I’ve been stuck on the theme of giant-killers for most of this year and unable to move from it, as if there was something God was trying to speak to me about the Church and where we’re heading. It’s no surprise though, look around you right now and you’ll see that there are indeed giants before us. Whether you choose to see them as your problem to defeat or not, they are there and in this next year God is doing a massive work to engage the church more than ever before to contest the assignments of these giants and serve them an eviction notice going forward.
A VALLEY OF DECISION MOMENT – THE WRESTLE AT ELAH
I felt the thread of this word begin to come when one morning in June this year I had a vision of 1 Samuel 17:40 which says:
In the vision I saw myself (representative of the church) picking up the stones and could feel the flurry of emotions as David even semi-wrestled this moment between righteous fiery passion and raw, risky faith. I knew then that God wanted to have a longer conversation with me about the moment we are in and how we are right now, as a church, at the place of decision. Will we stand idly by to the shouts of the giants in the land, or will we go and collect our stones?
The fact is, we, the Church, like the Israelites of that day are at a crossroad. Our promise is straight ahead, and we are surrounded by obstacles and seemingly menacing giants in our path. But the decision we need to make is “Will we cave in defeat, or will we take our inheritance?” Just like the place where Goliath stood to defy God’s people – the valley of Elah – we too are in what looks like a low place, a narrow passage, but a place where we must pass through to further establish the kingdom of God and advance.
DREAM OF THE RESET CHURCH
As I constantly faced daily news headlines like the taunts of Goliath, I kept asking the Lord the question, “Where are we and where are we going?” but I didn’t expect Him to show me what He did. Seven weeks ago, I had a dream where the Lord showed me three scenes and walked me through each of them like a tour-guide. I have personally wrestled how to share this, but for the sake of revealing where God wants us to go, I need to share this dream very candidly…
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Author: Nate Johnston
Nate and his wife Christy host online courses to train, equip and empower people as they walk through deep inner healing, identity issues. They release regular encouragement and prophetic words to the body of Christ through social media and create simple, bible-based books and resources to help edify and empower the body of Christ to walk in their full authority and identity as Sons and Daughters of the King.