“Kingdom Shift: Shifting Into Overdrive Revisited”
Rev 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
Rev 4:2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.
At the beginning of the year, the Lord gave us a Word that it is time to SHIFT!
Shift literally means to move or cause to move from one place to another. If something shifts, it means that it is no longer in the place it used to be. Something happened, something moved, something transitioned. In a spiritual sense, this is what the Holy Spirit is telling the church. It is time for us as the church, the body of Christ to shift from church, religion, and building our own little kingdoms mindset, and shift into a Kingdom mindset in Jesus Christ.
What is a Kingdom mindset? It is the mentality that we are the ecclesia, the body of Christ and that we are one according to John 17: 21-23 and Eph 4: 1-6. I am not talking about every church. I am referring to Kingdom minded churches that understand that there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism in Jesus Christ, who is Lord of Lords and King of Kings!
A shift requires that you move, go faster, higher or deeper. Think about this in the natural sense. When an automobile is moving forward and shifts gears it will travel faster, or have greater forward momentum. In the spiritual we sometimes get comfortable in the place where we are. But in order to be all that God has called us to be, and to do all that he called us to do in this season, there must be a shift.
This means that we no longer want more religious activity and churchy stuff, but a hunger and thirst to experience more of the Kingdom of God. The only way that this will be possible is when we shift our mindset from a church, or worldly materialistic perspective to a spiritual Kingdom of God perspective.
This means that it is time to put your feet on the gas for forward momentum. It is time to shift in serving, shift in your prayer life, shift in your giving, shift in your study of the Word and shift in your commitment to Christ. When I think about shifting in a race car, it means acceleration and going faster leaving slowpokes in the dust!
As we near Christ coming, I believe that the Lord is separating the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats, the faithful from the unfaithful, the holy from the unholy, the righteous from the unrighteous, the faith walkers from the unbelieving and fearful, the humble from the prideful, the godly from the ungodly, and the anointed from the not anointed.
There is a shift taking place in the spiritual realm and it’s time for us to experience forward momentum, and to go higher and deeper in Jesus Christ. Please don’t get left behind! Get out of park, get out of neutral, get out of reverse and shift into overdrive and start moving forward into your destiny for the Kingdom of God.
The Apostle Paul said something very profound in the book of Romans chapter 8: verses 5-9.
Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
So the first thing that must happen is that we need to have the mind of Christ which is a spiritual mindset.
What is the spiritual mindset? It means being empowered by the Holy Spirit, walking in the spirit, living by the spirit and being led by the spirit. When the Lord Jesus told John to come up here in Rev 4: 1, verse 2 says immediately I was in the spirit. So in order for you to go higher spiritually, you must come up to another level.
The revelation on shifting can be seen from 4 types of people as it relates to driving a vehicle:
The first person is in park. They are not moving. They are going nowhere. The second person is in neutral, the engine is running, but they are moving slowly or going nowhere. The third person is in reverse, they are going backward.
The Apostle Paul said forgetting those things that are behind, I press toward the mark for the upward call in Christ Jesus. Some people can never go forward into their destiny because they focus on the past. It could be some past church hurt, relationship or personal hindrance.
Now the 4th type of person is the one that is in drive, they are moving forward, which is good, but now it’s time to shift into overdrive.
Let’s look at the example of shifting in the scriptures.
The Prophet Ezekial had a dramatic vision in Ezekiel 47: 1-5
Ezekial had a vision in Ezekial 47 of the temple of God and water that was flowing in the temple. As the water flowed it was first at the ankles, then the knees, then the waist. Lastly the water was so deep it could not be crossed.
Do you see the revelation in this passage of scripture? Does this not attest to the fact that there is always another level to go to? Now the scripture did say, that it became so deep that it could not be crossed. (Eze 47: 5)
I believe that although God allows us to experience him in greater power and anointing, there is a level that no one will ever experience! I mean there are some people who have experienced and witnessed the power of God and the glory of God, but lets be real, there is a river of God that no one can cross! (Eze 47: 5) Praise God!
Nevertheless, the revelation of this is that the river speaks of the healing and life giving power of the Holy Spirit, and no matter how deep you want to go in the things of God, the opportunity to go higher and deeper is always there.
Jesus said in Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
It’s a shame and tragic to say at best that many desire to linger in the shallow waters of God, when they could be enjoying the deeper depths of the riches and secrets of the Kingdom. Lets look at Eze 47: 3-5.
Eze 47:3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
Eze 47:4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the waist.
Eze 47:5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
The question is do you want to go ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep or do you want to go so deep where you cannot even cross! You are literally immersed in the water! I believe we all want to be immersed with the living water and presence of the Holy Spirit!
The Bible says the following Psalm 107:23-24
Psa 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
In the natural I can attest to this. In twenty one years of Naval Service to our country. I have been to places that some people only see in magazines. The Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Ocean, the Indian Ocean, Europe, Middle East, Caribbean, West Africa, South America and the list goes on.
Psalm 107: 23-24 says that they that down to the sea in ships, and do business in great waters, they see the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep.
I will tell you that I have seen great things in the oceans and across the oceans! This was only possible when I took the step of faith and launched out into the deep by joining the Navy. Is this not a spiritual principle? If you want to see the great works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep, launch out into the deep and GO DEEPER!!!!
People of God, what is it in your life that needs shifting? As you examine yourself before the end of the year, ask the Lord in what area do you need to shift to be more like Christ, and to fulfill the purpose and destiny that God has predestined, prophesied, purposed and planned for your life before the foundations of the earth. I can assure you that each and every one of us can shift in some area of our life to be all that God has called us to be!
God Bless and Shalom!
Pastor Jamal E. Quinn, Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship of Jesus Christ