Waiting in the Wings

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Where Does Our Help Come From?

“Whom Shall I Fear” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

One day, I was meditating on how rest can be a powerful weapon in the spiritual realm, and Isaiah 30:15 came to mind, “For this is what Adonai Elohim, the Holy One of Isra’el, says: “Returning and resting is what will save you; calmness and confidence will make you strong —but you want none of this!” I often hear people quoting another translation of this Scripture, “in quietness and confidence is your strength.” While these words are a needed reminder, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the last part of that verse—God’s people resisted the call to return (repent) and rest.

As I dug into the context of this Scripture a bit, I was struck by what was happening—Judah is looking to Egypt for deliverance from the Assyrians. They’re not looking to God! In verse 15, God declares that through returning, resting, quietness, and confidence, Judah will be saved from their enemy. While we may be tempted to look at the story of Scripture and wonder how Judah could fail to trust God, I know I can think of plenty of times when choosing to rest and trust what God has spoken to me is far from easy.

It can be difficult to grow up in the system of the world and choose to ignore the seemingly sound wisdom that comes from it. Health experts say this. Financial advisors say that. The news anchor tells us all the things we need to worry about, and the best way to combat those worries. And we can feel crazy for going against what the world is saying (and what everyone else seems to be doing) in favor of how that still, small voice is leading.

Yet when the rubber meets the road, can we remember where our help truly comes from? Now don’t get me wrong. God can and will speak timely wisdom through a health expert, financial advisor, or a news anchor. But there are times we will hear the voice of the LORD giving us clearly direction. He’ll speak a promise, send confirmation, and the Holy Spirit will bear witness with that word. 

As our faithful covenant partner, God is there to hold up His end of the covenant by providing salvation when we need it. However, our part in the covenant is to trust in His Word and His infallible character. It isn’t easy. Doubt and fears will arise. Yet there’s no better way to show our love for God than to make our best effort to trust Him.

Isaiah 30:15 (CJB) For this is what Adonai Elohim, the Holy One of Isra’el, says: “Returning and resting is what will save you; calmness and confidence will make you strong —but you want none of this!

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

The Weapon of Rest

“Faithful Victory” – by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Beloved, the weapons of war I have given you are mighty and unlike anything of this world. I call you this day to take another look in your arsenal for a weapon that is often overlooked and undervalued—the weapon of rest. Yes, there are times when you need to exercise your faith in an active, forceful manner. However, there are some wars that can only be won through quietness and confidence, the times when I call you to simply rest and trust in My Word. 

When you war through rest, you are not being inactive or lazy. On the contrary—you are resisting the urge to rely upon your own strength and cunning and, instead, choosing to align and stand firm upon what I have spoken to you. You trust that I will do exactly as I have promised and will take action on your behalf. And your decision to trust in My Word is powerful in the spirit realm. 

When you are facing trials and have done all that I have asked you to do, allow time and space for Me to do My part. Though words and thoughts of opposition will try to come against My Word, war against them by choosing to hold fast. Bring to mind what I have spoken to you when doubts arise. Allow your actions (or choice not to take action) to be a sign in the Spirit of your agreement with My Word. I am faithful and true. I will hold fast to My covenant with you.

Isaiah 30:15 (CJB) For this is what Adonai Elohim, the Holy One of Isra’el, says: “Returning and resting is what will save you; calmness and confidence will make you strong —but you want none of this!

Ephesians 6:13 (VOICE) And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground.

A Heart for Adventure

“Embrace the Adventure” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Beloved, when I open the door into a new day and new season in your life, know with certainty that I have prepared you and empowered you for all that is ahead. You’ve taken many steps to get to where you are today, and you have learned many lessons along the way. Trust Me, for I am a good Father and Teacher; I always equip you to succeed wherever I call you to go. 

As you take steps into this new terrain, be circumspect. Guard your heart against the fears that arise and attempt to keep you from moving forward. For stepping into new beginnings requires that you leave your comfort zone. And while the old territory you have taken is familiar and may feel safe, you have outgrown this space. The time has come to leave the old behind and expand into new territory and dominion.

The thought of exploring and conquering the new may seem overwhelming at first. But remember, I have poured out grace for you to walk through this opened door. For now, I only call you to be responsible for the spiritual skills you have mastered to this point. I have opened this new door because you have been tested and found faithful in the lessons I have taught you. 

Therefore, resist the urge to get overwhelmed and fearful over the things that you don’t yet know. For why would I hold you accountable for that which I have yet to instruct you in? Yes, I have prepared new lessons, a new level of anointing, and new mysteries in the journey ahead. But fear not, beloved child, for you are on a continuing adventure. As with every open door, I always present you with a new opportunity to explore the Kingdom and the depths of My Word. What I have set before you is good, and I will empower you to master the new, if your heart is willing.

I will never leave you or forsake you on this journey, beloved. Have I not promised to keep you in all things? Therefore, cast your anxieties upon Me. Release the cloak of fear, and, instead, be bold and courageous, clothing yourself with a heart for adventure for the new journey ahead. 

Joshua 1:7, 9 (AMP) Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go…. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 43:19 (VOICE) Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none.

You Are Light

“Illuminating Light” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Beloved, you are a luminary. I made you to be My light in the earth, a vessel arrayed in all My glory. Just as I set the stars in the sky to shine as guiding lights to the earth, so I have called you. 

As you stand bathed in My glory, whom shall you fear, beloved? The darkness has no power, for I have equipped you to expel it. Even now, the roar of My authority is awakening within you. Resist the urge to fear this new level of anointing or how walking in it will transform your life. Yes, to arise as My luminary means that others will look to you. This weight of My glory and My call on your life can seem daunting. Yet I raise you up to be an influence for good. I set this portion of My Kingdom upon your shoulders that others may look to you and see Me reflected in every aspect of your life.

Remember that the weight of the entire world does not rest upon your shoulders. I do not call you to be the source of the Light—for I Am the true Source—I call you simply to reflect Me. Therefore, arise and shine boldly, beloved. Let My radiance break through your inner man. Stand up and step forward as a bold representative of My Kingdom, a vessel of My love made manifest.

Genesis 1:14-15 (AMPC)And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs and tokens [of God’s provident care], and [to mark] seasons, days, and years, And let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light upon the earth. And it was so.

Isaiah 60:1-3 (VOICE) Arise, shine, for your light has broken through! The Eternal One’s brilliance has dawned upon you. See truly; look carefully—darkness blankets the earth; people all over are cloaked in darkness. But God will rise and shine on you; the Eternal’s bright glory will shine on you, a light for all to see. Nations north and south, peoples east and west, will be drawn to your light, will find purpose and direction by your light. In the radiance of your rising, you will enlighten the leaders of nations.

That Men May Marvel

“Shine Unafraid” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Matthew 15:31 (TPT) And the crowds marveled with rapture and amazement, astounded over the things they were witnessing with their own eyes! The lame were walking, the mute were speaking, the crippled were made well, and the blind could see. For three days everyone celebrated the miracles as they exalted and praised the God of Israel!

Deep intimacy with God is guaranteed to release the depths of our anointing in the Holy Spirit. We become like Moses who soaked in God’s presence upon Mount Sinai, and whose deep intimacy caused his face to shine with the glory. Yet very much like Moses, those who reach this kind of depth with God can often struggle with stepping out into the spotlight to show the world how God has transformed them. This kind of person is what the Jewish people call a tzaddik—a righteous one. A tzaddik is quite humble yet so deep in the flow of the Spirit that they become the very extension of God. Miracles abound in their midst and the kingdom of heaven is seen upon the earth. Of course, Yeshua our Messiah, became the chief tzaddik, shining with God’s love and glory that all might see.

The Scriptures say that the crowds that gathered around Yeshua marveled at the works He performed. He stepped into the spotlight, became an extension of the Father in heaven, and challenged what humanity thought to be possible. Not only did great miracles occur, but a remnant believed through the Messiah; they opened their hearts to also become extensions of the Father and received miracle-working power. This is because when the kingdom of heaven (the power of God) is seen, it makes room for the kingdom of heaven to be received in the hearts of humanity.

Therefore, it is well worth the risk to cast off fear and insecurity in order to “arise and shine.” Take what God has cultivated within you in the secret place and let it be seen before men. Perhaps, God has given you prophetic insight, scriptural revelation, emotional healing, or unique wisdom for walking through life. Or perhaps, you have experienced personal miracles and know that God is calling you to become a catalyst for miracles with others. Therefore, arise and shine! Allow God’s light to be seen upon you! Do so that men may marvel in who our God is, and that the kingdom of heaven may be received upon earth.

Isaiah 60:1 (VOICE) Arise, shine, for your light has broken through! The Eternal One’s brilliance has dawned upon you.

Power Couples: It’s Time to Shine

Strong’s H215 shine אוֹר ʼôwr, ore; a primitive root; to be (causative, make) luminous (literally and metaphorically):—break of day, glorious, kindle, (be, en-, give, show) light (-en, -ened), set on fire, shine.

I originally received the following word for a beautiful couple at my church. The word went along with an art piece I made as a wedding present called “Shine”. I sensed that this word for them, along with the song I wrote and sang at their wedding, spoke of them as a couple that God had strategically brought together for His purposes. I also sensed that it applied to other “power couples” God was raising up in the earth (married or to be married).

Isaiah 60:1-3 (VOICE) Arise, shine, for your light has broken through! The Eternal One’s brilliance has dawned upon you. See truly; look carefully—darkness blankets the earth; people all over are cloaked in darkness. But God will rise and shine on you; the Eternal’s bright glory will shine on you, a light for all to see. Nations north and south, peoples east and west, will be drawn to your light, will find purpose and direction by your light. In the radiance of your rising, you will enlighten the leaders of nations.

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