The Last Shall Become First!

But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. | Matthew 19:30

I hear the Lord saying today, “The last shall become the first, and the least shall become the greatest! Just as it is written in the book of Isaiah, ‘The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly’ (Isaiah 60:22).

“I am calling forth my Davids, Josephs, and Esthers in this very hour. These are the ones the world has rejected, despised, and deemed unworthy; yet in this season, I am calling them to the frontlines. You have been like David, faithfully tending the sheep behind the scenes, all the while making Me your heart’s delight. You have been like Joseph, for while you were in the pit, you trusted in Me. You have been like Esther, for even in your season of hiding, I have been training you for such a time as this, and I will use you greatly. For I, the Lord, do not look on the outward appearance, but at the heart (Samuel 16:7).

”Truly you will receive honor instead of your former shame, as it is written in My Word,” says the Lord.

Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor (Isaiah 61:7).

“I am raising up My change agents, and they shall come forth from obscurity and take the world by storm! They will be humble in heart, yet move out in such power and authority. They have been trained on the backside of the desert, and now they are coming out, leaning on their Beloved” (Song of Songs 8:5).

Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle (Psalm 144:1).

“My people know who they are and they know Whose they are. These ones have not sought a platform, rather their number one desire has been to know Me and to make Me known. Watch, as others will see My approval and vindication on your life. Truly you have found favor in My sight,” declares the Lord.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11).

Radical Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. | 1 Corinthians 13:13

The Lord is highlighting the importance of love in this season. I sense Him saying, “Beloved, don’t run from difficult people or circumstances, rather draw upon Me for My wisdom and insight. Allow My love to overflow in you and even spill out over those you find difficult to love, yourself. For My strength is made perfect in your weakness (1 Corinthians 12:9). Freely you have received My love, so freely give it away (Matthew 10:18).

“I am calling you to lay down any walls of defense and step out once again into My radical love. It is written in My Word, ‘You are to owe no man anything other than to love him’ (Romans 13:8). For as your ways are pleasing to Me, I will cause even your enemies to be at peace with you (Proverbs 16:7). Stay in a posture of meekness and humility, as you continue to abide in Me. The light that I have placed inside of you is greater than the darkness, and surely the darkness shall not overcome!”

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).

“In many ways you have felt like Joseph: lied about, falsely accused, and seemingly thrown into a pit by those close to you. Yet I would say to you, love extravagantly and without reserve! Pay no attention to a suffered wrong (1 Corinthians 13:5). Do not seek to defend yourself, for it is mine to avenge; I will repay (Romans 12:20),” says the Lord. “Where you have suffered injustices, trust Me to make it right. I, alone, am your vindication and your defense. Even as I made Myself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7), I am calling you to do the same. What has been done in secret will be brought into the light (Mark 4:22). Watch, as My hand of favor and vindication shall lift you out of that pit!”

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:2).

“As you allow yourself to be a conduit of My radical love and blessing, you will experience a greater freedom and joy than you have previously known or experienced! For it was for freedom that I have set you free (Galatians 5:1).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).

Keep Moving Forward

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. | Philippians 3:14

“Keep moving forward, Beloved! There will be people in your life, even some who were once close to you, who will refuse to see you as the new creation I have called you to be. They’ll attempt to keep you hemmed in, trying to define you by the things of your past. However, remain confident that My blood speaks a better word over you (Hebrews 12:24). You are not who the world says you are; you are My beloved child in whom I am well pleased.

“Like the caterpillar, you have crawled out of the tight place of restriction and confinement that once held you in bondage. Now I have brought you into a wide and spacious place, because My delight is in you (Psalm 18:19). You will continue to soar to new heights with Me, and the world will be amazed by the places I take you!”

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:2).

“Do not be swayed by the thoughts and opinions of others, for even as it is written in My Word, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, I make even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7). You owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8). Though the path seems lonely at times, keep moving forward, just as a brave soldier marches into battle. I will open up the way before you and turn your darkness into light.

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I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, in paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, and I will not leave them undone (Isaiah 42:16).

“Alignment is key in this season. Stay aligned with Me, and trust in where I lead. I will send you reinforcements, people who will celebrate and partner with you, to help carry out the God-given visions and assignments that I’ve placed within you. Be strong and courageous, for I, the Lord, am with you! Everywhere your foot treads, I will give you the land,” says the Lord!

Arise in Your Authority

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. | Ephesians 2:6

“My Bride, I am calling you to arise and walk in the fullness of your authority, even as I have given you the very authority to overcome all the power of the enemy. Truly nothing—by any means—shall harm you,” says the Lord (Luke 10:19). “For as it is written, ‘whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven’ (Matthew 18:18).

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“This is not a time to relent or retreat, Beloved. Rather, this is a time to wield your sword and walk forward confidently into your new territory. For indeed, I am enlarging and expanding you, and you will spread out to the right and to the left (Isaiah 54:2-3).

“Be assured that everything I have has been made available to you, My Bride! I will withhold nothing from you, for indeed, you are seated with Me in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). Be encouraged today, as I am calling forth My sons and daughters to rule and reign as they walk in their rightful authority in Me,” declares the Lord.

I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open (Isaiah 22:22).

I Am Calling You by a New Name

 No longer will they call you Deserted or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you. | Isaiah 62:4

“Beloved, I am calling you by a new name! Look now, as I am removing the heartache and the reproach that you have experienced in your previous season. I take great delight in you, My Bride! Watch, as I restore your honor and bless you in front of those who have come against you. For they will see my favor and vindication on your life, even as I prepare a table of feasting for you before their very eyes. (Psalm 23:5).

“Know that My hand has been at work in your life, and be assured that I have been working behind the scenes. Even when you could not see, I was weaving my pattern of good in your life. Like Joseph, you will soon say, ‘What the enemy had meant as evil, God has used for my good’ (Genesis 50:20). For as it is written, truly I work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28).

“Watch now as things drastically and suddenly shift, for I am bringing My radical restoration and answers to the petitions you have been crying out for. I am a good Father, and My ear has been bent towards your cry.”

 

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles (Psalm 34:17).

 

“Do not look to the former, My Beloved, but rather walk boldly and confidently down the new path that I am leading you on. For I will continue to open up the way before you as you trust in Me,” says the Lord (Micah 2:13).

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“I have seen you in your captivity, and I am bringing My swift deliverance and restoration in this hour! Throw off despair and the spirit of heaviness that would seek to lay hold on your life, for I am putting new garments on you. Indeed, I am calling you by a new name, My Bride, and I am removing the shame of your former season. Truly I am the Lord who gives you beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). This is the time to arise and shine, for your light has come, and My glory has risen upon you,” declares the Lord (Isaiah 60:1).

Your Discontentment Is Birthing a Greater Desire for His Presence!

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. | Psalm 42:1

Many are feeling discontent and restless in this current season. However, I strongly sense the Lord saying today, “Your discontentment is birthing a greater desire and hunger for Me. Truly My presence is the only thing that satisfies you. Do not despise the dissatisfaction or restlessness that you are experiencing, for I am inviting you to go deeper into Me. As you do, you will explore the depths of My Spirit that you’ve not previously known or tapped into before.”

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6).

“My Bride, lean into Me, and keep pressing in. Guard your heart against the different voices that clamor for your attention, for as it is written in Proverbs, ‘everything you do flows from it’ (Proverbs 4:23). As I have promised you in My Word, if you draw near to Me, surely I will draw near to you (James 4:18).

“Worship Me and sing your praise—even over the battle—for as you do, you will encounter Me and the new revelation that I am longing to pour out to you.”

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).

“Keep pressing into Me, My Bride. As you continue to seek Me with all of your heart, you shall surely find me,” declares the Lord!

“I’m Releasing My Sound!”

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

Recently while walking and praying, I heard the phrase, “I’m releasing My sound!” I heard this same sentence several times, and shortly afterwards I saw a picture of dry, hard ground cracking and breaking. As I pressed into the Lord regarding this phrase and picture, I heard Him say:

“I am releasing My sound over the earth in this very hour. Even now, the earth is groaning in eager anticipation for My sons and daughters to be revealed, rise up, and step into their rightful place of authority and identity in Me (Romans 8:19),” declares the Lord.

“I am releasing a battle cry over the injustice that My people have experienced; no longer will I keep silent!

For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant . . . I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:14, 16).

“The sound that I am releasing will awake My slumbering Bride from her place of apathy. Even as I am releasing My sound, My Bride will also release a new sound of her own, as I am imparting it to her in this season. She shall now arise and engage in battle! I am extending My scepter to her in this very hour, and she shall rule and reign in the midst of her enemies (Psalm 110:2). No longer will My Bride shrink back in fear and intimidation. Instead, she will display My glory and reflect My very image.

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And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).

“Listen to Me, O my people! This next movement will not be exclusive, but it will be available to all who are hungry (Matthew 5:6).  I am increasing revelation and clarity to My people in this season, and I am removing the fog that has attempted to settle upon them. New songs, new books, and fresh revelation are being imparted to the body of Christ! I’m sending My revival fire, and I will use My children in this next movement,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will fall on the young and old alike. As it is written, ‘In the last days, 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) and ‘out of the mouths of infants and babes I have ordained praise’ (Matthew 21:16).

“I am breaking up the hard and rocky ground. Watch, as I send My refreshing rains! For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants (Isaiah 44:3).

“I’m breaking the stronghold of the religious spirit that has attempted to keep My Bride divided. In this next movement, many denominations will come together and seek My face. Even as it is written, ‘how good and pleasant is it when God’s people come together in unity’ (Psalm 133:1). They will worship Me in spirit and in truth. My glory will not be contained to the four walls of the church, but rather I will move in the unusual and unexpected places. Revival will break out in the streets, in the market place, and even in home groups. Listen, as I release My sound!”

And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps (Revelation 14:2).