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December 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm #12700
“The Lord Says: I’m Giving You a New Normal”
Lori Suiter, Lancaster, PA
On a recent trip, the Lord started to speak to me about four things. I know these things pertain to myself, but I think they will also encourage many others who are going through similar struggles. I write not from a place of achieving these things, but it’s more like we are taking a journey together and I’m sharing what I hear along the way. Here are some things I heard Him saying to me.
1. Expect Surprises
My recent trip was a complete surprise to me. All I knew was that we were going “somewhere warm” and that “I needed my passport”. I realized that these are the situations where I function at my best because I can’t overthink it. I joked to my husband that if anyone ever wanted me to speak publicly this is how they would need to do it—last minute and in the moment. I started to realize that I can overthink myself out of anything, even the things God may want me to do, and that needs to stop. On impulse, I’m in the moment and thriving!
Do we trust Him enough to surprise us? Are we OK with only “need to know” information?
2. New Heights in Him
As we were sitting on the taxiway waiting to take off, I was suddenly aware of how many American Eagle planes were all around us. I knew it was one of those moments that meant more than face value. I felt the Lord saying, “I am rising up My eagles (prophets) in this season.” I also felt a caution from Him about not allowing impatience, frustration, fear or distraction to tempt you to veer off of the runway that He has you on.
He said, “Make sure you have your destination and radar set on Me and that your headset is on and tuned into My frequency only, and I will direct your steps. You must discipline yourself to have eyes and ears for only Me in order for Me to take you to the heights I want to take you to. I’m giving you sniper-like vision, but you must be looking from Heaven’s perspective in order to see things clearly. You must lose sight of the ground (natural) so you can truly learn to fly with Me (supernatural). You must become accustomed to heights instead of fearing them. I’m giving you a new normal.”
3. Trust Beyond What You Can See
I love takeoff! It was beautiful as we were rose through the sky and I looked down on the city below. It was definitely a different perspective. Suddenly what used to be big was very little in my eyes. Then we hit the cloud layer. As we climbed, we rose above that altitude so that the clouds looked like a soft floor to a whole other world. The sun was shining brightly and clearly and there was a sense of calm, peace, and trust at this height. When I tried to look down at the ground, I couldn’t see anything from Earth. It was no longer an option. There would occasionally be a break in the clouds and then I would get a glimpse of what was going on below, but I couldn’t get a sense of security or direction from the ground anymore.
What struck me was the thought that the Earth didn’t cease to exist merely because I couldn’t see it anymore, just like the sun doesn’t cease to exist just because we can’t see it from the ground sometimes. We cannot fall for the lie that God isn’t currently fully engaged and active in our lives when we can’t see what He’s doing behind the clouds. When we get Earth-based, we forget to look up and realize that is where we are grounded. In Christ, we are grounded, grafted into Him. He wants to get us to the point where we are constantly looking up, living up, coming up and rising up as we live our lives out on Earth.
4. Don’t Look Down—Take That Leap!
There was a moment once we got to our destination when we were sitting next to a pool, which had a high cliff as part of its architecture. People were occasionally walking up and jumping off of it. They had two levels—a lower one and a higher one. I was pretty much determined to go off the higher one but I know myself, and I was not going to allow myself to think about it too long because I knew I would change my mind. I could hear the Lord telling me that the key was to not think about it too long, to not look down or hesitate, but to simply JUMP! So I did. It ended up being higher than I had thought, but I did it!
It is only through doing the things that scare us that we conquer that fear! It is only through doing things at high altitudes that we get used to the height, and pretty soon we are soaring! I can’t imagine being Earth-bound ever again. Do not allow the enemy to get you to second guess what God has said by making you concerned about what could go wrong or with what people will do or say!
He is giving us a new normal. He is taking our focus off of the natural and onto the supernatural. It’s time to fully disengage from the things and mindsets that hinder forward movement. Don’t be discouraged. He wants to surprise you! You are getting ready to take off! Focus on Him and discipline yourself to hear only His voice and reject all distractions.
When He calls you to jump, JUMP! Don’t look down, don’t second guess what you heard, just leap. Whether it is doing something, praying for something or speaking to someone, just do it. You will become accustomed to the new heights and it will become your new home.
Lori Suiter considers herself a prophetic intercessor and worship dancer. She can walk into a situation and discern in the spirit what’s happening and also God’s heart for what He wants to do. She believes in intercessory dancing and that our bodies know how to worship and pray when words fail. Once she sees the situation or person through God’s eyes she will stand on truth and war it out in prayer and worship for that person or situation—she will always fight for truth and love. She believes there are no lost causes. She believe God is an equal-opportunity Lover.
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