Recently, someone back in South Africa sent us a dream they had for Mark and I. It was an encouraging dream – a snap shot of the promises and declarations of God over us – but also the promises of God over us as a church. It was a picture of what was to come; an encouragement of what lies ahead for us in God. The details aren’t important, suffice to say that the general feel was that restoration and revival was coming to our church, city and nation. Immediately after receiving the dream, I felt God lead me to the following scripture.
Quoting from the Passion Translation: Song of Solomon 2:11-13
"The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended, and the season of hiding is over and gone. The rains have soaked the earth and left it bright with blossoming flowers. The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived. I hear the cooing of the doves in our land filling the air with songs to awaken you and guide you forth. Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of My purpose and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of flowers whispers, 'There is change in the air.'"
There are some key statements in this scripture that stood out. I felt they were prophetic in nature. I believe this is a word not just for us, but for the church across New Zealand.
God says to us, “The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended. It’s a time of fruitfulness and flourishing. My Spirit even now is raining upon you. Can you hear the jubilant dancing; the celebration of joyful singing? Can you see the fruit that has arrived? Even now that fruit is ripening and maturing. Can you smell the sweetness of my fragrance?
There are signs of life all around you! I say, step out, step forward, step into this new season; this bright beginning of a brand-new day. Destiny is breaking forth! Can you feel the shifting and the shaking of My Spirit? Can you feel the quaking, the rolling, the activity of My Spirit breaking through?
I am not saying that this is all happening now, but what I am saying my child, is that the early signs of my great purpose and plans are bursting forth. New life has begun to spring forth. The evidence of my Power and Presence has begun to show itself. Even now more of my Spirit is being released and flowing quicker. There has been much activity of the enemy, in the day’s past. He is frantically at work as he sees this day approaching. But your enemy is turning and running with his tail between his legs. He has fought to bring destruction, death and despair upon you, but no more! He will not succeed in his plan. I the Lord will bring forth this new season, full of possibility and bursting with Heavenly intention. Can you not smell it, feel it, touch it and taste it? There is change in the air!”