I Am With You

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

It has certainly been an intense season of testing for many, myself included. It feels as though when we overcome one challenge, we’re only to be met by another that’s even more difficult than the previous one. However, I hear the Lord saying, “Beloved, I have not left you! I am right here by your side, even as I’ve said in My Word, ‘I am the friend who sticks closer than a brother’ (Proverbs 18:24). Know that you are passing through this season, for I will turn your valley of Baka into a place of springs (Psalm 84:6).

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“You have endured much weeping and heartache, but I am the God who turns mourning into joy. I know that it feels as though you’ve been hit on every side and that you are becoming battle weary, but My precious child, do not lose heart! Look to Me, cling to Me. I will not leave you. I am working, even through the trials that you are currently encountering. Once again, I assure you, you are passing through!

“I waste nothing; I will take the very ashes around you and turn them into beauty, watch and see. Let hope arise! Spring fourth, O well! Taste and see that I am good. I am with you; I haven’t left. Even as I promised in My Word, I will never leave you or forsake you. I’ll be with you until the end of the age. You are mine,” says the Lord!

The Pressure Is Producing the Promise

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If you have noticed an increase in the warfare lately, rejoice! Just as diamonds are produced under extreme pressure, the very pressure you are experiencing is producing the promise! Even now, God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. If only you could see the wonderful things that the Lord has planned for you; you would laugh at the enemy’s attempts to overwhelm you. The enemy is a defeated foe under our feet; he has been stripped of all his authority and can, by no means, harm you.

Jesus replied, “While you were ministering, I watched Satan topple until he fell suddenly from heaven like lightning to the ground. Now you understand that I have imparted to you all my authority to trample over his kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every power Satan possesses. Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority. However, your real source of joy isn’t merely that these spirits submit to your authority, but that your names are written in the journals of heaven and that you belong to God’s kingdom. This is the true source of your authority” (Luke 10:18-20).

I sense the Lord saying, “Beloved, regardless of how things look or feel in the natural, keep your eyes on Me. Things are not falling apart, rather, they are falling into place. I am working, and I am moving! Truly My thoughts and My ways are higher (Isaiah 55:8-9). You are breaking through and advancing in this hour, fighting from a place of victory, even amidst the struggle. You are My overcoming and victorious Bride. Be encouraged, and know that the very pressure you are feeling is producing the promise.”

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

My Delight Is in You

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation | Psalm 149:4 (NASB)

“I approve of you, Beloved! You have experienced disapproval and reproach from man, but hear My declaration over you today: you have My approval, and My delight is in you, My Bride. How precious are My thoughts towards you, for they outnumber the grains of sand (Psalm 139:18).

“I have seen the cost, dear one, even when others have not. I have seen your bravery, just as I have also seen the tears you’ve shed in secret. Every tear is precious to Me, because you are precious to Me; each one I have collected in a bottle—as it is written in My Word:

You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book (Psalm 56:8).

“I am pulling out the arrows that others have carelessly shot at you through their words and their actions, filling you with My healing balm of Gilead. Hear the love song that I am singing over you: I am binding up your heart, healing your wounds of former seasons. It’s a new day and a new dawn! Do not look to the former, for I am doing something new.

“What the enemy has sought to destroy you with has only served to make you stronger. He has greatly underestimated your strength and tenacity, even as you have said in your heart, ‘though he slay me, I will praise the Lord.’ You have allowed My purposes to be accomplished in you, and now I am turning the bitter into sweet! Surely you will receive double for all that you have suffered. The woundings of your previous season will be the very launching pad that propels you forward to minister with an even greater compassion and anointing! The very areas of which you have overcome, you now carry an even greater anointing in. For freely you have received, now freely give (Matthew 10:8).

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“You are My liberated one, arising from the ashes and being sent out to release liberty to the captives, proclaiming My freedom (Isaiah 61:1). You will go forth in great joy, for I am the God who turns mourning into dancing. Hear heaven’s declaration over you, Beloved: the Father approves of you, and His delight is in you,” says the Lord!

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12).

I Will Be Your Compass

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” | Isaiah 30:21

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I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying, “I will be your compass, helping you navigate through this new season. What may have worked in the former season will no longer work in this new season that we’ve entered into. Yes, you feel stretched, enlarged, and even in over your head. Be rest assured, Beloved; I am taking you to the next level, and you are being elevated, even in the pressing! I am making new wine!

“Do not panic or fear, for My loving hand is upon you. I’m leading and guiding you into the new, even as a cloud by day and a fire by night (Exodus 13:21). I am expanding you and increasing you! Enlarge and expand your tent pegs, because surely you will spread out to the right and to the left (Isaiah 54:2).

“I am calling you to press deeper into My heart! For as you do, I will be faithful to show you great and mighty things that you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3). Let go of all stress and worry, Beloved, and enjoy your journey with Me. I have many new surprises and adventures in store, and they shall soon burst fourth. You have been equipped and prepared, now it’s time to soar to new heights with Me. Surely I will be your compass, and I will lead and guide you as we embark on our journey together,” says the Lord.

Sound The Alarm and Release Your Voice!

When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. | Joshua 6:20

Many have been battling an extreme hopelessness and a feeling of despair. I especially sense this to be true for the intercessors. The enemy has been working tirelessly to try and wear them down because there is so much in the balance right now, both in their own personal lives as well as on a national level.

I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying, “My people, sound the alarm! Lift your voice and release your battle cry! This is not a time to relent or retreat, rather it’s a time to get loud in your intercession. The kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12). The enemy has a tempted to bombard you and wear you down with warfare and opposition. He has sought to silence your voice by causing you to get wrapped up in despair. My people, it is vital that you pray like never before! There is a great war going on between light and darkness, but know that your prayers and petitions are moving and shifting things in the heavenlies. Pray in the spirit; pray with groans and travailing. Rise above the onslaught and press in, because there is victory on the other side!

“Shake off your slumber; shake off apathy and arise, My bride! Arise and release your sound; release your voice! Pray for your government; pray that righteous men and women will be established in positions of authority and that the wicked will be cut off. My ear is bent towards you, and as I have promised in My Word, ‘When My people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will heal their land’ (2 Chronicles 7:14).

“It is vital that you stay at your post and pray (Habakkuk 2:1). Do not say, ‘I am just one voice,’ for the smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, go up before God from the angel’s hand (Revelation 8:4). Raise the battle cry and sound the alarm! My bride, my ear is bent towards you. Surely your voice will shift nations, and kingdoms of darkness will be forced to retreat at the sound of your voice! Keep storming the gates of heaven, for as you do, the tide will turn. You will see the victory,” declares the Lord of hosts!

Fire on Your Intercession

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,make straight paths for him.’” | Mark 1:3

“I am sending My fire on your intercession,” declares the Lord. The very hunger, restlessness, and discontentment that you are currently experiencing will be the launching pad that catapults you into your new mantle of authority. I am breathing new life upon you; even now, My Spirit is hovering and brooding (Genesis 1:2).

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“I have heard your cries, even as you’ve called out, saying, ‘Show me Your glory!’ Now I am putting My holy fire on your intercession. You will pray with new passion and authority. What doors had been previously locked will now fling open through your prayers and petitions, for upon His shoulder I have placed the key of David, and My government shall know no end! (Isaiah 22:22)

“Beloved, do not shrink back and retreat, for I am sending My fresh fire on your intercession. I am burning away the dross; I am moving, I am working. Surely My voice is over the waters.

The enemy has attempted to silence your voice, but now you are coming forth ten times stronger than before. The battles that you have fought and overcome will carve a new path for others to come behind you, walking into victory. Truly I tell you, the very areas that you have broken through will now be the areas in which you will carry the breaker anointing,” says the Lord.

“Hear My call, My Bride! I am summoning you to awake from your slumber and enter into a place of prayer and intercession that is far beyond what you’ve previously known or experienced in former seasons. Your prayers will affect nations, for as it is written, if you ask of Me, I will give you the nations for your inheritance (Psalm 2:8).

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“Your prayers will move mountains and break down strongholds; they will establish and usher in My divine order and government upon the earth. Truly you are the voice of the one crying out in the wilderness, even as it was with John the Baptist, declaring and preparing the way of the Lord (Mark 1:3). I have called you to stand in the gap and contend for freedom in your bloodline, even extending into the future generations! You will be called ‘Repairer of the Breech,’ for you will bring healing and restoration, rebuilding the ruins of the former generations.

“Receive My fresh, holy fire on your intercession. Truly the wind of My favor is blowing on your back, propelling you forward into the new assignments and territory that I am releasing to you. Be encouraged, for everywhere your foot treads, I will give you the land (Joshua 1:3).”

The Lord is Exposing and Bringing Down the Spirit of Python!

Over the past two weeks, I have been experiencing extreme fatigue and exhaustion, hopelessness, anxiety, and the temptation to simply give up. I could not figure out why I felt like this. However, I know that God is faithful to answer our cries, and He will give us wisdom when we bring Him our concerns. As it is written in Jeremiah 33:3, we are instructed to call upon the Lord, and He will show us great and mighty things that we do not know. Even in my weariness, I’ve been seeking the Lord in faith, asking Him what exactly this is that I have been experiencing.

Last night, I had a vivid dream of a snake lurking in my bedroom. It started out as a small snake and then rapidly grew in size. After spending time in the Lord’s presence upon awaking, I began to gain understanding of what my dream represented. The Lord revealed to me that the snake in my dream had been a python, and it represented the spirit of Python.

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Python is a spirit that seeks to suffocate and suck the very life out of you through its relentless and vicious attacks. The Lords showed me that many in the Body of Christ—myself, included—have been feeling the effects of this evil spirit. Looking back, I can now identify that the physical exhaustion and weariness I had been experiencing was as an attack from the enemy. This is why Word of God tells us that we are to “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, [we] may be able to stand [our] ground, and after [we] have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).

We can even see in Scripture the spirit of Python trying to latch onto the apostles and leaders of the early church:

Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her (Acts 16:16-18).

The spirit that had possession over the female slave was that of Python. It was relentlessly taunting the apostle Paul, trying to get him off course and distract him from his assignment from the Lord.

As I continued to press into the Lord, He continued to expand understanding of my dream. I heard Him say, “I am bringing down the spirit of Python! In My goodness, I am exposing the evil spirit that has attempted to subtly sneak in and to harm to My people.” The Lord is now bringing freedom from the oppression that His people have been feeling, as they have cried out to Him for deliverance.

But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;
so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;
their dishonor will never be forgotten (Jeremiah 20:11).

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The Lord is turning the tables in this hour, and the attacks of the enemy are being overthrown! Where you have known such deep and seemingly unrelenting heaviness, you will now experience joy unlimited and full glory; where you have known heartache and despair, you will now experience freedom and a new spring in your step. People of God, the Lord is giving you your breath back! You will breathe easily once again, and truly your enemies will be no more (Isaiah 41:12).

The spirit of Python has attempted to get many of the Lord’s prophets to run and retreat into a cave, but now they are arising—coming forth with double strength, boldness, and anointing! For when the thief is caught, he must repay seven fold (Proverbs 6:31).

Just when it has seemed that all hope has been lost, the King of Glory is now coming in and bringing His radical deliverance and recompense! For whom the Son sets free is free, indeed (John 8:36).

Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in (Psalm 24:9).

I prophesy life, hope, and fresh joy over you today, as you are arising out of the very place of despair that the enemy has sought to keep you caged in. Be encouraged! The Lord is bringing you out into a wide and spacious place of freedom (Psalm 18:19).

Rosh Hashanah: A Time of Favor, Deliverance, and Promotion!

September 9, 2018 marks the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Even as today is a physical shift on the Jewish calendar, it is also the beginning of a significant shift in the spirit realm.

I hear the Lord saying, “This is your time and your season! I am bringing forth My favor, deliverance, and promotion, even as I did with Joseph. Many have felt confined in a ‘prison,’ for so long, yet they have remained faithful to me. Like with Joseph, I have been with them through the trials and testing, even despite what things may have appeared in the natural.”

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“But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Genesis 39:21).

Joseph literally went from the prision to the palace in one day (Genesis 41:14). Similarly, many of you will also experience a seemingly overnight turnaround! Truly God is releasing His favor, deliverance, and promotion over your life. The enemy has been working overtime to get you into a place of despair, but let hope arise! God is roaring His fierce vindication over you, and He is bringing forth justice and recompense for all that you have suffered.

Your finest hour is upon you! Keep your heart tender and pliable before the Lord, staying at peace, for things are about to radically shift in your favor. Stand still and see the salvation of your God!

”You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you” (2 Chronicles 20:17).

You Are Coming Forth Completely New!

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. | Psalm 118:17

The Lord’s heart is extended towards the battle weary: the ones who feel they have nothing left to offer. As the saying goes, “When we are down to nothing, He is up to something!”

It says in Isaiah 42:3-4, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. ” Many have felt as though situations in their lives have gone from bad to worse, as the enemy has been tormenting them and whispering the lie that things will never change. However, the very opposite is true. The Lord wants to encourage you today that the areas where you’ve experienced the most struggle will be the very areas where you will see the greatest breakthrough manifest! Truly He is going to make your valley of Baca a place of springs (Psalm 84:6).

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Your pain will pay! You will arise out of the very ashes of despair and come forth with new vigor, strength, and joy!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been continually hearing the word reset resonating in my spirit. I sense that the Lord is resetting His people, breaking off old mindsets and mentalities. Just like when a computer is rebooted or upgraded with new programming, so the Lord is also resetting His people, expanding them to carry the ‘new wine’—the new increase—that He is pouring out to His Bride.

“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved” (Matthew 9:17).

The Lord is honoring the radical obedience and faithfulness of His children. These are the ones who have been one hundred percent sold out to Him! They have laid down they reputation, saying, “Father, I’ll go where You tell me to go, and I’ll say what You want me to say!” They have given Him their ‘yes,’ even when many of them have suffered greatly. Some have even been slandered and falsely accused. Now the Lord is arising on their behalf. Behold! His reward is with him! (Revelation 22:12). They will experience double recompense in the very areas where they’ve suffered! Truly God is clearing their names and righting all of the wrongs.

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, and your land will be married (Isaiah 62:4).

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I see a picture of the Lion of Judah roaring over His people with mighty vindication and recompense, as they have remained humble and have not sought to defend themselves. Even now, the Lord is setting the table for you to dine in the very presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5). He is pouring out His healing balm, binding up the broken hearted!

Many are feeling as though they’ve lost their joy due to the longevity and intensity of the battle, but the Lord is going to restore your laughter even ten times greater than it was before! Just as it says in Psalm 126:

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).

Hold on, people of God! Do not cast away your confidence! Just when it seems as though there’s no hope, the Lord is now coming on the scene to do what only He can do. He is fighting for you, you need only to be still (Exodus 14:14). He is making all things completely new! The breakthrough that you will experience will be bigger and greater than anything you have formerly known or experienced. Watch, as you will see and know the goodness of God in the land of the living (Psalm 27:18).

Let hope arise! You are coming forth completely new!

Your Praise Will Open Up the Way

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in. | Psalm 24:7-9

Your praise will open up the way! The King of glory is coming on the scene, for He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). He is fighting your battles and bringing vindication where you have experienced injustices. The Lord has you surrounded; truly there are more for you than against you.

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God is calling you to more! He is inviting you to come up to higher ground, above the noise and distractions. As you give Him the honor due to His name, those burdens and distractions will no longer weigh you down. Our God is the King of glory, mighty in battle, and worthy of our praise.

Do Not Retreat!

The enemy is putting up a lot of smoke and mirrors right now, trying to intimidate many of the Lord’s forerunners; he wants to get them to turn back because the giants in the land seem too big (Numbers 13:32-33). Even so, I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying today, “The enemy is trying to intimidate you because he is terrified at the grounds you are taking. However, do not retreat or relent, rather set your face like flint (Isaiah 50:7) and continue to walk forward,” says the Lord.

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“There are more for you than against you. Be encouraged, for everywhere your foot treads I will give you the land (Joshua 1:3)! This is your time and this is your season,” declares the Lord. “Be bold and courageous, and keep walking forward! Do not retreat, for I will be with you wherever you go. Your victory is assured,” declares the Lord of Hosts!

Come Away With Me

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” | Revelation 22:17

The Lord continues to woo His bride into a place of deeper intimacy and encounters with Himself. Oh, how He longs to be with us! We are the apple of His eye, just as it is written in Song of Solomon:

“You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes” (Song of Solomon 4:9).

Even in the midst of the distractions, transitions, and shaking that are taking place, I believe the Lord is calling us to come away with Him. Truly, better is one day in His courts than thousands elsewhere (Psalm 84:10).

I believe the Lord would encourage you today, saying, “Continue to press into Me above the noise, and you will hear My still small voice. I will make your crooked places straight and your rough places smooth (Isaiah 45:2). I will speak peace to your raging storms. My peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27). Truly, all you have need of is found solely in Me. As you continue to linger and abide in My presence, those burdens and cares will melt away. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Come to Me and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30). By Me and through Me, all things are being held together.”

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).

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“Your very life is in My hands, and you are safe with Me,” says the Lord. Fear not and fret not, My love. I’m calling you to come away with Me.”

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23).

All That Is Hidden Will Be Revealed

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. | Luke 8:17

There is a great unveiling that is taking place in this very hour! All that was once hidden is now being brought to the light, for as it says in 1 Corinthians 4:5, “He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.” Even so, I believe that the Lord would say to His Bride today, “Beloved, do not fear the shaking; I am shaking all that can be shaken, but what has been established in Me shall remain. I am a just God, and whatever a man sows, he shall surely reap (Galatians 6:7).”

At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:26-29).

“Do not fear all that is being exposed, for though the darkness is getting darker, My light is ever increasing. Those who have given their all to serve Me—being faithful, even in the little—will be promoted, for I will make them ruler over much. However, to those who have continually sown discord and have been unfaithful, they too shall reap what they have sown. For though I build up, I also tear down (Jeremiah 31:28).

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

“I am roaring My vindication in this hour! I am exposing the corruptions and deceitful things that have been taking place in the political arena. It is written in Proverbs that in My hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that I direct whichever way I choose (Proverbs 21:1). I urge you, America, to pray for your President and all those in authority that it may go well with you. As it says in My Word, ‘Pray…for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness’ (1 Timothy 2:2). My hand is on President Trump, for I have put a praying man in office. While he is not perfect, his heart is turned towards Me, and I honor him. I am calling you to honor him, as well, and to help hold up his arms in battle; your prayers and petitions are powerful and availith much (James 5:16).

“I am calling My people back to a place of prayer. As it is written, ‘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).

“My Bride, it is time to come together as a unified front; a house or nation that is divided against itself cannot stand (Matthew 12:25), but where there is unity, I command My blessing (Psalm 133).

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I am calling forth My fearless warriors to the frontlines! These ones have paid a price that few will ever understand. They are My sold-out and laid-down lovers of God; they cannot be bought or sold, going where I tell them to go and saying what I tell them to say. These ones have rid themselves of the fear and opinions of man, and the number one desire of their hearts has been to know Me and to make Me known!

“Now My warriors are arising from their place of hiddenness and obscurity. I am calling these ones to be generation changers, for they will take the world by storm! They will confound and offend those with religious, man-made mindsets. For just as it is written, ‘God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise’ (1 Corinthians 1:27). Even though they may be hated by the world, these are My chosen ones, and they have found great favor in My sight.

“Beloved, be encouraged! Even out of the very ashes, My glory is arising. I am shaking My Bride from her place of apathy and calling her back to her first Love. She will be found coming out of the wilderness, leaning on her Beloved (Song of Songs 8:5). Many will see, know, and place their trust in Me at the sight of it! So arise, shine, for your light has come, and My glory rises upon you (Isaiah 60:1),” says the Lord!

A Harvest on the Tears You Have Sown

Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. | Psalm 126:6 (NIV)

The Lord continues to speak to me on the season of harvest that we are entering into. Many of you have sown with your tears through prayer and intercession. I believe that the Lord wants to encourage you today, saying, “Your season of reaping is at hand! For as it is written, ‘Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them’” (Psalm 126:6).

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Beloved, weeping may endure for a night, but truly joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5). I see a new day dawning for the Bride of Christ, as the Lord is redeeming the heartache and trauma of your former season. You will be found coming up out of the wilderness, leaning heavily on your Beloved (Song of Songs 8:5).

The Lord is making all things new (Isaiah 43:19). He is making beauty for ashes and giving you garments of praise for a spirit of heaviness. Now watch, as the Lord redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with loving kindness (Psalm 103:4). Truly your best days are at hand!

The King Is Extending His Scepter to You

The king extended the golden scepter to Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king. | Esther 8:4

Recently, my husband and I attended our small group for a time of worship and prayer. While we were engaged in praise, singing “The Lion and the Lamb” by Bethel Music, I had a vision where I was standing before Jesus. A portion of the song’s chorus—“Who can stop the Lord almighty?”—was playing loudly as I locked eyes with the Son of God. Jesus then placed a crown upon my head and He extended His scepter to me. I began to weep and immediately fell to my knees, worshiping Him and placing my crown at His feet. I knew, just like Esther, I had found favor with my King.

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The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor and kindness with him more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti (Esther 2:17).

As I have pondered this vision, I sense the Lord’s heart of encouragement towards His Bride: “My Beloved, I am extending My scepter to you in this very hour. The courts of heaven are ruling in your favor, and justice is being served! I, Myself, will silence the voice of the accuser, and I will condemn every other tongue of judgement that may try to rise against you. For who can stop the Lord, Almighty?

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord (Isaiah 54:17).

“Like Esther, your prayers and petitions have continually come before Me, and now I am granting your request:

Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you.”

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“When a king chooses to extend his scepter, it trumps all other protocols and opinions of others. As it is written in Romans 9:15, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ My Bride, just like Esther, you have found much favor in My sight. I am calling you forth from your place of hiddenness and obscurity for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

“Your long season of waiting and preparation has not been in vain. I tell you, now is the time of My favor! Where man has looked at you and deemed you unqualified, I, Myself, qualify you,” says the Lord. “You have continuously given Me your ‘yes,’ and have walked boldly and courageously with Me into this new, uncharted territory. Truly your wilderness season of isolation has prepared you. I will now place a new mantle of influence and authority upon you, giving you a portion among the great. For I raise the poor from the dust, and lift the needy from the ash heap. I seat them with princes, and have them inherit a throne of honor” (1 Samuel 2:8).

You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance (Psalm 66:12).

“Even as with Esther, you have not sought to make a name for yourself, but rather your number one desire has been intimacy with your King—to know Me and to make Me known. I am now extending My scepter to you and bringing you to the forefront! Do not fear; be bold and courageous, and know that I am with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn (Isaiah 60:1-3).

Watch Me Defend You

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. | Song of Songs 8:6

“Continue to let me defend you, My Beloved! For you are My treasure, and I take great delight in you. Even now, I am working on your behalf; My justice will soon burst forth in radical and unseen ways. I will silence the voice of the naysayers, the critics, and those who have falsely accused you (even as you’ve made Me your highest heart’s delight and have set your face like flint amidst the onslaught).

“I honor you, My Bride. You have not looked to the right nor to the left; you have kept your heart pure, even saying through the tears, ‘Father forgive them, they know not what they do.’ Now watch, as I Myself defend you, restoring your honor and your name! I am bringing about my swift vindication and recompense in your life. I am preparing a table for you even in the very presence of your enemies. You are marked, you are chosen, and you are highly favored and esteemed of Me,” declares the Lord of hosts!

Abide In Me

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” | John 15:5

“My child, I am calling you to cease your striving and to begin abiding. Apart from Me you can do nothing, but through Me you can do all things (John 15:5).

“In this season of rapid acceleration, change, and increase, it is vital that you continue to remain and abide in Me. There will continue to be many things (some of which are even good) clamoring for your attention and affection. Refuse to let the urgent take priority over the important. Make Me your number one priority, and all of the other things will fall into place.”

Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

“The enemy would seek to overwhelm you and distract you with all that is at hand, but be encouraged: with My blessing, there will be no added sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). This is truly a “walking on water” season for you, My Beloved! Prepare to ride the wave of increase and elevation, for I am taking you to a higher place.

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“In the book of Daniel it is written, “the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32). By Me and through Me you shall do exploits! Fear not, for I have given you everything that you need. You are equipped to navigate the waters of this new season. Surely no good thing will I withhold from those who are called according to My purposes (Psalm 84:11). You are called, appointed, and chosen for such a time as this,” says the Lord!

Do Not Fear the Shaking and Transition! The Lord is Doing a New Thing!

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

There is much transition and shift taking place right now. The Lord is bringing His divine order and alignment to longstanding issues and strongholds that have been in need of change. Do not fear the shaking, for the old must die so that the new can come forth. This is now a time to move forward boldly and courageously. The Lord is with you, even as He is leading you into the unknown. Be assured, for truly He is your fire by night and your cloud by day.

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I see the Lion of Judah roaring with fierce vengeance over the injustices that His people have experienced. He is moving on the scene, and He is setting the wrongs right. Your Vindicator is working in radical ways in your defense, even as you’ve stayed humble and allowed Him to fight your battles. For truly He gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud (James 4:6).

Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours (Isaiah 61:7).

God is promoting many in this season. He’s giving them double honor where they have experienced shame (Isaiah 61:7). Rapid change and acceleration are upon us, as there will be many ‘suddenlies,’ promotions, and open doors of favor that spring forth in this new season. Keep your eyes on Him, and follow the Lord’s leading. He is with you in the great unknown, and He is preparing a table of blessings and feasting before you in the very presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5).

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The Lord is bringing joy where there has been mourning, giving you beauty for your ashes (Isaiah 61:3). As it is written in the Psalms, He will make you strong, anointing you with the finest oil (Psalm 92:10). Watch now, as your Vindicator does a new thing in your life!

I Am Sending the Rain!

You, O God, sent the reviving rain upon your weary inheritance, showers of blessing to refresh it. | Psalm 68:9 (TPT)

Upon waking up this morning, I felt the sweet and tangible presence of the Lord so strongly that all I could do was weep and worship Him. I was immediately reminded of the Psalms, where it is written, “I long to drink of you, O God, drinking deeply from the streams of pleasure flowing from your presence. My longings overwhelm me for more of you” (Psalm 42:1). I then felt the Lord’s heart of encouragement for His Bride:

I sense Him saying today, “I am sending the rain! The rain of My presence will refresh and revive you. The fire has burned so hot that many of My children have felt little to no strength to move forward; the adversity and seemingly constant onslaught has been intense and pressing. They have felt as though they’ve taken steps forward only to be pushed back again. However, know that it is I who changes the times and seasons. This day I have opened the gates in the spirit realm, and you are passing through!

I will go before you
and will level the mountains;
I will break down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron (Isaiah 45:2).

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“The prison bars that the enemy has sought to confine you in are swinging wide open, and you are coming out! As it is written in the Book of Isaiah, ‘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).

“My Beloved, today I place My signet ring and robe of authority upon you. I say to you well done, My good and faithful servant. You have endured much testing and have come forth pure, even as gold is tried by fire (Job 23:10). You shall now burst forth as a light in the darkness, and you will be one to offer hope to the hopeless.”

In the spirit I saw a battle field with many wounded saints who were laying down their swords. They were bleeding and bruised from all that the enemy had brought against them. Then I saw these burning ones—the ones filled with light—come and release life and hope to the ones who had fallen. Suddenly, the wounded’s strength and vigor were renewed, and they picked upon their swords once again—arising with a fierce fire of determination in their eyes.

I believe that the Lord is saying, “I am calling you to offer My hope to the hopeless ones. For freely you have received, now freely give (Matthew 10:8). You have entered into a kairos season, where you will see prophetic words come to pass that you have been contending for over the years. It’s your time and it’s your season,” declares the Lord!

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you (Isaiah 60:1).

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).