There Is Something In The Atmosphere
In his last speech, “I’ve been To The Mountain Top”, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of the possibility of having a general and panoramic view of history and God giving him the opportunity to choose which era he wanted to LIVE in. This put me in a place of deep contemplation.
I began to ponder the possibility. What if God gave me a panoramic view of history and then gave me the choice of living in any era I chose. I would travel back to the moment of creation and witness one of the most awesome events to ever take place. Though it would be breathtaking and invigorating, I wouldn’t stop there.
I would move on past the biblical flood on down to Egypt and witness Moses lead his people out of the land of bondage. Although it would be both, emancipating and liberating, I wouldn’t stop there.
I would move on down to the valley of Elah and witness a young kid by the name of David triumph over a giant by the name of Goliath. As empowering as it would be I wouldn’t stop there.
I would move on to mount Olympus at the Parthenon and sit down with the likes of Sacrates, Plato, and Aristophanes as they contemplated the mysteries of life, and though it would be intellectually stimulating, I wouldn’t stop the there.
I would move on down to the hay day of the Roman Empire and I would witness a man named Jesus lay down His life so that all others may live. Although it would be overwhelmingly reassuring, I wouldn’t stop there.
I would move on down through the reformation era and visit with Calvin and Luther as they grapple with force of grace and I would move down even further and witness John Wesley ignite the revival of the ages. Now as exuberating and refreshing as that would be I couldn’t stop there. No, I would end up back here in the 21 Century.
In a place, that by all counts is totally screwed up. A place where the man of God has, in so many ways, lost his way; A place where two parent households have become an anomaly; A place where hopelessness is the order of the day, and despair dominates the atmosphere. I would come back to this very moment in time. This place where there seems to be no consistent positive male role models to guide our young men into manhood. A place where the male rite of passage all too often transverses the social infrastructure of gang life. This very place where young women are unaware of their worth and are easily convinced to compromise their purity for the bitter nuggets of male acceptance.
Why would I choose this time and place when it is so messed up? This is where I meet my purpose and destiny head on. I was designed and created for such a time as this. God has sent me with a Word of healing and anticipation.
In the book of Joel, God speaks through the prophet and tells the nation of Israel that in response to their repentance and obedience to his will, there will be a refreshing and restoring of the land. He begins with the promises of material and physical blessings, which in themselves are enough to put the most expansive imagination into excessive overload. However, in verse 28, the focus shifts from the physical to the spiritual:
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29 NKJV)
Joel foretold of an awesome outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He spoke of an inexpressible transformation. He spoke of a power beyond their on physical means. He was laying the foundation of hope to a people that had become desperate in their circumstances. He was saying that no matter how far you have fallen, you have not fallen beyond the reach of God. He was saying that in your weakness, in your wretchedness, in your hopelessness, there is a God that can touch your emptiness in a manner that you never thought possible, and when he touches you your life will never be the same.
I stopped by to tell you that I sense a change in barometric pressure in the spiritual atmosphere that encapsulates us. There is something in the atmosphere. I can sense it in the yearning of young women to have something more than just a flesh mate. There is something in the atmosphere. I can sense it in the disquietude of the younger generation, as they search for a deeper and more lucid understanding of the enigmatic conundrums that plagued the generations before them. There is something in the atmosphere. I can sense it in the yearnings of young fathers to be better in their paternal responsibilities than their fathers before them. Yes, there is something in the atmosphere.
The old social norms and standards are no longer acceptable. There is a paradigmatic shift on the horizon. We are approaching the dawning of a great revival; we are standing at the threshold of a spiritual out pouring that will be greater than any in times past. Lives are about to be changed in ways that are inexpressible. There is something in the atmosphere.
To the single mother, your deliverance is coming. There is something in the atmosphere.
To the orphaned child, there is love for you. There is something in the atmosphere.
To the couple struggling with financial difficulties, it’s okay. There is an oasis of financial prosperity and breakthrough on the horizon for you. There is something in the atmosphere.
To those behind prison walls’, feeling as though no one cares. God is about to reach into your circumstances and reshape your destiny. There is something in the atmosphere.
There is a new sort of man rising up with purpose and focus. He is aware of his destiny and has set his gait toward that destiny with a certainty that cannot be denied. His heart is fixed and his mind is made up. He is not willing to meander through the maze of mediocrity, neither is he content to wallow in the pond of pity. He has purposed in his heart that he will move past the dwarfed goals of the generations before him. He will reach beyond the comfort of just good enough and grab hold of it is as good as it gets.
It cannot be denied; the very core of the secular infrastructure that has for so long led us astray has been shaken off its axis. Something extraordinary is taking place. The standards of acceptability are being raised to new heights. There is a rumbling of sorts, a seismic disturbance that is garnering the attention of the masses. There is something in the atmosphere.
In 1 Corinthians Ch.1 Paul gives us some insight as to how this revival will be ignited.
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise and God has chosen the weak thing of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen and the things which are not to bring to nothing the things that are.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-28 NKJV)
God is about to take those men that have been written off by society, those that have been labeled unfruitful. The very ones that have been classified as spiritually and socially impotent are the ones that God is going call out to ignite the revival of the ages. You can see in the prisons where the power of the Holy Spirit is beginning to resonate throughout the penal system as men are deciding that they are no longer willing to be prisoners both physically, and spiritually. They have determined with an inexorable passion to seek God and walk in their destinies. These men will be the empirical and pragmatic evidence that the power of God is unbridled and boundless. There is something in the atmosphere.
Proverbs 29:18 tells us that “without a vision the people perish”. There has to be revelation for the people to prosper in every aspect of their lives. That revelation begins with the infallible Word of God. There has been a resurgence of Word hungry warriors that thirst for a knowledge of God and His power that can only be obtained through serious Bible Study. They are no longer placated by superficial feel good sermons. They are searching for the truth that Christ promised would be theirs through the Holy Spirit. There is something in the atmosphere.
There are visions of progression and prosperity. There are prophetic words being spoken. There are dreamers that see a brighter tomorrow. There are those that refuse to walk in the shadows of past failures. There is something in the atmosphere. I can sense the turning of the tide. God is about to pour out is spirit as never before as he honors those that are loyal to him (2 Chronicles 16:9). There is something in the atmosphere.
There is a projective aura of rejuvenation and restoration. There is something in the atmosphere.
There is a resurgence of the committed male, though it only be a remnant at the moment. It will ignite a rising of the fallen. There is something in the atmosphere.
We are beginning to see a new breed of woman. One who appreciates the attributes of a good Godly man. There is something in the atmosphere.
There has risen among us a renewed passion for prayer and fellowship with God. There is a rising up of believers who are prepared to claim that which has been promised. There is a new brand of leader, one that will not waver in his walk. He is centered in Christ. There is something in the atmosphere.
There is a fresh anointing falling upon the committed. I invite you to lay claim to a double portion of this awesome power that is falling in abundance.
I know that there are some that are wearied by the storms of life, but there is a blessing in the atmosphere for you. I know that there are some who have been broken by the vicissitudes of life, but there is a blessing of healing and restoration in the atmosphere. There is someone that is struggling with bouts of depression, but there is joy and peace in the atmosphere. There is someone dealing with the heartache of abandonment, but there is a spirit of completion and fulfillment in the atmosphere. There are some who have struggled with indecision and uncertainty, but there is vision and purpose in the atmosphere.
I took a little time just to let you know that there is something in the atmosphere.
For the alcoholic and drug addict, there is something in the atmosphere.
For downcast and desolate, there is something in the atmosphere.
For the fatherless child, there is something in the atmosphere.
Claim your blessing, walk in the power and live in your destiny.
May God keep and bless you as you walk this ethereal journey.
Bishop Rick Wallace
Founder & President
Rick Wallace Ministries
100 Men Of Purpose