And with that...it's the time of signs...from the Lord. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Recognizing the Ways God Speaks
Over the years I have discovered that the revelatory gifts are often activated through various things for prophetic people. They can be activated through something they see, read, a piece of music, a song, an object or something in nature, etc. All these, and more, are ways the Lord can begin His process of communicating with us. This word was birthed from a statement I read that began to repeat over and over in my heart and mind. As I prayed into it over several days the Lord began to challenge me personally, but He also began to formulate the following prophetic word to share with His Church.
"Are you seeing this current situation as a 'sign of the times' – looking at it through a negative perspective – seeing doom and gloom and the end of the world? I don't want you to be ignorant of the enemy's plans, but I also don't want you to get fixated on them so that you see only them. Look again. Shift your vision. Tap into the highest use of the gift of discerning of spirits – the ability to see and understand what I'm doing – to see from My perspective and therefore to be able to cooperate with Me in love, power and wisdom.
"Instead of seeing this time and this situation as a 'sign of the times,' I want you to see it as 'the time of signs.' You might think that's just a play on words, but the difference in shifting how you see this current situation – this time – will be huge for you and others. (Photo via Unsplash)
"I am the God of hope, the God of reconciliation, the God of salvation and the God of miracles. It's a time for hope to rise in you and through you. My desire and intent is that you and I move together out there in the world; working together to release hope, bring deliverance, healing, miracles, provision, restoring mental health [and] demolishing strongholds of fear and doubt in My character [and] My goodness."
The Time of Signs
"It's time to turn from seeing this as a 'sign of the times' to seeing it as 'the time of signs.' Let Me shift your vision, so you see differently. Let Me give you My perspective, My wisdom, My hope and My faith. I'm offering you a divine exchange. If you'll surrender your current perspectives to Me and ask Me to replace them with the mind of Christ – with My wisdom, My knowledge and understanding – I will do so. Will you do that? Will you surrender your current perspective to Me and ask Me for an upgrade in perspective and thinking?
"If you do, you'll see differently. You'll walk in the world differently. You'll make this 'the time of signs' [all] that I desire it to be. Instead of a time of diminishing hope, it will become a time of increasing hope and goodness being released that will shift the world for those you minister to."
As you pray, ask the Lord to show you personally whether you have been viewing this current situation only as a 'sign of the times,' instead of seeking to find out what God wants to turn this time into. Where have you allowed a negative viewpoint to begin to take root within your heart and mind? Talk to Him about that, and as you do, surrender those views to Him and ask Him to reveal to you His perspective, wisdom, provision and the gifts He has for you to make use of during this time.
Ask for an increase in discernment and wisdom so that you can know the mind of Christ. His heart is for you to be able to discern His will, His plans, and know how to cooperate with Him in seeing those plans made manifest as reality in the world.
Pray for the Church. Many of God's children are floundering, fearful and not able to see clearly during this time. Pray for clarity of vision and a fresh resurgence of hope for them. (Photo via Unsplash)
Pray that Ephesians 1:17-19 (NIV) would be the Church's reality in this time, "...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe..."
Pray that this 'time of signs' would see God's children believe and step into the reality of what Jesus spoke about in John 14:12-14: "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it."
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Rob and Lyn Packer Ministries
Website: www.nzpropheticnetwork.com | www.robandlyn.org
Lyn Packer and her husband Rob have been in ministry for over 40 years in varying roles from youth workers through to senior pastors and now currently as itinerant ministers in New Zealand. They have ministered in many nations throughout the South Pacific, Asia, and in North America. They are a part of the Prophetic Council in New Zealand and are widely respected as prophetic ministers wherever they minister. Lyn facilitates the New Zealand Prophetic Network, a ministry similar to Elijah List in New Zealand, and leads a network for women ministers in New Zealand.
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