The season of Rain speaks of an Open Heaven through which the Lord is releasing His Rain over us. How do we define the Rain? What is the purpose of the rain? How do we prepare for the rain? How do we manage and steward the ground and the components that come with the rain?
This short post will look to introduce this concept and begin to answer the aforementioned questions. Firstly the rain can be defined as ‘the sum-total’ of the different types of blessings God is releasing to us individually and corporately in this season. The concept of rain is always closely tied to the concept of land and the concept of management. All three components are inter-linked and work simultaneously. We can not have land, without rain, we can not have rain – without land, we can not have land and rain – but no manager to steward and manage the land and the benefits of the rain. Therefore the season of rain also speaks of a call to govern land (territory) and a call to greater levels of management.
The purpose of rain ( what God is releasing to us) is to bring about :-
2. Outpouring and Overflow
3. Refreshing and comfort
4. Reservoirs and systems to contain the blessing
5. To grow seed for a mighty Harvest
The Rain carries with it the following characteristics which best define and describe what the Lord is releasing to us :-
1. What we have not seen before (the new)
2. Things that have been taking time to manifest (the delayed)
3. Things we have been praying for (our heart’s desires)
4. Things we need to manage (the gifts and assignments)
5. The restoration of what was lost and stolen in a previous season (the restored)
We see in the Book of Kings, a story where Elijah commands the rain, it reads in 1 Kings 18 :43 “Go and look towards the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” 44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” 45 – Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
This powerful story illustrates so many lessons in relation to God releasing rain upon the earth for His purposes and plans. It highlights for example, the servant’s determination to continue to check seven times for the rain and it also shows Elijah’s posture – one of faith, hope and expectation for the rain. This too should be our posture as we approach 2021, in light of everything taking place globally, we are declaring the season of Rain with a posture of determination, faith, hope and confident expectation.
The are are 5 characteristics and components associated with rain which we must consider as prepare for what the Lord is releasing to us :-
1. Rain is Time sensitive – are you ready?
2. Rain deals with placement – where are you? are you in position and in the right place?
3. Rain deals with access – can you contain the blessing, do you have the reservoirs and systems ready to steward and manage the blessing that’s coming?
4. Rain deals with exposure – what do we see? are we looking out for the cloud, looking for the patterns, observing the signs and indicators of where we are, so we are ready for the rain?
5. Rain falls on the ground – is the condition of our soil ready to receive? Do you have seed in the ground?
There is a saying – “rain only matters to those with seed in the ground”.
We will delve deeper to explore the link the between rain, land and management and how this applies to us in this season of rain….
Part 2 ….. to be continued ……