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Nate Johnston: "Return of the Hospital Church"

Nate Johnston, Colorado Springs, CO
May 9, 2024

We Are Crossing Over

Ever since we crossed over into 2024, I have noticed a massive shift in my dreams from the Lord. One of the common themes I keep dreaming about is healing and deliverance. In every dream, this is not just happening to individuals, but en masse. It's become quite common for me to dream of people encountering freedom and deliverance on such a scale and level of power and glory that I wake up and still feel it lingering. It's captured my heart—the longing and desire of Jesus to see His people truly free. I feel it in my bones: we are crossing over.

We have bound the Church for too long. The pews have been places where sickness has thrived, and we have normalized issues that Jesus healed people from in the Bible. We have celebrated dysfunctions, mental illness, and given the enemy 'high places,' instead of casting out the snake, defying Jezebel, and calling out strongmen for what they are. They have sat at our tables for too long, poisoning pulpits, compromising the Bride, killing marriages, and raising prodigals. We have 'band-aided' what has plagued us instead of driving it out with the power of the Spirit. We have been sick with nowhere to go, and no doctors, nurses, or healers to lead us to wholeness.

But, yes, those days are over... We are crossing over.

Turning off the Entertainment

Recently, in a dream, I heard the Lord say, "My Church shall be a hospital for the sick again, and no longer a concert."

This shook me deeply, and it broke me as I realized the current state of the Church, where we have become more about entertainment, performance worship, big screens, and smoke machines; celebrity speakers, cleverly crafted motivational messages, and emotionally charged atmospheres.

They give you goosebumps and those moments of temporary emotionalism, but are often void of the presence of God and His power to save, heal, and transform the broken. People come because they are deeply broken... and they leave, still broken. They get a show and a self-help band-aid that lasts days, if not hours. That's not hope. That's not the gospel. That's not Jesus. That's another 'Jesus.' It's not evangelism if no one is being changed. It's not prophecy if it's enabling dysfunction.

We need the power of the Spirit again in our churches, not gimmicks. We need true connection and community, not a false sense of belonging in exchange for our ten percent. We have been going to concerts all along, and have been paying the price of admission; but no longer, because the concert days are coming to an end and the days of the 'hospital Church' are coming back again.

Touching His Hem

I hear the cry of the world and the Church in bondage: "If I could just experience peace! If I could just be freed of this pain! If I could just get rid of this addiction! If I could just silence the tormenting voices! If I could just be WHOLE!"

Right now there is a longing that's rising up like a deep groan. It's a birth pang resounding in the earth of a people craving true freedom—the kind only Jesus can bring. It's the cry of humanity, like the woman with the issue of blood, desperate to be free. That's why people flocked to Jesus; they were bound and He made them free. He didn't give them a spiritualized theatre performance and then let them stay oppressed. He set the oppressed free. (Photo via Creazilla)

Jesus was so focused on delivering the oppressed that He would go out of His way to do it, and right now He is doing the same thing in the Church: changing our route to set as many people free as possible. We are detouring away from the powerless self-help Christianity and merging back onto the road of raw power and deliverance.

I'm not saying that creativity and the arts are wrong. The arts are worship, and are powerful and necessary, if they are coupled with the power of the Spirit. But on their own, they are a feast in a prison cell.

We Can't Play It Safe

It's time to break the ceilings of man we have placed over our churches. They have desensitized us to the miracles, signs, and wonders that are meant to be commonplace. It has weakened our confidence in the Blood of Jesus. It has reduced the power of the Gospel down to goosebumps during worship, and that's a mockery to the spotless Lamb that was slain.

Pastors and leaders, we can't play it safe anymore! We must bring in those who are bound, bring in those who are facing impossibilities that only Jesus can fix! We must repent for any areas where we have lacked faith and or have been double minded. We must ask God to remind us again of His mighty power and exploits. Then, by faith, we must open doors, call for the sick and oppressed, and watch what God does.

It's Coming Back!

We need the messy meetings again, where the Holy Spirit can move in such a way that there isn't a still person in the room. Where you have one section experiencing the joy of the Lord, laughing uncontrollably as the Holy Spirit breaks off years of deep-seated depression and oppression, and where you have another section going into visions, encountering the glory of God, and being forever changed. Where people begin manifesting without hands even being laid on them, because the strongmen that have been there for decades are suddenly getting evicted under the weight of the glory in the room. Where God touches the minds of those who have been mentally bound, and in moments they are coming into peace and their right minds again. Where the worst failures, by human standards, get baptized in fire and step into new beginnings. Where addicts hand over their drugs and pipes. Where we begin to see the dead being raised normalized again—the blind seeing, and the deaf hearing. Where the mantle of Jesus (Isaiah 61) falls upon the Church again, and we experience the GREATER WORKS Jesus said we would do.

That's the hospital Church, and it's coming back.

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. (Photo via Unsplash)

"They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.

"Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours." (Isaiah 61:1–7)

Receive the Power

Now, for those reading this who are experiencing impossibilities, where this word feels like both an uncomfortable confrontation and a soothing balm, please read this last part.

Jesus wants you healed and whole. Hope deferred has sunk into the Church like a slow-releasing poison. It's the result of experiencing all the years where the enemy has delayed breakthrough; where you've seen sickness thrive instead of decrease, financial issues abound, dreams smashed on the rocks of disappointment, mental wars flourish, and demonic strongholds become stronger.

The narrative the enemy has wanted you to believe is that you are powerless, and that God has no interest in setting you free. Right now break that lie! Lay down your frustration and hope deferred! Shake off the lies of the enemy!

Let me pray over you.

Jesus, according to Your Word, SET THEM FREE! Every demonic spirit oppressing them, GO, in Jesus' name! Every strongman of sickness and infirmity, GO, in Jesus' name! Every assignment of lack leaves now, in Jesus' name! Jesus, make them WHOLE in Your mighty name!

Now mantle them with power from on high again, and raise up Your end-time Church as the surgeons and healers You've called us to be.

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost comes upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)


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Nate Johnston
Everyday Revivalists

Nate Johnston is a prophetic voice and worshiper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural lifestyle. Through his ministry school, "Everyday Revivalists," he leads people from the basics of the gospel through to being sent and released into their mission field, as well as championing and raising up emerging prophetic voices around the world. His burning cry and desire is to see the Body of Christ become a beacon for the lost by raising up a generation that walks in the love and power of God, representing Him well. Nate and his wife Christy have three daughters, Charlotte, Sophie, and Ava and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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