New Epoch Part 2 : Obedience & Willingness
My family- it is so important we, the Church recognize we have moved into a new spiritual Epoch. What seems unprecedented around us outwardly, the carnal things we see with our physical senses, is paled by the unprecedented times we have entered spiritually. Father has closed doors and paths that have been permitted to operate since the Reformation 500 years ago. That season is over.
I will emphatically repeat myself. That season is over. Forever. We have entered into the season of new wine.
This new epoch is a call for the Church to begin getting into alignment with a new way of being the Living manifestation of Jesus on the earth. Dogma, born-again religion and self-validation have no place to operate in the kingdom anymore.
Father is searching out the heart of His children to see who will allow Him to transform ones’ heart to steward this new wine. This new season will require commitment, passion and above all, that Jesus becomes our First-Love in all areas of our heart. Let’s pause for a moment to re-lay and recap on some basics.
“But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.” 1 Cor 14:3
Please remember that prophecy means simply Father’s heart, desire and intention revealed to His creation.
I can think of nothing more edifying, encouraging or comforting to know and understand what is on Father’s heart so that I can flow with it in His unconditional love and communion. I want deeper intimacy with my Creator. If you are reading this blog, I know you do as well.
Where is the Church?
A great dismantling is under way. Mantles, callings, influence and kingdom resources are being re-allocated to those willing to answer the call. This has nothing to do with how much we are loved by our Father, Lord and Counselor. This is about relational covenant and partnering with our Commander-in-Chief. Father-God always loves us unconditionally (link), even if we choose to not partner with Him very much.
The fellowships and ministries that have had a place of influence within communities across this nation and across this entire generation are being called to account. This is love for the lost. This is love for the nations. This is love for His children He longs to set free from hurt, pain and fear.
We are in this season of things being called to account. Ledgers are now open in Heaven. Above all else, we need to remember God is Love. Make no mistake: this season is, as are all Father’s seasons in their varied forms, a demonstration of Love.
- It was Love that forced us to be shut in with our family.
- It was Love that has allowed us the opportunity to deepen family relationships in Christ.
(At the top of this list are our children of this generation that were fast approaching being consumed by the world under the Church’s nose).
The degree we will smoothly navigate and flow with this season will be directly tied to our obedience and willingness to Father’s plans.
The Crux: Obedience & Willingness
Cooperating with this season means us understanding 2 kingdom principles. Obedience and Willingness. Let’s begin with the “easy” part. Obedience. Obedience is based solely on action. Though the Greek word is a noun, it in fact is irrevocably tied to action. In short, what we chose to do. God speaks, we move on that spoken Word. This is obedience.
Willingness is a whole different matter. Willingness deals with the heart; the position of the soul, where the seat of intention lies. Our hearts must be soft, pliable, submissive and above all, motivated from a place of love.
Obedience addresses outward action and outer compliance.
Willingness deals with inner action and inner compliance.
While obedience deals with the physical realm, willingness deals with the condition of our soul toward God, man and ourselves. Obedience is necessary in order to begin fulfilling our side of any kingdom covenant agreement. Willingness is the vital component to actually bring the promises to completion. An amazing example of this distinction can be found in the story of Balaam in Numbers 22. This portion of scripture has often been mis-taught and caused so much confusion because we have not applied the principles of obedience verse willingness. It applies directly to the Church in his hour.
We must never lose sight of the truth that Father is interested in intimacy. Intimacy is tied directly to our desire, and intention.
How This applies to this Season in the Body of Christ
There are great portions of the body of Christ that are content to show outward signs of obedience to what Father wants to do in us and through us, but many are still stubbornly unwilling to change the attitude of our hearts.
We are choosing to hold onto our own desires and our own intentions. Many within the Church are still trying to accomplish things through our own strength and gifts and determination. Many are not willing to submit to God’s calling in this season.
What will this look like?
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rev 3:20
To the degree we have allowed Jesus to deal with some challenging realities within us (do we need to forgive? Have we repented from finding self-worth from money, titles, prestige, or the lack of any of these things?) is the degree in which we will flow with this season.
Grace in the form of “time” will now begin to become grace in the form of a “crucible.” As hidden things continue to come to light, Jesus will continue to allow circumstances to press upon us to grind away that which is not of Him.
This is Love, not anger!! I cannot stress this enough. 🙂
“The words “once more” indicate the removal of what can be shaken–that is, created things–so that what cannot be shaken may remain.” Heb 12:27
Jesus is shaking away from her bride all this is not of His eternal nature. The United States needs to once again be a Light to the lost in this nation. The United States needs the Body of Christ to once again live, and be willing to die, NOT as Americans who happen to be born-again, but rather Citizens of Heaven, who happen to live in America.
Do we need to ask the Holy Spirit to deal with the areas of our thinking, our reasoning, and the motives of why we do the things we do? How much do we think about the neighbors in our community? How often do we feel the pain of a stranger at the supermarket?
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Cor 6:20
If every aspect of our being has been purchased by the Blood of Jesus, why do we still think it is OK to live under forms of Law? Do we truly think 10% belongs to God, and we get to keep 90% for our own desires and motives?
Shall we continue to pick and choose which aspects of the Mosaic and New Covenant we will live under?
Things To Come
The fear of Covid-19 is soon being replaced with the bit and bridle of things outside our control. While Father gave us a time to heal in the secret places of our home, He is now going to allow us the time to heal under the Hand of some tumultuous circumstances.
This season is designed to set us free and increase the depth of our intimacy with our Wonderful Father!!!
We can give Jesus permission to look at what truly makes us tick, and where we have allowed our personal religion, worldly comfort, or ambitions to callous our heart to the heart of our Father.
There is time. Remember please, the things we will see in the physical world (school, health, weather, and social disruptions) are only shadows of what is truly taking place in the heavenlies.
Father is aligning His Church. This fall will begin a new time to examine our relationship with Jesus and allow His love to wash away whatever is not of His kingdom, either in action or motive. There is so much healing and joy and expressions of His love for us that He is longing to lavish upon His child. He wishes to pour this out upon each and every one of us. We do not need to be afraid of change or of the present circumstances pressing upon us. Father is faithful, and He is using it to set us free. Please, let us not squander this season.
Let us unconditionally love and encourage each other to grab everything we are meant to lay hold of in this hour. We will not regret it.
More to come, my Family…