Intimacy, Hunger And Fire

What if I told you that Holy Spirit is stirring up hunger in His Body, even as I type this?  

Would you believe it if I told you that there is a great fire in the Spirit that is spreading across nations and generations, causing people to be set aflame again for His Name?!  

My insides quiver at this thought.  I hope I can articulate well the weight of what the Lord is saying to me through this.  

Let me share a vision I had to help:

A few weekends ago I was running late to a worship service at my Church.  Worship had already started, and I saw with my waking eyes a cloud of thick smoke in the back of the room, pouring out from the sanctuary where people were deep in worship.  It was so thick and heavy I could barely see.  I looked around frantically to see if anyone else was seeing this or responding, and I realized that the cloud was not something to be concerned with, but a manifestation of God’s Presence that was descending upon the service.

Once I found my seat and began to worship, I kept seeing a picture of a building that had burnt down – only the solid foundation and some structural pillars remained. It wasn’t sad or traumatizing though. There was a PURITY and a PEACE and even EXPECTATION attached to it.

When I opened my eyes, I saw with my eyes FIRE across the entire room.  Fire was either inside hearts or over heads; even the walls of the Church were aflame! I then saw a giant angel standing on stage right, with a pitcher of oil and fuel. He was waiting for his invitation to pour more fuel into hungry, passionate hearts. He was at the ready, and I had a feeling he was going to burst with excitement at getting to pour more “fuel to the fire” of what was happening in that room.  

I found out later that week that I was not the only one who saw fire and passion in that service.

Now I realize that this is an encouraging vision for my specific Church family.  However, when praying into this vision, I also felt the Lord say that it is a word of encouragement for the Body of Christ at large, as well.  

The hunger and passion that we all felt in that room was the catalyst for the manifestations and visions of fire – and this is a hunger and passion that belongs to the ENTIRE body of Christ, not just a few hundred people in a Church in Australia.

Hunger has been a hot topic amidst many of my Christian friends lately, both at my own Church and across the globe. My good friend, Ps. Mark Greenwood, says that “intimacy is the anchor” for hunger. We need this anchor to keep us hungry so that we are not hungry just for hunger’s sake, or just to experience manifestations of fire in worship services. We are hungry because we know the Lord intimately – which means we not only know HIS heart for hunger, but we also know that He is SO worthy of our hunger. And we burn for Him like never before when we see His face.

As a prophet, I feel that there is such a call to a readiness for a move of His Spirit. A readiness that adds, subtracts and realigns us to anything that anchors us deeper to intimacy and at the same time grows our hunger. This readiness moves beyond the point of convenience. It sees everything else as a distraction to ushering in revival in our communities. Staying hungry is imperative to staying undistracted.

In my vision, I had seen a building who had been burnt up and had only a strong foundation and some structural pillars remaining.  I believe that this is what’s currently happening to many in the Body of Christ.

 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.  If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. – 1 Corinthians 3:12-15

Jesus is obviously the firm foundation, and for many in the Body He truly is their firm foundation.  However, for those who have started to build on top of this foundation things that do not last, these things are being burned up for the purpose of rebuilding something that will hold and steward the measures of revival that God has promised in the last days.  Even things as beautiful as good works will not stand if the Lord did not lead the builder to it.

 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the workers build in vain” (Psalm 127:1).  

Sometimes people build in vain because they are not driven by hunger or passion, but by religion or obligation.  And sometimes people build too quickly, forgetting that they must wait for God’s GO and for His leading into the perfect timing.

To use my friend Helen’s phrase, we must learn to “hold for maximum impact,” and the best way to do that is that anchor of intimacy.

I believe that there are indeed Heavenly host who wait with eager expectation to pour out fuel over those who burn for Him.  We know that those who hunger SHALL be satisfied (Matthew 5:6).  

I also see that there is a great fire that is sweeping across the Body at the moment, that is burning up anything that has been built either in vain or that will not be conducive to ushering in and stewarding the glorious, weighty Presence of God that is coming to the Bride. There is also a fire that is beginning to burn deeply in those who have continued to pursue intimacy at all costs. More than anything, I pray that we all burn and hunger for INTIMACY above anything else.

All of these things are signs of the times – the God of revival is on the move!  

—Mandy Woodhouse

Intimacy, Hunger And Fire