Hello Tab Family!
Right at this moment, I am sitting outside our RV overlooking the St Lawrence Seaway, watching boaters and ships pass by and feeling the breeze on my face. It's a time of regrouping, of relaxing, of family … and a time when I am seeking the presence and thoughts of God!
For the last many months, we have all watched and felt the tremors of the earth as it “groans” for something greater. People are crying out for justice, and the world is warring over what that actually means. Everyone has their variation of “the problem” and “the answers.” Genuine cries and tragedy are being exploited as politics, and the heart of the issues are being gravely missed. May I offer that perhaps it isn’t really the depravity of parts of history that people are crying out about, or the even the current injustices … could it be that it is really the world being awakened to a spiritual cry?!
Romans 8:18-22 in the Passion Translation says, “I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters! For against its will the universe itself has had to endure the empty futility resulting from the consequences of human sin. But now, with eager expectation, all creation longs for freedom from its slavery to decay and to experience with us the wonderful freedom coming to God’s children. To this day we are aware of the universal agony and groaning of creation, as if it were in the contractions of labor for childbirth.”
There is a cry that is being revealed in creation: it is a genuine cry coming from a people, yet being expressed in human ways that are deeply flawed. Can we as a kingdom people hear beyond the noise, the violence, the politics, the pride, and the darkness to hear the sound of the Spirit?
God is releasing a sound of the Spirit in this hour! It is a sound that will shake the heavens and the earth. It is a sound that will awaken the church from its apathy. It is a sound of a general lining up his troops. It is a sound of the rallying of unified forces. It is a sound of the hoof beats of the white horse upon the clouds! The King is on the move and He is seeking to align the scattered remnant to His mighty sound, His purposes in this hour, and His heart that is aggressively beating to redeem the earthly kingdoms.
Revelation 11:15 NKJV, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Many look to this Revelation scripture as a sudden apocalyptic event, but a scholarly study of the book of Revelation in its original language, shows a progressive transformation toward a new heavens and new earth. While that study cannot be unpacked here, the witness of scripture confirms a rising of the people of God amidst the decay of this world. A church will emerge triumphant and begin to restore the ruins caused by the flawed expressions of humanity’s cry. We, in this hour, have an opportunity to become the manifestation of Isaiah’s prophecies in our day, rising as “the repairer of the breach,” “the restorers of streets to live in,” “raising up former devastations … of many generations.” (Isaiah 58:12; 61:4 NRSV)
The moment of opportunity is NOW to turn our mind rehearsals into kingdom thinking, our frustrations into strategies, our fear into love, and our helplessness into supernatural power. As earthly kingdoms and systems fail, we will see God’s people stationed in key places of influence in culture and begin to see the reality of the kingdoms of this world becoming the kingdom’s of our God.
Let’s lean in together to hear the sound!