When you are in trials or a wilderness experience, it can be confusing and disorienting, and it is easy to get lost unless the path is clearly marked. The Bible is our spiritual map, and the Holy Spirit is the GPS that will lead us through any situation. Many times we will need to make adjustments and changes so that we can complete our journey.
Currently, we are in a season of preparation. We have transitioned to a new season, and we will need to pay close attention to the markers along the way. During this season, all that can be shaken will be shaken so that only that which can stand remains.
Even though there is a lot of shaking going on, this is also a season of great grace as the fire of God’s love prepares the Bride of Christ.
God is moving in His Church, His Bride. He is preparing her by causing her to turn to Him as her only source for everything. He is drawing her into the desert, where He will cause her to lean on Him.
“Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” - Song of Songs 8:5 a KJV
Natural disasters, financial ruin, political upheaval, civil unrest, personal pride, religious disdain, wars, and rumors of wars are the norm in this day. Questions, worry, and fear have gripped the world and the Church. Some have wondered if we have brought judgment because of sins and disobedience. Are we weak due to a lack of faith? Is there hope for the Church? Well, it depends on how you see things. Are you seeing from the world’s perspective or God’s perspective?
We need to remember that scripture applies personally as well as corporately, so when we see examples in the Word of God, we should look at them on both levels. The Bible tells us of the things to come as the time for His return gets closer, and these things are becoming glaringly obvious in the world today.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)
But we also know that where sin abounds, grace abounds much more. (Romans 5:20)
There are many examples of times of transition in the Bible, and I encourage you to study them. Some other examples are the Israelites leaving Egypt, crossing the wilderness, and later entering the Promised Land. There is also Christ’s birth, His ministry, His death, and His resurrection. All significant transitions in God’s Word were foretold and had forerunners.
The Old Testament prophets, especially Elijah and Enoch, were forerunners to Christ’s birth, and prophets for Christ’s death and resurrection. John the Baptist (the spirit of Elijah) was a forerunner to Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. We, the body of Christ, are now forerunners to Christ’s return. As forerunners, it is our calling to prepare the way, making the paths straight. This includes working out our own salvation with fear and trembling, and allowing the Holy Spirit to shine the light of truth on those things that separate us from God.
Working out your salvation is a good thing! It sets us free from the things that hold us back and makes us overcomers. Jesus overcame the world, and we are called to be overcomers as well.
Lance Wallnau, in his article titled “Your Are A Highway,” writes about the spirit of Elijah and preparing the way for the return of the Lord:
“God is now sending the spirit of Elijah to the Earth before the second coming of Christ – just as He did in His first coming. Where is this voice crying out?
The voice of him that cries IN THE WILDERNESS, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a HIGHWAY for our God…” (Isaiah 40:3)
WHERE IS GOD MOVING NOW?
I never saw this till tonight – the voice is COMING from the wilderness. He is IN the wilderness. What does that mean? He is talking to those who go into the wilderness to meet Him. Moses told Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go three days’ journey into the wilderness to meet their God. He meets us in circumstances where the untamed, barren places of life meet the deepest part of us – where the beasts roam.
John said it! (My paraphrase) “Every hole in your road has to be filled, every haughty bump has to get leveled, and all those rough edges need to be smoothed out and every crooked thing about you – straightened out!”
The Father wants all the Earth to see a clear display of His Son. The invisible God is going to go around the world walking on the visible highway of His elect who ‘lay down their lives’ for Him”. (Luk 3:5-6)”
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