We truly do seem to be in a time of acceleration; change is happening everywhere we look! Nations are changing, governments are changing, the spiritual landscape is changing, and hearts are changing. Prayers that we prayed in faith for decades are suddenly coming to pass, and open doors are before many. It is like a "domino effect" is occurring...the hand of God pushed the first one over and now walls are falling down like dominoes.
Understanding God's Pace
In this time of acceleration it is vitally important that His people do not get into a "driven" or "high speed" mode that will cause them to burn out or run ahead of proper timing. God is the One who is accelerating things, not man!
We are to make sure that we are taking time to be in the secret place, to linger in His presence and to sit with Him until He says, "Go." We are to ride the wave of change that is transforming and accelerating us from a posture of peace, stillness, and intimacy.
There is a deep caution in my spirit to be sure that we are not trying to force greater acceleration by our might or our will. This is—and will continue to be—a move of God, not a move of man. It has begun first with personal transformation and will then transform the nations. I hear the familiar verse from Zechariah 4:6 that says,
"This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty."
The Yielded Ones
For nearly a year, I have been carrying in my spirit the word "yield". Daily I have been intentionally yielding to the move and work of His Spirit within me and all around me. What has been happening for me personally, and what is happening all around us is not by might but BY HIS SPIRIT! Most great moves of God began with a swell or acceleration that came by the Spirit, but often the "of man" moved in and not only caused men to fall but also halted the pure move of His Spirit.
What God is doing and what He is about to do in the near future will be by His Spirit. We already are seeing the acceleration beginning, and it is now that we must position our hearts and our wills to yield fully to His Spirit. We must intentionally remain "in Him" by not allowing a move that is accelerating things around us to cause us to run ahead or become driven by our own strength. This move of God will be one that is propelled by the yielded ones who have allowed transformation to occur.
What God is bringing through the partnership with His yielded ones is pure and will draw His people into a peace that allows them to ride His wave without striving or any frantic, man-made push. It will not come from the strength of men but by His Spirit.
So let's yield to His Spirit in this time of acceleration! His Spirit has brought forth this acceleration and will continue to bring further acceleration. We must learn to rest in Him and allow Him to carry us where He is going and into what He is doing. Yield to His full preparation that is transforming His Church; yield to the swell of His Spirit, yield to His healing, His cleansing, and His love. This is a time of freedom, not of frantic striving! Stay in His Spirit.
Accelerated Into Transformation
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image." (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
We are being invited into accelerated transformation so that we will reflect the glory of the Lord as we are changed into His glorious image. This move of God will first and foremost be marked by transformation! It is the transformation we read about in the verse above. This verse will be a marker for what God is doing.
We are currently experiencing a move of the Spirit individually and as a corporate family that is transforming us to reflect His image. The world is longing for something or someone to identify with; they are looking for an "image" to reflect, but so many have merely found confusion and bowed before the graven images of the world's systems. But as we, His Church, yield to the accelerated transformation of what His Spirit is doing, suddenly the world will see Him in us! We will reflect His glorious image for people to see. This will release an accelerated transformation into all the world...not by might but by His Spirit.