Act One is over.
God is shaking His Church to awaken His Church.
He says: ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10).
Before lockdown, many of us were running so fast that we were filling every moment of every day. Now, many of us have been forced to suddenly slow our pace.
God is encouraging us and inviting us to be awake and to be still. It’s when we quieten ourselves that we are able to hear His voice. In a crowded room, I may see that someone is speaking but my ability to hear can be hindered by all the background chatter. But if I give that person my full attention, leave the room and walk with them, I will be able to hear every word they say.
Often the speed at which we live stops us hearing what God is saying.
‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Be still and know His presence. His presence leads to peace, joy, security and protection (Psalm 46).
Amid the whirl of connecting with others over texts, WhatsApp messages and Zoom calls, remember to stop and be still in the presence of the One we love; remember the need to be ready for Act Two.
God is about to visit His Church in revival power.
One morning, looking down our garden, I felt the Lord speak to me about getting my own life in order. During lockdown we have found time to do much-needed work in our back garden: a broken gate needed strengthening; the shed needed repainting; strewn rubbish from building works needed removing; a bench needed restoring and seeds needed sowing – and that was just the start!
God is wanting us to get our lives in order, to allow Him access to our hearts, to strip unnecessary things away, to fix what is broken, to repair cracked foundations and to remove debris from the past. (‘Search me, God…’ Psalm 139).
Proverbs 24:27 says, ‘Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.’ In the NLT it says, ‘Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.’
What we plant now will sustain what we do in the next season. What we sow now spiritually will feed many in the future. We must seek to know how to prepare as it will set and sustain us when it comes time to build in the future – this interval season is vital if we are to be revival ready.
He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’ (Psalm 46:10).
I believe we are in the interval in the play of our time, and Act Two is coming soon: an outpouring of the Spirit on all flesh. God is doing a new thing and we have an opportunity to prepare our hearts and lives now with the help of the Holy Spirit.
I have enjoyed waking up in this season to the dawn chorus. Apparently, the birds that are highest up with the biggest eyes are the first to sing.
Take us higher, Lord, change our perspective. Give us ears to hear and eyes to see, that we may be ready for the raising of the curtain on Act Two.
Esther, along with her husband Steve Uppal are Senior Leaders at All Nations. Esther leads the pastoral department, whilst leading prophetically to ensure that members of the church are cared for and nurtured. She is an influential speaker as well as much loved pastor who imparts strength and loves nothing more than to encourage people of all ages to never give up!