In the back of the used book was a note with the words "CT scan, suite 210." I can't help but imagine what was happening in the life of the person who held these pages before me. Was this forgotten bookmark an indication of a battle I know nothing about? For you non-medical folks like myself, a CT scan is used to create detailed images of structures in the body. From damaged bones to extreme cancers, the CT scan is how we see what's going on inside. Was this person potentially finding out life-changing news? Had they been diagnosed with something that would challenge everything within them? I can only imagine, but given the context of the book I bought, I do wonder...
Looking Back at What We Achieved in the 2018 Year of the Door and Wilderness Wanderings of 5778. 2018/ 5778 was the year of God's great grace and favor that brought us into complete freedom with His mighty atoning hand resting on us. The number 18 means bondage, so there was a need for an impartation of power and wisdom to overcome the enemy to obtain our established blessings and gain righteous judgments. God's presence inspired abundance that sprang up in our lives so that we sang a new song of joy and deliverance. God prepared His Bride to walk with Him in complete wholeness being full of spiritual perfection.
Local churches have many good qualities and purpose, some people just love them while others have come to see some faults and reject them. I have met a lot of Christians who take great pride in going to church and even being a member. Many of them attack other believers for not attending a church service on a regular basis. They are very zealous for the church and discount the many blows some have received from local churches. I have also met a lot of lone rangers as church folk like to call them. These are people that have been burned by the local assembly of believers, brothers and sisters who don't take much stock in organized religion anymore.
As we prepare for this next year, God is laying the land survey before us of what we possess. Around town I have noticed multiple surveyors out with their tools taking surveys of land. Even this last week in a meeting God put me in front of a land survey. It was then I realized all a survey does. God is showing us the value of what we have and what places are best utilized. He's showing us what places are vulnerable. He's showing us what places need to be brought up or taken down. He is doing all of this BEFORE building the next thing in our lives. He's showing us what we could not see simply by looking with our own eyes. The details and precision in a survey could never be detected by untrained eyes just looking. We are being given our Father's eyes, not only to see what is there but to see what is possible.
For two days I've been thinking about this verse, or rather this phrase by Paul: "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8 KJV). The unsearchable, unending, boundless, and fathomless riches of Christ. This is truly the beauty of mystery. I love the word "mystery," it means secret. It implies that we get the honor to search the heart of God for revelation. This verse and these thoughts are truly making me hunger for more. "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter" (Proverbs 25:2 KJV).
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."(Amos 3:7 KJV) Does GOD do everything for us? What role, exactly, do we have to play within the process of ushering in the miraculous? Throughout the entirety of the scriptures, not once do we find an account in which the miraculous manifested without first requiring a step of faith in some way. From the account of the healing of the blind man to the raising of the daughter of Jairus and even to the command to roll away the stone before Lazarus was resurrected, we see, time and time again, that the realm of the Kingdom of Heaven exists as a realm which is activated through partnership and willing, conscientious partnership. Heaven has always demanded our active participation in all matters.
I know in my spirit that encounters are so close for many people, it will be the "outpouring" and "revival" that so many are looking for. But honestly, are we prepared? I don't say this to newbies as much as I say it to the saints who have known Him for a while. I am so excited about the coming move and you can hear many of the older ones in the Lord saying they sense it and that it is "at the doors." They "feel" it in their bones! There is a resonance, a "feeling" of it, just like you know it's autumn or spring because the temperatures are changing. You feel it in "the air." The atmosphere is changing. Now when men and women start addressing the wicked ways of the people, that is one clue. But they will not be trying to scathe the people as much as they want them to get right for the sake of all the benefits.
Over the past week or so I have been hearing the Lord repeating over and over "I am releasing strategy for strength." Instantly I had a vision and I saw many weary warriors where the battle, struggles, fires and trials they have endured have left them really weary. The Lord's voice thundered over them "I am releasing strategy for strength." Instantly I knew that an invitation was being released from the Lord to come and hear HIS strategy that He is releasing right now. I felt this strong sense in the atmosphere that it is crucial to be hearing and following HIS strategy alone, because the enemy is attempting to lure God's people into 'false strategies' not flowing from the heart of God to weary them and burn them out.
But He needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." John 4:4–7 I encourage you to read the remarkable story of the Samaritan woman in John 4. Considered a woman with a shady past, she was gossiped about in her village and probably shunned for being a home wrecker, a "stealer of husbands."
Many people start thinking about making New Year's resolutions this time of year. Have you ever tried to do a New Year's resolution, but by February you've stopped? Or maybe you have things you want to change in your life but don't know where to start?I heard the Lord say, "Get New Year's revelation from Me for your resolution!" Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction. Proverbs 29:18 NIV Getting revelation from God can help you cast off restraints and gain clarity. What this means is you can get a prophetic plan or strategy from the Lord on what area of your life you want to change. Then take practical steps to fulfill it.