He is in this season. He moves amongst us…
Yesterday, I was led to these verses of scripture (below). I looked at them and I had no idea what I was meant to say. I had no idea what I needed to say. I started with the first sentence – almost tentatively and then there was a great flow – the Holy Spirit took over and gave me the words I needed to write. In truth, I wrote ferociously and with urgency – as I tried to keep up with the flow. I sincerely hope, this word encourages and blesses you as much as it did for me…
This expression, ‘Yet once more’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. He reveals deep and hidden things, He knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with him. They do not know nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken… Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with these that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (Hebrews 12:27, Daniel 2:22, Psalm 82:5, 2 Timothy 2:22, Proverbs 3:3)
This speaks into the world today – this is about the world being shaken to reveal its darkness. It is shaking the world to rid man-made creations; idols – things that dwell in the shadows of darkness. This shaking is revealing broken systems; corrupt systems, systems of oppression – where people are divided and marginalised and considered of lesser value than others. The shaking is to rid man-made idols, structures and systems – to rid the old order, the old way of being. And what should remain when the world stops shaking, are those that cannot be shaken; those that stand in faith. So, what remains is light – so what remains can be rebuilt in light – in the light of the world.
This shaking may be painful for some – or many and almost all – and it will be felt globally. But it is necessary – it needs to happen – to shake out the darkness to drive out darkness and make way for the light that dwells with Him. Many people will be shaken and shaken to their knees. They will repent and call out to God for deliverance. In this, I call out to God with you for global deliverance – save us, save us, save us – in the name of Jesus, save us from this pestilence. Save us from this plague amongst our nations. Save us from corrupt systems and injustice. Save us from a collapsing economy – restore in us a new way of life and being – one that is all inclusive that can only come through the blood of Jesus.
You are shaking out the darkness by shaking what we know and are familiar with – you are shaking us to make us see the darkness we have been living in for centuries – you are revealing the deep and hidden things – that we have accepted to be our ‘normal’ – you are shaking us to see this darkness is not normal. This darkness that prevails is not normal.
It is not normal.
They do not know, nor do they understand – they walk around in darkness. In this, some and more will come to know the light – the light of this world. Hold onto this hope – that this darkness will reveal light – and this hope will not lead us to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love (Romans 5:5 NLT). This equips us will all the love we need to pour out our love from God onto others who are hurting in this season. We need to be robed in his love so we may pour out our love and kindness onto others. Our actions show they are loved and seen in this season – when they may feel unseen, forgotten and forsaken. This time is about stirring God’s people into action to shine his light and in shining his light and love – others will start to believe – to believe in a God that is for them and loves them. You are the mediator between you and the next person coming to know Jesus and the Father. You are the mediator.
This time is calling God’s children and placing them in a position ready to act. Are you ready? In this season people will be looking for answers – they will be asking where is God in all of this chaos? Will you be ready and are you ready to respond?
Rather than focusing on the darkness – where He clearly is not – focus on the light where He dwells – divert their focus to where God is. Show them where He is healing and in medical break throughs, in provision, in random acts of kindness – in empathy and support; people banding together under unusual circumstances – bringing unity. That is where He is – that is where God is in this chaos – He is the light in the darkness that is not always reported in the media.
He is the light in the darkness.
He is the light in the darkness.
He is the light in the darkness.
Thank you Lord for being a light in the darkness – thank you for being a light unto our feet – you make a path clear and seen – you make a way known for us while others fumble along a darkened path. Lord we pray for those who walk in darkness but do not understand – we pray your light may be shown and revealed to them – so they may realise how lost they are – and may they be able to see their way back to you. Jesus reveal yourself to those who do not know you – meet them in their dreams – intercept their vision with supernatural vision of you – show your light and your goodness – your grace and mercy. Reveal yourself to all that need you and do not know you – these people are longing for your touch, your love, your grace and mercy – they know something is missing but they do not know it is you that is missing from their life.
I pray that you may supernaturally reveal yourself and make yourself known to those that are longing for you – the world longs for you – the world aches for you – the darkness trembles knowing it won’t be dark for much longer – the darkness is being shaken – it’s days are limited – the darkness scrambles but has no where to hide as it had been shaken and moved to the surface. God is revealing deep and hidden things – He knows what has been hiding in the darkness. He knows there is oppression, systemic racism and division, He knows there are major injustices in the world – the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. He knows (some) medical systems run from a business perspective – meaning lives are lost when people cannot access health care due to financial disadvantage. Health care and access to healing is a fundamental human right that is being denied – He knows what is hidden in the darkness and will bring it to the surface – placing it in plain sight.
In this, He is saying:
‘Enough is enough – this all must stop. People are dying and I cannot bare to watch my people perish – those I created – those I formed and loved – those I loved before they knew me – before they had a chance to know me… I loved them even before they had a chance to know me. Lives are being lost – that are not saved – and this grieves me – this breaks my heart – that they will never come to know me. I want nothing more than my people to know me and to come home. I want nothing more than all my children to come home… I know not all my children will come home – as some will be lost – perish before they come to know me. This breaks my heart more than anything. For all I want is for you to come home and be safe with me – where your worries won’t look the same as they do now when you’re in the darkness. You will no longer hunger or thirst after things in the world – like you do or have done. All your needs will be met by me. In me, you will lack nothing – you will have everything you need – your worries and anxieties won’t be what they are now. You may still have trials and troubles in the world – but they won’t affect you in the same way – when you were in the world on your own… You will be safe, you will be cared for and provided for – for I know your needs.’
He knows your needs – He is a good Father – there is no one like Him – He won’t leave you or forsake you.
Right now, His heart is for the people and with the people of the world. He wants more of His children to come home. And He wants to place us – those that are already established on firm ground and faith – those that cannot be moved while the world shakes to be ready to give a reason for the hope you have in Christ Jesus – that hope you have in His light shining into the darkness. He is calling us, His children – He’s calling us into position – He’s calling us to move forward and grow much more in faith and knowledge of Him. He’s calling us into position to move forward – He does not want us to shrink back into our old ways or ways of our youth. He is calling us to earnestly seek Him and righteousness, faith, love and peace – not only to seek these things but pursue them. This means to follow, practise and chase them. While the world scrambles in panic, fear and rises-up in anger – don’t follow suit – follow righteousness. Follow and practise love and chase peace with those that call upon the Lord with a pure heart. A pure heart – being someone who genuinely loves and seeks the Lord – who seeks the Lord out of their authenticity – someone who is not in it for self-promotion or pride-filled reasons – or because it is fashionable to be Christian.
Jesus is not fashionable – He is not a trend that comes for a season and passes away and becomes unfashionable. If Jesus is to be likened to fashion – He is like sustainable fashion. He never goes out of fashion, He is sustainable; well made; never wears out or grows weary or loses His shape. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is a royal garment that never goes out of fashion – that never wears out and is suitable in all seasons. In the world He may not look fashionable – but He is a royal garment – fit for kings – for He is the King of kings and the King of all people – He is a royal garment for all people – all that are willing to believe. He is sustainable fashion that never goes out of fashion – for He is in each season. All seasons that have been and in all seasons that will be – He is even in this season.
He is in this season.
He is in this season.
He is in this season.
He moves amongst us – and He’s calling us to follow Him wherever He may go.
He is calling – He is calling – He is calling.
Will you answer?
Will you say, hello?
Will you say, you are welcome here?
Will you say, what do you want me to do in this season?
Here I asked: what do you want me to do?
Response: write – write everything that gets pressed into your heart – everything that flows through your pen. Write – write – write – just write. In this season that is all I want you to do…
Ask and you will be given an answer. I am writing and I will continue to do so – unless I am told otherwise…
In closing, let love and faithfulness never leave your heart. Ensure you are always there – with Jesus and for Jesus – and ensure you are ready to go when He asks – are you ready to go?… You are faithful to the Lord – faithful in His word, in prayer, faithful in love – faithful in responding to others in love with kindness, patience, generosity and compassion. Cloth yourselves in garments of majesty and know who you carry with you and represent as you go into the world. You represent the light in the darkness – you are the light in the darkness – go forth – move forward and shine your light that is Jesus and may His light bring glory to the Father – forever and ever – amen.
…Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God glorified in him… Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (John 13:31, Mark 13:31 NIV).
Author: Elizabeth New
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