Glory From Ashes

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” | Isaiah 60:1

For the past several days, I have been hearing the phrase, “Out of the ashes, My glory will rise,” resonating in my spirit. Today I sense that the Lord is saying, “Out of the very ashes of past discouragement, heartache, and despair, My very glory will rise! I am turning your ashes into beauty, and I am giving you joy for a spirit of heaviness. I am giving you your breath back, and you’ll be able to breathe easily once again. You will drink deeply of My peace, being able to say with confidence, ‘It is well with my soul,’” says the Lord.

The Lord has been doing a deep work in the hearts of many during this hour. Though it has been painful, these ones have given Him their ‘yes’ and have not only endured, but have embraced the refining process. They have been through the fire, and now they are coming forth pure, refined like the gold!

But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10).

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The Lord is roaring His freedom over His Bride! For it was for freedom that He has set you free (Galatians 5:1). Truly the prison doors are flinging wide open, and you are coming out of captivity and into His freedom! Look, as the grave clothes have been stripped away, and He has clothed you with new garments (Zechariah 3:4).

The Lord is calling you by a new name (Isaiah 62:2). It is time to walk forward, and no longer look back. You will be one who bursts open the ancient gates and rebuild the ruins of former generations (Isaiah 58:12). The Son of Righteousness is arising with healing in His wings! Rejoice, for it’s a brand new day!

But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall (Malachi 4:2).

Encouragement From Papa’s Heart

I felt to release a short word of encouragement from Papa’s heart to those who are currently feeling battle weary. I believe the Lord is saying, “My Bride, you are lovely to Me, even in your weakness. I am undone by just one glance from your eye” (Song of Songs 4:9). Refuse to allow the enemy’s condemnation or words of accusation to take root in you. Rather, gird yourself with My truth, for My strength is made perfect even in your weakeness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“Lean in close to My heart and hear the love song I’m singing over you today:

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

“Come rest in and be refreshed by My presence. Cease your worrying and striving, and let those burdens fall to the wayside. Have I not said in My Word that I will contend with that which contends with you (Isaiah 49:25)? For I am your high tower; I am your shield and your safety.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:2).

“Nothing, by any means, shall harm you (Luke 10:19). Enter into My rest today and be confident that I am working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28).”

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked (Proverbs 3:25).

I’m Righting the Wrongs and Restoring Your Honor

At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you. I will rescue the lame; I will gather the exiles. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they have suffered shame. | Zephaniah 3:19

“Beloved, fear not when men falsely accuse you and speak all kinds of evil against you for My sake. Truly you are blessed, for My Spirit of glory rests upon you! (Matthew 5:11, 1 Peter 4:14).

“You are a sweet fragrance unto Me, My Bride. Like Mary, you have chose the better thing (Luke 10:42). For there have been those who have not seen you correctly, nor have they honored your decision to place Me at the center of your life. Yet you have sought to please me above the opinion of man, even the opinions of those close to you. I know that you have experienced slander and false judgements, as the enemy has sought to use these against you. As hard as it has been—even through the pain, tears, and heartache—you have continued to bless, forgive, and release those who have come against you. You have remained humble and have not sought to defend yourself, rather you have continually trusted Me and cried out of My vindication in your life. Beloved, know that I honor the choice you’ve made to continually put Me first, even at all costs.

“Truly I tell you, the appointed time is now! Like a mighty warrior, I will now arise on your behalf. In this season, I am going to right the wrongs and restore your honor and name. My very favor and blessings on your life will silence the voices of your foes and your accusers!”

But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. (Jeremiah 20:11).

For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye (Zechariah 2:8).

“Watch now, as I bless you and prepare a banqueting table of feasting for you in the very presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5). I have seen your heart, even when others have not seen it correctly. (For man looks at the outward appearance, but I see the heart—1 Samuel 16:7).

“I see the cost and the price you have paid, Beloved. Cast not away your confidence, for I am the rewarder of those who diligently seek Me (Hebrews 11:6). I’m going to right the wrongs and restore your honor,” declares the Lord.

The nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.
You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;
But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”
And your land, “Married”;
For the LORD delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married.

For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons will marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your God will rejoice over you (Isaiah 62:2-5).