Friday, July 21, 2017

God Says, "I'm in Unfamiliar Places...Come Find Me!" by Wanda Alger, Winchester, VA

A New Season is Upon Us

The Lord continues to challenge many in coming out of familiar places into new territory. It is part of the reality of coming into that "Promised Land" that so many are hoping and praying for as Believers in Christ. Yes, He is doing a "new thing" and we have heard from many about the new season that is upon us. We are on the outer rim of seeing the true manifestations of the eternal Kingdom of God displayed on the earth and our hearts are expectant.

It is up to US to take that step of faith out of our familiar comfort zones and into that which we have never encountered before. We also determine when and how we access our promises by stepping out of the familiar into the unfamiliar. That's where He is waiting for us. As I was praying about my own level of spiritual hunger, I had to confess my propensity toward seeking a "word" instead of Him. I had to admit my challenge in consistently looking for Him. I declared my desire to seek His heart and cried out, "Lord, where ARE You?"

He simply smiled and said, "In unfamiliar places. Come, find Me!"

Step Out in Faith

That which many of us seek will only be found in Unfamiliar Places. He is encouraging us to step out in faith and be willing to get uncomfortable – for that is what it will take to break us free from the familiar spirits that are keeping us bound to our past. That's where He is. He's in the Unfamiliar Places in our own lives and experiences that will cause us to see Him like we've never seen Him before and to know Him in ways we have not known Him before.

You won't have to look for those places. God will invite you Himself and open the door. He will present you with opportunities to do something new – to try something you haven't done before. It will, most likely, be something you are even uncomfortable with. It will require new levels of faith and trust. However, your level of comfort is not the determining factor – it's your faith and your hunger to KNOW HIM that will compel you to respond.

Abraham was invited to Unfamiliar Places (Genesis 12:1). He didn't hesitate – he just went. His hunger to know His God outweighed that which was familiar to Him. He was willing to leave everything he knew in order to satisfy the longing within his spirit for something "more" (Hebrews 11:10).

The words we have been hearing about Believers, specifically prophetic voices, "coming out of their caves" for this next season is a manifestation of this reality. For some, being "in the cave" has simply been comfortable – and familiar. For some, it has simply been easier – and safer – than to face the crowds.

At a time when many Believers are being compelled to stand up and speak out, it is requiring some of us to get uncomfortable. We have to overcome our fears of reprisal and fears of failure. There is even a "performance anxiety" that is crippling some in the Body of Christ due to an unseen need to please the audience and gain a following. For still others, there are opportunities you have been given that seem "out of your league."

It's Time to Break Free and Break Out!

This is not just an exercise of faith, but a matter of spiritual hunger. If our focus is truly on KNOWING HIM and the splendor of His majesty, it is our desperate longing that can fuel our passion and ignite our steps. Look for Him in the Unfamiliar Places of your life. Let courage rise and faith be stirred. He is passionate about revealing Himself and is eagerly waiting for us to step over the threshold of the unknown.

New levels of faith will be attained once we take that step. GRACE which has never before been accessed will become available. New expressions and revelations will be found in these unfamiliar places. Instead of waiting to feel ready, it is in taking those steps that you shall BE MADE ready and receive an upgrade and overflow of what your heart has been longing for.

Both personally and corporately, as we are looking for this "new thing" that God is about to do, we must step out of the boat, jump off the cliff, and come out of the cave. It is our faith in God and our desperate desire that will cause Heaven to respond. We should not be waiting for Him, for He is waiting on us. Pray for a greater spiritual hunger and desperation to arise in your heart and fuel your journey. It's OK to feel uncomfortable. It's actually an indicator that His Spirit has already begun to draw you. Accept His invitation, follow His lead, and don't look back. The true adventure is only just beginning!

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)." (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Wanda Alger

Wanda Alger is a recognized Five-fold Prophetic minister with Dove Christian Fellowship International and is on staff with Intercessors for America as a staff writer and editor. She ministers alongside her husband, Bobby, at Crossroads Community Church in Winchester, Virginia, which they planted in 1998 after serving in the central Shenandoah Valley for more than fifteen years. Wanda has been a worship leader and music teacher for many years as well as author of two books, Exposing the Religious Spirit in the Contemporary Church and Making Room for His Presence.


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