We need to honor what was so we can step into the New Jesus Movement with a strong foundation of love.
The radical Jesus Movement (from the later 1960’s through the 1980’s) sinks deeper into the soil of our history as each new day passes. The ones who lived through this wild era are dwindling down in numbers, and we hardly discuss the topic anymore to keep those flames burning. As we progress as a people, as the true body of Christ, we can’t neglect those who have gone before us. It’s really because of their yeses that we, too, get to have our own—if we so choose. What took place in our yesterdays, especially decades ago, makes it possible for the modern-day progression we’re experiencing now. And what happened back then, it’s the solid ground we’re being built on today.
It would be distasteful to disregard the ground beneath our feet. Foundations don’t happen by surprise, by a blink of an eye, or merely by the snap of one’s fingers. It takes work and a significant amount of time, as it is very much a process. If it’s rushed, the integrity of a structure gets compromised. The steps, though they can feel long and drawn out or even frustrating to follow, are necessary in the building process.
God Himself designed things this way. He started off by creating man from the foundations of the Earth. But typically, we forget where we came from. It’s been the same in our culture and has carried over too long, which has resulted in this generational divide. Our neglect of honor for the heroes who have paved the way for us is the reason we can’t be be fully molded just yet. A significant part of being built up in the Potter’s hands is to gain a healthy, honest appreciation for the work we didn’t have to do. Our gratitude instead of grumbling is our gift to give back. It is a genuine sign of maturity and growth. It can also be expressed by simply bearing in mind that we didn’t get here on our own. The moves of the Spirit are fresh and momentous now because of the blood, sweat and tears from the generations that we haven’t properly esteemed like we should.
It’s not a secret that the older generation has felt the disdain of the passionate young. Though not everyone is guilty of disrespect, there has been more than enough to acknowledge it. The greater fault in our step has been the way we don’t seem to care much about anything that feels “old.” Our carelessness can feel heavy on the shoulders of the ones who have carried us to this point, just like it was for Lonnie Frisbee, the most well-known hippie evangelist who shook the nation with his bold ministry and attractive love for Jesus. The masses were drawn to him, but it’s not a secret that many were only after his anointing.
We can’t afford to continue making this same mistake in our day. Many of us run in excitement because we get a taste of the anointing, and then it’s easy to step on the toes of the ones who really need our respect. It’s now the time that things are changing and we all have a part to play. Those who laid the groundwork are now the ones who are interceding on our behalf. They’ve gracefully carried the responsibility of sharing the Gospel and now we get to carry the baton for our part of the race. It’s our turn to share radical love, but not at their expense. That’s actually not real love if we stomped all over their work in pride. Though we all look different, we’re on the same team. The building is nothing without its foundation. Both have different roles, yet they need each other to accomplish their purpose. We can’t move forward in the way we’re burning to move forward if we blow out the flame of our history—it’s the main source of our own fire. It’s time to be RESET to our natural place with Jesus. We don’t have to be fake or change who we are to relate to what we may not understand. We have the same job today as the one back then and it’s to love fiercely, no matter who it is, and that’s how we’ll shake the world.
Earthquakes don’t happen out of nowhere. In the same way, we will only shake our world by actually living our lives with Jesus. And that begins with us waking up to Him and His call on each of our lives. If we want to keep driving the Jesus Movement forward, we’ve got to be intentional about moving forward with Him. This means moving away from anything that doesn’t have His name all over it—whether it be flawed and judgmental, religious beliefs, old thinking, small thinking, etc. We need to let go of anything that weighs us down, especially in our hearts and minds. When we welcome Jesus in fully, He is what moves us—He is what shakes us. He’s the movement within us that causes His burning desires for the world to erupt from our hearts and minds. He is the change we need.
Partnering with Jesus is the best thing we can do, and it’s the only real way to make an impact in our culture. The creativity and gifts and talents that the world needs us to break out and share have been dormant, just as we have been living in a daze for decades. The sooner we can appreciate our foundations and the more we honor the generations before us, the Holy Spirit can expedite the building process within us. The immaculate work that only He can do is the new thing the world is starving for. And He’s just waiting for us to align with Him so He can move forward with His plans.
This is the beginning of the Megamorphosis Magazine [ & Media ] Story.
It’s Only the Beginning of the Megamorphosis of the Church
I had a dream and in this dream there were schools of butterflies flying together, all incredibly beautiful with unique patterns and colors. But, you’d see one or two go into another school of butterflies, and pretty soon it was a massive exchange while they flew back and forth into other schools as if information was being shared. In the end of the dream, all of the schools of butterflies flew up and landed on a wall that was a massive tree branch, but yet a wall. And engraved in the tree was a clock. As soon as all the schools of butterflies landed on the wall, they all morphed into one, massive butterfly… We’re coming together despite our differences—it’s a new era.
The Prophetic Footprints & Steps of Obedience to Get Us Here
Sandi Padilla, co-owner of Pure Worship Radio, and I became close friends while both being part of the leadership team of Destiny Women Global, a downtown Sacramento women’s movement. During that time, we discovered we had the same mandate to bring healing to the nations and had a similar heartbeat for ministry, although with different giftings. We felt compelled to go and begin to pray at the Capitol in February of 2016; we knew that what we were doing had long term effects that were part of a much bigger picture. For about 4 1/2 months, we worshipped and prayed at the Capitol grounds and inside the building, at the Veteran’s Wall, and at the Rose Garden. At the time, the roses had since been pruned, but we anointed each bush ]and the Lord said the roses would grow bigger and more vibrant than ever before. That’s exactly what happened (we have footage with the Gardener describing the new rose blooms exactly as God said they’d be) and it is the foundation Holy Spirit is building the magazine on today.
When the Lord called us to the Capitol, Sandi played music and I prophesied what I would hear. Miracles happened there. Sandi has an amazing anointing for healing music of the Bible and I am an apostolic seer. As things began to heat up politically, I believe Sandi and I both felt a strong need to go and pray for our nation and the politicians in office. Although personally I dislike the whole political game, God still uses me to move things out of the way, spiritually speaking, and to intercede for His will, laws, declarations and decrees. Often, we don’t know the details of how God is going to do what He’s going to do, but we both believe Him and are obedient to His voice. This has been part of the journey to get from a to b to c. I am always keen to what God’s saying and what He’s doing, (so it makes sense now why He chose me for MM because my desire is to solely move as Holy Spirit leads—the entire thing is based on seeing, hearing and responding to His many supernatural and divine appointments. It’s an incredible honor to be part of.)
Apparently, God was pleased with our obedience because in June of 2016 (4 1/2 months later), the Lord called us on another assignment—Washington D.C. He took us from praying, interceding and anointing the grounds in California to start documenting what was going to happen in the future. I could sense strongly in my spirit it was going to be really big, like nothing ever seen.
The Foundational Steps that Started with the Media
We were sitting at my dining room table in June 2016 creating our vision boards when the Holy Spirit showed up. We saw the RESET Promo Video where the goal was to come together and get a million people on the Washington Mall. (As much as people complain about Facebook, I can’t begin to tell you how many times, miraculously, the Holy Spirit intervenes and drops media into my lap. The media anointing should have occurred to me then, but now, at least, it’s blatantly clear.) Sandi and I both received the vision that we were to go to Washington D.C. that day when we learned about the RESET event. I can still remember that “aha” moment when we looked at each other and Sandi said, “We’re going to Washington D.C. aren’t we?” I said, “Yes.” Just three weeks later, God gave us the ideas to raise the money to get there. Sandi, applied for press passes and we crossed our fingers and prayed. God worked out all the details and paid for everything (by the end, I returned home with one dollar, literally, in my pocket).
Everything Was Reset
“Reset” was the beginning of us seeing the “New Jesus People” begin to rise, proclaiming to come “Together.” It was a major prophetic footstep for the Church. We saw hundreds of thousands of people put their religious and denominational differences to the side for the sake of Jesus’ name. People humbled themselves and prayed together—experiencing these beautiful moments had me and Sandi in awe. But, what happened next was so amazing as thousands stayed behind after the event had unexpectedly ended. It just seemed that the Holy Spirit took over and we saw a freedom that broke through in the Spirit (that reminds me of the footage I’ve recently seen of the 60’s and 70’s “Jesus People”).
A High Price
The New Jesus Movement will come with a fight but with diversity and unity as we learn to love. During the afternoon of the event, the heat was at an incredible high. Even with signs and billboards and the event coordinators doing everything possible to get people to drink water, still, hundreds of people collapsed from the heat. Ambulances came to take people to the hospital and the Mayor shut the event down early due to taxing the city with all of the health issues. But then, something amazing and beautiful happened. Determined to not let anything stop the move of the Spirit, it only took a few minutes for people to start gathering together. Sandi and I began to see groups singing, praying, flagging and dancing. This sight was beautiful, and it is only a tiny glimpse of what it will be like with the New Jesus Movement. What’s coming is an unstoppable love-force that will rise all over our cities and in the marketplace.
What’s New—What Is God Saying?
The New Jesus Movement will be made of “brave” believers (B-bold & brilliant, R-rulers and role models, A-anointed and accountable, V-valiant and victorious, E-empowered and engaged). It’s happening now, and it began in 2016. (I’ve waited many years to see this—the rise of the B.R.A.V.E. church.) The prophetic message that I received and shared on our mission video to our tribe was that the Lord sent us to document the “revival of the nation, the rise of the B.R.A.V.E. church and the beginning of the Truth Teller Revolution.” Included in this assignment was to begin a documentary called “What Is God Saying?” With limited gear, we did as we were led. Sandi knew how to film, but since we didn’t have lapel mics, she had her camera often in my face.
Admittedly, at times it was irritating. But we did it. Just like we’re doing it with the magazine—with obedience, humility and letting Holy Spirit lead. (Some of the photos and footage from the trip are in this article and will also be shared on the Megamorphosis TV intro of every show, being released soon. The documentary will come when the Lord gives the green light, but still there are more foundational pieces that need to come together, like what came recently with Tent America 2018 with worship happening across the nation.)
Share Radical Love
The Lord began to put a crazy burning in my heart to see love rise a few years ago. I saw some of my old Facebook posts and saw the hashtag #shareradicallove. He showed me that the reason that we will do greater things than even Jesus did is 1) because the time is short, and 2) because we will learn love and unity at a much higher level. We’ll never get to unity without learning to love first. Learning to unify in the Spirit (not religion) is what will make us an unstoppable force and we will see a lot of miracles. The future won’t be about the miracles though; it will be about King Jesus. He’s going to reveal a lot of things in the next year.
God Brings Us Full Circle
The Lord said to go live with video streaming and to film and produce the final unknown pieces of this issue, Undone, just days before this issue would go into production from the California State Capitol at the Tent America 2018 event. With no real agenda except to listen close to His voice and leadings, my team and I dove into the newest assignment. He vividly reminded me of how and when this all began. He brought me back, full circle, to the Rose Garden and we filmed a new video at the same location we filmed the Gardener two and a half years ago. It is nothing short of incredible to see the plans unfold before my eyes and more of the story will come out in His perfect timing.
When & How the Holy Spirit Leads
Megamorphosis Magazine & Media is about documenting the revival of the nation, the rise of the B.R.A.V.E. church and the beginning of the Truth Teller Revolution. I receive personal revelation of the theme of each issue and I birth in my spirit the very topic. In this case, we’ve been “Undone” on this journey. It has been particularly challenging due to the nature of the topic “Undone.” From the beginning of creation, God was undone and even He experiences the emotional rollercoaster of the highs and lows of the rises and falls and battles. So we, in turn, experience a small taste of being in His shoes in order to bring you what’s real, authentic and timely.
For me personally (as the apostolic catalyst for birthing the revelation through the media platforms as the leader of Megamorphosis Magazine), the burden and responsibility is mega, multi-faceted and dynamic at times. Part of the challenge is discerning the timing of when to release the prophetic and hearing God with as much precision as possible. Each issue’s theme is given completely by the Spirit. And in fact, each person featured in the magazine is given by the Spirit as well. As the creative designer, nothing in the magazine is designed without first hearing and seeing the vision from the Lord. I am relentless in pursuing God’s heart and by the end of each issue’s production, I have battled so intensely that I typically have to rest for about four days to begin to recover. This issue, the whole team, I believe, has experienced some of this burden. But, this is what it means to be a risk-taker, to be part of the New Jesus Movement, to be a revolutionary—we give everything for Jesus.
If there is one thing that has become blatantly clear throughout this two and a half year journey, it is that unity and love are finally being taken seriously. It’s these two things that are going to change everything in culture and in the church as we know it. It was a controversial topic amongst “the religious” in Washington D.C. with their picketing signs claiming that the gathering was about a one world religion (more about that in the documentary)—it will unfortunately remain that way. But, the good news is, Jesus gave us the commandment to love one another as He and the Father love, and are One. He also said the world would know us by our love. He said to love the Father with all our heart, soul and mind. It seems pretty clear, Jesus is coming back as the Judge to judge the Church and we better be thinking about His commandments, not a religious spirit that loves to twist everything and is blinded by pride. We’ve got to keep our eyes on love, on Jesus, the Word, and the Father’s will and we’ll be safe. We can’t allow things to get out of order. We can’t be more focused on anointing, ministry or miracles than walking with Jesus, living a Holy life in service to our Lord and King and remembering we are part of a heavenly family. We are stronger together.
The Future is Bright
The future is going to be different, unlike anything we’ve seen—more real and raw than ever, but the impact will be phenomenal and the transformation from the church to the bride will be a total megamorphosis. What I see coming in living rooms, coffee shops, street corners and in the marketplace are radically-loving, unstoppable Jesus people. We believe that our job at MM is to capture these moments and empower the Church to be risk-takers changing lives, shaking things up and defying status-quo Christianity. We know that we are a diamond in the rough, but we’re a very large diamond. We are twice the size of Jesus’ left hand and He molds us, holds us and moves us, making us into a glimmering sight for all the world to see. It is our assignment from Jesus’ very own lips to display the beauty and uniqueness of the diamond, His bride.