"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
I had a dream last night of a global movement that was sweeping through the body of Christ all over the world. It was a movement of repentance. Great conviction was coming upon people like I've never seen before. I saw lovers of God, weeping, urging people to turn from their sins and let God heal their hearts. God was entrusting those that loved him, with a knowledge of things that were keeping their fellow believers in bondage. It was as if God revealed these secret sins to those who would bring it before him in prayer, and with tears in their eyes, for their brothers and sisters. Not out of condemnation, not out of judgment or an agenda to expose people, but a pure and wholehearted love for restoration was the driving force. Only those who had no other motivation than love could be trusted to partake in what God was doing among his people. The pure love of those speaking of repentance was ushering the presence of God into families, cities, and nations. I remember specific places like Africa and Indonesia and the United States, but knew it was sweeping across the entire globe. As people were repenting, demons were fleeing, and miraculous healings were happening at an unprecedented level.
I believe we are getting ready to see revival like never before. It will be a "clean heart" revival. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10). God wants hearts to be healed. He is a God of restoration and wants to see his people walking in this glorious freedom. We need to get our hearts right. Anyone who is prone to gossip and judgment and accusation, will not be trusted with the new thing God is doing. Only the humble will inherit this measure of God's power and presence. We need to repent. We need to lay down our judgments and our self-righteousness. We need to walk free from offence and let forgiveness and mercy flow out of us like an unstoppable river. Divisions in the body of Christ have to crumble. We need link arms and come together like never before. We want to be ready for what God is going to pour out on this earth.
This kind of movement begins first in our own hearts. We have to welcome the Holy Spirit to bring conviction to the areas in our lives where we have not yielded to love. God wants to purify our hearts. He wants us to be trustworthy containers of his presence. Will we lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters? Will we weep for the brokenness we see to be made whole? Will we love one another enough to become a powerful channel of God's blessing and mercy in their lives? We must ask the Holy Spirit to purify our hearts. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matt. 5:8). We want eyes that see and ears that hear what God is doing in our day. We want to be partakers of his divine nature.
Holy Spirit, we welcome your purifying, refining fire to cleanse our hearts. Let your spirit of conviction fall on us. Overwhelm us with your love and your power to transform. Show us where we have not walked in forgiveness and mercy. Show us where we have tried to be the judge in our own lives and in the lives of others. Give us clean hearts that are free from offence. Let no part of us remain untouched by your radical love. God, we ask that you fill us with an outrageous love for one another. Give us the spirit of humility to lift people up and champion them to be all that you've created them to be.