I'm finding a familiar theme in my writing these last few weeks. Somewhat hidden among paragraphs and sentences, I've discovered a word and/or phrase that I believe will hold true for much of the body of Christ this year, if they so choose.
The word that keeps appearing on my blank pages and resounding in my ears is progression. Whether forward progress, moving forward, forward movement, or taking a step forward, it's all the same. The words began to fit together for me like a jigsaw puzzle.
I feel like this is going to be a Time of Progression.
*Definition- the act of progressing; forward or onward movement; advancement
*Synonyms - advancement, boost, break, breakthrough, development, evolution, forward march, going forward, giant strides, growth, headway, improvement, promotion, step forward
Let me just say, I get excited when I study words. And this list of synonyms is reason for a little shouting!
On a hunch, (aka....slight nudge from Holy Spirit) I took one of the synonyms...evolution...and expanded a little more. Are you ready for this? You're not driving and reading are you? If so, you might want to pull over.
*change, enlargement, expansion, flowering, growth, increase, maturation, transformation, unfolding
My. Oh. My.
Can you feel it? God is wanting to do something big in and through His people this year. And He's wanting His people to do something big in Him this year.
Of course, there are pre-requisites. We'll get to those a little later.
And just to make sure you understand, I thought I'd let you in on something else I found.
Since we got excited over a few synonyms, it's only fair that we give equal time to some antonyms.
*blockage, hesitation, withdrawal, decrease, halt, stoppage
So, basically, the opposite of progression , or moving forward (enlargement, expansion, growth, maturation, transformation), would be blockage, hesitation, withdrawal, decrease, halt, stoppage.
Makes perfect sense.
In Exodus 14, God had delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, but at the first sign of trouble, they became very afraid and began to cry out to Moses..."Have you taken us out here to die? Why?! We would have been better serving the Egyptians!"
I can hear it today...
"Why, God? Why did you bring me here if I was just going to get hurt? Why is it so hard? Can't you see the enemy trying to attack me? I would've been better off staying where I was."
**The Hebrew word for forward in this verse is Naca, which means to pull out, pull up, set out, journey, remove, set forward, depart, lead out, cause to spring up.
They had been delivered from bondage, but they couldn't stop. Action was required. They had to depart from where they were, and move forward in order to step into what was next for them.
There are many scriptures in the Bible where God had already given the victory, but the armies of the Lord had to take action, and go forth, go forward, advance in order for the victory to become reality. In other words, God had a plan and made a way, but He didn't just do it for them.
So God has a plan and has made a way for me, for you...our victory is certain, unless we stay where we are. This will have a different meaning for each of us. He wants to mature us, enlarge us, expand us, grow us, increase us, transform us. What instruction is God giving you? Where is He telling you to go? What is He telling you to do, to get rid of, to repent of, to speak, to pray, to teach, to write, to apologize, to ___________? What is the action He is requiring of you? Only you know.
This year will be a time of Progression for many.
A year of Progression for those who say yes.
A year of Progression for those who push through their fears.
A year of Progression for those who aren't afraid of change.
A year of Progression for those who will hear God, and obey.
A year of Progression for those who turn a deaf ear to man's opinions.
A year of Progression for those willing and obedient.
A year of Progression for those who allow God to transform the ruins in their lives.
A year of Progression for those who find their place near God.
A year of Progression for those who do more than talk about what God has told them to do.
The choice is yours. You can move forward. I heard in my bible study this week from Beth Moore that we are the greatest obstacle we will face. Sad, but true. Don't be the reason you miss your destiny.
Help me, God, to hear you and obey and move forward with you.
To be concluded.....Stay tuned for Part 2: Arise and Go Over!.....coming soon....