There is a big difference between acquaintance, friendship, and relationship. We all have had people in our lives at these different levels. In this season, many are discovering how meaningful or how shallow certain relationships have been. There are certain relationships, specifically with our spouses, children and loved ones that have grown distant over time. Some relationships have not been fruitful, meaning they are not reciprocal. One person does all the reaching, interaction and investing while the other person does not.
I believe that in this season the Lord is beginning to put the spotlight on our friendships and relationships.
God is just and He cares about our relationships. It is not just for a person to sow and not reap. The Kingdom of God is based on the principle of sowing and reaping. In this season, the Lord is bringing family units together with a stronger bond than ever before. Marriages are being fortified and families are being knit together.
The Lord is bringing certain relationships closer together, but He is also setting some people free from relationships that are not bearing fruit. These are typically one-sided, dysfunctional relationships where one person does all the investing and reaching, and the other person makes little to no investment.
Let’s allow the Lord to define our relationships in this new era. Some relationships will blossom and flourish; other ones will be adjusted to a different level of importance, and still others will be pruned from our lives simply because they are not fruitful. We will also begin to be restored from past relationships that have gone through this cycle; the Lord is reigniting, redeeming and restoring what has been lost. Either way, let’s give God room to breathe upon all our relationships.
Our Key: Intimacy with the Life Giver
Ezekiel 37:1-4 states, “The hand of the Lord was on me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of dry bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, You alone know.’ Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!”‘”
Before Ezekiel was commanded to prophesy to the dry bones, it says that the hand of the Lord was upon him (Ezekiel 37:1). It was only because of this that he could prophesy the word of life into the dry bones. In this next season, the Lord is requiring intimacy, for His hand to be upon us and to prophesy life. I keep hearing this in my spirit: Before we can prophesy to our relationships – from dry bones to a living organism – we must FIRST have intimacy with the Life Giver. Those that bypass this process will continue to foster dysfunctional relationships.
Dysfunctional relationships have kept many from entering their prophetic destiny and purpose. In this season, we must birth relationships that come from the secret place and not from the desires of our souls. This is a crucial time for many in the Kingdom. We have been given a great opportunity to fortify our marriages, families, and relationships. All relationships should be a byproduct of our relationship with the Lord.
Fathers, Take Your Place at the Gates!
Recently, while in prayer, the Lord revealed to me what this next season in families looks like. The Lord began to speak to me about heads of households having encounters with the Lord that will completely change the family paradigms and legacies. I saw the back of addiction being broken from fathers. As the fathers began to cry out to the Lord, the power of God instantaneously set them free.
I saw a father beginning to lead his family into the presence of God, and his children were on their faces worshiping the Lord. I believe that fathers are the key holders and gatekeepers of families. As the fathers take their place at the gates, we will see a revolution taking place in the family units from the poorest to the richest. I believe some of the greatest leaders we will see in the Church in the days to come will be broken fathers, and those coming from broken families that the Lord breathed upon. This will cause one of the greatest grassroot moves of God in America from coast to coast.
This will be the Church’s finest hour, as heads of households and family units begin to walk in harmony as one. When this happens, we will see entire neighborhoods, cities and regions impacted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Revival and Kingdom expansion will begin to happen at a rapid pace like we have never seen before.
Let us embrace this season wholeheartedly and allow the Lord to work all things for our good!
God Encounter Ministries