As we were heading into the beginning of 2010, the fellowship that I am a part of was hearing apostolically and prophetically that the Church was coming out of a decade of fear and entering into a decade of faith, favor, and harvest. The details of that word are here.
In the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing repeatedly again about “faith, favor, and harvest.” I feel it is a very important word for the season we, the Church, are in right now.
Coming into faith, favor, and harvest is difficult. Shaking off the old mindsets of fear that we have been immersed in and accustomed to for so long, and clothing ourselves anew in faith, does not happen without a fight. It truly must be forcefully pressed into.
I have moments here and there when believing that God will really, truly answer my prayers concerning difficult situations is a struggle. At those times, I have to make the extra effort to step up to the challenges and press past the feelings of futility and helplessness. Today was one of those days. So the Lord helped me — actually admonished me — by bringing Hebrews 11:6 to mind with a different emphasis than I usually see in that verse: “… He who comes to God must believe … that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” He was emphasizing that what pleases Him is belief that He will faithfully reward those who seek Him. He wants us to have faith that when we seek Him [in prayer], believing He will answer, that He will. He will.
He talked with me about Abraham, who believed God for the things that had been promised him, and it was counted to him for righteousness, and he was called the Friend of God. This is a time for those of us who are in difficult straits to be like Abraham, who finished well, with his promises obtained.
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. — Hebrews 6:15
…who through faith and patience inherit the promises. — Hebrews 6:12
[About Abraham’s wife Sarah] “…Because she judged him faithful who had promised.” — Hebrews 11:11
God began to show me that the Church as a whole in America (and this may extend to the Church throughout the world, but I was hearing about America) is going through a tough time. It isn’t just in my region, but everywhere. Large and small ministries alike, those whose leaders are trying to be movers and shakers for God, are struggling horrendously with finances, once-faithful workers leaving, and other stressful difficulties — not always because they are doing things wrong, but because it is a season we are in universally as a Church. These ministries are pulling back, tightening the belt, restructuring — and that is necessary and OK for this time.
As I pondered these things, I kept hearing “the calm before the storm,” and as I inquired, some understanding developed of what that means. The on-fire Church appears to be becoming subdued — calm — quieting down, although involuntarily forced to do so by circumstances. But it is the “calm” before God’s “storm” — which is what He is about to do, what He is readying to burst forth. And even though the mover and shaker ministries seem to be becoming calm, subdued against their will, this does not mean the Church is stagnant at this time. There is an undercurrent of individuals within these ministries who are pressing forward, patiently doing the work of God without fanfare. It is a whole new move that is much different from the big, obvious hooplas we are used to seeing. And that’s the way it is supposed to be — at least for this time.
There have been prophetic words cropping up for years about a coming silent revival, without hype, that would be carried by nameless, faceless ones who would be humble enough to not touch God’s glory. Could this time of calm be linked to those prophetic words? I don’t know. But I wonder.
We’ve also been hearing for years about a coming “storm” from God that would begin like Elijah’s rain cloud the size of a man’s hand (1 Kings 18:41-46), but would become a mighty downpour. We may be in a time of “calm” — but God’s outpouring “storm” is most certainly coming.
So, in summary, what does this mean for God’s people at this time?
1.) We need to take hold of that “faith, favor, and harvest” word and press in and not lose heart.
2.) It’s a time to believe the promises and endure to an obtaining end, like Abraham, the Friend of God.
3.) We are not alone in these difficult times. It is something that is happening to the Church at large.
4.) It’s the seeming “calm” before the “storm.” The bursting forth of God’s outpouring will happen.