At this momentous hour of history, the people of God are poised at a crossroads where we are being called to make significant and possibly tough choices having the potential to shape the future. We have been positioned in the doorway of destiny, the door of beginnings and of endings…of things being wrapped up in our lives, doors closing, and loose ends tied—a season being completed. As the door closes behind us w stand in anticipation of an era of strength now opening up before us, a time of purpose released, of destiny called forth into fruition. This is the time to stake your ground, set your face with resolve to build and finish well, in an hour of great possibilities, a time of maturity realized, graced with wisdom and understanding. A Rising!
I have been hearing certain words resounding in my spirit of late—two of which are RISE and RISING. When checking the definitions of words, I will usually receive more revelation from the Lord. Rising means: going up, increasing, or going upward; advancing to maturity or high standing; approaching a higher level, or grade. To Increase, to get up from a lying position, be restored to life, move to a higher position. These definitions all represent this notable hour and the Lord’s work in a people completed for Glory.
There is a rising coming for the Body of Christ—a rising within Him, in His ways, in His love; rising up to be free in Christ. Rising up in the Glory of the Son. A Rising can also mean a revolution or revolt—it is time to rise up and push back the powers of darkness trying to encroach and violate our lives!
“SO MAY ALL YOUR ENEMIES PERISH, LORD! BUT MAY ALL WHO LOVE YOU BE LIKE THE SUN WHEN IT RISES IN ITS STRENGTH.” Judges 5:31
We are being called to rise up like Deborah and take our place in history, to rise up like Jael and seize the day, to rise to the occasion that is presenting for which we were created. Rise to believe that you can overcome, because much greater is He that lives in you, the One He who has overcome the world—than the one who is under your feet! The force that is holding the world together lives inside of us! With the grasping of this truth comes the revelation that nothing is or can be impossible to those who believe in Him
An Apostolic Thrust
Another word that has taken hold in my mind is the word thrust. Thrust means: to push something or someone suddenly or violently in the specified direction: to move or advance; the propulsive force of a jet or rocket.
Recently I heard the Lord say I am calling for an APOSTOLIC RISING and an APOSTOLIC THRUST! The silver trumpet that calls for the leaders to take their place, to be ready, is resounding loudly with a clear sound. The days of preparation are being wrapped up as our harvest has come. There is an apostolic arising taking place in the power of the Holy Spirit. After death comes resurrection. There are a people hearing the sound and are rising, coming out of graves where strongholds and circumstances have kept them bound. The cry of the Lord can be heard, “Be loosed and arise to life, to the upward call in Christ.” People are coming out of the crucible of Fire prepared as agents of transformation.
God is saying that this is the time to make your voice heard! Esther 4:14 is a passage in scripture that I am very familiar with that I have spoken and written on many times, I was therefore very surprised when I read it recently and saw the words: “For if you are silent…” as if I had never seen them. I felt the Lord saying that this was not a time to be silent, this was an hour to make our voices heard, to be very courageous and bold (with wisdom). God is listening, He desires to hear our courageous voices proclaiming His Word, that we become living testaments of His truth.:
“YOU WHO DWELL IN THE GARDENS, THE COMPANIONS LISTEN FOR YOUR VOICE— LET ME HEAR IT!” SONGS 8:13
It is time to speak, to shout and let our voices be heard. It is time to LIVE, but to live as one who has perished who does not love their lives so much as to be afraid of death (Rev. 12). Dead men don’t fear, dead men don’t get offended; dead men become fully alive in Christ! Jesus said that if we were willing to lose our life we would gain it!
Get your containers of Glory ready!
We have been given a window of time to run a race of strength. It is time to run with all our might, time to live, time to speak, time to write if you are called to write; time to start that business, time to sing that song, paint that masterpiece. It is time to truly live like we have never lived before. Time for our God-ordained container representing our life’s vision and call to come forth. There are many unique containers, designed specifically to fit our portion of the harvest.
Ask God what is your container, what is its structure, its dynamics, its purpose in the harvest. God is trying to break through our old mindsets to conform and transform us to see and understand in new ways, to have the renewed mind of Christ to meet the challenges of the harvest with innovative and creative containers of Glory. He is shaking things that are stagnant and old that cannot serve Him in this distinctive hour.
A container is a vessel created for the transportation of goods—your particular goods reflecting your light that has come (Is. 60:1). A container can be a stationary vessel, or it can be adapted to many modes of transportation—road, sea, air or cyberspace. Your container is both you and the framework or mode through which your particular goods are delivered. You are a container of God’s Glory carrying the treasures, goods and supplies of the kingdom to a parched earth. You are an exceptional vessel, with a specialized call and a matchless container God has fashioned just for you. Let your Light shine, let your container fulfil its call in preparing the Highway for our God!
“Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!” Isaiah 40:3 NLT