I was in a time of corporate worship when I saw the floor I was standing on begin to change. Gone was the dark carpet, the kind that’s so thin it’s almost laminate. The kind that resists stains and cleans easily. In its place was ground – earth. But as I looked closer I noticed that this wasn’t just any kind of ground, it was hard ground.
It was dry, caked with abuse by the hot sun. The rocky bumps dared anyone to try and step forward without being thrown off balance, without being injured. But then there was light, light that came from beneath the crusty exterior from a source I couldn’t see. It grew brighter and more intense with each passing moment before it finally cracked the surface, throwing the earth into jagged segments.
The light pulsed like a heartbeat, primed and ready to destroy the hard ground forever. And then I heard the Lord say,
“I am breaking the hard ground. It is weak and ready to shatter but I’m calling you to partner with me for the final blow. It’s time to participate with me, to pick up the tools I’ve planted in your heart and step forward. The ground hardened by past experiences will not stand against the power of my love and the power of my purpose for you. But you need to stand. You need to shout like the Israelites at Jericho and destroy all of the careful schemes the enemy has laid against you. We will do this together so keep your eyes on me as I lead you to victory.”
I’ve been saying this a lot lately but I’m just not sure I can say it enough. It’s a quote from a hero of mine by the name of Greg Boyd. He wrote,
“Many people mistakenly believe that information alone brings transformation. But it’s the application of that information that brings change.”
I think that sometimes we mistakenly believe that revelation on its own is going to change our lives, to get us free from the chains that’ve bound us in place for so long. The prophetic words given to us about God’s great love and purpose for our lives lifts our spirits and bring desperately needed encouragement. Unfortunately, a few days later the word is old and has lost the brightness it carried when we first heard it. So we wait for the next one while nothing really changes in our lives.
The mistake is the lack of application. We’re waiting with our arms crossed and feet up for God to fulfill the words he’s spoken while he waits for us to get up and do our part in making it a reality. The principles he’s taught us aren’t meant for the dust they collect on the shelf. They are meant to be used, to be lived! We’re meant to take the weapons he’s placed in our hands and tear down the strongholds tormenting our minds, to advance the kingdom, pushing back the darkness affecting us and our loved ones.
God loves us! Sounds simple but there is nothing more powerful. The revelation is meant to change our lives and stir us to pursue the depths of his heart instead of expecting it to change our circumstances without having to do anything on our end. We are more than conquerors. So let’s actually be more than conquerors. To know things is nice (and really important) but nothing changes until we put the things we’ve learned into practice.
Some of us feel like there’s no hope left but there is. Some say we can’t take one more step but we can. Others say they’d rather just die but we can live! It may feel like things will never change but they will. I don’t know what the specific circumstance is for each person but I do know that God is encouraging us to stand and actively participate in the abundance he wants to pour into our lives.
The hard ground has been weakened. God has advanced and is calling us forward to victory. Let’s participate with him in the field.
Jesse and Kara Birkey