Rev Roger Brook Prophetic Word
Revival In Our Land Begins With
Renewal In Our Church
Ezekiel 33:1-7 (NIV)
The word of the Lord came to me: 2 âSon of man, speak to your people and say to them: âWhen I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someoneâs life, that personâs life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.â
God is love, and He created all people out of His immense love for them. And his greatest desire is for all people to experience His love and have a close intimate relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.
With this in mind, I believe God has given me a prophetic word, much like He has given prophetic words to others within our denomination, and like the watchman I need to share this with the Church God has called me be to be part of.
We as a church are nowhere near where God wants us to be spiritually. In actual fact, we are moving further and further away from Him.
As I read the scriptures, the Israeliteâs relationship with God is seen to fluctuate. At times they seemed to have a close relationship with God, but then they would slowly allow the world around them and itâs false gods to shape who they were and how they worshipped. Eventually, they would open their eyes and see the error of their ways because of their troubles. They would repent and return wholeheartedly to God and He would save them and bless them.
This pattern repeats itself in the Bible over and over again. In each case, God showed His amazing love and grace towards His people. He was always patient, always waiting for His people to return to Him where they could experience His incredible love.
I find it so amazing that God didnât just wait and do nothing, but He was continually calling His people back to him.
One of many such calls back to God is found in Joel 2:12-14
âNow, therefore,â says the Lord,
âTurn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.â
So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
Here, God is calling Israel back to Him. He doesnât want them to simply return out of convenience, but with deep regret for their sin and a deep longing to be close to him once again.
I believe with all my heart that God is calling us as a church to return to Him. He wants us to see our sin and to have a deep regret for how we have been living. He wants us to return to Him with a deep longing to be close again. I am certain that we have allowed the world to shape who we are and what we believe.
I think God is saying some of our leaders have been playing church for a long time, but they donât really know Him intimately. Some are very âreligiousâ but donât have a close relationship with Jesus. Some have a life that desires the best the church has to offer and the best the world has to offer and waiver between these two options. Some no longer allow the inspired word of God to teach and to guide, and they have chosen to live in a way that is different to what God teaches in the Bible.
God sees a Uniting Church that is dying. We accept and cover up sin, and this has caused us to move further and further away from God and His ways. In the Uniting Church, very few people are coming to faith and very few people are growing in their faith. The church highlights the one or two good things that have happened, but it completely ignores the fact that as a denomination, at our current rate of decline, we will soon cease to exist.
The sad truth is people are dying without Jesus Christ, both inside our church and outside our church. We have allowed sin, as the Bible speaks of it, to become acceptable. Some of our leaders have exchanged the truth for a lie and no longer preach and teach in the power of the Spirit of God. Words, while sounding religious. are spoken with only human wisdom and human philosophy.
God is calling us to repent of our sin, to renew our faith, to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to be the true light of Christ in a dark world.
I write this not in judgment but in a sense of Godâs wholehearted love for us and his passionate desire for us to truly return to Him. I hope you read this with an openness to the voice of God and a desire to hear what He is saying and that He wants all of us to be all He created us to be.
My prayer for us as a church is similar to that which Paul wrote to the church in Rome :
âI beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.â (Romans 12:1)