It’s Time to ‘SHOUT!’
The day and the season that we have been waiting for since 2008, is here!! Hallelujah!!
The body of Jesus Christ in the world today has been on a journey since the Charismatic Move of the 70’s. This journey, I believe mirrors the children of Israel coming out of Egypt, finding their way across the desert at God’s direction and yet because of doubt, unbelief and intimidation failing to enter their promised land and possess their full inheritance .
In 2008, there was a sense that the body of Christ, the people of God were coming again to a place where they could see their promised land and were rising up to possess their promises. God faithfully brought us again to the point of ‘crossing over’ our ‘Jordan’. The barriers in the past that had prevented us from living in our promised place, the mindsets, the intimidations of the enemy, the fears and doubts were all being addressed. The old religious spirits were being pushed back and the body began to see again the promises and yearn to live in the fulness of them.. It was here that we got excited. Signs of new life were springing forth. We expected we would be headed into the ‘Promised Land ‘ at any moment.
However, it was still not time. We had learnt the lessons of the wilderness, now we had to learn the lessons of that time from Joshua 3 – 6 where the people of God were prepared. They were circumcised and they were sanctified and they were clearly assigned as an army under God. Joshua encountered the Lord of the Host of Heavens armies, he understood that God’s people were now an army under God’s direction!(He was not on their side but they were on his side!!) They were called up again as warriors. They had spent many years in the wilderness and they no longer knew what it was to be apart of the overcoming army of God.I believe that the preparation and the the waiting of the last few years is over. God has directed his people to rise up as an army and begin to move into their promises!!
Now Joshua and his new army were in training. Joshua did not move without encountering the commander and chief of the Host of heavens armies. Joshua did not move forward without the strategy of heaven. He then obeyed every word of the Lord and positioned his troops to do the same. He marched around ‘the wall‘ and released the shout at the command, at the word and in the timing of the Lord!
The first task for the army of Israel was to confront a wall. The wall of Jericho loomed large before them. It was the first thing that needed to be taken out in order for the Israelites to move into their promises and take their promised possessions and land. It is not an easy place. Many of us have felt like we are trying to move forward, but have hit a brick wall! Don’t be discouraged, remember all the lessons of the wilderness and this past season. Take your position in the army, under the commander and chief of the hosts of heavens armies, of which we are apart. Wait on him for the equipping, the strategy and the timing in which to move forward. Yes, this is war! But ‘I AM’ is with you’. If we stay focused and deliberate and move at the unction and direction of the Holy Spirit, we will raise a shout and we will breakthrough!!
The body of Jesus Christ is poised in this place. Different tribes will release their shout at the time right for them, but you will begin to hear shouts arise from all over the body. It is time for the walls to come down for it is time for the people of God to enter into the promises of God. The promises that display a life blessed to be a blessing. Lives equipped with ‘everything we need for life and godliness’, people who are equipped to be strong and do exploits.
Yes, darkness is covering the earth and deep darkness the peoples, but the glory of God continues to rise on His people. The Boston bombings, the Chinese earthquake, N.Zealand legalizing homosexual marriage is the enemy running scared and trying to make his presence felt, because he knows it is the beginning of his end!!
God has done what he said He would do in Is.42:13.
The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero;
he will come out like a warrior, full of fury.
He will shout his battle cry
and crush all his enemies.
He will say, “I have long been silent;
yes, I have restrained myself.
But now, like a woman in labor,
I will cry and groan and pant….
God has stood up. He has roused himself and he has begun to cry out! He is moving His people into their promise land!! It is time to shout with him!!
There is the release of his lightnings and thunderings, there has even been signs in the heavens (recent meteor shower) to display that God himself has risen in his strength to enforce His victory on the earth.
1)To those already battle hardened, those who already have been commissioned as officers, generals, commanders, commandos, elite troops and warriors, we must press through at this time until we find ourselves positioned to release the shout of the Lord.
2)We must pray that the full army of God will be gathered and the fighting will not just be left to the few. Call the soldiers into the battle. This is a critical time, everyone is recruited to do their part when a nation is at war. Call everyone in the body of Christ into their position in the army.
3)The trumpeters, worshippers and singers must go first, but it is a time to be focused, looking to the Lord for the time of the shout, for your company and others you are called to intercede for!!
4) As prayer warriors let’s continue to press in for this season, especially up to Pentecost and to the end of May, to see the walls come down and the people of God running ahead and taking hold of the promises of God.
5)I believe that we are still in that critical season of the march around the wall. We can see our victory in sight. We can see that God has positioned us. We have been called to march, but it is tough going right now. We are in a fight. The enemy is trying to throw us off course, he is trying to distract us,. He is trying to discourage us. Don’t give in, press ahead, you will break through! It is the season between resurrection and Pentecost, press in, there is much that the Lord wants to reveal to you.
6)Indeed I believe this is the season to seek the Lord while he may be found. As we draw close to him, we are finding him in the secret place. This is the way to win in this season. God has drawn close to us!! The enemy will try to waylay us, but in the secret place you will be strengthened to continue around the wall. If it has not yet been your time to shout – it soon will be!!
7)I believe the shout of the Lord is being raised all around the world and it will usher the body of Christ into victory. We as the army of God are called to enforce this victory. He is calling his people up into position and He is declaring “SHOUT!!’ for it is the beginning of a triumphant season for his people.
8)God is using this season to open our eyes and perceptions like never before. He is giving us a new ability to run on the heights with him. He is training us to run harder, to see further and to make greater advances than ever before.!! It is vital that the church take this step and cross over into their promised possessions and that we don’t shrink back and don’t give way to doubt and fear, but that we continue on, that we press through and see this wall come down so that we all may go in and claim our inheritance.
9)The word for the blowing of the Shofar is the same word as for ‘Jubilee.”The sound of the trumpets and the sound of the rams horn and the people lifting up a shout are bringing down the walls and releasing the people of God into the era of a Jubilee. In the time of Jubilee, it was time for the captives to go free, it was time for the slaves to be released, it was time for debts to be cancelled, fortunes restored and land restored. It was the restoration of families. It was the restoration of finance.It is time that we all receive back the full inheritance promised to us. Let stand for our futures restored!!
10)Let’s watch for the shout! Let’s continue to decree “restore!’; and like Caleb, let’s ask on behalf of the people of God, for the mountain promised them when they first saw their promised land.
We have been declaring a new season and a new day and it absolutely is. Putting it in context of the past few years in the body of Christ, makes it a really exciting time. I’m listening with you,for the ‘Shout’!!
With much expectation,
Love and blessings,