....and there's more to follow!
New Zealand has had three powerful shakings in the last few months. The Christchurch building-destroying earthquake, the blight that has severely whacked our billion dollar kiwi fruit industry and the tragic deaths of 29 men at Pike River coal mine.
Now, it's not my purpose to analyze these 'shakings'. But reading the book, "The Church in the House" brought me face to face with a powerful prophecy the author, Eric Chambers comments on. The prophecy was given by J.D. Eynon, a senior pastor in the NZ Apostolic Church in 1952. Chambers quotes, "It (the prophecy) describes in great detail the events that have taken place over the last 35 years...all that has happened in the Charismatic/Pentecostal expression, all the outpouring of God's Holy Spirit in the use of gifts, but in each paragraph there is the word 'shaking'. God is going to shake the church it says, until it is totally unrecognisable." Chambers comments, "The church as it was then and the church as it is now (1987) is almost unrecognisable." Now, 23 years later (2010) the church, through yet more shaking, is even more unrecognisable with the world-wide proliferation of simple/organic house churches and the release of the people of God to function in their God-given ministries. It's taken a lot of shaking to get rid of 1700 years of restrictive religion, and there's no doubt more shakings are on the way.
Hebrews 12:26-28 predicts a great 'shaking' and concludes with a reference to believers, "receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken or destroyed..." I heard an insightful Christian describing what he believes God is doing now as, "removing the scaffolding from the church." I'll leave it to you to decide what the scaffolding is; things that are of no value to us or our simple churches, when we receive this "kingdom that cannot be destroyed." Those to whom the Kingdom of God is their number one priority (Matt. 6:10, & 33) have had a revelation, or to put it into today's language have had a massive paradigm shift. They see themselves, and all believers as kings and priests, 1 Peter 2:9. Kings with authority, priests with ministries and gifts that function with this kingdom authority. Authority to "bind" and "loose", ("prohibit" and "allow", NLT), authority in united prayer, Matt. 18:19 and authority to drive out demons, and lay hands on sick people and see them healed as promised by Jesus to "those who believe", see Mark 16:17-18; Also, John 14:12-14.
So, don't quake-proof your life. If it's the hand of God that is doing the shaking, let him destroy what you need to be shaken free from so that, "...only eternal things (NLT), things that cannot be shaken (NIV) will be left." You can't get a better outcome than that!
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