According to the statistics, the average revival movement lasts about 35 years, with lowering attention spans it is more like 10 years today. During the time of revival the people come into certain truths in the Lord; all of a sudden a ceiling seems to be put upon them, and they cannot go any further.
This is not saying anything against tongues and interpretation, but we must see that when they do have and what they are moving in suddenly seems to be devoid of fresh revelation and spiritual perception.
So they just float around, saying, "Praise the Lord. The Lord is here. The Lord is blessing us." They exhort one another to go on in God, but there is no fresh revelation, no fresh perception coming to the people of God.
I am concerned about this, and I think you are too. Above everything else in this end time, wouldn't you like to have spiritual vision? Wouldn't you like to have spiritual ears to hear? Don't you want to be prepared for whatever God is saying, whatever He is doing, whatever He is revealing, so that when it comes, you will be ready to move in it?
Sometimes we fail to appreciate that there is another world about us- a world more real than the one we know. In fact, the world of the physical senses is very deceptive. When we observe something, we usually do not realize that it is not at all the way it appears.
There is another world that is more real. God says it is wonderful. ...Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit... I Corinthians 2:9-10.
What we need today is that special moving of the Spirit that puts us in tune with the world that the eyes cannot see, the ears cannot hear, and the imagination of the heart cannot perceive. We must begin to walk in this spirit realm, where God has wonderful things prepared for His people.
How do we get out of the bondage of the senses into the spirit realm? The Kingdom of God is filled with people who are groping along, because they do not see what is happening.
"Blessed is he who has ears to hear. He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches."
His Spirit upon all flesh. Old men will dream dreams; young men will see visions. Joel 2:28
A parallel exists between the physical and the spiritual realms. Just as there are five physical senses- sight, hearing, smell, and taste- so there are also spiritual senses or faculties. The Bible says, "Blessed are the ears that hear, blessed are the eyes that see," as though your spirit has faculties that correspond exactly to your physical senses. These faculties can be developed by reason of usage.
Our modern way of life in this end time is conducive to spiritual deadness. As we look at the church of Laodicea, we see that they boasted about certain things, but as a whole the opposite condition existed. They were cautioned to anoint their eyes with eye salve so they could really see.
They needed spiritual ministry so they would have spiritual perception.
We are living in an age in which we are over stimulated, and this factor tends to blank out the spiritual and the mystical faculties that God has given us. When the prophets walked with God in the olden days, they did not have much to do. They sat on hills watching the sheep, gazing in the heavens, and listening to the Lord, with nothing much to distract them.
Now when you go home to wait upon the Lord, you will be distracted by many things. Before long you are reeling with over stimulation by soulish influences. Iphones, ipads, computers, flat screens, bluray players, texting, gaming...etc...
life-giving nutrients that you need. The people in the world are reaching for more of these stimulating influences all the time. They need a cigarette in one hand and a RedBull in the other, because of the tremendous lethargy that is being ministered by Satan.
Because iniquities shall abound in the last days, the love of many will wax cold. Matthew 24:12.
Even the Christians fervor for the Lord begins to go down, down, down. So you see how necessary it is that we keep ourselves sensitive to the Lord and to the voice of the Spirit, that we become better Christians and truly learn to walk with God.
We must not become victimized by this age until all our spiritual senses are dulled. We want to hear and we want to see.
We can read that chapter in 5 minutes, and we wonder how long it took for the Lord to reach the depth of that woman's heart and bring her into such a genuine experience with God that she brought the whole city out to hear the Lord. Wasn't that wonderful? It was spiritual perception that did it.
Jesus began talking to the woman about ‘living water', something from the spiritual world. Naturally this caught the interest of the woman, as she was burdened with the daily task of carrying water in the natural physical world. She naturally asked Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep and are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?" Jesus explained that when people drink ordinary water, they get thirsty again. But he had spiritual water springing up into everlasting life." The women ask him for some of this water so she may not thirst again. (John 4:15)
The woman left the water jar she has brought and hurried back to the town. ‘She said to the people “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and went on their way to him.’(John 4:28-30) Leaving her water jar behind seems like a trivial piece of information, but it parallels other incidents in the gospels, when various men left their everyday pursuits, abandoning fishing nets or tax collection tables to immediately respond to Jesus. The Samaritan woman did the same thing, but on her own initiative. The woman told everyone about Jesus.
We talk about soul winning and about being a witness to the Lord, but we must realize that we will be a real witness to the Lord when we have the perception and the discernment to sense an individual's needs, and we reach in and minister to him or her. This could make us one hundred times more effective than any soul-winning methods we have ever seen.
When they leave I want them to leave with something that will stay with them and help them in their walks with God. They get prophecies spoken over them that impact them. They get encouragement from the Lord. They get Jesus the Living Water.
Be sensitive to what God is doing, enter into the Kings chamber and hear Him and see what He is doing. Get something from the Lord!
Make time to cut yourself off from phones, texting, the net, gaming, videos etc...
And just wait upon the Lord. Not so easy in these last days. But if you want ears that hear and eyes that see spiritually, you will pay the price gladly.
Do you think the world has all of these wonderful distracting things in these last days for nothing? The god of this world wants everyone distracted and occupied. We can't even look up and see the stars as they are because of all the chemtrail spraying operations and all of the pollution that obscures.
Get free of encumbrances and every weight that keeps you from waiting before the Lord.
...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Honestly, if you don't then do not expect to see any more then you have already seen. You will remain arrested in your spiritual growth. Watch your flat screen and let the next move of God pass you by...or?
Nothing is set in stone, you can make a difference in the lives that you come across if you will get your eyes and ears truly open! Go after the Living Water.