Prophecy, Revival, and Ministry – PRaM
By Ron McGatlin
When I asked the Lord what He wanted to say to His people today I received the title above and was then led to add the acronym for it “pram.” The dictionary revealed to me the meaning of “pram” as a baby carriage.
Wow! Suddenly I saw clearly what the Holy Spirit was revealing.
Probably America and the western world has had and continues to have more personal prophecy, revival, and ministry (PRaM) in our churches, and especially in our charismatic-style congregations, than at any other time or place in history. Yet, our cultures and our societies seem to be eroding rapidly into the disorder of ungodliness.
Much of the weekly Sunday services in churches and Sunday school teachings seem to be a carriage for babies that never grow up and carry themselves on their own spiritual legs out into spiritual life in the world.
Even in the more powerful “Spirit filled” church gatherings, week after week some people come in with the same disorders from their greatly troubled lives that are darkened by the continuing failures in and around their lives.
They come to receive pram (PRaM) that cleans and clears them up with enough spiritual nourishment to start another week. Only to come back the next Sunday with the same needs that they had last week.
The current church systems of clergy ministering to laity have become the lifeline for immature believers to continue to exist without maturing.
Therefore, rather than the believers changing the world, they often live in a defeated position from the influence of the fallen world around them.
Changing the System
The system needs to be changed. Unfortunately changing the system seems to be impossible from within the system. Apparently an entirely new system must replace the old.
Actually the current system of pram does work to care for spiritual babies and carry them about. It just lacks the ability to mature true spiritual sons and daughters who can rule and reign in this world by Christ within them by the Holy Spirit. Having that ability could move the culture and society of this world toward the real Kingdom of God.
The pram or baby carriage work is vital to care for the growing children of God and only needs to be improved to continue to do that important work of God while realizing that someone or something else must become the source of getting the people out of the pram and into the reality of the kingdom of God in this world.
God’s Spirit Intervention of LOVE and POWER Now
The ingredient for change of the system is the LOVE of God exploding into the hearts and lives of the children empowering them to get out of the baby carriage and into mature holy intimate love relationship with God that strengthens them with all that is needed to change the world around them, no longer waiting for someone to coddle them and carry them around as babies.
Truly becoming one in love with God causes His desires to become our desires. His strength becomes our strength to stand and align our lives to the will and ways of God. Thus we become His powerful agents of change in this world.
There can no longer be a two-class system of clergy and laity beyond the nursery. The love of God will not cause or continue forever to allow the stunted growth of believers to rob the world of the mature kingdom of God on earth.
Prophecy without the purity of REAL love is damaging, controlling, and even deadly. It is like an abusive parent planting bad seeds in the lives of children.
Revival without the purity of real love is like a harlot providing good feelings that provide a temporary fix and excitement to the senses. It may boost the ego for a moment but robs the people of the reality of kingdom.
Ministry without the real love of God is like the people visiting a doctor with need for cure and only getting pain relieving drugs that temporarily feels better but does not cure the depth of the real problem.
The intimate connection into oneness with the REAL LOVE of God is the source of POWER to change and mature us into full grown sons and daughters of God who bring forth the real kingdom of God in every area of life and being on earth.
The Wisdom of God
By the wise design of God, all of creation and life is designed to move all mankind toward becoming one with God and His rule on earth as it is in heaven, in full accordance with the purposes and ways of God.
For the people who love God and are serving according to His purpose, ALL THINGS on earth work together for good.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Do you suppose that “all things” really means all things? How can it be that persecution, violent storms, and earthquakes work together with mercy, grace, faith, hope, and love?
To the natural human mind and ways of thinking, that just cannot be right.
Only in pure love relationship with God can the truth be fully revealed into our pure hearts. Only from the perspective from the high and lofty place where the humble abide with God in intimate relationship with Him can these things be seen with clarity. (Isa 57:15) (1 Cor 2:10-11).
We can never understand these things until we are so in tune with God’s heart that we can perceive His purpose in this world for mankind and our part in His plan.
As long as we think as a child, we will speak and act as a child. If we believe we are to be carried about by the church ministry (pram) and that our primary and first purpose is to be pram to others, we may not yet be called according to the first and primary purpose of God on earth. (1 Cor 13:11).
Therefore, we may not be able to know that ALL THINGS really do work together for our good.
The Purpose of God
The purpose of God is the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Our part is, through maturity of love, to establish His kingdom from heaven on earth, thereby showing His magnificent GLORY of the beauty of His holiness to all creation and fulfilling His heart with perfect love in thankful worship and loving obedience reflected back to Him in an eternal loving relationship with Him.
Clearing the Land
New Jerusalem is the ruling city of the kingdom of God coming from heaven to earth.
The city of God from heaven, New Jerusalem, cannot rest upon land occupied with ruling cities of darkness. The land must be cleared to make room for the city of God.
The hearts and lives of the people on earth must be cleared of darkness to make room for the New Jerusalem Kingdom City to be formed in us from heaven. The kingdom must first reign in our lives and then in the natural world.
Clearing land is not a pleasant thing for that which is already on the land. There is a tearing down of the old before the building up of the new. There is always a death before there can be a resurrection into greater new life. The tearing down works together with the building up. The death works with the resurrection.
God is able to deliver us through the new birth of the kingdom. The world is travailing in the pangs of birth of the fully resurrected world beyond the cleansing of the land in preparation for the kingdoms of this world to be fully and completely the kingdom of our God.
Praise God! The kingdom of God is at hand, and we get to be a part of it!
Time to figuratively go and sell all that we have and follow Christ Jesus through the cleansing to the New Jerusalem Kingdom of God life now available in His people who truly LOVE Him.