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Prophetic Revelation: Networking the Nations
Word for the Month: August 2017
THE SPIRIT OF ELIJAH
And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.
I would like to share a thought (and perhaps a concern as well) which has been in my heart lately, a question that I ask myself every day: “Which spirit is upon us?”, or maybe “Which spirit has the Church been moving in or acting upon?”
When I ask this question, I do not only refer to the other denominations and congregations; I ask myself which spirit is upon me and my congregation, which spirit do I move in. It is true that there are many ministers and even congregations that have been led and used by spirits of greed, lies, division, pride and selfishness. The Spirit of the Lord has alerted me to keep my eyes wide open, for Satan is subtle and can easily and sneakily deceive the Lord’s servants. Satan can divert our attention and purposes from what would be God’s will for us, seducing us with his offerings and lies.
In the past, King Ahab let himself be seduced by Jezebel, an idolatrous woman, who is to us, nowadays, the symbol of prostitution. The king married a woman who was committed to and involved in satanist practices, such as: idolatry, witchcraft and prostitution. The king was responsible for ruling the people with justice and righteousness and he could not allow the people to leave the Lord, involving themselves with pagan idols. But King Ahab failed in his mission, for he himself was seduced by the spirit of Jezebel.
One day, God raised up a man called Elijah, a man filled with the Spirit of God, who was not corrupt and was not seduced by the spirit of Jezebel; on the contrary, Elijah, filled with the Spirit of the Lord and full of courage and boldness, denounced Ahab and Jezebel’s sin, regardless of having his own life put in danger by doing so. In I Kings 18:18 we see Elijah’s courage standing before Ahab:
“And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the LORD and followed the Baals.”
Unfortunately, in these last days many servants of the Lord, leaders and prophets have acted like Ahab, being seduced by the spirit of Jezebel (the world). But, just as God raised up Elijah, He also raised up John the Baptist in a time of great corruption of the God’s people; and today God has raised many thousands of Elijahs all around the world. God is in a hurry to reveal more Elijahs – servants, men and women, ministers full of courage who do not sell themselves, who are not well pleased with the values of this world, who do not move from the Lord’s will, who preach the truth no matter what, without worrying if they are pleasing men, but who only want to fulfil the Lord’s desire and please Him; men and women who are incorruptible and have a character like that of Jesus, who are only worried about pleasing their Teacher, even if that means losing their resources, comfort and friends; leaders who do the Lord’s will, even if that causes discomfort here on earth.
In these days, the Spirit of the Lord has alerted me: ‘Do not worry about imitating others or even pleasing them. Do not be surprised if you become different from others, but be a pastor according to God’s heart.’ The Spirit of the Lord led me to Luke 4:18-19 which says:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
This is the Spirit which was upon Elijah, upon John the Baptist, upon Jesus and which should be upon the Church as well. The Lord gave His Spirit to the Church so that she can proclaim the truth and, thus, denounce any lies; but this will only be possible if the Church is totally involved in and committed to all the truth of God. The Lord gave His Spirit to the Church so that she can heal illnesses in the soul and body. The Church needs to be full of the healing balm and, for that, she needs to be healed from all her wounds. The Lord gave His Spirit to the Church so that she can give sight to the blind, but, to do so, she needs to have her eyes anointed with God’s eye ointment (Revelation 3:18). The Lord gave His Spirit to the Church so that she can free people from this world, but, to do so, the Church needs to be free from the system of this world, free from any lies and subtleties from the world, without any kind of friendship with the world.
In contrast with the past, the Spirit of the Lord is now not only upon one man, but it is upon all of the Church. Where are God’s Elijahs? Where are those who, like John, are preparing the way for the coming of the Lord?
Awake and stand up, Church of the Lord, for the Saviour is coming. A sentence which the Holy Spirit gave me for this time is: IT IS NOT TIME TO WASTE TIME!
THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD GOD IS UPON US AND HE HAS ANOINTED US…
Pastor Danilo Barreto Miranda,
Igreja Missão Evangélica Assembleia de Deus Lusitana, Portimão, Portugal