For the last 2 years but especially in the last few months I have had a burning conviction deeply within me regarding the invitation from the Lord upon the Church right now to “come back” and “return” to the first love. As we have entered this new era, this conviction has grown stronger and stronger and stronger. This new era is going to see God move in ways that are so unexpected. I have been saying over and over “This will be the era of the unexpected” because of the ways that God is going to move and what He is going to do and we are being invited back to the place of knowing His ways like never before.
RETURN TO THE GARDEN
It is even more than knowing “His ways”, it’s a returning to KNOWING HIM like never before. There is a resounding call upon the body of Christ to “RETURN TO THE GARDEN”. I have been feeling the Lord extending this invitation for the last few years or more and it is growing in intensity right now. There is a purity of heart that God is looking for as we move in this new era and it is the heart of those that want to be friends of God. Those who want to walk with Him in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3:8) The returning to the garden is a place of deep intimacy with God, it’s the place of communing with Him out of love for Him and desire to know Him, not to “get something from Him”. The Spirit of God is dealing with the “manufacturing” that is taking place in the body of Christ. He is dealing with spiritual prostitution that’s been happening in the Church. He is inviting His people to return to the garden and return to the first love, our beautiful Jesus, where ministry is the overflow of relationship. He is dealing with the places where ministry has become an idol. For in this new era it will be very clear those who are friends of God and know His heart and know His ways.
For the acceleration upon the Church right now the only way to flow with the acceleration that is here now and about to supernaturally increase like we have never seen it, the tidal wave of His Spirit in the outpouring and acceleration, the friends of God that know Him will be the ones who will ride the wave.
The Lord is dealing with the places of impurity that say “Look at me”, “Look what God did THROUGH ME”, “Look what I did for God”, “Look who I am friends with”, “Look at my platform”, “Look at how many followers I have on Facebook or Instagram”, “Look at the conference I am at”, “Look where I was invited” – all of those areas of self-promotion and “manufacturing” to grow platforms that comes from the place of wrong heart motives and self promotion, the Lord is dealing with.
There is a healing by the Spirit of God in His love and revelation of identity taking place in hearts that are seeking Him and recognise these areas of wounding, but I also feel the burning fire in me of consecration.
“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5)
There is a heralding call to consecrate ourselves to Lord, to be separate. To come aside and to be positioned in the place of intimacy with Him to know Him and be friends of God. There is such a call upon the Church right now to draw close to Him and close to His heart, to know and understand His ways and from that place you will discern and know the times in which we live and have the wisdom to steward it.
The Lord showed me that there are very SPECIFIC insight that He is going to release to you in this new era on what consecrating yourself looks like in this new era.
“Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you,[a] but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” – Romans 12:1-2 (The Passion Translation)
I heard the Lord say:
“Those that build the new things I am building in this new era, will be those who live in My house as friends.”
“Here is one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else; I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house, finding the sweet loveliness of His face, filled with awe, delighting in His Glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to Him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer” (Psalm 27:4 – TPT)
THOSE THAT LINGER
I had a dream a few years ago and the Lord thundered all night long “I am looking for those who will linger.” As I was waking He whispered “For those who will linger, I will entrust the secrets of My heart”
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (ESV)
I cannot get away from this dream more than ever in the last few months. The Lord is looking for those who will linger. Acceleration does not mean doing MORE for God, it means partnering with what HE is doing and seeing HIM do things more quickly than we have ever seen in a supernatural and accelerated way.
It isn’t a place of “I am doing more for God”, it is the place of being carried in the slipstream of His Spirit, accelerated in the REST of what HE is doing.
In this new era, there is a temptation and will be a temptation to do more and more and more as opportunities arise and doors open but not every door and opportunity, is God. Wisdom (James 1:5) is needed more than ever in this new era. God is pouring out heavenly wisdom and discernment to those who will ask. Don’t get busy “doing things for God” in this new era. It is IMPERATIVE to PRIORITISE lingering with Him and putting your hands to what He is building and HOW He is building, not what is “man made” building.
GUARD YOUR “YES” IN THIS NEW ERA
I heard the Lord say “Guard your YES” in this new era”. Do not be careless with your YES and what you commit to. For the Lord showed me there is a warning He is releasing to not be overcommitted in this new era for the enemy will seek to keep God’s people busy building where God is not building so they don’t build where God is building. It’s so crucial in this new era to live as friends of God like never before to discern what He’s doing and building and place our YES where the Lord is placing HIS YES. It’s not out of the place of fear or an orphan spirit, it’s out of the place of desiring to build where He is building and those places will see your dreams and desires come alive and new dreams and desires awaken that you never knew you had.
THE CHICKENS RUNNING AROUND ON THE GROUND CLUCKING “YES, YES, YES!!”
I then had a vision and I saw many of God’s people running around on the ground like chickens and instead of the clucking noise chickens make, they were making the sound “YES, YES, YES!”. I heard the Holy Spirit say “There are too many YES’ being thrown around.” There was an “unrest” in the YES they were giving and the Lord wanted to bring deep rest to their hearts, it was an identity and fear issue the Lord wanted to heal.
I heard the Lord say “COME UP HIGHER AND LIVE AS AN EAGLE”
There is an invitation in this new era to soar in the Spirit with Him in rest, vision, peace and wisdom. When the Lord spoke that, the word “WISDOM” resounded so loudly. The Lord keeps repeating Himself on these themes and regarding wisdom and tracking WITH Him because of the MAGNITUDE of what He is going to do and build. We don’t have any concept of what He is going to do, and He wants ALL of His people on board, flowing in His Spirit and building where He is building. The new things He is building will be built by the friends of God. I heard His whisper “Watch My favour fall upon My friends and in the purity of what they build with Me.”
DEEP PURIFICATION IS COMING
The Lord has been showing me for many, many months now a DEEP purifying fire that is coming upon the body of Christ in this new era. It is a purifying fire that we have not seen before. It is going to purify and refine the Church like we have never seen before.
In the last week I came across a song called Refiner by Maverick City Music (Featuring Chandler Moore and Steffany Gretzinger) and it struck me because it encapsulates what I believe the Lord is saying:
If the altar’s where you meet us
Take me there, take me there
If you’re looking for an offering
It’s right here, my life is here
I’ll be a living sacrifice for you
You’re a fire
I wanna be consumed
I wanna be tried by fire
You take whatever you desire
Lord here’s my life
If your glory wants to come in
Let it fall, we want it all
Lord your fire is consuming
Fill this place, set it ablaze
I’ll be a living sacrifice for you
Clean my hands, purify my heart
I wanna burn for you, only for You
Take my life as a sacrifice
I wanna burn for you, only for You
(Lyrics taken from: https://gospeljingle.com/maverick-city-music-refiner/)
Let us be people who embrace His fire, that embrace Him and the purifying fire that will increase in this new era. We are about to partner with Him in the greatest, most unprecedented move of the Spirit of God that we have ever seen in this next decade and beyond. The fear of God is brewing heavily in the stewarding of what is coming and the invitation to draw closer to Him than we have ever been. To burn for Jesus like never before. This is a time to forsake all other “lovers” and return to the first love. What will be built by the hand of God through His friends in this new era will blow minds. God will not build according to ‘man made platforms’ God is going to build that which He wants to build and the way He wants to build it and it will be more glorious than we have ever seen. He is looking for those who linger and to build with His friends in the most spectacular ways.
“Fasten me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore.
This living, consuming flame
will seal you as my prisoner of love.[a]
My passion[b] is stronger
than the chains of death and the grave,
all consuming as the very flashes of fire
from the burning heart of God.[c]
Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire being.
7 Rivers of pain and persecution
will never extinguish this flame.
Endless floods will be unable
to quench this raging fire that burns within you.
Everything will be consumed.
It will stop at nothing
as you yield everything to this furious fire
until it won’t even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore.”
(Song of Songs 8:6-10 – The Passion Translation)