Pastor Lauries Blog
In This Blog I endeaver to share the nuggets have received from time spent communing with the lord
December 29, 2014 Blog
As I sit and reflect on all the changes over the last couple of years, I pray and wonder about what's coming in 2015?
If I track back to 2013, which I called the year of change, and summarize 2014 as the year of adjusting to all the changes, I begin to see a pattern that has happened in history before.
2013 to me was a time of monumental shifts and changes. We had to move twenty years of ministry stuff out of our church building in less then 5 weeks time, due to huge rent increases from a new landlord. We then had to quickly find a new place to meet as a church, and also find a place to store all our church equipment. Some of the members did not transition well into the new building and location.
In the summer, my husband had to care for his ailing mother, and on the heels of all this, had a stroke in July of 2013. My husband was healed miraculously, but there were many personality changes that needed to be adjusted to after his stroke. It created more insecurity within the church, and a few more members left. Despite these shifts and changes, God continued to provide for us supernaturally.
As the end of the year approached and we eagerly awaited the birth of our first grandchild, my mother, who was battling cancer, took a turn for the worse and passed away 3 days before our granddaughter was born on 12/16/13.
In comes 2014, and I felt like I had been struck by a stun gun! It was a whirlwind of change that could not be assimilated all at once. On the heels of all this change, Obamacare is forced on our country, and our health insurance is dropped.
In my short time on this planet, I have learned that when there is so much shifting change all at once, something of a heavenly magnitude is about to take place. Some changes are just too big to try and control. It requires a faith and resilience that comes from knowing how to live in the rhythms of God's grace. It requires knowing how to be instant, in and out of season, as Paul told Timothy in 2 Tim. 4:2. It requires really listening and hearing what the voice of the Lord is saying in each situation, for ourselves! No longer can we get away with trying to do what God has told someone else to do. No longer can we get away with trying to please people. It is time to grow up into the fullness of Christ. Carnal, or baby Christianity will not cut it in the days to come! Eph. 4:13
So what is coming in 2015?
In order to see where we are going, it's good to take a look back at other times in history when there were extreme shifts taking place.
This being the Christmas season, we get a glimpse of what Mary, Joseph and the wise men dealt with, during seasons of extreme change and danger. Encoded in these stories are lessons for us today.
God moved upon Mary to bring in not only our savior, but a completely new dispensation on planet earth. This new dispensation created a seismic shift in the heavenly realm, the cosmos, the spiritual realm, as well as the political realm.
To summarize, there was a convergence of change in all three realms that we live in. Sound familiar?
How did they Manage?
They listened to the voice of the Lord, and obeyed His directions.
Matt. 1:20 - But while he (Joseph) thought about these things, Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,"Joseph, Son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
The wise men received divine instruction as well in their search for the King of kings, through following the signs in the heavens.
Matt. 2:10 - When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding joy. Vs. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him.
Matt. 2:12 - Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country ANOTHER WAY.
These wise men were instant in season and out of season, and that meant being able to be pliable to go another way then they had planned!
Obedience to divine instruction is going to be paramount this year, in staying protected and remaining in the blessing of the Lord for our lives.
Joseph receives divine instruction for protecting Jesus.
Matt. 2:13 - ... an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him."
Again, hearing the divine instruction which came from heaven and doing it, was pivotal in saving the lives of Jesus, Joseph and Mary. I believe this will be imperative in 2015 as well.
So in summary I see many similarities with what happened with Mary and Joseph during their time, and what is happening on the earth now.
Let's compare with our time now -
1. Many unique signs in the heavens- three consecutive blood moons lining up on Jewish holidays starting in 2014 and into 2015. Also lunar and solar eclipses around the time of these blood moons.
2. Lots of rapid political changes. Many being detrimental to freedom and life.
3. Inconvenient moves and changes for our church and family, as well as many others in the body of Christ.
But what was the outcome then? -
The dispensation of God with us, Emmanual, born of a virgin, could not be stopped. The Angels heralded His coming as a move of peace towards men. Not towards the systems of the world, but to those who received the precious gift of our Lord and Savior.
The gift of God was protected by listening to divine instruction and carrying out what was heard.
What's coming for us?
Maybe we are on the cusp of another dispensational time shift?
In Ephesians 1:10 - it states in Vs. 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He (God) might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Him. (Christ)
The word fullness denotes maturity and completion. When a baby is due to be born they are called full term. When prophecies are about to come on the earth they come when the fullness of time is determined by God.
I believe we are coming into the season that the earth has been groaning for. The unveiling of the sons and daughters of Glory.
(Romans 8:19). These sons and daughters will be fully matured disciples of Christ, that have learned how to be led and controlled by the Holy Spirit, in line with rightly dividing the Word of God. This will be happening alongside very dangerous times in the earth.
Isaiah speaks of this time-
Is. 60:1 - Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His gory will be seen upon you.
So for this upcoming year, let's wait on the Lord, and only say what He says, and do what He tells us to do, and seek His glory alone!
John 7:18 - He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.