One of the good things about having lived six and a half decades has been the opportunity to watch several moves of God’s Spirit come and go, as well as to visit many churches internationally. I’ve seen so many of them walking wonderfully in the Spirit, only to return to old ways, or crash and burn, in either case tragically missing what God really wanted to do over time. What happened?
I want to suggest that much of the body of Christ needs to break free of what I call the “mood cycle”. Too often we come to the brink of breakthrough into a real outpouring, sensing the imminence of something wonderful that could change a church, a generation or a nation, only to have the enemy of our soul begin to whisper in our hearts and ears in order to sow heaviness. We then become captivated by moods, fall to discouragement that it didn’t happen on our timeline, and fail to press through in prayer. Breakthrough gets pushed back to another time and the cycle begins again. Wake up, body of Christ! Stop listening to any voice but that of the Master and choose a heart of perseverance.