"Get Ready for a New Era, Movement and Trend—
How to Prepare for the Shift"
By Ray and Renaid Almgren
When I first met my husband Ray, he had this old, white, Mercury Tracer hatchback car that smelled like sweaty socks. The Tracer was a 5-speed and Ray, at the time, was an extremely slow driver. When he went to
shift gears, I felt like we were going even slower or backwards because the car would go back and then forward as he shifted. (Funny enough, I used to rock forward trying to get the car to move forward faster.) My point in all of this is that in the times
when God is shifting us to another level forward, it may seem like we are going backwards at first.
Moving to a New Level
We are coming into a time when everything is going to speed up spiritually;
where God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is going to birth the unbelievable, the trend-setting, and the "new" of God. The Daniels, the sons of Issachar, the Josephs, the Deborah’s, and the Isaiah’s are going to arise. They will birth prayer
movements, know exactly the time we are living in, and have profound answers on what to do. The creators, or as my friend Helen Calder says, "The builders and architects," will arise. Some will birth new technology with advanced ideas on moving ministry forward,
almost ahead of the times.
New prophetic movements will come with unbelievable clarity, prophesying life back into what has died or been stolen by the enemy. Women will come forth to blaze new trails and bring unity to cities and nations.
The arising will prepare for the glory to come for the greatest move of God ever.
But right now, many feel as though they are in a holding pattern; or that their life or ministry is regressing instead of moving forward. For some, hopelessness
and disappointment have tried to settle over you. David, in Psalm 25:2 (AMPC), said, "O my God, I trust, lean on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me." Verse 3 again talks
about disappointment, "Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed..." Even David prayed not to be disappointed or hopeless and we too must pray and let our faith define us and move us forward.
It's Pruning Time
Many times during our shift season God prunes our branches. "Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes
every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit" (John 15:2 AMPC). The places where our ministry or our lives are not bearing fruit God prunes. This could include relationships
where people are no longer aligned with the destiny God is preparing for you. It may mean doors shutting so God can lead you in another direction. Jobs and assignments may change, finances may be rearranged, opportunities can shut down, places of worship and
fellowship may move; all of which prepare us for the shift and increase.
How to Prepare Yourself for the Shift
To prepare on a personal level, as we move into the fall feasts, set your heart to seek
God and He will release wisdom, revelation, and understanding for the next season for the year 5779. Also, always keep your heart full of faith with expectancy, praying about everything, even the very smallest thing. God cares about every part of your life
and continually goes before you preparing the way (see Job 36:5).
Be willing to change. Ask God to remove any preconceived ideas so you can fully align with His plans for your life. We have all watched prophets, ministries, speakers, and
business people operate, but what God has in this next season may be different for you and completely out of the box. As James Goll says, "God doesn't like boxes."
Allow the word of God to be the plumb line for your life. Psalm 12:6 (AMPC)
says, "The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over."
Last, but not least, stir up passion. Awaken love for God; loving Him with all your heart,
mind and soul as it is the key to everything you do, say, and think.
Ray and Renaid Almgren
Fire for the Nations
Elijah List Publications
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321