Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Aligned for the New Season - Part II

This is a continuation from the post entitled "Aligned for the New Season" regarding a dream I had in June this year. Strange as it seems, this morning I woke up with a very strong feeling in my spirit. For the past few days, I have woken up with dreams in which some contain messages that I have yet to fully understand. However, this morning, I could not remember any particular dream or vision in the night but it was just a strong feeling within me. And it's a feeling that "we (my family) are getting ready to travel". It's like we are all ready to embark on a travelling journey. This definitely is linked to my earlier dream in June.

If you have also been receiving the message about "aligning for the new season", I believe this is also a message for you - the time is come for the New Season. We are now getting ready to step into the New Season. We are getting ready to travel, so to speak.

Upon reflection, there have been a couple of things in the past few months that the Holy Spirit has been doing where we can learn as we yield and cooperate with Him in the "alignment process": -

1. Aligned with the right company of people
Sometimes, to be aligned with God's purposes and desires, God will lead us to be connected to the right people. This may involve leaving behind certain familiar relationships that we have established but we must be led by His Spirit at all times and obey Him even though we may not fully understand what He is doing.

2. Aligned with His heart
It also involves the putting away of the old wineskin before we can have the new wineskin. God will have to deal with our hearts in relation to "idols" that we may have brought in from the past seasons. A fresh circumcision of the heart may be necessary but on a different level altogether where a deeper level of consecration is required. The "one thing" becomes more defined as we allow God to examine our desires, motives and intents.

3. Aligned with His nature (holiness)
God can bring us to different levels of repentance and the deeper the repentance, the hideousness of sin and our sinful nature is revealed to us. He is imparting the spirit of the fear of the Lord into us that we may usher in the greater things that He wants to do through our lives yet we will not rob His glory nor stand in the way of what He desires to do.

The above are just a few of the highlights of the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing us to alignment with God and His purposes. What we have to realize and understand is that it is crucial not to miss the timing of stepping into the new season that He has set before us. At the same time, it is crucial that we are ready for the next season. This would mean that we are ready to leave behind the past and to move into the new. We need the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to know what we are to leave behind and what He wants us to carry into the new. Let His desires be our desires and let us walk in step with His timing.

John the Baptist was the voice in the wilderness declaring prepare ye the way of the Lord more than two thousand years ago. Many prophetic voices have released timely words for the bride of Christ to prepare the way of the Lord and may we take heed to what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. Let us listen to what He is saying right now to us as we read in Isaiah 40:3-5,

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

This season of alignment is also a season of His expression of love. We may somewhat find ourselves in difficult and trying circumstances at this hour be it through our own fault or others and we are asking ourselves, am I a candidate for the New Season too? Yes, seek the Lord while He may be found. He is a gracious God and He is our strength when we are weak. The Lord is speaking comfort to those who find themselves in the pits. God has not left us nor forsaken us.

It is certainly a time to get right with Him and do not be deceived by the enemy's whisperings that it's too late or it's of no use because the Father in Heaven is waiting for each one of us, to embrace us, to give us a change of clothing and to throw a feast for our return! We have a God with a superabundant supply of grace and mercy. Let's approach Him with boldness and faith for ultimately it is His grace that qualifies us and nothing of our own works or righteousness. Yes, we are all getting ready to step into the New Season!! A season of the fulfillment of His promises for us and a season of the outpouring of the Spirit of God! A season of blessings and a season of breakthroughs! Amen and amen!!
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