The last few days I've really been wanting to write. I enjoy it so much and love looking up scriptures as I do. The problem was I didn't really feel that there was anything specific that the Lord had put on my heart, so I knew that I would just be filling up space, so every time I went to the "new post" area, I would end up clicking back out of it. I'm thankful I don't have to do that today. Last Sunday in church during worship I had a quick vision that included a major download. I haven't been able to forget it and when I woke up this morning I had this sense of urgency that it was time to tell you about that vision. The time is right.
A ship breaking the ice. That's what I saw during worship. An icebreaker. Not the fastest ship, but steady and powerful. An icebreaker is a ship, or boat used to break up the ice and open the the water. They aren't always big ships, but the one I saw was a larger vessel. What stood out to me the most was it's power and how it's steadiness allowed it to accomplish what it was built to do. I looked up some information on ice breakers this week and I've found that even the nuclear powered ones usually go no faster than around 10 knots (12mph) when they are breaking ice. What is impressive about them is how they use their force and momentum to push the bow of the ship up onto the ice so that it is crushed under the weight of the ship.
The vision was quick and the download was instant. We are in the days when it has become very important, even urgent, for us to become spiritual icebreakers. If you are a Christian it is more important than ever to be purposeful and steady in your walk with Christ. I've seen Christians who become so emotional and full of adrenaline for Christ for a period of time, only to see them a week later compromising their walk, hurting their testimony somehow, or showing signs of defeat due to some trial that comes their way. This often can become a pattern unless we become really grounded in our faith. Early on in a Christian walk it's almost normal to see that happen to a new believer. It's part of the maturing process, but for those of us who have professed Christ for awhile we need move past that. Our walk needs to be steady and our faces need to be like flint, unable to look to the left or the right, but only fixed straight ahead on Jesus. Daily time in the word, prayer and working on taking "every thought captive" will help us to keep moving in the right direction.
Here are two scripture passages. Which category of these two examples do you fall under?
IN FACT, THOUGH BY THIS TIME YOU OUGHT TO BE TEACHERS, YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TEACH YOU THE ELEMENTARY TRUTHS OF GOD'S WORD ALL OVER AGAIN. YOU NEED MILK, NOT SOLID FOOD. ANYONE WHO LIVES ON MILK, BEING STILL AN INFANT, IS NOT ACQUAINTED WITH THE TEACHING ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS. BUT SOLID FOOD IS FOR THE MATURE, WHO BY CONSTANT USE HAVE TRAINED THEMSELVES TO DISTINGUISH GOOD FROM EVIL. (Hebrews 5:12-14)
THEREFORE MY BROTHERS, STAND FIRM. LET NOTHING MOVE YOU. ALWAYS GIVE YOURSELVES FULLY TO THE WORK OF THE LORD, BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT YOUR LABOR IN THE LORD IS NOT IN VAIN.
(1 Corinthians 15:58)
In that vision God was telling me that the need for "icebreakers" is now, maybe even more than ever, and if we become like an icebreaker we will be given the grace and strength to stand when others, along with their hopes, will fall.
There are people who are becoming scared and getting scared fast. A young mom told me not too long ago that she was afraid. Afraid that the world was ending. I think I was able to give her some peace. I read an article the other day by someone in the mainstream media who wrote, "With signs that the apocalypse could be approaching....." He went on to talk about the reports of birds dropping from the sky, dead fish, and 200 cows being found dead in a field. A year ago we were hearing of the earthquakes. Now it seems to be horrible flooding and mudslides in the recent months. People more than ever need to see the Jesus that you and I serve. Friends, these things should not shake us, they should not move us to fear and our faith in Christ should not be wavering, but increasing in faith.
To become like an icebreaker we will be able to help people work through their fears and see past the news headlines. When devils of evil plot, scheme and attack we will be able to pierce into the darkness opening up a path for the Light. That's what we should be doing. Piercing the darkness of this world, pushing it back, crushing it with the power and steadfastness of Christ. An icebreaker. Steady and showing the power of Christ over the testings of life.
............"STAND FIRM, LET NOTHING MOVE YOU......................"
I am neither trying to be arrogant or boastful, but I am excited to be living in these times. We may be living in what will become the church's finest hour as we come together, get back to the early church basics and show Christ for who He truly is. A Savior for all mankind! We may need to be more stubborn in our faith and show more resolve at times, but God will also provide increased grace for those who are determined to be the "icebreakers." "For the Lord God will help me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint and I know that I will not be ashamed." (Isaiah 50:7......one of my favorite verses) With the increased struggles and shaking heard of in the earth, so also the heavens are shaking and the glories of God, signs and wonders have also increased and coincided, being made available to the struggling generations that exist on the earth today.
I am not afraid. With the power of Christ living in me, I am determined to do my part in piercing any darkness that keeps the eyes of people blinded from seeing the glory of God's kingdom and the benefit of an offered eternal life. I am determined to crush the ice and open the waters so many can make it safely to the Lighthouse that once saved me from darkness and death.
How incredible it is to understand the mysteries of God.
Sharing in His glories,