When you feel like you've come back from the dead, life in Jesus takes on a new dimension.
Your heart beams with love and gratitude for every new day of your earth walk, every member of the body of Christ, and every lost sinner and hurting soul.
I sincerely believe that this is the greatest work God is doing in local churches all across America and the nations of the world. It's part of the great division He is bringing between flesh churches and spirit churches, superficial churches and supernatural churches, traditional churches and love churches.
In the present hour, true faith is becoming very precious to many eternally minded believers.
People Crave Authenticity
A trend I have picked up on over the past year or two is the growing discontentment with anyone who is superficial, lacking in authenticity or who has the hallmarks of someone climbing or building a self-serving platform that uses people to further their own agenda.
Whether those in the political arena, corporations or anyone who offers some kind of service, ministry and churches, the outcome is the same. Men and women want to connect with those who are genuine and selfless and who have no other agenda but to serve others.
This is the cry of my heart right now.
It echoes the same heart-cry that was in the heart of Paul the apostle, who was gripped by a great love and longing to see the faces of the saints and impart some spiritual gift to them that they might be established (Rom. 1:11, 1 Thess. 2:17)
There is a deep hunger for these types of relationships because many have been starved of it for way too long. Authenticity is a rare commodity these days. Even when somebody comes across with this rare spirit at first contact, too often if you give them enough time, their true colors will come through. You will inevitably find that they will only help you or hear you out if it benefits them.
How did we become like this? I can understand those in the world being like this, but how has this come to infect so many who call themselves believers and ministers? Most people start out with pure motives, but life has a way of burning us out and changing us from someone with pure motives into someone who merely sees others as a means to get to where they want to go.
The Spirit of the World
This is the spirit of the world, and it has no place in the hearts of men and women of God. By "men and women of God," I am not referring to a professional title, but to anyone who has been called by God to follow Jesus. We do not have a choice but to follow Him and to treat others the same way He treats us—not for what we can get out of them but for the beauty we can help unlock in them.
Any other way of seeing others is being exposed to more and more people as their eyes are being opened. Many are awakening and seeing the world in a new light for the first time. It is like a spiritual renewal evidenced by this intense hunger for "Spirit and truth" relationships.
People, knowingly or unknowingly, are longing for a genuine expression of the Christ-life. Human hearts all over the world long to be loved unconditionally, not for what they can bring to the table, but just for who they are. God has put eternity in the heart of every man (Eccl. 3:11).
This is the burning desire that is stirring up from within so many today—a desire to simply be loved and accepted, not to be seen as a number and a means to someone else's end. And that is true for everyone, whether you are in business or the common labor force; a millionaire, middle class, poor or just trying to make ends meet; and of course, if you are a member of a spiritual community.
May the heart and selfless Spirit of Christ have more and more of us each day!
Bert Farias' books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and turning away from the truth we are seeing in this hour. Bert's current passion is to promote a culture of the supernatural manifestations and ministries of the Holy Spirit in the church today and to pass it on to the next generation (Passing On The Move of God To The Next Generation). Other materials/resources are available on his website, Holy Fire Ministries. You can also follow him personally on YouTube (Holy Fire Ministries), Facebook or Twitter.
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Bert Farias' books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God, and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and turning away from the truth we are seeing today. The Tumultuous 2020s and Beyond is his latest release to help believers navigate through the new decade and emerge as an authentic remnant. Other materials/resources are available on his website, Holy Fire Ministries. You can follow him personally on Facebook, his Facebook ministry page, or Twitter.
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