Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Refugees

Last Sunday was the fifty-first (LI) Super Bowl.  I couldn't watch it at home because I worked until 10 p.m.  I don't regret that.  I like the hours, but my team lost though the victors' QB is my favorite player to watch.  I don't necessarily root for that team, but I appreciate how he plays.  Anywho . . . .

Last week, I read a blog post from Doug Addison, A New Prophetic Sign of the New Move of God.  If you click the link, you can read it for yourself.  I wanted to highlight some things about it for my post which, I believe, connect with our lives.  The Super Bowl reference earlier is relevant because Doug references a Super Bowl game in his post.  This is the time of year for the Super Bowl and, perhaps, signs of pending displays of God's power and glory for many.  I'm willing to believe that.

Doug was watching Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013.  Earlier that day, he believed he heard God tell him a prophetic sign will be seen around the world.  This was the game in New Orleans when Beyonce performed at halftime, and at the start of the third quarter, the power went out in half the Superdome and suspended the game while my team, the Ravens, had the 49ers on the ropes.

When play resumed, the 49ers got their second wind and nearly eclipsed a 22 point deficit.  Thankfully, that didn't happen.  The Atlanta Falcons, last night, were not as lucky.  Maybe they wish, now, the lights went out in the fourth quarter to slow down the Pats.

For Doug, the power outage was the sign.  You can read his post as he details the coincidental nature of the number 34 to that game and the playoffs this season.  The significance for me was the connection he shares of this event with Ezekiel 34 which the Lord showed him.

Ezekiel 34 is a prophecy about the weak sheep that were wounded and driven away by uncaring shepherds and mean sheep, Doug wrote.

Doug continued, On June 9, 2016 I had an encounter and was caught up in the Spirit. I was shown parts of Ezekiel 34 that are now God’s agenda for those who have been wounded and need God’s love. They are those who have been driven away from churches. This does not mean that all churches and Christians are guilty of this.

2017 is the start of a new movement from God in which He is drawing in those who have been wounded and rejected by Christianity. These are the outcasts or the ones the late prophet Bob Jones (NOT from Bob Jones University) referred to as part of the Billion Soul Revival.

This group includes women who are now being appointed by the Lord and are stepping up into leadership roles, people associated with various liberal political parties that are not accepted by many Christians, those with tattoos and piercings, the ones who are into zombies and vampires, New Age people, LGBT and minorities, to name a few.
 

God is raising up forerunners to go after the wounded sheep and God is releasing a new spirit of reconciliation for this new revival that is coming.

While Doug had his encounter regarding Ezekiel 34 in June of last year, April had a word come to her while we worshiped at a church in August last year.  Will you care for my refugees? was the message April received.  She said yes.

There's a lot of talk about governmental policies regarding immigrants and refugees (they're not the same).  Its curious to me I'd bring this up now, but it relates to what Doug wrote and our experience and subsequent discussions.

I count this as another opportunity we've had over the years to yes to God.  Refugees are relocated, even dislocated, from home due to war, bigotry, natural disaster, etc.  Chances are they've lost their homes.

The outcasts from this prophetic reflection have lost a spiritual home and live with wounds from rejection.  This year begins a season of healing and reconciliation through forerunners pledged to the will of God.

Will we care for the refugees and outcasts?  Doug was shown by the Spirit what was coming to the wounded and mistreated.  We were asked if we'd participate in the heavenly sent reconciliation project for the sake of the same.

This is another simple message to bring encouragement to those wanting to see and participate in a gracious move of God's Spirit.  God has a lot planned for many of us.  Find hope and inspiration in this for you who believe God is yet to display more of his glory in this world.

For you who feel you've been wounded, abandoned or outcast from the church because your past or lifestyle or relationships preclude you from being accepted or loved, God is at work to open doors for your entrance into communities of peace and grace.  Have hope and believe God has not forgotten you.

What will it all look like?  Oh, it will be a beautiful creation, a tapestry of God's loving handiwork.  Amen.

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