Recently I heard the Lord say:
 
“I am going to hold My people to account in this new era for the stewardship of their hearts in the promotion and acceleration that will take place.”
 
The sense surrounded me that there is a great testing of the heart that is upon the Church right now in the greater acceleration and promotions that will take place in this new era. The fire of God is coming like never before to shake up and purify the Church in ways we have never seen. I have had numerous encounters with the Lord over the last 12 months or so where He has showed me the lack of the fear of God in the Church and the restoration of the awe and reverence of who He is that is coming in a mighty way in this new era.
 
There is always a call upon us as His people to examine our hearts and to steward with purity, integrity and humility but like never before I feel the fear of God in this season in the stewardship of the heart.
 
Recently the Lord said to me:
 
“The Church is riddled with self promotion and many are taking My Glory for themselves and in this era I will hold them to account for this.”
 
I then went into a vision and I saw new platforms, extension and promotion taking place in the body of Christ and Jesus was standing in the middle of these platforms when I saw many of God’s people enter onto these platforms and they began to stand in front of Jesus, but they weren’t standing face to face with Jesus, their backs were to His face. They were completely covering Him and the words surrounded me loudly “Look at me! Look at what God is doing in me! Look what favour I have! Look how anointed I am! Look how gifted I am!” and every time they would say that I would see Jesus place His hand on their left shoulder and it was an invitation to turn and face Him. Yet they continued in the place of “look at me! look at me!”
 
My heart was gripped. I saw Jesus continue to invite them to turnaround and the more they ignored the hand of the Lord on their shoulder to turn around, I saw Jesus moving off the platform. He was no longer the focus or the centre.
 
I then saw two Scriptures:
 
My name is the LORD! I won’t let idols or humans share my glory and praise. (Isaiah 42:8 CEV)
 
“For they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God” – (John 12:43 – AMP)
 
I then heard Him say:
 
“There are too many attempting to take My Glory for themselves and this is the season where I will shake and I will expose to bring forth a purification. For those that will carry My Glory and the move of My Spirit that will be released in this new era will be those with clean hands and a pure heart and give not their hearts to another. My heart is grieved as the worship of “self” has gone to another level in My Church and I am coming swiftly to deal with it. I am coming to bring many to account for the stewardship of their hearts and their platforms in this new era. Watch and see in this new era how the increase and acceleration will expose hearts and motives in this new era. It will be shocking. It is out of My love and My kindness that I am exposing and I am bringing the dross to the surface for I am the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and My Glory and My anointing is not to be messed with. My Glory is not to be touched and taken by another. I will not share My Glory and too many of My people are in love with themselves and the approval of men rather than My approval and favour. It will come down in this new era.”
 
“Many are crying out “outpouring, outpouring” and there is a great outpouring coming but a great shaking, fire and circumcision of the heart is coming first in the restoration of the awe and wonder of who I am to the Church. There has been so much game playing in My Church, there has been so much impurity that has festered, I have continued to call out and many have not listened or turned around. This is the new to set your face as flints, to know Me and to know My ways and on those new platforms and places of promotion it is not a place to parade yourself but to lock eyes with Me and dance with Me. Many are dancing with the world in the Church and they are dancing with the lure of fame, pride and self promotion and I hate it. (Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 21:4, Isaiah 2:11, James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5) I am inviting My people into the divine dance with Me to see Me like they have never seen Me before. To be in love with Me and from the place of deep intimacy with Me and hearing My voice in these areas of increased promotion will they know how to navigate the new era. Many are not allowing Me to lead but are taking the reigns and control. I am coming to deal with these areas and there will be mighty conviction that will fall upon them as I come to hold My people to account.”
 
“Many platforms and ministries that have been built will crumble in this new era because of the impurity of the heart, because of sin hidden in the darkness and because of a rebellion against My voice and My conviction. My Glory will lift off many of these platforms and places because of compromise, impurity and the touching of My Glory.”
 
These words of the Lord were strong, they gripped my heart. It is out of His LOVE that He is bringing correction and His tone is strong, BECAUSE He has been calling out and calling out and many are not listening.
 
The response to a word like this is to get before the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal ANYTHING or ANY AREAS of the heart where there has been pride, self-promotion and an unhealthy love of self. It’s time to really examine hearts in the light of His presence. (Psalm 139:23-24) If the Holy Spirit reveals something, we respond in repentance. It is His LOVE that is beckoning His people into the place of right alignment through His correction.
 
The Lord is and will deal with idolatry in the Church in very deep ways in this new era, it’s the time for a very, very deep cleaning of house. We are in the time of judgement beginning in the house of God. (1 Peter 4:17) It’s time for us as God’s people to make sure our houses are in order and make ourselves ready.
 
The cry of the hearts of the Church, abandoned and in love with Jesus must be that HIS name be glorified.
 
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth and faithfulness.” (Psalm 115:1 – ESV)
 
The Lord is inviting all of His people to partner with Him in this great outpouring that will take place in this new era, but not all will carry it, and the only reason that will be is because there has not been a yielding, repenting and aligning with the voice of the Lord in this new era.
 
The Lord is going to release VERY specific instruction on how to navigate this new era and how to steward the increase and promotion but it all comes from close, intimate friendship with God, that is the place of safety, staying close to His heart and DEEP in His Word.
 
I want to encourage you that the deep tears and groaning that will come in the dealings of the Lord in Him calling His people to account, these tears and groanings of repentance will lead to great restoration and life for those who embrace it.
 
This is a serious word friends, and a word I believe we must all take to the Lord in prayer and examine our hearts. As hard as these words are to carry sometimes, I am so thankful for His love in releasing these words because He LOVES His people and His Bride SO much that He brings correction. It’s time to embrace the correction of God and embrace the fire and circumcision of the heart that’s coming.
 
“My child, when the LORD corrects you, pay close attention and take it as a warning.” (Proverbs 3:11 – GNT)