We are living in challenging earthly circumstances right now, and it's key for us to have heavenly responses for many reasons...amen!
Sara Whitten writes about "Five Heavenly Responses" we can posture ourselves to have in this time, and she opens up with:
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As we've watched current events unfold, there is a temptation to feel powerless. The truth is that behind every negative headline and evil agenda, there is a redemption plan of the Lord. Recently, the Lord has been highlighting five responses or postures for the Church that partner with the "working all things for good" that He is doing behind the scenes.
A Return to the Gold Standard
As we've watched inflation soar, the Lord has reminded me how, in the natural, inflation is caused by deviating too much from the "gold standard." Spiritually, this is a time in which God is returning us to a "gold standard." There are many concepts that have crept into our theology (both individually and corporately) over the years which are not backed up by "gold" – the Word of God. There is a revival He is bringing that is a hunger for His Word. There are plans in the hearts of some of His people, and even the birthing of books and resources, that will be instrumental in diving deeper and reigniting passion for reading and studying His Word.
A Creative Surge Is Coming
We've also witnessed the massive contention over families, both with attacks on the identity and sexuality of our children as well as the hard-fought battle of abortion. Because the Lord uses mothers and fathers as as well as the family as the basis for creating life in the natural, this reveals that the larger attack is against all that God is creating and birthing. The heavenly response to this attack is going to come in the form of a wave of creativity. The recent overturning of Roe v Wade symbolized a protective move of Heaven over all the Lord is wanting to create. Prepare to see new innovations, ideas, inventions and creative solutions being made through Believers that the Lord is raising up.
A Smashing of Idols and a Wave of Healing
In recent years, through all that surrounded the pandemic, an idol of health and safety has been created through fear of death. Sacrifices to this idol have included sacrificing connection with others, freedom to travel and more. As a response to this, the move of Heaven is bringing a huge wave of healing, which is happening now – healing meetings, revivals, testimonies and waves of supernatural manifestations of healing that can only be done through the Lord. (Photo via Unsplash)
This will be a vehicle through which the Lord will draw many to His heart by showing His comfort and love. God will remind the world that He and He alone is the God of healing and the God who sets us free from bondage to fear, isolation and stagnation.
A New Unity After the Threshing
It may seem that contention, polarity and disunity are growing and growing, but the Lord has revealed that this is actually a threshing into unity. Just like a crucial conversation involves some conflict before a resolution is solved, issues are being aired which look only like conflict, but the result of these will actually be a stronger unification of the Church body in places we have been passive or disjointed.
A Multigenerational Work
Finally, God has repeatedly reminded me of instances in which errors are repeated due to a lack of knowing history. In the same way that we see biblical cycles of flourishing and falling into disobedience when the people forgot the Lord, we are being called to greater continuity and remembrance.
There are revivals the Lord is wanting to bring that are not new revivals but new levels of revivals that He has already started in generations past. We need to know the full picture of the puzzle we are adding on to. In order to do this, God is putting on hearts a desire to connect intergenerationally. There is an immense wealth right now in elders in the faith. We may glean from the testimonies, history and wisdom of the revivals the Lord has been building through their lives in order that we may create a more cohesive, intergenerational work that grows bigger and continues longer. Watch for open doors in mentorship, connecting with other generations and works of media aimed specifically at equipping future generations.
While there is much turmoil, when we lift our eyes to see the heavenly agenda happening behind the scenes, we can be encouraged! There is much to hope for and much to partner with if we will step in the opposite spirit of the world and step into the Holy Spirit's flow in these areas.
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Arrows of Zion
Sara Whitten is an author, speaker, equipper, and founder of Arrows of Zion Ministry. She and her husband are pastors for the youth at Impact Christian Fellowship in Kerrville, Texas. Sara is a prophetic writer that has been featured on The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, Charisma and more. She hosts "Hear God Everyday" on Charisma Podcast Network, a podcast with tools to help amplify the voice of God amidst the noise of everyday life. Sara also co-founded One Spark International, an organization that sponsors Bible-based training and education in unreached and restricted nations in order to see the gospel reach all people groups. She is also an active part of groups that train and invest in professionals wanting to use their business and marketplace skills to transform unreached nations for the Kingdom.
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