The Calm Before the Storm

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 3:20-23

Recently, while inquiring to the Lord about the season that I am in (and that which I believe many others in the body of Christ are experiencing, as well), I heard Him say, “This is the calm before the storm.” As I continued to listen, He comforted my heart, saying, “However, do not worry. This is going to be a good storm: a storm of My blessings and purposes that are suddenly going to be fulfilled in your life! Do not be discouraged if things seem unusually quiet or void of any movement, for this is just the calm before the storm.”

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Even as “the calm” takes place in the natural realm—when one moment the sea is still, and then the next moment it seems as if suddenly a storm seemingly comes out of nowhere—this same occurrence is happening in the spirit realm. Suddenly things will change, and a storm of blessings will seemingly come out of nowhere!

For many, things will begin to spring forth so quickly that it will leave them asking, “How did I even get to this place, and how did it happen?” Yet, they will know it was the Lord’s goodness and favor alone, not by human effort or striving.

It was not by their sword that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
    and the light of your face, for you loved them (Psalm 44:3).

People of God, be encouraged and know that there is much movement happening behind the scenes right now, despite what you may see or feel in the natural realm. Things are going to suddenly burst forth and manifest in your life, and it will leave you in shock and awe of the Father’s great love for you. Indeed, you will see and know the goodness of God in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13). He is making a way where there seems to be no way; He is causing streams to flow through what was once a barren, desert place (Isaiah 41:18).

God is getting ready to do what only He can do for you! You will be astonished by His goodness and faithfulness in your life. Your breakthrough draws near; it is coming quickly. It has been a long and hard season for many, but the Lord is equipping you, as He has has been building perseverance and character in you, even now. You will now be able to handle and steward well the blessing that He is about to release on you.

Upon hearing the Lord speak the words “calm before the storm,” our kitchen microwave suddenly beeped from the other room. The Lord drew my attention to the numbers on our microwave clock, as the time read 12:20.

I researched the biblical meaning of the number 12, and I found that it is symbolic for multiple things, including:

  • Completion or perfection
  • Governmental authority
  • Being whole, perfect, and/or harmonious.

WOW! I truly believe that God is getting ready to perfect all that has been concerning you (Psalm 138:8). I also sense that many things that have been coming against God’s people and tormenting them are about ready to come under the Lord’s divine order and government; indeed, the things of the Lord will be made whole and complete.

As for the number 20, the Lord led me to verse 20 in the third chapter of Ephesians:

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.

I love it when God confirms His Word!

To those who have felt wary and have experienced a long season of hope deferred, take heart! A heavenly storm of blessing is about to overtake and refresh you; yes, the Lord is sending His refreshing rains! Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Fear Not, for I Am Your Protector

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. | Psalm 27:1-5

“Do not fear, My Beloved! I am watching over your life with My loving eye, and I am keeping you from harm. Though a thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, it will not come near you (Psalm 91:7).

“The spirit of fear is raging, and it is trying to seek a place to enter into your heart. Deny it access! For with fear comes torment, but My perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Remember that I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

“I am a good Father, and I am shielding and protecting you from the fiery darts of the enemy. You are highly favored, My child. Rest in My perfect love, and trust in My ability to keep you safe from all harm. Abide in the shadow of My wings (Psalm 91:4), and find your peace in Me.

“Again I say, ‘Fear not!’ Even amidst the shaking and turmoil that you are witnessing in the world around you, be confident in My ability and in My faithfulness to protect you. I am the good Shepherd, and I will lead you beside the still waters (Psalm 23:2). You are safe with Me, and no weapon that is formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17).”

When [the king] came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel,and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight” (Daniel 6:22)

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“I can take care of all that would seek to oppose you and do you harm, just as I shut the mouths of the lions while Daniel was in the den. I am your strong tower—your mighty Defender—and I am great in battle. I will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:14).”

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

“As I have overcome, so shall you. Peace is your portion, My child. I am the God who is even aware of the very number of hairs on your head. Nothing ever escapes My notice, for I am intimately acquainted with all of your ways (Psalm 139:3). I am lovingly and faithfully watching over My word to perform it in your life. Trust Me, and fear not,” says the Lord!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging . . . The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress (Psalm 46:1-3, 7).

An Increase of Wisdom and Revelation: God is Releasing Keys!

Wisdom’s Call (Proverbs 8:1-11)

Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:

“To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.”

Recently, while spending time with the Lord, I have felt led to study the book of Proverbs and seek the Lord’s instruction and leading in regards to this new season that the body of Christ is entering into. I believe that God is, even now, releasing wisdom and revelation from on high to equip us for all that is ahead. He is enabling us to walk into the new that’s about ready to be opened up for the Bride!

It is so easy to remain comfortable with our familiar, man made traditions: simply doing the things the way that we have always done them. However, I hear the Lord saying, “Come up higher; I have things to show you!” The Lord urges us to call unto Him. and He will answer us and tell us great and unsearchable things we do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).

I believe that in this season, the Lord is beckoning us to come out of our comfort zones. He is calling us to step out into the new and uncharted waters with Him; to go the places where we have not previously navigated. Be assured; where our Father calls us is the safest place to be. He will not leave us alone as we follow His guiding.

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Our key to being successful and to navigate the new territory that the Lord is giving us will be to simply hear and obey His voice. The wisdom of man and human logic will fail us. God is calling us to come up to a higher place with Him and to move out in radical faith and obedience in this season. We need to apply the wisdom He is giving us to our daily lives; one word from the Lord can truly change everything.

Launching Out Into the Deep

I love the story of Simon Peter and the great harvest he received because of his obedience to the Lord, as it’s told in Luke 5:1-12.

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”

When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

After toiling all night for fish, Simon was asked by Jesus to launch his nets out into the deep. Simon explained his situation to Jesus, saying that he had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. Yet, Simon continued, saying, “because you say so, I will.

Simon’s response was the key to his breakthrough! Because he obeyed the Lord’s instructions, he was launched out into the deep and reaped a harvest so great, the nets he had cast began to break. Had Simon relied on his human logic or reasoning, he would have missed out on the amazing blessing that God had in store for him.

I know firsthand that it is easy to get weary and to say to the Lord, “I’ve tried that before, God, and it hasn’t worked!” However, I believe that the Father is asking us in this season, “Will you trust Me? Will you be willing to launch out into the deep at My command, even if it hasn’t seemed to work in the past?” When we respond like Simon did, saying, “because you say so, Lord, I will,” we, too, will reap an amazing harvest so large that our own ‘nets’ will barely be able to contain the blessing!

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Abide in the Secret Place

The Lord has continually been highlighting to me the importance of intimacy with Him and remaining in the secret place. I believe that it is in this place, as we are abiding in the Lord, that He is going to release His Kingdom strategies to us. In the secret place, God will begin to impart to us the needed wisdom and answers we have been praying for in regards to situations in our own lives and for the loved ones that we have been contending for.

The Lord is stirring the waters, and we are going to see movement and breakthrough in areas that have previously seemed dead. The Life-giver is breathing on the dry bones! Begin to prophesy to those barren places in your life, and watch with expectancy at what the Lord is going to do.

Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, “O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life‘ (Ezekiel 37:4-5).

The Lord is Releasing Fresh Revelation and Keys

Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder,
When he opens no one will shut, when he shuts no one will open (Isaiah 22:22).

Do not be discouraged if you seem to be in a dry season; for it is during this time that the Lord invites you to go even deeper with Him. Determine in your heart to press into Him even more. As you do this, the Lord is going to give you keys to open up that which has previously been locked up and shut.

When I was going through a dry season of intense, personal warfare, the Lord released a ‘key’ to me that helped usher me out of my place of barrenness. As I was pressing into Him, the Father said so sweetly to me, “Buy some flags and begin to worship Me with dance. As you do this, the heaviness you are feeling will break off, and you will be brought to a higher place with Me: lifted above the storms and the warfare.”

Now, I am not a dancer in the natural. In fact, I’m very uncoordinated. However,  I heard the Lord, and I obeyed! I know that His instruction was a key for my own breakthrough. I recognized the voice of the Lord and I knew that my blessing would come through obeying Him. If I would have tried to rationalize things, I could have missed what God had in store for me. I have been so blessed by dancing with flags; it has ushered me into breakthrough from a previously dry place. Dancing has been a key that the Lord has given me to use as a mighty weapon of warfare against the enemy. I want to encourage you to continue seeking the Lord, and He will be faithful to show you keys in your own life, as well.

I sense that the Lord is going to release His keys for troubled relationships that many in the body of Christ have been contending for, as they have been asking the Lord to bring healing and restoration. I hear the Father saying, “It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6). By His Spirit alone, the Lord is going to release key strategies to help usher in breakthrough for troubled and broken relationships.

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In James 1:19, we are told to be slow to speak and slow to become angry. I believe that this scripture is a very specific key that can be applied to our lives. As we are quick to listen and not spout off a hasty reply, the Lord Himself will show us what to do and say in any given situation. By continually abiding in the Lord, we will hear His voice and know how to respond. In any given moment or circumstance, we must be led by the Spirit.

I believe that the Lord is also going to release revelation and specific keys to free many from the bondage of debt. Again, this will come from hearing and obeying the voice of the Father, even if it does not make sense in the natural. God reminds us of this in His Word, as it is written, ‘”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).

The Lord is honoring faith and obedience. Be willing to go where the Lord says to go, and sow where He is leading you to sow. In Ecclesiastes 11:1, we are told to, “Ship [our] grain across the sea; after many days [we] may receive a return.”

Many in the body are about to come into an amazing financial harvest. Isaiah 45:3 says, “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Praise the Lord for what He is about to do!

Divine Kingdom Connections

God is aligning people with other like-minded ones to help them fulfill their calling and life destiny. Follow His promptings and the nudging of the Holy Spirit regarding your relationships and who you align yourself with in this season.

There is a divine synergy taking place right now. The Lord is bringing the right people into your life to help partner with you so that the heaven-sent dreams and visions inside of you may be released. What an exciting time this is!

There is rapid movement taking place behind the scenes and in the spirit realm. Do not despair if things seem to be dry on the surface, for the Lord is going to cause streams to flow into those barren places, and He will release rivers in the desert.

As we continue to hunger and thirst for righteousness, we will be filled. As we ask for wisdom, the Lord will grant it to us. Watch, as He gives us a fresh revelation and the keys that we need to help usher in all that He has prepared for His people.

Be encouraged, where you have previously seen heartache, you are now going to see one amazing breakthrough after the other. 

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“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree.

“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel:

“They’ll rebuild their ruined cities.
They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine.
They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables.
And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land.
They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.”
God, your God, says so.

-Amos 9:13-15, The MSG

A Season of Increase and Multiplication

The disciples said to Him, “Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?” And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full. And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. | Matthew 15:33-39

While reading the story of Jesus feeding the four thousand, I heard the Lord ask the question, “What’s in your hands?” I believe that the Lord wants to encourage us in this hour, as we are about to enter into a season of supernatural abundance, multiplication, and increase.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and always (Hebrews 13:8). Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the large crowd, we, too, will watch as He does the miraculous in our very lives when we give him what is in our hands. This can look different for every individual, however, I feel that the Lord is saying, “As you offer up to Me your gifts, resources, and talents, watch as I multiply it! I will use what you have to further My Kingdom. Do not look at the areas in which you are lacking, but look at what I have already placed in your hands. Offer it up to Me, and watch what I will do with it.”

I also felt the Lord’s encouragement for those who have given Him their “yes.” He is saying today, “There are those who have said yes to Me with child-like faith. They have said yes to My will and My calling for their life, not even fully knowing what they are committing to. I am so pleased with you, My beloved, and how you have postured yourself in a place of humility and obedience, surrendering to Me and the purposes that I have for your life. Watch what I do with your ‘yes,'” says the Lord!

Your faith and trust greatly pleases the Father. The Lord wants to say to you today, “Great and unexpected surprises are up ahead. Continue to journey with Me into the unknown.” Assuredly, He will not fail you; He is faithful and will lead, guide, and provide for you all that you need for the journey. Continue to trust in the Lord, and allow Him to lead you into the new, one step at a time. His grace is sufficient for you, and His strength is made perfect in weakness.

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways trust in Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

God is raising up many pioneers in this hour. Pioneers: the Lord is with you. He is directing your steps and lighting up the path before you. Many will come behind you and reap where you have faithfully sown and broken up the hard ground. God is honoring and strengthening you in this hour; do not grow weary in well doing, for in due season you will reap (Galatians 6:9).

We are truly in a season of increase, favor, and supernatural multiplication. Continue to give God your “yes,” and seek Him on what He would have you release back unto him. Then, watch! He will surely multiply it for His glory.

“What’s in your hands?”

Encouragement for the Prophets and Intercessors

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed | Proverbs 11:25

I woke up this morning feeling the Lord’s heart of encouragement, especially for His prophets and intercessors. The King has taken note of you, and a season of increase and promotion is upon you!

To the Prophets of His heart:

You have continued to steward well and be obedient to release the words that the Lord has given you. As it says in Proverbs 11:25, “Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” The Lord, Himself, is refreshing you; He is honoring you for how you have continued to be faithful, even in the midst of your own personal pain and hardships.

Many of you have come under fire and persecution, but the Lord is vindicating you. Every tongue that rises up in judgment against you He will refute.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17).

The Lord is honoring you for how well you have served Him. Keep using your voice and release what He is giving you.

Some of you have been misunderstood, rejected, and spoken out against, yet you have continued to stay humble before the Lord. You have not sought to defend yourself, and like Jesus, you have make yourself of no reputation.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7). 

Prophets: your faithfulness to steward well, continuing to release the words of the Father even in the midst of the onslaught, has pleased the Lord. Know that the meekness that you have been walking in is not a form of weakness, but rather is just the opposite! Meekness is absolute power and strength under control. The Lord is promoting you now, as you have kept this posture of humility. For “He mocks proud mockers, but shows favor to the humble” (Proverbs 3:34).

This will truly be a season of increase and promotion. The favor of God that is getting ready to be released over your life will be evident for all to see. Like Joseph, you will soon be able to say, “What [the enemy] has meant for my harm, the Lord has used for good” (Genesis 50:20).

Many will find themselves going from the prison to the palace. Humility will be key in this season. I feel the Lord’s instruction to say, “When the promotion manifests, continue to stay in a place of humility. Steward well, and serve others with what the Father has given you. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required (Luke 12:48).”

“You have been tempered and fortified in the very fire that the enemy had sent to destroy you. Yes, you are being strengthened, and nothing has been wasted! You are being refined like the gold,” says the Lord.

Encouragement for the Intercessors:

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

Intercessors: your prayers are making more of a difference than you even realize! The Lord is showing me that the prayer bowls in heaven are tipping; your prayers are like sweet incense, pouring out before His thrown (in reference to Revelation 5:8).

I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me (Habakkuk 2:1).

Continue to pray for the President and for those in authority over this nation. Stay at your prayer post, and know that there is much shifting happening in the spirit realm. You will suddenly see breakthrough as you continue to contend. As it is written, the prayer of a righteous person is effective and powerful (James 5:16).

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes (Proverbs 21:1).

Be encouraged! You have much favor in the Lord’s sight. Angels have been released and are on an assignment to strengthen and assist you to usher in the harvest. In the very areas where you have seen little to no movement in the past, you are about to see one amazing breakthrough after another! Indeed, the season has shifted!

Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people” (Amos 9:13-14; The MSG).

Peace During Transition

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

Many in the body of Christ are experiencing a major transition right now. Some sense job changes and relocation, while others are about ready to be launched into ministry. Though the transition is making way for many to enter into their destiny, some are experiencing a fear of the unknown. I believe that the Lord is saying, “Do not fear the future, but lean into Me. I will give you peace in the midst of transition. Now is the time to press into Me like never before. Fast, pray in the Spirit, and stay in the secret place. As you do this, I will instruct you and show you the way.”

There will be no more false starts! There have been times when you have sensed movement forward, only to have things come to a halt. Take heart; things will be different this time. Like Joseph, you have been in a long season of preparation. But assuredly I tell you, there will be no more delays. You are ready now, for you have been prepared by the Lord.

Many will be faced with major, life-altering choices in the upcoming days and weeks ahead. It is vital in this season to press into the Lord and seek His wisdom and council regarding both minor and major decisions. Be sensitive to the Shepherd’s voice. He may direct you in an unexpected direction, but where He leads is always the best, safest place to be.

There is blessing in obedience. I sense the voice of the Father saying, “All that glitters is not gold.” What may appear to look like a great opportunity may not necessarily be the thing that God has for you. Again, it is critical to be Spirit-lead and move only in the direction that He is calling you toward. Even if it doesn’t seem to make sense in the natural, the Lord is putting together puzzle pieces behind the scenes. As you simply obey His leading, one step at a time, the rest of the pieces will fall into place.

Our Heavenly Father has been aligning things on your behalf. I believe that there is a smile across His face and a twinkle in His eye. He is saying now, “This is going to be better than you could ever imagine! Trust in Me.”

Hebrews 11:8 tells a portion of the testimony of Abraham. It reads, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8; emphasis added). Abraham obeyed the Lord and went to a land that God had showed to him, even though he did not know the whole picture. Likewise, you do not have to have everything figured out. Just move when the Lord says to move, and go when He says to go. Truly, obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

The Lord wants to encourage those in the middle of transition: “Fear not, for I am with you. I am trustworthy and faithful, and I will always be. Now is the time to launch out into the deep. Do not fear, for I am walking with you into the unknown. I have already prepared a place for you; continue to trust in Me, My dear beloved.”

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

 

He Is Making All Things New

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! | 2 Corinthians 5:17

There are many who are feeling as though they are “dying to their flesh,” experiencing intense stretching from a prolonged season that they have been in. People of God, I encourage you to remember the truth of the Father: death gives way to new life. Even the death of self that you are experiencing is giving way to new life: the life that God intends for you to have. As it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Your pain has not been in vain. Indeed I tell you, the Lord has not been blind to your tears, nor deaf to your cries. The tears that you have cried have been watering and fertilizing the very ground from which your harvest will spring forth! As it is written, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24).

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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)

Be reminded that the Lord’s grace is sufficient for you, for His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Though you feel weary from battle, the truth is that the Lord is strengthening you in this hour. Indeed, He is fortifying you, even now. The Lord is getting ready to take your very desert place—that which has been causing you the most pain and heartache—and turn it into a fruitful, lush field. It will become a place of abundant harvest!

God has been depositing much into you during this season, and you have grown and made amazing progress. Keep moving forward; do not look back. Be encouraged, and keep your hand to the plow. Lean into the Father during this time of transition, and allow His grace to carry you through this final stretch.

Once again I tell you, the tears of your intersession have been watering the harvest that you are about to come into. Watch, as it will spring forth suddenly! That which was barren is about to produce new life. Get ready, for He is about to make all things new, and beauty will rise out of the ashes.

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To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair (Isaiah 61:3 NLT).