Today, a Spirit-birthed image entered my mind. I was looking at the distance horizon of a
desert scene. A powerful wind began to blow across the sands. The wind blew with
increasing intensity blowing away a deep layer of sand revealing the structure
of a hidden civilization. At first just the tops of the structure became
visible. As the wind continued to blow the full structure was finally revealed,
including the foundation.
Immediately, I knew this was the wind of the Spirit blowing
on the Church. Over time a deep layer of sand has covered the simplicity and
power-potential of the western Church. The covering sands were our methodologies,
techniques and programs that did not require the empowering presence of the
Spirit. Paul shared with the Ephesians that the structure of the living
organism called the Church was built upon the foundation of the apostles and
prophets with Jesus as the cornerstone. Everything is built upon that
foundation. Jesus is uncovering His original intent so we can rediscover the
foundations of our calling.
This coming sandstorm of the Spirit will present a
challenge. Once revealed the simplicity and power of what is seen will require
a courageous adjustment. A church led only by a pastor-teacher gift will eventually
be recovered with sand over time. Adjustments are needed to return us to the
foundational intent of Jesus for Church led by an apostolic and prophetic gifting.
When the winds of change begin to blow many will get sand in
the eyes of their ministry vision. This is part of the revealing and healing
process. Once their eyes are cleared of the
accumulated grit of ministry some of these leaders will be able to see what has
been hidden and make adjustments accordingly. Others will return to old
patterns and be recovered to disappear once again. The wind of change is blowing. When
the dust settles a fresh clarity will arrive revealing a
coming season of incredible harvest.