Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reformation Day - Enter into Your Destiny!


“’And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel" (Exodus 19:6).

It was late February of 2001, and I was standing on the spot where Martin Luther declared his famous speech before the Diet or court, held in Worms, Germany. I was sobbing uncontrollably as I sensed the power of the Holy Spirit surge through me.  As His words gushed forth, I proclaimed:

“I am blowing my wind upon the church. 
I am restoring worship. 
I am restoring the priesthood. 
I will move upon My people in Germany. 
I will move upon My people in the nations. 
I am beginning a new reformation.”

I was in Germany on a prayer assignment with Intercessors International, co-founded by Floyd and Beth Alves.  We were getting acquainted with German businessmen who had invited us to be personal marketplace intercessors for their corporation.  While there, one of the businessmen took another intercessor and me to Worms, the site of Martin Luther's trial. In April of 1521, Martin Luther was called to make an appearance before the Diet.   Everything he had written and spoken about would be questioned. The Diet was not only a gathering of church officials from the Roman Catholic Church, but involved the Emperor himself. According to Roland H. Bainton, Martin Luther was “a simple monk, a miner’s son, with nothing to sustain him save his own faith in the Word of God.” (Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1950), p. 181.)

Over a two-day period, Luther underwent an extensive examination of his writings about justification by faith and the priesthood of all believers, among other doctrinal topics.  To the demand of the Diet, that he renounce his heretical beliefs, Luther responded by declaring:

“Since then your majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason—I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”(Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1950), p. 181.)

Now, centuries later on the same location, the Lord was proclaiming a fresh wind of reformation and revival.  The focus of the Lord’s words was on the restoration of the priesthood of all believers –
not a priesthood that is defined by
clerical collars
liturgical robes
                                                      or religious rituals and liturgies. 
not a role filled by professional pastors and priests.

God’s desire for the priesthood is declared in Exodus 19:4-6 – the first reference of God’s chosen people being called priests.

“'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel." 

The Lord was speaking to the whole house of Israel.  He had delivered them from the clutches of the Pharaoh, and He was making covenant with them at His Mountain.  God declared that those who obeyed His voice and kept His covenant would, as a treasured people, have the privilege of
serving before Him as priests 
entering into His very presence
communing with Him*


*Thomas Schlueter, Return of the Priests
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