The Lord showed me this morning that many of you have crossed over into the Promised Land, but you don't feel like you have. Instead, you feel like everything has stopped. This is because you are pausing for a moment by the Lord's design. You are in Gilgal.
What is Gilgal?
Gilgal means “rolling.” In Joshua chapter 5, Gilgal is the place where God rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off of His people. He did this by instructing the Israelite men to be circumcised.
It's very important to notice that Gilgal is on the Promised Land side of the Jordan. It's not on the wilderness side.
Why is this important? Because our Papa has a pattern of insisting that we leave our old thing before He can bring us into our new thing. Just like He told Abraham (then Abram) to leave his hometown–and even to leave all his father's house–and go out to an unknown land of promise, He tells us the same thing.
He says: “Go out! And when you do–not a moment before–I will lead you to the place you should go.”
This is what He did for the Israelites. He told them to leave the wilderness and enter the Promised Land … but He did not tell them all the details about what would happen later.
Related: You Are Leaving the Wilderness
The Israelites did end up taking the Promised Land and occupying it. But they had to stop at Gilgal first.
And you also are stopping at Gilgal right now.
Your Gilgal is a place of healing. It is a place of cutting away of old things. It is a place in which you are being renewed, restored, and prepared for the conquering mission God has set before you.
From where you are, you can see your promises.
It might frustrate you to have not been given permission to go conquer them yet. However, you ARE in the Promised Land–just not in the thick of it yet. You are in Gilgal, and Gilgal is necessary. Gilgal is where the Lord is rolling away the reproach from off of you.
Gilgal is a pause before the victory …
… for a moment, a painful pause …
… a place of letting go …
… a place of surrender …
… a place of renewed devotion and commitment …
… and a place of healing.
But your Gilgal–your place of rolling–is going to be the wheel that rolls you right into your destiny.
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things the Father has prepared for you (1 Corinthians 2:9). Just as He promised, He does have houses you did not fill, vineyards you did not plant, and wells you did not dig in store for you. All will be just as He has spoken, and just as you have believed.
But this pausing is from Him …
So embrace your Gilgal.
Eat the buffet where you are. Don't fret over your lack of moving and progress. Simply dine on the rest and refreshment the Lord is giving you, and let Him roll away the reproach from off of your life.
You are in Gilgal. The entire Promised Land will be yours soon enough. Has not God spoken? Can you not see it? Indeed, your feet are standing within it right now. And Father has not brought it to birth in order to forget you. No; He will carry you through. But first, the healing. After you heal, you will be ready to progress.
Does this word resonate in your spirit, confirming something Holy Spirit has already spoken to you? If so, leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you!