Encouragement for the Battle Weary: The Lord Is Bringing the Turnaround!

The Lord will march out like a champion,
like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;
with a shout he will raise the battle cry
and will triumph over his enemies. | Isaiah 42:13

I want to encourage those who have become battle weary. These are the ones who feel as though they’ve been hit in multiple areas of their life, and have even contemplated giving up, due to how intense their battles have been. But today, I break the lies of the enemy that would seek to tell you that you are going backwards. The enemy wants you to believe that things are going to get worse, but this is not your reality! I decree the Lord’s truth over you today; the reality of the matter is that He is catapulting you forward in this next season, and that your best is yet to come. 

Let it be known that the Lord is bringing the turnaround, even now. He is renewing strength to those who have been feeling physically exhausted, due to the constant onslaught and warfare that they have been experiencing. The Lord is also vindicating those who have experienced extreme loss and injustice. Watch, as He is turning the loss into your gain, and bringing you repayment for all that you have suffered.

Yet if he is caught, he must pay seven-fold,
    though it costs him all the wealth of his house (Proverbs 6:31).

I sense that God is saying today, “The enemy has overplayed his hand against My people, and like Haman, he will be hanged on his own gallow (Esther 7:10). I, the Lord, am fighting for you, so take heart. I am rushing on the scene like a mighty warrior, and I am stirring up My zeal. Listen! I am raising the battle cry, and sounding the alarm on the enemy (Isaiah 42:13). Angelic assistance and reinforcement is being sent to strengthen you,” says the Lord, “even as you have said in your own heart, ‘Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident (Psalm 27:3).'”

Recently, while praying with a dear friend of mine, the Lord gave me a very clear and vivid image of beautiful flowers popping up through a layer of concrete. I believe that He is saying, “I am causing My beauty and new life to bloom in the midst of what have been your hardest circumstances.”

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The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God (Isaiah 35:1-2).

The Lord is healing deep sorrow and hope deferred in His people. The Father is truly turning their ashes into beauty, and giving them joy where there has been mourning. Yes, a great joy is going to explode in their hearts, as they see the manifestation of God’s long awaited promises come to pass. This will bring a deep cleansing and healing for the people of God! As it is written, “Rivers of living water will flow from your belly (John 7:38).

“Do not think for a moment that I have abandoned you,” says the Lord, “for the exact opposite is true. I have always been by your side, working My very purposes in you. The very trials that the enemy had sent to destroy you, I will turn around for your good. You have been fortified and strengthened, refined like the precious gold. You have walked through fire, yet the flames have not set you ablaze, for I have preserved you for such a time as this.

“Take heart, precious one. for even now I am rushing to the scene to breathe My very life back into you. Though you have felt weary, do not fear. I am stepping in and turning around the tables! Where you have seen what appeared to be loss and defeat, you will now see victory after victory,” declares the Lord.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them (Psalm 126).

 

New Mercies for Today

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. | Lamentations 3:22-23

My Child, I am the Glory and the One who lifts your head. Even now My heart of compassion is being extended to you. My mercies are new every morning, and they never come to an end. Even in your weakness and in your times of struggle, My strength is being made perfect in you (2 Corinthians 12:9). Receive all that you have need of today, for a bruised wick and contrite spirit I will not deny (Isaiah 42:3).

Do not fret or fear the future, rather receive the grace that I offer you for today. Be assured that there will be new mercies every morning. I am calling you to trust Me and leave the future in My hands, having full confidence that I have a good plan and outcome for your life.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Dear Butterfly

My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. Refuse to be weighed down by the cares and trials of this world, rather in all things give Me thanks. Continue to look to Me, for I am making the crooked places straight. I will help you navigate through the unknown as you continue to have childlike faith and trust in your Heavenly Father. Put no confidence in flesh, but look to Me, for I am faithful. All things are being upheld by Me and through Me (Colossians 1:17).

I am perfecting all that concerns you, My lovely one. Nothing can ever separate you from My great love (Romans 8:39). Know that, indeed, I am at work in your life, and all things are coming together for good. Trust in Me, Beloved, and receive My new mercies for today.

Garments of Praise

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. | Isaiah 61:1-3

In this season, the enemy has sought to bring down many with discouragement, despair, weariness, and hope deferred. He has sought to deceive you, trying to convince you to come into alignment with his lie that breakthrough will not happen in your life. Yet take heart, for the exact opposite is true! Even in what feels like chaos, I hear the Lord saying, “Put on a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” It may feel as though there has been an increase in the warfare that you have been experiencing, but the Lord is exposing the enemy’s plan. Breakthrough is happening now, and it will soon manifest in your life.

I recently saw a picture in my mind of many in the body of Christ, bent over by the weight of heavy chains (a symbol of burdens) wrapped around them. When they tried to take a step forward, the enemy would throw yet another chain around them, and they staggered under the added weight. Shortly after I saw that picture, I was reminded of a fascinating story that I had once heard:

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” My friend was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

– Author unknown

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I believe that the Lord is using this story as an analogy for the body of Christ in this hour. I hear Him saying, “I have given you strength like the elephants. The chains that the enemy has sought to entangle you with can easily be tossed off. The enemy has no real power to keep you bound, as he is just grasping to keep you in alignment with his lies. As My people open their mouths and give Me the sacrifice of their worship, truly the grave clothes and shackles will fall off of them; they will be adorned with new, beautiful garments of praise.”

It may feel as though your joy has been attacked in this last season. The enemy knows that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and he has been doing everything in his power to try and take that away from you. However, I sense that the Lord is releasing the fresh oil of His everlasting joy in this hour. The Lord is washing away the pain of the previous seasons, restoring and redeeming the times that the locust have eaten (Joel 2:25). As you give the Lord the sacrifice of your praise, rivers of living water will flow through those parched places of your life, bringing new healing and refreshing that will cleanse and renew your spirit.

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Lastly, I hear the Lord saying today, “Reinforcement is coming; help is on the way.” I believe that the Lord would say, “My favor is going to be released and extended to help you for your next step. Be encouraged! I am lining things up, bringing the provision and assistance that you need to fulfill the call that I have placed on your life. The puzzle pieces are coming together, and I am going to divinely order the next steps that you need to take.”

Continue to posture your heart in a place of humility and trust, and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Let His joy and His strength rise up in you, for the Lord is going to make your crooked places straight, and do for you what only He can do. Enter into the Lord’s rest today, and continue to put on the garment of praise.

“… Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6).