THE TIMES WE ARE LIVING IN
The above scripture of Isaiah 43:19 is such a NOW scripture to help understand that we are in a very new place in time.
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We need spiritual plans and strategies for what lies ahead of us- both in the world at large and at home, as the Lord continues to shake everything that can be shaken.
Behold I do a new thing- do you not perceive it?
In this time of chaos and reset, it is vitally important to be prepared spiritually, mentally and practically.
It is important to be of good courage and not fear, for the Lord is present to lead, guide and help you.
We must be like the five wise maidens of Matthew 25.
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise."
ARE YOU WISE OR FOOLISH?
In the above parable of scripture, there were ten virgins (maidens). Five of them were wise and had prepared for adverse times, but the other five had not. When the storm came, half of them were not ready and were left outside of the protection and presence of the Lord. We know from scripture that there will be a final return of Jesus in flesh form, as the Lion of Judah, but we must not fail to recognize that he comes to us in various ways time and time again, and that is why we must always be prepared for his arrival at any time. I would suggest to you that we are living in a time such as Matthew 25, where we need to be ready and prepared for his coming in this time of history-in a very sovereign way.
In uncertain times we must be more alert so we are never caught unprepared. Prayer keeps us alert to God's voice and prepared. We must stay ready in prayer because as God moves throughout the globe, restructuring, resetting, and re-ordering things, we will continue to go through times of unrest. I have sensed that it will continue, and as it does, we must not be alarmed or fearful-instead we must be ready and prepared for anything and everything, as we continue to seek the Lord and look to Him as our counselor, and source of wisdom, strength, and guidance.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight."
This is such an important scripture to write on your heart this year. As unrest and change continues in this year, causing fear and anxiety in many hearts, we must fix our eyes on Jesus and place our hope and trust in the One who is our refuge and shelter. King Jesus is faithful-He is our blessed hope.
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
We are meant to live by every word that comes out of God's mouth to us, and this scripture is truer now more than ever before. But sometimes that word is- "Be still and know that I am God." And when it is we know there is another facet of God we are learning-trust.
Although we will continue to go through many more challenges in the days to come, this is still a time of great prophetic promise and spiritual release. Isn't it interesting how blessings and promises coincide with God's purposes in uncertain times?
We must pray, pray, pray about everything-and God will lead us. We must pray for our nation, not just ourselves. We must pray for our neighbors not just our families. We must intercede for anyone and for any place God shows us, and speak as Holy Ghost gives us instructions. Prayer forms us, so allowing God to reform you in this new time is very important.
Each of us will also need to prepare at home for our families. I began encouraging our ministry to stock up on supplies, in case we had food shortages and outages.
We will need to continue practically preparing dear ones, so don't get slack in this area. Preparation will take on many forms, as it is not just material supplies that we will need. Make sure you are listening to every way God may be leading you, as he will give each of us clear instructions for our families. We want to be like the five wise maidens who were ready and attentive to the masters voice.
You may be reading this and wondering-what? I know I get it. We may not want to hear these things but you must prepare nonetheless, as your life may depend on it. Ask God for specific directions for you and your family because you will need to know what to do and which way to go at any moment. We all need spiritual guidance and wisdom from the Lord right now. Heavenly, pure wisdom which isn't defiled-not earthly sensual wisdom, so watch who you are getting your wisdom from.
Continue to use the directives found below, as focal points of rest, faith and deliverance. Also take a look at my prophecy page as I shared a post on March 17 that will give you practical wisdom for right now.
Take time to pray and shelter in the scriptures-here are a few examples:
Psalm 91- use your favorite translation-read and declare out loud the entire chapter as it is not that long. Get acquainted with it to the point you know it by heart.
Psalm 23-Jesus is the Great Shepherd, and you will find great comfort in him as you rest in this scripture during times of need.
Psalm 121- God is where your help comes from-return your gaze to him as your guardian and your help.
Psalm 46- God is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble...I like to read this from the Complete Jewish Bible translation.
Psalm 32:7-You are my hiding place; you preserve me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
2 Timothy 1:7-"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control."
JESUS LOVES YOU. You don't have to be afraid and you don't need to panic, if you have made him the Lord of your life. His strength is made perfect in your weakness and he is available by his Spirit to help, support and empower you and protect you as trust in him. We are living in unprecedented times and unprecedented times call for us to acknowledge his Lordship in greater ways, by humbling ourselves. It will also require
unprecedented focus. Especially mental focus, and this will require that we adopt new patterns and ways of thinking, leaving all unfruitful and fixed mindsets in the past. We want to be flexible right now. Critical times require us to think critically. This in part will require us to change things-lifestyle changes. Ask the Lord to show you HOW to think, not just what to think.
In the days ahead we will need the security of God's Word hidden in our heart, or our hearts will fail. We must have strategies to live by, prayer on our lips and the Holy Scriptures as comfort but also our sword at times.
These strategies require us knowing how to refuge in God.
We must stay close to the Lord. One of the ways we do that is by humbling ourselves in prayer and in repentance.
It is time to get our houses in order and allow God to shift some things around in our lives. God is coming to arise over us and shine his light on the things that need to go. He is coming to restore order to the world and it will start with the people of God. I hear the Lord say we can no longer drink from old streams and live in dead pastures. God is doing something new in the earth- which means we can't go back to old ways or former ways of being with him or relating in any way.... we must adjust to this new time in history. This will require new things from us.... patience, stillness, trust, and finding ways to stay in hope. This is certainly the biggest shift I've experienced, and I am sure more is coming. But as we track with the Lord, he is helping us make the necessary adjustments a little at a time.
God is for us, not against us, but we must allow him to re-order us however he sees fit-after-all he is God and knows what we need. It is time to allow God to shake off of us and out of us every sin, weight, and hindrance standing in the way of his glory, purpose and his divine order. He is here to bring us back to himself, from every way we have wandered, so we can go forth fully prepared and ready for however he needs us in these shifting and changing times.
1 John 4:18-19 AMPC- "There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love [g]turns fear out of doors and
expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity
of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. We love Him, because He first loved us."
Do not be afraid. Take time daily to allow God to renew your heart and mind.
Make it a priority to take communion daily or at least weekly remembering the covenant we have with him.
Pray for the leaders in your community, state and especially nationally. This is a time to pray beloved. As you pray, remember to declare out loud and repent according to:
2 Chronicles 7:13-14- "If I shut up the sky, so that there is no rain; or if I order locusts to devour the land; or if I send an epidemic of sickness among my people; then, if my people, who bear my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.
The whole earth is groaning in travail awaiting the release of the mature sons and daughters of God- yes people are waiting for you to stand up and take your place in the world. Revival isn't coming, it is here, and as sons and daughters of God we are called to take Jesus into our spheres of influence and show a lost world just how good he is. It is time to arise and shine for the glory of the Lord is arising over us (Isaiah 60:1-2, Romans 8:19-23)
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