a Season of Swift Turnarounds!"
By Anne Ballard
In the month of August, God is bringing swift turnarounds so that your hard places will become a wide open field. God is
bringing about divine connections in order to strengthen the Body of Christ. He is releasing faith for radical generosity, divine strategy to champion others and solutions for meeting the needs of the disenfranchised.
month, draw close to the Holy Spirit and listen to His whispers. He will guide you as you take bold steps of faith and meet you in your courage.
Recently, my mom had to have
emergency surgery. The whole thing was quite sudden and alarming—even traumatic—and afterward, she developed some very serious complications. There were several days where she was in critical condition and we needed a miracle. Many people were
praying for her during that time. Overnight, she went from requiring 11 liters of oxygen to not needing oxygen at all. It was a marked and sudden turnaround in her condition. I knew it was the hand of God, and an answer to the faithful prayers of the saints
contending for her health.
In the moment, it was a minute-by-minute battle as I stood in faith, believing the promises and words from the Lord. At one point, one of her health care providers saw her dire situation and told
me I had better prepare for her to die. However, I refused to accept those words. I was in the throes of battle and I could not afford any thought that wasn't rooted in truth and from the heart of God. After several obstacles, Mom defeated all the odds and
expectations and is now home and thriving (in record time).
Many others have recently experienced similar situations, where they were suddenly thrown onto the front lines of a battle, and it took everything within them to
maintain a victorious mindset and simply believe in God. Just like He did for us, God is bringing about swift turnarounds which will surprise the naysayers and reinvigorate the faithful ones contending on the front lines.
Corinthians 4:8-9 says, "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
God is reminding His people that He is with
them no matter what. He is highlighting where you are experiencing warfare and teaching you how to pray. He is answering your prayers and bringing a sudden turnaround so that your tough place becomes a wide open field.
18:19 says, "He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me." It is a season of swift turnarounds. If you have felt crushed, weighed down or powerless to change things, then this word is for you.
Remember God's promises to you. Ask those faithful ones around you to pray. Stand in faith and believe God's word to you. Worship. Remain hopeful and guard against words spoken against the situation. Be diligent to reject curses and speak blessings.
Speak Scripture over your situation. Ask for help when you need it and try to get the rest your body needs.
The times we are living in can be so divisive if we aren't
careful to guard our hearts. Everywhere we look, it feels like the differences between us are being highlighted, broadcast and even capitalized. The enemy is doing his best to divide, alienate and separate us from one another.
is moving powerfully to connect people's hearts and to strengthen connections. Where we are going, it will be necessary to stand strong together, trusting and relying on one another. This is a season of preparation and deepening relationships. With so much
going virtual, and now church being as "easy" as turning on your computer, meeting people and actually connecting can be more challenging.
Something powerful happens when we are physically in the presence of one another. Don't
forsake gathering with fellow Believers when you have an opportunity. Relationships are being strengthened and going deeper to add momentum and synergy within those relationships. Hebrews 10:24-25 states, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
God is bringing people together to strengthen
the Body. Some acquaintances will become close friends. Friends will become spouses. Good friends will become business partners. And some that are not aligned or solidly connected in your life will fall away to make room for strategic, timely relationships.
If you have been hungry for community, relationships and even finding your "tribe," this word is for you. It is also for those who have felt like they've had a hard time connecting with people.
word resonates with you, be brave and go past your comfort zone. Growth happens there! Meet new people, and when you have an opportunity to physically gather, say yes! God is bringing those that you need into your orbit. Take a step of faith and watch what
Time to Sow
God is stirring up the hearts of His people to be intentional with their giving during this time. God is shining a light on corruption, and as this is being exposed and
new things come to light, those that are generous in the Kingdom of God want to be strategic in what they sow into.
Watch as God works on your heart to highlight certain businesses or ministries that are doing Kingdom work.
He may be inviting you to buy from them (businesses) or sow into them (ministries). Think outside the box and be selective, strategic and intentional with where you give. God will bless your generosity, amplifying it and pouring it out on you and the recipient
of your gift! 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, "...Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." Therefore, be generous!
If God is highlighting Kingdom business and ministries
to you, pay attention! He will give you a revelation about where to give and who to sow into.
Watch as God brings businesses and ministries across your path. By sowing into these ministries and businesses, you will be advancing
the Kingdom. God will bless your gift and you for giving! If you really believe in what they do, be intentional to tell others about them!
Throughout the Bible, God's
heart to champion those who cannot help themselves is shown consistently, again and again. They may be people in poverty; those who are widowed; children or orphaned children; people battling illness or disability; those who've been trafficked or abused; or
anyone else marginalized, wounded or depressed. As Believers, we carry the heart of our Father, and as He moves us, it is our responsibility and privilege to fill that gap for them.
God is raising up those who will answer
His call to advocate for those who cannot stand for themselves. If you are a parent, this role may feel more natural to you, but all Believers can advocate for someone else. See if God has already placed one of these groups of people on your heart. Do you
have a connection to access them? If not, pray about what God wants you to do and ask Him to open a door for you.
Proverbs 31:8-9 (TPT) says, "But you are to be a king who speaks up on behalf of the disenfranchised and pleads
for the legal rights of the defenseless and those who are dying. Be a righteous king, judging on behalf of the poor and interceding for those most in need.”
God is raising up warriors to fight for those who cannot fight
for themselves. He is releasing strategy to Believers so that His Body may meet the needs of those in need. He is quickening connections and highlighting ministries that are aligned with different groups of people.
is for you if you've been burdened by a certain group in need but have yet to step out and help them. Your heart may have been stirred recently by a story you heard or an account of a friend who stepped in the gap to advocate for someone who couldn't fight
for themselves. Listen to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. Pay attention to the group of people or the specific people He is highlighting to you, and what He's telling you to do. It might be as practical as taking your neighbor to a doctor's appointment
or buying groceries for someone. Or it could mean serving an orphanage or an inner healing ministry.
We all can help someone, so if you don't know who that is for you, ask the Holy Spirit to show you. Who can you intercede
for? Take time to intercede for them!
1. God is bringing about swift and divine turnarounds in my life.
2. God is orchestrating divine connections in my life;
I am meeting the right people at the right time!
3. I am generous and give into the Kingdom of God.
4. I champion those around me and fight for what I believe in.
5. God is delivering me from areas
of turmoil and oppression in my life.
By Anne Ballard
The Crowning Jewels
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321