May 18, 2019 | Nate and Christy Johnston
Do you feel like you are at a crossroad of sorts? Where almost EVERY area of your life feels up and the air and you are unsure of what’s up ahead? You aren’t alone. For the past week I keep hearing the Lord say to me “This is the EXCHANGE point!”
Exchange means an act of giving one thing and receiving another in return, and it’s the transaction where one thing is replaced by something of equal or better value. The word exchange comes from the word “change” which describes the process of something altering it’s shape, function, location, and purpose. In the bible the word change and exchange is expressed through the Greek word “katalasso” which means also “reconcile”. (In 2 Corinthians 5:18 the word reconcile is saying that Jesus death was “exchanged” for us to experience life)
For the past few weeks I’ve been sensing such a heightened movement in the spirit over people’s lives specifically regarding this transition and God aligning them with his purposes and the finished work of Jesus and I believe the rest of May and into June will be months of amazing breakthrough.
EMPTY YOUR HANDS
I remember a powerful scene of a movie I saw as a kid where an adventurer’s ship was making its voyage to a newly discovered land but due to the weight in the ship they had to throw items overboard to lighten it. Many of these items were costly and valuable items BUT the prize of reaching the land was far more valuable to them than the belongings. “Empty your hands” the Lord is saying to many in this season. “Empty your hands so I can fill them!”
It can be uncomfortable in a season of the unknown to let go of the familiar but that is the very thing He is asking of us so we can exchange it for the new…
THERE’S BREAKTHROUGH IN THE BREAKING
In the process of transition many have felt like they have been pushed to the breaking point, feeling like they can’t handle any more of the pressure, pain, and mind warfare that has come with this season. One night last week I woke up in deep intercession and I could see many who were feeling like they were at this breaking point. “This is the final straw!” many were saying. But what they thought was their breaking was in fact the catalyst for breakthrough! I saw a vision of people falling to the ground and sighing their last breath when suddenly the Holy Spirit came like a mighty rushing wind and stood them to their feet.
The breaking point is where you end and HE begins. It is the place of depletion that brings your old season to completion and opens the door to the next. The exchange is your timing for His, your expectations for His, your plans for His, and your methods and ways to bring it about for His. It’s been the breaking down of us and our limited thinking to accommodate something divinely orchestrated that is so much out of the confines and limitations of our paradigm.
“This is the trade off point says the Lord, where you have done in all your own strength and have been wearied and worn down, broken and battered, now I will bring my word to pass and I, the Lord of the breakthrough, will open the way for you!”
It’s a shaking off of heaviness, burdens, and everything that could hold you back and limit you.
This is where you are not only restored in passion and strength, but this is your second wind!
(Excerpted from Nate and Christy Johnston’s blog. Read full article here.)