The Last Shall Become First!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Radical Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep Moving Forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arise in Your Authority

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

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

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

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

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

I Am Calling You by a New Name

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Your Discontentment Is Birthing a Greater Desire for His Presence!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I’m Releasing My Sound!”

The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies. | Isaiah 42:13

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Listen to Me, O my people! This next movement will not be exclusive, but it will be available to all who are hungry (Matthew 5:6).  I am increasing revelation and clarity to My people in this season, and I am removing the fog that has attempted to settle upon them. New songs, new books, and fresh revelation are being imparted to the body of Christ! I’m sending My revival fire, and I will use My children in this next movement,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will fall on the young and old alike. As it is written, ‘In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams,’ (Acts 2:17) and ‘out of the mouths of infants and babes I have ordained praise’ (Matthew 21:16).

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

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

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

Generational Blessings and Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Will Drink Deeply from the Wells of Salvation!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A New Season

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?” | Song of Songs 8:5

Out of the Wilderness

There are many who have entered into a new season of promotion. However, due to the intensity of the trials and warefare of their previous season, they may not even realize that they are now walking in something new. It is easy to become battle weary, living life in survival mode. But dear Bride of Christ, lift your eyes! You have come up out of the wilderness, leaning on your Beloved. Your season has shifted, as you are leaving the wilderness behind.

Forward Only

The trials and tribulations of 2017 have been intense, but they have served much purpose; you are stronger now and more fully equipped to steward what lies ahead. Like a diamond, you have been purified and shaped through the intensity of the heat and pressure.

I feel the Lord’s heart of encouragement towards His Bride. I believe that God desires for her to walk boldly and courageously into the new land that He has placed before her. Beloved, it is vital to walk forward only. What once worked in past seasons will not work in this new season, for truly the Lord is doing a new thing! Do not look back, nor get entangled in what the Lord has already set you free from. It is His anointing that has destroyed the yoke of the former bondages, and whom the Son sets free is free indeed (Isaiah 10:27; John 8:36).

Guard Your Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23).

It is critical that we guard our hearts in this new season.

The Lord has been impressing on me the importance of purity. A good daily prayer to begin dialoguing with the Lord is Psalm 51:10. The Psalm reads, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Another great scripture to pray is Psalm 139:23-24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

It is vital that what we put before our eyes, what we allow our ears to hear, and the words we let out of our mouth are life giving. It is written in the Bible that to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). With promotion comes greater responsibility and stewardship, and we need to steward well for the Lord.

Greater Authority and Influence

You now carry the breaker anointing in the very areas in which you have overcome, and you are equipped to set others free in the places you once struggled in. Freely you have received, now freely give (Matthew 10:8).

I sense that many new doors will be opening at an accelerated pace in this season, and not just one door at a time, but many simultaneously!

“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills” (Amos 9:13-15 MSG).

It will be important not to get overwhelmed or lean merely on human wisdom and understanding as this happens. Rather, as the doors fling wide, apply Jeremiah 33:3 to your mind. For the Lord says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

As your heart’s cry is to honor the Lord and seek His will, He will be faithful to lead and guide your steps. Stay in a posture of obedience and surrender to our God, for those who have remained humble are being exalted and promoted in this hour. For the Lord exalts the humble, but resists the proud (Psalm 138:6).

Walk Boldly and Courageously Into Your New Land!

Every place where you set your foot will be yours (Deuteronomy 11:24).

“Walk forward,” says the Lord. “This is not a time to shrink back in fear, rather to rise up boldly and confidently!”

You have slayed many giants in this past season, and now the Lord is enlarging and expanding your territory (Deuteronomy 19:8). Your wilderness season is over, and new life is springing forth! Rise up courageously, oh mighty men and women of valor! This is a season of great joy, new assignments, and promises fulfilled. Let your hope arise, as you walk forward boldly and confidently into your new season!

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!