Many in leadership, and many in the ranks of every Church, are deeply weary at a soul level. Some lives are so filled with busyness and burden that we have lost connection with the sounds of our own souls, and it is this that has led some to private compromise. But I believe a deep healing of soul is being released from heaven. Burdens that have trapped leaders in certain unhealthy “soothing” behaviours, are being lifted away, like Saul’s armour was lifted off David (1 Samuel 17:39).
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”Proverbs 13:12
Sometimes the long period of waiting for fulfilment wearies our souls and makes us heart-sick. But I believe disappointment is about to be replaced by fulfilment, even though in many cases I believe we are going to be surprised at the unusual ways God fulfils the desires of our hearts in this new era!
May long term illness crumble under the weight of God’s healing power, may depression lift, sick souls be washed in wonder once again and may God reward many of you who have endured the onslaught of the enemy for several years. God is about to give you recompense, restitution, restoration and redemption. He will “restore the years the locust has eaten!” (Joel 2:25).
Leader, God wants your soul healthy, breathing deeply of the fresh air of heaven, not succumbing to the claustrophobic demands of disappointment or historic tradition. A rested soul is a soul that can joy at other’s success, truly grieve at others losses, and strike out into new territory, free from cynicism and avoidance. So seek Him in prayer, in worship, in the Word and in joyful intimacy, for there is a refreshing over-haul of your soul about to take place!
An extract from Jarrod’s 2021 book “The Divine Reset” available here
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