Recently we had a big sifting at Impact church. A lot of people left. Many accusations were traded. Some of the things which happened were hard to understand. It’s really been difficult to deal with. We were just trying our best to do what God called us to do.
Yet at the same time, we are seeing God’s grace as He calls us to a new level. We are excitedly planning for the Open Heaven conference which will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of January 2019. I’m so grateful to the remnant that remained. Everybody is working so hard towards the success of this conference. Jesus is building His church. He has brought along many other workers who are helping us in this season. God is faithful!
We are stretched in many ways. But we are also experiencing God’s favor and grace in a new way.
I’m so grateful to all who have been praying for us. I’m also very thankful to all of you who continue to support us financially.
Can you perceive the new thing?
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
There’s a shift. God is doing a new thing. God is shaking nations, families, churches … to bring forth a new move of His Spirit in the earth.
As God does the new thing in our lives most of us may miss it. We miss it because we fail to perceive it. Perception means seeing this new thing with the eyes of faith. It means that the power of the revelation is greater than the reality of the situation. Your situation is what you can see. Your revelation is what cannot be seen. To walk in the new thing, we must disregard the obvious.
It is that very reason that makes prayer vital. Prayer helps us break out of the reality of the present. In other words, with prayer we are able to walk by faith and not by sight.
So what is the number one reason that stops from perceiving what God is doing? It is holding on to the past.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past!
The past has a way of cropping up whenever we are moving forward. We often think about the things that we lost. At other times, we think about the people who left our lives. We lament over what could have been. We throw a pity party or engage in the blame game. I’ve also been caught up in this from time to time.
We must break free from the past because;
- We can never drive forward with your eyes in the rear view mirror: Can you imagine a driver whose eyes are constantly in the rear view mirror? It is a foolish thing to do. This guy will run into an accident. It’s just a matter of time. Yet we often live our lives that way. We reminisce the good old days. The Bible says that it is not wisdom to do so. (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
- The past will drain us of the energy to move forward: The past is a distraction – not only the bad things but even the great things that happened. It is often said, “Good is the enemy of best.” As Paul, our motto should be; “I forget what is behind and press on to what is ahead.”
- Some things in the past must die before the future manifests: In the book of John 12:24, Jesus said that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. When the grain is in the ground, it totally dies for that new life to spring forth. For growth to happen some things must be left to die.
When a child is in its mother’s womb, they are connected to the mother via the umbilical cord. But when the child is born, this cord must be severed. Yet most of us keep holding on to support systems that God wants broken.
In this season as He does the new thing, God is calling us to let whatever needs to die, die.