In my last post I started talking about the end-time generation. We looked at the Scripture which told us that if a man cleansed himself from wrong purposes, he would be ready and equipped for good works.
This is where we are in time. I believe that this is the final generation before the return of Christ. We are the “John the Baptist generation.”
He was one man sent to a nation. Now there’s a small group sent to a sleeping church. Either you’re the one calling, or the one needing to wake up.
We must respond to God’s call for equipping. God is now equipping a people for the end-time ministry.
But there was another part to John’s ministry.
During the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
He heard and he went. Our generation must hear a Word from God. God is speaking the same message throughout the body of Christ today.
“Listen to Me!!!”
God is trying to get our attention. He wants to speak to a church that is largely enamored with what the world has to offer. We don’t want to take the time to hear from the Holy Spirit.
The enemy knows this. Never have there been more distractions.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
We seem to have lost sight of this truth. That verse literally says, “Faith comes out of hearing and hearing through the rhema of Christ.” Rhema is the Greek word that speaks of the word we hear in our spirit.
That’s one of our biggest failings. Not listening, and therefore not hearing God’s voice speaking to us.
We want to just go out and minister with the power of the spirit. We want to go to work, watch TV, play basketball, and heal the sick. We want formulas – quick, easy ways to walk in the spirit.
The spiritual authority that we’re looking for starts in hearing from God. John went out into the desert and didn’t minister until he heard a word from God. People actually flocked to him in the desert. Today, we find it hard getting people to our meetings in the middle of a city.
What’s wrong? I believe that the answer is clear – we have no word from God. If we want to be the end-time church, prepared for Christ’s return, then we need to be listening to the Holy Spirit.
Question: Are you willing to take the time to hear a word from God?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013