In 2017, as I was travelling God showed me a vision of Tahiti. I saw a river of fire flowing down the side of a volcano. When I arrived at my destination, a young boy gave me a picture he had drawn of an errupting volcano. Later that year, I felt God call me to go to Tahiti.
The word God gave me was that the jungles had overgrown the ancient foundations upon which He always wanted to build His church. The true foundation is Jesus Christ: the Rock. The wise builders who build upon the rock are those who both hear and obey His voice. In this way, building upon Jesus is not just basing our lives on His teachings or what we believe about Him. To build upon Jesus is to be in living relationship with God, where we hear His voice and obey. It is to be fully devoted to obeying the new command to love one another.
Why would Jesus call us to love one another instead of loving Him? It is because the Spirit of Jesus lives within His people. He shares the suffering and need of His people so that we can love Him by meeting the needs of His people. This is the primary way He wants to be loved. Yes, He enjoys our worship, but He is not only seeking our love through word or song. He wants to receive our love through our actions as we sacrificially meet the need He is sharing with His people. When we truly believe that the Spirit of Jesus is present in His people, we will naturally begin to love Jesus through one another. Only then we will be building on the firm foundation of the Rock of Christ.
World on Fire
All through Polynesia, the jungle has overgrown these ancient foundations. Over the last 2000 years, we drifted away from the design. As time past, our focus moved from relationship to ritual and from love to liturgy. We lost the heart of Christ and built our temples with dead bricks instead of living stones. And because we all did church in the same way, we never stopped to question: Are we getting this right?
But now, everything is about to change. God is releasing His river of fire –an intense outpouring of His consuming love—over the islands of Polynesia, just as He is all over the world. And He is releasing this fire of love through His people. This is not like a revival that we catch by visiting an “on-fire church.” This is a river that we become a part of as we commit our lives to becoming channels of God’s love. As we let His love burn within us, we will naturally begin to meet in ways that let the love of God flow between us. And love flows strongest in the smallest numbers.
While in Tahiti, I was taken to the home of a woman who was sick. Because of her illness, she spent her days in a chair, praying for Polynesia. As I arrived, the Holy Spirit spoke.
“This woman is like Simeon and Anna in the temple. Tell her that what she has been praying for has begun to come to pass.”
I passed on the message and she was deeply encouraged.
“Can I ask what you have been praying for? What has begun to come to pass?” I asked.
“God has shown me a great wave of His Spirit coming across the islands. It is a wave of His love. But it will only happen in small groups,” she replied.
All over the world God is bringing revival on His terms and in His way. He is reviving the Body of Christ by bringing us back into life as He designed, both individually and corporately. As individuals, He is restoring us into a life of wholehearted love and unity with Him. And as families of faith, He is restoring His corporate design and leading His people to truly love one another.
Fire from the Throne
Daniel 7:9-10 (NASB)
“I kept looking
Until thrones were set up,
And the Ancient of Days took His seat;
His vesture was like white snow
And the hair of His head like pure wool.
His throne was ablaze with flames,
Its wheels were a burning fire.
A river of fire was flowing
And coming out from before Him;
Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,
And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;
The court sat,
And the books were opened.”
In Scripture, fire is used to represent the love of God in all its refining, consuming power. It burns away the dross and purifies the gold within our lives. In this passage, we see that the river of fire flows from the throne of God. The throne represents the place of God’s rule and reign.
When the Spirit of Jesus comes to live within us, our hearts become His throne-room. Jesus is only truly enthroned within us when we are wholly deovted to His will of love. Only when can pray from our heart, “Let your will be done,” does Jesus become the king over our lives. Then the river of fire starts to flow in its full force through us. As we obey His voice, every word and action will carry the fire of His love that will burn away people’s defenses. The mountains of the heart will melt like wax and the strongholds of the mind will fall before the relentless flow of love.
This is how we will “catch the fire.” Revival will not be an experience that happens to us, but a life that we enter into as we say: “Let your will be done. Father, if you will make it possible, I will love Jesus with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Together let us live the rest of this life with the simple goal of loving Jesus through His people. And let it all be to your glory and great delight!”
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