Recently, I was driving down a highway and found myself in the slow lane with a big truck in front of me and one to my left. It was unusual for me to be in this position, and I felt boxed in. In a flash, a thought came to me that maybe God was protecting me.
Minutes later, I was able to switch lanes and get out of the “box” only to see a big, black SUV pass me in the fast lane. The SUV was tailing a small, white car. The word “Sheriff” was written on the side of the SUV.
So, I started speaking mercy and grace out loud in my car over these drivers. Sure enough, the SUV’s blue lights came on, flashing all over. And they both pulled over.
If you’ve ever been in the position of the white car—and I have—you know that sinking feeling. And, quite honestly, I was surprised God had me covered that day in this way. Because He hasn’t always done that.
But Holy Spirit used this situation to awaken me to the protection He’s extending now for those who are coming into their life-long destinies.
Hours later, after I reached my destination, Holy Spirit revealed more to me, which is this . . .
By His grace, God is moving on our behalves to keep us in His peace, because the peaceful inherit His Kingdom. One way He’s doing this is by putting boundaries around us.
A key scripture here is Psalm 32:7 TPT, which says, “Lord, you are my secret hiding place, protecting me from these troubles, surrounding me with songs of gladness! Your joyous shouts of rescue release my breakthrough. Pause in his presence.”
A second way God is keeping our peace is to help us stay the course with our eyes on Him.
The key scripture here is Isaiah 26:3 AMPC, which says, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”
A third way God is keeping our peace, so we can come into our harvests, is by allowing an external sifting.
Holy Spirit revealed that this is a critical time of fulfillment and He doesn’t want any distractions in our lives. I believe our destinies are so near and important that He will scatter those sent to trigger us out of focus and onto sin.
Holy Spirit revealed that the closer we get to taking the land, God will separate the wheat from the tares, His obedient followers from the stubborn troublemakers, His Joshuas and Calebs from the unbelieving communities.
We’re at a time, right now, where the tares will reveal themselves. They will not be able to disguise themselves any longer. They will be made obvious to us at pivotal moments, and God will reveal His corresponding boundaries to us.
In doing this, God is protecting us from those who would come against us but He is also protecting them. He knows what can happen to those who come against His anointed, and He doesn’t want anyone to perish but to turn to Him and live out their blessed salvation, even if it means living with less than He intended.
There are people who cannot go with us. There are people with whom we cannot remain. There are some assignments where God will cut people out and away, so they can grow forward into a role that ultimately blesses them and others that they had to leave behind. Joseph’s story is a great example of this.
So, in short, there are people God must distance (or remove entirely) from us so He can bless us and bless them, beginning with greater peace. In relationships, where people push our buttons or pull our triggers, we can expect to see new God-ordained boundaries come into place. God will do this to clarify direction for all parties and position everyone to depend more on Him.
Our attitude should be one of humility, because we want to remain on His side of mercy and grace. We want to remain in His beauty set before us and align with Him quickly during big shifts (He 12:2). No matter what may fall away, we can determine to yield to God’s wisdom and move forward with Him in peace.
So, pray with me if you will. . .
Thank You for Your divine protection that covers me and those around me. Have Your will and way in my life and in theirs. Help me to awaken and follow You where You desire to lead me. Help me to see it all Your way and continue to sync with You in Your peace.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
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