Peace, Patience, Passover, Plunder
When things started becoming clear that major steps were about to be taken to flatten the curve of this pandemic, I heard four words in my spirit.
Peace, Patience, Passover, Plunder
They were spoken in that order and I reminded myself of them as precedent-setting measures were put in place here in Texas. I said them out loud as both my son and daughter’s employers shut down their businesses. I whispered them to myself when my husband’s hours were cut in half. I spoke them over and over until they were embedded in my heart because I believe they were God’s words to me. I believe that the sons and daughters of God have been invited into a rest. One of peace and patience. A rest that promises a passover followed by life-changing plunder if we only dare to believe.
It may be governmental authorities that have established the lockdown but believe me when I say, God is in this. He is moving. He is so, so, so present.
We are each living our own personal version of Psalm 23 and too many of us are fighting this place God has us. Let’s take a moment and read the Psalm of David together.
The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord
I believe God’s remnant is rising out of this place of shalom peace and patience. We are being fitted with our armor and authority to shine like never before. The true Church is about to step out onto the world’s stage and no one is ready for what they will see. Church, we are about to go from glory to glory.
In this time of isolation be brave enough to choose honest introspection. In the midst of this pause of God, we must take the time to examine and evaluate our faith. If the greatest days of the Church are upon her then we need to be ready. I believe how we are handling the mandatory quarantine says a lot about what we truly believe. If we are in fear we are lacking a true fear of the Lord. Fear of the Lord casts out every other fear. We also can’t possibly have a revelation of the goodness and kindness of our Abba Father. If we are grieving then we may love our life or have made it an idol.
The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world [and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal.John 12:25
Whoever seeks to save his life will [eventually] lose it [through death], and whoever loses his life [in this world] will keep it [from the consequences of sin and separation from God].Luke 17:33
The earth is a thin place right now. The atmosphere between heaven and earth is thin and the presence of God seems nearer than ever. He is with us in our homes in an unusual way that feels as though it’s the new normal. What is ahead is far better than anything we leave behind. Do not try to save what was. When the quarantine is over don’t even consider going back to the way things were. Those ways are inferior to what is to come.
“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing,Isaiah 43:19
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even put a road in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.
5 Ways to Come Out of This Trial Better Than You Went In
1. Stay in the Word.
Increase your quiet time with Him. Run to Him not away from Him. Get a vision from Him for the future. God is near to the brokenhearted so during difficult times He’s nearer than you think.
2. Simplify your life.
Take this time to take inventory of your life. Which choices and decisions have you made in the past that now seem unnecessary? What recurring bills can you reduce or get rid of? What debt can you get paid off? Simplify and minimize. And spend intentionally and with a focus toward your Kingdom goals.
3. Build, Grow, Nurture Relationships.
God is a relational God and if this pandemic has taught us anything it has shown us how important true Godly relationships are at difficult times. They feed your emotional and mental health.
4. Don’t Believe the Media Hype.
Don’t let the world tell you how to respond. (Jeremiah 10:2) Seek God and His wisdom. God has been preparing you for this storm. He chooses the times and the seasons for each of us to live in. “For such a time as this” is the banner over each of our lives. There is a reason you are alive at this time and in this crisis. Listen for God-given innovation and ideas. It is during times like these that God offers up answers to problems and those who listen will hear Him.
5. Be the Influencer in Your Sphere.
How you react during a world-wide pandemic or crisis should be very different than how the world reacts. There should be a notable difference. You should be filled with peace and joy. Tough times prove our faith.
True revival is when “… Every heart is an altar, every home is a sanctuary…” Arthur Wallis