Awoke with a Burden

25 02 2011

Friends,

I awoke this morning with a strange feeling.  I went into our great room, built a roaring fire, ground some fresh coffee, pushed it through my French press, and opened my Bible.  I was led to two passages: Luke 20-21 and Isaiah 61.  As I read, the burden I felt on the shoulders of my heart increased.  I just sat there transfixed by the fire and invigorated by the caffeine of my simmering cup of coffee.  (I make great coffee by the way.)

The snow was falling outside and darkness covered the forest even though it was already 7:00a.m.  Frost covered the trees.  It was quiet in our home—a rarity.  As I read of the Pharisees attitude toward Jesus in Luke 20, the coming of destruction of Jerusalem in Luke 21, concluding with the mission of Jesus in Isa 61, I felt weighed down.  I felt this pressure on my heart for the Church.  I felt a foreboding, a mysterious dread.  The sense was of rejection, of a great quenching by the Church of America.

I didn’t hear an audible voice.  I didn’t even feel close to God this morning.  No, it felt more like air pressure when you’re flying.  I know that sounds crazy but the air of the room, the atmosphere, the humidity of the room was filled with something.  I just kept feeling and hearing this sentence, “the power of the Word and Spirit.”

I then led our family in devotions from Isa 61:1.  Just verse 1.  I was freshly captivated by verse 1.  I didn’t read any further.  Verse one is all about the “Spirit of God” coming upon us, and then what the Spirit of God does when He comes upon us.  Really simple:  He anoints; brings good news; binds up; brings liberty; opens up prison doors.  That’s it.  That’s all.  That’s incredible.

I can’t shake the thought that the Church in America needs Jesus back!  The Church in America must experience the “dunamis”  of the Word and Spirit.  Jesus wants an Isaiah 61 anointed church.  Jesus is searching for churches who want the Isa 61:1 Spirit anointing.  I want Isa 61:1 anointing again and again.  I need a fresh anointing.  Mountain Springs Church  needs a fresh encounter, a fresh anointing.  I am praying for the Church of America and Mountain Springs Church.

Thanks for listening to my musings,

Steve