[anzac] The "UNSETTLING"

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 04 May 2005 13:55:16 -0500
ANDREW STROM:  Thankyou so much to all who prayed. We had
a wonderful gathering in Dallas. More to follow all around the US,
God-willing! Thankyou again.

TWO ARTICLES are below - pointing to the divine "dissatisfaction"
growing in the Western church all around the globe:
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(1)  LETTER - Dateline: 2 May 2005.

Colin Wilson of 'Highland Christian News' writes:

Dear Christian believer, 
For a considerable time now you have been strangely unsettled in 
your spirit. This has perplexed you - as you have just been getting 
on with your Christian walk and participating in the general life of 
the church. But you have been disturbed in yourself. You have 
re-read the pages of the Bible relating to the dynamic works of the 
apostles and the early disciples; and then compared these with 
what you have been experiencing in your own life and fellowship 
setting. And you have perceived a huge "mis-match"; a yawning 
gap between where (spiritually-speaking) things are now, and 
where the early followers of Christ were in their day. (Note: I am 
not suggesting that Pentecost is to be repeated; but rather 
continued.. Eph 5:18.)

In different times and circumstances you may have felt that it was 
time to "move on to a new situation" in your journey with Christ, 
but in a strange way you have not felt any clear direction regarding 
which way to go. You have not felt called to "re-locate"; indeed you 
may have been feeling and continuing to feel that you need strive 
to indentify more closely with your immediate neighbours and that 
section of society (neighbourhood/ workplace, etc.) in your 
immediate orbit.

In a strange way, any striving that you have done to draw closer to 
Christ, and to be more committed to His calling and God's word, 
has increased rather than reduced the dis-satisfaction and unrest 
that you have been feeling. And you have felt lonely even when 
surrounded by other Christians who do not seem to be disturbed 
in spirit in the way that you are. Most other Christians in fact seem
to be just happily getting on with their lives. And this adds to your
perplexity. "Is it just me? Why am I feeling this way? There must 
be something wrong with me; as most others seem to be getting along OK."

You have been concerned that you might be getting cynical and 
critical over what you see as the increasing worldliness in the 
church. And you long for fellowship with others whom you feel might 
understand - in some measure at least - "where you are". But as 
you cautiously yet honestly open up to others whom you sense
may be walking the same path, you find that they too in their heart 
of hearts have been going through exactly the same inner spiritual 
processes and turmoil as yourself.

If you have been sensing or experiencing any of these things take 
heart dear child of God. I believe that what you have been going 
through is a God-given unsettledness, a Holy dissatisfaction with 
"what is"; and what He has been creating in you is to prepare you 
for the days to come.

I believe a great crisis lies ahead - for society, its peoples and the
religious system which many would call "the church"; and God 
needs those who have been weaned away from dependancy on 
the structures, programmes and other facets of organised 
churchianity. He is looking for those who hunger and thirst after
righteousness; and long to be filled with the life-giving Spirit of God. 
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is searching for those who 
are - and will seek to be - Kingdom-builders (as opposed to empire-
builders). He is desiring and preparing those who will seek to know 
nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified; those who will find no 
satisfaction in the trinkets of this world and who will spurn the 
carnal methods, the fixation with "success" and the worldly 
measurements of "spirituality" and "commitment" that have invaded the church.

But, if you have not done so already, please consider some 
questions. Are you a believer who is prepared to "abandon all" in 
the cause of Christ and His Great Commission to reach the lost? 
Have you considered the cost, and are you prepared to pay that 
price in the context of the measure of grace that has been shown 
to you? Indeed, in your spirit, you realise that nothing short of total
submission will slake your thirst for God and satisfy the desires 
of your heart. The way ahead could involve great sacrifice; and you 
may face rejection and much criticism - even from those around 
you and close to you in the "church",  but it is this type of sacrifice 
in which the Lord delights (Matt 5:11&12). And indeed the cost of 
turning away from His calling upon your life will be even greater.

Take heart dear follower of "the Way", you are not alone. Many 
others are being spoken to in exactly the same way as God is 
speaking to you. If it is not apparent to you yet, time will reveal 
those who will stand with you. Meanwhile equip yourself with 
(a knowledge of) His Word and abandon yourself to (the leading 
of) His spirit, that He might use you to the extent that He would, 
as the God of all ages works out His purposes in our fallen and 
needy world; both now and forever. 

Your God and my God has clearly stated through His Son Jesus 
Christ: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteous-
ness, because they shall be filled. Blessed are those who are 
persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom 
of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute 
you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven."

-Your brother, Colin Wilson. 
<cteditor@...>
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(2)
"The BARREN HEIGHTS"
-extracts by Marc Pranger, The Netherlands, Europe.

I believe that Creator - Adonai is moving forward to a new movement 
of people following Him instead of following a religion, church or
denomination that speaks of Him.

People who do not believe in God, but people who believe God.

Some people wonder why Christianity seems to be something I am 
against. They tell me that there are many good things in many 
churches and many ministries.

I can not speak against that, I see the good things; I see the good 
deeds, the genuine faith.

But this will not blind me from seeing that the whole structure of 
Christianity is slowly falling apart because of all the negative 
associations people have with it. I see the Spirit moving away....

Seeing the good doesn't hinder me from seeing that many churches 
have become prisons of religion, with guards called pastors, priests 
or whatever title they wear. Who teach people to be Under Cover 
of someone else than Jesus.

It is taught that this cover is not only when they are babes in faith, 
when they need protection from human leaders (if they are 
appointed by the Spirit of Truth) but also when they are adult, yes 
even when they should be mothers and fathers in faith themselves.

Maybe because Jesus is coming sooner than we think, Creator - 
Adonai is shaking the church, and many spiritual, creative Jesus-
following, and especially prophetic people are leaving the structural 
system of Christianity. Because they feel that even though there 
is a good level of teaching and some good deeds to the poor and 
needy they are hindered in going where they KNOW they are called to go.

I believe that the message is this:

I the Lord of Host call you out of your comfort zone, I call you out 
from under the cover of human leadership and structures that seem 
to save but they are going forward on age-old roads of being fed 
by some leader, and of being protected by structures and living on 
a safe island of religion. These are prisons built by your own hands, 
where you proclaim to be free.

Build on once found treasures.

Listen to My voice. I am still calling through whispers that there is
more, there are more treasures, more ways to follow and serve Me.

Don't you see that the freedom you proclaim to have is bound by 
the many, many rules you (Not I!) invented:--how to dress what to 
eat, what to do, how to live. These rules are hindering the lost and 
lonely, the creative spirits, and prevent them from coming in.

Don't you understand that I am the never-changing God, and that 
my way of being consistent is to constantly change within My 
once set order?

Angels have been circling around my throne for ages, and they are 
still praising Me because they see something new in Me every second!

I am the God of adventure, of peace in the midst of suffering, 
persecution and pain. I am the God that calls you off the road of 
"Christianity" and on to the small and winding Way Home.

I call you to come out of the box, out of your comfort zone. I call 
you to go where the hills are barren. Climb up to Me my children.

And where you think that there is
nothing to eat,
no lesson to learn,
no fellowship to attend,
there will I be the one that feeds you,
there will I be the wings that cover you.

There will I send the Rain of the Spirit to refresh you,
there will I raise my army of Children of the Living Light of the world.

Yes, you will not be alone there;
I am building My community of diversity all over the globe.

Some will stay in the church, but being freed from the church, they 
will look and meet outside their own little box.
Others will leave the church altogether, but stay close to help others 
to become free too, others will.

And this will stir the uprising of the upright; the people who Love 
Jesus with all their heart, soul and body.

Feel the stream, touch the Wind,
and see Me Move
from the North to the South,
from the South to the North,
from the West to the East,
from the East to the West.

Come in the River of the Spirit,
not to walk in it, but to swim!

Hear Me calling;
Shouting the whisper of LOVE.

-Marc Pranger,
28 April, 2005.
- www.ruachstream.com
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