May 22, 2009
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
I saw a vision of a baseball team representing the Body of Christ in the last day ‘spiritual’ world series. The Lord really impressed upon me the vital importance of teamwork in these last days. It was the bottom of the ninth inning. We had the bases loaded and needed one run to win. The count was three balls and two strikes and ‘you’ were the batter up. It seemed like this was the moment ‘you’ always dreamed of. You stood at the threshold of a miraculous win. Right now your childhood dreams run wild as you imagine swinging your bat and connecting for a grand slam home run. Your team would not only win but your name would become a household word and talked about around the world.
Your phone would start ringing with interviews with Fox news, CNN and Wheaties would bless you with a sizeable offering to make you a hero for the breakfast of champions. Other offerings from book publishers, magazines and TV commercials would flood your life Even just a base hit would do the same as your name would go down in history! As you stand there and whisper a prayer surely this would be the moment God would remember you and your ministry as the pitcher winds up to throw that three balls and two strikes pitch.
WHAT IF GOD TOLD YOU THAT THE NEXT PITCH WAS GOING TO BE A ‘BALL’ AND THAT YOU WERE ‘NOT’ TO SWING YOUR ‘BAT’?
I sensed I heard very clearly from the Lord that the very next pitch that would be thrown to you would be a ‘ball’ and you were to be careful not to swing your bat at all! I sense the Lord saying…”Everything within you is going to want to swing your bat on this next pitch to hit this next ball. Your flesh is trembling to swing but a clear warning from the Lord is….”Don’t swing!” If you don’t swing you will get a walk to first base and the man on third will automatically walk home to win the game and your team will win. This win would not be as glorious on your part and you would not be known as the hero but God would get the greater glory as the team celebrated their corporate victory!
Philippians 2:3-5. “Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
FOR MANY THIS BALL BEING THROWN BECAME A WILD PITCH HITTING MANY!
I saw this 3-2 pitch coming in outside of the strike zone turning wild as it comes at the batter like a deranged missile hitting some batters this hour!
But wait just a minute…As one batter takes a hit and shakes off the pain, there’s something he doesn’t do that makes him a star in God’s eyes in the game: He doesn’t look back at the pitcher who wounded him! Instead he proudly trots down to first base. Silently his character speaks so loud that it fills the stadium with reverence and awe and seems to say, “Thank you, Mr. Pitcher, you didn’t strike me out, I still made it to first base and we win!
TAKE THE HIT!
Don’t get upset and angry and curse the pitcher. Take the hit! The pitcher just did you a big favor. Getting hit still gets you on base and the man on third walks home and your team goes down in history winning this world series!
NO MORE ‘SPIRITUAL’ STEROIDS WILL BE USED TO PUMP UP A MOVE OF GOD!
I sense the Lord was not after us to do some great thing in this last day ‘spiritual’ world series even though the whole world was watching us. No heroes made from ‘spiritual’ steroids. Victory from God’s perspective was just to get a walk out of us. His dream for us was just to walk with Him from ‘home’ to glory! A walk that would be a witness to the world that how we walk with God is more important than just winning a game!
MANY ON THIS TEAM HAD FAILED TO TAKE A SEVENTH INNING STRETCH!
As the seventh inning stretch came many on this team didn’t take their seventh inning stretch. They instead used this time to practice swinging their bats ( their ministries ) and flexing their muscles ( spiritual gifts ). As a few stood still and began stretching out their arms I saw fewer still suddenly appear to be on crosses. The greatest supernatural key event in the whole game began to take place. A revelation of death to self, death to gifting, death to ministries was taking place through the Holy Spirit in these few. As they began dying to self their eyes were being opened to prefer and esteem their team members above themselves. That’s when the winning anointing began to fall upon them.
Bill Yount –email@example.com