All around the world the body of Christ can feel the stirrings of a great move of God. We are at the beginning of something awesome, something global, beyond anything we have ever seen. For years now, we have believed for it, prayed into it, and declared it. God is moving. The key for the Body in this hour is to discover how to move with Him and follow Him into all He has for us.
It may sound simple: We pray for God to move, He begins to move, we move with Him. But actually, the early stages of a move of God can be the most challenging part. So often, when God begins to move the response of the Body is not “Yay! God is moving!” so much as “Hey God! where did You go?!”
A move of God by definition involves God moving. This means we may not “find” Him exactly where (or how) we have in the past – because He is doing a new thing. Mind you, He is not changing – God never changes (Malachi 3:6). He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). But He loves to reveal more of Himself to us in greater and greater depths and dimensions so that we can know more of Him (and thus make more of Him known to the world around us). Often the way He does this is by blessing us with a season where He seems to not be doing things (or even meeting with us) the way He has in the past. He does not stop being who He “has been.” He adds to our revelation of all that He is by helping us see new aspects of His fullness. He woos us into a greater revelation of all He is by leading us from the comfort zone of what we have already come to know of Him.
Think of the Israelites in the desert. They knew the Lord as Deliverer, the One who brought them up out of Egypt. And now He was leading them – cloud by day fire by night – across the wilderness into all He had spoken to them in the Promised Land. Day by day the Israelites learned to look for and follow the presence of the Lord. Sometimes for days He would remain in one place with them, helping them to see and know Him as Provider, Healer, or some other aspect of I AM. But then a day would come when the cloud would move. The Israelites had to be in active relationship with the Lord to realize He was not “where” He had been – they had to be looking for the cloud of His presence each day. When it moved, they had to trust that He was still with them and seek where He had moved to so they could follow.
It is the same for us today. God is moving. And the key to following Him into all He is bringing us into begins with us trusting – that even if we are not finding Him where He “was,” He is still present. After all He never leaves us nor forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5-6). God is wooing the Body right now in a powerful way. There is a great grace for increased intimacy and relationship with Him – a great grace to know Him in new ways and follow Him into new depths.
Prophetically speaking, I believe we are in a place similar to the end of Song of Solomon 2 and the beginning of Song of Solomon 3.
In Song of Solomon 2, the Lover is wooing His beloved from a new place (v. 9). “Rise up, My beloved, My fair one, and come away,” He invites. He then goes on to declare that “the winter is past … the flowers are springing up, and the time of singing birds has come … the fig trees are budding, and the grapevines are in blossom,” and then He repeats His invitation for her to arise and come away with Him (Song of Solomon 2:11-13). The Lover is announcing that it is a new hour, a new season, and that He has new things to show her, new places to take her, new heights for them to soar to together.
Though she was hearing Him on one level in Song of Solomon 2:8, yet at the beginning of Song of Solomon 3 we see that as she yearns for her Lover, she is still reaching out for Him where she has always found Him – and discovers that He is no longer there (v. 1). She has a choice to make. She can continue to search for Him where He has been, or she can respond to the invitation to arise and step into the uncertainty of the unknown, discovering Him in new places and in new ways (v. 2-4). She chooses the latter, and in doing so embarks on a journey with her Lover in which she comes to know Him, rely on Him, and lean into Him to such a degree that she is completely transformed – so much so that her peers do not even recognize her when she returns (Song of Solomon 8:5).
Like in the Song of Solomon, we have entered into a new season. The Lord is beckoning us, wooing us, inviting us to come away from where we have been and arise into a new place with Him – a place of greater revelation and demonstration of all that He is. If you have noticed lately that things seem different, or you’re not quite finding God “how” or “where” you have in the past, do not despair and do not be discouraged. He is simply answering your prayers. He is moving. And He is inviting you to come along with Him. Arise, beloved!
This month let’s pray for the body of Christ and XP Ministries:
- Our hearts will be fully His, and we will follow where He is leading.
- We will discern the times, know His intentions, hear His voice, and follow His lead.
- We will value what has been and all that He has done to date, but we will also be excited and expectant about what He is doing and what is breaking forth in the earth.
- None will be left behind, and all will hear and respond to His invitation to arise and come away with Him into this new time, this new season, this new move.
- We will love one another as He loves us, so even if some respond to His beckoning at a different pace or in different ways than we do, we will respond in love and with encouragement.
- Most of all, the fullness of what He has planned for this season will come forth and He will receive all the glory and all He is due!
Want more? Then may we suggest:
MORE! – A CD Teaching from Robert Hotchkin
Have you been crying out for more of God? More of His presence? More revelation? More of His power? More of His Kingdom coming? More love? More miracles? More signs and wonders? Just … MORE!! Guess what? The Lord wants you to have it even more than you do! In this message, Robert Hotchkin prophesies, preaches and reveals what the Lord is doing in the earth to unlock the amazing move of God that is coming, and how you can be a part of it. God wants to do great works through you. It all begins with allowing Him to do a great work in you. Get ready, because He is bringing you into MORE!
Engaging with God – A CD Teaching from Robert Hotchkin
You are God’s beloved child, and there is nothing He wants more than to draw you into the fullness of His love, and engage you in a lifestyle of never-ending intimacy. Truly knowing the Lord in this place of deep communion is the key to living a Kingdom life. That is why the devil works so hard to whisper lies to you that would keep you from fully engaging with God. But in this message, Robert Hotchkin exposes the lies of the enemy that separate us from God, and reveals how simple it is to fully respond to the Lord’s invitation to know Him intimately and engage with Him powerfully. Don’t spend another moment feeling separated from the Lord. Begin engaging with God today!
You Are God’s Plan for the Hour – A CD teaching from Robert Hotchkin
You are God’s beloved child, and there is nothing He wants more than to draw you into the fullness of His love, and engage you in a lifestyle of never-ending intimacy. Truly knowing the Lord in this place of deep communion is the key to living a Kingdom life. That is why the devil works so hard to whisper lies to you that would keep you from fully engaging with God. But in this message, Robert Hotchkin exposes the lies of the enemy that separate us from God, and reveals how simple it is to fully respond to the Lord’s invitation to know Him intimately and engage with Him powerfully. Don’t spend another moment feeling separated from the Lord. Begin engaging with God today.
We at XP Ministries thank you for your prayers, partnership, and financial support. May you be richly and abundantly blessed. And remember, God loves you with an everlasting love!