God Is Preparing Us For His Next Move
August 12, 2020
God Is Preparing Us For His Next Move
This is directly from my personal journal on August 8, 2020:
Today as I prayed I was asking how long would this covid epidemic would last, keeping the world shut away? I was also praying about the moving of the Holy Spirit as prophesied by Joel.
Joel 2:28-32 (NKJV)
And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
One of the points there is that it would come during a time of war – blood, fire, smoke. I began to pray that there must be purity before this tremendous power was unleashed through the body of Christ, we were not yet ready.
I began to pray that this is a Joseph time for the body of Christ. There is a vision of revival, but none will come until we are ready. Joseph saw himself as a leader but was not ready. A time of angst must come before the time of awesome. Joseph had not let go of his self-will, and had to go through a period of preparation to be used by God as the leader he was called to be. He had to be in prison for 13 years, with nothing going his way, in order to be trained to be the leader God had called him to be.
The body of Christ at large will likewise go through a period of angst to be pruned, cleansed, and prepared for use in God’s glory. God will give His glory to no other. We must be emptied of self-will in order to be used in God’s glory in the days to come. Right now the body of Christ is all about “us.” Our life, our church, our wants, our desires, our will, our way, our likes, our dislikes rule the day. We selfishly promote our ministry, our church, our likes, our way. God must change us to be willing to be hidden, unknown, and to take no credit to ourselves for what happens. Galatians 2:20 must become our heart passion.
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
The Covid “pandemic” has been allowed by God to continue (God did not cause this, but He will use it). He often uses His enemies to His advantage. They think they are winning, but God thinks according to long-term strategy. He is willing for it to look like His enemies are winning the day, if that will bring His people to a place of repentance and selfless living.
Jesus gave to the point of giving His own life, and Satan thought he had won, until the resurrection. God’s fatherly discipline will use the enemy’s plans to shape the character of His sons and daughters. That is what is happening now.
The length of the test is determined by how long it will take His people to come to repentance and yield to Him.
We must get to the place that nothing in this earthly life is more important than God’s kingdom and His will. That is where we are right now.
Like Samson, the church has been in the ropes and chains of the flesh and carnality in many ways, and it has cost us the presence of God, and the tremendous anointing that we should be walking in. Samson’s compromise cost him his sight and strength. When his hair began to grow back, and he saw how much he had missed it, he repented. At the end of his life, his strength returned, and the anointing returned after he had repented.
Like Samson, the church has been “roped”by the flesh. But in this grueling process of discipline, the church will rise up like Joseph after his time in prison, and like Samson after he repented violating his Nazarite vow, and will obey God and bring to pass His will.
Lastly, God is bringing us to the end of our human, carnal and fleshly desires, so that He can manifest His glory. He will give it to no one else. He is coming to church leaders, pastors, apostles, teachers, evangelists, etc, and compelling them to lead the way into His glory by self-humbling and repentance. This is on a worldwide scale. Once Galatians 2:20 reigns in His people, then greater glory will fall.
He is asking us to repent, seek, yield, and comply, and place His kingdom above all other things.
Genesis 37:5-11 (NLT)
One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. 6 “Listen to this dream,” he said. 7 “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” 8 His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them. 9 Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!” 10 This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” 11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.
Genesis 45:3-8 (NLT)
I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. 4 “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. 5 But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. 6 This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. 8 So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.
Judges 13:1-5 (NLT)
Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines, who oppressed them for forty years. 2 In those days a man named Manoah from the tribe of Dan lived in the town of Zorah. His wife was unable to become pregnant, and they had no children. 3 The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah’s wife and said, “Even though you have been unable to have children, you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son. 4 So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food. 5 You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.”
Judges 16:19-22 (NLT)
Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him. 20 Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!”
When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. 21 So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes. They took him to Gaza, where he was bound with bronze chains and forced to grind grain in the prison.
22 But before long, his hair began to grow back.
Judges 16:25-30 (NLT)
Half drunk by now, the people demanded, “Bring out Samson so he can amuse us!” So he was brought from the prison to amuse them, and they had him stand between the pillars supporting the roof.
26 Samson said to the young servant who was leading him by the hand, “Place my hands against the pillars that hold up the temple. I want to rest against them.” 27 Now the temple was completely filled with people. All the Philistine rulers were there, and there were about 3,000 men and women on the roof who were watching as Samson amused them. 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands, 30 he prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.