Many have been watching the Asbury revival unfold in the last two weeks. Online debates about what revival is (or isn’t) has fueled faith for the miraculous as well as doubts concerning its longevity. Everyone seems to have their own definition of “revival” based on their own experiences, stories from church history, scriptural examples, and a myriad of other things. Even as the common denominators are repentance of sin and a hungry heart for authentic encounter, other factors vary greatly. Given this, we should all agree – there’s no formula for revival.
One online commentator noted that this particular revival started at an evangelical Methodist university and not a charismatic church or prophetic conference. This immediately struck my spirit. Knowing the challenges and controversies we Charismatics seem to stir up when it comes to the operation of spiritual gifts and manifestations, God showing up in a “quiet” way on an evangelical campus should get our attention. It should also humble us. It’s a reminder that the Holy Spirit has no preference when it comes to heart hunger, and He refuses to be put in a box of man-made expectations. But, it may also send another message that’s even more critical.
THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT MUST COME TOGETHER
I was reminded of a powerful dream encounter I had in 2019. I met the Trinity in an unexpected way as they declared, “We come together, or not at all!” Appearing as three large eagles, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit spoke in unison as they emerged from the Mountain of the Lord. They were speaking to the Church in how to prepare for this next great outpouring from heaven. The Father was urging us to honor both the Living Word and the Holy Spirit if we were to receive the fullness of what He wants to demonstrate to the world. He will not be limited in how or when He comes based on how many spiritual gifts are flowing or how many scriptures have been memorized. He does not prefer sound doctrine over the gifts of the Spirit, nor does He favor “freedom in the Spirit” over biblical integrity. It’s a package deal. He expresses Himself through the fullness of the Godhead and invites us to open our hearts and minds to all that He is. This latest revival may be a clue in His intention to move outside of familiar parameters in order to break new ground.
THE UNEXPECTED GIANT IN THE WAY
As I was pondering this reality, the Lord gave me a brief vision while in corporate worship. We were singing a song about taking out the giants in the land. I immediately had a birdseye view of this nation and saw the Champion of Hosts and His army positioned to the side, ready to move with great power upon this nation. But, even as I saw the fire in His eyes, eager to accomplish this mission, I saw Him looking intently at a huge giant standing in the way. I knew it was a massive spiritual stronghold in the land that was preventing the Lord from doing everything He wanted.
When I asked the Lord what it was, without hesitation He said, “Unbelief! A spirit of Unbelief is blocking the way!” Knowing that He could easily bypass this giant if He wanted to, I also knew that the protocols of heaven were in play. He looks for our agreement on the earth so that He can fully establish Kingdom realities long-term (Matthew 16:19). And though I wasn’t surprised that this was the giant challenging this next move, I was surprised as to what was fueling it. He said, “The Church! It’s My Church that is allowing this giant to stand!”
WHERE IS OUR FAITH?
We have already witnessed massive amounts of blindness, apathy, and even outright denial concerning the demonic globalist agendas overtaking us around the world. Unbelief has poisoned our minds and programmed many to believe “all is well,” when in fact our lives and liberties are being systematically destroyed one after another. The Ecclesia of God, the spiritually authorized ambassadors of heaven on the earth, should have the leverage in this war. We should be the ones calling out these lies and leading people to The Way, The Truth, and The Life.
Unfortunately, we too have been blinded by this spirit of unbelief. Seeing the logs in one another’s eyes, we disbelieve those who think differently than us and dare to challenge our sacred cows. By clinging to our own perspectives, experiences, and personal biases, we are unknowingly fueling this stronghold of unbelief and limiting our authority for breakthrough. But can’t we just bind this spirit and rebuke its presence? If only it were that easy. The reality is, this giant must not only be taken out, but replaced by something better – the choice to BELIEVE.
We cannot underestimate the power and authority of our faith. Jesus could not do miracles in His own hometown because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58). It seems this stronghold has plagued us from the very start. We’d like to think our carefully crafted doctrines and supernatural experiences would make us experts in who He is and how He operates. And yet, we cripple ourselves out of fear of the unknown. That which we are unfamiliar with or feel threatened by can become roadblocks to faith. That which we do not understand, we dismiss – or worse yet – disqualify. In our sincere efforts to do everything right we can ultimately shut God out. The One who dwells beyond time, space, and human comprehension can become irrelevant in our quest to prove our own version of reality.
If this is true, then the only right response is for each of us to ask how we might be feeding unbelief in our own lives. Do we entertain this stronghold through doubts, critical attitudes, or disbelief in that which we don’t understand? Are we stubborn or unwilling to process new perspectives and possibilities that might force us to change? Are there ways in which we can better feed our faith in the Three-In-One who desires to reveal Himself in ways we never imagined?
I encourage you to consider these questions so that we can displace this giant of Unbelief. We are the watchmen in this nation and the gatekeepers to His glory. Let’s determine to overcome our doubts and unbelief in favor of faith for the improbable and expectation for the impossible. It is only then that this giant can be taken down so we can fling wide the gates so that the King of Glory may come in.