“The times, they are a changin’.”
I have known by experience the spiritual maxim that there is
no standing still in our walk with Christ. “Go against the flow”, as the old
t-shirt with the fish proclaimed.
The Spirit is on the move, and if we think we are just
standing still we are deceiving ourselves. We are actually sliding away from
But I have sensed for a while that there is some kind of
multiplication factor in the rate of acceleration going on right now. At first
I thought it was just me, or that I was only realizing what our grandparents
always said about time speeding up as you grow older. However as I talk with
others in the Body of Christ, those who belong to Him, I see He is revealing this
reality to us all. People who don’t know Him are also sensing it. And it is not
just time that is accelerated, but also there are extremes in the weather, in
politics, in economics, in entertainment, in crime, in churches-- in everything
Another word to describe what I am sensing is polarization.
Think of the old experiment with two magnetic forces which attract, but which
also repel each other.
There is no middle ground. (There never really was, we were
only under the illusion that it existed.) Lukewarm anything is of no use to the
Lord. In fact, it is worse than that. (see Rev. 3:16)
So the effect of this polar force field is that if I am not
intentionally seeking the face and the will of the Father, I will actually be
pulled by a force toward the other extreme—and fast. This can show up in
behavior patterns that I thought I had dealt with already. If I do not “reckon
myself dead” to the old nature of self-centeredness, people-pleasing and all
other sorts of fear on masquerade parade, I am not living in Christ. And I “suddenly find myself” (was I missing?) back in the
same pattern, or now, worse.
His grace gives us (yet another) chance to learn, but the
problem with treading water is that we drift further away in the current until
it is very difficult to hear the Voice calling us back to shore, to safety with
If the current acceleration toward sin is extreme, I can
trust that the acceleration or pull of the Spirit is stronger than ever.
Because the negative pull of the enemy is always just an opposition reaction to
the One who created, redeems and sustains all. He is drawing us to Himself with
a force that cannot be conquered. And the times, they are a changin’ fast.