"Anybody Got a Light?"
"We aren't in Kansas anymore." This famous line is from The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy crossed over into new surroundings that looked unusual and overwhelming to her. We have not been where we are going, but God has. If we are not careful, we can let fear paralyze us for the unknown. But, God knows exactly what is going on and we have entered into the day of His power.
Supernatural signs from Heaven are going to be more and more visible and our job is to stay under His shadow. God fully intends for us to pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven and He is at work to answer that prayer. We must maintain our focus on the answer instead of the problems.
Isaiah 60:1-3 TLB, Arise, My people! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is streaming from you. Darkness as black as night shall cover all the peoples of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine from you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see the glory of the Lord upon you.
Keeping the First Thing the First Thing
Bobby Conner has often said, "The Church is far too familiar with a God we barely know!" The way to know God is to literally carve out time with Him alone. Conferences and gatherings will connect us with each other, but time spent with God alone will develop us from the inside and we will learn to hear His voice.
A well-trained racehorse knows the jockey's every movement. The horse knows when to go left, right, faster, slower and when to stop just by the jockey's slight movement. The reason they are effective in the race is because of the time they have spent together preparing for the race. When the race is on, there is no question as to the maneuver that must happen next. A trained army knows and practices maneuvers over and over again so when the day of battle comes, there is no question as to what to do. (Photo via Wikipedia)
It's time to get the oil in our lamps and be ready to go in a moment's notice. God is perfect love and perfect love ALWAYS casts out fear.
Unity and Love is Most Important
In the days to come, we have to develop a heart of unity and demonstrate love towards one another. The battle is the Lord's. I take teams on outreaches to some very unusual and extreme places. On our teams, we have a "no disunity" policy. We cannot afford to break rank or get sideways with each other when we are fighting a larger battle on the outside.
If the enemy can get us fighting each other, he can destroy the whole team and sabotage its effectiveness, thus canceling ourassignment on the field. We esteem one another better than ourselves and learn to love the way God does. We develop one heart, one mind, one purpose and then we can partner and agree with God for what HE wants to do and accomplish our goal. (Photo via Wikimedia)
When we are in unity, not only does God command His blessing but the power of the Holy Spirit is off the charts. People we encounter get saved, healed, delivered, rescued and receive new identities and new pathways connected with God and filled with the Holy Spirit. Miracles always happen.
Keep Those Dreams and Visions Coming
Dreams are moving to the forefront as God is directing His people. A secret weapon of instruction, revealing secrets and conviction is often revealed in a dream. A God dream is impacting and the memory of the dream will play over and over again until the proper action is taken. Dreams have played a major role in communication throughout history. We don't often argue with a dream. Dreams will guide us, instruct us, comfort us and give us foresight into future things.
In our travels around the world interpreting dreams, we have heard countless accounts of dreamers who adjusted their path because of a message in the dream and averted some crazy circumstances that would have been potentially dangerous to them.
Job 33:14-18 TLB: "For God speaks again and again, in dreams, in visions of the night when deep sleep falls on men as they lie on their beds. He opens their ears in times like that and gives them wisdom and instruction, causing them to change their minds, and keeping them from pride, and warning them of the penalties of sin, and keeping them from falling into some trap."
Dreams are Increasing and We have to Pay Attention to Them
God thinks differently about dreams than we do. Dreams are God's idea; it's not new age. Dream interpreters have been in the Bible since Genesis. In my journey of using dream interpretation as a bridge-building tool to reach the God-hardened, I have found that people are very, very open to tell you their dreams. They almost feel relieved to be able to communicate the impacting message that is imprinted on their souls that won't go away. (Photo via pixabay)
Joseph, in Matthew 1 and 2, was divinely warned in three dreams how to keep Jesus alive when He was getting ready to be born. These dreams were specific with clear direction and came at a time when Joseph had exhausted all of his natural wisdom on what to do. If God chose dreams as the major source of communication when Jesus was getting ready to come the first time, it would make sense that He would use dreams as Jesus is getting ready to come again.
I have recently had several prophetic direction dream: One dream was about a healing revival which will sweep the world, one about occupying high places that had been taken over by witchcraft, one about our current government and several about God's plan and strategies for the days ahead.
Throughout the Bible, God has and will continue to use unconventional ways to accomplish His mission. He has a plan on how to overcome.
His ways have always been different than our ways and that will never change. He has instructions for us and we have to learn to listen to Him. Revelation 2:17, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it."
Our job is to tune out our own thoughts and listen to His instruction. The way we do that is by being closer and closer to Him. When we know God is in charge and will divinely direct us, we can move with confidence and authority.
Ephesians 6:12, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."
Family, Friends and Finances
Family members are getting ready to come home. Spiritual hunger is increasing and family and friends we have been praying for are getting ready to be encountered with truth that will set them free. Finances are also coming. We have to get out of debt and have the necessary resources to do the work we have to do. If riches increase, don't set your heart on them. Finances will be for us to position ourselves for the coming days. (Photo via Wikipedia)
The best is yet to come. Don't shrink back or be distracted. Hold tight to God, learn to listen, and God will do great and mighty things in our midst. Focus on God who is the answer and don't focus too much on the problems that are increasing.
These are the days of God's power.