29 March 2014 by Natasha Kim CM-
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 chronicles 7:14)
It was day three, and the final day of Apostle Julius Suubi’s conference on the 13th of March 2014, nevertheless many more attended and brought their friends along as well, to experience the spiritual rejuvenation they experienced from the Word. All three days touched on the topic of revival and about “Transforming into the same image from glory to glory.. On this particular day, Julius was prompted by the Holy Spirit to share concerning the things that hinder revival in a nation. “I’m going to share one very important aspect that hinders personal, family, church and territorial revival,” he said.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
The Bible verse above according to Luke was Jesus’s mission statement of what the Lord told Him to do, after coming back from the forty day time of prayer and fasting. After reciting that scripture, Julius began to place focus on healing the broken hearted. “One of the things that hinders revival is wounded-ness. When people are wounded it is very difficult for the spirit of God to move until that wounded-ness is addressed and healed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit,” he shared. A few years ago, the Lord spoke to Julius and told him to visit places of covenant (where God came down and made covenants with His people). One of the significant places of covenant in the Bible, was at Mount Moriah, where Abraham had a divine encounter with the Lord, after he was told to sacrifice his son Isaac.
“Places of covenant defer in power depending on how much of the Holy Spirit or how much presence God has poured out in those places,” he shared. Because the Lord told commanded him to go, Julius went on to visit different places in Uganda along with his intercessors. They visited places where God greatly moved, as well as the place where the East African revival began. Julius pointed out that we too need to look for places of covenant in our nation where God has poured out his blessings on His people. “Go and pray from there, so that you can redeem the wells that were there. The places where God spoke to you very clearly and gave you direction or where you had a divine encounter with God, those are very precious places,” he said. If you need to rejuvenate your spirit when you are feeling low or even if your prayer level has dropped, go back to those places of covenant! “The God who made a covenant with you in that place will speak to you again and give you a clear cut direction,” he shared.
When Julius went to the place where the East African revival began, he was interested to know why the spirit of God was not moving as much as it first moved. The Lord then answered him and told him that the reason was because the people of the east African revival were not hypocrites. They possessed a powerful culture! “If you did something to any of them, they never kept it to their hearts,” shared Julius. These people would tell one another about their aches, and how they were offended, and then they would forgive one another! Julius then shared an example of this. One day, he preached in a village and one of the ladies came up to him during the time of testimony. There, she asked Julius for forgiveness for the evil thoughts she had about him. She wept, repented before God, confessed her sins and asked for forgiveness. “After that, a brother also stood up and began to weep. There was such a surge of the presence of God that the entire Church began to weep, and people began to stand up and forgave each other’s sins,” he said.
This kind of openness to one another is able to create an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move! “The problem with our Church today is that we wound one another, hurt one another but we do not open up to ask forgiveness from one another. We are good at repenting to God. People do not have a problem with repenting to people who are higher than them, but people have a problem when it comes to confessing to one another. When God looks at us, he sees a bunch of hypocrites that gather together to pray because God does not look at the mouth (what you say), He looks at the heart! If God releases the fire, it is going to kill you, it will not bless you!” shared Julius. This is very important for personal, family, church and territorial revival!
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:15-19)
Therefore, brothers and sisters, try your very best to reconcile with one another! “You that has been offended is the one that has to take the initiative, and not one who has offended you! Because at times people have offended you and they do not know that they have offended you, but you are hurting and burning inside of you,” said Julius. The bitterness in your soul and in heart will affect your prayer life. Julius could not stress more, about the fact that we as Christians need to open up to one another. “Why are we being hypocritical? Smiling to one another, but in our hearts we are removing swords. The greatest weapon that the enemy is using in the Church, is the weapon of accusations, gossip and slander,” said Julius. Release one another from your hearts so that your prayers are not hindered.
The Power of Fasting for Forty Days!
“The forty day fast is a powerful fast! The three prophets in the Bible that had maximum impact on their generation all went for a forty day fasts,” he shared. For example, when Moses went to fast up in the mountain for forty days and forty nights for the second time on behalf of Israel’s sin, he witnessed the hand writing of God! (God wrote on the stone tablet with His own finger!) Julius realized the significance of this through his own experiences as well. These fasts allow us to see things in a way that we have never seen before in our lives! “If you want to see what you have never seen, you must do what you have never done. You cannot continue doing things the same way and expect to see different things,” he said. In the Bible scriptures, one observes that, when Adam and Eve sinned once and they were immediately chased out of the Garden of Eden, and when the people in the generation of Noah sinned, God sent the flood to wipe out almost everything. However, when it came to Moses’s time, due to his prayerful fasting and obedience to the Lord, the Lord began to show another dimension of mercy, love, kindness, and compassion to the world. “There is always another dimension of God that you will see when you go on a forty day fast and there is always something new to see every time you go on a forty day fast!” shared Julius. Our God can perform miracles if only you take the initiative to do your part in faith!
When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water. (Deuteronomy 9:9)
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)