Get used to different

I’m borrowing a great line from the movie , “The Chosen” for the title of this post because it totally fits the time we’re living in. Many leaders have said that Jesus wants a different church on the other end of this quarantine. I agree. And if we ignore or resist what He’s doing during this time, we may totally miss something wonderful.

Our old “normal” is gone, and that’s good news because we cannot afford to stay the same.  Jesus’ government is always increasing (Isa.9:7), and we must grow with Him.

We’re not talking about changing church methods here, but about changing us—His glorious bride!

This post is going to be prophetic in nature because of what’s been happening to many like me during this time, which I believe is God’s doing.

First, a little background….

About two years ago, I started seeing, “4:44” on clocks all the time. It seemed God was clearly trying to get my attention but I wasn’t sure why, which got frustrating. In fact, it got so frustrating that one night when the Lord woke me up and told me to look at the clock, I just said, “No! I know what you’re up to!”

So, like the intelligent person I am, I argued with the Lord for about two minutes or so, until finally I gave in and looked at the clock…it was 4:44 am! Ahhhh! 🙂

Again, I wasn’t sure what God was trying to tell me. I read all kinds of prophetic explanations that were no help. But recently, I believe He finally gave me some understanding on it. He was going to do something new…big changes are coming! When I realized this, every cell in my body resonated! YES!

I already knew that “4” was the number in Scripture for creation. And when they come in threes, one meaning for it is “New Creation.” What I understood was He was bringing us into a better understanding of how to walk in the New Creation life.

Fast-forward to last week.

I had a prophetic dream. I don’t get them often, but I knew this one was from God because I couldn’t shake it and it was lighting up my heart in all kinds of ways!

In my dream, I was in the city where our local church meets. This is significant because my dreams are usually based from my house (different town), so this usually symbolizes church or ministry-related things for me.

I was looking on a map and talking with some people about a new bypass highway. I distinctly remember that this highway skirted the left side of the city on the map. I wanted to check it out to see if it was actually shorter, so I started to drive on it.

As I drove on this highway, I saw that the exits only allowed you to go right. There were lots of signs but every exit went toward the city; you could not go left. But I keep driving on the bypass.

I finally got to what looked like a huge valley I’d never seen before. As I was descending into this valley, I saw these majestic-looking houses in a subdivision, shining in the sunlight, on the other side of the valley. Some were finished, some were being built. But then I looked down and noticed that there was no more highway, yet there were a few cars driving in and out of this subdivision on the other side of the valley. And even though it looked like there was no road going into this subdivision, these people were driving like there was a road. I remember thinking (in my dream) that I should be able to get there if I just keep driving.

Then the dream ended.

One thing that stood out to me while in the dream was that I had never seen this place before and I wondered why since I’m very familiar with every part of this city.

I shared this dream with my wife and other prophetic people I trust. I’ve come to believe it’s about us entering into a new move of God. While we’re already familiar with a lot of it, we’re entering into a place we’ve never been before. What we’ve learned can only take us so far (the highway ends). And God is also “bypassing” of lot of what has been built before in order to show us how to live in the new.

I believe we’re to learn how to receive our life-flow in Christ in this “subdivision” (heavenly), and then go into our cities (earthly), diffusing His fragrance everywhere we go from the overflow (see 2 Cor.2:14; 4:7, 10). More on that another time.

Okay, now I want to refer you to a remarkable prophet, Bob Jones, who gave a prophecy I believe is significant to all of this. Many years ago, he prophesied the different moves of God for each decade between 1950 and 2050. You can read about this 100-year prophecy here. If you just want to hear him talk about it, you can watch the video below:

Summarizing, each decade emphasized and restored something to the Church: the power and Spirit of God, the prophetic and apostolic government, the glory of God, etc. In the 2010’s, we saw the “faith of God” restored. The grace movement came during this time; we’re learning to walk by the faith of the Son of God, not just faith in Him (see Gal.2:20).

So, all these things, for me, converge into one message.  This new decade marks the beginning where we’re learning how to walk in the REST OF GOD.

Something for your consideration: Is it just a coincidence that this decade started with an unprecedented global forced rest? That we’re here, right now, locked in our houses, and that our “normal” has been shut down? Beloved, this has never happened before in human history!

Now, God didn’t cause the Covid-19 pandemic, but He often uses natural events as prophetic signs to get our attention. In this case, so that we would pause and reset and get re-calibrated with His heart. God is going to show those who are willing how to train their souls to walk in rest.

It’s like God flipped a switch when this new decade dawned and I really don’t think we’ll ever do church the same way again, although it may not appear so at first.

This year marked another seismic shift in our transformation and God is showing us things that cannot be unseen, we won’t be satisfied with what was before. He’s begun teaching us how to rest in this decade; something we’ve not really done in all church history.

So we conclude that there is still a full and complete “rest” waiting for believers to experience. 10 As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them. 11 So then we must give our all and be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief. (Heb.4:9-11 TPT)

Beloved, these are very exciting times! Get used to different.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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6 Responses to Get used to different

  1. Citizen Tom says:

    @Mel

    For some people this is a period of rest. For others it is anything but rest.

    Think about this. If there is a government shutdown, usually and argument over taxation and spending, the news media manages to find all kinds of people suffering from the shutdown. Here we have an economic shutdown, unemployment is soaring, and that is a restful. No! It is a disaster!

    House arrest is not the same thing as resting in your home.

    Anyway, I don’t doubt this Coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to have long-lasting effects. I just hope most people learn the right lessons. The most profound one is that our leaders did something awful that was not necessary, and in their pride they would not admit their mistake.

    • Mel Wild says:

      I agree, Tom. I hope people will learn the right lessons, too, that looking to the government for anything is the very opposite of rest and hope! And especially, the news media. There’s little or no concern for people suffering, out of work, at all. The biggest victim of Covid-19, in sheer numbers, are the tens of thousands of small businesses that are on the brink of failure, but these political and media elites have no concern for that because it doesn’t further their political agenda. I can’t even watch the hypocrisy. They are ruining the economy, not Covid-19. Hopefully, thinking people will see through this and it will backfire on them.

      What’s going on now is just another stark reminder why we must find our rest in God and live from there. It’s the only place we’ll ever find it. 🙂

  2. AfroLatino says:

    Yes, Hallelujah! These are times when the body of Christ meet online, in their cars etc. Also, unbelievers are also able to stream services online and hear about the love of Christ. It’s not the usual traditional way of meeting together but it is a new kind of different which is exciting.

    I like what you said, God didn’t cause the virus but He sure knows how to turn bad for good to those that love Him.

    Thanks Mel.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, and this change is more than just about the methods of meeting as a church, but God is looking to change something fundamentally about us, how we relate to Him and see ourselves in Him, and how we see the world.

  3. Awesome! I highly approve. I’ve done that thing with the clocks too, very supernatural! I mean, wake me up out of a dead sleep at precisely the right time?? Woah, cue the spooky Twilight zone music!

    Vivid, prophetic dreams are actually becoming quite common. There’s some news coverage and they have all sorts of really secular explanations, some of which are quite funny, like we’ve been staying home eating too much frozen pizza. Sorry, I don’t think that’s quite it!

    Right before we went into this shut down, we had just finished a Bible study on rest, the Rhythms of Renewal, cultivating sabbath. We had a “celebrating sabbath” party and everything. The next few days everyone was like, woah, this is so weird. Didn’t we just spend six weeks preparing for sabbath??

    I’ve been grieving, too. That can look messy, but it’s a good thing, it’s what happens right before a resurrection, a major shift.

    • Mel Wild says:

      What a total coincidence you were being trained to walk in rest right before a global shutdown where the whole world was forced to rest! LOL!

      You’re right about the shift. And grieving is an important part of the molting process as we shed our old “skin” so we can walk in the “new normal” in this next season. Yes, it’s also about resurrection! 🙂

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