Without question, we are living in some of the most turbulent times perhaps any of us have ever seen.  There has been a great shaking taking place all across the world, and as Christians, we too are experiencing that shaking. However, this shaking is bringing about a great awakening within the Body of Christ.  In my lifetime, I’ve never seen a greater need than now for the gospel to advance powerfully forward through surrendered sons and daughters to touch all the people of the world with the fire of His unfailing love.  But what’s holding us back??

I have found it is so interesting that this year has been proclaimed as the year of the mouth according to the ancient Jewish calendar, and at the same time shortly into 2020, we have been directed to wearing masks, covering our mouths and faces.  It’s almost as if it’s a ploy of the enemy to bait people into buying the lie of being faceless and nameless.  It’s quite a prophetic implication that I believe God is calling us to wake up and pay attention to, while calling us in this time to rise up and declare forth His Word and His promises out of our mouths with great confidence and authority in Him.  Where the enemy is working to silence, God is working to amplify!

We are living in such a time where God is awakening those who have been compliant and complacent and raising them to become confident and courageous in Jesus.  Father God is longing to see the Body of Christ rise into her rightful place in preparing to become the Bride of Jesus Christ.  He’s calling out to all those who have ears to hear and saying, ‘Wake Up!!’  Beloved sons and daughters, you have a name, you have a face and you have a unique destiny to fulfill!  1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light..” I believe that this verse and truth carries such great weight with the times that we are living in right now.  God is calling His chosen ones out of this season of being locked in, to emerge out of the depths of His heart with a new fire, new passion and a new wineskin to contain the new wine that He is pouring out.  And the cost to us?  Surrender.  Laying everything down to the sovereign feet of King Jesus and crying out in unison, “Your will, Your way, Yahweh!”

Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  Family of God, we are living in these very times of the ‘new thing’ that God is doing.  Our position is submission, and to choose to let go of the old, of the normal you’ve known and become fearless in laying hold of the NEW thing that God is doing in this new era.  This shaking has brought a great awakening to the Body of Christ and to all those who have ears to hear, let them hear (Matthew 11:15)! With this great shaking, God’s refining fire is upon those that have sought Him in the secret place.  Isaiah 43:2 says, “when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”    God’s refining fire touches the hearts of countless Christians right now and those who lean in will be refined with that fire that burns away every impurity that does not belong so that which does belong shall remain.

So the question still lingers, what’s holding us back?  What ‘mask’ have you been wearing?  These are masks of limitation, false identities, synthetic relationship, facades, etc.  What masks that have held you back will you allow to be burned up in this refining fire?  Masks that have made us ‘faceless’ to the world and have held us back from powerfully advancing His Kingdom through our lives in our full potential.  It’s time for the ‘costume party’ to end and for the children of God to fully realize that we are His Chosen and we are called for such a time as this!  Sons and daughters of God, make no mistake in knowing that you were born for such a time as this.  Now is not a time to shrink back, but rather to emerge from this season with total surrender to Jesus beating continually in our hearts as we advance His Kingdom forth in great power as Holy Spirit leads each of us.

I heard the LORD say recently to me, that there will be a mass exodus of His chosen people out of the life and the norm that they have known as they step into this new era with new confidence and new wineskins that are established in Christ Jesus and no other worldly system. Following this mass exodus will be a mass emergence of God’s people rising up from the ashes to boldly proclaim the gospel with fearless confidence. Now is the time for the chosen of God to emerge and take their rightful place in the position of influence that Abba Father has designed and designated for each one of His beloved children.  It’s time to arise, harken and join our ears and hearts to our loving Father, and faithfully surrender and follow His steps in our lives while we show this world the Light that they have always been looking and longing for.  Rise up Chosen, fearless and fully confident, and take your position in history; in His story for His glory.  Rise up Chosen, rise up!

~Pastor Nicholas Barta