When our family was very little, we noticed that one of our boys had a strong prophetic gifting. We were very amazed at how he would speak out and have endless words of knowledge in general life, without really trying or knowing a thing about a circumstance. I recall the time he came into the bathroom, as I was cleaning the bath, and announced for me to ring my friend Michele. I got up and did so, and found out she was in great pain, needing some comfort on a difficult day!
Another time, we were in church, and our son rose up in the middle of a meeting and prophesied. He was four years old at the time. The church had had so many words about prayer and seeking God and to be honest they ignored them all. One of the pastors was giving a message to the leaders which we had been invited to. The pastor was saying how sometimes God just speaks in a soft voice and you can hardly hear it. Suddenly out of nowhere, our little boy stood up, after having been lying on the floor listening to this and yelled out “and sometimes He shouts!”Needless to say, that was the end of that.
Indeed, sometimes God shouts at His Bride.
It’s a bit like that in marriage, right? You can have an argument but until you really listen you won’t hear. Someone can be shouting at you, but you can’t hear it because your heart is not listening.
In community, we can develop a listening culture around the prophetic. When God speaks through one prophet, it is super important we take notice. Sometimes prophetic words can clash and so we need to defer to one another in a spirit of humility. Or perhaps everyone has a part of the word, but it’s a case of discerning the overall anatomy of the word. An immature prophet will think this is a paradox that cannot be understood, but God is able to give grace to hear all that He is saying through different sources, whilst still holding it in check with wisdom and intelligence.
The word communicate, is the Greek word koinonikos, which comes from the word koinonia, the word for fellowship. This reveals to us the similarity between coming together and listening! Community is a listening place, where we tune our hearts and lives to the voice of God. The greatest gift we give ourselves is the time to stop and tune in – to listen and to observe. It’s in these times we will hear both the whispers of God or perhaps we might hear His shouts too! One thing is for sure, we won’t miss God if we are keen to learn. It takes effort for true prophetic community to develop.
In what areas of your heart life is God speaking today? In what ways has your community developed a prophetic culture? If you are a leader, how can you help develop a community of tuned in listening people?
We are living in an era where the darkness is increasing in our post-modern and post truth world, but at the same time, the light is getting brighter on the earth! We are also living in an era where love and miracles are probably the only way the world will see His glory on the church!
I’m releasing this word because of a series of encounters I’ve had in 2020 where I feel that God has given me a fresh glimpse of the power and enormous strength that love has to change nations. Love is not just a feeling, but instead a truly powerful force to change the very atmosphere of culture. This word might seem somewhat naïve or simple. It is.
Welcome to the simplicity of the gospel! The power of the gospel is the power to change nations with love being the very source of that power.
LOVE IS THE ESSENCE OF WHO GOD IS AND IS THE PLATFORM UPON WHICH ALL OTHER PLATFORMS ARE BUILT AND ESTABLISHED.
As believers, we cannot force change upon our society. We can’t change culture by forcing God’s ways on anyone. Furthermore, we cannot legislate righteousness because righteousness is a by-product of becoming a new creation. Instead, if we want to change society, we must first win hearts by practicing and leading with His love. Further to that, we must build up the community of love on the earth – His church. This is the blueprint of heaven – light invading culture with love!
The problem of course, is that through history, the church has often resorted to desperate measures to change culture. Every time the church does this, it is a departure from the authority, that practicing love can bring. Fear is the opposite of love and causes us to become controlling and deeply untrusting of the Lord’s ability to reign. As a result, the church crosses the line and begins to try to legislate how others feel or think.
When the church tries to dictate righteousness through the flesh, it fails at recognising that the Kingdom is in the realm of the Spirit; not the natural.
HERE’S THE THING – WE CANNOT FIGHT THE FLESH WITH THE FLESH!
We can’t fight the ways of the world with our ability to be anything- not even being smart, clever or wise! Jesus Himself said “If My Kingdom was of this world my servants would fight!” (John 18:36)
In our current cultural climate, the polarization of the various views and ideas has divided the world and even now has brought great pain into the church as the worldwide church has taken this hit by falling in with the enemy’s plan. The fruit is division.
This division is being fuelled by a rampant political spirit that seeks us to turn on our brothers!
What a plan! The enemy knows exactly what he is doing. He has crafted the political spirit to work for his purposes and Christians are so susceptible to coming under this spirit because of the temptation to strive, to do “God’s work.”
BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF HEROD
Jesus warned us of many things in the New Testament, and one of the most important warnings was to: “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” (Mark 8:15)
The leaven of the Pharisees is obviously the subtle influence of the religious spirit. The leaven of Herod is widely understood to be the subtle influence of the political spirit.
The political spirit, by definition, is a deceptive spirit that operates subtly through the machinery of worldly politics and creeps into the church masked under the seemingly noble ideologies of patriotism and governmental administration. If we are called to leadership, we have to be clean of the subtle influence of this spirit. It is possible to be free from it, because Jesus was. He managed to speak to the political system without getting in any way robbed of His peace and especially of His love.
This spirit has several fruits and the main one being that it polarizes and causes extreme division.
Of course, it is simply not the Lord’s agenda to rule in such a manner. As leaders and prophets in the Body, we are called to stay away from this temptation and instead live with our heart’s motivation being to bring unity, peace and love. Remember Paul warned against division in 1 Corinthians 12:25; “that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.”
One of the main aims of the political spirit, is to shift us away from God towards the power of man alone to transform society. It is therefore a form of idolatry when we yield to it. This spirit is more than a mindset or attitude it is a spiritual power.
The political spirit is a principality that seeks to overtly draw believers into battles we were not created for!
We need to recognise the difference between participating in government and participating in partisan politics. The church is unquestionably mandated to engage government but never to come under the political spirit.
God says stand and watch Him fight. Does that automatically mean that we don’t fight at all? Not at all. There are times when we are meant to be activists but there are times when we are called to be prayer warriors who trust God to do what only He can do. And if our activism leads us to hate or disrespect, then it’s time to lay it down!
Lastly, this spirit will cause us to compromise our love for God and for others by dividing and separating from others in a highly judging, critical manner. All of us have yielded to it, when we were enticed to “point the finger” at others for thinking differently to us.
MOVE IN THE OPPOSITE SPIRIT
As believers, we must be 100% free of the political mindset. We are not called to fight flesh and blood but principalities and powers through moving in the opposite spirit – working towards unity and oneness in the Body and even with the world where we can!
Let God be God and let Him convict the world of unrighteousness. The church is at risk right now of losing her platform if we do not do the hard yards of being lovers of humanity!
When the political spirit intensifies over a nation, it leads to hate, racial divides and even to think in a superior or a vindictive manner. It is not from God (need that be said?), but instead it is a spirit designed to destroy the work of God and His good name.
This spirit is so dangerous, it actually breaks down Kingdom advances and causes damage to His name. It undoes the reputation of the church and the ability to rise in a manner worthy of our calling. I personally think that 2020 is one of those seasons where the battle is so in the Spirit that if you try to fight in the flesh you end up in the flesh! You’ve seen it on the social media platforms – which causes Christians to act in a way that is destructive to their character! What a departure from love!
The current political atmosphere is charged by this political spirit that has enticed and even seduced many to engage in its ultimate plan; to cultivate a culture of disdain towards others.
Right now, we have to rise above it, so we don’t come under it!
COME UP HIGHER BELOVED
When Jesus says to: “Come up here” in the book of Revelation (4:1), He wasn’t kidding.
He calls us to live from the heights of His love in the Heavens – a place where there is no division, judgement or death – a place where you have unfiltered and unhindered fellowship with God and totally unity with all believers!
For the church to shine in this hour we must stay soft – not harden our hearts to others because of fear!
To say that love is the answer, might seem so basic! But if we can grasp this, then we can love our way through all kinds of evil and even chaos, and still come through looking like Jesus to the world. Think of the love that so many demonstrated in the midst of the Nazi regime. Powerful love and forgiveness was demonstrated and revealed through the kindness of many, and love won time and again.
God works in the midst of the chaos and the darkness. If you try to eradicate the darkness, you’re missing the point. Only light and love can conquer it! If we try to fight all the different things that are becoming mainstream ideas, we will end up fried (burnt out). Many believers give it a go, but often find themselves losing their fire, by fighting the wrong battles.
I FEEL THE LORD WARNING THE CHURCH RIGHT NOW – TO COME OUT FROM UNDER THE POLITICAL SPIRIT AS IT IS CAUSING DIVISION AND HATE.
INSTEAD COME UNDER THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BE AN EXPRESSION OF THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW!
The political spirit is at enmity with the Spirit of prophecy because it is driven by earthly political agendas and these agendas exalt man and political culture rather than Christ and His Kingdom culture.
The prophetic community needs to recover her royal assignment of speaking from heaven into the chaos, corruption and confusion of living in a post-truth world by calling us to live in a manner that looks like Christ! According to the scriptures, that is not too much to ask!
Our prophetic mandate is to speak truth to power and model love to the world. Jesus made our assignment clear.
Unfortunately, there are so many lies being used to keep us all hooked on “information” that keeps us moving away from the heart of God, and intrigued by the information at hand. As if that wasn’t bad enough, we now must discern the use of deliberate disinformation. This is one of the most powerful tools of the political spirit to hook you into a battle that keeps you pre-occupied and not sure what to believe.
How can you tell if what you are believing is good or bad? First, examine the fruit! Second, give it time to become manifest. Fruit has a way of revealing itself. Look at what is motivating certain political views and ask the right questions.
One thing is for sure – Jesus said you will ultimately know them according to their fruit.
We know fruit to be Christlike character of love, peace, patience, kindness etc. and looking like Christ (Matthew 7:15). In this verse, Jesus was speaking directly to the prophets. I believe this word of examining the fruit in leaders, prophets and communities is the plumbline of 2020.
HAVE YOU PASSED YOUR LOVE TESTS?
HAVE YOU LET GOD TAKE YOU UP AND BEYOND THE RHETORIC OF A THOUSAND VOICES AND THE THOUSAND LOUD TRUMPETS THAT SEEM TO BE BLASTING?
Recently it feels like we have literally been in the book of Revelation. Check this verse:
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” (Revelation 16:13)
There are a lot of false narratives around and the Father wants us to live well above them all. It’s time for a fresh discernment to see how these unclean spirits are hiding.
He is releasing fresh eyes to see and fresh discernment. Don’t be taken captive by political agendas that take you down a road of power, fame and the exaltation of man. Listen, God can fix society… but if we fail our love tests, we won’t have a platform to speak.
At stake in all this, is the prophetic witness of the church in the 21st century!
Imagine if the church recovered her royal assignment of speaking truth to power by raising her voice in the marketplace and calling politicians on their use of disinformation and lack of love? This verse speaks straight to it:
“Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond. Say to them, “This is the nation whose people will not obey the Lord their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips!” (Jeremiah 7:27,28 NLT)
The church is meant to be speaking to the false; not being absorbed by hate, rudeness and disrespect. He will deal with that which is false and the liars who have not been led by the Spirit but by their own power.
Further to that, government leaders are called to uphold righteousness, justice and truth and even love! Biblically, the corrupt politicians were frequently the target of fiery prophets in the Old Testament. Second in line were the ‘prophets’ and ‘preachers’ who were in bed with the politicians:
“Your politicians are like wolves prowling and killing and rapaciously taking whatever they want. Your preachers cover up for the politicians by pretending to have received visions and special revelations. They say, “This is what God, the Master, says” when God hasn’t said so much as one word. Extortion is rife, robbery is epidemic, the poor and needy are abused, outsiders are kicked around at will, with no access to justice. “I looked for someone to stand up for Me against all this, to repair the defences of the city, to take a stand for Me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone. Not one.” (Ezekiel 22:27-30 MSG)
As a prophetic movement in an age of chaos, it is time to put some distance between our voice and the voice of earthly political power.
Dear prophets – be wary of the seduction of political power that is offered you in this day. It is time to interrupt the silence and to speak truth to power with one clear prophetic voice – a voice that calls us to love without reservation.
So many of the prophets have currently been hijacked by this political spirit and find themselves fighting a political battle.
The biblical mandate is for prophets to call us to live from the heart so love can increase. Remember the admonition to care for one another! Is your heart broken for the poor, the nations and all the many ethnicities and races?
Have you passed your love tests in 2020 -the year of the reset? If so, you’ll know it and if not, grace is available to upgrade your love levels right now.
STAY CLEAN AS A PROPHETIC PEOPLE
For us as a prophetic company, we must be continually upgrading our love and our confidence in His Lordship and authority way more than any earthly nation or authority. If you have placed man in the place where only God is meant to be, then you need to get clean from that.
The battle is always to stay clean as a prophetic people and live with your eyes on Christ… not the world. He is Lord, not a president or a prime minister. He can legislate the redemption necessary in our broken and fallen world. He can heal and restore, and He is in control.
Daniel lived under Nebuchadnezzar and God heard His prayers and placed Him in great favour. Your favour as a believer has nothing to do with your status and your actual influence in worldly terms. Instead, it has to do with how well you are known in Heaven and how well did you cleave to His voice.
Beloved, we must pass every test of love – even with those you don’t agree with –this includes even your “political enemies!” No one will remember the believers for their great arguments and ability to be right. Instead, the Word clearly says that the world will know us for our love. A love that doesn’t diminish when someone is of another belief.
God’s remedy is always quite different to ours.
For us as a prophetic company, we are called to be a people who live from Heaven. This means not being terrified of the days we are in, because God has a plan to prosper the Bride even in dark days! Recently, it was said of Billy Graham that he resisted the pull of partisanship, stood in the middle and was able to respect all the different people God gave him favour with in government. He was not swayed and knew his assignment was to be a prophetic voice of the Father’s love. A man who passed his love tests and stayed faithful to the Kingdom mandate.
Beloved, be filled with love so you don’t buy into the political spirit!
A LOVE REFORMATION
JESUS IS SHOUTING, I AM LOVE, I AM ABLE TO LEAD MY PEOPLE TO VICTORY ACCORDING TO MY HEART AND MY PATTERN; THE PATTERN OF LOVE!
IT’S TIME FOR THE ARMY OF LOVE TO ARISE IN THE EARTH.
Listen to Paul’s prophetic advice:
“You are always and dearly loved by God! So, robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavour to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark of true maturity. Let your heart be always guided by the peace of the Anointed One, who called you to peace as part of His one body. And always be thankful.” (Colossians 3:12 -15 TPT)
Love is the hallmark of mature Christians!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AS YOU FINISH WELL IN 2020 AND …..YES, THERE IS STILL TIME TO PASS ALL YOUR LOVE TESTS!
TEN THINGS GOD IS RESTORING TO THE BRIDE IN THE 2020s
Prophecy is both sight into the future, but it is also an invitation to create God’s purposes on earth! It is a signpost to the Heavenly world of His Kingdom!
Recently I heard the Lord say: “If you critique the problem, without prophesying the answer, then you’ll need to switch over to My Team”
Beloved… I encourage you to see, prophesy and build with divine sight and be careful what you speak. Speak what you know is going to edify and build His plans which is prophetic fulfillment!
I wanted to release this word today on 22.2.2020 as it is a significant day being the day of NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING.
GOD IS ON THE MOVE. Don’t despise the days of weakness, fire or smallness. He is on the move in the nations. Soon the world will begin to see what God has been doing in secret all along!
Preparing His Bride is His first passion. He will reveal many things in 2020s. If your heart is sick – get it healed in His presence. If your body is tired – get it filled up! If your life needs renewing- press in! Now is a time to seek Him. There’s nothing but good things coming in the midst of the nations shaking! You have to have eyes to see! Our best days are ahead!
Here’s 10 things I believe God is restoring in the 2020s!
1. Extreme Hope. God has plans and He is not going to back down on them ever! As the worldwide church we are not done – we are just beginning! The best days are coming and are upon us. All the previous contractions of the Spirit were warmups to the big waves of glory that are coming! Hope is going to be fully restored to the Body of Christ, like we’ve never imagined. This hope is like liquid gold and a divine medicine for the heartsick soul that has felt hope deferred (Proverbs 13:12). Hope is overwhelmingly good. It’s the beginning of revival! All things can be healed, restored and fulfilled in this atmosphere of heaven (Matthew 12:21 and Jeremiah 29:11).
2. Holy First Love for Jesus. The lovesick Bride will arise in passion and pure love and will be extremely full of affection for Him. Extended worship, prayer houses (intercession) and a lifestyle of burning for God will be mainstream. The church will be like a filling station – all who enter those doors will be overwhelmingly touched, overcome and filled with His presence with the fruit being holy love and divine passion for God. Only the atmosphere of love is the cure for the hurting, the weak and the oppressed (Revelation 2:4 and Song of Songs 3:4).
3. Affection for His Beloved Bride. We will see extreme passion restored for working on, with, and for, His first love – the Bride of Jesus in the earth. The Fire that has been burning up all the dross is a Holy fire. Judgment begins at the household of God (1 Peter 4:17) and He has exposed broken things only to restore her, not to condemn her. If you are in the fire: buy oil! Oil that is purchased in the previous wilderness season or current season is burning for Him and will sustain the next move of the Spirit! Get in now and start buying oil! (Matthew 25 and Revelation 3:14)
4. Deep Trust and Reverence for His Word. A perfectly supernatural love of the Word of God is going to be restored to the Bride. No weapon formed against His Holy word will prosper and the church will arise again to stand on the solid rock of pure doctrine and reflect a Holy and a high view of the King of all Kings! His word will be hungered after once more and false teachings, false teachers and liars will be exposed. The pure gospel will be lifted up and its fruit is salvation, disciples of the King and pure love (John 14:15 and Psalm 119:127).
5. A Passion to see all the Nations Healed. This will be a new missions movement. God can heal and restore the broken places that have opened up whole nations to the influx of evil and 2nd heaven activity. God is on the move and raising up fathers and mothers to heal the foundations that usher in the new things God wants to do in every nation. There will be a holy passion for the nations to be completely restored in every way – biblically, economically, agriculturally and with societal transformation (Matthew 28:19 and Revelations 22:2)
6. A New Divine Energy for Labouring in the Glory. Supernatural energy and extreme waves of joy will be restored in the next great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Once more the streams of joy will roll out and hearts and bodies will be utterly refreshed and overflowing with His love and presence as new energy rises to meet the new demands (Acts 3:21 and Nehemiah 8:10).
7. Humility is our cloak of safety. God is restoring the beauty of this heart disposition and character. Humility starts with a deep awareness of His character and power – it is closely associated with the fear of the Lord. True humility is free from all performance, self-aggrandisement and self-exaltation. True humility causes Christ to shine in the earth (1Peter 5:5 and John 12:32).
8. Prodigals are Returning Home. We are coming into a Luke 15 era when hearts will return home to the Father’s house and be restored to His heart of kindness. Many of those whose offenses overflowed into a departure from the house of God will come back and be met with grace, love and kindness. A season of the fulfillment of Malachi 4 is coming (Luke 15 and Malachi 4:6).
9. A river of Compassion for the Needy. Justice, mercy, compassion and empathy will flow as the church takes her place to love the weak, the needy, the underprivileged, the homeless and the lonely. This is vital for end-time revival. The gospel will advance as justice rolls on like a river from the house of God. In God’s Kingdom there is no racism, no sexism and no ageism. All human beings deserve kindness and the church will shine in justice and mercy (James 1:27 and Amos 5:24).
10. Holy brotherhood and Unity. Unusual unity is going to break in as walls come down across the streams and denominations. The Lord is so resting on brotherhood in the 2020s and He will have His way in building a united Bride who can give, minister to, and love all the streams regardless of the past. He will undo the damage and override all the constraints. He is good and He loves us all! Get ready for new supernatural unity and love flowing across the borders, across walls, into streets and into homes. Love will win over all things. Love will win (Ephesians 2:14 and John 17:23).
A NEW WAVE OF HEALING IN AUSTRALIA – November 2019
In the coming days we will see a proliferation of waves of healing! Already, there is a new wave of physical healings happening, but a huge new wave of powerful healing is going to hit our shores.
Unusual miracles and signs are going to start flowing again!
This new move of the Spirit will go through many streams in the church as Jesus walks through walls (so to speak) ….and then it will start affecting many in mainstream culture and even in the media. Look forward to those news reports!
A new wave of breakthrough in regard to the healing of hearts is happening as well.
Broken hearts with deep wounds from the past and from generational traumas are going to be healed in a much deeper and quicker way. The church is stepping into her finest hour and will be known as THE house of healing.
God is rolling back the stone on dead places (and dead promises) and letting resurrection life be breathed in – as a result, a new heavenly faith, and an excited expectation is about to burst into this nation!
Many have had a vision to see houses of healing and wellness centres. There will be such a release of this in the coming year!
Many will step into their promises as buildings and lands will be released for this purpose! Healing rooms and houses of restoration ministries…… get ready for way more breakthroughs! Addictions and powerful auto-immune diseases will be healed instantly. The cure for Autism and Alzheimer’s and other diseases will be discovered and reversed.
Every time a person is healed, delivered or set free there is a displacement of spiritual powers in that region or city.
By obeying the gospel to heal the broken hearted (Luke 4:18 and 19), there is a release of powerful spiritual authority and the atmosphere is cleansed of defilement.
I feel like there has already been a fulfillment in this nation from Luke 1:51-53:
“He has performed mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts (the POWERS)
He has brought down rulers from their thrones (the PRINCIPALITIES)
but has lifted up the humble (TO BECOME THE NEW RULERS)
He has filled the hungry with good things (the WORSHIPPERS)
but has sent the rich away empty (the RELIGIOUS)
He has helped His servant! (THE CHURCH)”
Accompanying all these things, there will be a new move of prayer and worship. The worship coming out of Australia is increasing and the Father is pouring out His Spirit as the incense (prayer) rises to Heaven!
Get ready for new worship movements in this nation!
Lastly, I keep seeing gold! I sense another gold rush is going to happen in our nation. Veins of gold will keep on being discovered and revealed as the natural prophesies of the spiritual!
New minerals and new resources for the new seasons!
The old goldfields will become the new ones! What was sown in the natural will be reaped in the spiritual…( a word for the city of Orange NSW and other gold towns). The best is yet to come Australia! 2019 you were wonderfully full …and the very best is coming!
The Call to Prayer is Going Forth Across the Nation Of Australia on the National Day of Prayer and Fasting February 10th, 2018.
A word to Australia. Come on Aussie Come on!! The Lord is rallying His people to pray and to stand in the gap for His Spirit to be poured out from on High. Right now is a time of extreme breakthrough. It is imminent and requires that we like midwives partner with Him for a new move of God. It will be a prayer movement filled with laughter and weeping and joy and glory! There is so much GLORY and grace in the prayer room right now. Gather your team this weekend and let’s PRAY for an epic outpouring. The Bride is about to experience extreme favour and breakthrough in this nation. NOW is the time. He is looking for those who will partner with Him.
His heart to us as a nation is that we are called out from under the power of the rejection of the past. Australia you are His beloved! He calls us adopted sons and daughters. Beloved ones! Its time to stand up for the greatest MOVE of GOD we have ever seen. The season of pruning is coming to an end and the season of Harvest is upon us. Come away with ME cries the lover of Heaven. Look no more to the idols of this land but look to MY heart and My love and see the glory of the Lord is breaking out on this land. NOW is the time. Decree and Declare.
I am raising up apostles and prophets of prayer in this nation who will pull Heaven down over this nation. Be stirred and be gripped with the heavenly vision of 3rd Heaven power and 3rd Heaven alignment. All this is happening because of the prayers of the saints. Stand tall Australia and you will see the goodness of the Lord in this hour. Gather and Decree and Declare!
There are roughly 56 common eye disorders but there are literally 100s of others that are lesser known eye conditions. Pretty much everyone has had one of the lesser illnesses, like conjunctivitis, which is healed easily. But the most threatening eye conditions of all, are of course, the damaging ones, the ones that can not be repaired, and affect the retina, the pupil or the macula. These are the unique conditions that of course can not be seen. They can be degenerative in nature and are passed on to the next generation via DNA.
My grandfather had glaucoma, and so my yearly eye checks are always about keeping a watch on that. The thought of losing my vision is quite an inspiration to staying aware and being diligent with these tests!
If only leaders could take a “spiritual eye test”, to determine when their vision or spiritual discernment was failing and in what areas!
Its so easy to drift away from the original fervour and excitement when the vision was high and the feelings were flowing. Sometimes a loss of vision happens because of emotional fatigue or a prolonged battle that can rob our strength.
We are all susceptible to losing vision but we must do our side of the job, which is learning to stay in the Spirit and recognise the moment we are in.
But how do we actually maintain the capacity to see? I believe it is about balance and skill sets.
Firstly, visionary leaders will have to develop a bunch of unique skill sets to get through the road ahead. Secondly, they will need to learn to balance all those skills sets with normal living. Sound easy? I once wrote a list of all the skill sets a leader would need, in the formative part of a church plant, and I remember roughly coming up with about 30 different skill areas!
Most leaders need to be like professional jugglers.
I once saw the Cirque du Soleil show in New York, and one of the jugglers seemed to be moving in the supernatural! I’m not sure how he did it, but he managed to juggle somewhere up to 12-16 balls at once. For me motherhood felt a bit like this, learning many skill sets at once. And to be honest pastoring is like that too.
After nearly 18 years of pastoring and leading a community, I maintain vision by attending weekly intercession meetings that are corporate. I find the spirit of prophecy resting on those times to be profound. In the prayer room, I can see, like at no other time!
I find my heart gets drawn into the swirl of revelation produced off the prayers and pretty soon, I’m writing down notes in my phone, of the things I want to research or think about. I would go so far as to say, that the main way I maintain vision is the prayer room.
The other way is to spend time every day just looking, observing and reflecting about what is going on. I am a person who needs time for that, so I love time alone or get a full day on my own to just think about what is going on in my world. I think about the culture of the community, what’s been happening, where we are in the journey and what God saying for the next season. I write down a lot of things in my journal.
Caring for your soul and its needs is vital. So taking your rest and allowing our hearts to get healed from the many traumas that we are all exposed to is vital.
Lastly, go back to the point. Why do I do what I do?
If you find what makes you mad about society and what makes you passionate about God and His church (yep you need to find that), and smash them together in a mortar and pestle you will end up with the paste that drives you!
It’s a great adventure being a leader, a huge responsibility and an awesome privilege!
When we listen we receive.
Listening prayer builds vision and passion. If you treasure what you are receiving, you will be able to see the unique path He has for you to be a voice to this generation. Don’t miss the opportunity! Only you get to live it! And we need your voice to stay strong.
So stay envisioned in the journey!