Now is the time for the Church to move into what God has planned for her in these days. His plan is for the Church to be the place of His glory. The glory of God is the presence of God manifest. The Church is to be filled with the power of His presence and to manifest that glorious power to the world. The world will have the opportunity to see Christ manifest through His Body. The Rapture will be the catching away of the Glorious Church.
I recently had a very detailed dream about the war the devil has waged against the Church. The Lord brought to my remembrance attacks that had been made against the Body of Christ in diverse areas of the world—attacks on the underground church, attacks on youth organizations, attacks on families, attacks on ministries of all kinds. The attacks, which came from every source imaginable, were aimed at stealing, killing and destroying everything in their paths.
My dream started out being one about the power of "tongues" going all over the world, and the Lord connected it to the part about the attacks. When I awoke, the Holy Spirit spoke immediately and authoritatively to me:
The weapons of your warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. He that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men but unto God; for no man understands him, howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (See 2 Cor. 10:4; 1 Cor. 14:2)The dream ended with the Lord speaking to me: The attack is against your power. If Satan is afraid of your power, your power is the way out. Jesus said, "You shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you."
What was the initial evidence of the power that the Holy Spirit brought to the Church on the day of Pentecost? They spoke with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).
As I lay there, continuing to process this dream in my heart, I realized, If the attack is against our power then we are to increase the use of our power. I knew immediately that I was to increase my praying in tongues. I meditated on that dream for days and presented it to people I depend on for spiritual discernment for them to judge. They all told me it seemed to them it was of God.
The Power of the Tongue Changes Things
In these last days, people ask, "How do we pray about Israel? How do we pray for the world? How do we pray for our nation? How do we pray about this and that situation?" The best way is to pray in tongues.
The Lord recently expanded my understanding of the power of the tongue—the power of words. I dug deeper into the Hebrew language about words. I knew that the Hebrew word devar was most often translated as word. And I knew that it can also be translated as thing, or matter. But I saw more light when I discovered its root is a verb meaning to arrange.
God created man a unique being—a speaking spirit. God gave man the unique gift of intelligent speech, and that intelligent speech contains the power both to create and to arrange things. We arrange things when we speak. We arrange our lives, and we arrange the atmosphere around us—at home, our place of work, everywhere.
Neurologists have proven that the speech center in the brain drives and controls all the other systems in the body. In other words: Your body's systems respond to what you say. In Genesis 11:6-9, the Bible states that at the tower of Babel all men had a common language. Through unity of language they could accomplish whatever they purposed to do. God said, "Now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." They were planning to build a tower to reach heaven, but He confused their language and put a stop to their power to bring this "thing" into reality.
From the tower of Babel until the day of Pentecost, mankind could not speak in a unified language. But when the Lord sent the Holy Spirit into the lives of believers in Jerusalem, and they were all filled with the Spirit and spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance—once again men could speak in unity.
The Holy Spirit gave them words that spoke "the wonderful works of God" (Acts 2:11). That day God showed up and His presence in the power of those words changed the lives of 3,000 people. The Church was born into the earth! From that day on, the power of praying in tongues has changed things for people. As the young Church came together in unity, and spoke in agreement by the power of the Spirit, God showed up. People were saved, healed and delivered from every kind of oppression and attack of the enemy.
Nothing will be impossible for the Church when we speak in tongues because we are speaking the mysteries of God. Satan doesn't like it, and may orchestrate attacks against us, but he can't succeed if he tries to attack our unified speaking—our power.
The Place of Power and the Glory of God
In my dream I had seen the power of the Word—the power of praying in tongues—going around the world, and with it was the glory of God. Since He gave me the dream, the Lord has made something very clear to me: It is time for the glory of the Lord to be manifest in the Church of the Living God. Not next year; not some other time. Now!
And it's happening in many places around the world—in places where Christians who are hungry for the presence and glory of God are gathering in unity, like on the day of Pentecost.
In Europe, for instance, there is a group of Christians who, for one year, gathered and prayed for the glory of God to manifest—walking in love and unity and believing God. They knew their unity would be important to how they prayed. I was in a meeting with them when the glory of God appeared like a mist, and healings and miracles happened. Some I saw, some I heard about—all miracles!
And similar reports are coming from around the world. People are hungry for God! They are praying in tongues, gathering in unity and expecting His glory to show up in their midst. The attacks of the enemy are being put down and his works are being destroyed. People's lives are being changed by the presence of His glory!
The world is waiting for God to show up in their circumstances. The main message the Lord has given me to preach has been "The Glorious Church." And I have preached hundreds of times and even written books about God's desire to reveal His glory in and through the Church. I continue to study and preach the glory and rejoice every time I see Him show up. In these days, God has instructed me to teach the revelation of His glory from Paul's epistle to the Ephesians—a letter about our unity in Christ. It's a clear picture of what God's Glorious Church looks like.
The Glorious Church
Today, God's plan and purpose for the Church is as crucial as it has ever been in its history. Since the day the Church was born into the earth, we have always been the people who have held the mighty weapons of spiritual warfare described in Ephesians.
The hour is come for the Glorious Church to come forth and take her place, and that will happen when we are in unity and speaking the same things by the power of the Spirit. The Church is the place where God reveals Himself! The Church is the place God has built to unveil Himself to the world. It is the place where God lives in Christ. It is the place where God appears and changes lives. The Church is the place God created where He shows Himself and makes Himself known. The Church is the place of miracles!
Now is the time and we are the people. We are the Church—the place God created to make visible His glory and His power!
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