God often gives me simple analogies in the Spirit, to help me see what He is doing prophetically. As I prayed about 2018, He surprised me with a bowling analogy to describe some things we need to be doing this coming year. I pray it might help some of you envision what is happening in the Spirit.
I saw that bowling balls represent the “weight of His glory,” the ammunition He will use to take out the enemy. Bowling pins are flattened by the weight of a ball - in this case, God’s glory - as it strikes them. This is a symbol of the obstacles of the enemy in your life being broken, coming down, and being flattened by the weight of what God gives you in this season.
Bowlers engage in this game by placing their fingers into the three holes of our bowling ball – a symbol of the Trinity and our connection with Him. We first hold the “glory” of the Lord in our hands and then prepare to release it.
The only requirement for us to see the “kingpins” of our lives flattened is our own willingness to play. We must step into the lane He calls us to and make a decision to release God’s glory to engage the enemy!
I saw that each bowling lane represented a church or a group of people to whom you are called to play in a kind of spiritual “league.” Your victories and efforts are your own, but your team – your church – can clinch a corporate victory as your scores are all added together and compiled, to make a more powerful impact. The Lord wants us to be working in teams and staying in our lanes to bring about strategic victories in specific locations (or alleys). In this way, we have not just one, but multiple opportunities to swing and release these glory-balls, striking the enemy and hitting our targets. I heard the Spirit crying, “STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE!” as each ball hit its mark. There are opportunities for both individual and corporate victories to abound.
I also heard Him say that there are two things necessary in order to hit the mark and score a strike: a willingness to engage, play, or release those glory-balls, and proper positioning. God cannot accelerate what is not already in motion. You must be willing to play the game, to release the things God has given you, to engage in the battle, so to speak. And you must position yourself properly IN HIM: you must be connected to the Trinity, just as your fingers are connected to the ball. Your body must be centered in your lane – you must be aligned and positioned correctly first, and then you can release that ball in the right timing and direction, aimed at your target. As we release our ball there is an acceleration that happens when the ball hits that smooth, uninterrupted surface – a silky pathway to its destination.
I saw God’s people full of JOY as they “played” in the ease of the Spirit, each in his or her own lane, doing the assignments God has called them to do for the moment. I saw their teammates celebrating their victories and encouraging each other to go on. I saw unlimited potential for success at this time.
God is asking, are you willing to play? Are you willing to try? When you pick up that ball, it’s a symbol of your oneness with God and the Trinity, an interacting with all three members of the Trinity yourself as you handle the weight of His glory, and then a releasing of the same towards your assigned targets. Each lane (or church) represented will have different targets and different areas, but the game is the same. Be centered and in motion, willing to accept and then release what God presents to you!
I hear the Lord saying: Set your targets, fix your goals. Without a target you will not reach your goal. Determine now, ahead of time, what you would do. Make plans in conjunction with My Spirit. ENVISION EXPANSION, and then work towards it. You must first SEE the goal in order to position yourself correctly, aligning with My purposes. Identify what each of those “kingpins” represents to you. What are the giants that need to be flattened? God’s glory will take them out when you aim for them! What targets do you have to reach your harvest? To whom are you called? If you are a missionary, to which people-group is God sending you? What hopes do you have that you could not see previously, because they were blocked by these obstacles?
AS YOU DEFINE YOUR TARGET AND AIM FOR THE FIRST PIN (THE KINGPIN) THE OTHER PINS WILL ALL FALL IN CONSEQUENCE. They will be forced to move by the impact of the initial hit on your first goal. Have something in mind. Focus and streamline your efforts, for it will not be possible for you to play in more than one lane at a time! Join a team, pick your target, and play! Get in the game!
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.