This is the phrase I heard the Lord impress into my spirit and mind during a church service near the end of April. The message of ‘equipping’ I heard is for myself, our body, and for anyone else who is willing to hear. As such, during the subsequent worship services I have attended since that particular Sunday, the Lord has not released me from the urgency and relevance of this word; I can’t shake it.
What does ‘Window of Equipping’ really mean?
- Window: a period of time regarded as highly favorable for initiating or completing something.
- Equipping: to furnish or provide with whatever is needed for use or for any undertaking; fit out, as a ship or army.
The definitions for window and equipping speak for themselves…. We have a period of time to get what we need for a specific task, event or occasion.
As I continue to mediate on this word and His written word, my sense is that things are about to go to the next level of intensity. I don’t know exactly what that means, but I know that God has a plan for this season and it will indeed require equipped and ready saints. The enemy also has a plan for this season: disruption in the life of believers and disruption of the harvest.
Ill-equipped saints are neutralized saints.
As such, the ‘equipping’ moment before us is essential in fortifying us that we may stand firm and advance. We must stay connected with Him in the season ahead. We are to move forward and mature in individual and corporate callings as transformed, unified powerful messengers of truth to a hungry and confused world.
What does your ‘Window of Equipping’ look like?
Your course of action and mine are found in James 4:8 which says “…draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. Get close to Him and let Him reveal your equipping strategy; it will be different for all of us.
I believe His desired outcome is a body of worshippers, working together. We must:
- Shed the distractions (time spent indulging ourselves must give way to more time spent with Him)
- Get rid of the garbage in our lives (it takes many forms, but has the same effect: a diluted follower)
- Get anchored in Biblical truth (2 Timothy 2:15)
Together, we must stop being a company of people who wear the jersey of the Kingdom of God but look nothing like the Kingdom.
Prior to the financial collapse of 2008 the Lord gave me the word ‘acceleration’. Since then, the landscape of all the stabilizing ‘connective tissue’ of national and geopolitical concern has seen an undeniable acceleration of challenges and issues that appear to be driving the world to a crescendo of unknown outcomes. It has been unrelenting. In light of this, I believe the ‘window of equipping’ He is presenting, is important for all of us. We must get solid in His word, solid in His Spirit, and be ready for our assignments in the fast paced, critical season ahead.
The Lord is a God of strategy, and our best life is moving forward with His plans and His purposes, not ours. As such, my prayer is for all of us to take a moment and prayerfully consider this word and seek Him during this hour of equipping.