Today is the 500 year anniversary since Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” on the door of a church in Germany…ushering in the great reformation.
According to Wikipedia the Reformation was a 16th-century movement for the reform of abuses in the Roman Catholic Church ending in the establishment of the Reformed and Protestant Churches.
By definition reformation means:
The action or process of reforming an institution or practice.
May the Spirit of the Lord and the people of God, led by His Spirit, once again see another reformation ushered in. It will be a reformation of the heart that will reform practices that have created disunity and divisions.
For two weeks now I have been hearing in my spirit a line from the 1964 Disney classic, Mary Poppins, that says,
“Winds in the east, mist coming in, Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin. Can’t put me finger on what lies in store, But I fear what’s to happen all happened before.”
Though we do not fear what’s to happen, the enemy surely does and he’s been raging against it for many months now. Another great reformation is about to begin!
• It will usher in Joel’s army…an army that marches shoulder to shoulder without jostling one another for position. (Joel 2)
• It will be the answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-23 when He prays,
“”I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
• It will be the display the realization of Zechariah 4:6,
Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”
• It will be the manifestation of Ephesians 3:16-21,
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
• Finally, it will reform the hearts of God’s people to posture themselves like Mary did in Luke 1:38 when she responded to the angel of the Lord and said,
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”
May we be reformed from ways that have brought in abuses, divisions, works of the flesh, prejudices, judgements, jostling for positions, the sound of the resounding gong and steps directed by the head (man) and not the heart (God).
Pray that we will come into the oneness spoken of 1 Corinthians 6:17 and be “one spirit with Him”,
“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17
May every place that our spirits have been joined with the spirit of the world be broken off of His Church by the grace of the Lord and by the work of His Spirit within us. May His love be nailed to the door of our hearts and to the doorway of this new era. May it reform us to a place of first love that does not fade away.
May we all pray aloud today the words of Ephesians 3:21,
“To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
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