I have found that the walk of the Christian life is fraught with trials and testings on the Journey in Christ that takes us from Glory to ever increasing measures of God’s Glory. This has been my experience for over two decades of knowing and loving Christ. In the early years of my journey during very deep testing of my faith there was the tendency to fear and to doubt God’s comprehensive providence over my life. As I pressed on and began to experience victories and triumphs, and developed a well-grounded relationship with the Lord, I had in my possession testimonies and stories of His faithfulness to look to for assurance. Now, when walking through hard situations and demonic attacks, a light of revelation flashes in my mind, that this too will pass, and I will come out on the resurrection side of His Glory!
Recently after walking through a tough time I received a spectacular revelation and understanding of a profound statement made by Paul:
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
It is marvelous to possess a deep knowing in my heart, that I cannot be defeated, as the undefeatable One resides in me—to know that in Christ I am always victorious!
Recently I have been hearing the voice of the Lord resounding in my spirit with the statement, “The Glory of obedience!” I began to look over my life and I recognized that there was always an increase of confidence in the Lord and greater measures of His Presence in my life whenever I pressed through in obedience to the resurrection side of a trial. There would always come a distinct sense of the pleasure and smile of the Lord, and the increase of a deep resolution in my spirit of being well grounded, anchored and safe in Him. His pleasure was not necessarily because of obedience, but His great joy in me receiving the fruit of obedience—increasing Glory and a sense of well-being.
The Scriptures declare that by the power of His indwelling Life, we are being transformed from Glory to Glory, from strength to strength, and from faith to faith (2Cor.3:18, Rom.:1:17, Ps. 84:7). This movement into being anchored in Glory, faith and strength, takes place within the context of obedience—the choice of an obedient life, despite the circumstances and the trials of life. Jesus, the Author of our faith, learned obedience by the things He suffered (Heb. 5:8).
With the continual chaotic atmosphere now present in the world what a treasure it is to Have Christ as our Anchor, watching over our lives and our every step! That is Shalom—the peace of God that works to continually guard our hearts from the tossing waves of life. Jesus is the Prince of Peace that covers every aspect of our lives, regardless of whatever circumstances may try to tell us. He is the Truth and His Word has the power to change whatever we think are the facts of any given situation. He is God, and His Word is truth.
I believe God wants every servant working in the Harvest fields with Him to possess a revelation of the depth of His love, and the full assurance of His care. There is a vast Harvest of souls prepared for Glory who are now beginning to come into the family of God. As we choose to step out with Him in obedience and take the risks in whatever he has asked us to do, the Glory of obedience will be released. In the season ahead an army of lovers of God will begin to move with Him under a powerful wave of Presence evangelism that Charles Finney walked in, as the levels His Glory begin to rise on the earth. The world will be drawn to such people and the atmosphere of God’s Presence around them will break yokes and awaken hearts from the power of deception.
We have shifted into a notable hour of great significance in the unfolding plan of God for humanity; a time I believe is closely intertwined with God’s transcendent destiny for Israel. Many significant moves of God in the Body of Christ have occurred concurrently with significant events related to Israel. A great wave of evangelism was released, surrounding the time of the re-birth of Israel 1948. It was a time when the ministry of the evangelist was restored. During that time Billy Graham’s ministry was launched drawing remarkable crowds who gathered to hear the word of the Lord. The movement to stadiums began in order to contain the crowds.
At that time a Post-World War II Awakening began, bringing the Latter Rain Revival and the Healing Revival. Large numbers experienced revival resulting in millions being saved. A prepared generation of Christian leaders emerged at this time backed with a powerful anointing for this move of God. Millions attended Billy Graham’s Crusades at a time when college revivals broke out all across America.
In 2018, seventy years later, Billy Graham the greatest evangelist has passed into Glory, and Israel is celebrating her seventieth year of re-birth. The timing of these two events are no coincidence. For this occasion, God also put in place a President in the United States to set the world stage for Harvest, and most significantly to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem in commemoration of Israel’s 70th year. Heaven is acknowledging Israel’s divine right to exist, marking Jerusalem as God’s eternal capital and marking the beginning of the season of Harvest.
Seventy is significant of release from captivity—this Pentecost will begin a season where we will see great and effective doors open into the Harvest fields, ushering in waves of souls into the God’s family, as occurred at the first Pentecost. As the Body of Christ is grafted into Israel as Romans 11:17 states, we partake of the fat of the root and the fruit of the blessings, covenants and promises. God’s marking over history of key events in Israel to coincide with great moves of His Spirit in and through the Church reveals the reality of the One New Man created in Christ.
The Glory of God is about to descend in a fresh wave of evangelism released on the earth, and stadium gatherings prophesied by the prophets will begin to come to pass. I believe this time surrounding Israel’s birthday is the initiation of the launch of a new season of Harvest—harvest of all that has been sown in obedience…souls, finances, love, kindness and mercy. Presence filled prayer and intercession covered by God’s manifest Glory with signs and wonders will undergird this move of God.
“For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Romans” 11:15
The Glory of resurrection Life from the dead will be released to the world! God is faithful. God is Good. God is holy! He has heard all our prayers for our families and loved ones, and He will answer them! His answers will come like rains of blessings on parched land, drenching us in His Love. The hate that has been released on the earth to steal the Harvest, will be washed away by tsunami waves of love released from Heaven to open the hearts of the lost and hopeless. God is urging us to press through the trials into the Glory of obedience! This is the season we have been prepared and waiting for.
“Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3