Back in the 1990’s into the 2000’s I attended many meetings where believers would “soak” in the presence of God. Some people would lay on the floor, some would remain in their chairs but everyone was there for one reason. We were there for an inevitable, supernatural intervention of God. We were there to pull heaven down into our reality and have encounters with the living God. Ministers would worship on the instruments and the Holy Spirit showed up in a tangible way every time.
In these meetings we were never in a hurry and just pressed in until the manifested presence of God filled the sanctuary. Many times it was difficult to even walk out of the building because the presence of God was so palpable. The gifts of the Holy Spirit were so prevalent with healings, prophetic words, words of knowledge and even miracles. In several of the conferences that I attended with friends we were so intoxicated in the anointing that when we went to lunch we were still caught up in His presence. There were times when we had words of knowledge and prophetic words for the waitresses and people accepted Jesus in the restaurants.
The prophets and teachers back in that day taught us how to enter into that anointing and walk in it. We were taught how to spend time in the secret place to hear from God. We were taught how to create an atmosphere to host the Holy Spirit. The key was that we were never in a hurry. We learned how to enter into this same place in our own homes and groups. There was so much hunger and excitement for the things of God in those days. There was no division and the love of God was so evident among us. There was no competition, but only unity of the Spirit and we were all free from the bondage of religious tradition. There were times when we prayed in the Spirit for hours on end. This brought us into a deeper place.
The Holy Spirit is about to bring us into a new place of His presence. He wants us to go beyond what we had in the past. He wants to fill His church with the presence of God as He did in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 when the priests were not able to stand as the Shekinah glory cloud filled the temple. He wants to visit us as He did on the day of Pentecost when they tarried in prayer for the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room. Then He came and the room was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues. That created a movement that continued with the apostles and brought many miracles, signs and wonders and multitudes were saved.
There is a great shifting and the Lord is separating the true prophets from the false. He is looking for someone who could minister with this costly anointing. He is looking for those who will spend time with Him. What I’m seeing today is that some believers are no longer seeking Jesus but they are looking for a word from God. They don’t spend time in His word or prayer. The internet is flooded with live streams of people prophesying to those with itching ears. They are not all false prophets but some are prophesying out of their souls. We need to see more intimacy and hunger for a personal relationship with Jesus. The Lord is looking for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness and they will be filled. He is about to pour out His Spirit once again.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14
Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever,”that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not [e]continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all [a]with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them [b]divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.