Even at your weakest, God will be your strength. It is He who will bring you VICTORY! What are you asking Him to bring you through today? Have faith! Be confident! He shall deliver you!
Many of you have walked through overwhelming trials for quite some time. In recent years you felt a shift occur where your circumstances seemed to change for the better, but you still haven’t seen the fruit from all the good that has transpired. In steadfast faith you have continued to live in God’s word and off of His promises over you.
At this time, He is speaking a harvest over you! Where you plant, you will reap. Where you have grown roots, you will harvest! All you do in this season shall flourish.
You have survived the attack against you. The siege has ended! It is time to walk the vineyards and eat the fruit of your labor! Your faith has served you well and therefore the Lord will send down angels from His army in Heaven that will make this happen!
“This year you will eat only what grows up by itself, and next year you will eat what springs up from that. But in the third year you will plant crops and harvest them; you will tend vineyards and eat their fruit. And you who are left in Judah, who have escaped the ravages of the siege, will put roots down in your own soil and will grow up and flourish. For a remnant of my people will spread out from Jerusalem, a group of survivors from Mount Zion. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” 2 Kings 19:29-31 NLT
My God, You have blessed me in ways I could never fathom. Ways I would have never dreamed of. You have taken what was meant for harm and made it for my good. You have gathered the shattered pieces of my life and formed them into something brilliant. You have protected me even when I didn’t realize I needed protected. When I fell You picked me up. When I couldn't stand You carried me and You gently comforted my broken heart...
May no one be mistaken - Your hand has been in it all.
As I was on my bike ride this morning, at the last minute, I decided to take a different route. This route took me on a back road, surrounded by cornfields.
[Side note: Cornfields freak me out. Chalk it up to childhood trauma of being forced by my older sister to watch a movie about cornfields so SHE wouldn’t be scared.]
I share that little side note to say that had I let my fear shove me quickly past it, I wouldn’t have been able to hear or see the beauty in it. These are moments right now where we have to slow down, not have knee-jerk reactions & take in the scenery of all the places God is leading us - even if it’s in the midst of something that makes us uncomfortable.
Anyway, as I rode between these fields I immediately heard, “it’s ripe for harvest!”. I thought those words a bit strange being mixed together: ripe & harvest. When I think of ripe, I think of green, full, plump, fresh. Sometimes our definition of “ripe” or “ready” isn’t God’s. Sometimes our “ripe for harvest” means a longer time of maturing & dying off. Like this corn, it has to “die off” for the fruit of it to be edible; palatable. Pick it too soon & it’s worthless.
We are in this moment of acceleration & movement, but we are also being checked to make sure we are ready for it.
Our days must include a time set aside for God. To honor & praise Him. To align our dreams with His desires for our lives.
Map out a time in your schedule just for Him. A time to seek His direction, to understand His deep love and to thank Him for all He has done and will continue to do for you.
Allow Him to be the center of your days and all else will fall into place.
“When you divide the land among the tribes of Israel, you must set aside a section for the Lord as his holy portion. This piece of land will be 8 1 / 3 miles long and 6 2 / 3 miles wide. The entire area will be holy.”
Ezekiel 45:1 NLT
I see a world-wide repentance and purifying of the church, for the falling into performance and for only staying with those who are like-minded as well as seeking out and settling into comfortable routines and selfishness. The blessings will not cease because you are His children! But, you will begin to become uncomfortable and unsettled in it as He begins to reignite the flames that got you where you are - lighting them brighter and deeper! He didn’t call you to settle in this place indefinitely!
How many have settled in a place as a foreigner? You haven’t felt at home no matter where you’ve laid your head. Like Moses, you have been doing the work required of you in this foreign land. You haven’t been looking for an encounter, but I’m here to tell you, get ready for one!! He has SO MUCH MORE for you!!!
There are people waiting for you to arrive, waiting for you to walk in His Glory, His Healing and Redemptive Power!!! You are His Deliverer, purposed for such a time as this!!! Pack up your tent and get ready to move!!!!
When we continue to love others after they have fallen, we will witness continued growth and their ability to flourish even though their world has been turned upside down.
If we simply change our perspective and meet people where they are, our words can speak life - giving them the very hope of surviving.
( quote in picture is taken from the movie The Florida Project. https://youtu.be/WwQ-NH1rRT4 )
Keep a close watch on all you do and think. Stay true to what is right and God will bless you and use you to help others.
1 Timothy 4:14-16
When you relinquish your desire to be in control, God releases the POWER that only He holds. This power that claims VICTORY, can only be found in HIM.
We all face what I call “11:59 minute” moments. These are those “end of the road”, “down to the wire”, “this needs to happen now” panicked prayers we pray.
As I was thinking about this the other day, I had a clearer vision on what I already knew in my head, but it became more clear in my heart.
Our prayers, answered & unanswered, are always done so in God’s perfect timing. His perfect timing includes pressing us, growing our faith & trust in Him. If He answered every time at the sign of our first tear of distress, it wouldn’t grow our capacity to sustain our waiting, our trusting; our faith.
Everyone we read about in Hebrews 11 were pressed & crushed beyond their limits, but it brought about a trusting faith, a deeper love & relationship with God. So much so, that every courageous & notable thing they did, they did BY FAITH in their desperate waiting.
God is a relational Father, not Santa Claus. Are you just waiting on Him for answers or are you seeking to find Him, understand Him, discovering the depths of His love for you? I can tell you, once you find that, you rest in knowing those prayers are on His heart & they will happen at the perfect time. They will no longer be your top priority - time with God will be. Your needs & desires are important, but not as important as your time with Him.
He will sustain & strengthen you in the waiting to prepare you to receive all He has purposed for you & it will be above & beyond anything you could think, ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). Trust these “delayed” answers, embrace the pressing & crushing & know He has you & is holding you in His perfection.
In years past, I often sought out the advice of others in many of the decisions I needed to make and the circumstances I faced. I found myself repeating the same scenario over and over to anyone who would listen. I put my confidence in their ability to rationalize rather than seeking out the one who works all things together for my good. Of course I prayed, I just never listened for His answer.
Seeking the wise counsel of others can be a confirmation of what the Lord is speaking to us, but we can not depend on it alone. Our desire should always be to hear God’s thoughts and direction concerning our lives - while having the faith and confidence that in time He will answer.
“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalms 32:8 NLT
There will be a time in your seclusion that you will find yourself more caught up with your time with the Lord & not distracted by your location or circumstances. You will begin to hear a new sound in your voice . A sound that when you let out your prayers & praise, it not only miraculously & suddenly flings open your prison door & shakes loose the shackles, it becomes a miraculous manifestation of freedom for all that hear it.
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Acts 16:25-26
You need to remember that if you’re going to step out & walk into that big God-dream, you’re going to have to be at peace flying alone. Don’t get all shocked & shaken when those closest to you refuse to support you. Understand that most struggle seeing you beyond your past, beyond who they think you are - don’t let their inability to see you hold you back. Even Jesus had to step out of His hometown because those folk couldn’t see Him as anyone beyond “the carpenter’s son”.
“Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.” Mark 6:4-6
Remember, pigeons flock & fight each other; eagles soar.
I also want to say that when you find your Peace & Safety with only God, He loves to give you beautiful gifts. You won’t soar alone for long. He will bring you other “eagles” who will see all the Lord has placed within you, they will help push you higher & push you higher with Joy & Honor. They will fight along side you, they will intercede for you, they will be used to lift you up when you’re weary - they will be your tribe.
If you haven’t found those people yet, settle in your time alone with the Lord & He will bring them at the perfect time. If you go out seeking & trying to create those connections, they will leave you hurting with wounds you were never meant to receive. Trust Him, Trust Him, TRUST HIM!!!
When we make someone or something a priority, we are giving it a place of honor in our lives. There is an appreciation or value we place on participating in an activity or spending time with others. This world provides many distractions and often we completely miss the honor others place in us. We turn down opportunities to spend time with those that make us a priority. We waste time on things that will fall away instead of setting aside time on that which will last an eternity.
I want my priorities to be in line with what God would choose for me. I want to always honor Him and those He places in my path. I want my experiences to align with that of the Kingdom and the eternal life I will have there.
Some of you need to remember the authority you have been gifted from Heaven. Whatever battle you're fighting today, you have authority over it.
Remember, a legion of demons cowered in Jesus' presence & waited to be told what to do & where to go. They couldn't even speak without permission. YOU HAVE THAT AUTHORITY!! Time to start using it!!
“So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” And at once Jesus gave them permission....”
There have been massive shiftings & movements this past week that have been breaking open long-standing strongholds - ones that have been blockading for YEARS!
I’ve continually heard the words “victory” & “victorious”. Each time I heard those words whispered to me, I felt like you would when you’ve won something or accomplished a great feat. My spirit has sensed this all week over many of you & your current situations.
As I was speaking to the Lord, asking Him about the manifestation of that, I audibly heard Him say, “Declare A Thing!” The Lord is saying, all those prophetic words, dreams, visions & promises - speak it OUT LOUD!!! The Lord wants your declarations specific & full of faith! Trust what He says, it will be (“..here on earth as it is in Heaven..” Mt. 6:10)
Sometimes in our waiting we become silent. Yes, there is a time for that, but right now is not that time. DECLARE A THING!!
“You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28
The Lord reminded me of a dream I had a couple of years ago. As I went back to read over it, I felt such a burden to share it. I'm seeing this more and more in relationships and within the church (individually & corporately). We have all been so distracted and busy with the "doing" that a lot have forgotten to stop and take a drink of The King's Wine. We cannot allow ourselves to be undone from within. These battles are not with flesh and blood, so stop putting flesh on them.
This dream was set in a castle. People were all over the place, carrying on conversations, doing what they needed to.
Then, I saw the outside of the castle. It was surrounded by a much smaller group of people. They were all relaxed, some laying on blankets, others were eating, etc. Then, every once-in-a-while, one of them would toss something up over the castle wall. The thing they threw would then land on someone inside the castle, but they didn't feel it land on them or feel any different than before. They would then begin to do things within their current task that would start disrupting the people around them. Little arguements would breakout, someone would be offended or hurt by something said or done. This whole thing continued on for quite a while. The people outside kept laying around quietly & tossing things up over the walls.
Inside the walls things were getting chaotic. Out of a thirsty impulse, a servant took a drink of wine that was left on the king's dinner table. Suddenly, they saw everything. They saw this black tar being lobbed up over the walls & sticking to the peope within. As this servant continued to drank the wine, they noticed the tar disappearing from their hand and body.
They ran with the wine & began to tell others to take a drink, but a lot of them were too wrapped up in what they were doing to stop & listen. Others were reacting violently to the wine carrier. They were running around desperately trying to get people to drink the wine. Only a few were willing.
As long as the noise from the inside was loud, the people on the outside rested. As soon as it started to quiet down, they would just sit up & throw more tar.
This dream really doesn't need any interpretation, but I also don't believe this dream was for no reason.
We have all personally experienced little battles of offense, judgment, unforgiveness, busyness that has been more of a distraction than effective work, etc. A lot of times It will be something out of nowhere, something that makes no sense whatsoever & yet, you will feel it & battle it.
This past week, I began doing something in my quiet time that I had stopped doing - I started taking communion again. This quiet worship shifts hearts & atmospheres.
I encourage you to keep drinking our King's wine! We have to be the wine carriers so the Church is not undone from within.
I’ve been hearing several words for this month that have a feeling of massive movement with them.
I hear “Justice”. So many unjust things that have taken place in & around God’s children are going to be made just & when that happens, you will begin to see recompense & restoration come with it.
Transition to Birth. Your transition has been longer than most, but you are birthing that thing, that dream, that promise. Fight off the doubt that will assuredly attempt you to slow you down because in this last push, there is an acceleration attached that will move you forward at an exponential pace.
You are transitioning into this next promise and part of that transition for a lot of us is relocation. A relocation on many levels. For some it is an actual relocation to a new area, most of you are relocating to a much deeper & higher level in your walk with God, deeper understanding, higher vision of all He has laid out before you.
Long-standing mountains will crumble. That massive thing that has been a constant in your view, seemingly blocking that next step forward, will suddenly be gone. Keep speaking to it with the authority given you from Heaven & it will do what you command. Expectation of the miraculous will crumble those things!
This month will be one that will be a significant mark for you; that when you look back at all God has done, you will see this month as one of shift & change.
“So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Zechariah 4:6-7
“And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.”
When we step into each day with the purpose of accomplishing things, we must remember that nothing worthy will be accomplished without the Lord. Allow His words to be your focus...
"My desire is that your focus resides in My presence. There is nothing you can accomplish in your day that will last without My spirit being woven through it. This world is fading away, only what is built in My name will remain. It is impossible to build upon anything except what is built on My truth and a relationship with Me. When you come to Me, I am able to pour into you all that you will need to accomplish your heart's desire. Without Me, there will be no fruit from your labor. With Me, there will be an abundant overflow of blessing. Remain in My presence and allow Me to work through you today."
As I’m sitting here in the quiet, closing out this month, I asked the Lord about this next month.
He simply said, “Keep your Hope up”.
Hope is the key that will keep you locked on God & all He has laid out before you.
Zechariah 9:12 “Return to your Stronghold, you prisoners of Hope...”
In a vision recently, I was in a deep, dark, thick forest. Then ahead of me in the distance I watched a giant door open up & a bright light poured out from it. The light began to illuminate what looked like a possible path. As the light hit my feet, suddenly a thick, heavy fog poured in. It was so dense, I could no longer see the door, its light, my hand in front of me or my feet on the ground. As I looked around, I heard the voice of the Lord ask, “Do you trust me to lead you?”
Do you trust Him to lead you on the next step that you may not see in front of you? If you are praying & asking Him to reside in His presence & miraculous manifestations, you’re going to have to strengthen those trust, faith & hope “muscles”. We really are moving in some unprecedented & amazing times of manifesting Heaven & harvest, but each movement forward requires obedience & trust. Trust that no matter what your surroundings look like, in faith, you see that open door just ahead that you WILL walk into!!
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance (a confident expectation) about what we do not see.”