Encouragement,  General Encouragement,  Prophetic Words & Visions

Be Strengthened & Rise Above

Body of Christ, especially those who have said yes to God, this week we are headed into celebrating Pentecost.  There have been some rough patches this week that may have caught your attention.  Yes, there are distractions in the atmosphere but God is also shining His light in the areas where the enemy has overplayed His hand in your life.  He is not showing it to you to hurt you or frustrate you but rather so you can both identify and take authority over it to overcome. After all, you are more than a conquerer in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).

You are tired and weary of the journey and you are wanting to throw in the towel.  Again I say, “This is not the time to give up!  Whatever you do don’t stop moving forward!  Stay close to God through the secret place.  This is not the time to throw in the towel.  You are at the point of breakthrough.”  You are being threshed on the threshing floor.  Going through a threshold and being on the threshing floor are not the same thing.  Research for yourself what they are and ask Holy Spirit to open your understanding.

It is important that you identify what Gods is doing so that you are able to respond to God.  He is answering your prayers of freedom, deliverance, and healing in ways you never thought of.  Before you jump to the conclusion that this is warfare, stop and ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify and discern it.  Ask God what He is exposing to you at this time.  For the darts of the enemy, apply the strategy the Holy Spirit gives you, speak against it where you know you need to and trust God with the rest.

Do not agree to the whispers of the enemy!  Stand firm on every promise God has given you.  He is still the God of Israel, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob!  God is still same yesterday, today and forever!  He never changes and His words never return to Him void!

You’re More Powerful Than You Realize:
For some of you, there was a tactic of “isolation” to keep you away from both people that God sent to help you and to keep you upset at God so you wouldn’t pray, read the Word, and even hear what Heaven is saying this hour.  The reason is that the enemy is terrified of you!  You are in his way and he has been “attempting” to move you out of his way. He is doing this because when you pray, you cause destruction to the enemy’s camp! Pay attention!  You were put in your spouses, family’s, and others lives for a reason.  You are not going through things just for yourself and your lineage but also for your entire household, including future generations, and others that you are called to. Your life has been making a way for others that are about to follow after you. Be encouraged O mighty warrior!

If you truly saw and knew the blessing that God has already prepared for you and what you really are called to, you would understand the magnitude for the battle you have been facing. He didn’t show you all of it for a reason.  God gives you one step at a time.  Once that step is obeyed, then He releases the next one.  Don’t be impatient and try to do steps planned by you just because you don’t want to do the step God gave you. God has been teaching you how to step in obedience one stepping stone at a time.  One stepping stone prepares you for the next one.  No stepping stone can be skipped.  If you did that, then you would miss important wisdom that needs to be gained for the following step.

Don’t give up!  Through this process He teaching you and fine tuning you on how to hear His voice, being confident that you hear His voice, patience, humility before God and others, the difference between His desire and yours, your way vs His way, how to depend on Him alone, etc. Also, through the process of your life He has been teaching you the in‘s and out’s of all the areas you are called to help in the lives of those that God will send your way. You’ve been in the school of the Holy Spirit learning one on one. Even any mistakes made were turned around for your called purpose as you have continued to go back to God with everything. Your work and pain was not in vain!  Nothing was wasted! 

God is also working on you this season in every area of your life.  Remember that you were made in His image. In these recent times and seasons, your character and attitudes were being sifted, sorted, and tested. You are being given “OPPORTUNITY” to apply what God’s been teaching you, especially first in your home.

True Identity:
Wake up and snap out of it!  It’s time for you to recognize who you are in Christ (identity) and who God is.  It’s time to stop walking out this fake identity that was created through enemy’s whispers, situations, and circumstances.  Shake it off!  Get the help you need to process and heal. Get back in the Word!  Get back to praise and thanks!

Be Positioned in Thankfulness:
Remember all the victories that Christ has given you.  Do not forget what He has done for you.  Thank Him daily for everything He has done, is doing, and will be doing in all areas of your life.  Standing in this position is like the smooth stone that was in David’s hand before Goliath. David knew who God was for him to such an extent (from the place of intimacy) that he didn’t know the power of Goliath in front of Him. David incubated in the secret place regardless of what He went through with his own family and those around him. People judged David by what they saw in the natural but God looks at the heart. Things are not what they seem in the natural.

Be like Daniel who prayed 3 times a day, thanking God (Daniel 6:10).  In Daniel 6, the other administrators and high officers were jealous of the position that Daniel was about to be given.  They didn’t want him to take that seat but no one could find any fault in him either.  So they meticulously made a plan against Daniel that would target his strength and potentially a target to challenge his faith in God.  It was an “attempt” that the other administrators and high officers hoped would work. 

As soon as Daniel found out that the King signed that law, did Daniel retaliate or react?  No, the first thing he did was go to God with it on his knees as usual.  That must have been an intense situation but Daniel did not take matters into his own hands, rather he trusted God with it.  This had become a lifestyle for him.  It was a choice that he made to love God with all His heart, mind, might, and soul.

Daniels situation escalated to the point where he was put in the lions den!  I cannot imagine what he may have been going through in that moment in time.  Yet still, even in midst of lions with no way to physically escape, Daniel knew who to confidently call on for help. For he knew that His help comes from the maker of the Heaven and the Earth—Yahweh. Surely the enemy thought Daniel would be done with.  

Regardless of the restrictions on the law that was placed by the King, Daniel did not stop praying to God as usual.  Daniel knew who His God was and that He could place His trust in Him.  He knew that God is faithful to do what He says.  He walked in the knowing of who God is and his own true identity in God.  He knew that God won’t fail Him.  In the end, Daniel was found completely unharmed because God was with him. 

The very weapons that the enemy forged against both David and Daniel did not prevail (Isaiah 54:17). Goliath was knocked down with the stone but killed by his own sword. Daniel was stuck with a group of lions but God sent angel to shut the mouth of the lions because God found Daniel innocent in His sight. God showed up and people saw that He is indeed God.

In this way, know that all your prayers and efforts were not in vain and are not void.  The enemy does not have the upper hand in your situation like he thought in both David and Daniels life.  The only way the enemy can have the upper hand is if you give into what Satan wants.  You stand in a place of victory because of the works of the cross!  The battle is not yours but Gods.  Yeshua died for you and that alone determines that the battle has already been won! God is faithful to complete what He has started and He won’t fail you!  No weapon formed against you shall prevail! You will silence very voice raised up to accuse you! Your vindication will come from Yahweh! God is going to show up!

This is an “OPPORTUNITY” for you get back up again.  It’s not too late.  You’ve had to go against the grain even like David & Daniel did and keep on in obedience to God. You can succeed through the place of intimacy by spending time with God in the secret place.  You will see the fruits of your obedience as you continue to choose Him.

As always I remind: Choose wisely in each situation and circumstance.  See them as opportunities to apply the Word of God each time.  Remember, yes God is faithful to complete all He has spoken to you.  Also know that there are consequences to your actions too.  You will reap what you sow.  Sow wisely.

“Just as rain and snow come down from the Heavens and stay on the ground to weather the Earth; they cause grain to grow, producing see for the farmer and bread for the hungry.  It is same with my Word.  I send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands!  Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.  Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.  These events will bring great honor to Yahweh’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of His power and love.”

-Isaiah 55:10-13

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