I feel a certain urgency in releasing this word. I believe the enemy is trying to stop the progress of many who are accelerating and going through new doors in this hour. Be careful who you share your dreams and desires with. It's important to discern the motives of those in your inner and outer circles. We would like to assume the people around us would celebrate what God is doing in our lives, but that isn't always the case. Just as God puts people in our lives to encourage and push us towards the things of God, the enemy has assigned people to our lives with wrong intentions and motives to take us out.
One of the best examples of this, is the story of Joseph. In the beginning of Genesis 37 it tells us, Joseph's brothers were jealous of him because his father loved Joseph more than the others. Because of this, Joseph's brothers already had bitterness and contempt in their heart. When the Father places His hand of favor upon you, it will cause those who are insecure in their relationship with the Father to becomes jealous in their hearts. When Joseph told his brothers the dream of them bowing down to him, it was the last straw. They plotted to kill and silence him. The enemy wants to silence your voice. John 10:10 tells us, "The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy."Everyone is not for you. While there are those celebrating your milestones, there are those who are plotting your demise. Just ask Jesus, or Judas? I'm not trying be negative, it's a reality. The quicker you can grasp this concept, the easier it will be to navigate and understand when people rise up against you. At times, friends can become enemies of your destiny. Know who the Judas' are in your circle.
Dreams are like babies in the womb of the spirit. Surround yourself with midwives to help you birth the things of God in your life. Those who were like Elizabeth. Her baby (dream) jumped when it recognized what Mary carried. We have to learn to discern our inner circles. It's imperative because, there are times when those who are acting like a midwife are truly an abortionist desiring to kill the dream of God in you. There is no need to walk in fear of those around you. Learn to use wisdom and discernmet in carrying and stewarding the dreams of God in your life.
Father I pray you would expose every plan and scheme of the enemy trying to kill the dreams and purposes of God in the lives of your people. Place a hedge of protection around them, and enable them to carry to term and birth what you've put inside them. In Jesus name amen!
The prophetic voice is rising in this hour. The Father is purifying and restoring honor to the prophetic. It will once again be honored, respected, and heard. Over the years it has become tainted, and turned into a spectacle for all the wrong reasons.
God is raising up and emerging a new company of prophets. They carry the heart of the Father, and carry the true Word of the Lord. Reverence and creditibily will follow them.
Prophets, as God begins to raise you up, set in your heart from the beginning that your anointing is not for sale. Many will be attracted to the gifting and anointing on your life. There will be a battle, and a test to see if your heart and motives will remain pure. The enemy will bring people into your life that can give you greater influence, a platform, and access than you currently have. Invites and money will begin to come from many places. Don't be so quick to accept every offer, or check. What you accept, you become aligned to. Not every minister or ministry has the best of intentions, or is godly. Many are looking to see who's anointing they can buy, to profit off of.
In this season it's important to examine your connections and alignments. Greater access and platform, doesn't always equal the right connection. There has been too much mixture in the prophetic. God is bringing down those who've exalted their kingdom above His Kingdom. Resist the urge to self-promote. When we know whose Kingdom we're operating in and where our source comes from, we won't give other offers a second glance.
The reality is as God begins to promote you, the enemy will come with a counterfeit. Before Jesus was fully emerged in his ministry, in the wilderness Satan offered him the world (Matthew 4). The enemy's offer will always be easier to accept, but there will be strings attached. You become a puppet in his pocket. The reason God processes us, is to enable our character to handle where our gift can take us. At every level of promotion there will be a test to see if your heart/anointing is for sale.
As the prophetic rises, so will the spirit of divination. People who operate in divination tap into other sources other than God to reveal the hidden things. The enemy uses it as a counterfeit to the prophetic. Many are prophelying or doing things in the name of God, but are far from it. Discernment is key and necessary in this hour, because divination is operating in the church. Not everything coming forth in this hour is from God.
We can tap into divination when our desire to find hidden secrets, information, and position is greater than our desire for relationship with the Father. We see an example of this in the Garden of Eden. The serpent was able to deceive Eve, because her thirst/lust for knowledge was greater than her desire for relationship. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this." God will reveal secrets to those He can trust.
Prophet stay pure and true. Set out in the beginning that you wont allow your heart/anointing to be for sale. If you've allowed your anointing to be for sale, repent. Repent and allow the Lord to restore you. God is raising up those who He can trust, and whose hearts will remain pure.
God is bringing restoration to the prophetic ministry in the Church in this hour. But as a people our mindsets towards receiving a prophetic word must change. We must understand the power of the prophetic word, and realize it's not some type of fortune cookie word. It's not just about getting information. Most of the time a person could receive a word in their quiet time, but many have tried to substitute the prophetic word for relationship. The purpose of the prophetic word should always bring confirmation to what the Lord has already been speaking to you.
At a recent conference I attended, I was able to take part in a time of prophetic ministry. I was able to speak prophetic words over those who had signed up for a time of ministry. I was surprised at the mixture of intentions I found in those wanting to recieve a word. For the most part there were those who were genuinely seeking to hear a word from the Lord. But there were those who came with the intention to see how well someone could prophesy, and tell them about themselves. There were those carrying religious spirits coming to release fear and intimidation to silence the prophetic voice the person speaking to them was carrying. And there were people carrying demonic spirits trying to disguise themselves, but their intentions were to release witchcraft against the prophetic voices.
I believe some of the mixed reasons people come to receive a word has been twisted, because of the perversion of the prophetic over the years. It has become more of a spectacle in past years, because people have become mesmerized by how much information someone can prophesy to them not realizing that person prophesying could be tapping into a form of divination.
The honor and reverence must be restored to the prophetic word. People are going to the psychic and the prophet, deciding which word carries more power. There should never be question of which source carries more power. The Word of the Lord is true and stands forever (Psalm 119:89). There are those operating in the prophetic that are using divination, and not God as their source for the words spoken over people. We must discern this and call it out. I believe we lack discernment as a people because we have itching ears like 2 Timothy 4:3 says, "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear." Many are are desiring to get a prophetic word because they are not willing to seek God first for Him to speak.
The purpose of a prophetic word is to strengthen, encourage, and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3). Many are missing the purpose of the prophetic word, and getting enamored with the word of knowledge. The intent of the word of knowledge is to help us build our faith to receive the prophetic word spoken. The prophetic is not about how much information someone can speak over your life. It's about releasing a word that brings transformation. The prophetic word spoken has the power to create pathways, shift you in the new seasons, brings your future into the now, it speaks of the things written in your book (139:16). It carries the same power the Lord used to create the heavens and earth (Genesis 1). Be careful not to hunger so much for "a word" that you open the door for the enemy to send someone in your life to speak into it, without discerning if it's from God or not.
It's my prayer and desire to see honor and reverence restored to the prophetic. It's become so peverted and twisted, because man has used it for their own glory and platform. God will not be mocked. He's releasing a new a era of prophets and prophetic people that carry the weight of glory in the words they release, that will expose the fake.
I have sensed for some time and have seen, there has been an all out attack on the prophetic voices in this hour. The start or the increase of it seemed to happen earlier this year with the election stuff, and prophetic ministries that are advancing. I believe the enemy has a contract out on the voices of truth that have been exposing, and unraveling the ploys of the enemy.
A couple months back , I had a dream where I was with one of the prominent prophetic voices of right now. We were on our way to somewhere, and there were snipers hiding, tracking us, and trying to assinate us. I told the prophet to go ahead, and I would take care of the snipers. It was an intense fire fight, but the Lord enabled me to take them out. I believe that dream was showing the enemy was trying to assinate the character of those voices of truth speaking out. I believe we're in an hour where the Father is going to use the prophetic voices like never before to reveal the truth, and hidden things. There has been such a fierce battle in the land and spiritual realm, because of the lies, deception, and perversion going on. It seems like anyone who speaks truth gets marked by the enemy as a threat. His kingdom and influence is starting to unravel, and he's getting desperate. The enemy is trying to use fear and intimidation, to silence the prophet voices. Don't allow the enemy to put a mussle on you. Speak and prophesy the truth!
The prophet's life is not always easy. It's hard and lonely at times. It seems to stir up warfare whether you're going after it, or not. There always seems to be a target on your back. It comes with the terrority. I want to encourage you to not give up, or shrink back. Don't become weary in well doing, you're getting ready to break through.
The enemy has fought you hard, and has tried to discredit you, because he fears the anointing and influence you carry. If he can't take you out physically, he will try to discredit your character, or break your emotions. I want to encourage you to keep your heart pure. Don't allow offense to build in your heart. The enemy uses people to attack the mantle you carry, it's not necessarily you he's after. It's about what you carry, and represent. Don't allow people or the enemy to take you out of character. It's about a spiritual battle in the heavenlies that's raging (Eph 6). Like Paul said in Ephesians 6:13, having done all else you know to do, stand.
I sense today many prophetic voices have been in the midst of an onslaught of attacks. The enemy has intensified the fight lately to try and take you out. You're weary, tired, and frustrated. Maybe you feel like walking away, or hiding in a cave. Don't do it. Stand your ground. Promotion is coming. You're getting ready to walk in greater realms of authority, and influence. Many of you have been falsely accused in this season. Because you have kept your heart pure, the Father is getting ready to vindicate you. Psalm 18:20 says, "The Lord rewarded me for doing right; he restored me because of my innocence."Don't give up, or run from the battle. Run to the Lord. He is your place of safety in the midst of battle!
In closing, I want to encourage you with this passage of scripture...
He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the LORD supported me. He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. The LORD rewarded me for doing right; he restored me because of my innocence.For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not turned from my God to follow evil. I have followed all his regulations; I have never abandoned his decrees. I am blameless before God; I have kept myself from sin. The LORD rewarded me for doing right. He has seen my innocence. To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. -Psalm 18:16-30
This is the season for the prophets to arise, and come forth. Prophet it's time to stop hiding and come out of the cave. More than ever the Word of the Lord needs to be released and heard. There are many deceptions and false prophets operating in this hour that need to be addressed and called out.
Unfortunately, there are many wounded prophets hiding in their caves, or others have laid down their mantles because the warfare was too great for them. Rejection has been a silent killer. The spirit of Jezebel and religion have been working overtime to silence the voice of the prophets.
Many times the warfare or attack is the greatest after the Word of the Lord is delivered. We see an example of this in 1 Kings 19. The prophet Elijah just had the greatest showdown killing the prophets of Baal. After that Jezebel sent a messenger to deliver a message, saying she was coming after Elijah to kill him. The spirit of fear came over him, and he ran for his life.
For many of you prophets, that senario has played out in your life and you're living it. The spirit of religion and Jezebel have sent their imaginations and intimidations, causing you to run and hide. If you remain in the cave, it will become your tomb. It's time to come out the cave. Allow the Lord to heal the wounded places of your spirit.
Prophet you are not alone. There are more with you than against you. Don't allow the intimidations and false imaginations to grip your heart.Greater is He that is in you, than the spirit that is coming against you. Come out of your hiding place, and run with the other prophets coming forth in this season. You are not alone. It's time to pick up your mantle, fully embrace it, and run with it. You are needed. There are strongholds that must come down, atmospheres need shifted, hidden things need to be revealed, deceptions need to be called out, the Word of the Lord needs to be declared, Jezebel must come down....the Lord is asking, "Where are My prophets who will arise in this hour?"
Prophet it's time to take your place, and boldly declare the word of the Lord. "Don't fear the warfare that will come against you," says the Lord. "I am with you."
Father strengthen the prophets in this hour. Heal their wounds. Give them the courage to come out of hiding, and declare the Word of the Lord. Your voice needs to be heard. Prophet arise! In Jesus name amen!
As I sit here writing this, my heart is grieved with the dysfunction occurring in the Body of Christ. I was recently going about my day and I heard the Lord clearly say,"I'm dismantling the dysfunction." So I began to seek the Lord for more about what He was saying. I believe this word could be layered and applied to a few different situations, like what is going on in our nation. God is dismantling the dysfunction of our nation, and I also believe simultaneously He is doing it in the Body of Christ. There is corruption and corosion that has infiltrated it's way in. Sadly, many believers are unaware or too afraid to rock the boat. We must awaken! "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Ephesians 5:14).
For too long the Church has been on auto pilot. While on auto pilot seeker friendly gospel is being preached, feel good messages taught, and powerless services have become common. What many believers don't realize is some of the churches they are attending, are only teaching half truths instead of the whole Gospel. Many in this hour don't even know they are even being deceived, because they don't know the Word of God for themselves. Worship has become entertainment or a concert, instead of an encounter with the Father. Alternate lifestyles are being accepted instead of being delivered. Some churches are run like a business instead of a hospital for the wounded.
I believe God is going to start dealing with those in leadership postions. Those who've distorted the Gosepl and profited for themselves. I believe man has turned the Church into something it was never intended to be. I'm reminded of the story in Matthew 21:12-13 where Jesus cleansed the temple. He drove out all those who were buying and selling things. And He declared, "My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers." The buying and the selling were not the issue, it was the spirit behind it.
The Father is getting ready to expose the dysfunction and falsehood many in leadership are operating in. The people of God in some situations don't realize they're being robbed in their spirit. When there is dysfunction in the Body, there is impairment. God is about to dismantle those who've built their own kingdoms for their own profit, instead of building the Kingdom of God. False teachings and prophets are getting ready to be exposed. The Father is redefining and rewiring His Body to function the way He intended. He is desires to clean up the corruption and corrosion that is spreading like a cancer in the Body. Many have learned to function without the Holy Spirit. Because Holy Spirit is not welcomed, the Spirit of truth does not reside within many churches and ministries.
God is restoring purity and holiness to His Church. In order to function properly, purity and holiness will be at the forefront. The Father is no longer tolerating those who mock or mimic Him. He is exposing and uncovering hidden agendas. Make sure to test the spirits (1 John 4) because there are those operating in the wrong spirit. We're coming into season where God is exposing falsehood, dismantling those who've "robbed" the people of God in their spirits, minds, and pockets for their own gain. The veil is coming off those who've hoodwinked the body.
The Father loves His Church and longs for it to function in wholeness, purity, and power. He is dismantling those who've set up their own kingdoms within the Kingdom of God. The Father will never promote what distorts,exalts above, and blemishes His name.
As many of you begin to emerge in this next season, I believe we're getting ready to face some of the greatest warfare we've ever seen. I believe the intensity of warfare is increasing, because there is so much at stake. The other day, I was listening to Jennifer LeClaire talk about one of the words for this year. She talked about as you go to the next level, you will experience next level warfare. It made me laugh a little, and think here we go...
But honestly, we shouldn't be surprised when warfare comes knocking at our door. Yet, often times it seems to catch us off guard. I am guilty of this myself. Be prepared this year to face some of the greatest battles you'll ever face. When we realize we fight from a position of victory, it will change our perspective.
The enemy doesn't do anything new. He is uses the same tactics, but masks them in a different way. All week I've been meditating on the scripture Deuteronomy 28:7. It says, "The LORD will defeat your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction but run away from you in seven directions." I believe this is a vital scripture to keep at the forfront as you go through this year. We can walk with confidence as the warfare comes. The enemy may come in one way, but the Lord is going to send him packing seven different ways.
Warfare is necessary, and is part of the territory. If we allow it, it will propel us forward. We don't realize what's inside of us until something forces it out of us. Warfare will either cause the warrior in you to rise up, or it will paralyze you and cause you to run away. The Kingdom of God is aggressively advancing in this hour by those who are willing to fight for it (Matt 11:12). Are you willing?
We must learn to embrace the warfare. Warfare comes because you are a threat to the kingdom of darkness. It means you make hell nervous ever time you wake up, and put your feet on the ground. Joy is one of the greatest weapons to use when battling. The joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh 8:10).
As you face the battles that come this year, remember you are not alone in the battle. The Lord is with you mighty warrior (Judges 6:12). You are anointed to overcome what may come your way. To walk in each new level, we must learn to battle on the level of our promotion. God will give you the strategy you need to advance. You were made to war!
There are many opinions and theories about why the election of 2016 was turned upside down with a Trump win. Not everyone will agree or believe, but the real beauty of what happened lastnight was, the Church as awakened. The sleeping giant, the Church, was awakened from her slumber. The Lord gave me a vision a couple days ago of America. In the vision I could hear the cries and intercession of the people going up for our nation. The Church has begun to find her voice. I believe the last time the church really rallied together to cry out for our nation, was during the occurrence of 9/11.
In October according to the Hebrew calendar the year 5777, the year of the ruling sword, began. I believe the sword has cut off the head of the jezebel spirit that has been trying to dominate, and overtake our nation. A prophetic voice, Jennifer LeClaire, said the Lord showed her a Kingdom would topple. This was not about a political ideology, but an ungodly spiritual kingdom that needed to come down. Let's not stop there. I believe as we move forward, more evil and wicked things will be exposed. It will require us to uproot what has been imbedded in our nation for many years. I don't think its by coincidence the election happened on November 8. Eight is the number for new beginnings. All day yesterday I could hear the Lord saying, "Today is a day of new beginnings for this nation."
Although as the Church we have won a great victory, there are still battles to be fought. We need to stand guard, be watchful, and discerning. This was the shot heard around the world. The sound is reverberating in the spirit realm loudly. The enemy is ready to respond in great blacklash. Do not fear, God is with us. Let's be discerning and pray for continued hidden agendas to be exposed, and snuffed out before they start.
I believe the enemy is using the spirit of fear to grip hearts. It's coming out in the form of racism, bitterness, anger, etc. Let's pray the enemy's agenda of fear would be broken, and that the veil would be lifted to truly see what's happening. My heart breaks as I'm see so much cursing and witchcraft being released by fellow believers. Be careful what you release. We are responsible for our words. I'm reminded of Hebrews 4:12 where it says, "For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." The ruling sword has exposed the hearts of many. It's not been pretty.
Jesus didn't come to bring peace, He came to establish the Kingdom of God(Matt 10:34). We have been given that mandate as sins and daughters. Peace isn't always easy or pretty. Sometimes it comes in the form of a ruling sword to expose what's true and not. The Kingdom of God is not only a lamb, but a roaring lion. The Lion has roared to awaken His Church.
Let's continue to love one another despite opposing views. Season our speech with love and grace, so we don't partner with the enemy's divisive agenda. Pray for those who are struggling to come to terms with what's happened. I believe in time as things unfold, many will see and come to an understanding, and repent.
Unity is key. I believe before we can come together as a nation, we must first come together as the Body of Christ. Beloved let's countinue to move forward with momentum. Our time is now!
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.Nations will come to your light,and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Position yourself. I hear the Lord saying we need to position, and ready ourselves in the next few weeks as we go into 2017. As we position ourselves, the Father will begin to align us for the new year. It's a time to repent, let go of offenses, and throw off anything hindering you.
Get ready to shift again. 2016 was a year of great shifting, and realigning of relationships. I sense again the Lord is doing that, because He's taking us higher to another level. There is a great emphasis on the relationships in your lives. I encourage you to take inventory and stock. Ask the Lord who needs to be apart of your life, and who you may need to cut ties with. This will be a great year of emerging and stepping into destiny, but it will hinge on the alignments and relationships in your life. Relationships/alignments are like keys that unlock or lock up the things of God within you. Be wise in your alignments.
2017 will be a year of fulfilled promises. Many have struggled this year, because their hope has been deferred. You've felt like God has forgotten you. The Father has not forgotten you. The enemy has worked over time trying to delay the promises of God in your life. It reminds me of the story in Daniel 10. Daniel had been praying, but his answer had been delayed. The archangel Michael told him his prayer was heard the first time, but there was resistance in the heavenlies. Michael had to assist in bringing Daniel's answer to his prayer.
I declare no more delay or lack in your life. 2017 will be your breakthrough and karios year. The Father is releasing His angels to assist you, and help bring forth the promises of God in your life. 2017 is full of hope. God is turning your valley of Achor (bitterness) into your gateway of hope (Hosea 2:15). A gateway is defined as a means of access or entry to a place (google.com). In 2017 you will have access to the promises of God!
With great shifting comes great shaking. I believe we're going to see more shifting and shaking in our nation, and the world. I want to encourage you to be cautious in which narratives you listen to. It's important to guard your ears, and eyes in this season. Tune them into the Spirit of the Lord, so you're hearing and seeing correctly. And don't allow fear to grip your heart. It's a time to be bold, courageous, and fearless. Daniel 11:32 says, "But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits."
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.