A New Season

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?” | Song of Songs 8:5

Out of the Wilderness

There are many who have entered into a new season of promotion. However, due to the intensity of the trials and warefare of their previous season, they may not even realize that they are now walking in something new. It is easy to become battle weary, living life in survival mode. But dear Bride of Christ, lift your eyes! You have come up out of the wilderness, leaning on your Beloved. Your season has shifted, as you are leaving the wilderness behind.

Forward Only

The trials and tribulations of 2017 have been intense, but they have served much purpose; you are stronger now and more fully equipped to steward what lies ahead. Like a diamond, you have been purified and shaped through the intensity of the heat and pressure.

I feel the Lord’s heart of encouragement towards His Bride. I believe that God desires for her to walk boldly and courageously into the new land that He has placed before her. Beloved, it is vital to walk forward only. What once worked in past seasons will not work in this new season, for truly the Lord is doing a new thing! Do not look back, nor get entangled in what the Lord has already set you free from. It is His anointing that has destroyed the yoke of the former bondages, and whom the Son sets free is free indeed (Isaiah 10:27; John 8:36).

Guard Your Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23).

It is critical that we guard our hearts in this new season.

The Lord has been impressing on me the importance of purity. A good daily prayer to begin dialoguing with the Lord is Psalm 51:10. The Psalm reads, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Another great scripture to pray is Psalm 139:23-24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

It is vital that what we put before our eyes, what we allow our ears to hear, and the words we let out of our mouth are life giving. It is written in the Bible that to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). With promotion comes greater responsibility and stewardship, and we need to steward well for the Lord.

Greater Authority and Influence

You now carry the breaker anointing in the very areas in which you have overcome, and you are equipped to set others free in the places you once struggled in. Freely you have received, now freely give (Matthew 10:8).

I sense that many new doors will be opening at an accelerated pace in this season, and not just one door at a time, but many simultaneously!

“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” (Amos 9:13-15 MSG).

It will be important not to get overwhelmed or lean merely on human wisdom and understanding as this happens. Rather, as the doors fling wide, apply Jeremiah 33:3 to your mind. For the Lord says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

As your heart’s cry is to honor the Lord and seek His will, He will be faithful to lead and guide your steps. Stay in a posture of obedience and surrender to our God, for those who have remained humble are being exalted and promoted in this hour. For the Lord exalts the humble, but resists the proud (Psalm 138:6).

Walk Boldly and Courageously Into Your New Land!

Every place where you set your foot will be yours (Deuteronomy 11:24).

“Walk forward,” says the Lord. “This is not a time to shrink back in fear, rather to rise up boldly and confidently!”

You have slayed many giants in this past season, and now the Lord is enlarging and expanding your territory (Deuteronomy 19:8). Your wilderness season is over, and new life is springing forth! Rise up courageously, oh mighty men and women of valor! This is a season of great joy, new assignments, and promises fulfilled. Let your hope arise, as you walk forward boldly and confidently into your new season!

Those Who Have Sown With Tears Are Going to Reap Great Joy!

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. | Psalm 126:5-6

Once again the Lord has been highlighting tears to me in this season. I believe that the Lord would want you to know that He has taken note of your tears and the injustices that you have experienced. His eye is on you, Beloved; be assured that your God is intimately acquainted with all of your ways (Psalm 139:3).

315791E8-76F3-4B4C-B257-4FAF3F2CF784.jpeg

 

You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book? (Psalm 56:8)

Though your faith feels weak and your strength low, you have said in your heart, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him” (Job 13:15). Be encouraged that the Lord has been working behind the scenes in your life. He is putting together a beautiful mosaic, even out of what looks like the broken, shattered pieces of your life. Our God wastes nothing, and He is giving you beauty for your ashes (Isaiah 61:3). He has seen the posture of your heart and how you have praised your way through the darkest valleys of despair.

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings (Psalm 84:5-6).

The Lord is redeeming things, though the process may look different than what you’ve anticipated. Be confident that it will be His very best for you. Your joy will be explosive, as you witness with your own eyes the goodness of God in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).

C76632BB-82D6-42F8-8B0D-01D410388DB1.jpeg

Cast not away your confidence, and let your hope arise! Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:19). Your very tears have been fertilizing the ground of your harvest, and you are going to reap great joy. Get ready to be in awe of God’s continuing faithfulness in your life!

2018: A Year of Great Freedom

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. | John 8:36

It says in the Word that the Lord cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful (John 15:2). I believe that 2018 is going to be a year of incredible freedom for those who have surrendered their all for the Lord. These people have allowed the Lord to have His way in their lives, as they’ve truly embraced the pruning process (even when it seemed painful to their flesh).

The year of 2017 has been an intense season, but it has also been a year of personal growth. There have been many ongoing issues that some in the Body of Christ (myself, included) have been facing head-on for a long period of time. We have been contending for freedom from issues that have been passed down through generational bloodlines. It has seemed as though the enemy has been working overtime to bring division and destruction. However, despite these circumstances, we know that if anything is brought to the light it can no longer hide in the darkness (Ephesians 5:13). Be encouraged, Beloved! God’s heart for you and your loved ones is to bring healing and restoration; for the blood of Christ speaks a better word (Hebrews 12:24).

A couple months ago I began travailing over some things, and to my flesh it felt extremely uncomfortable. As I inquired of the Lord as to what I was experiencing, He immediately quickened my spirit and reminded me of a word that He had given to me in January of this year. The Lord further instructed me to go back and reread that word over again. I was shocked, as I discovered after pulling up the word that I had written it exactly nine months ago from that day.

807E924A-0DC9-40C9-A3FB-CFC32AECFCC8.jpeg

God instantly began to flood my spirit with His wisdom and revelation in regards to my question and feelings of discomfort. “I gave you a word declaring that 2017 will be the year that the umbilical cord is cut. Nine months later, similar to a mother’s pregnancy, I am bringing that word to completion in your life. Now is your time of birthing! You are experiencing discomfort, even as a woman in labor has birthing pains. However, once the baby is birthed, there will be incredible joy and freedom.”

The Lord has been cutting away unhealthy attachments and root systems so that the Bride of Christ can come into her place of freedom. I sense even now, as 2017 is coming to a close, that the Lord is completing this process of inner healing. Then they will be able to enter into 2018 completely healed of soul wounds and those unhealthy attachments.

Although His “cutting away” process can be painful to our flesh, it is all for good. God is getting rid of the old wine skins and making room for the new. This can be a vulnerable process; often during times like this, the enemy tries to come in and deceive. Yet, just as it’s written, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” but the Lord has come so that we can have life more abundantly (John 10:10).

884f032d5109107ca2ba541a77e108d9

 

Do not believe the lies of the enemy that seek to tell you that you are being punished. The truth of the matter is that the Lord prunes His fruitful branches, those whom He loves, so that they can produce an even greater harvest. I believe that those God uses the most often endure the most intense time of pruning, however, it is so that they are prepared to carry the “more” that He is about to release upon them. To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).

Beloved, if you find yourself in a season where things are being brought into the light, know that the Lord is bringing restoration by allowing this to surface. He is completing His work in you, and He is flushing out any toxins in order to bring the healing that He so desires to give. Truly the Lord is doing a great work, as His ways and thoughts are always higher than ours.

It is vital in this season to look beyond what we see in the natural, having absolute trust that the Lord will complete the good work that He started in us. He tears down, but He also rebuilds (Job 12:14, Isaiah 61:4).

I sense the Lord’s heart of encouragement today. He is in the process of rebuilding, making beauty out of the ashes. Jesus Christ is allowing His Bride to enter into complete wholeness and health so that she can be fully equipped to go into this next year strong and free from her past entanglements and bondage. 2018 will be a year of new assignments, greater favor, and even geographical relocation for many. If you are currently experiencing turbulence, just hold on. This will soon clear, for the Son is breaking forth and you will experience a new day!

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).

A December to Remember

I sense the Lord saying that this will be a December to remember. Many have been desiring and crying out for restoration in their lives, something that which cannot be purchased or placed under the Christmas tree. However, the Lord is going to deliver these things to you. He has heard your prayers and petitions, and His ear is bent towards you (Psalm 116:2).

I feel the Lord specifically highlighting restoration of health and restoration of relationships in this season. As it is written in Jeremiah 30:17, “I [the Lord] will restore your health and heal your wounds.” The Word also promised us that He will “restore the years the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25) and “turn the hearts of the father to the hearts of the children” (Malachi 4:6).

Expect to see things drastically and suddenly shift in your life, as it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:32). Rejoice, for this will be a December to remember!

CE93E24B-8F6F-4997-A8AC-8EC4788E5857.jpeg