Continued from A Gold Vein Moment Part 1
Following this brief time however, the moment ended. This particular meeting was not unique. In the few meetings that actually attain Secondary School, I’ve almost never seen one which went beyond it into strategic mobilization and action plans.
This is not limited to corporate meetings but also pertains to the individual. When the Lord speaks to an individual providing vision, guidance and promise, the moment must be captured, taken seriously and acted upon. It is a gold vein moment, a vortex of God’s heart, in which a miracle is about to break forth. But usually we make little further effort to press in and dig out the gold. We celebrate it as an encouragement for whatever worth it may have for us, then we go our way. As in every meeting I’ve ever seen, and as in most believers, we have no paradigm for doing anything more with these promises than allowing them to “encourage our hearts.” We return to our daily business.
But have we not just stepped into a gold vein moment? Have we not just received parallel and complementary words of promise from the Lord, confirmed in the mouths of multiple ministers? And is not the thing the Lord desires to do, in which He has bared to us His very heart for our community and region, awesome and glorious?
Had our boss at work said “I’m sending you on a mission” we would have stood at attention until he had the opportunity to tell us where to go and what task to carry out. Or we would have inquired and asked to know the details of the mission so that we might successfully fulfill it. Had we simply gone about business as usual our boss would be deeply disappointed for he would perceive we didn’t take his words seriously. It might even appear that we didn’t respect or honor him, or that we placed a low value on his words.
Secondary School is the place of visions of God beyond ourselves, where His Word leaps off the page with promise, but we receive these as mere words of encouragement, a can of spiritual Red Bull. This is not the ultimate, nor is it the goal. It is one more step in God’s process of getting us to where He needs us to be in order to fulfill His purpose. This is the threshold to something awesome but if we never cross it we will never see the fulfillment. We console ourselves with enjoying the vision of the Promised Land from the mountain top, but few actually descend the mountain and go about possessing it. Being uncertain what to do in order for it to become reality, we continue in the desert eating manna, enjoying God’s second best.
So continuing with the example of the meeting which just occurred: What specifically could be done – yes, even now can still be done – with the promises and direction received?
The meeting had already lasted over five hours, night had come and some had driven long distances in snowy conditions. So it was probably necessary that it be adjourned. However the next month’s meeting was announced and participants strongly encouraged to attend, and one minister, sensing the mind of the Spirit, reminded the congregation that this was a moment of transition from the season of instruction to the season of invasion and influence.
Now, prior to next month’s meeting the leadership should issue an email to all members in which the specific direction received in the previous meeting is detailed. Optimally a full transcript or audio recording of the meeting would also be provided, though sufficient summary should be provided in the text whereby individuals can be reminded of the direction and flow of what was received.
The email should then encourage members to pray into these things and be prepared in the next meeting to seek further direction from the Lord as to HOW THESE THINGS SHOULD COME TO PASS. They should then be prepared to offer ideas and action plans as to how to implement them and see them come to fruition.
The over-arching theme of what the Lord was saying can be summarized as a transition from Moses to Joshua, from coming together for safety and encouragement to facing outward and going to dispel darkness and mountains of impossibility falling.
We should first discuss how we have individually and corporately been in a Moses season. Then we should discuss specifically what it means to transition into a Joshua mindset and season. This should not be a “message” preached by one person, but an interactive discussion with all members participating at will.
Those who wish to share should then tell about the “promised land” that they are to possess (some have multiple but they should focus on one), and what action steps their personal ministry or organization is currently taking and what changes could be made to become more effective. The others should offer ideas, take notes, commit to pray for them and also collaborate in provision of resources to fulfill any needs.
After a number of individuals have thus carried out strategy, the group should consider together what “transitioning from Moses to Joshua” means for the region and for them collectively as God’s spiritual government of the territory. It may mean that the group will take action to promote a particular and influential principle of righteousness which, once passed, would significantly advance righteousness in the region. It may mean that on some topic of society in which God’s people have seen themselves forced into retreat or silence, the group finds a creative way to go on the offensive and bring a resurgence of God’s will in regard to that topic.
The outcomes of the above may require great effort and also financial investment. This is why we rarely move from the safety of enjoying God’s promises as “encouraging words” to acting upon them. This is why we are for the most part satisfied to see the Promised land from afar but most do not go down to actually possess it.
Our spiritual culture must mature to the place where we take such vision and promise seriously. If God is really speaking to us, then this is huge! This is serious! Something awesome is about to happen. We must dig into it, allow God to guide us to develop action plans around it and then go forth to execute it. When we thus return to our mine shaft and dig out the gold, we have entered the purpose for which we are alive. When we do this, we graduate from high school. We become ambassadors of the Kingdom, on mission for the King to rescue captives and redeem territories.