As I was recently praying and asking the Lord what he was speaking, I heard Him say, "On earth as it is in heaven." We've often heard the phrase, "On earth as it is in heaven," but do we really understand or grasp the importance of what Jesus was saying? In Matthew 6:9-14, Jesus was teaching the disciples to pray and how to access heaven. You see for things to be on earth as it is in heaven, you have to know what heaven looks like and what is sounds like. The Father wants to give you a spiritual picture or vision of your life, family, city, region, state, nation, etc. Heaven is the protoype for what things should look like on earth. Many are building things heaven has not sanctioned. There are scrolls written in heaven waiting to be accessed and implemented here on earth.
In Matthew 6:10, in the first part of the verse it says, "Your Kingdom come your will be done." The greek word for kingdom in that passage means dominion, ruling authority. Often times we don't see His ruling authority because we fail to implement it. When Jesus died on the cross, he took back all authority and dominion, and gave us the keys to the kingdom. Matthew 16:19 declares, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven." The keys Jesus gave us, gives us access and authority to operate and move in the realms of the spirit. To bind something means, to forbid, prohibit, declare to be illicit, to tie up. To loose means to undo, dissolve, to declare unlawful, to destroy, to overthrow. Wow what a powerful responsibilty the Lord has entrusted to us. How often do we truly walk in this? There are many things hanging in the balance in the heavenlies, waiting to be loosed.
We often fail to see the maniestation of heaven, because we don't bring it on earth. The next part of your kingdom come is, your will be done. The greek word for will is what God wishes to be done by us. To know the will of God, or know His heart you must spend time with Him. Jesus would often sneak away and spend time with the Father, where He would reveal to Jesus what he desired. Jesus said, I can do nothing by myself, I only do what I see my Father doing" (John 5:19). There is a partnership needed with the Lord to release heaven on earth. Once the Father shows you what He desires, He will empower you and authorize you to do it. In the last part of Matthew 6:10 where it says your will be done, the greek word means to come into existence.
For this things to come into existence we must decree and delcare heaven's desires. Job 22:28 says, "You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you. The word decree means to make an offical statement that something must happen (dictionary.com). When you begin to declare the word of the Lord it supercedes all other other authority. It's apart of the now faith talked about in Hebews 11:1. To declare means to announce or prepare the way like John the Baptist did for Jesus. When we begin to declare the Kingdom on earth we prepare the way and make room, for the fullness of God to come and manifest.
Don't allow the enemy to steal your voice. You have been authorized to release the Kingdom. Partner with the Lord to release Heaven on earth whereever you go.
Prophet Madeline James
From the beginng we were called to reign and have dominion in the earth. Along the way we lost our dominion, but Jesus came back and restored us to our rightful place. Did you know we have been made to sit in heavenly places next to our Father? Ephesians 2:6 declares, "He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ" (TPT). We have been given access to live in a higher realm, but often times live below what we've been called to.
What is wisdom? Wisdom is supernatural intelliengence. It's having access into the mind of God, and thinking the way He thinks. Wisdom helps us to rightfully apply the revelations we discover.
Wisdom is Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, "God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom." Wisdom has been since the beginning of time, Proverbs 8:22-23 says, "In the beginning I was there, for God possessed me even before he created the universe. From eternity past I was set in place, before the world began, I was anointed from the beginning." Jesus is wisdom, and the gateway through which we obtain access to wisdom. If the Lord himself used wisdom to create the universe, how much more do we need wisdom to build and rule over what God has given us?
As I was seeking the Lord for 2018, I heard Him say, "Wisdom will cause you to regin in 2018." Many people are driven and led by amibition, instead of being led by the wisdom of the Lord. Ambition is an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willngness to strive for its attainment (dictionary.com). Many in this hour have been building their ministries and "kingdoms" with ambition. Ambition is fleeting. Wisdom is eternal. As the people of God we need to build with His wisdom. Many peope desire the platform instead of the wisdom needed to maintain the platform.
The Lord wants you to prosper in life. But many times we fail to prosper because we're not seeking for His wisdom or insight. We tend to lean to much on our own knowledge. Jesus propsered because he only did what he saw the Father doing. It's important we learn how to come into his council and recieve his instruction. In 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 is the story of the Lord appearing to Solomon, and He asked Solomon what he desired. Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom and knowledge to govern the people. Because Solomon's heart was pure the Lord not only gave him wisdom and knowledge, but wealth, possessions, and honor that no other king has had in the earth. Solomon was not just asking for wisdom, he was asking for the Kingdom. And because he saught the Kingdom (Matt 6:33).
Wisdom will crown you with favor and glory, that will cause you to reign. God doesn't want you to survive or just maintain in life. He wants you to reign in life. The definition of reign is royal authority, the dominion, influence of one resembling a monarch, one who wears the crown (merriam-webster.com). His wisdom will give you the authority to govern well what you have been entrusted, and what He has called you to build in 2018. Don't strive to be seen or self promote, allow wisdom to lift you up. Proverbs 4:8-9 says, "Wisdom will exalt you when you exalt her truth she will lead you to honor and favor when you live by her insights. You will be adorned with beauty and grace, and wisdom's glory will wrap itself around you making you victorious in the race." The humble know they are nothing without the Lord, and seek His wisdom. Seek after His wisdom this year. His wisdom will crown you and cause you to reign in 2018.
Prophet Madeline James
As I was praying about 2018 this is what I heard the Lord say:
Before you go into 2018 you must shut the door to 2017. Stop looking back, stop looking over your shoulders it is finished. This season, this era is over says the Lord. I’m starting a new chapter and era in your life and in the body of Christ.
For the Lord says I am truly doing a new thing in your life and in your heart. You’ve heard it said many times the new thing is coming, but I say to you it is here. It’s time to step over the threshold through the door. For this past season was about your heart says the Lord. I had to deal with and expose the issues of your heart, so that you can fully embrace what I’m about to do in 2018. 2017 was a year of great contending but 2018 will be a year of great reward says the Lord. I’m enlarging you far and wide. You shall recover all!
I truly beleive the warfare many of you faced 2017, was the enemy trying to stop you from entering into this new era in your life. This new era will mark and set the course of your life for the next 10-15 years. An era can be defined as, a long and distinct period of time with a particular feauture or characteristic (dictionary.com). What marked you in this past season, will not mark you in this new season. I had a dream a couple weeks ago, and a prophet in the dream was stitching me a new cloak/mantle with this huge angel feather stitched down the front. I heard the Lord say for those who passed the test, would be mantled anew in this new season. There were some causalties in this past season but don't look back, keep moving forward. I believe the symbol the Lord puts on your new mantle is what will mark you in this new era.
This new cloak reminded me of the story of Joshua in Zechariah 3:3-7:
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here."
For some of you, your garments were mudied with hurt, offense, sin, the warfare you endured, etc. In this new season your garments have been changed to match where the Lord is taking you. Your new mantle carries a greater authority than past seasons. Everything you need to carry out what God has called you to in this season, has been woven and placed in your mantle.
2017 was a year of great shifting in relationships and alignments. We must remember not eveyone is called to go with us the whole way. Most of the time people are placed in our lives for a season. During this time the Lord also exposed many Judas', Aboslom's, and those who did not have your best interest at heart. This exposure will continue into 2018. It's important to know who labors among you, because there are demonic assignments being sent, and partnering with those who have offense. These assignments are being sent to sabotoge you, shut you down, or take you out. Don't fear. Keep your heart clean (Ps 51), bless those who persecute you, and God will be your vindication. He's promoting the humble, and demoting the prideful.
2018 will be your season of enlargement and expansion. As much as your faith is willing to see and stretch for, the Lord will do it. What is in your heart Beloved? That is what the Lord is asking you. 2018 is the year of walking in your prophetic promises and dreams. Many may feel its impossible because 2017 was a year of great loss and barreness. But I say to you today, "Sing O Barren woman for you will no longer be barren" (Isaiah 54). 2017 Was a year of great contending, but 2018 will be a year of great reward. You shall recover all!
I'm reminded of the battle of Ziklag in 1 Samuel 30. The Hebrew meaning of the word Ziklag has two components. One meaning of the word is measure pressed down, the other is to pour out (abarim-publications.com). How many of you felt pressed down and poured out in 2017? But its pressing that has produced the oil/the anointing for your next season.
One of King David's lowest points occured when the city of Ziklag was overtaken and burnt to the ground. All that he owned and all that was precious to him, had been lost or captured. 1 Samuel 30:6 says, "And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord. Many of you in this past season have had to learn how to strengthen yourself in the Lord in a greater measure than ever before. Then in 1 Samuel 30:8 David inquired of the Lord, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?”And the Lord told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!”
In 2018 I hear the Lord saying, "It's time to go up and recover, for you shall recover all that was taken and more. Enlarge your tents. For the days of staying small are over. This is your season of enlargment and expansion. As John Eckhardt has prophesied this year, you can't stay small in the glory. "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."
Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.