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The Master is “calling” us in many ways and that includes the great harvest at hand. I sure enjoyed reading this article by Ben Lim, who is a Millennial Pastor from the Los Angeles area. He sure has wisdom beyond his years!
This now prophetic word will really strengthen many of you dealing with brokenness even now:
The Lord is repairing what was broken. The Lord is restoring your relationships. The Lord is healing the wounded areas of broken trust and dishonor and He is restoring the areas of discord and division. The Lord is bringing the Body back together. Where the enemy tried to divide you and divide the Body, there is an intense restoration that is coming. The Lord is mending the nets! He is the repairer of the breach and the restorer of the broken.
Now that’s a word! Be encouraged in the restoration at hand! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.
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“The Master’s Call: Heed His Voice and Be Restored!”
I am sensing an unusual anointing of breakthrough and harvest. What we must do is acknowledge the Master, which means acknowledge and heed His voice and His call. It is intimacy with Him that will bring the harvest, not our hard works and ministerial efforts. We can work all day and night but still be working and toiling in vain.
So much of our lives are filled with vanity! The Lord is wanting to turn around your life and all of your situations, even in one night and one moment. All of life’s striving, stresses, and worries will cease from one simple word from our Master. When He speaks, we must listen. When He speaks, we must obey. He is the Master and we are His servants. He is the Potter and we are the clay. We must be conduits of obedience, to bring forth His glory here on the earth.
“It’s time for the friends of God to come together, despite the differences and putting the pasts behind.”
You may have been working hard all night. You may have been crying out to the Lord! You may be feeling weary, tired and depleted, but the Word of the Lord will strengthen you and create unusual circumstances and supernatural results! The Holy Spirit is about to strengthen you and build you up!
“When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’
Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.” (Luke 5:4-7 NIV)
The Partners Are Coming
The Bible says that they caught such a large number of fish, that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them (Luke 5:6-7). When the harvest breaks out, who gets what will be the least of our concerns. The back-biting, the bitterness, the division, and the past histories will all be vanished. When we truly see the glory of the Lord manifest and multiply in our midst, all such childish things will fade away. The reason why this division, back-biting, gossip, slander, and all such things of the flesh exist is because we’ve become distracted, disillusioned, or discouraged by the lack of harvest and by the tiredness of the night.
Don’t let the night defeat you. Don’t let the night destroy you. Don’t let the night come in between you and the things that matter most.
Don’t let the unknown, the mystery, and the areas of darkness come in between you and the move of God. The night is fading! (Photo via Unsplash)
Here in the Waiting
Sometimes the periods of waiting can make us a captive of assumptions, wounding and confusion. These periods of waiting many times are tests that many cannot take. This nighttime period literally drives people crazy, causing them to lose their minds and sanity. This nighttime of darkness tests them with feelings of loneliness and questioning, which many times leave a person wounded and more of a mess than a message of hope.
However, the dark night of your soul shall soon pass and the morning light shall dawn! This nighttime season will pass and the new mercies of God will arise! If you’ve been waiting in the dark, get ready to start flying anew with wings like eagles. If you’ve been feeling stuck in chaos, then get ready for God to speak forth light, vision and order. If you’ve been feeling divided and separated from the Lord and His people, then get ready for a move of unity to reunite you.
Don’t let offense and the root of bitterness harbor within you. God will finish what He has started. Don’t let the waiting cause you to stumble and become angry and bitter towards God. Keep a healthy and holy perspective. Keep in prayer and let the Lord transform your mind and your thoughts.
Partakers of the Harvest
Jesus is looking for friends. God is looking for servants who will steward His amazing grace. The Lord is looking for partners who will partake in these great, grand and glorious End Times events. Who will partake of this? Who will partake of His harvest? There will be such a large number of fish that the nets will break until and unless we call out for help! The NLT version says, “A shout for help brought their partners …” (Luke 5:7)
“When He speaks, we must obey. He is the Master and we are His servants. He is the Potter and we are the clay.”
Shout out for help! Help will come if we call for it! It’s time for the partners to come! Don’t let the pride and anger of the night leave you wounded! Call your partners! Call the partners! There must be a partnership to gain the whole harvest. There must be a partnership, a linking-of-arms, and a uniting in the spirit for all of the resources to be obtained. We cannot do it alone! Otherwise, our division, pride, and malice might cause us to miss out on His fullness! Has your pride caused you to miss out on the fullness? Has your offense caused you to choose one side of God and reject the other? Have you been rejecting His prophets? Have you been rejecting the members of His Body?
It’s time to signal our partners again! It’s time for the friends of God to come together, despite our differences, and putting the past behind. It’s time for a holy recompense. Expect a holy restoration of relationships. Expect a restoration of partnerships! Expect new and more partnerships!
Restoring Breaches and Relationships
As I was in prayer on a recent morning, the Lord caught me up in a vision. The Lord began showing me nets that were broken. The nets were broken in many places. However, the Lord began mending the nets and fixing the knots and ropes of the net. The Lord was mending the nets and strengthening the ties and the bonds and covenants in the spirit.
Where the nets have been broken, the Lord is mending. The Lord is repairing what was broken. The Lord is restoring your relationships. The Lord is healing the wounded areas of broken trust and dishonor and He is restoring the areas of discord and division. The Lord is bringing the Body back together. Where the enemy tried to divide you and divide the Body, there is an intense restoration that is coming. The Lord is mending the nets! He is the repairer of the breach and the restorer of the broken.
Ask yourself, has there been a relationship that’s been broken? Has there been a tear, a wear, a breaking in the spirit with another? Has the spirit of offense wounded you and kept you away from the wholeness of God?
Don’t let your pride get in the way. Heed the voice of the Master and be healed in your soul.
Don’t let the night dissuade you away from your true purpose in the Lord. Let the Master set you free! As Jesus said, “Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch.”
It’s time for you to go deep once again. It’s time for you to put yourself out, to be brave, courageous and vulnerable, and to let down your nets! Let down your guards! Let down your pride! Let down your crowns! Lay it all down. It takes courage to gain the harvest. It takes hope to gain the harvest. Be encouraged! The harvest is ripe and ready. All you must do, is heed the voice of the Master! What is He telling you to do today, right here and right now? (Photo via Unsplash)
“Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
“If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
“The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
“Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In”
NKJV). (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.
Ben Lim is a dynamic Millennial leader, who currently serves as the senior pastor of His Way Life, in Koreatown, Los Angeles. He is the director of Open Heaven Cry, a missions and revival network, and is a highly sought out international speaker. He is the CEO of Ben Lim TV and is the author of the book Men of Valor. He loves to live life in the fullness as a son of the Most High.