"God's Perfect Alignment and Goodness"
By Mandy Woodhouse
The Lord has been speaking to me for a while now about the perfect
alignment that He is doing within the Body of Christ.
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." (Psalm 23:6)
The word "alignment" has, as of late, been overused, understated and at times given very wrong context. I will not move from the position of Him being the best thing that I have ever known, and because of what Jesus has done, I have
no need to fear anything; His goodness and mercy will overtake me in my life. Thus, it is important to note that the GOODNESS of GOD and the MERCY of GOD are the foundation from which I speak of “alignment."
In 2017, my husband and I were living in South Carolina, in the USA, and happened to be in the exact line of totality for the solar eclipse that year. I have never experienced anything like it in the
In the 5-10 minutes leading up to totality, the bugs were marching in circles in the grass at our feet. Birds were dive-bombing trees in excitement. Dogs were barking and leaping around in the park where
we watched. As darkness began to close in just before the perfect totality, cicadas began to sing a stunning melody and birds were in tune with even the cicadas.
In the seconds just before totality, it felt as
if everyone held their breath until that wonderful moment. Then, as the moon covered the sun, I felt the earth and time itself stand still. There was an eerie stillness on the earth as everything got quiet; then, literally, every person around us took a giant,
collective gasp at its beauty. I was in tears and overwhelmed at the goodness of Father God in that moment. Complete, perfect alignment... it was magnificent.
Yet to see this glorious sight, we had to be looking
up. In fact, it was SO glorious that we needed special glasses to see it so that we weren't burned by the power of the alignment.
Being on Facebook after the eclipse, I saw how even my atheist friends made
comments about believing in a higher power after seeing the eclipse. They saw the awe, wonder and beauty of this perfect alignment in the sky which caused them to truly SEE God. It was as if something inside of them was awakened to a burning for His wild love
I believe that this is exactly what is happening with the Church right now. Perfect alignment to His goodness, mercy and love will cause many to look up, in awe and wonder, and SEE the beautiful
Father... to truly see our wonderful Jesus.
Just as we needed glasses to be able to safely watch the solar eclipse, we need the Holy Spirit's help to receive the glory and love that He wants us to carry after
He has lavished it upon us, His beloved. We must lean into the Holy Spirit like never before, and we must allow Him to bring our hearts and minds into perfect alignment with His so that we can accept this love and carry what He needs us to carry into 2022.
We must look up and lean in to His alignment and into His love. We must surrender to the alignment, even if it hurts.
Leaning into Alignment
I recently have had
ongoing visions where I am free-falling backwards into fire. In every vision I find myself on a high cliff and cannot find a way down myself, so I HAVE to jump. I have to trust. I have to just jump in, regardless of how painful it may seem to be. And in every
vision, every time I lean into that free fall, I am filled with so much power, love and satisfaction that I come out of the vision longing for more of Him... more love, more connection, more encounter, more JESUS. In fact, in one of these visions, I actually
saw that my act of obedience of leaning into this fire caused many sinners to RUN to the alter in repentance. I believe that this will happen in the coming days as more people lean in.
The safest place is IN
the fire. We have the ability to choose to not be "feeble in heart" ever again (Song of Solomon 3:4, TPT). We are able to stand in the fire, courageously, and fully surrender to His Lordship in our lives. And we are radiant and strengthened when we come out
of the fire, if we have continued to surrender and look up. We will shine and glow with a wild love that will be unquenchable!
"Fasten me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore. This living, consuming
flame will seal you as my prisoner of love.
My passion is stronger than the chains of death and the grave, all consuming as the very flashes of fire from the burning heart of God. Place this fierce, unrelenting fire
over your entire being. Rivers of pain and persecution will never extinguish this flame. Endless floods will be unable to quench this raging fire that burns within you. Everything will be consumed. It will stop at nothing as you yield everything to this furious
fire until it won't even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore." (Song of Songs 8:6-7, TPT [italics mine])
The alignment of fire means that we are refined as gold, walking and talking representatives of the glory
of God. Much like the alignment of the sun and moon during the 2017 solar eclipse, people will look at you with awe and wonder and be reminded of the Creator.
We definitely need special help from the Holy
Spirit to comprehend His great, wild love. He is desiring to pour it out on us. It will be so weighty and other-worldly that we will not be able to handle it! Thus, we must lean back and do a free fall into the fire of alignment so that we can stand when He
pours out the magnitude of goodness that He is longing to flood us with.
"But who can endure the day of His coming, and who can stand when He appears?
For He is like a refiner's
fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of
Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years." (Malachi 3:2-4)
Awakened and Aligned
This is an important
time in history in which many things are shaking the Church awake. I believe there will be a time when, like the solar eclipse, humanity will gasp in awe at the beauty of the Church, as (by faith) she becomes fully aware of who she is, and that she is in full
and perfect alignment to the Father's heartbeat. We will be so aligned to His heart that we will operate from the position of accepting the invite to be overtaken by the goodness of God, and therefore desiring to dwell in His presence more than anything else
People will be in awe of the Church as she rises up into her place. She will be so glorious in these coming days that even those who do not know our God will be drawn to Him. She will be the very
thing of beauty that makes man rethink where he stands with God. They will hunger and thirst for the wild love that they see in the Church. She will not bring condemnation but salvation and transformation, because as she rises up, carrying the Spirit of the
Living God within her, Jesus will be lifted up, and He promises He will draw all men unto Himself (John 12:32). She will be so perfectly aligned to Him that she will burn for intimacy with her Jesus, and as a mirror she will shine the glory of God to the nations.
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Oh Father, so be it! Align us with Your heartbeat. Give us the strength to lean into the fire. Help us to stand under the weight of Your love. Give us the grace to take Your invitation—to allow You to OVERCOME us with Your goodness
By Mandy Woodhouse
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