It has been quite some time since I felt a need to complete stop everything I was doing at the direction of the Holy Spirit. It is a hard reality but sometimes, God needs every area of our life to come to a halt. This is what is happening right now. The holy reset is about getting simple again!
This is more than just trying to pray a little more or throw a day of fasting in the week as well. It is about coming to a place of Joel 2 degree of weeping and mourning. It is about laying in sack clothes and being ready for to put anything on the altar.
In Hebrews 12:1 we read the following,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
This is a time of divine reset and it is about throwing off everything that hinders love and the little sins of life that we don’t really care about. What God is saying to us is all about accountability, sanctification, and personal holiness.
Little foxes hinders love
The Songs of Songs is a prophetic book to us about our relationship with Christ. There is something that we can really understand about God’s passionate feelings towards us.
In the verse right before “I am His beloved and He is mine,” (Songs of Songs 2:15), we are faced with a passage that many like to look past but it is really the core of what God is saying about our relationship with Jesus.
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
The foxes of life that ruin things are the cares of this world that keep us busy. It is so much the big sins like adultery and fornication that will cause us to live without intimacy but the little things. It is the busyness of life.
The Holy Spirit is challenging us to let all the foxes we have that hinder love and discontinue them. Anything that does not make us closer to the Holy Spirit needs to be put on pause. This is really the center point of everything God is doing in this holy reset.
Starting on February 13; I had unusual visitations from the Lord that has changed everything I was doing and it has really called into question many times. I can say I have not experience this type of encounters with the Holy Spirit since I was part of the Brownsville Revival.
In the days that followed this is what I believe that the Holy Spirit is calling us to as we push in for deeper sanctification and personal holiness. God did tell us that He would pour our beyond measure to a people without mixture… but there is mixtures within us.
It is important to also note that this is a time to say “Woe is me.” This is not a time to point out the issues in the Church. After all, it is just a collection of broken like us.
Hinders of the heart
First and foremost, God is looking for each of us to look at our faith seriously and look at what we can be doing to live more holy lives. For some, it is about sexual sins and for others, it is about attitudes. I do not know what this means for every person because the dealings of the Holy Spirit will be tailored.
However, God is going to be calling us much deeper in sanctification and personal holiness in this reset.
The “little foxes” of the heart is things that hinders us. It might be getting rid of things like Netflix that interrupt our prayer lives. In the past, I have felt a need to stop reading anything that was not the scriptures. In other cases, it has been the style of prayer. No matter how it looks, it is still the little foxes of our hearts.
In this time, I felt it was important to reduce my time on Youtube, as a creator and watching videos. It takes way too much of my time that I use to growing in love with the Holy Spirit. There is nothing wrong with it but it was hindering love as it became a battle of my time.
“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.
Hinders of the home
This is one that has really been hitting hard for me, personally. God is calling us to deeper our lives as families in intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Many people have lost their families, emotionally and sometimes literally because they did not pursuit intimacy with Jesus together.
It is not of God to leave your family in the dust in your own pursuit. This is probably the most gut wrenching reality of the reset happening right now.
It is critical that families are together and they are all focused as a unit. If they are not and if you have broken down communication, this is not the will of God.
For some, this will mean some very painful discussions and brutal honesty. If your family is not with you in your pursuit; God is calling you to backtrack to them and reset as a family. As fathers, our biblical mandate is to turn the hearts of the fathers to the son and the sons to the father. (Mal 4:6)
This is a painful reminder to be fathers and live from a position of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:18)
Hinders of the Assembly
As people who go for personal holiness in their hearts and in their families, there will become a renewed desire for holiness in the Assembly. There is going to be some hard talks between people in the congregation that is seeking forgiveness for attitudes. Relational healing is going to be the order of the service.
We can expect some “secret sins” to come out in the open. It will not be from exposure but from a repentant heart. Envy and lust will be commonly dealt within the meetings of the saints.
As this revival of repentance and personal holiness happens, people who have left the Assembly under less than positive terms will return and be restore into the congregation. This is where real localized revival happens.
Realizing many would ask about signs, wonders and miracles; I do not believe that what is coming is going to be as marked by them as it is real heart level sanctification. This is not to say that healings and deliverance won’t happen; it just won’t be the main emphasis in our lives, families and Assemblies. It is worth stating that the scriptures say “After this I will pour out…” After deep real personal cleansing!
Personal note from Peter: this has been really rocking me to the core. God has been dealing with things in my own life that hinder love. I do not give this as a “you sinner” but as a “woe is me,” message. Repentance is a dirty word in our churches and giving a word like this is not very easy.
I have been taken to a deeper level of accountability and sanctification in the last few weeks. The cry of the angels is “Holy, Holy, and Holy. It is time we join them with our hearts, families and Assemblies.
In closing it is important to remember that your past is under the blood and therefore there is NO condemnation. There is no need to focus on the past sins because the scriptures clearly state that we are not to dwell on the past for God is doing a new thing in our lives.