by Christine Beadsworth
Hi everyone. I just want to share with you some principles the Lord taught me about transition, because the Church is in a transition phase now. We’re going from the Age of Pentecost to the Age of Tabernacles. We’re moving from the House of Saul to the House of David. There’s a lot of transition going on. We’ve been speaking about coming out of
It is a time of transition; a moving from one place to another place and the Lord taught me a little while back that transition is not an instant miracle. You don’t leave
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So what the Lord shared with me is that there are 3 Stages of transition:
Sometimes transition bridges are long, lasting many years, and sometimes they are short, but I have found in my experience and in every situation I have studied in the Word of God, that those 3 Stages on the bridge - Disorientation, Recalibration and Re-orientation, all happen before the manifestation of the next season in God or the manifestation of the promise of God or the entering into of the inheritance that God has given you.
It’s almost like when you take a rose bush and you loosen its roots, because you’re going to transplant it somewhere else. You loosen the roots. You pull it out of the soil where it has been growing. There might still be a bit of soil clinging to the roots, but the rose bush is then moved and is facing in a different direction. The sun comes up in a different place. It might even be put in a temporary gardening bag until it is transplanted into its new position, but its whole sense of how the sun comes up in the morning - which way I’m facing, where am I planted, that is the sense of confusion and disorientation we go through in the 1st Stage of transition.
Now why would God want us to go through this? God disorients us because He’s detaching us from an old chapter and He’s moving us towards a new chapter. We are no longer where we were before. We’re not connected to where or who we were connected before, emotionally or physically or whatever sense it applies to your situation. He detaches us in stages until we are completely detached. It might not be only one step of disorientation you take. As you begin to walk over that bridge, there’s a stage of disorientation where you become more and more detached from an old chapter.
We see this in the experience of the Israelites as God was preparing to take them out of
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It can just be a sense within, spiritually, that there’s nobody around you with whom you can even share the things that the Lord is sharing with you. He’s disorientating you from an old chapter and there is a sense of loneliness. Confusion can come, because your compass isn’t working the way it used to when you were in the old chapter. Your spiritual compass; your spiritual ruler that you use to measure things with, doesn’t seem to be measuring right anymore and you begin to question yourself.
We see it even with a simple thing like night and day. In order for a new day to start in God, which begins in the evening, the light of the old day begins to fade. The sun goes behind the horizon and it’s more difficult to see clearly. You lose the ability to see clearly in stages. It gets darker and darker and eventually you can’t see at all. Now the thing is, when God gives us a promise about something He’s going to do, the new day He initiates, begins at night and it’s during the watches of the night that our faith is tested because we are disorientated. There’s a sense of darkness around us, because we can’t see in the spirit clearly what’s going on and so this is the time when the enemy can really attack you and cause you to give up on the promise of God, but that’s when we must hold on. When God said “Let there be light”, there was evening and then there was morning, the first day and so we need to remember when God decrees anything over our life, there’s evening and then there’s morning and the light manifests in the morning. What God said in the evening, manifests in the morning. That’s why disorientation is the first stage of transition.
When the Israelites were being re-calibrated, it was the stage when there was light in the Israelite’s houses. Light always represents revelation. There was nothing you could see outside. There was a thick darkness in Egypt, but there was light in the houses of God’s people and as God transitions His people from the Kingdom of Saul to the Kingdom of David, from the Era of Pentecost to the Era of Tabernacles, from the Church Age to the Kingdom Age, there is a re-calibration that happens and it’s a calibration which starts first by determining the deviation from the standard, from God’s plan and God’s purpose for His Bride; for His Church, your life and your destiny and then to institute the proper correction factors. He’s doing it to adjust you precisely for a particular function.
Remember, one of the meanings of re-calibrate is ‘to adjust precisely for a particular function’. God made you for a particular purpose. When He had you in mind, He spoke a word that you would manifest in the earth through your life and He needs to make precise adjustments for the particular function, the particular place He’s determined for you to stand in, in the Kingdom. That’s why the disorientation has to happen first - because He cannot re-calibrate you according to His standard, His thoughts and His purposes for you and for your place in the Kingdom, if you are still rooted in the old chapter. You have to be detached from the old chapter in a sense, in order for Him to re-calibrate and sometimes this can be a period of great soul searching, a period where you’re struggling and wrestling with the Word.
God was re-calibrating Jacob at Peni’el when he wrestled with Him all night and God changed his name to
The Israelites were disorientated during the plagues and detached and they were separated in stages from
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So reorientation is a sense of increasing light and increased understanding. A lot of the recalibrating happens on a subconscious level. You’re just aware that God is really working in your life and it’s uncomfortable and you feel no sense of productivity. You just feel like you’re stuck; God’s putting His finger on everything all the time in your life. He’s not letting you get away with anything - there is some understanding coming, but you’re just not moving. Reorientation is the first process of moving in the right direction.
It’s the last step on the transition bridge and often with that, God will present a map that He’s given you before in a previous season, but this time there’s a lot more detail on the map. Suddenly you’re starting to understand stuff that you didn’t see before. Suddenly puzzle pieces are fitting together. Suddenly you’re getting a much bigger picture of what God meant when He said such and such. It’s a sense of growing certainty about which way you’re facing.
If you think of an arrow that’s been formed and sharpened and put in the quiver; then an arrow is then put in the bow, but the first thing that happens after that, is that it’s pulled backwards. That’s where you get the disorientation, “This is movement in the wrong direction, what’s happening with me?” and when it’s pulled backwards, once it’s at its greatest backwards pull; at the greatest stretch and the greatest pressure from behind from the bowstring, then the archer adjusts the angle of pointing of the arrow, in order to aim at the target bulls eye. That’s recalibration - minute precise adjustments in the hand of the archer. Then at that point where the arrow is pointed exactly at the centre of the target, there’s a reorientation. Suddenly there’s a stillness as the archer stops moving the arrow and becomes very still. Reorientation is that small second before release, when suddenly you see, “Ah, this is where I’m headed! This is where I’m going! I get the whole picture!” and there is a huge amount of potential energy in the bowstring behind you, the dunamis power of God. Then there is that release straight to the target.
So, whichever way you look at it, these 3 stages of transition will fit into many scenarios. You get the polished stone in the slingshot, disorientated, placed into the sling and swung round and round and round and really not seeing anything going on, but what’s happening in the disorientation, it’s detaching from the old chapter. There’s a scripture that says of David, “The life of my Lord is bound up in a living bundle with the Lord your God and your enemies will He sling out as out of the centre of a sling”.
So reorientation is seeing the right direction, understanding the map. There’s a lot of revelation and light that comes with that. As the Israelites ate the whole lamb with the blood on the doorposts and their shoes on their feet and their loins girded, they knew what was happening; they were leaving. The night they were leaving, they knew where they were going, they knew what they had to do and they left at the appointed moment.
So just briefly: the transition bridge is Disorientation, Recalibration, Reorientation and then Manifestation. I really pray that this has blessed you today and that it will help you in understanding and wisdom and trusting God with what He is doing with your life. He is taking you from one chapter to another. He is taking the Bride out of one season and into the next season. He’s taking the Church out of one season and into the next season and we’re all going through these kind of things, but let us trust the Lord. He knows what He’s doing. Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.