An Invitation to Linger in His Presence: He Alone Is Your Safe Place!

I stand silently to listen for the one I love, waiting as long as it takes for the Lord to rescue me. For God alone has become my Savior. He alone is my safe place; his wrap-around presence always protects me. For he is my champion defender; there’s no risk of failure with God. So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? | Psalm 62:1-2 (TPT).

I sense that the Lord is sending out an invitation for His Bride to linger in His presence. There are many distractions and worries attempting to hinder your time with Him—keeping you from the secret place—but it is here in that quiet place when you linger with Him that your joy and strength will be renewed.

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In Song of Songs, Solomon writes about catching the foxes that spoil the blooming vineyards (Song of Songs 2:15). Do not allow the little foxes to spoil or hinder your time with your Bridegroom. Even as Mary chose the better thing and spent time at the feet of Jesus, you will find that as you spend time with your Savior, the pressure of the ‘urgent’ will fade away and soon become very insignificant.

Many are feeling the intense swirling of distractions and opposition, however, the Lord is working mightily behind the scenes in your life. There are surprises and ‘suddenlies’ in store for those who have remained faithful, even during the extreme times of adversity and drought. In the spirit, I see a cloud the size of a man’s hand (1 Kings 18:44). Where you have seen little to no movement, now things will begin to shift rapidly. The rain of the Lord’s blessings are getting ready to be poured out among His people!

Beloved, cast not away your confidence, nor get weary in well doing. Truly your season of reaping is closer than you realize; it’s right there at the door. Continue to linger in the Savior’s presence and be at peace. He is working all things together for your good. Rejoice, for the best is yet to come!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

A Call to Deeper Intimacy: He Is with You in the Quiet Place

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength …” | Isaiah 30:15

Many may be feeling somewhat restless and discouraged, as they have found themselves in a quiet and still season. However, I believe that the Lord’s heart of encouragement would say to you, “Do not fear the stillness, for I am here.” There is an invitation from the Lord to go deeper in your walk with Him during this time. Press into Him as you wait in the secret place. The Lord is wooing His Bride to a place of intimacy as they sit still before Him. Be encouraged, for there are greater measures of His glory and presence to be encountered as you linger with the Bridegroom.

Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterfalls.
All your waves and your billows have swept over me (Psalm 42:7).

God wants to encourage you today, saying, “Do not fear the silence, Beloved. I have not left you. I am here, as it is written in My Word, ‘You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart’ (Jeremiah 29:13).”

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Do not confuse your quiet season as a time of discipline; the opposite is true! Truly the Lord is working mightily beneath the surface and behind the scenes of your life. He is recalibrating many and changing the landscaping of your life. The clouds are clearing, and I see a beautiful new scenery emerging. New life is blooming from what had seemingly been a desert place. You will be found coming up our of the wilderness, leaning heavily on your Beloved (Song of Songs 8:5).

The Lord is jealous for His Bride, and He is relentless in His pursuit of her. In His goodness, He is stirring a holy hunger within you, using this quiet season to draw you nearer to Him. Greater revelation will be released upon you, as you spend time with the Lover of your soul. The Lord desires to share with you the secrets of His heart, for He calls you friend.

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

God is leading you beside the still waters. Truly He is with you, and He will never leave your side.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake (Psalm 23:2).

An Increase in Governmental Authority

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. | Isaiah 9:7

I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying today, “There is an increase in governmental authority that I am releasing in this hour. I am bestowing mantles of great influence upon My sons and daughters who have been found faithful; I am releasing keys that will unlock and solve complex problems of this season in which you are currently in,” declares the Lord. “As it is recorded in Isaiah 22:22, ‘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.’

“I am raising up My fearless ones in this hour; they are change agents and forerunners. Like David, these ones have been trained and prepared during their seasons of hardness and wilderness. Yet all the while, I have been grooming and equipping them to carry the ‘more.’ I am bringing them to the forefront for such a time as this. Truly their seasons of testing and adversity have not been in vain, for now they are now being restored to double!

“I will place a mantle of leadership on the forerunners. They will have an anointing even in the secular world and media, as they will arise and have great influence. They will be a shining light in the darkness, even in area of governmental authority,” says the Lord.

See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant (Jeremiah 1:10).

“I, the Lord, build up and tear down. I am tearing down some ungodly foundations and structures—rebuilding and reestablishing My Kingdom. I will use some of the most unlikely people; the nameless and faceless ones—even those whom the world has rejected and despised—will be the ones I bring to the forefront. For indeed, I use the foolish things of the world to shame the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).

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“Fear not the shaking and transition,” says the Lord, “though times of great change and reformation are upon us. Be rest assured in the Lord of Hosts, for it is written, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ (John 1:5). I am on My throne, and I am sovereign,” declares the Lord. “I am in control!”

“Why do the nations conspire and the people plot in vain? Surely My purposes will come to pass. My Spirit is hovering, even now. Watch, as I am bringing revival! I am bringing a refreshing and an outpouring of My Spirit to a dry and weary land. I am fanning the flame, and I am bringing new life to the desert places,” says the Great I AM.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).

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).

A Deeper Level of Trust and Surrender

The Lord is calling His Bride into a deeper level of trust and surrender in this hour. Many are in that uncomfortable place of transition and the unfamiliar. However, be encouraged: the Lord is with you, and He is mighty in your midst!

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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).

 It is imperative to apply Proverbs 3:5 to our lives during this season. We must trust in the Lord with all of our heart, leaning not on our own understanding. As we do, He will be faithful to direct our paths.

There is rapid movement and advancement taking place right now. Many will suddenly be launched, as doors simultaneously begin to open. All the while, I sense the Lord saying, “Stay in an attitude and posture of humility. Guard your heart, for out of it flows the issues of life.” Guard your time in the secret place, and continue to make the Lord your number one priority. As you continue to seek Him first, all of these other things will fall into place (Matthew 6:33).

The Fragrance of His Presence Is Being Released

His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon. People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like the vine—Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon. | Hosea 14:6-7

There is a sweet fragrance that is being released from the fully surrendered lovers of God who have lingered in His presence. These ones have been like Mary: content to sit at the feet of Jesus and have chosen the better thing, which will not be taken away from them (Luke 10:42). Like grapes, these people have endured much crushing and pruning, yet there is now a sweet fragrance that’s being released from their lives. Just as when a grape is being put in the wine press, the sweet juice is released after the crushing.

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Be encouraged, for harvest time has come! The pain and crushing that you have endured has not been in vain. Truly your time of harvest is at hand. I see a massive tree that is heavy laden with fruit. Others will come and partake of the ripe and luscious fruit, reaping where you have faithfully sown.

All that you have endured is now being rewarded. The many tears you have cried are producing a great harvest of joy (Psalm 126:5). The long winter season is finally over, and spring has come!

 See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone (Song of Songs 2:11).

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The sweet fragrance that is now being released from you is precious and costly. Others will catch the scent and know that you’ve been in the presence of the King; they will know that you have been brought to the forefront for such a time as this. Steward well all that God is releasing through you and stay humble, for your time of promotion is at hand.

They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit (Jeremiah 17:8).

Supernatural Advancement and Acceleration in the Month of May!

The Lord is putting many on the fast track during the month of May, accelerating them at a supernatural pace! What has taken some years to attain will seem like only moments to you, as God launches you forward. Like Joseph—when he went from the jail cell to the palace—there will be some who experience an overnight turnaround. Things will happen fast, as it is written in scripture:

“‘Yes indeed, it won’t be long now’ . . . ‘Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people’” (Amos 9:13-15 MSG).

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Stay at peace during this time of rapid acceleration and advancement, and know that the Lord is already going ahead of you and preparing a way (Deuteronomy 31:8). You will be amazed at the places that He takes you, as you will testify that promotion doesn’t come from the east or west, but only from the Lord of Hosts (Psalm 75:6).

 

Stand Tall

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. | Ephesians 6:13

Stand tall, My beloved! Know that My blood speaks a better word over you, even in the face of false accusations and character assassinations (Hebrews 12:24). Always remember who you are and Whose you are. You are mine, and nothing can ever separate you from My love.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:31:39).

There will be those who don’t see you rightly. They will make false assumptions about you and dishonor you in their words and speech. However, take no offense, My Bride; love intentionally and radically. For as it is written, “they will know you by your love” (John 13:35). Resist the urge to defend yourself; walk in humility and know that I, Myself, am your vindicator and your defender. Surely I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save (Isaiah 49:25).

For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye (Zechariah 2:8).

You are on the right path, though it is narrow and few may follow. Know that I am well pleased with you! I alone am your exceedingly great reward (Genesis 15:1). Keep moving forward and do not grow weary in well doing, for surely you will reap if you do not faint (Galatians 6:9).

Some may say you’re not qualified, but I, Myself, qualify you. Where man has looked at your outward appearance, I have seen your true heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Do not shrink back, rather stand tall, even in the face of adversity. Heaven is cheering you on, for your life is making a difference in My Kingdom and throughout eternity.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1).

Heavenly Wisdom and Keys Are Being Released

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

For the past several days I have heard the phrase, “Come up higher” resonating in my spirit. I sense that the Spirit of the Lord is saying today, “Come up higher, for as you press into Me and call upon My Name, I will show you great and mighty things that you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).

I am releasing My heavenly wisdom and keys in this hour to unlock that which had previously been withheld. These keys I am releasing will bring the answers to complex and longstanding issues that have once seemed impossible to fix. Watch as the barriers come down and I release the breakthrough that you have been contending for!

“Your old methods and ways of doing things will not work in your new season. For I am leading you in a way that you have not formerly been, even as a cloud by day and a fire by night. It is imperative that you walk out Proverbs 3:5-6 on a daily basis, as it is written, ‘Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Me, and I will make your path straight.’

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“This is truly a water-walking season for you. I am eradicating fear from your life. What had formerly held you back will do so no longer! For you have endured the fire and the process, and you have come forth pure. You are bursting from the cocoon that once confined you, and you will now soar to new heights with Me!

“Resist looking back, beloved. What was from the past season has served its purpose,  but now, I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19) Your wilderness season has equipped and trained you, and now you are prepared to carry the ‘more’ that I have in store.”

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle (Psalm 144:1).

“You are now equipped to release and impart to others the same freedom that you have received. I will make you My mouthpiece; you will be on display and your life will bring Me glory!”

You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God (Isaiah 62:3). For before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5).

Hidden in Christ

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” | Colossians 3:3

“My bride, you are highly favored and highly protected! Your life is hidden in Christ. I am a wall of fire around you, and My glory is in your very midst (Zechariah 2:5). Do not look at the winds and the waves that would seek to take your attention off of Me. Rather, open your mouth and declare, “Peace be still!” For I have given you all authority, and nothing by any means shall harm you (Luke 10:19).

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“Know that even now I am working behind the scenes of your life. Truly I am making way for you where there would appear to be no way. (Isaiah 43:18-19). I am aligning things; I am bringing My order to the chaos that you have been experiencing,” says the Lord. “Watch, for am setting the table for you! You will feast in the very presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5).”

“Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer” (Daniel 10:12).

“From the very first day, you cried out to Me. I have heard your prayers, even as I did with Daniel. Do not fret or worry about anything, rather pray about everything (Philippians 4:6)! I am sending you reinforcements; help is on the way!

“Your praise will proceed your breakthrough. I know the battle has been intense, nevertheless, be encouraged! Your breakthrough and victory are about to manifest. Cast not away your confidence, My beloved, for I am leading and guiding you. I am making a road in the wilderness. Come up higher and see from My vantage point. For I tell you today, things are not what they seem. Indeed, there are more for you than against you (2 Kings 6:15-17). Praise Me in advance for what I am about to do!

“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).

“I am preparing the way for you; I am going before you and breaking down the barriers. Be at rest, for I am perfecting all that concerns you. Your victory is assured, and truly your best days are ahead of you. For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11),” declares the Lord!

“Rise Up, Forerunner!”

Forerunner, rise up! Keep moving forward! You are My braveheart, My fearless warrior. Though you have been tried by the fire, you have become refined like gold; you have come forth pure through the flame. Surely My hand is upon you, and My goodness and mercy shall follow you all of your days (Psalm 23:6). For even now, I am preparing a table for you in the presence of your enemies.

You, My Forerunner, are plowing a new and uncharted path. Sometimes the path seems unclear and dimly lit, but know that I—the Lord your God—am leading you as a fire by night and a cloud by day. Be encouraged, for surely generations upon generations will come behind you and reap where you have faithfully sown. I will shower My love upon your bloodline, for you have kept my commandments and have honored Me with your love.

I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments (Exodus 20:5-6).

Though you may feel weak, I am calling you strong. Though you presently feel weary, even now I am imparting new strength into you. Surely you shall run and not grow weary; you shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

I am well pleased with you, Forerunner. You are breaking up the hard ground as you declare the promises of My Word and follow where I am leading you. As it is written, “‘Is not my word like as a fire?’ says the Lord; ‘and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?’” (Jeremiah 23:29). Lift your head up, for you shall be called Repairer of Broken Walls and Repairer of Streets with Dwellings (Isaiah 58:12). Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn (Isaiah 60:3).

Don’t quit, My precious child! For surely you will reap if you do not faint (Galatians 6:9). I am causing the wind of My Spirit to blow away the cobwebs of the things that have sought to hinder you. Though you may feel there are boulders all around you, I am clearing a path. I am going before you, making your crooked places straight and the rough places smooth (Isaiah 46:2). Rise up, My beloved Forerunner! Clothe yourself with strength, for truly the victory is yours.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).

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).

Your Valley of Baca Will Become a Place of Springs!

As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools. | Psalm 84:6

Recently, I was worshiping at church when I had an encounter with the Lord. My husband and I were standing beside each other with our arms raised as we were praising God. We—and I believe many others, as well—have been walking through some challenging situations. Yet as my husband and I were worshiping, I saw Jesus. He was standing in front of us in a white robe, and His arms were extended out to us. As Jesus placed His hands on my husband and I, I could feel the strength, peace, and deep love that He was imparting into us.

What a powerful and tangible picture of how our Lord intercedes for us!

Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us (Romans 8:34).

Then the vision changed, and my husband and I were now walking with Jesus through a dark place. Immediately I understood that the darkness represented our current circumstances. Even then, Jesus was our good Shepherd, leading us with a staff in His hand. I was instantly reminded of the familiar passage in the Psalms that says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

The final picture of this encounter then came before me, and it was so encouraging! All of a sudden, we emerged out of the darkness. Instantaneously there was light and vivid colors all around us. Lush, beautiful flowers appeared everywhere, and there was a sense of incredible joy. It was such a glorious sight to behold, and I was astounded at how we instantly went from a place of such darkness to light. “For You light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness” (Psalm 18:28).

The wilderness and the desert will be glad,
And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom;
Like the crocus (Isaiah 35:1).

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I felt to release this encounter to the body of Christ today as an encouragement. Whatever you are currently facing in your life, Jesus—the true, good Shepherd—is making intercession for you, leading you through the hills and valleys. His rod and staff will comfort you, for He is mighty in your midst!

The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy (Zephaniah 3:17).

I am reminded of Psalm 84:6, which says, “As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs.” The word Baca, itself, represents weeping. I truly believe that the Lord is taking our very places of weeping and turning them into joy!

The Lord would say to you today, “Your very tears have been watering and fertilizing the harvest that is ready to spring forth!” Be encouraged that the Lord has been working behind the scenes in your life, despite how things may feel right now in the natural. He is weaving His pattern of good through all of your circumstances, both big and small alike. As it is written, “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Let hope arise! Surely your valley of Baca wil now become a place of springs!

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 126:6).

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).

Generational Blessings and Restoration

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. | Deuteronomy 7:9

The Lord is restoring generational and family blessings in this season. As I have stated in a previous word, our Heavenly Father has been purifying and cleansing our bloodlines. Though initially this can be an uncomfortable (and even messy) process, we can be assured that if we yield to His working, the end result shall be great healing and restoration!

There has been an attack on families, as the enemy has sought to cause division through strife, wounding of the soul, and breakdown of communication. We must recognize who the real enemy is: not our family, nor those we hold close to us, but the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).

I believe that 2018 will be the year that we will see the family redeemed; ongoing issues and cycles of dysfunction, family breakdowns, and heartaches will be restored to the pure, healthy relationships that the Lord desires for His people. God’s heart is for the family. Where the enemy has sought to kill, steal, and destroy, the Lord is now releasing and uncovering generational blessings. Do not listen to the lies of the enemy that would seek to tell you that nothing will ever change, or that things are too broken to ever be restored. With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

I truly believe that this is the year that we will see families restored! We will see the hearts of fathers and mothers turned back to the children (Malachi 4:6). The Lord has seen what has broken your heart, and He is bringing His justice and recompense to the things that have seemingly been lost.

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm—
my great army that I sent among you (Joel 2:25).

Be encouraged, for the Lord is in the process of rebuilding (Isaiah 61:4); He is making beauty out of the ashes. His heart is for you and your family, and the plans that he has for you are good (Jeremiah 29:11).

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations (Isaiah 61:4).

You Will Drink Deeply from the Wells of Salvation!

Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. | Isaiah 12:3

There are deep waters of refreshing coming to God’s people. Stand strong in the midst of the sudden onslaught of heaviness and discouragement that would seek to knock you off course. The Lord is with you, and He surrounds you with songs of deliverance.

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You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance (Psalm 32:7).

This is a time to encourage yourself in the Lord, even as David did (1 Samuel 30:6). One of the psalms recorded in the Bible shows how the psalmist found his hope in the Lord, even during the trials and tribulations he was experiencing:

Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence (Psalm 45:2).

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Be encouraged in this: great and mighty things are coming swiftly, and God is going before you, fighting your battles (Exodus 14:14). There is much angelic activity happening behind the scenes, and the Lord is bringing things into His divine order and alignment. I prophecy fresh strength to weary hearts today; I prophecy hope to you in the midst of discouragement! The fog will soon lift, and you will drink deeply of His living waters.

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

Keep pressing into the Lord, for He honors hunger. As you enter into His rest, you will be refreshed by His presence. I say to you, you will encounter your Heavenly Father in deeper ways than you have previously experienced. Be encouraged today, for even now He is leading you beside the still waters and restoring your soul (Psalm 23:3).

2018 Will Be a Year of Divine Recovery, Restoration, and Recompense!

“For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.” | Isaiah 61:8

“2018 will be a year of divine recovery, restoration, and recompense,” declares the Lord! “Expect to see My swift justice in the very areas of extreme loss and hardship that you had experienced in your previous season. As it is written in the book of Isaiah,

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice” (Isaiah 42:1-3).

“My Bride, I have been purifying you for such a time as this. Even as you have gone through the fire, I have been burning off the dross and molding. I have been shaping you, even as the potter does with his clay. You have allowed Me to have My way with you, and you have endured the process. Now, My Beloved, you have come forth pure and restored, as only what I desire in you has remained.

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work (1 Corinthians 3:10-13).

“Watch now, as I open the floodgates and pour out a blessing upon you that you will not be able to contain! I am turning the bitter waters of the previous season into My sweet waters of refreshiong renewal and restoration! As I bring my restoration, things will not be like they have been before, but rather you will experience even better. I am restoring your joy, and you will laugh again! For out of your belly shall flow My living waters (John 7:38).

“Such healing and transformation are taking place right now, both physically and spiritually. Your health and vigor are even being restored in this very season! You shall rise up with wings like eagles, and you shall run and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

“I am releasing a new-found freedom in you, even now as you enter into My rest. Allow me to rejuvenate and refresh you, My Bride!

My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone (Song of Songs 2:10-11).

“Arise and shine! Your light has come, Beloved, and My glory rises on you in this new season” (Isaiah 60:1).

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126:1-3).

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!