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In my ten years of praying for life, never have I seen the debate of abortion more prominent in the eyes of the world, nor I have ever seen it fiercer than it is right now. Why? Because I believe that the tide of the battle IS turning!
A Choice to Stand in the Gap or Continue in Exile
Last year, the Holy Spirit led me to research about Daniel when he was in exile. Daniel recognized that God was a God of times and seasons, and he understood that the Israelites had been given over to their enemies for a time and a season of exile because of their sin and unrepentance. Those seasons of time in Scripture were 40, 50 or 70 years, with the ability for those years to increase, depending on their unwillingness to repent. Daniel knew that there was only a matter of years remaining in the 70 year period of exile, and so he petitioned his people to repent and turn back to God, or the exile could increase to another 40, 50 or 70 years. Because of Daniel, God's people repented and their exile ended on the 70-year mark and they returned to their homeland.
I strongly believe that we are in a similar season of time, as God is still a God who works in times and seasons. While God will give people over into their choices and sins, He won't stand idly by when innocent bloodshed is happening and continuing at such a vast and rapid rate, and I feel this so profoundly – this genocide is on His heart. He is causing His righteous to STAND UP in this hour. He is bringing this atrocity to the attention of His Church and He is asking us to MOVE, SPEAK, ACT and PETITION Heaven on the behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.
The evils of Roe v. Wade were established exactly 46 years ago on January 22nd, 1973. With only four years remaining until the mark of 50 years, I believe we are in a pressure-cooker of time right now, which is why abortion is at the forefront of social media posts and almost every news outlet. In the New Covenant, we are the righteous armor-bearers of our nations.
We have a choice to stand in the gap, to repent on behalf of the sins of our nations and watch as the mighty hand of the Lord MOVES to deliver a generation of little ones currently held in the grips of the evil one, as well as their mothers who have been lied to. Or, as a Church, we can do nothing. If we do nothing, this exile could very well continue into 70 years. I don't believe it will, but if we do nothing, it certainly can. I feel such a strong and weighty urgency on this. It is at the forefront of God's heart right now to overturn Roe v. Wade, and SOON.
A Movement of Truth and Adoption
As with any atrocity, God always has an answer, and I believe He is moving in preparation with this answer before Roe is overturned. That answer is adoption. Right now, there is a swift movement that is taking place across the earth. People's eyes are being opened to this silent holocaust and hearts are being awakened. Movies like "Gosnell" are being released to awaken every eye to see what is happening behind closed doors. Another movie is about to be released called "Unplanned" and we were blessed to see the pre-screening of this last month.
The timing is strategic of God. He needs us to see the evils and confront them head-on. David didn't run from Goliath, he ran TOWARD Goliath and confronted him face to face. Likewise, we are not a Church or a people who hide from or back down from the overwhelming evils of abortion, but rather, we are a people who RUN toward it, holding the standard of righteousness, and decree, "NOT ON OUR WATCH!"
I have also been noticing movies that are coming out about adoption and countless media articles reporting about families adopting babies. I believe we are going to see adoption move more into the forefront of people's hearts and minds, and I believe the Spirit of God is going to impress adoption upon families and individuals in preparation.
We are going to see a wave of adoption emerge as God prepares the hearts of nations to move into the heart of adoption as an answer to the lives of a generation that would otherwise be lost. If you have been sensing that tug of the heart toward adoption, I feel to tell you – get your papers prepared now, lodge your applications. God is moving and we are going to need an army of adoptive families to be the answer.
I also hear the Father saying that the next four years will be a significant time where we will see fathers emerging. True fathers who carry the heart of the Father will emerge and arise. Where we have had a generation of "orphans," spiritually speaking, fathers will emerge onto the scene, anointed with the Father heart of God to raise up a generation of lost sons and daughters. We will see this both in the Church and outside of the Church; we will see men who have not bowed to the current political waves of emasculation, but rather, they will be secure in their masculinity, they will walk in the ways of the Father and know how to speak life and truth into those who are lost and hurting. Fathers who will come alongside broken daughters and speak destiny and hope into their situations, fathers who raise up boys as men, they will raise up a new generation and see a lost and stolen generation restored.
I keep seeing Isaiah 61 over the coming years:
"I am sent to announce a new seasons of Yahweh's grace
And a time of God's recompense on His enemies,
To comfort all who are in sorrow,
To strengthen those crushed by despair who mourn in Zion –
To give them a beautiful bouquet in the place of ashes,
The oil of bliss instead of tears
And the mantle of joyous praise
Instead of the spirit of heaviness.
Because of this, they will be known as Mighty Oaks of Righteousness,
Planted by Yahweh as a living display of His glory.
They will restore ruins from long ago
And rebuild what was long devastated.
They will renew ruined cities
And desolations of past generations."
(Isaiah 61:2-4 TPT)
The Hammering Beak of the Woodpecker
Just weeks ago, Nate and I, together with our girls and some new friends who are involved with the movie "Unplanned," went up to Griffith Observatory in L.A to pray. As we overlooked the vast expanses of Los Angeles, we prayed over these very things: for the fathers to emerge, for the nation of America, for Hollywood and to see an end to abortion. As soon as we finished praying, we were walking back to our cars when suddenly three woodpecker birds perched on one tree directly in front of us and began hammering away. It struck me immediately that there was something profound to them being there at that very moment.
A crowd gathered around us as we watched these woodpeckers hammering at the tree. In researching about woodpeckers, I discovered that God designed them with a very specific beak. Where other birds would create significant damage to their beaks and bone structures if they attempted to do what the woodpecker does, these birds have been given a tool of sorts to "break through" the hard exterior of trees. I felt impressed by the Holy Spirit that in a similar way, He has given us specific tools to hammer away and break through what seems to be hard or impossible ground. The key is repetition and not giving up. The fact there were three woodpeckers on one tree prophetically points to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit being our very tools of "force" to break through what has been withheld and delayed for many generations.
Let's prophesy, decree and pray that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and we will MARVEL at how God shifts the hearts and minds of the nations. We will marvel at how the Spirit of God works through us to take down this Goliath. I want to encourage those reading this, don't give up now, don't stop, mighty ones. Keep sharing the truth on social media, keep talking about this with those around you. Speak the truth in your church places, marketplaces and homes. God is moving and He is moving THROUGH us. Do not fear, for God is for you, speak in courage and in BOLDNESS for He is moving through you in power and authority. Your voice is needed. Your prayers are needed. You are the salt and light of the earth and together, we will be the generation that ends abortion. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Christy Johnston was born and raised in Australia. After living the majority of her life plagued with insecurity and fear, she came to learn the power of her identity in Christ. She now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and life into God's sons and daughters through her passion of writing, uncovering the truths of living in grace and freedom through our identity in Christ. Nate and Christy have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and currently live on the Gold Coast in Australia.