The church that is… and is to come

On a hike through a state park on Madeline Island (part of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior) I took a couple of pictures where the Lord spoke specifically to me about the American Church and our spiritual condition.

Blown down tree on Madeline Island.
Blown down tree on Madeline Island.

This blown down tree came from a huge wind storm in 1991. Winds reached 100 mph hour off Lake Superior and ripped up old trees right from their roots.

The Spirit spoke to me about how the American Church, without prayer, has lost its roots. We are far more easily blown over than this majestic tree that was taken down 20 plus years ago. We have been without prayer. When we’ve prayed we’ve prayed for ourselves. We’ve lost intercession. We’ve prayed for more self-preservation than for the simple presence of God.

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I posted this one a couple of days ago, but it was part of what the Spirit spoke to me as well. This is where we SHOULD be. That tree grew up out of sheer rock right out in front, facing the harshest winds the lake could give it. And it stands. It’s not pretty. You wonder how in the world it stands at all… but there it is. THIS is the Church Jesus sees for our time in this land.

We’ve tried to look good. We’ve tried to be the ones to be liked and have sold ourselves down the river in this culture. We need a new sense of prayer. A sense TO STAND. We won’t look “pretty” in so many ways, but there we will stand.

Cultural winds will blow… there we stand.

We will look like fools for being pro-life, standing for the unborn AND the margins of society, but there we stand.

We will look like fools for standing for a LOT of Kingdom issues which will confound both “the left” and “the right” but there we will stand.

Facing the harshest of winds. Ready to take on all the enemy may have because we long for the presence of Jesus, and we long for his Kingdom to come in reality on this earth as it is in heaven.

It is time for the next wave of radical intercessors to rise up. To pray for healing once again. To pray for addictions and bondages to be broken again in the lives of those so lost in this crazy culture. To pray down the strongholds of our death culture as well as pray down the stronghold of racism. To face the stiffest winds, to not really look so good doing it, but in the end… to stand.

THIS is the Church Jesus sees and longs for in our current culture.

May it be so, dear Lord.

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