It’s exciting when God drops promises into your heart and you begin to see the fruit start to bud.
The temptation to harvest the fruit and rush it into the ‘marketplace’ straight away is very real.
As frustrating as it is for those of us cultivating these promises, the fact remains that for most of us, the fruit just isn’t ready. It hasn’t yet grown to maturity and it hasn’t been ‘vine ripened’.
This means that any fruit we try to pluck before it’s ready, won’t really be very impressive at all.
During a lapse of rain on what has been a very wet and miserable day, I was watching a flock of birds balancing on power lines. Although the rain had stopped, the wind had now picked up! The birds stood with their wings spread out, allowing the wind to rustle and dry their wet feathers.
But as they stood in this vulnerable, yet necessary position, they had to work extra hard to keep their footing as the wind blew furiously.
This morning God gave me this vision:
It was of an army equipped for war.
They were clothed in full armour and given every type of weaponry needed for ANY battle.
This army was gathered together inside a large auditorium that had a glass wall that could be seen out of, but not into.
Outside this auditorium a battle was raging. Desolation and destruction reigned as far as the eye could see.
The wounded lay begging for help while the dead were left to decompose and contaminate those around them.
There was no respite, no hope.
As a child I wasn’t always well. I had asthma and gut issues and went from ailment to ailment and specialist to specialist. This continued into adulthood.
There came a time when I realised that part of me actually liked being unwell. I liked crisis. It was all I knew, all I had been used to.
Sickness had become my identity!
I had to repent for seeking attention through illness. I had to ask God to forgive me for the times I almost enjoyed being sick.
Then, I actually had to change my thinking.
I had to seek out my true identity.
I had to desire wholeness.
We are called to be people of influence, not people ‘under the influence’.
What influences are stopping you from moving forward into your destiny?
Drugs, Alcohol, Porn, TV/media, poor relationships?
What negative influences do you need to let go of so that you can become the person of influence you were created to be?