As I was spending time with the Father, my heart began to swell with tremendous expectation. I had this growing sense of new beginnings and alignments coming this fall. We are entering into a WOW season! It is a time of blessed transitions and radical shifts. In the midst of all that, there will be unexpected alignments as God connects you to the right people and disconnects you from the wrong ones. This is part of the advance in your life.
"You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out" (Deut. 28:6).
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from now and forever more" (Ps. 121:8).
There is a blessing in the coming and the going! Transitional seasons are often pivotal moments that require the wisdom, timing and favor of the Lord. It is easy to mishandle a transitional period. It is much like a birth in the natural—there is a lot of preparation and then a sudden push! In that moment there is tremendous promise but also potential danger. We must navigate these transition avenues well.
"He keeps the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints" (Prov. 2:8).
In the midst of a significant transition you may not understand the pathway the Lord is taking you on. There are times when we are absolutely convinced we are to head down a particular path; then all of a sudden the Lord takes us in a totally different direction. This is part of the WOW that I sense coming for many.
Some will say, "Wow, God this is so good!" Others will say, "Wow, this is totally unexpected." Some may even say, "Wow, I did not see these things coming at all." Real champions and world changers live as surrendered people. The source of the power and authority that Jesus displayed was connected to the level of total obedience.
"Jesus said to them, 'My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work'" (John 4:34).
There is great grace, authority and power in the surrender. It is part of His process for your life. Surrender and trust are vital ingredients for the elevated pathways on which you are about to walk. You must make these verses part of your confession! Put faith in motion and speak this thing:
Your coming in and going out is blessed. The transition from one era to another is blessed. The shift from one assignment to another is blessed. The alignment that God has revealed to you is blessed.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths" (Prov. 3:5-6).
Signs to Look Out for on Your Pathway
During a kingdom shift in your life, the enemy will do his best to abort the plan, break your focus and disrupt the process. You need to be on the lookout for two primary traps in the midst of transition:
1. Attacks that are sent to offend. It is vital that you quickly discern and cover these in prayer. There will be ugly accusations and people speaking from the low places.
I will never forget a number of years ago I had a person unload a series of evil word curses on me. It wasn't just any person but someone that I had been in relationship with.
The words not only stung me but they were a clear invitation for offense.
A man of God who had no idea what I was going through called me and released a prophetic word over my life that armed me for battle. He told me that God was elevating me and that it was critical that I tune out the voices from the low places. He said that these voices were sent to pull me down from elevated understanding, spirit leading and kingdom progress. That word broke the lies of the word curses and armed me for battle.
When God favors you, promotes you and takes you into new dimensions, there will be those who have been carrying open wounds that will speak against you and will release word curses. You must recognize the assignment and not allow it to distract you. You cannot and must not take offense but must stand firm in prayer and stay rock solid. Don't take the bait. Pray for them. The enemy wants to use their words to offend you and get you off course.
2. A false sense of confusion. This is because some of the steps in the shift will not make sense to your natural mind. You have to really tap into the wisdom of God and call out to Him. Lift up your voice and make your cry loud. Pray also in the spirit and access the mysteries of God. Refuse to be lied to and dominated by your fleshy human brain.
Instead choose to believe the Word of the Lord. An elevated pathway will require greater understanding. This comes in the presence of God. Seek wisdom and allow Holy Spirit to give you powerful spiritual downloads and insight. He prepares you for the process. Also, be willing to accept wise counsel. The Lord has placed people around you that will speak into where you are going and prepare your heart for the promotion.
Transition can be an invitation to the next level of destiny. There will be unexpected twists and turns; unseen detours may pop up. It is all part of the journey. As we live fully surrendered to the Father, He is guiding us and establishing us in His kingdom plans. This WOW season really demands total surrender. Great realms of power are unleashed by great measures of obedience!
Ryan LeStrange started in ministry after training and serving under his spiritual father, Dr. Norvel Hayes. Ryan and his wife, Joy, lead Impact International Ministries based in Bristol, Virginia, which consists of several local churches and revival ministries. Through Ryan LeStrange Ministries, he travels the globe preaching, igniting revival and moving in the power of God. Ryan can be seen weekly on his television program, Power 4 Today, airing around the world on GodTV. He is the founder and apostle of Impact International Apostolic Fellowship, networking and fathering ministers around the world. Ryan has written several books releasing an apostolic and prophetic perspective to the body of Christ.