This dream was given to me some time ago and now it’s time to bring it forward.
I listened to part of the pastor’s sermon and afterwards I walked up to him and said, “Some of what I heard was interesting.” He responded, “Wow that was deep! The Spirit was really moving!” I had not sensed any of that. It was all hype. Then, I said to the pastor, “When has your church been swept?” He said, “It’s been awhile.” As I walked through the crowd of people it was if they didn’t see me. They would walk right into my path and I had to step aside each time to let them pass by. I was hungry so I walked to the back of the building to the church’s cafeteria. I looked for a bowl but could not find one anywhere. I saw a man who had brought his bowl from home. No one else had a bowl. I thought to myself a person could starve to death in this place. This church has thousands of members but there’s nothing to eat here. They are hungry!
The pastor’s message had some interesting things in it but it didn’t provide any nourishment to the listener’s soul. In a spiritual sense our words are either anointed and edify or they are not anointed and drain life from the listener. The people in the church were hungry but there was no good food being served. The problem in this church’s message and many others is best explained by comparing it to the different food types. There are basically two categories of food; nutritional food and non-nutritional food. Nutritional food provide the body with nourishment, and contain low calories, low in fat and sugar, with high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals, which help us maintain a healthy robust life style. Non-nutritional food, also known as junk foods, offer little nutritional value and are high in calories, fat, and sugars, and low in protein, vitamins and minerals. The preacher sermon fit into the junk food category. Read http://seerofgod.com/sunday-morning-church-visit-part-one/
A bowl can represent a vessel, person; determination or resolve; form of truth. Since there wasn’t any food (truth) being served in the sermon there wasn’t a need to have bowls. The one man who had a bowl (truth) brought it from home for He had spent a lot of time with God sanctifying his own vessel. I asked the pastor when had his church been swept and his response was that it had been awhile. It had a lot of trash in it which everyone had got used to being in. Jesus came went into the temple and drove out the money changers and declared His house is a house of prayer.
“3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God…”1 Thes. 4:3-5
The pastor was the orator and the master of ceremony (MC) of hype. The preacher like to tell the people Holy Spirit was moving as he delivered his sermons. He preached good as he sought the congregations “Amen’s.” He raised his hand and said, “I am preaching better than you are amening!” His sermons had little or no nutritional spiritual value although it left the listeners feeling good (tickled their ears) the people were spiritually hungry. Good preaching doesn’t mean it’s an anointed. Jesus never used hype, so why is there so much of it spoken by ministers today?
Hype: to stimulate, excite, trick, hoopla, swindle, deceive
Where there is hype the anointing is absent. Where there is the anointing you won’t need hype. You can’t have both!
“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?” 1 Cor. 5:6
Hype is leaven! It isn’t acceptable to God no matter how you use it. Speakers sometimes use words to stimulate, excite, trick, swindle, deceive or create hoopla, which is hype. Does that sound like something Holy Spirit would be a part of? “But I’m just so excited about what Jesus is doing!” Then demonstrate your works by the power of the anointing. As John the Baptist said, “I must decrease and Christ must increase.”
Paul said. “for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.” 1 Thes. 1:5
In the dream I was invisible. I was seeing what was going on in the church by God. In past years, I was given dreams about this church and the common theme was always how phony it was. Much effort and money had gone into creating the big fake façade, both inside and out. However, God’s interest is in building up people in Jesus Christ by making them His disciples, not ours or to a religion.
Scientist recently discovered that fast foods (junk foods) are specifically designed to stimulate your appetite, so a person will eat more of it. The more you eat, the more you want. How many times have you heard someone say that they could eat the whole bag of chips by themselves?
Hype phrases fall down on the people like confetti upon the people after winning a world championship. They drop out of the air like the end of the Super Bowl game celebration. These phrases below are examples where the emphasis is for a person to join something rather than become something in Christ.
Examples of Hype Alert Phrases:
- We’re family here.
- You can get what we have anywhere else.
- Be a part of something special.
- Be a part of something LIVE!
- We have the best leadership up on this stage anywhere.
- We’re here to serve you!
- Get involved, serve!
- Get connected!
- It’s life-changing here!
The Spirit of God revealed the spiritual state of the seven churches in Revelation 2 &3. Each church was found lacking in one area or the other. The message to the churches then was “You Have Forgot Your First Love.” The message now is the same. “Have you have forgot your first love!” It’s time for all believers to bow before God and cry out to Him to purge, purify and refine us.
“Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.” Daniel 11:35
It’s about RELATIONSHIP with GOD! He is at the door KNOCKING! But will you open the door to Christ?
Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. Gal. 5:26
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! James 3:5
Message to the churches read Revelation 2 & 3