We’re in a season of exponential innovation and creativity in the body of Christ
By Nate Johnston
I believe this is a season of exponential innovation and creativity in the body of Christ. A time where kingdom artists are emerging that carry the fresh sound and flavor of the Spirit in their artistic expressions. Right now there is oil being poured over those called to usher in the new. Just as David was anointed by Samuel, God is choosing those that are about His heart to be commissioned and implanted with the creative flow of heaven that will be the soundtrack, the revelation, and the vocabulary of the mighty move of God beginning to sweep the earth.
GIFTS ARE BEING GIVEN TO THOSE WHO LINGER IN THE THRONE ROOM
This week I had one of the most incredible visions of my life and knew it was more than a marker of a new season for me personally but for a generation. I was in the throne room and was singing before the Lord when He placed a bright shimmering green emerald in my hand. Other than the size and luster of it I noticed how heavy it was in my hand. I looked around and saw many others being handed similar precious stones that reflected the same color that lit up the throne room. God was handing out gifts!
“After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne” -Revelation 4:1-3
The emerald is the 3rd stone in the high priest’s breastplate and represents the tribe of Levi which were the tribe of priests and worshippers in the old testament. The name “Levi” means “attached”, denoting connection and intimacy with the Lord. The Levites were a people that carried the glory of God everywhere they went, and I believe God was showing me that he was raising up worshippers who would be carriers of His glory throughout the earth.
“At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today” – Deuteronomy 10:8
I also felt drawn to the color of the stone; green represents royalty and priesthood. In this hour the Lord is setting apart a royal remnant of those that have no agenda but live for his presence and dwell under the cloud of His glory. This remnant will be a sign to a generation of what God has made available to all and are sounding the horn of consecration to the bride’s first love, and drawing the world to the fragrance of Jesus.
You are that remnant, you are that generation being called deeper, into a deeper place of intimacy and consecration to the Lord.
A phrase kept popping up in my spirit this week, “40:40 vision and hearing” and I’ve been seeing number plates 404 over and over. Perfect vision is known as 20:20 vision so I didn’t quite understand at first what this could mean until the Lord said to me “it’s the season of DOUBLE!”. God is adding double to our gifts in this season, increasing our abilities, talents, excellence, as well as anointing, power, favor, and influence.
While 20:20 represents perfect human vision I felt the Lord say that 40:40 represented God giving us “heavens” perfect and CLEAR vision and hearing. There is an export of creativity that does not originate from the human mind, but from the halls of heaven. The 4th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is “Dalet” which means “open door”. This is a season of an open door into fresh encounters and intimacy that will become portals of creativity imported from the throne room to lounge rooms around the world.
In the natural many people will walk into open doors of new opportunities to release their gifts. I see book deals, albums, partnerships and alignments that allow what is in you to come out. Declare over yourself, “this is my 40:40 season of clarity, insight and open doors in Jesus name!”
DREAMS OF CREATIVE DOWNLOADS
Recently the Lord reminded me of a dream I had many years ago where I was playing a song I had written. The dream was so clear that I woke up and wrote out word for word the lyrics that I had sung in the dream and even remembered the chords! This song carried such an anointing and was eventually used on a friends ministry DVD and became quite known in Hispanic countries for the message it delivered. I couldn’t say I wrote it as such because it was given in a dream!
Today I heard the Lord say he was going to DROP songs, books, and other creative content into our laps in this season. There will be creative projects birthed simply by holding out our hands and receiving what has been created in heaven. He is saying “simply ask me” and He will DROP something into you that didn’t originate from you. As importers and co-laborers of heaven we get to be the pipe that carries Gods dreams and inventions to earth.
RAISING THE STANDARD
There has been a strong warning in my spirit that has come with this word. The warning has been to steward what God gives with purity. Where there is purity there will always be power, and in this day we need creativity that carries both purity and power. Purity carries Gods heart while power sets people free. There is a divine shift taking place where God is raising up artists that hold to new standard and values to replace the worlds failing ones.
“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord. Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god” -Psalm 24:3-4
I believe the arts mountain is ours for the taking and is about to invaded by an army of kingdom artists that are not influenced or compromised by the seductive offers of the world but instead raise the bar and change the standard.
IMPREGNATION, IMPARTATION, & REACTIVATION
In history we read that whenever there was a clashing of kingdoms, wars, and changes of massive proportions around the world, the result was always a release of creativity. The Renaissances were examples of that. Political, social, and religious upheavals always affected the creative’s in those countries and eventually influenced the world. Why? Because creativity carries an answer with it, and you carry an answer in you as you open up and let out your flow. His name is Jesus!
As you are reading this now I believe God is already started the conception of new books, music, paintings, and other creative ideas that carry his NOW heartbeat. There is a leaping taking place in your womb because God has chosen you for this cause and for this time.
There are those who have dropped their tools, their gifts, lying back in the dust of a season of burnout, disappointment and defeat, and I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying “pick it up again, it’s a new day!” As you brush off the webs and dust God is breathing fresh life into you and into your expression and out of you will flow that fresh river that comes from the throne of God. Strength, passion, and purpose is filling you again, and you will be used powerfully as a catalyst for revival that will resound in the earth.
Nate Johnston is a revivalist and worshipper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural lifestyle. Through his ministry “Everyday Revivalists,” he teaches on intimacy and hearing God’s voice which was birthed from a hunger for authentic, real, and powerful relationship with Jesus. Christy Johnston was born and raised in Australia. After living the majority of her life plagued with insecurity and fear, she came to learn the power of her identity in Christ. She now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and life into Gods sons and daughters through her passion of writing, uncovering the truths of living in Grace and freedom through our identity in Christ. Nate and Christy have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and currently live on the Gold Coast in Australia.
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