For many a year I have been taken with geography in the kingdom. The idea of being in the right place at the right time OR being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We relegate so much of the kingdom to “serendipity” rather than faith, discernment and wisdom.
How did we get here?
First, I recognize this is a “controversial” subject to many. But if we see ourselves as people in process, people of progress, caught up in the wake of following our Leader, we need to recognize that there is a geography issue. Throughout scripture, where you were, was important. Was it not better to be in a prison rather than a pit? Greater to be in a palace than the place of a prison. Better is one day in your courts…
Many have made the kingdom out to be spooky rather than embracing the reality of it and all that it encompasses, including mystery. Many have made it impractical, by denigrating those that stand up and take any opposing view and taking stands not mentioned or served by the message of the Bible.
With everything going on in the world, it is time for a return to the truth of the scriptures.
First, when I see myself, I know I have authority over the works of the enemy but even Paul was clear on what was in his metron, his place of influence. God even kept him from certain geographies for a season.
I often ponder his travels and I wonder. To hear many speak every bad day is “persecution and prison like Paul and Silas”. Really? Is it? If you are arrested with drugs that is seriously different. Oh, I get you might experience rebirth in a prison… Life with Jesus is the best. And to denigrate our life to “one problem after another” is inconsistent with the Bible.
Conversely, how many things are covered up in the guise of “it’s all good”? If you enter a war(Is war good?) and you do not win, how is that God? If you choose to move some place because you can and suffer at the hands of the enemy, how is that God? On so many levels we have reduced Christianity to “mindless acceptance” by calling all things sovereign. Really? Are not bad choices bad choices?
Too many it seems are making “bad choices” coloring them with the “scripture crayon”, deceiving themselves and possibly others, while many look in and roll their eyes.
Bad behavior is bad behavior.
How does this tie into the kingdom and geography? I am convinced that there are places scheduled for redemption. Geographic areas. These areas include people! I have said for years “geography matters”. Where you live may well mean the difference between life and death. To not listen to the Lord is rebellion. I am equally convinced there are places that the “lights” are going out because of seasons of injustice or lack of rule. These places could easily be turned around. (Was not Nineveh given a chance?)
The requirement in both of these will be who has received the mandate for a geographic place. Popular choice does not a leader make! Mandated by God. Called by God.
Too many are believing they are called, that they are ready, only to find out that they have become part of the landscape. Part of the “dry and weary land”. Life is about revelation that proceeds from the mouth of God. There is no value to becoming part of the stronghold.
In 1995 I made a move. A controversial move. A move that had numerous naysayers. But within 1 week it was clear that the well of goodness had been opened. Prosperity, favor and goodness.
I preached about it everywhere I went. Geography matters. Make sure you are in the right place. I found wells of goodness in some places and empty places in others. I wrote about it. And then I made a series of decisions with regard to geography. Now maybe I missed God. Maybe I had not received wisdom. Maybe I had not assembled the foundation. Things happened. Right to the bitter end.
Geography matters. And if it matters, seasons will matter. Even be formed, created…shaped. Hearing God matters.
In 1989 I saw black and white knights parading down a mountain. As the white knights engaged the black ones, they became white as well. I saw it as salvation. The draft of one. But overtime I saw it as geography changing as well. In 1995 I had further revelation. I saw chess pieces on a board. The board was across the land. Over hills and through valleys. I saw it initially as God moving people into position. Many great revivals were happening. And then one day an arm came and rolled over the pieces and said “this is not a game!” At that time I was a futurist(In the middle of change by 1998.) and I thought it was “the end of the world as we know it.” How many thought the Y2K would devastate? Clearly it was not.
Then a few years passed. I continued to see the importance of position in the earth. Since the 80’s I had seen portals and doors in places I visited. I also saw places that had experienced great revival only to succumb to witchcraft and new age.
In 2013 I saw the hand begin to move, lighting some places and extinguishing others. I made my own geographic move in 2012. Recently the idea about geography began to move in a gain. (By the way, I believe we are seated in heavenly places. I believe we are to bring heaven to earth. But as I pointed out to someone last night, our call is our call. Unique to us. To us and us alone. Where we need to be is like that.)
Here I am in 2015 with years of thinking, meditation and observation under my belt. And I believe geography is important to your being and your life. God may send you to the darkest of Africa, the most poverty stricken city in American and He can cause you to be like Joseph. Or you can move to the most prosperous nation, city or locale and you can be pauper.
Earlier this week, I wrote about wine. Where grapes come from is important. (Their geography.) Who’s hands their in is critical. (Him-the great winemaker.)How process is handled is crucial.
Some of you are giving contemplation to a move. Others moved and wonder why it is not blessed. And others have heard God and are seeing the fruit of their move.
In the coming day, you will see the results of geography choice. You will see great cities hewn down. You will see the arising as if out of the ashes of churches and people. Lights will come home and lights will be extinguished. The best place in the world will not necessarily show you favor if you are there without His instruction, His leading.
Lately I feel as though I ought to post t a disclaimer. Seek the Lord!!!