By Blake Higginbotham
Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Amplified Bible (AMP)
The other day on my way to the post office I passed by a local fellowship that had a portable sign in front of the building that read, ‘Behold I will do a new thing’ I remember passing and reading the sign a few days earlier; but something about the signage caused me to question validity of the advertisement. In one way I was sincerely hoping that the sign was a true reflection of what was going on inside of the building; but then it dawned on me that the statement it was making was nothing more than a futuristic projection. I have no problem with the statement or with the process by which we are all coming into a better understanding.
The truth be known, Yahweh is doing a new thing, and a remnant has been hearing this sound for a number of years. The problem as I see it is some are redefining what He is doing based on the best of what they knew in the former season and others are spinning off of the new thing based on their understanding of the latest book or teaching.
That said, I want to table my concerns and speak to a few things that I believe to be worthy of consideration.
Firstly, we need to be careful not to assume that the best of what we had in the former season of the Spirit (Latter Rain, Charismatic, Word of Faith, New Prophetic/Apostolic Reformation, Etc.) is the essence of what He is doing in this season of the Spirit.
Note: New thing does not mean a new twist on the same old way of doing things, and changing the language and philosophy will not change the outcome alone. Nor does it mean that He is only doing what He is doing in and through us. Too many times we think that the divine mandate by which we function and operate is somehow exclusive and therefore conclusive. It would do us all good to accept the fact that He is doing a new thing and while we have heard the promo, seen the advertisement and watched the trailer, we have yet to see the full-length premier of what He is doing.
Secondly, we need to be careful not to move out on another man’s revelation until we first come to a better understanding concerning the wisdom of application for ourselves. There is nothing wrong with praying about or waiting for the release of Holy Spirit before proceeding.
In this day and hour we need to try the spirit of a thing before we whole-heartedly embrace what others are saying about it.
Thirdly, we should not be too quick to fully embrace what others are saying about this season until it begins to bear witness with what Holy Spirit has been speaking to us for some time. We are still in the process of remembering who we were in creation before formation, and the heart and soul of man cannot be trusted without the forensic interrogation of the Spirit.
Lastly, I have asked a number of people what Holy Spirit is saying to them in this hour and to my surprise their response has been somewhat disconcerting. To be honest with you the majority of the people who were asked this question looked at me like they had been hit up-side the head with a dead fish, or they became angry and defensive. The reason that they became angry and defensive is because they have not been hearing anything for a while now, and the silence is intimidating. However, the proper response to silence not angst and frustration, and it is no indication that He is not speaking to others. With that, I have been puzzled by their reaction until this past week when Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “begin to ask them, what is the Father requiring of you?”
What if I told you that His silence may represent His mercy and grace to you in this season?
What if I told you that your dullness of hearing may be a reflection of the degree to which you have hardened your heart toward the change that He is bringing in this season?
What if I told you that His silence may be nothing more than a test to see if you will respond in a mature way by asking some hard and difficult questions?
“We must begin to ask the right questions in order to arrive at the correct conclusions” blh
What is the Father requiring of you?
Answer: Everything and all of you!
Note: What that means to you may not be what it means to me; but until we are willing to ask the Father what He is requiring of us, we will not be able to move from where we are into the new season.
What you need to know is it will not be easy to leave behind anything in order to pursue His greater Kingdom purpose, and to fully trust Him with everything and all of you will require degrees of dying and levels death and hell. Therefore, start where you are right now. Do not attempt to live vicariously by someone else’s faith or understanding. Do not try to carry the cares of others in an attempt to avoid the reality of your own. Dying doesn’t come easy; but it must come before you will truly experience resurrection life and power.
Matthew 19:16-22 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, Yahweh. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to Him, “Which ones?” Yahshua said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”21 Yahshua said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
What is the Father requiring of you?
Isaiah 48:6-7 You have heard [these things foretold], now you see this fulfillment. And will you not bear witness to it? I show you specified new things from this time forth, even hidden things [kept in reserve] which you have not known. 7They are created now [called into being by the prophetic word], and not long ago; and before today you have never heard of them, lest you should say, Behold, I knew them! Amplified Bible (AMP)
Numbers 16:30 – But if Yahweh creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord.”
Caution: I would be remiss if I did not remind all of us that failure to continue and hear and obey His voice could result in early termination and that would represent failure to fulfill His practical will and purpose for our lives. It grieves me to say that some have already died pre-maturely and gone on to their reward in the past few years. Some of them finished strong and some of them fell on their own sword in battle.
Question: How long will we mourn for Saul?
1 Samuel 16:1 Now Yahweh said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”
(To Be Continued)