Recently the opposition has seemed to intensify over the past few weeks. We are on the brink of great breakthrough and stepping into new seasons, callings, mantles, etc. Opposition is not always a bad thing. Opposition positions you for what's next, and for promotion. Often times we can discern the next step by the measure and the intensity of the opposition, and what the opposition is coming against. There has been a great stretching in this season, because what is next is going to require a greater capacity to walk in the fullness of the Lord. There has been pressure on all sides, Many of you have been wondering when will the pressure lift. Don't jump the process too soon, the Lord is using it to make and mark you for what's next.
We have to learn to discern what's the enemy and what is God allowing. In Luke 4:1-2, after Jesus got baptized, its says,"The spirit of the Lord drove Jesus into the wilderness." It's in this place Jesus was qualified (proven), equipped, and armed for what was next. Sometimes the spirit of God will lead us to a place of threshing and testing to prepare us for our next season. When it was time for Jesus to leave the wilderness Luke 4:14 TPT says, "Then Jesus, armed with the Holy Spirit's power returned to Galilee, and His fame spread throughout the region." The spirit of God led him in and led him out. When we allow the spirit of God to lead us, there is grace and strength released to us to go through, and then come out armed. What the Lord has been taking you through is producing new weapons and strategies for the next season, Psalm 144:1 declares, "Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle."
Not only is the Lord training you to war in a new way, He's building a tenacity and a fierceness in you. God allows the opposition to come to build our spiritual muscles. So often we contradict ourselves by saying God I want to go to new levels, but when the "training" comes we fold under the opposition. We have to be a people that know and learn how to stand in the face of opposition. We have to stop running away from the hard things. We're forgetting who the Lord is in our lives, and how we have the DNA of victory and overcoming in us. Often times we don't realize what's inside us till the Lord allows the opposition to come. God allows those moments to happen not so that we are defeated, but so we can learn to overcome. If we never overcome anything then we'll never have authority to help others or nations breakthrough.
Strength doesn't come by standing still, it comes by pushing back and not giving up. Psalm 84:7 says, "They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward," Strength in this verse is the Hebrew word chayil. Chayil means strength, might, efficiency, and force. Strength is released when we keep stepping forward. The Lord is waiting on you to make up your mind and heart. We all have the choice to go backwards, stay in the middle, or go forward. The strength in Psalm 84 is talking about a realm of God strength, not a human strength. We are supernatural beings and need a supernatural God strength to accomplish all that He's called us to do. When we learn to lean on Him, and wait on Him, He renews our strength (Isa 40:31). The Hebrew word for renew in Isaiah 40 is a constant renewal, it never runs out.
Be encouraged, what has happened in this season God is using to build a supernatural strength, might, and tenacity in you. It's the chayil of God! The chayil will cause you to overcome and do what you didn't think you could. It will cause you to have the advantage over the enemy, just like Elisha outran the chariots. David said in Psalm 18:29, "In your strength I can crush an army, with my God I can scale any wall." The key is walking in His strength not our strength. Set your face like flint and determine in your heart to keep pressing forward. As you lean into God's chayil, His strength is going to cause you to go from strength to strength as you advance in this hour.
Prophet Madeline James
There are many things transpiring and unfolding in the realm of the spirit in this season. This has been a season of great reward and great contending. The enemy can't necessarily stop what God is doing, but he can try and take out as many as he can along the way. There has been a great wave of opposition released by the enemy to try and overwhelm and take out those moving forward. 1 Corinthians 16:9 TPT says, "There’s an amazing door of opportunity standing wide open for me to minister here, even though there are many who oppose and stand against me." With great opportunity there will always be a great contending.
I had a dream recently, where I experienced this great wave of opposition. In the dream I was in the ocean by Australia. I was in this bay that led out to the ocean, and there was a big red bridge to the left. I was sitting out in the deep on a surf board with the Father next to me, There were people all over the water in different spots. As I'm sitting there, suddenly I notice something above me. When I lifted my head I saw 300-400ft above me, this massive wall of water, a tsunami wave. I immediately thought to myself I"m going to die, and I began to panic. The Father told me, "Just breathe." The wall of water came down, and I went under the water into the deep and it spit me out on the other side. I was ok, I made it through.
I believe this is a picture of what many of you may be feeling or experiencing. You were minding your business and doing your thing for God, and suddenly an overwhelming wave rose up against you. Reminds me of the story in Matthew 8, when a sudden violent storm arose as Jesus, and his disciples were going to the other side. There will always be a contending for your next. Maybe you feel like I did in the dream, or how the disciples felt, that you weren't going to make it I declare, you're going to make it. What the enemy meant for your evil, the Lord is going to use for your good (Genesis 50:20).
When I came out on the other side of the wave, it had thrown me into a new place. God will use the opposition to position you, to thrust you forward. As the water crashed down, everything that had hindered or opposed me before broke off. One of the meanings for Australia is, "The land down under." In this season there are many treasures, riches, revelations to be discovered in the depths of God. The deep places of God are crying out for the deep places in God. Some things in God can only be found and experienced in the deep. Don't allow the fear of the waves of opposition to keep you from His depths.
The bridge in the dream represents the transition many are experiencing, and the connections the Lord is orchestrating in this season. The water and the waves can represent many things. In this instance I believe it represents the voice of opposition from those around you. Psalm 66:5 TPT declares, "You muzzle the roar of the mighty seas and the rage of mobs with their noisy riots." Some times the roar of people's voices will try to come and roar over you. I declare the voice of the Lord is coming to muzzle the voices of those speaking against you and those who oppose you. Just breathe. The Lord is walking with you every step of the way. You will not drown from the opposition. You will come out on the other side victorious.
Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.