I am absolutely stoked about the future because I know that God has our destiny in His hands! But it’s up to us to seek His face so we can receive our marching orders. And it’s also up to us to carry out the commands of our Commander-in-chief. I’m reminded of a prophecy in the book of Joel that I believe has direct implications for our lives. Joel 2:1-11 paints a descriptive picture of what I believe God intends for us in the days ahead.
This passage reveals that God’s army “marches in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks.” Notice that each soldier of God’s army fulfills their assignment by fighting with and for each other, not against one another. And the army of the Lord breaks through defenses because they refuse to break ranks. They achieve spiritual breakthroughs because they learn to fulfill their role in God’s plan as well as recognize and submit to the authority God has given others.
I believe that much of biblical prophecy has yet to be fulfilled because God’s people have been competing for control of the land God has given US instead of completing one another through spiritual relationships. When we allow pride to be broken within our hearts, God will assemble an end time army (Ezekiel 37:10) that will be granted the authority to tear down the defenses of the enemy. And WE will reap the greatest harvest of souls that the Kingdom of God has ever witnessed!
On a large scale, unity is a major key to God’s plan, but it all starts when we choose to allow the Holy Spirit to be in control of our lives and our existing relationships. Isaiah prophesied that God is doing “a new thing,” but we need to understand that God doesn’t just throw away the old, he renews and reforms it. Revelation 21:5 says that God is “making all things new,” not making all new things. Thank God for His restoring, redeeming power!
The prophet Jeremiah was shown a potter forming a vessel of clay on the potter’s wheel. The vessel was “marred in his hands so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” This experience revealed to the prophet that God doesn’t just throw away what is marred, He reforms it after His perfect design.
It is God’s desire to unite us with the people who are already in our lives. Then He will initiate new relationships for us. But we often settle for shallow relationships because we don’t want to work for something better. And that is exactly what relationships are: work! Ecclesiastes 4:9 reveals that people will receive a good return on their investment into relationships. How much more productive could our relationships be if the Holy Spirit were allowed to lead and develop them in our lives?
Psalm 133:1-2 says that “it is good and pleasant for brothers to live together in unity. It is like the precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.” We have interpreted this verse to mean that God will anoint us after we come together in unity, which is true, but there is another side to this coin. May I present to you that true unity is not achievable until the Spirit of unity is first allowed to do a deep work in our hearts?
The disciples of Jesus clearly illustrated the inability of man to function as one apart from the Spirit’s empowerment. While Jesus was still with them, they were constantly bickering amongst themselves about who was the greatest and gloated about the miracles they performed. After Jesus ascended to heaven they devoted themselves to prayer, waiting for the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s influence in their lives. Their hearts began to be positioned for a paradigm shift from “me to we.”
And when they were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, they began to work together as a team. Instead of fighting against each other they began to fight for one another and made a concerted effort to reap a great harvest of souls into God’s kingdom. They weren’t focused on building up THEIR individual churches. They were focused on allowing Jesus to build HIS church through the power of the Holy Spirit, which functions through spiritual relationships.
May I challenge you to ask the Holy Spirit to help guide you in your relationships? You would be amazed to see the difference He can make! If we all do this on every level there is no stopping US. There is no defense system of the enemy that can stop God’s desire to reveal His glory in the earth. And if we allow the Holy Spirit to make us one in fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer in the garden (John 17:20-23), then the world will believe that God sent His Son for them and a great harvest of souls will be reaped before the coming of the Lord!! Fight for your brothers, not against them.