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God is determined to have a church that bears fruit. Joel prophesied about this: "Be not afraid ... for the pastures of the wilderness have sprung up and are green; the tree bears its fruit, and the fig tree and the vine yield their [full] strength. Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before. And the [threshing] floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with juice [of the grape] and oil" (Joel 2:22-24, AMP).

As God continues to work in His people, He will cause wilderness places to become green pastures. He will cause dry, dead places to become alive. He will cause the tree to bear fruit and the vine to have full strength. God is releasing a strength in His people to bear the fruit He desires us to have. He's making His people strong in the Spirit.

As God releases a heavy latter rain upon His people He is going to cause every seed that has been sown to spring forth to full maturity and harvest. Every seed of God's Word that has been sown on the inside of us will spring forth to maturity. In other words, God is causing His people to grow up. He is bringing His corporate body into a place of maturity.

One of the signs of growing into maturity is, things that offended you before will no longer irritate you. You will be less "offendable." You will have fewer reactions from your flesh and be led more by the Spirit.

Another sign of spiritual maturity is that you are learning to resist temptation and walk and live in a way that pleases God. Spiritual maturity will be reflected in your thoughts, attitudes and behavior, especially with those closest to you.

It's time we really evaluate ourselves in the light of God's presence and truth. It's time to deeply repent of the besetting sins of our flesh, turn away from ungodly attitudes and offenses, and fully surrender to God's dealing in our lives.

The threshing floors will be full of grain. This speaks of a mature harvest. It will not only be a harvest of souls but also a harvest of God's Word in you causing you to be a mature son and daughter of God. Every area of our lives that has been placed on the threshing floor will produce a harvest of maturity and fruitfulness.

The result will be that our vats will overflow with new wine and oil. Out of a place of maturity and harvest God is bringing His people into a place known as "overflow." We are going to live out of the overflow of God's presence and anointing in our lives. It's not just a new season. It's a new dimension.

God's people will carry so much of His presence and power that there will be an overflow of His presence from our lives changing the atmosphere around us. This overflow of fresh anointing will not only transform us but also have a profound impact on the world around us.

God is not a God of "just enough." He is always a God of more than enough. He doesn't want to give you just enough anointing for yourself. He wants to give you so much of Himself that His presence and power is more than enough and overflows from you to reach the world around you.

Pray this now in agreement with me: "Father, I humble myself before You today. I build an altar in my life. I give myself to You. I repent of every area of sin and compromise. Forgive me for offending You. Cleanse me and make me righteous in Your eyes.

Holy Spirit, help me to live in a way that pleases You. Cause Your fruit to grow in my life. Bring me to a place of maturity in every area. Release a fresh anointing and empower me to live in Your overflow. Fill me to overflowing with your power. I repent of all hypocrisy and besetting sin. Heal my spirit, soul and body. Restore your abiding presence in my life.

Father, heal our nation. Turn America back to You. In Jesus' name, amen."

About the author: Matt Sorger is a prophetic revivalist who ministers the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit in conferences, prophetic healing-revival services and miracle crusades throughout America and around the world. He also hosts pastors and leaders conferences to train and equip leaders in the power of the Holy Spirit and is the host of his own television program, Power for Life. In his meetings, many are instantly healed and infused with greater passion for God. Learn more about him and his ministry at

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