What Has Looked Like Loss Will Soon Turn into Gain!

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap | Psalm 113:7

I sense that many in the body of Christ have been going through an intense time of pruning, as they’ve carried such grief over what appears to be a tremendous season of loss in their lives. However, the Lord is going to release such an incredible joy and freedom over His people, as He visits those places of deep disappointments and delivers a great healing.

I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying, “What has looked like loss and rubble in your life will soon be turned into a great gain. I am going to resurrect a massive turnaround in the very areas where you have seen the most heartache and upheaval. Indeed, I will give you double for your trouble. Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours (Isaiah 61:7). My very glory will be seen in the areas that have caused My people such grief and heartache.”

I sense the Lord’s heart of encouragement to hold on to hope and to not throw away your confidence. So many have been experiencing hope differed because of the longevity of the battling and contending. Some may feel that they have taken two steps forward, only to have the enemy knock them several steps back again. However, I am reminded of how an arrow must be pulled back in order to gain the momentum it needs to be launched forward. Beloved, you are an arrow in the hand of the Lord, and the tension that you have been feeling is preparing you to be launched further than you could ever imagine!

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 (Isaiah 49:2).

You are not going backwards, rather, God is catapulting you forward. Even as 2017 is nearing a close, many may have become disillusioned, because they have found themselves in circumstances and situations that would appear to be hopeless in the natural realm. At the beginning of the year, they thought that they would be in a completely different place than they were before. Some may even feel as though things are worse now than they once were. Yet I believe that the Lord is saying, “The story isn’t over! I am releasing a ‘finishing’ anointing over you, and you will complete the year 2017 with nothing missing and nothing broken.”

In my mind’s eye, I can see a picture of a person running in a marathon. He has been running for a long time, and he is in the very back of the group. Others are bolting ahead of him, and the enemy is laughing and taunting the runner, telling him to give up. The whisper of the enemy seems to grow louder, as he taunts, “Why bother to keep running? You’ll never make it; you’re too far behind.” Out of sheer exhaustion, the runner momentarily considers quitting.

But suddenly a new strength and vigor arises on the inside of him, as he realizes that he had come too far and had fought too hard to turn back now. Then, the Spirit of God blows on the runner and empowers him with a fresh wind, and he takes off with renewed vision and strength! To the enemy’s dismay, he zooms past all of the other runners and crosses over the finish line.

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I believe that this is a prophetic picture of what is happening right now. Just when you feel as though you can’t possibly take another step forward, God will step in and breathe his refreshing Spirit upon you.

Friends, we have come too far to turn back now! Keep running your race well, because there is going to be an amazing plot twist coming in the next chapter of your  life. Your story is far from over, and the best is yet to come! Truly you will taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” This is going to be a season of highest hearts’ desires and longings fulfilled. If you have been sensing an intensity and a sudden feeling of hopelessness, be encouraged! It is often darkest just before the dawn. This is a time to get your hopes back up! Dare to dream big once again!

For many in the body of Christ, God is getting ready to do what only He can do. His very life and resurrection power is, even now, visiting what would once appear to be the most bleak and hopeless of circumstances.

Truly the Lord’s ways are so much more higher than ours. It says in His Word that unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, there can be no harvest (John 12:24). What has looked like loss in your life will be turned into a harvest of great gain. Watch, as you receive double blessing in those very areas, for the death and pruning that you’ve been experiencing is giving way to new and abundant life!

Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you (Zechariah 9:12).

Awake from Your Slumber: A Call to Prayer!

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. |2 Chronicles 7:14

This morning, while laying in bed, I kept hearing the phrase, “Awake, awake from your slumber!” The urgency kept growing. Still not fully awake, I got out of bed and began seeking the Lord.

This is what I sense He is saying to the body of Christ in this hour:

Who will discern the burden of the Lord? Who will tarry with Me in the secret place and ask Me what is on My heart? The god of this world has sought to blind the eyes of many.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

So many are distracted right now, and it’s one of the biggest tools of the enemy; he wants to keep My bride distracted and focused on lesser things.

My bride, hear My call: “Awake, awake, O sleeper!”

“…Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).

Come away with Me; tarry in My presence! Will you stand in the gap for the nations that are in the balance? I am looking for My laid down lovers who will set aside their own agendas, press into My heart, pray, and partner with Me to push back the darkness.

There is a great urgency, My bride, to pray and intercede like never before. I’m calling you to pray over the schools and your churches! Declare Psalm 91, for indeed I hearken unto the voice of your words.

Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word (Psalm 103:20).

For the prayers of My people are powerful and effective (James 5;16). This is not the time to retreat or bend a knee in fear! I am calling you fourth in this hour, My bride, to put on your combat boots and engage in battle. Have I not said in my word that the violent shall take it by force?

“…the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).

I have also said that in My name you shall cast out demons, heal the sick, and raise the dead. (Matthew 10:8). I am calling my bride to awake from her slumber – to come fourth as the fearless warrior that I have intended her to be. She will not shrink back, retreat, or back down. She will bring the battle to the enemy. She will gather the spoils and repair the war torn cities. She shall be called ‘repairer of the breech.’

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
(Isaiah 58:12).

I am calling you to intercede and rescue those caught in sex-trafficking. My heart grieves over every one of these, and it is My desire that not one should perish, for I have come to seek that which was lost (Luke 19:10). My heart is broken over sex-trafficking! Will you bare this burden in prayer? Will you pray, “Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours?”

“Now is the time to arise and shake off complacency,”  says the Lord. “I am calling you to the front lines.”

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Future devastation, violence, and shootings can be prevented when My people pray! Awake, awake My people! “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11).

Hear and respond to the call of your Bridegroom. I’m calling My fearless warriors to the front lines, for indeed, even as the darkness increases, My light and glory shall shine brighter (Isaiah 60:1-3), and I will draw all men unto Me (John 12:32).

Will you answer the call?

 

You Are Seated with Me in Heavenly Places

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. | Ephesians 2:6

Refuse to be a “bottom dweller,” My Beloved, for you are seated with Me in heavenly places. The enemy of your soul would seek to keep you looking down, focusing on your circumstances. Yet, like the eagle, I have created you to soar above. I have made you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13). For even now, My winds of change are blowing in your life. I am blowing away the dead things that will no longer serve you in this season, and I am bringing in the new. Change and reformation are here; freedom is here. Embrace the new, and embrace the wind of My Spirit. Truly it will catapult you into the new place that I have prepared for you.

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Be willing to leave behind that which was once comfortable and familiar to you; be willing to follow the new path that I am even now opening up before you. Even as I have said, “My Word will be a lamp for your feet, and a light on your path” (Psalm 119:105).

Now is the time to get your hopes up! Resist the spirit of heaviness that would seek to  attach to you, for My joy is your portion, today and every day. I will cause your praise to torment the enemy.

I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation (Exodus 15:1-2).

I am expanding the path before you, My child. I am strengthening you and enlarging your territory. Rejoice! For you are seated with Me in heavenly places!

I Am Tying Knots In You

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” | Matthew 7:24-25

“I am shoring up your foundation and tying knots in you,” says the Lord. “Do not fear the shaking and testing, for all that is built on My solid foundation shall remain.”

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 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” (2 Timothy 2:19-20).

“Stay anchored and rooted in Me. Continue to have open hands, entrusting Me with all that you hold dear. I am the Master builder, and I know what I am doing. All of My plans and purposes for your life are for your good (Jeremiah 29:11).

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“Even in the natural when a remodel is taking place, there is often a tear-down process where thins get stripped to their bare foundation. This can be a messy procedure, but it is needed in order for the new to be established and the process of rebuilding to begin. This same process is true with you. It may feel as though you are currently being stripped of all that was once comfortable and familiar. However, even in the stripping away, I am preparing you for the new and the increase that I am about to pour into you!”

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins” (Mark 2:22).

My Beloved, be assured that I am not taking away from you, rather, I am adding to you. In the temporary discomfort, do not shrink back or resist the change, for I am leading you into new and uncharted territory. Surely, I am bringing in the increase!

“You will be one who joyfully explores and searches out the deep things of My Spirit, like a child on a treasure hunt. I will open up to you that which was previously hidden, and I will show you things that will cause your heart to leap! Call upon Me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).

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“I am honoring hunger in this season, even as I have said in My Word, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled’ (Matthew 5:6). Know that My light within you is burning bright, and it is pushing back the darkness. Again I say to you, do not resist the shaking, rather, embrace the work that I am doing within you. I will cause you to pioneer new territories, and I will increase your sphere of influence. I will continue to lead you and open up the way before you as you stay in tune with Me and obey My still small voice.

“I am making your crooked places straight, and I am bringing My order and alignment to those areas of your life where you have been experiencing disorder. I am building a healthy foundation, and I am tying knots in you. Upon those knots, you will build some beautiful things for My Kingdom!”

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings (Isaiah 58:12).

You Are Passing Through!

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. | Psalm 84:5-7

I hear the Lord saying, “Do not cast away your confidence; you are passing through this valley.” The enemy is seeking to blindside many through sudden distractions and onslaughts that have seemingly come out of nowhere. However, the Lord is working it all out for your good, and your victory is assured.

“The One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
they will break through the gate and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
the Lord at their head” (Micah 2:13).

Do not focus on the ‘smoke and mirrors.’ The Lord is working out everything for your good, and these earthly trials are not as they appear. Stay rooted and grounded in the truth! This will be a season of breakthrough, acceleration, and increase, as you are advancing and moving forward.

Habakkuk 2:11 says, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me.” Stay at your post of prayer, and refuse to budge from from what the Lord has spoken to you. Continue to declare God’s truths and promises aloud. This is a time to ‘war’ with your prophetic words and promises, just as the Lord declared in Jeremiah, “‘Is not my word like fire,’ declares the LORD, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?’” (Jeremiah 23:29)

Shake off complacency and discouragement, and make war with your prophetic words! God is not slack concerning His promises. He is going to do everything He has said that He will do. Stay aligned with His truth, and be encouraged if you are experiencing momentary turbulence. The fog will lift, and you will pass through to the other side!

For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory (Deuteronomy 20:4).

Take the Leap—a “Joshua Generation” is Arising!

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelite’s. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” | Joshua 1:1-5

Recently I had a dream. In this dream, my daughter and I were driving on a very busy road; there were many different intersections, each heavy with traffic. At one point in the dream, we came to a sudden detour and found ourselves stuck. The only way we could reach our destination was to get out of the car and travel by foot over this very precarious looking bridge.

Getting to the bridge wouldn’t be an easy task. In order to cross over, we would have to take a leap of faith from the ground and over a gap that led to the bridge, itself. The bridge stood very tall, but once you jumped over that gap, it would be easily accessible. Ahead of my daughter and I were several other people who were crossing the bridge, as they continued to make their way to their appointed destination. To some, crossing over to the bridge looked like an intimidating and challenging risk to take. However, my daughter (who I truly believe symbolized the younger generation) went ahead of me and made the leap, and she was successfully able to get to the other side. I stood behind her, and followed after.

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Later that day, as I was inquiring of the Lord as to the significance of my dream, I heard Him say, “Take the leap; I am raising up a ‘Joshua Generation.’ I am raising up a generation that will have the courage to go fearlessly into new, uncharted territory. They will be ones who don’t fit the mold that many in the church would seek to keep them in, but I have called these ones and I have chosen them.”

I love what my pastor often says: “We should desire our ceilings to be our children’s floor.” In other words, we want them to go further and do even greater things than we, ourselves, ever did.

I believe that it is the Lord’s heart to speak to us in the older generation, urging us to go behind them (even as I was symbolically positioned behind my daughter in my dream). I hear the Lord saying, “Support these young ones and honor them, for I will use them as My change agents to bring My love and reformation to a lost and dying world. Change and reformation is coming, and I will raise up a ‘Joshua Generation.’ They will be bold and fearless, and they will burn with My heart and passion.

“This will be a generation that will do great damage to the kingdom of darkness. Don’t expect things to be ‘business as usual,’ for these ones will be like new wine skins. They will carry My revival fire outside of the walls of the church, but they will be known by their love (John 13:35). The ‘Joshua Generation’ will not bow down to the fear of man, nor will they conform to the mold. They are my chosen vessel, for I use the foolish things to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).

“I am calling forth the older generation to get behind this new breed that is arising; love them, honor them, and mentor them in My ways. I am calling forth My Bride to greater unity.”

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be (1 Corinthians 12:15-18).

“Do not fear the ‘Joshua Generation’ that I am raising up, for you have much to instill in them. Cheer them on, for their success will be your success as well. The contrast of the older generation coming aside the younger generation, co-laboring together for My Kingdom, will make a beautiful picture. Even as I have said in My Word, “In the last days, God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams'” (Acts 2:17).

We are living in such a time as this. The Lord is raising up His ‘Joshua Generation,’ and His Name will be glorified! Let us not fear the change, but take the leap.


A Note From Angie:

The Lord continues to amaze me by His faithfulness. Living With Confidence is in a season of growth and transition, and I am excited at all that the Lord is doing with this ministry. I have recently felt led to add a ‘donate’ button for those who may be desiring to sow into LWC. It is my absolute honor and privilege to have the opportunity to minister to you and bring forth words from the Lord. There is not, and never will be, a financial charge for the prophetic words. I simply want to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and give those who may be feeling led to sow into this ministry the opportunity to do so. Your gifts are received with gratitude and appreciation, as we move forward and expand to reach even more people.

I pray God’s continued blessing and encouragement over you all.

In Christ’s Love,
Angie Stolba

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Abiding Under His Wing

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. | Psalm 91:1-4

Recently, as I have been walking through a personal season of difficulty, the Lord brought Psalm 91 to my remembrance. He reminded me of one of His promises: no matter what I may be facing, or what storm I may be walking through, I am highly protected and hidden under His wings.

As I was laying on the couch, meditating and praying Psalm 91, the Lord gave me a very clear picture of a large, beautiful pair of white wings that were spread over me. Immediately I remembered verse four of Psalm 91, which says, “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

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This brought a whole new meaning to me as I reflected on this passage of scripture. Truly, the Lord’s Word is alive and powerful; it is sharper than any double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).

I want to encourage you today. Whatever it may be that you are facing, as a child of God, you have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. The Lord is an ever present help in your time of need; you are hidden and protected in Him, as you make the Most High your refuge and strength.