Times Like These – God gave direction through children – and I listened.

This is taken from my journal on 2017-1-29. I just copied it and pasted it here. How amazingly pertinent the words are right now, April 1, 2020. There is a vision from my son I refer to that I knew was really significant so we were careful to write down every detail on what he saw. I believe, three years later, we are in this time. The personal direction in this article is still pertinent today, except that we are now being FORCED to give up our agendas, change our schedules and to examine life….

Lot’s of change going on right now. Struggle, heaviness, news stories, the foundations of all we know seem to be shaking. We listened to the news this morning and just wondered what to make of it. I see and feel lots of fear in our midst.. Is God afraid? No. Is he intimidated or worried that the wrong president is in office? I don’t think so. Is it a time of concern? Yes, but for who? If we look at the obvious, we could be concerned for those who may not get health care or our relationship with other countries, but God is looking at our hearts. Our individual hearts. He’s asking us, “Where do you put your trust?”

It’s natural, “humanly normal”, to fear what will happen in this country with such abrupt changes happening so fast. Why? because we worry about natural things, our finances, our healthcare, our jobs, our safety and our security and how the government affects all those things. The tension is everywhere. Republicans and democrats were among those who voted for Trump. That looked like some unity and there WILL be unity, because we prayed for that as a country. We just may not all have been prepared for how God BRINGS unity and change.

Remember that verse, “God does nothing without first revealing it to his servants, the prophets.” We have the ability to hear God and he has been speaking. We may not all hear in the same degree, but we can ask for discernment if we do regard prophetic words with more detail. That’s what I do. I hear a few words, then compare them to prophetic words to see which are the accurate ones. I look for where two or three agree for confirmation.

What have the prophetic voices seen? Shaking! Visions of shaking have abounded for the last four years or more. Isn’t there a mess when there is shaking of the ground? or earthquakes? Should be be surprised that there may be a mess to come in the middle of the change?

I know three kids who have had dreams of structures collapsing. These are ungodly spiritual structures. Our government is full of them, our families are full of them and sadly, our churches are not immune either. God is pointing at us and where we put our trust and what we’re standing on.

In a dream my son had, were were on a big skyscraper with a big bunch of people. We looked out and saw a huge pine tree not too far away. On it were jewels and treasures. OOOOh! We wanted that, but we’d have to jump from the top of this stable looking flat, big building, to that pointy tree top.

We, and a few other people, took a leap of faith through the air to get to the treasure. MOST were afraid to jump and remained on the tower. We decided to go for it though! We made it, and while we were excited, looking at all the treasure, the good things God had for us, the tower the others were standing on collapsed. People were very afraid.

After the rubble cleared we looked over from our place of safety and saw that the tower was rebuilt and it was more beautiful than before, made of heavenly material. The people on it were happy, Jesus was there, angels were there, and we jumped back onto the new and improved tower. There WAS another building after the rubble cleared too, people were not happy in there, he said, a red work house. They were working and suffering all the time while we were enjoying ourselves on the new tower.

The key in all this, is trust God. Put all your treasure in Him. Even those of us who are Christians have ways that we have clung to that are not God’s ways. Matthew 7:13-14 (the words of JESUS) 13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Essentially, NOW is a time when God says, JUMP, take a leap of faith and give over the old stuff you’ve been holding on to to him. Ask him to uncover anything that has held you back, any stronghold in your life, be vulnerable before him and others. Trust HIM with your safety. Hide yourself in him and he will protect you until the rebuilding has happened. You will gain wisdom, treasure and will not fear. It will take TIME. It is a PROCESS you will have to submit to God, but there is reward in it.

Some, like those who decided to remain on the man made tower, will persist in their own way and miss the opportunity to rip up their agenda, search their hearts and repent of ways they have continued in that were not God’s ways – bitterness, anger, pride, resentment, hurts that need to be let go of, human understanding, sin. All that stuff has to be let go of. Sometimes we think we are following Jesus alone, but we’re really not. We’re actually trying to serve two masters. “A divided kingdom cannot stand,” Jesus himself said. Where are you following two masters in your life? Let him show you. That is how you get to the tree with the treasure on top. It will require vulnerability to see the hidden areas you’ve been avoiding.

God is asking – always – “Do you trust me? I really want to help.” He doesn’t make the mess we are in, we do. We step away from him into messy places, sin places, complacency, yet in his kindness he warns us so we can get on our knees, turn and seek him again.

We, as the church, have prayed for our country to return to God often quoting this verse.

2 Chronicles 7:14

“… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

In prayer I’ve seen a picture of the ground shaking and cracking open. A rope falls from heaven and God says, “Grab it. You will hang onto ME alone for your salvation.” Like when the flood waters came and God told Noah, “Build an ark,” God knew what he was going to do and he has revealed to many what he is going to do so they would trust him.

Things may change in our country, yes, but for those who have put their WHOLE trust in God, the Kingdom will grow and God’s will is that a beautiful song of unity will arise our of a country that fears the One True God. The Spirit of the Lord brings unity, nothing else.

I encourage you to pray for the government, but also focus on yourself right now. There is a great grace right now for hidden issues and roots of struggles to be revealed, but it will take time out of your schedule to seek God in a place of intimacy you may never have gone before. When we start over, sometimes we have to rip up our whole agenda, tear it up and STOP. What’s happened in our government mirrors what God wants us to do in our lives. The same patterns are happening all over the place, in government, in churches, and personally. We have been striving to make the world perfect without really submitting ALL that we are to God. WE let a little God in here or what we think is a lot of God, but giving him all that we are, giving him permission to rip up our agendas, our attitudes and our PLANS… that’s another story indeed.

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