We all as a race and a creation have encountered an unpleasant surprise for the past few months. It’s been difficult for those front liners who’ve been engaged in battling it. Trying to get a breakthrough and overcome this situation at hand. At the same time other’s have had different experiences. Divergent with struggles and blissful moments, trials and the time to reflect and rest; time to really connect with those who are very close and precious to them.

We know that there have been challenges of all sorts that we’ve faced and even through it all, we know, that God has seen us through. He has brought us thus far and surely will do it again.

One such incident we see is in the story and book of Samuel, wherein the children of Israel have a persistent enemy and there’s a Samuel who asks the children to turn their hearts to God, to prepare their hearts and serve Him only, and to get rid of all other gods. All of this took place when the whole nation was asked to gather in one place, unified, and here we see how God delivered them; not just that but they went on to take more territory.

My vision, belief and perception through all of it as I hear our Father speak is this; there’s coming in unity, collaborations with humanity and a family centric posture in the hearts of people. Differences, timelines, targets and every other secondary aspect of life are being rearranged back to its order of belonging. The more important aspects of life like love, empathy, selflessness, being there for our neighbors, gratitude for what we already have, thankfulness for all things, and a heart open to God is what is being topped in the priority chain.

After this realigning occurs, I believe we’re going to see a rise in unity in all fronts, business, corporates etc. But not just that, the body of Christ is entering a season of unity and aligning to kingdom’s pursuit.

I am excited for what lies ahead for us. I believe gatherings are going to increase in different locations of the city. Every believer walking aware of being a son/daughter and a called one.Every family being a host and desiring and pursuing God’s manifest presence. Praises, prayers and declarations therefore rising from every locality, every corner, in cities and nations. I’m joyful as I write this because we’re walking into greater grace to take over new territories, to reignite the backslidden. To reap what was once prayers and cries from years past. The church is awakening and we’re going to reap an abundant harvest, i.e in knowing our son-ship. And hence I’d encourage all our readers to find this perspective in the midst of everything, to know we’re His own, to build altars as families and individuals, to be aware of The Anointed One, who is with us and to continue to experience Him and dwell in Him. So we could be equipped for all that lies ahead, for all He’s purposed on the earth as in heaven.

Just like the children of Israel, we’re also moving in a season where we are taking new territories, expanding His domain and just as the children of Israel were unified and in a place of preparing their hearts and seeking the Lord and building altars, we also have an invitation to draw close and dwell in the presence of the lord. Invited to be so close and intimate with Him, to know Him, to love Him, to experience His love towards us, and that experience would lead us to a lifestyle of desiring more of Him and His Kingdom beyond this season into the purposes He has for these times and the ones to follow.

Abide.

Our Guest author for the week is Eston D’souza, a devoted lover of Christ and valued member of our church in Manipal. Eston embraces his experiences, allowing them to be used for the glory of God, ministering the good news to all whom he encounters in this new life with Christ.  

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