead it’s a move of His grace poured out in power so mightily that Spiritual gifts and faith will be so evident you will ether choose to be a part of Christ or not. A clear separation of the sheep and the goats. Embrace surrender and express surrender with all you say and do. See transformation as God is faithful.
Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God;
just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.