I wanted to give an update on what has been going on for those who have read my series called “Preparing for the Greater Glory”. As I previously shared, the Lord gave my husband a dream a few months ago about a revival or move of God that is coming (and has already started) that is greater than anything we have experienced before. I also shared that our intercessory prayer team that normally meets on Sunday nights to pray made a commitment to start having a prayer meeting at 6 a.m., Monday through Friday through messenger. I am happy to report that as we have stepped up our prayers, the anointing and activity of the Holy Spirit has increased. The first couple of weeks there was an increase in messages in tongues and interpretation and prophetic words given. The next week, the Lord spoke to me that he was getting ready to send “the second wave of glory.” I didn’t really know what that meant, but on the following Sunday during praise and worship, I had a vision (mental picture) of an opening in the clouds and a river of God’s glory and then rays of God’s glory flowing down. I believe it was after the praise and worship that one lady testified that the presence of the Lord came over her and she fell back and when she got up, her back was healed. Another gentleman also testified that his back was healed during the service also. This was in keeping with my husband’s dream and other testimonies I have heard from those experiencing what is being called the “greater glory”, that no one prayed for them or laid hands on them, it was God ministering directly to them. Also, during our Wednesday night ladies class (where we have been doing the Beth Moore series entitled “Breaking Free”), there has been a tremendous anointing for breaking strongholds, deliverance and emotional healing. Praise the Lord!
Last week, during our morning prayer time, the Lord gave me a mental picture of hay or straw. The song by Keith Green came to mind, which says: ” For wood, hay and stubble will all burn up in the fire, but to love the Lord with all your heart should be your one desire.” This comes from I Corinthians 3:11-15, which reads: 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
If you read the chapter for context, you can see that Paul is talking about how he had laid the foundation of this local body of believers by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to them and others had built on that foundation through teaching and preaching to them also. In verse 12, gold, silver and precious stones represent using building materials that are durable and can stand the test of fire. This represents those who teach sound doctrine that helps promote spiritual maturity in the body of Christ and model it by their lifestyle, which will be rewarded at the judgment seat of Christ. Wood, hay and straw (stubble) represents those who build on the foundation of Christ using inadequate or unsound teaching or compromise the truth by living a life-style that contradicts or fails to model it. Paul is saying those who use these materials (if they are truly born again), will make it to heaven, but their works will be burned up and there will be no reward beyond salvation. In my own life and probably for many of us, I felt like the wood, hay and straw (stubble) represented things that are distractions, time-wasters, compromises, etc., that keep us from fully completing the call of God on our lives the degree that we should.
I heard a lady minister last night sharing this same word about wood, hay and stubble. The Lord desires for us all to come up higher. He wants to take us from visitation to habitation; from just experiencing the presence and glory of God on Sundays or now and then to living in a continual fellowship and place where we experience the glory of God in our daily lives and allow Him to flow through us and minister to others on a regular basis, wherever we might be.
Another minister confirmed a similar word that the Lord has been speaking to me about: living a life of holiness will enable us to keep walking in the glory. Ephesians 4:30 tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God (by sinning against Him). I don’t mean to make anyone feel condemned when I say this. God knows your heart. We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). If you are having a battle, but you love God and are trying to obey Him, He knows that and will help you to become an over-comer, but the more we grow in maturity, the more our lives should resemble Christ. I hope what I have shared will encourage you all to keep praying and seeking the Lord for more. God bless you all. Kelly Rowe