Sunday, February 1, 2015

"A Shift Has Taken Place, I Have Supercharged Your Life" - Paige Norfleet, Albany, OR

Immediately following The Elijah List Conference for 2015 (in Albany, OR which I attended), I heard the Lord speak, "A shift has taken place, I have supercharged your life." My heart was filled with excitement as I pondered what my new supercharged life might look like. It only took a few short moments for me to begin to realize that God wasn't just talking about a release of power; He was also speaking of an increase in pace that would require more strength and stamina. While I love the idea of an increase in power, I have some reservations about increasing the pace of my already busy life. The Father gently interrupted my racing thoughts with these reassuring words, "I have also released to you supercharged grace that will enable you to accomplish all that is required."

Let's take a moment to look at what it actually means to be supercharged. I am told that the purpose of supercharging an engine is to increase its efficiency, horsepower, and performance. I will simplify the mechanics of how this works by saying a supercharger essentially accomplishes this by compacting and forcing air into the cylinders of the engine. I have very little knowledge concerning engine mechanics; in fact, I have no idea why God would choose to speak to me in these terms

What I do know is that this word did not take weeks or even months to manifest. As the Father spoke these words, I knew that the shift had taken place and something was already in motion. There was no time to ponder any further as to whether or not I even wanted to be aligned with them, as God immediately began creating opportunities for me to step into where His Spirit was moving.

Like whirlwinds in the Spirit, opportunities began to pop up where I least expected them to be. Random texts would come into my phone from those I hadn't heard from in years, asking for prayer or direction, sometimes three of four of them consecutively. Before I had the opportunity to decide when and how I would respond, words of knowledge began to flow freely. It was the Father who was responding to their cries for help. Doors to share the love of Christ would spontaneously open here and there; all I had to do was listen and respond. As this was beginning, I felt as if I could barely catch my breath before the next opportunity would come. Again, I would hear His words, "I have supercharged your life," immediately followed by the grace that He had promised.

It Is Our Time!

We have just come out of a season of furious preparation and testing. I sense that many are about to see the effects and purpose of the last season begin to be played out in their everyday lives as they step through the open doors that God is rapidly setting before them. It is imperative that we recognize Him and do not shrink back or get caught up in old habits of demanding that God confirm Himself again and again. Not only do we, as His Sheep, know His voice (see John 10:27), we have learned to recognize the many ways that He moves, and we recognize that He is the answer that the world has been waiting for. It is our time!

Job 33:4 [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].

The God that gave us life is breathing upon us again and He is supercharging us! The Body of Christ is stepping into a time of an increase in power and efficiency. The pace will be fast, but the breath of God will be the force surging through us and renewing us continually to accomplish all that is needed.

The Church Has Received Her Sea Legs

Sometime in the middle of 2014, I began to hear the words, "The Church has developed her sea legs." The term "sea legs" speaks of the ability to adjust one's balance to the motion of a ship, especially during rough seas. This important adjustment must be made in order to live in a vessel that is in constant changing motion. In order to function effectively, the human body must acclimate to unstable surroundings.

Prior to this acclimation a person can experience sickness, confusion, dizziness, weakness, lack of timing, shortness of breath, and will often grasp for stationary objects in an attempt to steady themselves. The problem with this is those objects that appear to be steady are moving as well! Over a period of time the body begins to adjust, and when this takes place there is a marked difference in a person's ability to function effectively.

Those who live in this constantly changing environment begin to instinctively anticipate the rolling and pitching motions, accepting them as a normal part of life. In a world that is ever-changing, we are becoming awakened to the reality that God lives within us and He is what sustains and steadies us. We have learned to move and function in a world where there is crisis and turmoil.

I have never been more encouraged about where we as the Church are going. I am so thankful that the Father has not calmed the raging storms around us but rather He has empowered us to steadily push through, giving us the ability to stand upright and radiate His glory in the darkest of places. My spirit is shouting, "GO! GO! GO!"

Isaiah 60 is still crying out to us!

Isaiah 60:1-3 Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

I believe that these passages will continue to propel us forward even to the end of our days here on this earth. The Father is saying, "Go forth in this new strength and vigor that I am breathing into you. I have given you great grace that will remain with you in the days ahead. Do not shrink back but walk in boldness with the assurance that I am with you."

Paige Norfleet

Paige Norfleet has a passion to see a multi-generational Body of Christ awakened to His love and running together to display the glory of God on the earth. She actively participates in conferences, discipleship training schools, and workshops, often focusing on the topics of spiritual warfare, intercession, and intimacy with the Father. Paige and her husband Marty reside in the Pacific Northwest where they have created a place for local youth to gather. Paige is on the board of directors for Ingathering Place, Inc., and is part of The Elijah List team.

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