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Bart Hadaway serves as a pastoral and spiritual overseer at Extreme Prophetic Ministries with Patricia King. Here are a couple of great quotes from Bart to start off your day and a great lead-in to the rest of his article:
"God is always inviting His people to partner with Him in His work in the earth. That is our inheritance and our privilege" and "God is issuing a heavenly invitation to the Church in America."
Let's see what God is doing and follow Him, partnering with Him in the earth day by day.
Included is a short intro from Patricia King, as well as a great book of hers you should get a hold to help you DREAM BIG:
God Said, "This will be the Finest Hour for the Church in America"
Intro from Patricia King:
Bart Hadaway is a team leader with us at XPmedia. He is a powerful itinerant speaker with signs and wonders following his ministry and he is also very pastoral. Bart's integrity in ministry is noted by all. Recently he received this word that I believe is worth reading and studying. It is a Heavenly Invitation for all of us in the times we are living in.
A Heavenly Invitation
The prophet Ezekiel lived and prophesied during the darkest days of Judah and Israel. The Word of the Lord through him was severe on many fronts. And yet in the midst of harsh rebukes, judgments, and chastisement, some of the most profound promises of blessing also were given. No doubt America is facing some of its darkest days and challenges. Warnings abound, and rightly so, through many righteous and reliable prophetic voices in our midst. And yet, I believe that God is issuing a heavenly invitation to the Church in America, such as the one issued to Israel as spoken through Ezekiel.
In order to receive the fullness of the blessing of God's invitation, we must embrace the heart of God found in the 36th chapter of Ezekiel. First and foremost, the prophetic promise came out of God's own passion for His people and more importantly, His own name's sake (see vv. 11, 21, 22, and 32). Much like America is being mocked by the nations of the world today, Israel was being mocked and the name of God was being profaned because of the condition of the people of God.
Whether you believe that we are being judged or reaping what we have sown, the name of God is not being glorified through or by His people as He desires. The loss of influence and respect within the Church of America brings shame on the name of God just as in the days of Ezekiel (see vv. 20-23). But we need to understand that God is jealous not only for His people, but even more for His own name! Make no mistake. God loves His people passionately. He cares for us and every detail of our lives (see Psalm 37:23 NLT). But He is also passionate to see His name glorified in all the earth.
The statement, "Then you shall know that I am the Lord," occurs 23 times in Ezekiel. Our God Who sits on His throne with the foundation of righteousness and justice WILL bring glory to His name! Every prophetic decree in Ezekiel 36 was initiated by God. But at the end of the chapter, He extended His invitation to us to ask Him for these blessings: "I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them" (Ezekiel 36:37). God is always inviting His people to partner with Him in His work in the earth. That is our inheritance and our privilege.
A Revival of Righteousness
Two years ago, the Lord spoke very clearly to me. I heard Him say, "This will be the finest hour for the Church in America. Now believe it!" What that exactly looks like and how God will make it happen may not be completely clear. But, when God speaks, He will fulfill His word (see Ezekiel 36:36). Many have been crying out to the Lord for a long time to send a great revival and outpouring of His Spirit to us. While we are seeing pockets of His grace and power in many places, we are yet to see the revival needed to change the direction of our nation.
About a year ago as I was walking down the street in our neighborhood, the Lord spoke a short but direct word to me. "And turn from their wicked ways." I knew He was highlighting 2 Chronicles 7:14. For many years, prayer movements across our land have been praying and decreeing this verse. I believe the Lord is saying that we have humbled ourselves, we have prayed, and we have sought His face. And yet, we have not fully turned from our wicked ways.
We must see a revival of righteousness in the Church! Please hear me. The last thing we need is a manmade or man-imposed standard of righteousness. This is not something we can create. This is something that can only come from the initiation of the Holy Spirit. Our part is to cry out to God for His mercy and His convicting power. There is coming an outpouring of the fear of the Lord that will bring in true righteousness. It is through the fear of the Lord that men turn from evil (see Proverbs 16:6). While we are contending for this, we must be diligent to ask God to search our hearts and cleanse us of everything within (see 2 Corinthians 7:1). He is passionate to do this!
Ezekiel 36:25-27 is a great promise from God to cleanse us and give us a heart for Him and His ways: "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them."
Church, God's heavenly invitation is being extended during this kairos moment. Let's lay aside every distraction and hindrance. Let's turn our hearts fully toward Him. Let's answer the call given to us by the prophet Ezekiel. I believe this should be our finest hour. God's grace, mercy, love and power are promises to His people. We must see them fully realized for our nation.
About Bart Hadaway: Bart serves as a pastoral and spiritual overseer with Extreme Prophetic Ministries in Maricopa, Arizona. He carries and releases the love of the Father everywhere he goes. He has a true pastor's heart coupled with a keen prophetic insight. Bart teaches, preaches, and ministers in a powerful revival anointing, impacting individual lives as well as the regions he goes into. Lives are transformed spiritually, emotionally, and physically by the love and power of the Holy Spirit as he ministers. He has a passion to see everyone living in the full revelation of who they are in Christ and who Christ is in them so they may bring the full manifestation of Heaven to earth.