God has been stirring in me something since the beginning of November 2012, about His Bride, the Church. I have received one revelation after another, through His Word and visions, concerning the things coming in our next season.
I first asked Him, “what does our next season look like?”
Isaiah 16:5 In love a throne will be established in faithfulness a man will sit on it— one from the house of David—one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.
Then while meditating on these scriptures I (in my minds eye vision) saw a line of people. It was a long single file line that wound around a huge and beautiful mountain. The path was extremely narrow to where only a single file line could be made. At the top of the mountain I saw a door. It was not obvious as to what was behind this door but I had a sense of excitement to the mystery of what was in the door. Why would people wait so long to get through the little door. The mountain had steep parts that were rocky and rough and parts where it was easy and comforting. I noticed on the bottom side a huge gate that was made of fools gold. It was very wide and to those that not willing to wait or lazy it was the way to go. They got impatient. Some on the mountain would get out of line after a while to go in the wide gate. (Matt 7:13-14)
This is a word to encourage us to be patient and contend. Not to lose focus of the prize. This last season was not easy. The road truly feels narrow and we feel alone at times. The Holy Spirit is given to us to reveal the mystery’s of God. I wondered why others did not stop those getting out of line. I knew this was the Way! Other’s did as well. Many of the people were not looking out for others, only themselves. We need to love others and contend for their highest possible good as well.
Soon after Isaiah 35 was given to us while we were fellowshipping with some friends. The end speaks of the Highway of Holiness. The Lord revealed to me that this Highway is a road lifted up with guard rails on each side. This is a safe way to travel (1 Peter 5:8). Only the redeemed travel this road made for worship. There is restoration, joy and gladness on this highway!
Isaiah 35 showed me things that are coming in this next season. We are going out from darkness into the light. We do not see the earth as God intended for us to because of man’s rebellion and sin. God did not intend for us to suffer physical ailments. We know in Christ’s return He will take all this away. He is wanting to shift our mindsets to His Kingdom where physical ailments are not ok! We need to be strong! Get going! The enemy wants to freeze us. How does the devourer do this? Fear! He reveals our weakness and keeps us frozen in fear. It is time to battle this. Fear is unbelief. There is NO REST in unbelief. This is a place where we hear God’s voice, but we do not obey this. This is rebellion, which God spoke through the prophet Samuel, that rebellion is likened to witchcraft.
The Highway of Holiness we travel on is a place of continual worship. This is a season we need to purpose ourselves to worship God. This is why:
Worship causes us to experience the Father’s love. Faith works by love! So as we worship, faith is released into us. It is a time to get intentional with our worship and adoration of our Father in Heaven. Personal worship and adoration as well as corporately. This will help in our fight of fear and heaviness. He promises us a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness.
This is where He lead me. As I read it on plane text in my Bible these words in bold were like this on the page, though the really were not by the naked eye.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not think you are superior.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[b] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[c]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Again I see specific words standing out on the page. This is where He took me to reveal love to me. I was then blessed hearing a message on love by Pastor Dave at City Life Church on love. To love is to contend for the highest possible good! (his definition=awesome)
This is a year to contend! To risk. To sow. It is a principle God gave us long ago. You reap what you sow! I am feeling the Lord is wanting to quicken the process this season specifically. Isaiah 16:5 states “speeds the cause..” This is a season of what you sow today you may reap today or very soon. He will quicken the process. Romans 9:14 speaks of blessing and cursing. Your words are powerful. In this season they are even more so. As we can see, the light is brighter and darkness darker every day. The Holy Spirit will guide you and reveal things. If you hear a word and your unsure, get the definition. If you speak a blessing that blessing will come quick and increase in measure. The same in cursing. If you curse it will be come quick and increase in measure. Our God is love and He has mercy on us. If we realize a curse has been spoken out of our mouth and we repent He is quick to forgive. I encourage you not to just repent but to speak a blessing after. The blessing will come! Be careful in speech!
Financially, spiritually (giftings), hospitably and any other way you can dream of, SOW, into righteousness and justice (by His standards)! The soil is very fertile and rain in abundance. Sow in abundance and without fear. What you do today will effect your tomorrow as well as your children’s tomorrow. HEAR, His Words with clarity! We have to be fine tuned to His voice to discern between the just and right cause that He is speaking to you.
I had a vision of playing Madden football with God. Growing up my brother and I would play on the same team, with one playing defense and the other offense. God said, I want defense this time. I promise they won’t score. Run up the score, no punting, no field goals and only onside kicks. I knew this marks the season we are entering into. Pile on the points. It is time to risk it all at every offensive play you can imagine. We are on offense, RUN UP THE SCORE! GO FOR IT!
Spiritually, in gifting, I feel healing and faith (personally). As Isaiah 35 was spoken over us (confirmation of our next season), I felt this strongly. In verses 3-6 I heard Him say I am coming to save (deliver) and then will release healing (breakthrough). This is the season for breakthrough. Whatever it is you have been contending for this past season, press on! Keep on it because the breakthrough is coming. We go back to the principle of sowing and reaping here as well. Be intentional about building your gift that God has given. If you have had a desire or even a thought you might like to operate in a certain gift or gifts of the Sprit, press in and go for it! How? For healing: pray for those needing healing, faith: NO FEAR or UNBELIEF, prophetic: edify, exhort, comfort those in need, ect…. We need to be on the offense. We are told to move forward. Jesus gave us the power (Holy Spirit) to overcome. Paul often speaks of pressing on towards the prize in various forms. As an athlete you don’t go backwards to get first prize. The enemy may come to stop you but don’t be pushed back, STAND! (Ephesians 6:14) Remember, we are on offense, go for it.
Financially, I encourage you to sow plentifully! As the economy of the world is in disarray and extremely weak, especially in terms of investment, God’s kingdom is not. Holy Spirit led me to Isaiah 58. Yes it speaks of about God’s fast for justice. In this speaks of giving and hospitality. This is the fast He has chosen. On that note, it is a fasting season! Prepare yourself for such and enter into it with a grateful heart. He is also asking us to give to those that are orphaned. Not just give to an organization that is doing this but to reach out and show love. Bring them in and feed them. Do this and He will make sure you are provided for. Your light will break forth like the dawn! His salvation comes and power soon follows. He wants to reveal Himself as the miraculous provider, Jehovah Jireh. He will do this by His Spirit! (John 7:38-39 and Zechariah 4:6) Again, by His Spirit, is how we know for what we are to give to and to whom we take in. Tune your ear into His voice. Even if it sounds crazy, go for it! Run up the score!
I was then at the OneThing conference in Kansas City and it was the last day of 2012. I clearly heard Him speak that the countdown was the leap into this next season.
Stand and Contend for His promises!
Sow to reap a divinely multiplied harvest
No Fear or Unbelief! Fight it with all your might. Step out and do those things He tells you that seem, “Crazy!”