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!