“Behold I do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it”? [Isaiah 43:19]
Moving from revelation to manifestation is the answer to our prayers for God’s supernatural work to be seen in the western church today! The fact is the basic structure of how ‘we’ve always done things’ must change. The new thing will not ‘fit’ within the old framework. “Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled…” [Matthew 9:17]
So how can we recognize the ‘new’. To perceive the new we must hear the sound from heaven. To hear is to obey and to obey is to ‘see’. At the greatest change in the history of man, from the moment of birth, the church heard a sound, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven…” It brought the manifested presence of God to those who were waiting expectantly. During a great drought Elijah told Ahab – don’t worry about it, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” [1 Kings 18:41] What Elijah heard he acted upon, he was expectant and it happened.
There has been a ‘drought’ among the people of God. In subtly it will lull us into apathy and like the 5 of the 10 virgins we fall asleep! We need to remember, we are not an audience, and we are the army of God. We need supplies for the journey and replenishment along the way. We are looking for something we have not seen before, but we must hear the sound before we see it. We must live in such close quarters with God and so in tune with the sound waves of heaven that we expect abundance to come.
Further Reading: 1 Kings 18:41-46; Matthew 9:15-17; Matthew 25:1-13; Acts 2:1-4