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No Time to Retreat

Hi friends,

Well, I know it’s been a while. September was another long month and a bit of a reset for some things.  But I’m really sensing that some of us are feeling we just can’t endure any longer and want all of this to just be over. In fact, you may even wish we could just call 2020 a wash and fast forward to 2021. I’m here to tell you, this is not God’s plan at all. He has some amazing things planned for the rest of 2020, for you, for his Church and for our cities.

The next three months carry great potential, and I don’t mean because of the election, in fact, I’m not thinking about politics at all. Every day, every season of our lives have a purpose. This one is no exception. 

Circumstances are actually perfect for what God wants to do on the earth and, more importantly, in his Church. But we have to lean in, we need to embrace the chaos and the mess. We are part of what God is doing today and in this season. He has plans for you to bring peace, love, reconciliation and hope to the people around you. He wants to use you to release his presence wherever you are. And I think that is extremely important right now. 

I heard someone say over the weekend, the devil has overplayed his hand. I agree. The Church is not going to just sit back and let the enemy have the ground, our cities, communities or families. And certainly not the Church. The Church belongs fully engaged with the world, showing love and compassion, something desperately needed right now. 

This was an extremely long intro to what I want to share. But I wanted to lay the backdrop for what was on my heart when God spoke this word to me. It touches a lot of areas–but I feel the main thing on his heart right now is his Church and how she will love and lead through the next 3, 6, 12 months…

Don’t give up. Don’t miss what I am doing by retreating, withdrawing or pulling back. 

Now is the time to advance–the Kingdom is at hand! Step out, step in, you are part of the solution. You are my love, my voice, me presence on the earth; do not retreat. Only as my people put themselves out there can the fullness of my spirit be released and reach into dark places, devastated lives and hurting hearts. Love is the answer; it is ALWAYS the answer. 

Never before have my people been so free–the walls and barriers between my church and the world have been removed. Never before have we seen such an opportunity. Such hunger! Such openness! Get out and be the Church. Don’t be in a hurry to run back to a building or to beliefs that hold back my love and my presence from those who need it most. 

You have been set free; limiting doors and walls are gone–you have open access to the people I’ve called you to serve. Do not willingly or anxiously return to places of confinement and comfort! Get out–give up your safety, security and superiority and serve the people. 

This is the opportunity generations have prayed for. Don’t miss it. Don’t be so anxious to go back to church that you miss this chance to Be The Church. 

Excited to share with you this week! Please let me know if this resonates with you and how I can be praying for you and your family!

Sue 

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