The last few days, I have sensed a shift. I have received clarity of direction and definition regarding assignments the Lord has given, and a resurgence of energy bringing strength and courage for obedience. As I began seeking the Lord, I heard two things back to back: “We have entered the lightening phase,” and “It’s time to shift into overdrive.”
When I hear Holy Spirit speaking to me in unfamiliar terms, I know that there is something significant He wants me to hear. Initially I assumed “lightening” meant letting go of burdens and weights and becoming more filled with light. Over the last few weeks, the Lord had been emphasizing the importance of staying focused and alert, abiding in Him, not taking the bait of offense or going into agreement with evil reports, thereby allowing darkness to dim His light.
“The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.” (Luke 11:34-35 KJV)
I felt Holy Spirit nudge me to do some research. According to Dictionary.com, lightening is also a medical term used to describe one of the last stages of pregnancy, when the head of the baby engages in the pelvic canal! This quickened me, because we are in a birthing year, and this confirmed what I had been sensing in the recent shift.
There is a birthing that is coming forth of what the Spirit of God has conceived, and in these final stages of labor it is critical to keep Christ fully engaged in our lives as the Head, to shift as He leads, yielding completely to His direction, and let the Spirit of God navigate for the birthing to come forth in His perfect formation and timing. He will bring those things to birth that He has begun in the Spirit!
“Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.” (Isaiah 66:8-9 KJV)
I looked up the meaning of overdrive and found that it is a gear in a motor vehicle providing a gear ratio higher than that of the drive gear or top gear, so that engine speed and fuel consumption are reduced in highway travel. Overdrive is actually the highest gear of the transmission, but it uses less fuel and reduces strain on the engine. Merriam-Webster gives a second definition to overdrive, as being a state of heightened activity.
We are in a time of heightened activity in the spiritual realm of both light and dark forces. We can’t afford to get distracted, give place to the enemy, or to spin our wheels in the rut of religious formulas. I was reminded of the final stages of labor when it is easy to become exhausted by exerting too much energy too soon, when resting up for the final push is critical! I sensed the Holy Spirit saying, it is time to shift into overdrive – the highest gear – where all that we do is by the leading and power of His Spirit. It is a labor to enter into and stay in that position, but provides the most peace and the least physical, mental, and emotional exertion!
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:9-11 KJV)
Labor to enter into the rest that God desires us to birth from; let the headship of JESUS be engaged in all that you are birthing for the Kingdom. Shift into spiritual overdrive; the highest and most efficient gear!
I am hearing, “Be alert and aware; sense My movement and allow Me to move you into lightening. You will receive clarity and definition in areas that have been obscure and shapeless. For the hour is at hand for the birthing of My Kingdom in and through your life. There is a heightening of activity in the spiritual realm, and you are seeing manifestation in the physical realm. Your body and soul will want to respond in familiar ways, yet I am saying shift into overdrive – the highest realm, where you are at rest and in peace, and My highest thoughts and plans will be made known to you by My Spirit. For this is the time of birthing a mighty move of My Spirit that cannot come forth in ways known to the mind of man, for the NEW THING that is coming forth has not yet been seen. Allow My Spirit to fully lead, give My Son the full governing authority over your life and your ministries, and His headship will be engaged fully and perfectly in position to birth what I have purposed and bring forth My Kingdom.”
July 16, 2019