As I sat with the Lord to prepare for the days ahead, I felt He wanted me to share some key points with you that will help the Body of Christ to navigate the coming season and the changes that will take place within it. These keys are not only for within the Church setting but for every area of our lives. God will have the victory!
Building unity and defeating the familiar spirits
The Lord truly is building His Church and there are many who are intentional about His kingdom. The Lord is bringing such people together, putting structures in place, and creating an incredible sense of unity that will be key for what must take place. However, there are some familiar spirits that now need to be taken out and defeated as they have become distractions to many at this critical time.
Dealing with the spirit of misrepresentation
The first thing that the Lord wants me to address is the spirit of misrepresentation. Although unity is being built in the Body of Christ right now, there are some who have made it their business to nit-pick at what God is doing in His Church and who are all too quick to misinterpret your motives and the motives of others from their own points of view. Such people have forgotten that God sees and knows all and have made themselves available to be used by the enemy as a distraction. The little influence that they have is used to misrepresent others and so they themselves are not fruitful and are unable to grow.
The criticisms and incidents that arise as a result of their commenting are a cause of distraction and are meant to take the focus off what you are called to do. The enemy’s intention is conformity, so that you conform to opinions and to status quos and fail to act on your God-given vision. The enemy wants the anointing you carry and the great value that God has put into you to be invested into something that has an expiry date and will soon crumble, as the Lord has already declared the new thing that is to come. No amount of patching up can sustain structures that God has already chosen to move on from, regardless of what the popular opinions might be. As the Scripture says “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
One of the key structural components of our relationship with the Lord is trusting in Him. His principles and His instructions are what we must live by, regardless of popularity. For the days ahead, the Church needs to be able to handle the internal persecutions that come from those who misunderstand and misrepresent without giving too much voice to them. Persecution often comes with progression. It’s in the Bible. Jesus said, “blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Matthew 5:11). In this season, the wise will harvest the blessings that can be obtained in such situations and will refuse to be distracted.
Be especially careful that you do not carry the voice of misrepresentation with you into your private time with the Lord. If you are not careful, this will bring blindness into your process, and you will lose your direction, steam and strength, and your productivity will suffer.
For all that the Lord is doing in this season, there will be people who know His voice and have heard Him speak, and who will converge around His will and His calling. Be amongst these and build with them so you avoid the distractions. God’s strategy comes with His provision, and the voice and thoughts of man cannot compensate for this. You will find strength by building in unity and agreement with those who are aligned to His truth and have converged to do his will. There He will command His blessings (Psalm 133:1).
Protecting what the Lord is building
There are a few other things that I also need to address.
The second is the issue of spiritual homes. There is a lot of movement in the Body of Christ right now, and many are looking for a place to belong. As much as you welcome and accommodate, make sure that these people are not Trojan horses of the enemy, sent to create a breach. They are some moving around who carry with them a tendency to distract from or misrepresent what God is doing.
Wherever they go, they are unable to settle, because their motives in whatever environment they are in are influenced by jealousy, envy, and a monitoring spirit. They are not willing to submit to clear leadership or to work to change their brokenness. They are instead happy to take the authentic principles and the journey of a place and distort them into a basis for something they are not called to do, and which actually serves their spirit of jealousy, envy and competition. In the days ahead, you will see these matters being addressed, as everyone has a place to belong and there is no need or reason for anyone to undermine what God is doing for the sake of their own satisfaction. We will begin to see a generation arise that will not tolerate this spirit! They will drive out the spirit of Athaliah, the daughter of Jezebel, from the birthing places of God’s purposes!
Many of the ones who have operated in this spirit call themselves pioneers. However, those who have really pioneered worked with others in order to pioneer, and they understand the importance of cooperation and togetherness. True pioneers really understand what it takes to build, and they are not quick to break things down or cause disorder because of how they feel or because of some issue that could easily be addressed through the right conversation. They think about legacy and longevity, and they understand that the way that you transition out of a setting is very important for preserving the purposes that God has established through it. They don’t leave a trail of chaos and brokenness behind them as they move. Before the disciples branched out, they were together in unity, and they promoted unity (Acts 2:42-47) because they knew the heart of the Lord. The Word says, “by their fruit you will know them” (Matthew 7:20).
Thirdly, be sure to protect the altars and fires of prayer within the Church. This is done by ensuring that you have honest and transparent conversations with those that pray in the church. This will keep the atmosphere clear so that the enemy doesn’t dim the fire through unconfessed sins or through old habits that suddenly resurface and trap the people in the middle of a breakthrough. The right conversations will clear out the pieces of dead wood, which are the issues of the soul which, if they are not removed, will stop the fire from burning as it should. The pursuit of God and the advancement of His plans through prayer must always continue, and so the altars and fires need to be protected. The Word says that “the fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out” (Leviticus 6:12).
Fourth, there are some who have been faithful and loyal within the Church. This is your defining moment, and God is going to bless you. Just be careful of those who are looking to intervene in your harvest by sowing seeds of doubt that activate an issue in your heart that the Father has been trying to pluck out for a long time. The presence of God will always increase in your life, and your understanding of the Father and His ways will increase likewise, through your obedience and submission to His process. Never give the enemy any foothold or any grounds on which to sow that seed. Guard your heart with wisdom and discretion.
And finally, if it’s not broken then don’t fix it. By now you should have built some relationships in which you have enough of an understanding of one another to serve God and each other fruitfully together. Take time therefore to serve each other in serving God, and tactically pull away from investing time into situations and relationships where there is a refusal to build understanding or to pursue growth. Some people have held for a long time onto structures that give them false comfort, but which are not enabling them to grow or to bear fruit. Don’t spend your time or your attention on affirming these sorts of structures. They are a distraction. There is so much more to come, and you are made for so much more!
May God bless you greatly and give you more and more understanding as you pursue His kingdom and all His righteousness for the days ahead!
Rev Betty King