In Isaiah 64, they prayed that God would rend the heavens and come down. As we pray, repent, and worship, he has already rent the heavens and He is here. He has given us a vision of the future. That vision is a gift of God through the Holy Spirit, and it is not to be constrained by the hands of those who worry about institutions and legitimacy. God has called us forward into a new future, one that is at hand now. We seek a strengthening, and we will receive great insight and challenge to move forward. But we often have a failure of nerve to respond to the call that God has actually given.
This is not about being reactive, but about deeply hungering for more of God’s anointing and work in our lives, in our churches, and in our world. We want to build on the work that God has already begun. Don't let your work be held back. Keep your attentiveness to where God is taking you. The question and challenge we all have is this: What if God is actively at work trying to take apart what you are trying to protect? Will you stand in His way?
In the end, our path forward is not about what others will do. Organizations and institutions constantly emerge, thrive, and die. The question for us today is if we will remain faithful and move forward now. We are not constrained in that by the decisions others make.
God has given us the gift to move us forward, to strengthen his anointing, to experience the power of his healing touch, to join with others in boldness and the power of the Lord. It should not be constrained by fear.
This work that God has given us is not to be put on hiatus until a later date. It is God that has moved, and it is ready to be released and moved forward. The hand of God is moving now, and he has put it on the hearts of the people to become a part of this work that God is doing in a new way. We move because we are captivated by a vision, a vision given and anointed by God.
No one has it all figured out. But God does have a path for us. And we should not stand in the way of what God is doing.
-John M Troyer