by Blake Higginbotham
“I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.
The past season has been about stripping, gutting and crushing for many of His sons. It has been a time of plucking up, pulling down and overthrowing the houses and kingdoms of men. It has been about shaking everything that can be shaken in order to expose the structural integrity of what is being built. It has been about discovering who we are and are not in Him. It has been about becoming who we were predestined to be before the foundation of the world.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 – According to the grace of God which has been given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, but another builds on it. Now let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no one can lay another foundation than that which was laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble, each one’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If anyone’s work which he has built on the foundation endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss. But he himself will be saved, still going through the fire. MEV
Hebrews 12:25-29 See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused Him who spoke on earth, much less shall we escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven. At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has given us a promise, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.” And this statement, “Yet once more,” signifies the removal of those things that can be shaken, things that are created, so that only those things that cannot be shaken will remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved, let us be gracious, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. MEV
The dark night of the soul for some is coming to an end, for others it is just getting beginning. No matter where we find ourselves in this hour we are learning the importance of being obedient by the things we are suffering.
We are learning to hear and obey His voice and live in and out of His rest. We will continue to descend, go down and become of no reputation until such time we arise, emerge and come forth the glorious bride of Messiah.
“All that we have become apart from him is dying or being systematically killed off by the Father.”
The way forward is to resolve to evolve. Change is coming and as agents of change we are the glory bringing hope to the worlds in which we live.
“The way out of the wilderness is not a path…it’s a journey”
The process involves death, burial and resurrection. We cannot enjoy the ascended life unless we are willing to go through the process. Shalom!
Note: A large segment of those who make up this generation are looking for approval and validation; but they have settled for acceptance and appreciation. Acceptance and appreciation are directly related to a mother’s love and affection, while approval and validation are directly related to a Father’s love and affirmation, and they are byproducts of a real and living relationship with THE FATHER. I believe it would be safe to say that the majority of those who make up this generation have been over exposed to the gift and grace of the pastor. (The Mother’s Love) and they are still looking for the gift and grace of the Father’s love in those who represent mature sons, brothers and friends.
What I am presently seeing and hearing about this season has to do with the emergence of true ‘poimen’ shepherds who are arising from within our midst. If what I am seeing and hearing is correct, they are presently being processed and they will begin to step out of the shadows of those with whom they have been serving and following for a very long time. Some of them will be ‘spiritual mothers’ who have made themselves ready to serve and care for the young and immature sons of this orphan culture. In the days ahead it will become clear to all who know them that they have been fully commissioned and reassigned to serve as true shepherds in Israel.
Shepherd – poimḗn – properly, a shepherd (“pastor” in Latin); (figuratively) someone who the Lord raises up to care for the total well-being of His flock (the people of the Lord).
“We are all shepherds in Israel; but we may very well have different assignments.”
Note: This revelation is based on what I am presently seeing and hearing and it may or may not be broadly accepted in your specific situation in life. It should not be misconstrued as either a specific statement of faith or a time sensitive mandate. I am simply reporting and recording what I am presently seeing and hearing about this time and season.
“The sons, though they be female, will no longer be penalized because of their plumbing.”
Note: The governing bylaws of the boys club has been amended in order to include the nurturing love of spiritual mothers and expand the membership base. In some respects they are better equipped to handle and care for this generation of orphans than the most educated and qualified servant leader.