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Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.John 4:35 ESV
At the end of 2019, many prophets made predictions about what God would release in 2020. But the onset of the pandemic caused many to doubt these words. Subsequently, the Lord showed me that many of these prophecies weren’t just for 2020, they were for the entire decade. Prophets like Tomi Arayomi and Lan Vawser have also spoken about this. It’s a decade to prepare. To move into and start operating in the things that God has been showing you.
For the last three years, I’ve been in survival mode as I push toward the things that the Lord has called me to do. But it’s been a struggle. I’ve battled with distraction, procrastination, lack of finances, and frustration because I know where I’m supposed to be going but I’m just not sure how to get there and I don’t have the resources to get there. It’s tempting to feel like I’ve wasted three years of this important decade and time is ticking away. To feel like I haven’t been operating with urgency.
The morning, I heard the Lord say, “The Word is Urgency”.
What Urgency is Not
I don’t know what this word means to you, but let me begin by telling you what the Lord says it doesn’t mean. Urgency does not mean the fear of missing out. It doesn’t mean being anxious that you have missed what God has called you to do.
If I didn’t know better, this word of urgency would cause me to start moving out of fear. Fear that I’ve wasted too much time and missed the chance to partner with God and do great things for His kingdom.
In my experience, God does not operate like this. Holy Spirit leads; He does not push. If you’re being driven by feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, and dissatisfaction to do something in urgency, that is not of God. This will only lead to stress and illness and that is not what He wants for you.
What is this Urgency?
So what does the Lord mean by urgency? All He is asking is that we listen to His commands and obey them immediately, as much as it is within our capacity to do so.
When I say commands, I’m not speaking about specific commandments in the Bible i.e. “the thou shall nots”, etc. All He wants you and me to do is listen to His voice daily and do what He says as quickly as we can.
So remember urgency is not the fear of missing out. If you feel like you’ve wasted time or have not accomplished the assignments that God has given you over the last few years, don’t despair. That time wasn’t wasted. I’m sure there are lessons and disciplines that you learned that you will need going forward.
Going forward is a matter of urgency but not in a way that pushes you and causes anxiety and stress. If there is something He’s asking you to do, don’t sit on it, start moving. You can take big steps or little steps but keep moving. Your steps can be unhurried but still with urgency; not in a frantic way.
Allow the Lord to lead you. Take the time to sit still and listen for instructions. Ask the Lord to help you overcome any distractions the enemy will try to use to prevent you from hearing Him.
This word will mean something specific for each of us. I encourage you to seek the Lord for further revelation on what urgency means to you right now for the season that you are in.
Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog