I love that God speaks to us in the day to day things of life. If we take time to ask & listen then there is usually something to learn from what is going on around us.
Part of my daily routine is to take the dog out. The ground is so muddy at the moment from all the rain that wellies are my usual footwear.
I was halfway across the park the other day when I suddenly noticed or rather felt that something was wrong. My foot was getting wet. Weird I thought as I had only just been given these “new” wellies.
I looked down to see a large hole in the side of my welly. I looked closer and realised that I was actually wearing my “old” pair. I had grabbed them quickly on the way out the door and not realised that I had picked up the wrong ones. I now had no option but to walk all the way round the park with a very wet foot. The dog wasn’t bothered. He just wanted his walk. I was committed.
God has been speaking to me recently about new things & preparation. So what was he saying about this? Everything is a learning opportunity 😀. As I thought about it I felt God say that you have to get rid of the old things otherwise you are in danger of unwittingly picking them up again. The old has to go and make way for the new. If I had thrown my old wellies away then I wouldn’t have made the same mistake. Goodness knows why I had kept them. They were no use.
There are “old” things in my life that I believe God wants me to get rid of so that I am ready for the new. I may be hanging on to things which are hindering me moving into the new things that God has for me. I know God in his grace & love will reveal it. He will prepare me and equip me for the good works He has ready for me to do.
This is a word which I received today. In my spirit I heard God say “Awake, Awake all those in Zion. Hear the trumpet call. For the Lord has sounded the clarion. He has called for His angels to go forth and blow the trumpets. The sound is going out through all the nations. Awake, Awake to the sound of heaven. Awake, Awake to the sound of God’s voice. The voice of many waters – It thunders across the nations. It sets the times & the seasons. It sets the boundaries – It says – Enough – you can come no further. It says – Let My people go. It says – The cross has happened. The resurrection has happened. The power of the Holy Spirit has happened. You can resist it no more says the Lord. A rebellious people will now be undone. Those who will not repent & turn from their wicked ways will see God’s hand come against them in this season. For God is stirring up His people. God is fanning into flames the passion in their hearts for righteousness, truth & goodness & those who know their God will do great & mighty things. Arise, Arise you servants of the Cross of Christ for your time has come. Salvation is yours and the battle belongs to the Lord. Awake, Awake & clothe yourselves with righteousness. Wear love & mercy, grace & truth as your buckler and do not conform to the things of this world but set your minds on heavenly things & things above and not below. Open your eyes to see the things that God has for those who love Him. Those who will trust Him in the days ahead, who will trust in His unfailing love & His goodness. Those who will trust in His provision. For the days are getting darker & the oppression of the enemy will seek to distract you from your purpose in Him but God says -Awake, Awake and do not be deceived. Do not slumber but be watchful for the time is coming to watch & pray & stand firm upon His word. Do not give up but patiently endure all things. Do not waiver but commit yourself to Him. He will not fail you but will deliver you and bring you through. God’s timing is perfect. He knows the end from the beginning in all things.
These were the words that I heard in my spirit this week. I sensed God saying -Those who know their God will do great & might things. The first will be last & the last will be first. In the spiritual realm there will be big leaps & great progress which will be made by believers in Christ. God said -Don’t look just at the physical realm but look into the Spiritual Realm. If we look at the physical realm/signs only then we will not see clearly. Jesus is coming to turn everything upside down just as He did with the money lenders tables in the temple. If we rely on worldly things/signs then we will be undone. This is about His Kingdom coming – not an earthly kingdom. It is a different kingdom which Jesus is building & so we need to know our God in these times & discern what He is doing & listen clearly to what He is saying. It is Spiritual first & then the impact in the physical will be seen. The desert will bloom again as God speaks and breathes new life into those things which appear dead or are dead. The young in Christ (new believers) will be invigorated and will run & overtake those who have been in Christ a long time (mature believers). The Lord will permit this to provoke those mature believers to jealousy & stir them up again – to reinvigorate them. This is a new day. A new season & a new time in Him. This is the day that the Lord has made & we will rejoice and be glad in it for He has made all things for an appointed time and place in Him. The first will be last & the last will be first. That is God’s kingdom. God is raising up nations that are ungodly now but who will be among the first to run towards His throne of grace & mercy. They will provoke other (Christian) nations to jealousy. God has a plan.
In the spirit I saw a picture of a jet plane which was flying fast with the assistance of the wind. It reminded me of the plane which recently broke the record for the fastest transatlantic flight across the Atlantic because it was helped by the recent storm winds.
God is going to accelerate things for believers and be the wind that enables us to do great & mighty things for Him.
This word came to me again last week whilst worshipping in the church service. I heard the Lord say:
“You will hear a voice behind you saying – This is the way walk in it. I have already gone before you and prepared the way. I have lit the path. I have opened up the double- barred gates & doors with bars of Iron and they will not be shut. They will remain open. You are fully equipped in Jesus to walk the path that I have laid out for you. You have been given the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Holy Spirit & can walk in the Power & Authority of Christ Jesus. Walk clothed in the armour of Christ and your feet must be shod with the gospel of peace. You must walk in those shoes. Do not to be fearful or anxious. Do not stay where you are but move forward on the Pathway of My Presence at My command. I have prepared the way ahead. Do not fear. You will hear My voice behind you and you will hear God say – This is the way Walk in it. The path will be one that you have not walked before but I have already gone ahead and prepared the way.”
Isaiah 30:21 “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying “This is the way walk in it: whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left”
v 18 “For the Lord is a God of Justice: Blessed are those who wait for Him”
God is giving direction in this season as we pray and wait for Him to guide and lead us. It may seem foolish to the world but God’s wisdom will prevail and following it will lead to life and not death.
For anyone who may be experiencing a feeling that they are stuck in the doldrums at the moment – where they are seeing a lack of activity, movement or progress in their lives- a feeling of being stuck in the same place. Do not despair, there is hope for you and breakthrough awaits. In some instances, God’s hand has kept you in that place until His perfect timing and He has worked in you and prepared you so that you are ready for the suddenlies – the wind of God’s Spirit will come suddenly and you will see great acceleration and growth. There will be a sudden shift. Some people have been waiting for the wind -God’s wind and a fresh breath of the Spirit of God to propel them forward to where they need to be. I pray that such people will be stirred up in hope and experience a fresh impetus to push forward in God and let Him breathe new life again into their vision.
For those who have lost hope and feel stuck in the Doldrums, I pray that such people will experience new zeal (great energy and enthusiasm for something you feel strongly about) which will replace apathy (feeling of not being interested or enthusiastic) and complacency(a feeling of being satisfied with yourself or with a situation so you do not feel any change is necessary) and despair (feeling that all hope lost) which can hinder progress and moving forward. That all will reject apathy & complacency, throw off the shroud of apathy & complacency & put on zeal instead. That there will be an exchange of the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3) for the garment of Praise.
If you find yourself thinking “what is the point” then that could be an indication that you are stuck in the Doldrums. Be careful that unbelief & fear has not set in and trapped you. Unbelief will need to be dealt with in prayer and repentance.
James 5 V 16 – The effective, fervent (very strong feelings about) prayer of a righteous man avails much. Seek God in this season. Be led by the Spirit into all He has for you.
This was the word which I heard in the Spirit today as we were praying together for the body of Christ. Atrophy means the partial or complete wasting away of part of a physical body. A sense of shrinking and weakness in body mass and muscle tone. An entire limb can become atrophied and withered and incapable of movement. There are several things which can cause Atrophy in a body but these ones caught my attention:
Disuse/Lack of Exercise -When muscles are not used or you are immobile for long periods of time then Atrophy can set in. We are called into active service in Christ Jesus and to pick up our cross and follow Him. We are called to give and serve others, to exercise the giftings which God gives us through the Holy Spirit. To serve others and be a blessing to them. To show God’s love in action. There are plenty of opportunities to serve within the body of Christ and the communities we live in. If we are not using and exercising the talents & gifts which God has given us then they will wither. We are called to be a voice crying in the wilderness “Prepare the way of the Lord”. We are called to be light in the darkness. God is rallying his church and the trumpet is sounding – wake up and start to work for the Lord because the day is short. The good news is that this sort of Atrophy can be cured by exercise unless it is too severe. It is never too late to start working for the Lord – He will always make a way. Trust in the Lord and do good.
Poor Nourishment – if we do not feed our physical bodies properly then they will suffer. Muscles will lose mass and our bodies will start to shut down if no nourishment is given. Similarly, the body of Christ will suffer if it is not feeding on the Word of God and in fellowship with Christ – the bread of life. The challenge is -What are we feeding on? If we feed on worldly rubbish or false teachings and doctrines then we will suffer. We need a diet of God’s word and His truths.
Mutations -these are things that should not be part of the body and they cause damage – they attack it from within. In a spiritual sense I believe that Atrophy in the body of Christ is caused by sinful, immoral & selfish behaviour – there is no fruit of the Spirit. It is like a disease which spreads from within. The bible teaches us how a root of bitterness is such a thing – it causes much damage to others. Jealousy, gossip, unforgiveness and such things should not be within the body of Christ. Wolves in sheep’s clothing do not belong in the body of Christ and will certainly cause damage. The bible warns us against them and their works. Jesus says we will know them by their fruits.
Poor Circulation – If we do not have the living Christ, the life & power of the Holy Spirit and God’s love flowing through us then we will have poor circulation. If we are not in unity with one another then there will be a blockage in God’s love and blessings being manifested throughout the body of Christ. Those parts of the body which are not flowing in the Spirit of God will not prosper – their growth will be stunted. We need to connect into God’s amazing power and for the life giving blood of Jesus to pump through us.
I pray that the body of Christ will not suffer Atrophy but will be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. That we will put off lethargy and sin which can so easily ensnare us and will rise in service of the King of Kings & Lord of Lords. That we will put our hands to the plough and not look back and we will run the race of faith with patience and endurance. Let us not be weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart – Galatians 6:9. Let us rise up like the Eagle and run and not faint. Let us leap for Joy in service of our King.