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.
God has been impressing upon me that you cannot put new ideas into old mind-sets. We cannot get new results with old behaviours. New wine needs new wineskins.
If we are stuck in old patterns of behaviours and have become rigid in our thinking, then I sense that we are going to miss what God is doing by His Holy Spirit in this new season. God wants us to be open to new things in Him so He can lead us along new paths.
When we came to Jesus Christ we became new creations in him – ” Corinthians 5 17- “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” We took on the mind of Christ.
Since that day of new birth and new mind-set in Christ Jesus, we may have developed a different mind-set through being conformed to the culture of our times, religious thinking, disappointments, fear etc. Attitudes which give us a wrong mind-set. I pray the Holy Spirit will reveal if this is the case and help us change our mind-set.
Lord Jesus, reveal by your Holy Spirit any mind-set in me that is not of you and help me to take captive my thoughts and submit them to you. Please come and demolish any mind-sets which I have which are not of you and will hinder the work of your Holy Spirit through me for your glory.
Repent – Change our thinking
Replace – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds”. Romans 12:2
I have been thinking about this today and it is a challenge. What am I hoping/expecting to receive from God when I pray to Him or seek Him for direction in my life?
Do I have a confident expectation in the goodness of God?
I sense God is saying– What is your expectation of me? Don’t be limited by past experiences. Widen your expectation – expect the unexpected.
God can do immeasurably more than we can do or think. Do I come to Him with a limited expectation based on past experiences or disappointments and a misunderstanding of His word and character? The truth is that God can do awesome things & totally surprise us by His grace & mercy.
It is easy to get in a rut and expect the same to happen all the time. Expectation can be stifled through habit & tradition. I am being encouraged to look for the new and expect something different – After all – God’s ways are far above our ways.
God reminded me of the story in the Acts of the Apostles of the lame man who was seated outside of the gate Beautiful begging for money. He must have sat there day in and day out holding out his hands expecting to receive money from the people going into the temple. He had the same expectation of Peter & John, but they gave the lame man so much more than he expected. They gave him healing & restoration by the power of Jesus Christ.
It was interesting that the story also says that the people around did not expect a miracle of healing either because the man was said to be “old” – he was above 40 years of age – goodness what an expectation. Does our age and what other people think of us affect our expectation of God – that we are too old or don’t qualify for him to move in our lives in power. God forbid.
The beautiful aspect of this story is that the lame man received so much more than he expected to receive. It is such an amazing demonstration of God’s abundant love & mercy.
I pray for a right expectation in the goodness of God, not limited by my past experiences but to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to increase my expectation and expect the unexpected.