I have had a couple of things on repeat in my spirit today that I felt led to share with you. Many of you know of or sense the significance of today’s date and that it is "Groundhog Day".
To me, the series of 2’s and 20’s speak of keys and expectation. Today's date was a great reminder of those very things.
I’m not sharing this as another “fluffy, feel-good word”, but to simply share how deeply I understand the difficulty of things in our lives and in our walk. I know the struggles and I know many are beyond tired and annoyed with the seeming repetition of specific things.
You need to know that one very important key to your unlocking IS your expectation. Your expectation of the miraculousness of our Heavenly Father and knowing that He IS good ALL the time. Your expectancy helps cultivate such fertile ground that gives way for the miraculousness to burst forth! Today, I encourage you to grab a hold of that very key! I encourage you to do what Elijah’s servant did and go look just one more time (1 Kg. 18:44)!!
The Lord is saying, “This time IS different! This time the promise of rain is here; you WILL see the cloud coming, bringing the manifestation of that long-awaited promise! Don’t give up now!!! I know you, My beautiful and purposed Creation! I know you front to back, inside and out. To those of you that have surrendered to the process, to the refining, to the direction, correction and the healing; you will no longer repeat the “groundhog day cycle” that has seemed to plague you. This cycle of negative repetition over your circumstances, relationships, finances, jobs instead of desired careers, the aimless wandering and rejection on every side; I Am saying, “You have circled this mountain long enough! This cycle is broken!!” You have set your face like flint and kept your eyes on My True North! I have heard your deepest cries and your answers have been on the way! They are coming!! Keep your eyes fixed and not distracted or swayed! The New is here!!!”
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” Ps. 139:13-16 (MSG)
“‘You have circled this mountain long enough; turn northward,” Deut. 2:3 (AMP)
“Some will applaud you, Most will ignore you. Don’t be moved by either.”
I woke up with this phrase on repeat. I’m not sure who this is for, but you need to know that the work the Lord has set your hands to is purposed. The words He gives you to speak or write are purposed. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, if you’re doing it all in obedience, you don’t need to worry about the end result, outcome or the size of the audience.
I know we all appreciate affirmation but it cannot be measured by the volume of the applause (or lack of).
I have felt so strongly this morning to say to you the Lord sees you, He hears you, He knows you and His plans for you are greater than what you are able to see in this moment.
The Lord says, “You may feel as though you’ve been suddenly “shut out” already in this “roaring 20’s”, but don’t take it as rejection; it is My protection. Trust that I am taking your voice, the work of your hands, and directing it all to those who need to hear and receive. I Am planting your feet solid; you will not falter, you will not fall. Keep your eyes in My Word and your ears on My heart; nothing else.”
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
“The steps of the God-pursuing ones follow firmly in the footsteps of the Lord, and God delights in every step they take to follow him.” Psalms 37:23 (TPT)
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
I was talking with a friend about the depths of what the “Upside-Down Kingdom” really looks like.
The truth of while on this earth of our “being perfected in Christ” and “becoming more like Jesus” just might not be the perfect and polished piece the world expects to see.
Maybe, it looks a lot more like the shattered alabaster box on the floor, unable to hold its shape any longer, yet still holds the scent and feel of the oil from within.
The “Upside-Down Kingdom” is how and why our most broken state brings more joy and worship to our Father than we did holding that precious perfume within.
After Jesus’ resurrection, His perfected body still showed the holes in His hands, feet and side. Think about that. His perfected, resurrected body still had the holes from His crucifixion. It wasn’t just to have proof for Thomas. It was to show us all something more; bringing a revelation that we are going to be the same way. We will be crucifying our flesh on the daily. We will have wounds that come, we will be healed and yet the remnants of them will remain.
We can have seasons we walk through where we feel strong in our faith, solid in our trust, confident in our purpose, victorious in all the battles that come our way; but there will be a day in there that will come where our humanity breaks through. That humanity is our reality check. It reminds us, or should remind us, that our strength is not our own. It reminds us that it is also perfectly fine to be at peace in our absolute weakness, brokenness, on the days when our emotions carry us on a crazy roller coaster ride; we know even then, our Heavenly Father is ever-present.
What we may perceive as “in process” or “dull” God says, “...I have sharpened you like a sword and like a Polished arrow, I have set you in My quiver...” (Is. 49:2) What we view as something incomplete or “not ready” in our lives, our Heavenly Father sees as perfected and ready to use!
Our ideas of weakness on this earth is actually Heaven’s strength (2 Cor. 12:10). All these ”cracks” and “inabilities” allow for His Glory to shine through and gives permission for His hand to move into every situation you are facing.
Don’t let the world’s thoughts and ideas of strength define you. Let the truth of the “Upside-Down Kingdom” speak into you, this life and every situation you’re facing.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
Prayer Declaration for you today:
In Jesus’ Powerful Name I decree and declare…
This is the day my Lord has made and I WILL be glad and grateful for it and in every moment given!
I may have been rejected but I know I am now accepted in all my imperfections AND in all my gifts!
I was sick, but now I am healthy, healed and whole!
I was blind but now my eyes are open to see!
I may have been in this prison, this pit, this desert and this cave, but I refuse to make it my home!
I am called and qualified to reside in the palace and in fruitful places!
All the word curses and lies of the enemy that have been spoken against me are rendered powerless in the Name of Jesus!
The Word of the Lord is the ONLY TRUTH I speak over my life and the Power of Heaven is made manifest in it!
My history’s ashes have become my wings for flight!
There are no more blockages holding me back or slowing me down! I am no longer defeated; I have overcome!
Victory and Authority go hand-in-hand and both are given to me by God!
My life is continually being used to manifest Heaven to change circumstances and shift atmospheres!
I am a healthy, healed, whole, righteous, victorious, abundantly blessed, chosen and a loved daughter/son of God!!
IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME, AMEN!
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Prophetic encouragement from Amie
July 20, 2019
As I awoke this morning, I heard “Remove the limits!!!”
Frustration, disappointment & doubt work in many ways. Most of the time they’re sneaky & will just place a ceiling on your ability to fully trust what the Lord has said. We find ourselves believing for big things, but only to a certain level. We’ve made the decision that at that level of faith, “if it doesn’t happen”, we won’t feel too defeated or disappointed. We cannot allow our own woundedness be the dictator of our faith or how we view our Heavenly Father’s ability to “follow through”. We have to remember that every single thing God speaks is spoken with purpose & with His life-giving breath in it. He isn’t flippant with His words & He most certainly isn’t careless with His purpose, plans & promises over you. When He speaks something, it will be!
So, take the limits off! You can trust, you can have faith in all those things you’re waiting for! Trust His timing to be more perfect than your planning. He will never forget you or forsake you.
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:18-21 (NIV)
Outside of straight up rebellion, you cannot derail your God-given purpose. When you remain surrendered and moving in the Lord’s promptings, it allows for His plans to unfold. While He is moving you, He is refining and strengthening you to hold the weight of it all.
You aren’t going to execute this perfectly all the time - you will struggle, you will get frustrated & possibly even complain (I know none of you do that)😉.
As you move through each moment, He will prompt you and instruct you on what He needs you to do, but it’s not some unattainable “holy checklist” for you to perfectly execute in order to receive this or that.
Simply listen in your surrender and remember His instructions and promptings for you will be just as unique as you and your purpose are. Also remember that Heaven doesn’t promote like we do, so stop looking to the left and to the right, keep your eyes upward and your ears tuned in.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11 (NIV)
“Keep your feet planted in the truth I have shown you. I know you have questions and doubts, but don’t you know that My love doesn’t allow Me to see or respond to your doubts? It only allows Me to respond in My love for you & to the promises, the plans and the purpose I have spoken in & over your life. You are not faithless, only tested. You are My child!
I Am the only one who cannot, has never and never will fail you, hurt you or let you down - that is what IS impossible for Me! I am finishing this thing so you can begin all I have called, chosen and purposed for you...for such a time as this!”, says the Lord.
There have been sections of Isaiah 49 that have been stirring in me for several days.
I felt to speak encouragement to those in questioning.
The Lord says, (verse 1) “Listen to Me...Before you were born, I called you; from your birth I made mention of your name.”
You were created with a set purpose. I speak a revealing to you in these coming days, an increase in your dreams & visions; an opening of your eyes to see all our Heavenly Father has set before you at His Feasting Table.
To those feeling “stuck”, remain patient. These is purpose in the waiting. Each arrow waiting in His quiver has a set time & target He is aiming you at (Verse 2).
For those longing & aching for those prodigals, for the confused, for the searchers, He is God of Restoration, Reconciliation & Revelation. He is Daddy, relentlessly pursuing His kids! “nothing is too small or too far gone to restore!” He IS the possible in the most impossible situations! Trust.
“Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.”
Isaiah 49:1-4, 16-18, 22 (NIV)
I keep hearing, “Alignment comes with & in honor.”
With honor comes restoration & reconciliation; a launching into “next” & “new”.
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.”
Joel 2:23-26 (NKJV)
When you’re being called to retreat to the quiet, sometimes our flesh says, “no, I can’t stop what I’m doing now” or “I might miss out on...”.
Honoring that prompting, moving in obedience to it, will reward you with more than you know.
Only in the quiet can you hear all you’re needing to hear. Just like music, there is a lot of good & there is some bad - but there are times you have to turn it all off. Know that in your obedience, you will not miss out on the plans within this moment for your purpose.
In the depths of the quiet....remain.
“‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’”
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)