Step Into the Wind
After the intense week we all experienced last week, this encouraging word from Gina Gholston is very timely. God has brought us to a very strategic and opportune time, His wind is about to blow, and the gifts He placed in us for this time are now being awakened. Gina shares:
“Recently, I attended a meeting in which Kent Christmas released a powerful word from the Lord which, in part, had to do with the church and the last three months of 2022. In the word, Holy Spirit spoke of resurrection life that would flow into the body of Christ. He said the move of God we are entering will not be about preachers, but about the entire body of Christ being anointed with the power of Holy Spirit to work with Him in the ripe harvest. The Lord said, ‘There can be no [reaping of the] harvest without laborers. Therefore, I am resurrecting the laborers.’
“As Kent spoke these words, I was reminded of something Holy Spirit once spoke to me: ‘I Am releasing a flow of My power that will awaken and commission My called-out ones, My for-such-a-time-as-this ones! This is not awakening them from sleep, but awakening that which I have placed in them! I will now breathe on and activate the seeds of purpose I have sown into this “called-out” company. They will rise, and I will send them out with power and strategy to fulfill the purposes that have been awakened!’
“We are now emerging from one of the most difficult seasons that most, if not all of us, have ever walked through. It was a brutal season in which many suffered great losses and hardships. Our Savior and High Priest, Jesus Christ, is not insensitive to these things. He cares deeply and understands ‘the feeling of our infirmities’ (Hebrews 4:15). Knowing this truth, verse 16 exhorts us to ‘…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’ It is interesting that the word grace means ‘divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life’ (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, G5484). The revelation we find here in Hebrews 4 is that Jesus does care for us. He understands the reality in which we live because He, Himself, lived in a human body. Therefore, in our time of need, we can approach Him boldly and find grace to help us. However, His grace is extended, not just as a means to comfort us in our time of need, but as divine wisdom sent to influence our thinking, enabling us to rise above the fray and keep going!
“I feel we are now in a span of time in which God is focused on the Ekklesia. The seeds of purpose we carry have now become necessary. Therefore, He is calling us back to Himself, refocusing and reviving us as He breathes on us with His resurrection life. We are being positioned for the future, which is now unfolding.
“A couple of years ago, I had a dream in which God illustrated to me how His Spirit has moved through time and how each generation has a specific part necessary for the unfolding of His plan - in their time. Throughout the dream, a lady was with us, explaining the things we were seeing and experiencing. Then, at the end of the dream, we felt a wind stirring around us. The lady became very excited, and said, ‘The wind is blowing again! Hold out the embers you carry! Let them be reignited in the wind!’
“The wind was growing stronger, and each of us somehow reached inside ourselves and pulled out an ember. We held the ember in front of us, and the wind began to rapidly reignite it. The ember was burning hot in our hands, but we held it, determined not to let it fall to the ground. We were committed to fulfilling our assignment - in our time.
“Then ladies came to each of us, and like seamstresses with measuring tape, they measured us. I asked the lady accompanying us what was happening, and she said, ‘You are each being fitted for the garments you will wear in the days to come.’ She then said, ‘And your time . . . starts . . . NOW!’”
I want to insert here that the example of a seamstress “measuring” us in order to give us the right gift is actually seen in Scripture. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
The two words “prepared beforehand” are from the Greek word proetoimazo, which means “to measure in advance, as a seamstress or tailor.” Consistent with this, “workmanship” is a word that means “a garment.” The verse is assuring us that God, knowing the works He planned for us to do, measured us carefully, making certain our gifts would match or “fit” our calling.
Gina now continues:
“We have entered our time on the timeline, and as we move through the last weeks of this year, the Lord is breathing His resurrection life into us, reviving and launching us as a prepared people, equipped to move with Him in this opportune time.
“To all who will put on Christ, step into the wind and allow Him to ignite and activate that which He has entrusted us to carry, I hear the Lord saying:
‘You have entered a place of releasing divine purpose and destiny! Things will begin to unfold that will surprise you and even cause you to ask, “God, what is this?” And you will find signs alerting you to the fact that you are indeed in a new place. But do not fear, for I will guide you! Don’t follow your emotions; they are not trustworthy. Follow Me as I order your steps. Listen for My instructions and free yourself to obey Me instantly. Focus forward, not behind, and not self-ward. There is much to accomplish. I am fulfilling My Word for this time. This is a vital moment, and I need you to stay alert. Watch Me. Trust Me. Obey Me.’
‘Divine connections are about to be made. Ways are opening! Ideas are coming! There are prayers you prayed, thinking it was for the moment in which you prayed them, but I provoked those prayers ahead of time to set into motion things meant for this time. There are courses of events that have been working together to form this moment! Now, you are entering the door of your “defining moment,” and things will begin to happen very quickly. Stay above the fray so you can hear and see from My perspective. Move with instant obedience as I lead you forward!’
“We are stepping through a major door. It’s time for the church to wear the garments for which we have been fitted. Hold out your ember . . . the Wind is blowing!”
Pray with me:
Father, in this critical moment, we come boldly before Your throne of grace to receive divine wisdom and instruction that will enable us to rightly navigate the future as it unfolds. We yield our lives to You, and we declare that the seeds which You have sown into us, which have now become necessary in Your eternal plan of the ages, will spring forth and bear the fruit of Your intended purposes! We rise above the noise of the chaos surrounding us—and even above the influence of our own emotions—and set our focus on You. We listen for Your instructions and will obey You swiftly. We breathe in Your resurrection life, and we are being revived. Jesus, be glorified through Your awakened Body! Amen.
The Wind is blowing again. We hold out our embers, saying, “Ignite us, Lord, and we will burn for You!” We are committed to doing our part in our time!
Today’s post was contributed by Gina Gholston. Portions were taken from her book Awakening the Church to Awaken a Nation. You can learn more about Gina at GinaGholstonMinistries.org
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