I heard this prophetic word: “Contend for the new thing!”
I love the prophetic. I am prophetic. Yet, why do I feel that many of the prophetic words lately sound flat or feel like a remix of words that seem to be overused, over and over and over? I am thinking that perhaps – or quite possibly – or better yet – or assuredly in my heart – we need a change in language to convey prophetic thoughts and revelation. I hear the words currently out there and I don’t reject them. But, I also don’t accept them right away either. I pray. I wait. I discern. I ask for wisdom and understanding.
What does “Contend for the new thing!” actually mean? Many years ago, I would jump in, accept, and shout amen without actually taking the time to consider. I don’t jump that quick anymore and that is a good thing.
Isn’t it good and right to ask for wisdom and understanding? It is for me. So what does it mean and should I receive it? I want what is truth and truly prophetic. But what about this word?
To contend: to grapple with, to strive, to struggle, to deal with, to face, to go head to head with.
So, for me – to “contend” implies that I must fight to achieve or receive something. In this case – the new thing. This suggests to me that I must be on the lookout for that place in which I will comprehend or apprehend this new thing. I should possibly do something to keep myself alert and able to catch it, in order not to miss it. Sometimes these prophetic words just make me tired thinking about all that I should or could do.
What if my life is in flux or I am a bit out of the mix? Will I miss it? There are any numbers of reasons why I may be out of sorts? Is my God greater than all of that? Is my forward momentum into a ‘new thing’ conditioned upon what I do? It seems like that when I read this word.
I am not being funny here at all. I am quite serious. I have too many words in my life that never came to pass because the prophetic was simply not held accountable in years past to any kind of credibility. And, yes, I gave out a few words myself to others that may have been a mixture of my own desire and my own flesh. That is the reality of the prophetic so I am not asking for perfection. I am seeking wisdom in the maturity of the prophetic coming forth in these days. It is time.
For years I have listened to hundreds of prophetic words. I have read thousands of words. At times, it caused me nothing but confusion with words flying in different directions, sometimes in competition with each other in order to be heard or noticed. So, it is right and good at this point in my life, having walked in the prophetic for many years to actually look close and hard at what is being prophesied. Not going to the next word and the next word but looking closely at this word and asking “Is it accurate. Can I trust that it will be fulfilled?” I would like nothing more than to see a new thing in my life.
Contend for it???? Well, let me think about what that actually means in light of grace and the finished work of the cross. It may take several blog posts to do this. It may help those who are thinking the same way as I am processing here.
So what about this word ‘contend’? Contend: strive, grapple with, go head to head with. What am I ‘contending’ for? I realize that there is a battle going on. According to Scripture, our battle is against a real devil but that real devil has already been defeated by Jesus Christ and I am in Christ– totally, completely secure and victorious. So with that being said, I don’t actually contend in my eyes, striving for what is already mine. So, there it is. I stand, fully secure in a position of righteousness, love and grace in Christ to know that He contended on my behalf so that I may rest in the realization of His victory. Having said that, I cease striving and rest – in a position of victory, not hoping to achieve one through some outward performance on my part.
So is “contend” a good word for me as a Christian who believe in the finished work of the cross? (Still processing here for a bit.) The finished work of the cross is reality. It is finished. What new thing am I contending for? What am I going head to head with or grappling for that has not already been defeated in Christ?
I acknowledge that evil and the devil exists and will attempt to try (I say try) to get me out of focus, out of position or confused through consistent accusation, lies and deception. Yet I don’t believe that I must contend to shout him down as if he is a power that trumps the finished work of the cross. The cross does not fight the battle. Jesus has already won the war.
So there it is for me. Contend for the new thing? Not quite sure. Perhaps I will stand, actively waiting, watching, believing and receiving – living life in Holy Spirit for specific directives that show me a way in a new direction in Christ.
So for me – I will not contend, or strive but I will stand. That is a powerful word to me for it determines that I trust, rely on, believe in Christ Jesus to BE in and through me. Now on to what it means to stand, looking for a new thing and what is this new thing anyway……….next blog post.
I am determined to sound forth with what is stirring in me, being vulnerable to write and process – to get it right and to get it wrong but in the process being me, in Christ. I no longer receive everything that comes my way like I used to – especially in the prophetic. Again, I will say that I do not despise prophecy and will continue to prophecy but I want it all centered on Christ, in Christ, through Christ, and with Christ. I do believe we need a fresh language in conveying what is on the Lord’s heart. I do believe that our eyes and ears need to be open to receive some ‘new’ things – new to us, not to God, of course.
Much more about this over this week. All in process and would love your comments. The journey begins right now. My imperfect blog in the midst of an imperfect life wholly complete in Christ, yet growing in His revelation day by day by day. Arriving is highly overrated to me and can be a bit boring. Enjoy the journey.
In Christ, Debra Westbrook
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