Take the Leap—a “Joshua Generation” is Arising!

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelite’s. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” | Joshua 1:1-5

Recently I had a dream. In this dream, my daughter and I were driving on a very busy road; there were many different intersections, each heavy with traffic. At one point in the dream, we came to a sudden detour and found ourselves stuck. The only way we could reach our destination was to get out of the car and travel by foot over this very precarious looking bridge.

Getting to the bridge wouldn’t be an easy task. In order to cross over, we would have to take a leap of faith from the ground and over a gap that led to the bridge, itself. The bridge stood very tall, but once you jumped over that gap, it would be easily accessible. Ahead of my daughter and I were several other people who were crossing the bridge, as they continued to make their way to their appointed destination. To some, crossing over to the bridge looked like an intimidating and challenging risk to take. However, my daughter (who I truly believe symbolized the younger generation) went ahead of me and made the leap, and she was successfully able to get to the other side. I stood behind her, and followed after.

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Later that day, as I was inquiring of the Lord as to the significance of my dream, I heard Him say, “Take the leap; I am raising up a ‘Joshua Generation.’ I am raising up a generation that will have the courage to go fearlessly into new, uncharted territory. They will be ones who don’t fit the mold that many in the church would seek to keep them in, but I have called these ones and I have chosen them.”

I love what my pastor often says: “We should desire our ceilings to be our children’s floor.” In other words, we want them to go further and do even greater things than we, ourselves, ever did.

I believe that it is the Lord’s heart to speak to us in the older generation, urging us to go behind them (even as I was symbolically positioned behind my daughter in my dream). I hear the Lord saying, “Support these young ones and honor them, for I will use them as My change agents to bring My love and reformation to a lost and dying world. Change and reformation is coming, and I will raise up a ‘Joshua Generation.’ They will be bold and fearless, and they will burn with My heart and passion.

“This will be a generation that will do great damage to the kingdom of darkness. Don’t expect things to be ‘business as usual,’ for these ones will be like new wine skins. They will carry My revival fire outside of the walls of the church, but they will be known by their love (John 13:35). The ‘Joshua Generation’ will not bow down to the fear of man, nor will they conform to the mold. They are my chosen vessel, for I use the foolish things to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).

“I am calling forth the older generation to get behind this new breed that is arising; love them, honor them, and mentor them in My ways. I am calling forth My Bride to greater unity.”

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be (1 Corinthians 12:15-18).

“Do not fear the ‘Joshua Generation’ that I am raising up, for you have much to instill in them. Cheer them on, for their success will be your success as well. The contrast of the older generation coming aside the younger generation, co-laboring together for My Kingdom, will make a beautiful picture. Even as I have said in My Word, “In the last days, God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams'” (Acts 2:17).

We are living in such a time as this. The Lord is raising up His ‘Joshua Generation,’ and His Name will be glorified! Let us not fear the change, but take the leap.


A Note From Angie:

The Lord continues to amaze me by His faithfulness. Living With Confidence is in a season of growth and transition, and I am excited at all that the Lord is doing with this ministry. I have recently felt led to add a ‘donate’ button for those who may be desiring to sow into LWC. It is my absolute honor and privilege to have the opportunity to minister to you and bring forth words from the Lord. There is not, and never will be, a financial charge for the prophetic words. I simply want to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and give those who may be feeling led to sow into this ministry the opportunity to do so. Your gifts are received with gratitude and appreciation, as we move forward and expand to reach even more people.

I pray God’s continued blessing and encouragement over you all.

In Christ’s Love,
Angie Stolba

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Abiding Under His Wing

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. | Psalm 91:1-4

Recently, as I have been walking through a personal season of difficulty, the Lord brought Psalm 91 to my remembrance. He reminded me of one of His promises: no matter what I may be facing, or what storm I may be walking through, I am highly protected and hidden under His wings.

As I was laying on the couch, meditating and praying Psalm 91, the Lord gave me a very clear picture of a large, beautiful pair of white wings that were spread over me. Immediately I remembered verse four of Psalm 91, which says, “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

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This brought a whole new meaning to me as I reflected on this passage of scripture. Truly, the Lord’s Word is alive and powerful; it is sharper than any double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).

I want to encourage you today. Whatever it may be that you are facing, as a child of God, you have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. The Lord is an ever present help in your time of need; you are hidden and protected in Him, as you make the Most High your refuge and strength.

Come out of That Cave!

We have truly entered into a season of promotion and advancement. The enemy is seeking to shut down many of the prophetic voices in this hour because of the tremendous breakthrough and promotion that is upon us. Many are in the middle of facing their own storms and trials, but the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear; rather, He has given us power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

The Showdown on Mount Carmel

Some may feel as though the natural response to these trails would be to run and hide, but I clearly hear the Lord saying, “Come out of that cave!”

I am reminded of a story about Elijah, recorded in the book of 1 Kings. There was a showdown on Mount Carmel between King Ahab and Elijah. Ahab had abandoned the Lord’s commands and had chosen to worship the god Baal. Elijah had a heart that burned for justice and truth; he summoned all of Israel to decide who they would give their allegiance to: the Lord, or idols? He asked the question to the people, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21). But the people said nothing.

Elijah called forth the 450 prophets of Baal. He then said to the people, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

The prophets of Baal prepared their sacrifice. They danced around, cut their bodies, and chanted, hoping that their god would hear their cries and set fire to their altar. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

Then Elijah called out to the people. He rebuilt the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. Furthermore, Elijah covered his altar with water to the point of overflow. There was no way that his sacrifice would catch fire, unless the Lord stepped in.

And He did.

After Elijah cried out to the Lord in prayer, the fire from heaven “fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench” (1 Kings 18:38). That day, all of Israel knew that the Lord of Hosts was the one true God.

But there’s more to the story. Shortly after Elijah’s great victory, “Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done . . . So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.’ Elijah was afraid and ran for his life” (1 Kings 19:1-3).

When [Elijah] came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and put Your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by” (1 Kings 19:3-11).

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Reinforcements Are Coming

There are many in this hour who have cried out like Elijah, saying, “I have had enough, Lord,” but I am here to speak hope to you today and tell you that your best days are coming! I believe the Lord is sending reinforcements to strengthen you for the journey ahead, even as He did with Elijah by sending the angel to him. The journey has been long, and the battle has been intense. However, even in the trials, the Lord is saying, “Come out of that cave; I am sending you the help that you need. You will not die, but you will live and proclaim the goodness of the Lord.” Truly God is strengthening you for greater things, even amidst the storms that you are facing.

Beloved, this is not a time to retreat or back down. The Lord is training your hands for war (Psalm 144:1) and causing your feet to walk upon high places. He is calling you forth; with God before you, who can be against you?

Rest and Refreshing

I sense that the Lord is imparting rest and refreshing to those who have become battle weary. Rest is a form of warfare. As you enter into God’s rest, He will fight your battles for you and lead you into a reason of refreshment. As Moses told the Israelites, “the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still’ (Exodus 14:14).

Double Honor and Vindication

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I want to take the time to encourage and remind you that you are passing through to the other side. I feel that the Lord would say, “As you pass through this season of testing, I will restore you to a place of double honor, blessing, and vindication. Even now I am preparing a table of feasting for you in the very presence of your enemies (as it is written in Psalm 23), and I, Myself, will be your Defender.”

Take heart, weary ones. The Lord is on your side, and He is great in battle. He is bringing you into a place of victory, rest, and peace. Watch, as He fights the battles for you. For it is written, “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders” (Deuteronomy 33:12). Have the courage to come out of that cave, for the Lord shall have victory in the battle!

 

Arise, Shine; For Your Light Has Come!

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”  | Isaiah 60:1-3

“I am closer than you realize, My love; My very glory is hovering over you. Even now I am binding up your broken heart (Psalm 147:3) and pouring My very oil and wine into you. I understand the things that have caused you pain, for I too was a man acquainted with sorrows and sufferings. Truly I know what it is like to be rejected and misunderstood (Isaiah 53:3). But now I am vindicating you, for I am your true Defender. Where man has looked at your outward appearance and has made judgments and accusations, I alone see you and know the intentions of your heart.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

“I am well pleased with you. Continue to lay everything before Me and stay in a posture of humility, for “I give grace to the humble but resist the proud” (James 4:6). Resist the urge to defend yourself or set the record straight, rather, leave it all in My hands. What is done in secret will be shouted from the roof tops (Matthew 10:27).

“I am well pleased with you, My beloved. I have seen the cost of what you’ve walked through, even when others have not. You have nothing to fear, for I am bringing forth My justice in your life. I will confound your enemies by the goodness and favor that I am about to pour out upon you. The very ones who have spoken out against will stand in amazement as I prepare a table of feasting for you in their very presence.  My extravagant goodness in your life will be on display for all to see. You will be a glorious crown in the Lord’s hand: a royal diadem in the hand of your God (Isaiah 62:3).

“I am bringing you into a season of blessing and recovery. Even as I have said in My Word, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29). Continue to walk forward in My strength and confidence, knowing that I am lighting the way before you. Though the path I am calling you to can be lonely and painful at times, be encouraged. You are a pioneer, breaking up the hard ground for others so that they can come behind you and reap where you have faithfully sown. The path for many will be easier because of your obedience and faithfulness to steward well the call that I have placed on your life. You are storing up blessings upon blessings for future generations, and great will be your reward!

Let this be written for a future generation,
that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
“The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,
from heaven he viewed the earth,
to hear the groans of the prisoners
and release those condemned to death.”
So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion
and his praise in Jerusalem
when the peoples and the kingdoms
assemble to worship the Lord (Psalm 102:18-22).

“I will give you the courage and strength that you need to continue on. My very light and glory are arising over you, even now. Take heart, as we continue to journey forward hand in hand; for many are called, but few are chosen. You are My warrior Bride, in whom I am well pleased! Arise and shine, for your light has come, and My glory is rising over you,” declares the Lord!

I Am Watching Over My Word

The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”

“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” | Jeremiah 1:11-12

“Truly I am watching over My Word to see that it is fulfilled in your life. Walk by faith and not by sight, beloved. For “no matter how many promises I have made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Christ the “Amen” is spoken …” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

“If you ask Me for bread, I will never give you a stone. Rest in Me, and refuse to worry or doubt. Have full confidence in My faithfulness and My ability to take care of you. I will never fail you, nor let you down. I am watching over My Word to see that it is fulfilled in your life,” declares the Lord.

I Am with You in the Deep Waters

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. | Isaiah 43:2

Surely I am with you in the deep waters. As I have said in My Word, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you” (Isaiah 43:2). Indeed you are passing through this narrow place. Even now I am expanding you and enlarging you, broadening the path beneath your feet and bringing you into a wide, spacious place (Psalm 18:19).

I am bringing the increase. You are feeling the pressure of the expansion and stretching, but I am creating new wine skins out of you. I am propelling you forward; even as you feel the increase of pressure, know that you are advancing and moving forward in My Kingdom purposes.

I am taking you into new and uncharted territory, but you have nothing to fear; I am leading and guiding you every step of the way. Whichever way you go, you will hear a voice saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). Stay close to Me, and listen to that still small voice of Mine. Do not look to the right or to the left; keep your eyes solely on Me. I will continue to show you the way forward, even as I have said in My Word, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Refuse to retreat, nor look to what was once comfortable or familiar, for I am taking you by a way that you have not previously known. This new way will require one hundred percent of your trust, obedience, and surrender. However, you can be confident that My plans for your life are good (Jeremiah 29:11).

I am bringing you into a season of increase and overflow, as I lead you into a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:17). You shall recover all of the spoils, and your victory is assured! I am with you in the deep waters, so walk forward in confidence and do not look back.

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A Personal Note and Update on Living With Confidence:

Hi, friends!

I just wanted to thank you for following my blog. It is my honor and privilege to bring forth these prophetic words of the Lord to you. This has truly been an amazing journey for me, as I had stepped out several years ago in obedience to the Lord by starting up this blog and sharing the words that He has spoken to me.

The Lord continues to amaze me by His faithfulness. Living With Confidence is in a season of growth and transition, and I am excited at all that the Lord is doing with this ministry. I have recently felt led to add a ‘donate’ button for those who may be desiring to sow into LWC. As I have previously stated, it is my absolute honor and privilege to have the opportunity to minister to you and bring forth words from the Lord. There is not, and never will be, a financial charge for the prophetic words. I simply want to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and give those who may be feeling led to sow into this ministry the opportunity to do so. Your gifts are received with gratitude and appreciation, as we move forward and expand to reach even more people.

I pray God’s continued blessing and encouragement over you all.

In Christ’s Love,
Angie Stolba

You Are Overcoming and Advancing

He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. | Psalm 18:34-36

The resistance that you are feeling is like a spiritual boot-camp, where the Lord Himself is training your hands to war. In this season, He will give you the strength and wisdom you need to overcome the most dire circumstances and your biggest areas of struggle. 

Be encouraged, for you are not being demoted, but promoted! If you find repeating situations and circumstances popping back up in your life, it is not because you have done something wrong. This is actually a sign that you are on the right track: taking ground and advancing the Kingdom. Naturally, the enemy will try to come against you. However, even in the midst of these trying circumstances, the Lord is teaching you skills for battle. By His grace, you will raise up to overcome against the plots that the enemy wages against you.

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).

Our God wastes nothing; He will use the very circumstances that were once stumbling blocks and turn them into your greater stepping stones. Truly, the Lord is bringing breakthrough in the very areas where there has seemed to be a breakdown. You will receive the breaker anointing, releasing freedom to others in the very areas that the Lord has enabled you to overcome.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1).

If you find yourself in the refiner’s fire, take heart. The dross is coming to the surface so that your loving Bridegroom can remove it completely. He is making you the pure and spotless Bride that He desires, without blemish or wrinkle. Watch! You will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of you testimony (Revelation 12:11).

You will not continue to go around this same mountain, nor stumble over the same set of circumstances. The Lord Himself has heard your cry, and He is delivering you now (Psalm 34:17). Cycles of torment and dysfunction are being broken, and you are gaining momentum and taking ground. Keep moving forward, for you truly are advancing and overcoming! Victory is upon you, and you are breaking through.

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The One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
they will break through the gate and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
the Lord at their head (Micah 2:13).