“Receive Your Invitations From the Father”
Katie Barker, Tweed Coast, Australia
7th May 2021
The Father is wanting His people to take up intimate invitations in this hour. These invitations are released from His heart to yours and, if taken up, will bring a “refocus” on Him, a resurrection of hope, and a resurgence to persevere on the path before you, knowing He is faithful and your time of harvest is near. These invitations are whispers to your heart to walk intimately with Him and to enter a place of deeper trust and rest in Him, knowing He is making the path straight before you.
An Invitation to Meet with Him in the Stillness
I heard the Lord say, “A divine hush is falling over My people as they still themselves before Me. Those who walk closely with Me have heard Me call them away from the distractions of this hour to meet with Me in the stillness. In the stillness they focus their thoughts on Me and heavenly perspective comes to them. Though earthly circumstances may be swirling around them, they become centered on Me in the stillness and My peace fills them afresh.
“A holy hush is falling on My people at this time as they come into My presence and have deep encounters with Me. In the stillness, attempts of the enemy to bring distraction and derailments are being canceled as divine strategies and revelation are released to them on My plan for the hour.
“My people enter a place of greater faith and true rest as they still themselves before Me, for they are focused on the One leading them. I am inviting My people to be intentional about taking time to still themselves before Me.“
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” (Psalm 62:5 ESV)
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8 ESV)
An Invitation to See What Appears to Be a ‘Mess’ as Movement
The Lord said, “What My people may see as a ‘mess’ around them, I see as the pieces I am using to build My masterpiece. Many have been through a time of dismantling in order that I may rebuild in a way that is in closer alignment with My Word, ways and purposes. This rebuilding will be to My master blueprint for their lives, families and ministries.
“Some areas have needed to be exposed and broken down in order that I may restore to a greater level and in greater alignment and measure. Many see that what appears to be a mess around them is the absence of the alignment of My promises in their lives, but often the mess is the process to the promise. They see a mess but I see movement, for when I shift, reveal and expose that which needs to be addressed, alignment and advancement comes. I am inviting My people to see that what may appear to be a mess is really My hand at work in their lives, moving pieces into place as I masterfully align the path before them.
An Invitation to Go Deeper in the Word – in Surrender to Him & in Relationship with One Another
“I am calling My people into the deep – into a deeper understanding of My Word and into a deeper surrender to Me and trust in Me. I desire for My people to go deeper in My Word, to know the heartbeat behind My Word, and to allow My Spirit to breathe life on the Word so that it comes alive to them. It is time for My people to move from milk to the meat of the Word, to meditate on My Word and allow it bring direction, correction, maturity and life.“
“God has transmitted His very substance into every Scripture, for it is God-breathed. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 TPT)
“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 ESV)
“In this era of the heart, I am asking My people to seek Me with all their hearts and to allow My Spirit to search their hearts. This is the time where I am revealing the deep things of the heart that have held My people back from walking in the true freedom I purchased for them. As I tenderly reveal these deep areas and My people surrender to My process, I am bringing restoration and healing. Those who truly seek Me are on a journey of ever-increasing, intimate friendship with Me as they press in to know Me more and to be transformed more closely into My image. I am inviting My people to go deeper in their surrender to Me and the work of My transformational power in their lives.“
“God, I invite Your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to Your glorious, everlasting ways – the path that brings me back to You.” (Psalm 139:23-24 TPT)
“I am also inviting My people to go deeper in their journey with one another, for I am shining the light on the blessing that comes from walking closely with others.
An Invitation to Continue to Stand, Knowing He Is Making the Path Straight Before You
“Many of My faithful ones have become weary from their continued stance of faith, prayer and intercession. While many have seen small steps of breakthrough, many are waiting for the fullness of the promise I have spoken over their lives, families and ministries to manifest. In the time of waiting, weariness and doubt have crept in. I see the weariness of the wait and the weariness of the stand. Lean into Me even more at this time, and allow Me to bring a deep refreshing which will bring a recharge to you and resurgence of hope.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13 ESV)
“Now is the time for My people to stand on My Word, knowing I am making the path straight before them. A harvest of all they have sown in prayer and intercession is coming as they have been led by My Spirit and have prayed in line with My Word and will. Now is the time to stand against doubt, confusion and the lies of the enemy and to choose to stand in faith. Now is the time to remember My past faithfulness. Remember the previous times where I have made a way where there appeared to be no way and made the path straight before you. Remember the times where you have looked back and seen My hand work all things together for your good.
“In all things, remember My faithfulness and goodness, for I am the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. My Word does not return void and surely the season of harvest is near for all you have sown. Many will be surprised by the harvest that is coming for they will reap beyond what they can imagine.
“When you can’t see how I am working on your behalf and orchestrating the path ahead, have faith in knowing I am at work. I move on your faith and obedience; I order your steps and we walk the path together.”
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6 ESV)
“I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron.” (Isaiah 45:2 ESV)
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 ESV)
“And don’t allow yourselves to be weary [or disheartened] in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!” (Galatians 6:9 TPT, emphasis mine)
An Invitation to Enter Greater Rest in Him
The Lord says, “Those who have a deep level of trust in Me can enter a place of deep rest in Me. This comes from a place of intimacy with Me and knowledge of My faithfulness and perfect timing. Rest is not a place of inactivity. Those at rest in Me still take bold steps of faith and obedience on the leading of My Spirit. Rest is a position of the heart and a posture of faith. Those waiting to see the fullness of the promises I have spoken come to pass can be in a heart-position of rest, which is a position of faith, as they are grounded and unwavering in their intimate knowledge of Me, My Word and My ways.
“I am in the details, intricately weaving together the pieces of My master plan. I am never late but am always on time. My timing brings the full harvest of the promise. Those who rest in Me and step in My timing, receive the full blessing I desire to bring. Those at rest are those who walk in true peace. Many will be drawn to these ones in this hour, as they walk in maturity due to the intimate journey they have walked with Me. Those at rest are those of great faith. They will see their faith and steps of obedience rewarded for a harvest is coming on all they have sown.“
“And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that He is real and that He rewards the faith of those who passionately seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 TPT)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 ESV)
May we take up these invitations from the Father at this time and receive the fullness of all that these invitations will bring.
Katie Barker is the co-founder of Bring the Fire Ministries along with her husband Aaron. They live on the Tweed Coast of Australia with their four children. Bring the Fire Ministries is about bringing revival fire to the nations, and ministering to others through the power of the Word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Katie has a desire to see the people of God awakened to the hour and partner with the Lord by walking in their unique destinies, using their Kingdom authority and rising up to be agents of transformation in their spheres of influence. She carries the message of transformation and has a mandate to equip and mobilize God’s people as the Lord prepares His Bride for His return.