Believe His Prophets!
Apr 24 2006 12:00AM
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Greetings Precious Friend Of God,
Believe His Prophets!
by Jorge Parrott
How many of you have been re-positioned in the last two or three years? Many have told me of being in different, even harder, battles than at any other time in their lives. Others have spoken of being taken from the familiar to the unfamiliar where despair, weariness, confusion or even witchcraft has brought times of destruction, loss, fatigue and sorrow. Take heart in what the Word and the Spirit says. Years from now, looking back, you will say, “those really were times of temporary light affliction, for where the Lord was taking me, it was crucial He prepared me in this way. There really was not another way, thank you Lord, for how You love me so.”
What can be shaken will be shaken, so that which cannot be shaken shall remain. Some have even fallen away and believe the battle is too hard. Though it seems to some that God has given up on them, He never does. Though what worked in the past does not work now, still God is guiding and directing our daily steps and watching over us with a love we barely comprehend. Stand strong and be courageous.
We have many friends who have moved or are about to move from one apartment or house to another house. Some even have been called to other nations. CMM has been extremely blessed in the last year and a half to have many mighty men and women of God respond to the Lord in bringing them to the CMM family. (We are working to get all the updates published here and on the website). So as many in the natural are being re-located, I believe that many in the spiritual have the opportunity to be re-positioned in this season. It is not automatic but conditional on our obedience and faith.
God has shifted the playing field from the familiar to the unfamiliar once more. You know, it is in our human nature to slide into a particular comfort zone, when God’s intention is for us to walk by faith, not by sight, and seek Him daily, to surrender our will to His, and to stay on our “spiritual toes” moment by moment. He says, “My sheep know My voice”. I call it the gravity of human nature for us to fall into places where God does not intend for us to go. It is a trap of the enemy. Many in the west can not handle interruptions to our agendas. I must tell you that much of Jesus’ ministry was the result of interruptions. Get used to the changes, the interruptions, rest in Him and nothing can shake you.
Last fall, when I ask the Lord to give me a word to share about 2006, I believe He said, “to rest in the change, the rapid change. Many will not be able to handle all the changes, but get strong in Me, in listening to Me, doing things My way, not yours”.
Conscious pursuit of the Lord takes stillness inside our selves. I have seen personally the devastation that comes from losing that connection with the Spirit of God. Who moved? Often in our efforts to “do ministry” we forget or stray from the necessity of our “first love”. Our ‘busy-ness’ is the playground of the devil and opens the door for evil intrusion.
Vince Lombardi, the great Green Bay Packer coach of years gone by, used to tell his players on opening day of training season the following, as he held up a football, “this is a football”. Imagine standing in front of the best of the best in professional football and telling them that! Well, the Spirit of God is saying to His bride the same thing.
The Western mind is so good at confusing the simplicity of the Gospel. Like many, I have personally witnessed the reality of God’s miracle-working power in many lives. Miracles in the west and in the US are increasing. In many nations where there is oppression, extreme hunger and poverty, what I call “a pressure cooker environment” and where there is a “God must come through or we will die” mindset, or should I say, heartset, exists, God’s glory is allowed to work and God’s transforming, resurrection-healing-power and love flow freely lives are changed miraculously.
In the west we want to "logic" everything Biblical. God's ways are not our ways. His thoughts are far above our thoughts. We can reason our way out of our salvation and all its blessings. How about we just 'get out of the way', and let God do His thing.
This day is the “now time” to get before the “Now God” and be still, knowing Who He is and to believe we are who He says we are. His Word is alive and living in us. This day is the day to believe we have divine purpose and to focus only on those things the Father calls us to. He wants us to be surrendered, knowing this battle is won already. The completed work of Jesus Christ is a completed work. Rest in knowing that. His Word and His Spirit give us what we need to be nation changers.
One visit from a prophetic voice to the key gatekeepers in a region can unleash the windows of Heaven, bringing about community, even national transformation. First, in the spiritual, then in the natural, what God speaks forth through His prophets can trigger an outpouring of intercession, fasting, prayer, and strategic revelation that includes everything from healthcare reform, to changes in the judicial system in that region. God is a God of truth, righteousness, mercy, and judgment.
As the hunger for more of knowing God intertwines the hearts of community and church leaders and the fire spreads in the younger generation, a Holy Spirit fire will fall in the days ahead. As we stay focused on believing the way God wants us to believe, and seeing ourselves and others the way God wants us to see, then we will lay aside every weight, every self-centered hindrance to God’s purposes being fulfilled in that region. When we get out of ourselves and into God, that is serving others and loving others even more than we love ourselves, when we realize that if we are indeed new creations in Christ Jesus, what does it matter what He asks us to do, it is all about obeying and having a servants heart. Remember Jesus?
This a time of dispatched ambassadors of Christ to go forth, locally and globally, with a prophetic vision to see the nations turn to God, one heart at a time. Only by faith can we please God. The joy of the Lord is our strength. If we want to be strong in the days ahead, we need more joy. His joy is our strength. May a fresh revelation of His joy settle in you for the battle that lays ahead for you. This shall be one of knowing, not just knowing, but believing that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”
v.20:20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
Note that the above scripture is v. 20:20. Have you been asking for clearer vision? This verse says when we believe in the Lord our God, we shall be established and we are to believe His prophets, and we shall prosper. Twenty twenty vision is clarity and simplicity and believing. May you believe the way God wants you to believe.
Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, Who is with you! Go forth in His name, oh mighty one, called, sent, and equipped with all you need to be a successful overcomer, by His grace! You are ready. Take your land!