Purified, Prepared and Predestined
By: Bobby Conner
Days of Preparation
Beloved, we are in the midst of a great, divine acceleration in the Spirit. The Body of Christ is being prepared for a fresh, new day of God's plan. The Spirit of God is doing a new thing and we must be prepared to move with Him (Isaiah 48:6-7). Although this process could take a long time to mature fully, God has been preparing us for this day for many years! We are moving into the destiny the Lord has prepared for us before the foundation of the world.
This is a season of preparation. The Spirit of Truth is dealing deeply with believers, calling us to draw near to Christ Jesus Himself with a holiness and single-mindedness like we have never before experienced. The Lord's people are being groomed to encounter Him in the fiery cloud of His Presence⎯and God will be found by and in all who are seeking Him with their whole heart (Jeremiah 29:12-13).
Truly, "deep is calling unto deep" (Psalms 42:7). This is not the time to remain half-hearted and shallow: now is the time to launch out into the deep and cry out with the apostle Paul, "That I may know Him" (Philippians 3:10), to be conformed to His image and to carry His Presence. The Bride is being prepared to experience true union with Christ, to know Him intimately in order to be like Him in every aspect of our being, in spirit, soul and body.
Revelation of Purity
How is this transformation happening? The Spirit of Truth is highlighting purity and uprightness so we may all walk in true holiness and the fear of the Lord (2 Cor. 7:1). This lifestyle is not legalism but purity produced by love and loyalty for Christ the King.
Truly, the Body of Christ is no longer satisfied with knowing our Lord and Savior as a doctrine of our mental understanding. As the Lord responds to the hunger of His people, He is revealing the Person of Jesus in the inward parts of our spirit. What we've understood with our "head knowledge," we will begin to experience through spiritual revelation. And as the eyes of our heart become enlightened, our character and lifestyle will be transformed (Ephesians 1:17-18). Integrity and honesty will become paramount. We will live each day in such a manner that greatly pleases the Lord (Colossians 1:9-10).
Revelation of Strategies
As a result of this deeper consecration to the Lord, many will receive divine strategies for this pivotal season (John 16:13). The Spirit of Truth is releasing revelatory insights for all who are willing to hear Him with a heart set to obey what He is requesting (James 1:22).
Prepare to see an acceleration of the advancing of God’s plans and purposes. God will have a people of purity and power, who live, move, and have their being, in the absolute authority of Christ.
Revelation of Destiny
Whether or not you feel you are fulfilling your destiny, you are being prepared by the King of Kings for His good purposes. You were chosen by God and have been given a divine destiny in eternities past. Why? The Lord is calling you to partner with Him to shape the future of the Kingdom of God (2 Cor. 6:1)! This seems almost too marvelous to be true, but it is the Word of God. Ephesians 2:10 explains:
For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
What does it mean to be "HIS workmanship"? The Greek term translated workmanship is poeima, from which we derive the English word poem. Indeed, we are God's poem, written in ages past to be a living testimony of His presence on earth (Psalms 139:16-17). Without exception, every believer has been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has ordained for us.
Revelation of Anointing
The desperate cry of many believers is: “Oh, Lord, let Your works appear unto Your people” (Psalms 90:16-17). The good news is that God's anointing rests upon pure, upright followers of Jesus⎯and we will fulfill His purposes on earth. God has not only ordained good works for us, but He has also provided the grace we need to perform these works (Philippians 4:13). We all have "an unction to function." Each one of us is anointed to fulfill the purposes of God (Acts 1:8).
As we move deeper into this season of sensitivity and revelatory enlightenment, we must never forget that our calling and destiny, our chief aim, is to abide in our Beloved Jesus Christ, fixing our eyes on Him and Him alone. Only in His light do we see light (Psalms 36:9). Only in His presence do we obtain a happy, holy heart (Psalms 16:11).
Leaders with Pure Hearts
These marks of maturity are being seen in many lives⎯but it is imperative that leaders set an even higher standard for the Body of Christ. Purity of heart and purity of motives are required if we are to behold the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Divinely appointed leaders are emerging who have a single heart’s goal to establish the King in His Kingdom on earth.
This purity of heart is an absolute requirement for every believer and leader because we are entering into a season of signs and wonders on a level never before experienced. But we must be on the alert: the supernatural will be displayed not only from the Holy Spirit but also from the dark side. Scripture warns that, in the last days, deception will be strong (Matthew 24:24). Even though the enemy will attempt to deceive many, Christ Jesus will have for Himself a people prepared to do greater works (John 14:12).
This is not a time for any believer or leader in the Body of Christ to be humdrum, expecting only what we have seen and experienced before. We have never been where we are going now (Joshua 3:4). We all must prepare for what is ahead⎯the call to embrace the awe of Almighty God. A wonderful, reverential fear of the Lord is returning to the people of God, releasing the wisdom of God (Psalms 111:10).
The hearts and lives of millions are going to be touched and transformed by the power of God during these days, as God’s people return to a radical love for Christ.