For the last week, Jan and I have been
getting impressions in prayer of a new birth.
Jan saw a birth happen where the feet of a child came out first, instead
of the head as is normal in a birthing process. When the child was birthed, she
saw the child hit the ground and begin to run at the speed of the Spirit. Later that same week, not knowing what Jan
had seen, I smelled the fragrance of a newborn infant. I remember cuddling our
two children soon after their birth and smelling the unique fragrance only a
This morning, as I prayed for the
nation of Israel, I saw the image of a birth. I saw a mature adult fall through
the membrane that surrounds the womb. As
this adult emerged they were birthed fully mature, landing on their feet. Immediately,
I knew this was a composite image of the Church and the nation of Israel. The image affirmed the promise of scripture
that neither would not be aborted, as some would hope. Both would appear on the world scene fully
mature, able to walk in the strength and will of God.
In recent months there have been increasing
levels of persecution against the Church and the nation of Israel. Both can
seem small and vulnerable when standing in the midst of global unbelief. This is the same faulty comparison Moses
warned Israel about when he recounted their fearful testimony as they stood at
the border of the Promise Land and said, “The people are taller and more
powerful than we are”. Moses was trying
to help covenant people understand a profound truth – with God they are never
small no matter what kind of giants they face.
God always does His most profound work
with things that appear small in the eyes of the world. Jesus was described as a lamb. Goliath was
brought down with a stone from a shepherd’s sling. The Church was birthed in power
in a small group of people who were locked away in an upper room in fear of the
In the days ahead God will begin to reveal
the birthing of something new and strong within the Church and the nation of
Israel. Keep your eyes on God. Trust His Word. Live by faith, not by sight. In
this new season, you will hit the ground strong, able to run the race set
before you without fear of the gauntlet through which you must run in order to
embrace your destiny.