“Pioneers – Will You Carve A New Path With Me?” – A Word by Nate Johnston
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“Pioneers – Will You Carve A New Path With Me?” – A Word by Nate Johnston
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At the beginning of 2022, I had a dream where I felt like the Lord was speaking to the church that it was crucial for us right now to break away from doing this year in the same way we did last year.
In fact, it felt like a warning that unless we did pioneer this year in some way we would find ourselves feeling dry, stale, and outdated.
But it was more than that. He showed me that places of comfortability can become ceilings that then over time become compromise.
At the beginning of 2021, I felt it – the grace period on certain activities, methods, and messages was beginning to wane and God was wanting us to dream-forward with the Lord.
Then that dreaming turned into an awkward and painful wrestle with the new that felt so obscure and what was clearly changing and ending. It was a difficult balance or dance to maintain.
The other difficulty was trying to reconcile what we expected and what we were seeing. The door we thought we were opening didn’t end up being the door that came before us, and the package destiny was wrapped in just felt unfamiliar.
I know you had to see many seeds fall to the ground and die in 2021. I know that pain. I know it doesn’t feel fair and you still have so many questions unanswered.
I know that you had to close more doors than you opened and leave behind far more than you were picking up.
I know it was a big sacrifice and I know that few understood you for it.
I mean you could have taken that opportunity, that position, that deal, that offer, that much easier way but you wouldn’t have felt right.
You could have stayed in that alignment, relationship, and connection but it would have felt like compromise to you.
What people don’t understand about you and maybe you don’t yet see either is that this is not about pioneering to you although that’s the outcome – this is a worship.
Like David dancing the ark back to its rightful place and being ridiculed for it. It’s your worship.
Like John the Baptist eating, dressing, and speaking differently to get an unusual message across – this is your worship.
And like Elisha slaying his oxen and burning his old tools to go follow the call of God – this is your worship.
And right now all of heaven is cheering you on because you have said yes to a life of following the Spirit of God where few say yes to go.
Because it’s uncomfortable at first It can be painful. It’s harder to navigate because there is no map for it.
But the fruit….. the fruit is unlike anything else you will ever see. And it’s the fruit that God is so eager for us to see this year.
You were not created to go through the motions. You were not created to tick all the boxes of human possibility but you were created to be a revealer of new and the impossible.
Right now the Holy Spirit is BROODING over His church and SEARCHING intently for the ones who are willing to BREAK AWAY from the pack, from the mundane, from the safe.. and reveal the new ember burning quietly on the inside of them.
Those willing to pay attention to the still small voice and fan that flame.
This is a year to pioneer because it is time that the church births what the enemy has been trying to prevent us from birthing!
We have been in a war zone and the target has been our creativity, innovation, strategies, and legacy.
There are songs that need to be written that become the soundtracks of revival that lead us out into open pastures. There are songs that need to come that will be the breakers for those in the church that are STUCK..
There are anthems aching to be sung by a generation that knows they are alive for more than just reacting to and enduring the noise of the news and are awakened to their purpose.
There are books that need to come. The library of heaven is full of books that have not been pulled down to earth. There are ideas and inventions, and powerful blueprints that need to come.
As they come, they will become weapons in our hands against the enemy’s plans and we will storm the frontlines as the force to be reckoned with.
As I am writing this I am seeing scrolls falling with the words redemption written upon them and I feel like they are the blueprints of global redemption and restoration. God is giving out assignments today and strategies to turn around that Injustice, to solve that problem, and heal that issue.
Will you receive them? Will you take the path less traveled this year to see the fruit you have been craving to see?
I know you have felt the strange discontent like somehow there was MORE than what you were seeing. This was the Lord giving you the heads up saying “I am changing your appetite because I have something remarkable around the corner”
And where you have spent a year burying dreams and desires and feeling so heartsick from the ending of an era of your life, this will be a year of LIFE & PLANTING THE NEW.
But what is this all for? Pioneers are those who break the church OUT of stagnant places and bondage and break us INTO places of blessing and breakthrough.
They are the ones who charge through the smokescreens and invite us into the new landscape.
They bring new language never spoken and print the news heaven is speaking.
They are the brokers of the fresh spring and the NOW word of the lord – hot on the pulse of where the Holy Spirit is moving.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” Romans 8:14
And I hear Him saying “Will you come?”
Let’s go back to go forward. Let’s get low to go higher. Let’s lay down our plans to pick up something better.
Leave the last few years behind. Ask Him to refresh you and let’s begin!
QUESTIONS TO ASK GOD THAT WILL HELP YOU PIONEER
- What is your hand on?
- What is not upon anymore?
- What are you doing?
- Where are you moving?
- What are the themes on your heart?
- What songs are being sung in heaven?
- Where do you want me this year?
- What do you want me to do?
- What path do you have me on?
- Who are my people?
- What are the new strategies and ideas in your heart for me to carry?
DANGEROUS PIONEER PRAYERS
- Lord have your way in me.
- I’ll go wherever you ask me to go.
- I surrender my old operating system to you.
- I surrender my activities and assignments.
- Give me only your activities and assignments
- Take me deeper with you.
- Show me the path you want me to walk on.
- Shut the door to avenues that are robbing me.
- Shut the door to people and places that are keeping me from moving with you.
- Remove any and all complacency from my life.
- Give me dreams and encounters that wreck me for the ordinary.
- Use me.
- Anoint me.
- Fill me In Jesus’ name.
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