The Spirit of the Lord is enabling you to walk in newness of life. You are of God now, you are overcoming the intent of your adversary the devil, who walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but the Lion of Judah has come into your life and He is now your Shield and your exceedingly Great Reward. You are of God little children and that evil one touches you not; for Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
“This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only UNSHAKEABLE things will remain.” (Hebrews 12:27, NLT)
We are in a season of shaking in the body of Christ where the Lord is exposing and allowing all areas of our lives where we have been misplacing our trust to be shaken and stirred in order that we might put our full trust and hope in the UNSHAKEABLE One!
Some of you as of recent have been very discouraged because of this shaking and wonder what it will take to get through to the other side. It could be your place of employment is being shaken. It could be your finances, your health, or certain relationships. But in the midst of this great shaking, I sensed the Lord say: “I am allowing a shaking, not to harm you but to bring you into a greater and deeper relationship with Myself.”
As we look all around us in the natural realm it is not hard to witness firsthand the great shaking taking place. Everything around us seems to be shifting constantly. But as we peel back the layers of what our physical eyes see, in the realm of the Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord is calling people in this hour to put their full trust in the ONLY UNSHAKEABLE ONE!
Be encouraged mightily people of God. The shaking is only causing us to put our feet back on the only foundation that will never crack, falter, or fail. There is only ONE ROCK worth putting our full weight upon and that is the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word to us. He is our UNSHAKEABLE One and because of Him we can stand in the midst of storms, wage war in the battle, and stand firm in the shaking. Everything else may be shaken but He will NEVER be SHAKEN.
In this hour the Lord is also imparting to us that when our confidence is in HIM, we shall not be moved. We shall not be SHAKEN!
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness.” (Isaiah 43:19, KJV)
The Holy Spirit has BURNED this word into my spirit in this season for the body of Christ. We are in a time of great shifting and transitioning. The Lord is bringing many of His people into a new season. Where this past season for many has been very difficult, and also very painful for many, this new season will be marked by a fresh touch of God’s Spirit and anointing. Times of REFRESHING in the PRESENCE of GOD are coming! Divine shifts are happening! New levels and greater depths in God! Praise the Lord!
But when the Spirit of the Lord begins to move and shift us, it is imperative that we shift and align ourselves with what God desires to do in this very hour. It may very well be that in this season God is asking some of you to do what is seemingly impossible. Some of you are SHIFTING in your place of employment. The Lord is calling some in this season into full time ministry. God is asking His children in this hour to see past the problems and the obstacles and to His PROMISE to PROVIDE and PROTECT. Some of you are being asked by the Lord to let go of relationships that will not be beneficial in the seasons ahead. Others have things in their lives the Lord just wants you to plainly let go of.
In order to move into the NEW we must let go of the OLD. God is shifting some things out of our lives and also shifting and positioning us to receive more from the Lord. God is desiring to remove old ways of thinking in order to give us His thoughts in accordance with His Word. Aren’t we so glad that the God we serve is the One who sits upon throne declaring, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5b)
Take heart my beloved brothers and sisters in this season of divine shifting. It can be uncomfortable, stretching, challenging, and painful yet God is bringing His people out into a wealthy place of rich fulfillment in Him. The Lord wants to remind each of you that in the shifting He is with you even when it seems the Lord is distant or you cannot necessary sense His presence the way you would like to. This is all a part of the shifting your experiencing and is preparing the way for you to enter into your new season in the Lord. Even in my own personal life, my family and I are in a season of divine shifting. This word was birthed by the Spirit of the Lord from the very season we are in ourselves. God is looking for obedience in this hour and desiring to do so much more in us than we even realize.
God does not want us to settle for the older, lower places any longer. He is calling us into a NEW season. The Spirit of the Lord is saying to the people of God in this hour, “Come up higher!” As God moves we must move. When God changes the course of direction we must adjust to where He is going and moving.
It’s TIME to SHIFT!
Written by Thomas Downes (www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)
This is the favor of God that is living, and active. It is sharper than any double edged sword. It is the Word that is Sent. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you at the due time. For He is faithful Who promised, and He will do it. He will perform His good Word toward you and lead you to rich fulfillment. Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.
I pray that this Word will bring a depth of encouragement to the very core of your being. I share this Word even from my own personal experiences and it is my hope that this Word will lift up your head and the weary hands that hang down. (Hebrews 12:12)
Perhaps many of you are in a season of feeling shut in. Shut in by the immense trials and troubles you are facing. Some of you may feel shut in and held bound by a season of darkness and you wonder when God’s radiant light will once again shine in your hearts. Take heart my dear beloved brothers and sisters. It is very well possible that you are in a spiritual cocoon. You are in the Lord’s making process. Praise the Lord you are being made through this process. In the making you may feel like you are breaking BUT you are being prepared by the Lord to break out and fly higher than ever before.
In order for a butterfly to be beautified and become all it was intended to be it must first submit to the cocoon stage of development. In the cocoon stage there shows little hope for any good to come. Cocoons are not outwardly attractive or pleasing to the eye. Cocoons are small, tight, and dark spaces that are most undesirable. BUT what is taking place on the INSIDE is a great work not to be regretted. Cocoons are only a temporary place! What you are currently going through is TEMPORARY but working something ETERNAL on the inside of you.
In preparation to share this Word I sensed the Lord say that many want to follow Him as long as things are easy and comfortable. But it is when we are able to stay the course and keep our dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ when everything seems to be shaken all around us. Butterflies must allow the cocoon process to take it’s course and so must we if are to to become all God has destined for us to become. There are no shortcuts to being the mighty men and women of God we have been called to be.
This Word may be the exact season some of you are in. Be encouraged and reminded today that what the Lord has BEGUN in you He will be FAITHFUL to COMPLETE. (Philippians 1:6) Those things that have seemingly held you down will soon be broken off and you will fly higher than ever before. And like the butterly you will be beautiful as you are being made into the image of the One who created you. (Romans 8:29)
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