A NEW SEASON FOR PARTNERSHIP
by Jill Smith
“Kanohi ki te Kanohi, me te Kanohi ki te Kanohi”
– A Maori proverb meaning “eye to eye and face to face.”
Aotearoa, God has set His heart upon you and called you to proclaim His good intentions to peoples, nations and to the earth. The Lord is bringing you out of obscurity and positioning you like never before to make the significant contribution in the world that you were made for. His glory is rising upon you to accomplish this, it will not happen through natural strength or earthly wisdom, but through partnership with the wisdom of heaven.
It is a prophetic sign that the Kiwi accent is now being heard and acknowledged on the world stage via the entertainment scene. People like Lorde & Taika Waititi are signs of the season as they stand in the spotlight, not in spite of their unique Kiwi expression, but because of it. There is a God-given grace upon New Zealanders that manifests in their self-effacing manner, quirky creativity and humorous yet discerning critiques of culture. It disarms defences and opens hearts and minds to new perspectives and possibilities. There’s a unique and powerful prophetic-apostolic call that is now to be worn confidently, and like a chiefly cloak, with humility, dignity and authority.
There is a weightiness to this call and yet there is freedom. “A little child will lead them” is heaven’s wisdom to move forward, free from the weight and control of the status quo. There’s encouragement to step out and activate the ability to be radically creative, adaptable, adventurous and bold in the David anointing that’s rising upon us again. Anointed, worshipping warriors will turn things around, releasing heavenly solutions like stones from a slingshot, to take down giant problems. It’s time to set aside Saul’s ungainly armour and use what is in our hands. There’s an anointing on OUR sling and stones; though they may seem unsophisticated and familiar, there’s an indigenous expression that will resonate with heaven and liberate the land.
A Josiah anointing is being released to recover heavenly wisdom and activate revival and reformation. Like Josiah, the youthful King, key people will suddenly recognise the authority of God’s Word and use their leadership role to bring their realm into agreement with heaven. Like Josiah, many will have their eyes opened and respond by restoring true worship, and implementing reformational change within the church and out into the nation. God is opening eyes and giving fresh revelation to reformers He has prepared and positioned for this time.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbour bitter envy in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness “ – James 3:13-18.
There’s wisdom from heaven for partnership in coming days that will change hearts and dismantle invisible barriers that have kept people and groups at odds. Humility to recognise, honour, learn from and partner with others who carry different gifts, callings and expressions. Grace to freshly apply the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi, honouring the partnership that was originally promised and intended. As missionaries partnered with the translation of the original Treaty document and the brokering of the covenant, we now have an opportunity - an obligation - to arise as peacemakers, sowing peace, that a harvest of righteousness might be reaped in our land. So let’s ask Holy Spirit to help us shake off jaded attitudes and stuck thinking, acknowledging our history and God’s prophetic promises, whilst looking to the future with clear eyes and renewed vision. If we will embrace God’s call to partnership, we’ll find security in our true identity and calling, and the by-product will be peace, prosperity and influence in the coming days.
In this season God is breathing on covenant documents as He did in Josiah’s day. He is breathing life into them, speaking in fresh ways through His Word to revive the old and awaken a new generation to God and His good ways, to restore godly foundations and redeem all that previously derailed revival and national transformation through the power of the Gospel. There’s a call to partnership with heaven and partnership on earth, to release the promised national revival and reformation. As this move of the Spirit rolls over the nation like a giant wave, obsolete beliefs, perspectives, structures and power arrangements will be swept away, making room for the ways of the Kingdom to sprout and produce a harvest of righteousness. Out of this harvest will come a new wave of missionaries who will GO to bless and partner with other nations, that the glory of the Lord would cover the whole earth as the waters cover the sea.
So now let’s each get up close and personal with the Lord, eye to eye and face to face. Let’s respond to the transforming revelation God is revealing, then labour with the Spirit in prayer and obedient action till Christ is formed in us and His promises are made manifest among us.
Jill Smith was born in Whangarei, Northland, raised in Auckland, Geelong (Australia), and Palmerston North. Through her father she has iwi connections to Tainui and identifies strongly with New Zealand’s bi-cultural and partnership vision.
She has been married to Don for over 40 years and together they have a lively family who they enjoy heaps - four children, their husbands and wives, and ten brilliant grandchildren.
Jill’s prophetic ministry flows through teaching, preaching, prayer, writing, coaching, counseling, art and church leadership. Currently Don and Jill lead Pukekohe Community Church on the southern border of Auckland, and Jill travels regularly to minister further afield.
Jill is ordained with ACTS Churches New Zealand, connects with prophetic networks within in New Zealand, and relates to other Christian leaders for friendship and support. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org