We have been looking at the qualities of those who will move with the apostolic revolution that is currently beginning in nations around the world. Those who will receive and flow in what the Lord is beginning to do in His Church (and eventually through His Church) are a special breed of people who walk by faith and are willing to risk so as to obtain what they have seen in their spirit but have yet to touch in their daily lives. They are pioneers and they are willing to walk by faith and move forward, like Abraham, into the unknown simply because they know this is what God would have them do regardless of the cost.
Apostolic people are hungry for more of God; dissatisfied with what they have and what they have experienced. They are aware that they have only touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and want to fully embrace Jesus and be embraced by Jesus. They understand that being born again means having died to self and having the self-will crucified with Christ. They want nothing by God’s will to be done – His plan and purpose for their life fulfilled.
They have this inner “divine discontent” – a gift from God which causes them to be hungry for more and never satisfied with what they have experienced to date. They are working outside the box and have, in fact, blown up the box. After all, you cannot put God’s Spirit – the wind – in a box as He blows where and when He wants to, going where He wants to…and all we can do is raise the sails and catch the wind letting Him take us wherever He wants us to go.
When someone receives the new wine and walks in it they will certainly face a great deal of persecution and criticism. This opposition will come from religious people and organizations. Today, there are many traditions and teachings in the church that were created by man. Old mentalities and methods exist that seriously hinder the arrival and flow of the new wine of the Spirit. Churches are spiritually dead and full of man-made programs. They operate without the power of God because of these “old wine” traditions. Many will not welcome the new wine and will actually speak against it. Historically the last move of the Spirit is usually the leader in the persecution of the newest and current move of the Spirit. From personal experience I can attest that this is still true today in this move.
So, persecution becomes a daily reality in the life of those who are flowing with the new wine and what the Holy Spirit is doing today – the raising up of apostles and an apostolic people.