The hardest time in a transition is often in between the sets of waves. God has been pulling people out of the prior waves, that they've been used to riding. Meaning, many of His people have been feeling the pull out of the previous movements, traditions, religious systems, revelations, and doctrines of the past, anything that doesn't match where God is heading.
Some have really struggled to let go! Why? Could it be that it has become too familiar, comfortable, manageable, and no longer necessary to rely on God as much?
"Houston, we have a problem!"
It's so easy to become stagnant in our walk with God and limit the potential growth He desires in us. Papa God is too good of a Father to allow us to stay in this place for too long. So, if your receptors are still sensitive enough to hear and follow His gentle nudges, continue the adventure and follow Him deeper.
How do you know if this stirring is beginning to take place? You'll feel unrest in your spirit along with the current state you're in. Pay attention, and don't ignore the pull...
What's the reason for this pull? Could it be that God desires to set you up? The pull will eventually cause you to “pop up” on top of a greater wave. One that He has in mind for you if you'll be willing to trust and follow him into the unknown.
In the beginning, it can be scary, as the undercurrent and force of the building wave pull you under and out to sea. The water is stirred up, and you can’t see clearly with your natural eye anymore...
This is what it may feel like in your spirit...
Believe it or not, the Lord is causing this dismantling pull to happen in you. He is pulling you away from the old and taking you under the water into the unknown for a time of being unseen and unheard, for a "deeper depth" experience with Him. You will often feel like you are going backward, but you’re being propelled forward into greater spiritual growth in reality. The natural tendency is to strive in a forward motion much as you've always done. But, soon you realize that you're no match for the current of the Lord's strength.
This is not the enemies doing!
I repeat this is not the enemy! God is asking you to let go of what you “thought” was of Him, or thought was longterm. Humble yourself and flow in the direction the Holy Spirit is drawing you into. God is asking you, not to judge things by your natural eyesight. God is doing something bigger than you can see right now. Yep, He's about to blow your paradigm and expand your spiritual lung capacity! What's the purpose of this? He is preparing to set you up to ride on top of the next big move of His Spirit, but you have to let go of the old to receive the new. God is going to lift you on top of this wave with greater speed, accuracy, and impact than the one you were previously on.
Let go and receive a greater commission! See with the eyes of your spirit man, not the eyes of your flesh. It's time to graduate and go to the next level! It’s time to put on the new wineskins fully and receive the infilling of new strength, vigor, and faith. God is getting ready to set you up to ride the pipeline of your lifetime!
So, let’s talk a little bit more about the purpose and experience of this "pulling away."
The purpose of it will cause you to enter into refining where the result will create a complete dying to all self-effort, pride, and ego. You'll learn to do the dead man’s float underwater, where you've completely let go. At rest in the Lord's hands, so He can freely move you in any direction He desires. This is a great weapon against the enemy as well! Why? Because you’re not kicking and screaming anymore. Christ can inhabit you and make you invisible to the enemy! The Lord will resurrect you, so to speak, when the process is complete, in His way and in His time.
This is a metamorphosis type of training...
If you're willing to say yes to this process of completely letting go, you'll learn to follow the Holy Spirit with every ebb and flow....with your natural eyes closed, that always helps! The benefits of this new training you're gaining will be outstandingly wonderful!!!
As John and I have gone through this process in many layers, we had to learn to be content in the hidden place, “lost” in the bottom of an ocean to speak for a while. Where no one knew us, or spoke our language. We couldn’t even set time limits on when we would emerge, even though we tried. It was no longer up to us. Only God could do this. It brought us to a place of completely surrendering to His will for our lives and not our own. This, of course, came after we plum-wore ourselves out, trying to figure it all out, with our own limited knowledge, reason, logic, and strength. I mean, can you really figure out what God’s really up to, eh??!! Trying to help him, other than surrender, doesn’t work either!! How prideful we sometimes get when really He’s just trying to surprise us with something better!
In the heat of this process...
The list of demanding questions instantly surface, demanding answers. Questions like, “What’s going on?!” “What did we do wrong?!” “Why is this happening?!” “Why can’t we control this?!” and “GOD, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!” You don’t have any stable, solid footing, which, of course, is meant to get you to depend on Him completely. It's causing you to learn and gain the new footing of walking by faith in the Spirit- An eternal platform of security.
The more you panic, the more you can’t see because you keep stirring up debris around you. The old things you use to do just aren't working and won't You finally become so frustrated and worn out to where all that remains left is the choice to let go... The choice to flow with what He is doing, leaving everything you have been familiar with behind.
Bingo! That’s exactly where He wants you! Now that you are completely pliable and surrendered to His lead, He can orchestrate things to line you right up to fulfill your highest calling in Him! You are now solely dependent on Him, which means you will be fully supplied with His strength and not your own. All Glory will go to Him, gladly. You are no longer putting God in all your religious boxes with your time frames, expectations, and demands. You no longer have the prideful ego you once had, even though you couldn’t see it. You have let go, dead to the old man and his ways, and have truly learned to flow as one with your heavenly Father in a state of trust and rest, versus the fear-based, survival state of self-reliance, striving, and self-effort.
Living from the place God has brought you to...
Has enabled you to now follow the footsteps of your big brother Jesus as He declares, “I only say what I hear my Father say and do what I see My Father do. I do not judge on my own.”
Next, I heard Him say, “You are right on target, and you will hit land shortly.”
This is not just a word for me but a word for all that have been going through the same process. What I saw next was a picture of The Lord bringing us up through this amazingly crystal-clear wave! Drawing us up to the top of it, as it was moving forward. I could see the beautiful shoreline through the water from the wave as He was drawing us up. It was so close and drawing closer by the seconds, till we hit land!
This was completed with no effort on our part, but out of complete submission to Him. With that complete submission, we arrived at our mission, which had transformed into our personal expansion. True oneness with Him. Now we were aligned to express this union with complete bliss, to reach humanity. No longer ambition-driven. Instead completely compelled by His Spirit within. What joy, to partner with what He is doing! Surfs up!
Delight yourself in the LORD, And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4
Many blessings to you on the game-changing ride of your life with Him! He is soooo, good, and faithful!!