I’ve been transcribing a stirring in my heart about the Spirit led Congregation of Believers. What I see exists only in scripture and small prayer groups. It is the active supernatural leading of the Holy Spirit. I have experienced it in other corporate gatherings on occasion, for brief moments, until the agenda of men prevailed over the Spirit. I have a nonstop yearning for more, but it cannot be manufactured. “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)
I read a prophetic message today that echoed what I have been seeing:
I see a time soon when God is going to bring some of our ministry structures crumbling down. I do not exempt myself—for God alone knows my heart and motives, my fears and jealousies. Let it all come down! I imagine that some pastors are panicking over losing their platforms. Beware of those who tell you the key to stopping the plague, is a gift to their ministry. Giving is super important, especially in a time of famine or plague, but the people of God have too often been manipulated by millionaire preachers. I keep seeing in my spirit scaffolding and structures that were man made, and a wrecking ball/earthquake taking them all down. Then something more beautiful arising—the ecclesia, the people of God—in its place. Could it be that God is not only draining the swamp in politics, but also in ministry? Does not judgment begin with the house of God? (1 Pet. 4:17) I absolutely believe in leadership. But leaders are called to “equip the saints for works of ministry” (Eph. 4:11-14) not to do all the ministry themselves.
- Ron Cantor, Revive Israel
Since 300 AD. Churches have had a central preacher/teacher presiding over the congregation. Most people were illiterate, even up to just recently, therefore, the gift of teaching took a predominate role, however, it was not so in the first century when the Spirit was among the congregation in His fullness. “So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” (1 Corinthians 14: 23-26)
Are you ready for God to fill His living temple which is the Body of Messiah on earth? Are you ready to see and experience the supernatural presence of the Holy Spirit? This is not merely unbridled emotions, but a supernatural presence of God in unity with the indwelling Holy Spirit. All hearts are fixed upon Him and His peace transcends all that proceeds from our natural or physical nature. Everyone has the mind of Messiah; everyone participates in the devine nature, there is no audience. A supernatural order is choreographed among the gathering with prophetic insight and submission to the Spirit’s lead. These descriptions are imprecise, but the reality is amazing, satisfying, selfless, and restorative. King David described it, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:1-5) Peter moved in this Spirit leading on the day of Pentecost and three thousand were added to the Kingdom. Lord, Yeshua have your way in us.