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We are just days away from the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the door of the Church...and there is no doubt that we need another reformation in our current day.
Ben Lim is a young pastor who is full of great insight and wisdom. You will be greatly impacted in his article as he shares what is upon us:
This coming October 31, 2017, is the 500 year anniversary of the Great Reformation, which was led by Martin Luther... I'm believing that even as the reformation sparked the Protestant movement and a whole new age of the Christian faith, there's going to be even more than that in a coming reformation. There is coming a grand transfiguration... The Holy Spirit has been shaking the nations of the earth because He is setting up a new system and a new government. The Holy Spirit is setting up a new people, a new breed, who will move in a transformative spirit. The spirit of transfiguration is upon us, Church!
We are RIPE for a new move of God that truly is upon us...be greatly encouraged in Ben's word! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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"Martin Luther's Reformation and the Coming Transfiguration of the Church"
Shape-Shifters of the Glory
There is a transfiguration happening. What this means is that you are changing shape; you are a shape-shifter. Many times, throughout the Gospels, the people couldn't recognize the Messiah because He would consistently change shape. This is because the glory changes a person and their demeanor. The glory changes the nature and the character of a person.
You may think that someone was a certain way until they shifted into another way because of the nature of the glory—the glory of God only increases as we are going from glory to glory. Your old friends will no longer recognize you because of your noticeable change. Your old friends will no longer recognize you because the glory that you'll be manifesting.
"And as they talked and deliberated, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him." (Luke 24:15-16)
"The Lord is about to release an eclipsing transfiguration. That is why there's been so many shakings. The things that will be shaken will be shaken and all that should remain, will remain."
"When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not recognize that it was Jesus." (John 20:14)
"Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus." (John 21:4)
There is a new face that the Lord is wanting to give you. However, this new face comes by spending time with Him. This new face manifests from being with Him in the glory, and because of this there is a new face the Lord is giving to His Church. This face that has yet to be seen and known. He is giving you more than a mere Hollywood face-lift. The manifest glory of His face is about to shine upon you.
There is a resurrection glory that the Lord is wanting to release through you. It's time for your true you—your new you—to resurrect and to reflect God's manifest glory.
It's time for the Church to be transfigured. Not just transformed nor reformed, but transfigured into His divine glory.
"I 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. 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." (Romans 12:1-2 NKJV)
We all know this very familiar passage. However, we must first change our ways of thinking in order for our being to fully transform. We must be transformed in our mind for our bodies to follow. In order for our actions to follow, our thoughts must first lead suit. In order for our lifestyles to change, our mindsets must first change.
It's not behaviors that we're trying to change but it's belief systems that we're modifying. And more than that, we're not just modifying mindsets but we are transforming the mind-molders of society. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
This word "transform" is the same word in Greek, used in Matthew 17, in Jesus' Mount of Transfiguration. This word is Metamorphoo, which means "change form, transform, changing form in keeping with inner reality, and change after being with."
"There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light." (Matthew 17:2)
This means that the face of our Lord and Savior, changed from being like a normal Jewish man, to shining ever-brightly like the sun. Even His clothes became white as the light. Even the tangible items that He had shifted in glorious illumination. The clothes He wore transformed in appearance and apparatus. The normal became anointed. The regular became appointed for temple use. It became consecrated for the use of His holy ministry. A transfiguration took place.
Everything about you is about to change. Everything about you is about to transform and transfigure into His greater glory.
This word, metamorphous, literally means to be transformed from a caterpillar to a butterfly. It's time for you to fly beloved! It's time for you to spread your wings and to fly, fly, fly! You may have felt like you were a caterpillar; humbled, crawling face-down on the cold floor, but now is the time for your divine metamorphosis.
You may have felt like you were stuck in that cocoon for a season, trapped and dead. So you kept to yourself in the womb of the night, but it is now time for you to come alive and to come out of your hibernation. It's time for you to come out of hiding! It is time for you to be free from the cocoon of the grave and to rise up in your third-day anointing. It's time for you to fly out and to fly free in the flight of your future.
"He is giving you more than a mere Hollywood face lift. The manifest glory of His face is about to shine upon you."
Flying in the air is a whole different ball game. It is a different type of environment from being on the floor—on the low, ground level—and it is not like being stuck within the safe conclaves of your home. You may have been a trailblazing pioneer, plowing deep into the dirt, or you may have been in a season of praying and fasting in the hidden place before the Lord in His holy temple. Whatever season you may have been in, the Lord is saying, "It's time for you to come out of your cave and to move up into a new environment. It's time for you to fly!"
It's time for you to thrive in your new surrounding and it's time for you to fly in your new habitat. It's time for you to fly, fly, fly in the glory of the Lord!
Martin Luther's Reformation
This coming October 31, 2017, is the 500 year anniversary of the Great Reformation, which was led by Martin Luther. Literally, the reformation of the Protestant Christian Church is coming into her 500th year anniversary. This is truly something!
I'm believing that even as the reformation sparked the Protestant movement and a whole new age of the Christian faith, there's going to be even more than that in a coming reformation. There is coming a grand transfiguration. I believe this transfiguration is going to be more weighty than even the 95 Theses which was nailed to the walls of the church!
The Lord is about to release an eclipsing transfiguration. That is why there have been so many shakings. The things that will be shaken will be shaken and all that should remain, will remain. The Holy Spirit has been shaking the nations of the earth because He is setting up a new system and a new government. The Holy Spirit is setting up a new people, a new breed, who will move in a transformative spirit. The spirit of transfiguration is upon us, Church!
What does it look like? I'm not sure. But it sure will be glorious. What will the Church be like? I'm not sure, but it will surely pass every other move of God that man has ever known. What will this new move look like? I am not sure. But it will surely shed away all the dead religious restrictions that we've accumulated over the past 500 years. As good, holy and foundational the reformation was, there is much more coming! We are only going from glory to glory. (Photo via Flickr)
Shed Away the Old!
We, the Church, have come a long way since the reformation of Martin Luther. I believe that another revolutionary type of 95 Theses is going to be nailed to the walls of religion. It's time for a new nailing. It's time for a new embarking. It's time for a transfiguration!
It's time for you to shed off your old skin—shed off the dead weight. It's time for you to shed off the old shell. Shed off any old religious ways of systematically doing things! Shed it all off! Your days of being in a cocoon have passed. Your days of being face-down, plowing face deep into the dirt and mud of the ground have passed. You are no longer a caterpillar. You are no longer stuck in a cocoon. You are now a butterfly.
Fly away in freedom oh butterfly, fly away. Fly away in His glory oh Church, fly away.
Be the transformed butterfly that you are meant to be. Be the beautiful butterfly that you are meant to be. The Lord is transfiguring His Church. The Lord is transfiguring you. There is a great transfiguration that is coming upon the Body of Christ. It's time for you to fly high in the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is raising up the Church from the ashes of the ground. It's time for you to fly, fly, fly! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Ben Lim, Senior Pastor
His Way Life Church
Ben Lim is a dynamic Millennial leader, who currently serves as the senior pastor of His Way Life, in Koreatown, Los Angeles. He is the director of Open Heaven Cry, a missions and revival network, and is a highly sought out international speaker. He is the CEO of Ben Lim TV and is the author of the book Men of Valor. He loves to live life in the fullness as a son of the Most High.
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