“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to Me. I will refresh
your life, for I am your oasis.” Matthew 11:28
As I write this, I see many battle-weary warriors.
I see many who have been contending for a breakthrough, who have been crying out for healing in their bodies, their marriages, their nation, for their children to return to Christ, to see the lost saved.
I see many who are struggling with hope deferred, who are beginning to doubt that their long awaited promise from the Father will ever be fulfilled.
I see many question marks and much confusion trying to take root in these ones.
I see a dark night and ragged clothes, it’s a picture of almost being defeated by an evil enemy and feeling as if all is about to be lost...
But then, out of the darkness I hear, “I am shifting the season.”
Suddenly, just as it would happen in theater, there is a SWIFT scene change. The night turns to day, then what looked like a muddy field turns into a brilliant, flourishing meadow. I see a costume change, where the warriors were wearing rags, are now dressed in bright golden armor; their weapons that were heavy and dirty are now light and clean.
I can tell there is expectancy for what is to come in the next scene, and anticipation of good.
HOPE is on the horizon...
I have been hearing the Lord tell me recently, “The shifting of the season is upon us.”
I feel this is a fresh promise to hold on to.
God's heart is for His children to experience every promise He has given them.
I have been in a battle weary season recently, barely keeping my head above water. Not knowing when, how, or if I’ll ever be free of the hardship I’m going through.
Yet, as our Heavenly Father so faithfully does, right when I felt at my end, He spoke a new promise. The promise isn’t just for me, but for many.
Something about the shifting of the season is a new realization of how valuable we are to God.
We are His treasures and He will not allow the enemy to steal us from Him or overtake us.
We are called to resist the enemy and told he will flee from us, but what happens when we fight and we keep getting knocked down over and over again?
What happens when we keep fighting an enemy that we’ve actually already defeated?
It’s then that we must update our battle plan and ask the Lord for a fresh perspective.
We must take the higher ground and accept the invitation to, “come up here” (Revelation 11:12).
Echoing in my heart is Exodus 14:13-14, “Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand (be firm and confident and undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which HE will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. The Lord will FIGHT FOR YOU while you (only need to) keep silent and remain calm.” AMP
In the shift that is taking place, it’s an invitation to trust in our Loving Father at a new level.
As we worship and adore Him, He is pouring that adoration right back into us. His liquid love is washing away pain, fear, anxiety, the soul wounds and traumas.
As we are still before Him, allowing Him to embrace us, the embrace is shielding us from the flaming arrows of the enemy. As we surrender all in trust and obedience to His still small voice, I can see Him echoing into eternity our destiny and call; making a way, where once the path was riddled with danger and obstacles, it is now bright and clear.
We need only to keep silent in our hearts and remain still as we first trust Him, then we will SEE how the goodness of our Lord has fought for us!
“You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.” Psalms 139:5 TPT
Let us now allow our hearts to remain calm as we have confidence in the Father who holds our past, present and future in His tender care and how He is saying to us tenderly “I am shifting the season”.
“But I keep calling out to you, Yahweh! I know you will bend down to listen to me, for now is the season of favor. Because of your faithful love for me, your answer to my prayer will be my sure salvation." Psalms 69:13 TPT
~ Caitlin Sawyer