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!

Those Who Have Sown With Tears Are Going to Reap Great Joy!

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. 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 126:5-6

Once again the Lord has been highlighting tears to me in this season. I believe that the Lord would want you to know that He has taken note of your tears and the injustices that you have experienced. His eye is on you, Beloved; be assured that your God is intimately acquainted with all of your ways (Psalm 139:3).

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You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book? (Psalm 56:8)

Though your faith feels weak and your strength low, you have said in your heart, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him” (Job 13:15). Be encouraged that the Lord has been working behind the scenes in your life. He is putting together a beautiful mosaic, even out of what looks like the broken, shattered pieces of your life. Our God wastes nothing, and He is giving you beauty for your ashes (Isaiah 61:3). He has seen the posture of your heart and how you have praised your way through the darkest valleys of despair.

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings (Psalm 84:5-6).

The Lord is redeeming things, though the process may look different than what you’ve anticipated. Be confident that it will be His very best for you. Your joy will be explosive, as you witness with your own eyes the goodness of God in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).

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Cast not away your confidence, and let your hope arise! Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:19). Your very tears have been fertilizing the ground of your harvest, and you are going to reap great joy. Get ready to be in awe of God’s continuing faithfulness in your life!

2018: A Year of Great Freedom

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. | John 8:36

It says in the Word that the Lord cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful (John 15:2). I believe that 2018 is going to be a year of incredible freedom for those who have surrendered their all for the Lord. These people have allowed the Lord to have His way in their lives, as they’ve truly embraced the pruning process (even when it seemed painful to their flesh).

The year of 2017 has been an intense season, but it has also been a year of personal growth. There have been many ongoing issues that some in the Body of Christ (myself, included) have been facing head-on for a long period of time. We have been contending for freedom from issues that have been passed down through generational bloodlines. It has seemed as though the enemy has been working overtime to bring division and destruction. However, despite these circumstances, we know that if anything is brought to the light it can no longer hide in the darkness (Ephesians 5:13). Be encouraged, Beloved! God’s heart for you and your loved ones is to bring healing and restoration; for the blood of Christ speaks a better word (Hebrews 12:24).

A couple months ago I began travailing over some things, and to my flesh it felt extremely uncomfortable. As I inquired of the Lord as to what I was experiencing, He immediately quickened my spirit and reminded me of a word that He had given to me in January of this year. The Lord further instructed me to go back and reread that word over again. I was shocked, as I discovered after pulling up the word that I had written it exactly nine months ago from that day.

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God instantly began to flood my spirit with His wisdom and revelation in regards to my question and feelings of discomfort. “I gave you a word declaring that 2017 will be the year that the umbilical cord is cut. Nine months later, similar to a mother’s pregnancy, I am bringing that word to completion in your life. Now is your time of birthing! You are experiencing discomfort, even as a woman in labor has birthing pains. However, once the baby is birthed, there will be incredible joy and freedom.”

The Lord has been cutting away unhealthy attachments and root systems so that the Bride of Christ can come into her place of freedom. I sense even now, as 2017 is coming to a close, that the Lord is completing this process of inner healing. Then they will be able to enter into 2018 completely healed of soul wounds and those unhealthy attachments.

Although His “cutting away” process can be painful to our flesh, it is all for good. God is getting rid of the old wine skins and making room for the new. This can be a vulnerable process; often during times like this, the enemy tries to come in and deceive. Yet, just as it’s written, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” but the Lord has come so that we can have life more abundantly (John 10:10).

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Do not believe the lies of the enemy that seek to tell you that you are being punished. The truth of the matter is that the Lord prunes His fruitful branches, those whom He loves, so that they can produce an even greater harvest. I believe that those God uses the most often endure the most intense time of pruning, however, it is so that they are prepared to carry the “more” that He is about to release upon them. To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).

Beloved, if you find yourself in a season where things are being brought into the light, know that the Lord is bringing restoration by allowing this to surface. He is completing His work in you, and He is flushing out any toxins in order to bring the healing that He so desires to give. Truly the Lord is doing a great work, as His ways and thoughts are always higher than ours.

It is vital in this season to look beyond what we see in the natural, having absolute trust that the Lord will complete the good work that He started in us. He tears down, but He also rebuilds (Job 12:14, Isaiah 61:4).

I sense the Lord’s heart of encouragement today. He is in the process of rebuilding, making beauty out of the ashes. Jesus Christ is allowing His Bride to enter into complete wholeness and health so that she can be fully equipped to go into this next year strong and free from her past entanglements and bondage. 2018 will be a year of new assignments, greater favor, and even geographical relocation for many. If you are currently experiencing turbulence, just hold on. This will soon clear, for the Son is breaking forth and you will experience a new day!

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived—
the things God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).

A December to Remember

I sense the Lord saying that this will be a December to remember. Many have been desiring and crying out for restoration in their lives, something that which cannot be purchased or placed under the Christmas tree. However, the Lord is going to deliver these things to you. He has heard your prayers and petitions, and His ear is bent towards you (Psalm 116:2).

I feel the Lord specifically highlighting restoration of health and restoration of relationships in this season. As it is written in Jeremiah 30:17, “I [the Lord] will restore your health and heal your wounds.” The Word also promised us that He will “restore the years the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25) and “turn the hearts of the father to the hearts of the children” (Malachi 4:6).

Expect to see things drastically and suddenly shift in your life, as it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:32). Rejoice, for this will be a December to remember!

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Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Your Banner

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”

Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. | Exodus 17:8-15

“I am the life giver, and I am the answer to any problem or difficulty that you may be facing. Come to Me all who are weary, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Come, drink of My living waters, and you shall thirst no more (John 4:14).

“Fix your eyes on Me, My Beloved, and not your problems. For I am the answer, your all sufficient One, and your ever present help in times of need (Psalm 46:1). Refuse to give into worry or fear, rather receive My peace that surpasses all understanding. Be confident that I am Jehovah Nissi, the Lord your Banner. Surely My banner over you is VICTORY,” declares the Lord!

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The Gift of Faith

“I release unto you the gift of faith: faith that sees with the reality of heaven’s eyes, faith that says to your mountain, ‘Be removed and cast into the sea!’ (Mark 11:23). For truly nothing shall be impossible for you as you receive this gift of faith that I am bestowing upon you, even now. You will laugh at what used to buffet and overwhelm you. You will receive and know my peace like never before. You will walk in great freedom,” declares the Lord, “for you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). Freedom is your portion in Me,” says the Lord!

What Has Looked Like Loss Will Soon Turn into Gain!

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap | Psalm 113:7

I sense that many in the body of Christ have been going through an intense time of pruning, as they’ve carried such grief over what appears to be a tremendous season of loss in their lives. However, the Lord is going to release such an incredible joy and freedom over His people, as He visits those places of deep disappointments and delivers a great healing.

I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying, “What has looked like loss and rubble in your life will soon be turned into a great gain. I am going to resurrect a massive turnaround in the very areas where you have seen the most heartache and upheaval. Indeed, I will give you double for your trouble. 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). My very glory will be seen in the areas that have caused My people such grief and heartache.”

I sense the Lord’s heart of encouragement to hold on to hope and to not throw away your confidence. So many have been experiencing hope differed because of the longevity of the battling and contending. Some may feel that they have taken two steps forward, only to have the enemy knock them several steps back again. However, I am reminded of how an arrow must be pulled back in order to gain the momentum it needs to be launched forward. Beloved, you are an arrow in the hand of the Lord, and the tension that you have been feeling is preparing you to be launched further than you could ever imagine!

He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver (Isaiah 49:2).

You are not going backwards, rather, God is catapulting you forward. Even as 2017 is nearing a close, many may have become disillusioned, because they have found themselves in circumstances and situations that would appear to be hopeless in the natural realm. At the beginning of the year, they thought that they would be in a completely different place than they were before. Some may even feel as though things are worse now than they once were. Yet I believe that the Lord is saying, “The story isn’t over! I am releasing a ‘finishing’ anointing over you, and you will complete the year 2017 with nothing missing and nothing broken.”

In my mind’s eye, I can see a picture of a person running in a marathon. He has been running for a long time, and he is in the very back of the group. Others are bolting ahead of him, and the enemy is laughing and taunting the runner, telling him to give up. The whisper of the enemy seems to grow louder, as he taunts, “Why bother to keep running? You’ll never make it; you’re too far behind.” Out of sheer exhaustion, the runner momentarily considers quitting.

But suddenly a new strength and vigor arises on the inside of him, as he realizes that he had come too far and had fought too hard to turn back now. Then, the Spirit of God blows on the runner and empowers him with a fresh wind, and he takes off with renewed vision and strength! To the enemy’s dismay, he zooms past all of the other runners and crosses over the finish line.

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I believe that this is a prophetic picture of what is happening right now. Just when you feel as though you can’t possibly take another step forward, God will step in and breathe his refreshing Spirit upon you.

Friends, we have come too far to turn back now! Keep running your race well, because there is going to be an amazing plot twist coming in the next chapter of your  life. Your story is far from over, and the best is yet to come! Truly you will taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” This is going to be a season of highest hearts’ desires and longings fulfilled. If you have been sensing an intensity and a sudden feeling of hopelessness, be encouraged! It is often darkest just before the dawn. This is a time to get your hopes back up! Dare to dream big once again!

For many in the body of Christ, God is getting ready to do what only He can do. His very life and resurrection power is, even now, visiting what would once appear to be the most bleak and hopeless of circumstances.

Truly the Lord’s ways are so much more higher than ours. It says in His Word that unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, there can be no harvest (John 12:24). What has looked like loss in your life will be turned into a harvest of great gain. Watch, as you receive double blessing in those very areas, for the death and pruning that you’ve been experiencing is giving way to new and abundant life!

Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you (Zechariah 9:12).

Awake from Your Slumber: A Call to Prayer!

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

This morning, while laying in bed, I kept hearing the phrase, “Awake, awake from your slumber!” The urgency kept growing. Still not fully awake, I got out of bed and began seeking the Lord.

This is what I sense He is saying to the body of Christ in this hour:

Who will discern the burden of the Lord? Who will tarry with Me in the secret place and ask Me what is on My heart? The god of this world has sought to blind the eyes of many.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

So many are distracted right now, and it’s one of the biggest tools of the enemy; he wants to keep My bride distracted and focused on lesser things.

My bride, hear My call: “Awake, awake, O sleeper!”

“…Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).

Come away with Me; tarry in My presence! Will you stand in the gap for the nations that are in the balance? I am looking for My laid down lovers who will set aside their own agendas, press into My heart, pray, and partner with Me to push back the darkness.

There is a great urgency, My bride, to pray and intercede like never before. I’m calling you to pray over the schools and your churches! Declare Psalm 91, for indeed I hearken unto the voice of your words.

Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word (Psalm 103:20).

For the prayers of My people are powerful and effective (James 5;16). This is not the time to retreat or bend a knee in fear! I am calling you fourth in this hour, My bride, to put on your combat boots and engage in battle. Have I not said in my word that the violent shall take it by force?

“…the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).

I have also said that in My name you shall cast out demons, heal the sick, and raise the dead. (Matthew 10:8). I am calling my bride to awake from her slumber – to come fourth as the fearless warrior that I have intended her to be. She will not shrink back, retreat, or back down. She will bring the battle to the enemy. She will gather the spoils and repair the war torn cities. She shall be called ‘repairer of the breech.’

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
(Isaiah 58:12).

I am calling you to intercede and rescue those caught in sex-trafficking. My heart grieves over every one of these, and it is My desire that not one should perish, for I have come to seek that which was lost (Luke 19:10). My heart is broken over sex-trafficking! Will you bare this burden in prayer? Will you pray, “Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours?”

“Now is the time to arise and shake off complacency,”  says the Lord. “I am calling you to the front lines.”

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Future devastation, violence, and shootings can be prevented when My people pray! Awake, awake My people! “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11).

Hear and respond to the call of your Bridegroom. I’m calling My fearless warriors to the front lines, for indeed, even as the darkness increases, My light and glory shall shine brighter (Isaiah 60:1-3), and I will draw all men unto Me (John 12:32).

Will you answer the call?

 

You Are Seated with Me in Heavenly Places

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

Refuse to be a “bottom dweller,” My Beloved, for you are seated with Me in heavenly places. The enemy of your soul would seek to keep you looking down, focusing on your circumstances. Yet, like the eagle, I have created you to soar above. I have made you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13). For even now, My winds of change are blowing in your life. I am blowing away the dead things that will no longer serve you in this season, and I am bringing in the new. Change and reformation are here; freedom is here. Embrace the new, and embrace the wind of My Spirit. Truly it will catapult you into the new place that I have prepared for you.

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Be willing to leave behind that which was once comfortable and familiar to you; be willing to follow the new path that I am even now opening up before you. Even as I have said, “My Word will be a lamp for your feet, and a light on your path” (Psalm 119:105).

Now is the time to get your hopes up! Resist the spirit of heaviness that would seek to  attach to you, for My joy is your portion, today and every day. I will cause your praise to torment the enemy.

I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation (Exodus 15:1-2).

I am expanding the path before you, My child. I am strengthening you and enlarging your territory. Rejoice! For you are seated with Me in heavenly places!

I Am Tying Knots In You

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” | Matthew 7:24-25

“I am shoring up your foundation and tying knots in you,” says the Lord. “Do not fear the shaking and testing, for all that is built on My solid foundation shall remain.”

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 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” (2 Timothy 2:19-20).

“Stay anchored and rooted in Me. Continue to have open hands, entrusting Me with all that you hold dear. I am the Master builder, and I know what I am doing. All of My plans and purposes for your life are for your good (Jeremiah 29:11).

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“Even in the natural when a remodel is taking place, there is often a tear-down process where thins get stripped to their bare foundation. This can be a messy procedure, but it is needed in order for the new to be established and the process of rebuilding to begin. This same process is true with you. It may feel as though you are currently being stripped of all that was once comfortable and familiar. However, even in the stripping away, I am preparing you for the new and the increase that I am about to pour into you!”

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins” (Mark 2:22).

My Beloved, be assured that I am not taking away from you, rather, I am adding to you. In the temporary discomfort, do not shrink back or resist the change, for I am leading you into new and uncharted territory. Surely, I am bringing in the increase!

“You will be one who joyfully explores and searches out the deep things of My Spirit, like a child on a treasure hunt. I will open up to you that which was previously hidden, and I will show you things that will cause your heart to leap! Call upon Me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).

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“I am honoring hunger in this season, even as I have said in My Word, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled’ (Matthew 5:6). Know that My light within you is burning bright, and it is pushing back the darkness. Again I say to you, do not resist the shaking, rather, embrace the work that I am doing within you. I will cause you to pioneer new territories, and I will increase your sphere of influence. I will continue to lead you and open up the way before you as you stay in tune with Me and obey My still small voice.

“I am making your crooked places straight, and I am bringing My order and alignment to those areas of your life where you have been experiencing disorder. I am building a healthy foundation, and I am tying knots in you. Upon those knots, you will build some beautiful things for My Kingdom!”

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings (Isaiah 58:12).

You Are Passing Through!

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. | Psalm 84:5-7

I hear the Lord saying, “Do not cast away your confidence; you are passing through this valley.” The enemy is seeking to blindside many through sudden distractions and onslaughts that have seemingly come out of nowhere. However, the Lord is working it all out for your good, and your victory is assured.

“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).

Do not focus on the ‘smoke and mirrors.’ The Lord is working out everything for your good, and these earthly trials are not as they appear. Stay rooted and grounded in the truth! This will be a season of breakthrough, acceleration, and increase, as you are advancing and moving forward.

Habakkuk 2:11 says, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me.” Stay at your post of prayer, and refuse to budge from from what the Lord has spoken to you. Continue to declare God’s truths and promises aloud. This is a time to ‘war’ with your prophetic words and promises, just as the Lord declared in Jeremiah, “‘Is not my word like fire,’ declares the LORD, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?’” (Jeremiah 23:29)

Shake off complacency and discouragement, and make war with your prophetic words! God is not slack concerning His promises. He is going to do everything He has said that He will do. Stay aligned with His truth, and be encouraged if you are experiencing momentary turbulence. The fog will lift, and you will pass through to the other side!

For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory (Deuteronomy 20:4).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Note From Angie:

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

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

In Christ’s Love,
Angie Stolba

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Abiding Under His Wing

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

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

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

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

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

Come out of That Cave!

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

The Showdown on Mount Carmel

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

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

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

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

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

And He did.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reinforcements Are Coming

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

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

Rest and Refreshing

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

Double Honor and Vindication

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

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

 

Arise, Shine; For Your Light Has Come!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I Am Watching Over My Word

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

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

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

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

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

I Am with You in the Deep Waters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Personal Note and Update on Living With Confidence:

Hi, friends!

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

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

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

In Christ’s Love,
Angie Stolba

You Are Overcoming and Advancing

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

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

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

Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident (Psalm 27:3).

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

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

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

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

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

 

Glory in the Unexpected Places

I am a good and merciful God, and mercy triumphs over judgement. While many may be prophesying ‘gloom and doom,’ hold on to truth, and remember that I am your good Father. As I have said in My Word, “if My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face … then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

I instruct you in My Word to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Now is the time to lift up your prayers. Pray for Florida, pray for Texas, and pray for North Korea. Continue to lock your eyes on Me, and do not lose sight of My nature. When My children pray according to My will, My ear is bent towards them. Indeed, I will move on their behalf. Truly the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16).

Think it not strange when you hear of wars and rumors of wars. Have I not foretold you of these things in My Word? (Matthew 24:6) However, even in the shaking and very upheaval that you see, I will remember mercy. Even as the gross darkness covers the earth, My light shall shine even brighter.

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you (Isaiah 60:2).

I will cause My goodness and beauty to rise out of the ashes. I will take what the enemy had meant for destruction, and I will use it for good. Surely I, the Lord, will cause My very glory to rise in the unexpected places. Fear not, and draw upon My mercy and steadfast love.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

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I will unleash My mercy over Florida and Texas, for even in the midst of what appears to be ashes and devastation, I will cause My very glory to arise from that place.

My Spirit is brooding, and My Spirit is hovering. Truly, My voice is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. My voice is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. My very voice breaks the cedars; indeed, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon (in reference to Psalm 29:3-5). 

Watch, as My glory will go forth from here and into the nations. Look for My glory in the unexpected places, as you keep your eyes focused on Me.

Restored to Double Honor

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.” | Isaiah 61:7

I sense that the Lord is removing shame and restoring honor in this season. To those who have experienced dishonor, yet have kept their hearts pure before the Lord, be encouraged! He is vindicating you even now, restoring you to a place of double honor and recompense. No longer will you suffer shame. As it is written in Isaiah, “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth” (Isaiah 54:4-5).

There are many who have felt like misfits in the eyes of the world, and (for some), even in the eyes of their own family and friends. Yet I sense the Lord’s heart of encouragement. I believe that He would say, “The very ones who have been labeled as ‘misfits,’ by the world are My ‘change agents.’ These ones have been trained in the secret place, and I am getting ready to bring them out of hiding and on display as a royal diadem for all the world to see!”

“You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you” (Isaiah 62:3-5).

I see the Lord placing beautiful robes on His ‘change agents;’ He is allowing them to come and feast at His table, even in the very presence of their enemies (Psalm 23:5). As you have stayed in a place of lowness and humility before the Lord, He is now going to bring you up higher. For He gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud (Proverbs 3:34).

Truly your best days are at hand. The Lord is removing shame and reproach in this hour. Get ready to be restored to a place of double honor!

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory (1 Samuel 2:8).

The Season of the Open Door

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” | Revelation 3:8

“Do not fear the unfamiliar places, for I am here with you, even in the transition in the change. Know that I am going before you, and then I have already prepared the way ahead of you.

“It’s the season of the open door. Watch, as I opened what was formally shut and reveal what was previously hidden. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places (Isaiah 45:3). Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and resist clinging to what has been familiar. I am taking you to a new place; I will show you how to navigate and walk in it, but you must abide in Me and obey Me, even when it doesn’t make sense. For my ways and thoughts are higher than yours. (Isaiah 55:9).

“Be open handed before me. Be willing to release freely whatever I call you to release, knowing that I am your abundant supply, and I am faithful always. This is the season to lean into Me and trust Me completely, for there are rapid changes and accelerations approaching you. Have full confidence, and know that the plans that I have for you are good. You are ready to be launched into all that I have been preparing for you. Fear not! Great and mighty things are quickly unfolding. This is the season of the open door,” declares the Lord!

Encouragement for the Battle Weary: The Lord Is Bringing the Turnaround!

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

I want to encourage those who have become battle weary. These are the ones who feel as though they’ve been hit in multiple areas of their life, and have even contemplated giving up, due to how intense their battles have been. But today, I break the lies of the enemy that would seek to tell you that you are going backwards. The enemy wants you to believe that things are going to get worse, but this is not your reality! I decree the Lord’s truth over you today; the reality of the matter is that He is catapulting you forward in this next season, and that your best is yet to come. 

Let it be known that the Lord is bringing the turnaround, even now. He is renewing strength to those who have been feeling physically exhausted, due to the constant onslaught and warfare that they have been experiencing. The Lord is also vindicating those who have experienced extreme loss and injustice. Watch, as He is turning the loss into your gain, and bringing you repayment for all that you have suffered.

Yet if he is caught, he must pay seven-fold,
    though it costs him all the wealth of his house (Proverbs 6:31).

I sense that God is saying today, “The enemy has overplayed his hand against My people, and like Haman, he will be hanged on his own gallow (Esther 7:10). I, the Lord, am fighting for you, so take heart. I am rushing on the scene like a mighty warrior, and I am stirring up My zeal. Listen! I am raising the battle cry, and sounding the alarm on the enemy (Isaiah 42:13). Angelic assistance and reinforcement is being sent to strengthen you,” says the Lord, “even as you have said in your own heart, ‘Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident (Psalm 27:3).'”

Recently, while praying with a dear friend of mine, the Lord gave me a very clear and vivid image of beautiful flowers popping up through a layer of concrete. I believe that He is saying, “I am causing My beauty and new life to bloom in the midst of what have been your hardest circumstances.”

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The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God (Isaiah 35:1-2).

The Lord is healing deep sorrow and hope deferred in His people. The Father is truly turning their ashes into beauty, and giving them joy where there has been mourning. Yes, a great joy is going to explode in their hearts, as they see the manifestation of God’s long awaited promises come to pass. This will bring a deep cleansing and healing for the people of God! As it is written, “Rivers of living water will flow from your belly (John 7:38).

“Do not think for a moment that I have abandoned you,” says the Lord, “for the exact opposite is true. I have always been by your side, working My very purposes in you. The very trials that the enemy had sent to destroy you, I will turn around for your good. You have been fortified and strengthened, refined like the precious gold. You have walked through fire, yet the flames have not set you ablaze, for I have preserved you for such a time as this.

“Take heart, precious one. for even now I am rushing to the scene to breathe My very life back into you. Though you have felt weary, do not fear. I am stepping in and turning around the tables! Where you have seen what appeared to be loss and defeat, you will now see victory after victory,” declares the Lord.

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. Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them (Psalm 126).

 

New Mercies for Today

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. | Lamentations 3:22-23

My Child, I am the Glory and the One who lifts your head. Even now My heart of compassion is being extended to you. My mercies are new every morning, and they never come to an end. Even in your weakness and in your times of struggle, My strength is being made perfect in you (2 Corinthians 12:9). Receive all that you have need of today, for a bruised wick and contrite spirit I will not deny (Isaiah 42:3).

Do not fret or fear the future, rather receive the grace that I offer you for today. Be assured that there will be new mercies every morning. I am calling you to trust Me and leave the future in My hands, having full confidence that I have a good plan and outcome for your life.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Dear Butterfly

My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. Refuse to be weighed down by the cares and trials of this world, rather in all things give Me thanks. Continue to look to Me, for I am making the crooked places straight. I will help you navigate through the unknown as you continue to have childlike faith and trust in your Heavenly Father. Put no confidence in flesh, but look to Me, for I am faithful. All things are being upheld by Me and through Me (Colossians 1:17).

I am perfecting all that concerns you, My lovely one. Nothing can ever separate you from My great love (Romans 8:39). Know that, indeed, I am at work in your life, and all things are coming together for good. Trust in Me, Beloved, and receive My new mercies for today.

Garments of Praise

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. | Isaiah 61:1-3

In this season, the enemy has sought to bring down many with discouragement, despair, weariness, and hope deferred. He has sought to deceive you, trying to convince you to come into alignment with his lie that breakthrough will not happen in your life. Yet take heart, for the exact opposite is true! Even in what feels like chaos, I hear the Lord saying, “Put on a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” It may feel as though there has been an increase in the warfare that you have been experiencing, but the Lord is exposing the enemy’s plan. Breakthrough is happening now, and it will soon manifest in your life.

I recently saw a picture in my mind of many in the body of Christ, bent over by the weight of heavy chains (a symbol of burdens) wrapped around them. When they tried to take a step forward, the enemy would throw yet another chain around them, and they staggered under the added weight. Shortly after I saw that picture, I was reminded of a fascinating story that I had once heard:

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” My friend was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

– Author unknown

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I believe that the Lord is using this story as an analogy for the body of Christ in this hour. I hear Him saying, “I have given you strength like the elephants. The chains that the enemy has sought to entangle you with can easily be tossed off. The enemy has no real power to keep you bound, as he is just grasping to keep you in alignment with his lies. As My people open their mouths and give Me the sacrifice of their worship, truly the grave clothes and shackles will fall off of them; they will be adorned with new, beautiful garments of praise.”

It may feel as though your joy has been attacked in this last season. The enemy knows that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and he has been doing everything in his power to try and take that away from you. However, I sense that the Lord is releasing the fresh oil of His everlasting joy in this hour. The Lord is washing away the pain of the previous seasons, restoring and redeeming the times that the locust have eaten (Joel 2:25). As you give the Lord the sacrifice of your praise, rivers of living water will flow through those parched places of your life, bringing new healing and refreshing that will cleanse and renew your spirit.

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Lastly, I hear the Lord saying today, “Reinforcement is coming; help is on the way.” I believe that the Lord would say, “My favor is going to be released and extended to help you for your next step. Be encouraged! I am lining things up, bringing the provision and assistance that you need to fulfill the call that I have placed on your life. The puzzle pieces are coming together, and I am going to divinely order the next steps that you need to take.”

Continue to posture your heart in a place of humility and trust, and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Let His joy and His strength rise up in you, for the Lord is going to make your crooked places straight, and do for you what only He can do. Enter into the Lord’s rest today, and continue to put on the garment of praise.

“… Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6).

“Come Up Higher!”

The Lord continues to speak to me in this season on the heart that He has for the Bride of Christ. In Song of Songs 8:6, Solomon’s bride expresses her deep love and devotion for her bridegroom, saying, “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.” Similarly, Jesus Christ is jealous for His Bride. Out of the jealous love that He has for her, the Lord is allowing His fire to purge and purify anything in His Bride that does not align with His truth. He is exposing unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors—things that have held us in bondage—in order to bring us into a greater place of freedom that we have not previously known or experienced. However, we should not fear the process, for like gold, the Bride is being purified and fortified, even in the fire.

I hear the Lord beckoning His Bride, saying, “Come up higher! Call upon Me, and I will show you great and mighty things that you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).” I truly believe that God is releasing fresh revelation in this season.  The Lord is roaring His freedom and His truth into the very areas where the enemy has sought to keep you bound and impoverished in your thinking. Can you hear the sound of chains breaking, and the rattling of prison doors being opened? Beloved, no longer will you live below your potential; the Lord is calling you upward to a higher place, for you are seated in heavenly places with Him (Ephesians 2:6). 

I sense that the Lord is also saying to His Bride, “I know how the enemy has sought to wear you out in this season, seemingly throwing at you one problem after the next. Yet, he does not know that the process and fire that you are going through is making you stronger. Like a butterfly coming from a cocoon, your wings have been strengthened in the struggle, and now you will soar to new heights with Me.

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“My Beloved, you have been purified like the precious gold, even through the refining. Rejoice at how far you have come, for truly nothing has been wasted. I have been using every circumstance for your good, as you have allowed Me to mold you and shape you as a potter does with clay. I tell you the truth, you will marvel at how far you have come, as I have been with you through it all.

“Do not focus on the past, rather move forward. Indeed, I am calling you up higher. I have collected all of your tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8 NLT), and the very tears that you have cried have been watering and fertilizing the harvest that shall soon spring forth. Truly, I have taken your sorrows, and I am giving you joy.

“Can you hear the love song that I am singing over you, My precious child? Continue to embrace the process, and receive your new-found freedom in Me. You are no longer a slave to fear, rather you are a child of the Most High! Rise up in renewed strength and vigor, and be confident that I, the One who has started the good work in you, will be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6). Come up higher, and step into your new place of freedom today, because it is for freedom that I have set you free (Galatians 5:1).”