Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
In the original word some things stood out. One was that there was a flood coming. Two, was that some have allowed wrong protection.
For a flood to come, it must first rain. Rain is designed to cleanse and nourish. Being wrongly protected causes people to come in out of the rain so to speak. Just as fear will cause us to miss many things as we are scared that if we do this or that it will cause something negative to happen. Fear is a wrong protection. Religion and tradition are wrong protections. We can have a surface Christianity by living in the fear, religion, tradition, and even unbelief. It will keep us inside and out of the rain. The wrong protection then is the shelter that we are hiding under. The problem is that that once it rains for a long time, the ground becomes saturated and the water then flows on the surface. If we have only a surface walk with the Lord, we are going to be washed away in a flood. Also, if we are hiding under a shelter, we will not even be aware of the flood coming. It will take us by surprise. Being sensitive to what God is saying, is the right protection. He will talk to us and protect us if we are willing to listen.
God is causing it to rain. Unless we allow the rain to cleanse and nourish us in the Spirit, we will be in trouble when the floods come. God is giving us a chance to get cleansed and see clearly so that our roots are planted deep that we can stand. Yet, it is our choice. We can hold on to the wrong protections, and pay the price later. Luke 6:48 talks of digging deep. This means digging deep in the spirit of God. This means becoming intimate with Him instead of having a surface religion, instead of having a deep personal relationship with Him. Many Christians follow the Word, His orders, but do not really know Him. Knowing Him is the only protection that will work when the floods come.
I see many churches that desire a move of the Lord, yet won’t do what is necessary to bring it about. Prayer and intercession must take place if a church is to get fresh manna from the Lord. Each church needs a battle plan to bring about their vision. Revelation comes through much prayer and seeking. Revelation comes with deep worship. The Holy Spirit once told me “Unless you minister to me, I can’t minister to you or through you”. Look in the Old Testament at the many times that God said, “My priests minister to me”. We must draw near to God first, as He will then draw near to us. We must also allow God to move in the way that He desires, which may be different from what we are accustomed too. We must stay open to what the Holy Spirit is saying that we can do things His way and not ours.
Do you want to see God move in your church? How bad do you want this to take place?
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Unless we do things God’s way by allowing the rain to wash away the garbage we have been under, and then allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us, we will never see our land healed.
In the book of Acts the disciples were smart in that even though they had a personal intimate relationship with Jesus before His death, the knew that they had to have power to do the things that their Master had said. They waited in the upper room until they were endued with power. They did not religiously walk out the Word in their flesh. They needed power, intimacy, and guidance. Why is it that we seem to think that we can follow the Lord without the same thing?
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Unfortunately the church for the most part has been walking in this scripture. A form of godliness, but no power. Power comes by waiting on the Lord until he endues and sends out. Religion leaves out the power of the Holy Spirit. It becomes us doing it, following orders, instead of it being He intimately working through us by His Holy Spirit.
When the rains come and saturate the ground, even the grand giant cedar tree falls. Like the cedar, when the rains come, many giant churches, ministries, and giants to man, will also fall. It is time to dig our roots deep that we may stand in the upcoming times and days ahead.