As I was praying this morning, I felt the Lord was giving me a "prophetic" word for the time. The word is "shifting". There is a shifting that is taking place and will take place. This shifting may involve nations, powers, structures, and organizations, but I believe it deals with the church and body of Christ.
Yesterday, I was in my vehicle and stopped at an intersection. I needed to back up but when I shifted into reverse, out of drive, it didn't go anywhere. It just sit there and made a loud whining sound. I had missed the reverse gear and had it in neutral. There are many who are in the wrong "gear". The Lord will be shifting you from one to another. You are in one place when you should be in another place. When we are in the wrong "gear", it doesn't always mean that nothing is happening-- you may be prospering, you may be bearing fruit-- but it is not the direction or place God has purposed for you ultimately. (Joseph was doing well and being blessed in Potiphar's house, but he was then shifted elsewhere- the prison.) On the other hand, there are times when we aren't seeing any fruit and it is because we are in the wrong place.
I believe He is shifting us, in the body of Christ, out of neutral. Although our vehicles have a "neutral gear", neutral is not a gear. It is the place where the transmission and engine are disconnected. Far too many, for far too long have been in a place of "disconnect" with the "engine" (our Lord, the power source.) This shifting will take us out of neutral-- the place of lethargy, compromise, complacency, laziness, slothfulness. It is time the church rise up- get in gear- and go forward fulfilling the Great Commission that Jesus left us to do. It is time we stop hiding our lights under a basket. It is time we start being salt again. It is time we show forth the praises of our God. It is time to work while it is still day, the night is coming quickly. It is time we stop being fearful and intimidated by men and be bold for Jesus. It is time we lay aside our agendas and become living sacrifices, doing His will. It is time to surrender to the Lord's plan and stop trying to fulfill our own.
Have a great day. A shifting is coming, especially to the body of Christ, so that we might get in the place God has purposed for us to be so that we can go forward for His glory.
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