Looking Out My Window: Prophetic Pondering’s – Aligned for Restoration
God’s 20/20 vision for 2020 revolves around a restoration of promises. In order to position ourselves for the promises, we must also find ourselves aligned for restoration. As we wind-down the year 2019, and already celebrated Rosh Hashanah on September 29th, alignment is important. Rosh Hashanah ushered in the year 5780 on the Jewish calendar. However, it’s important to note as believers living according to the Gregorian calendar, we can get a head start on God’s promises for the New Year.
I’ve written extensively about what I sense the Lord stirring for the New Year in earlier posts. Now I want to briefly open up the importance of proper alignment.
Don’t Neglect Your Alignment
The Lord is stirring thoughts about the importance of alignment as we enter 2020. While 2017 was the Year of Alignment, I sense the Spirit of the Lord saying, “Don’t neglect your alignment.” The key verse for 2020 comes from 2 Chronicles 20…
“On the way out Jehoshaphat stopped and said, ‘Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in His prophets, and you will succeed'” (2 Chronicles 20:20).
King Jehoshaphat came from a good family heritage connected with his father, King Asa. As a result, he seemed to have his alignment in place. However, he entered into an alliance with King Ahab. This improper alignment allowed a spirit of enticement to enter in. It almost led to his death. (2 Chronicles 18)
“Jehoshaphat enjoyed great riches and high esteem, and he made an alliance with Ahab of Israel by having his son marry Ahab’s daughter… A few years later Ahab enticed Jehoshaphat to join forces with him to recover Ramoth-Gilead” (2 Chronicles 18:1-2).
Don’t Overlook Your Alignment
As we enter this New Era, alignment is key. Life for King Jehoshaphat looked incredible. He had great riches and was held in high esteem. However, one wrong alliance or alignment almost ended in death. The good news is, God always has restoration in mind.
“When King Jehoshaphat of Judah arrived safely home in Jerusalem, Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him. ‘Why should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?’ he asked the king. ‘Because of what you have done, the Lord is very angry with you. Even so, there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asherah poles throughout the land, and you have committed yourself to seeking God” (2 Chronicles 19:1-3).
I’m sure King Jehoshaphat was looking for an encouraging word of, “Welcome home my king! The Lord God protected you!” At least those are the kind of words many today want to hear, even when they’ve messed up. But in this case, the Lord instantly questions why He should bless the King when he knowingly hung out with people who are “wicked” and “hate the Lord”. Ouch! However, even in the midst of this rebuke, God recognizes the good in the King and once Jehoshaphat properly aligns again, he is blessed.
Aligning with the Right People
Entering into this New Era – 2020 – God’s 20/20 Vision for the Restoration of Promises – we must ask ourselves – Who are we aligned with? Who are we going into battle with? Those who entice us to enter into their battles? Or are we aligned with God and His promise of restoration and success.
“Beleive in the Lord your God and you shall be established; believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper” (2 Chronicles 20:20 Amplified Version).
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