The Time of Birthing is Upon Us
Our family was blessed recently to welcome our fourth grandchild into the world, a baby boy. Unexpectedly, our daughter had to have an emergency C-section because the baby's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck several times causing his heart rate to begin to plummet. We are so grateful that both mom and newborn son are doing well.
Through this whole experience God began to speak to me about the new things He is birthing in the earth today. I realized that the enemy always opposes what God is birthing. He wants to abort the plans that God has for revival and harvest in this new era, but I am reminded of Isaiah 66:9, "Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the Lord." The answer is, of course, "NO!" God's plans and purposes will prevail.
We know that the transition phase is the last part of active labor and the most intense and painful time. The Church has been in this transition phase for some time now, and many have felt and experienced the pressure and squeezing. The pressure is a necessary part of the birthing process and God uses the pressure and squeezing to conform us into His image, assuring that we will be ready to house and hold the new things He is birthing.
It's Nesting Time!
Though we never know exactly when a baby will arrive, we always prepare for their arrival. We get the nursery ready and make sure we have everything we will need. Likewise, God gives us a window of time to prepare for the new things He is birthing. This preparation process is part of how we steward the move of God as He births it.
A newborn requires commitment, sacrifice, hard work, and LOTS of unconditional love. The new things that God is birthing will require these things as well and more.
The listening Church may have found herself in the "nesting phase" right now. This is a time of continually making things ready for the coming harvest. Just as a newborn's parents ready their home making sure they have everything they will need to take care of a newborn, the Church is to be getting everything ready and in place to welcome the coming harvest. It is a time of equipping, training, mobilizing, and preparation to embrace the newborns of the kingdom.
The American Pregnancy Association says, "Nesting during pregnancy is the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby." A church that is serious about welcoming the harvest will be serious about making plans to take care of the new believers God will be bringing. Who will disciple them? Who will help them receive emotional and physical healing? Who will train and equip them?