KATHY–Any genuine God-awakening will generate relationship because God’s plan from the very beginning in the garden was first and foremost, relationship. He fully intended then and still intends for us to be His Sons and Daughters. Our Father in heaven created Adam in His image, as an offspring carries the likeness of their father. God then met with Adam daily as a son in training. That’s relationship. Adam was getting to know his Father’s heart so that he could steward earth according to His Father’s design and desire, and all was going well until the “Adam-bomb”. What the Adam-bomb damaged above all else was relationship. Of course then, the Good News is that Jesus, the last Adam, came to be the Way, the Truth and the Life to restore relationship (Jn.14:6). A God awakening draws people into relationship with the Father as it restores identity and position and purpose and a future legacy. That restoration ripples into a family, a community, a business and beyond. That’s how God-awakenings ignite revival. We’re not talking the impossible dream but rather the plan of God. And if God’s plan seems absolutely impossible and unreachable in the present darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places of our nation and world, then consider that as evidence that we are at the point of an Awakening!
As the people of God assemble today may they truly worship the awesome Almighty God Who has made their eyes to see and their ears to hear. May they receive clearing of the eyes and opened ears to see and hear what the Lord God is doing in this time when so many are fearful and discouraged. May they take bold steps forward while trusting in Him Who never leaves nor forsakes His own. Prov.20::12,Amp–“The hearing ear and the seeing eye—the Lord has made both of them.”
KATHY–Mary’s experience in the first chapter of Luke is a vivid example of awakening. The angel Gabriel came from standing in the presence of God to make Mary aware of God’s plan. As a Jewish girl, Mary had heard that God would send the Messiah to earth, but when Gabriel explained she was part of that plan, he turned a light on for her to a never-before-in-history, unique awareness! And she responded to Gabriel’s declaration and revelation with, “Be it unto me according to your word.” With that response Mary stepped into a life-changing awakening, a world-changing awakening. In fact, it was the beginning of the Greatest Awakening in history and one that has never stopped rippling through history. Neither did it ever stop rippling through Mary’s life. Her awakening ushered her into the Kingdom of God as she watched her son grow and heard Him teach about God and His Kingdom. She saw Jesus operating in Kingdom authority by ruling over nature when He spoke to the storm and when He walked on water. She saw Him take dominion over evil spirits and sickness and even death. In real time, Mary witnessed the Kingdom of God manifesting in the earth. Simultaneously, there was an awakening going on inside Mary that connected her to her identity, her purpose and her position in destiny and established her as chosen and affirmed by her Father God. Awakening brought her into a Father/Daughter relationship.
We are in a time when there is a great need to weigh matters and judge words rather than just taking everything that we hear and zealously trying to get it to fit into our theology and our eschatology. There are even some folks who are willing to adjust their theology to get it to fit words coming from voices that are continually predicting near events even though many of them have not come to pass. Some of those people and their words are finding acceptance because of what seems to be widespread fear and despair. If someone is in fear or suspicion, they can find a word that will accommodate it. (Let’s start a new fad: Let’s all go to the Word of God to interpret the Word of God instead of going to the news!)
As the people of God assemble today may the holy Word of God bring a deep-down, fresh breath of air that releases frustration and distress. May they freely worship the Lord of life and revel in His love and compassion. May those whose chest is tight because of present trials and fears, experience sudden release in the presence of Jehovah. Eph.1:19,Amp–“So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of [a]reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;”
May you lift your head, get a deep breath, may your eyes clear and focus and may you walk in the way that is right and enjoy the favor of the Lord.
“For the Lord God is a sun and a safe-covering. The Lord gives favor and honor. He holds back nothing good from those who walk in the way that is right.” (Ps.84:11, NLV)