From Wilderness to Wonder
October 10, 2017
Moving into wonder.
Beloved ones, I hear the sound of the Father’s voice declaring over you today, “you are crossing over from the land of wilderness into the land of WONDER.” Habakkuk 1:5 says, 'Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.'
Where many have been experiencing long, drawn out seasons of wilderness, prolonged hardship and suffering, carrying weighty heavy burdens, I hear a new sound ringing out and it is the sound of the shouts of heaven decreeing a new season is in motion. You are crossing OVER into WONDER.
Song of Songs declares, ‘Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling. Come along with me! I have come as you have asked, to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one. The season has CHANGED, the bondage of your barren winter has ended, and the season of hiding is over and gone. The rains have soaked the earth...and left it bright with blossoming flowers.’ Song of Songs 2:11 (TPT)
The earth will be soaked in heaven's Wonder.
I believe this new season; the land we are crossing into, is not just a natural experience of WONDER but it is a new jurisdiction of authority. Wonder is described as a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable, or unfamiliar. It can also be described as a person or thing regarded as very good, remarkable, or effective. I sense in my spirit that this is not just a fun ‘play on words’, nor is it a coincidence that the word ‘wonder’ appears to be everywhere at this moment. This is heavens proclamation of the new territory that we as the Bride of Jesus are crossing into, both personally and as a whole. A remarkable season of unusual and unfamilar displays of His goodness. The wonder of God removes human intellect and reasoning and replaces it with intrigue and awe and I hear the mighty sound of angels trumpeting, ‘the EARTH will be SOAKED and FILLED with heaven's WONDER.’ We are moving into a time of wonder where we will ‘taste and see’ the goodness of the Father in new and unexpected ways and we will be in a continual state of AWE as we participate in His goodness, His love and kindness and HIs marvelous works as His extravagant glory unfolds before us.
This new territory and movement of God's WONDER will be seen through both sons and daughters alike. The mark of the sons and daughters of wonder are those who are DRAWN to His heart. Their commission is to worship and their time with Him in the secret place will be as an explosion of displays of wonder THROUGH them. Their words and actions will mirror the Father’s, just as Jesus said, ‘I only do what I see my Father doing’, these sons and daughters of wonder will move in such powerful LOVE, the sound of their voice will echo the voice and heart of the Father. The fruit of the Holy Spirit's workings of wonder through them will cause marvel and amazement to those around them. Those who are yet to be saved will look on and be lost for words as they WATCH God’s goodness on display through them. I see this time of wonder on display as a great time of harvest of souls in the nations. The land and season of wonder that we are crossing into will affect the entire earth.
A time of pruning and harvest.
I recently had a dream where I was holding a cup of water but as I looked closely into the water I saw specks of dirt in the water. I then heard the Holy Spirit say to me in the dream, “Shake the cup.” So I gently shook the cup of water and as I did, all the dirt and grime rose to the surface and I was able to remove the dirt, and the water that remained was purified and cleansed. In the dream, the Holy Spirit spoke to me once again and said, “This is what I am doing right now in my beloved ones. A small shaking that will permanently remove all remnants of dirt and grime so they can move in purity.”
The season of pruning the vines has arrived. I hear the cooing of doves in our land, filling the air with songs to awaken you and guide you forth. Song of Songs 2:12 (TPT)
I believe this dream is a prophetic picture of what is taking place in the hearts of many in the body of Christ in this very moment; it is a pruning of the vines as the scripture above states. Harvest is not accomplished without pruning, and I feel many are currently finding themselves in a place of ‘shaking’ or ‘cutting back’ where things may feel a little uncertain or unfamiliar, where impurities are rising to the surface. Be encouraged though, the Holy Spirit is preparing you for the harvest so that you can carry His WONDER with PURITY. This shaking you are feeling is the pruning of the Holy Spirit where He is removing the impurities of your past and awakening you to the song of your calling so that you may cross over without burden into the new land awaiting you.
The secret place makes way for your destiny
This is a new day of destiny, and the key to crossing over into the promised land of wonder is found in the higher place, the secret place of Jesus’ love and affection. As Song of Songs 2:13 TPT writes, Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of flowers whispers, “there is change in the air.” Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise and come away with me.'
Beloved one, this is a procclomation to your heart today; the season is changing, your barren winter has ended and you are crossing over into wonder. Arise from your wilderness, run into the higher place, your secret place with Jesus. Look to Him, behold His beautiful face... there He will lead you out and guide you into this new land and season of amazement, admiration and beauty. Surrender to His pruning in this season as He prepares you to move over into your new territory and jurisdiction. For the earth is crying out for you to be fully known and fully loved and the time is now.
You are moving from your wilderness into WONDER.
Nate and Christy Johnston are the founders of Everyday Revivalists, launched in March of 2016. Their ministry has grown rapidly within a short period of time with the mandate to reveal the true identity of God’s children as His royal sons and daughters.
Their mission was birthed out of their own place of pain and isolation as the Father revealed to them in the midst of their valley of darkness and brokenness, their true calling and identity in Him.
Everyday Revivalists has become a fast growing collective of men and women who are secure in their identity in Christ, free from the past and released with the purpose to radically change the world around them in their every day lives. Nate and Christy's desire is to see each person who encounters this ministry to be released from shame and past disappointments and free to live the life that Jesus died for.
They currently reside on the beautiful beach-dwelling city of Gold Coast, Australia with their pride and joy, their two daughters, Charlotte Hope and Sophie Willow. Together, they home-school their daughters and have begun traveling internationally to release others from a life of bondage to a life of freedom in Jesus.
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