In this season of transition the Lord is continuing to speak to me to encourage the Body your winter season or place of barreness is shifting. Many of you in this season have been walking through your Valley of Baca. Psalm 84:6-7 says, "As they go through the valley of Baca (weeping) they will make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. The go from strength to strength." We will all go through seasons in our lives from time to time that will be a winter place. It's important we don't stop in the middle of walking through our valley seasons, because there is a reward or the promise we've been contending for is on the otherside. In Psalm 23 David talks about walking through the darkest of valleys with the Lord by his side, and as he comes through, it's then a table is set for him in the presence of his enemies.
If we're not careful we'll exit our dark season just as bound or more than when we first stepped into it. The dark seasons are not meant to kill us. They're meant to make us. In Psalm 84 with each step they took, their steps were prophesying their transformation of the Valley of Weeping to a Valley of Overflow. A lot of times the reason we don't see the transformation is because, we stop moving forward. In your night season God wants you to walk through it in peace. As apart of our armor we have been given the shoes of peace (Ephesians 6). Peace carries an authority, We have to learn to walk in it. Psalm 23:4 (TPT) says, "You will remain close to me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear." Peace is a weapon of warfare. The dark seasons teach us how to trust and walk in peace in the uncertainty and unknown.
As I was reading the word of God today this verse was highlighted to me, "The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended, and the season of hiding is over and gone. The rains have soaked the earth" (Song of Songs 2:11 TPT). Unfortunately, we have given winter or valley seasons a negative connotation. Those winter places are places of great growth, testing, restructuring, and empowerment. It's the place where things die and new things are born. It's where identity and your voice is defined. I believe the reason the wilderness seasons have a negative perspective is because, what was meant to be transition place often becomes a tomb for many. It becomes a tomb for many because they allow the intensity to stop them.
I want to encourage you to keep pressing through your winter season, because the season has changed. Recently, I had vision of a saiboat that was enduring harsh winds impeading it's progress. I heard the Lord say, "If you would adjust your sails, you would catch My wind again." The boat represents us, and the sails represent our mindsets. We are lead and driven by our thoughts and mindsets. As you're coming out of this hard place the Lord wants to bring deliverance to the bondage or mindsets that have help you captive. Romans 12:2 (TPT) says, "But be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of you think. This will empower you to discern God's will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes." As you go into 2019 the Lord wants you to shift your thoughts and mindsets so you can excell in 2019. I heard the Lord say recently, "I'm breaking the trauma of the warfare many have endured." The Lord wants to set you free from harmful mindsets and lead you to a place of empowerment in 2019. As Jesus was leaving his wilderness season 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 Lord wants to arm you with Holy Spirit power as you enter your new season.
Part of breaking the bondage of your winter season as you go into the new, is dealing with the foxes spoiling your vine and hindering your relationship with the Lord. Song of Songs 2:15 (TPT) says, "You must catch the troubling foxes, those sly little foxes that hinder our relationship. For they raid our budding vineyard of love to ruin what I’ve planted within you. Will you catch them and remove them for me? We will do it together." Any time the Lord brings us to a new place in Him, a measure of deliverance is needed. There is no shame in deliverance, we all need it. Deliverance is the children's bread and apart of our inheritance. As the verse says, the Lord wants to partner with you, and catch the things in your life that will steal, hinder, ruin, and sabotage what the Lord has planted in you to prosper in 2019.
I want to encourage you as 2018 is closing and 2019 is opening, the winds are blowing. The season is changing from winter to spring. As you follow the Lord's leading and adjust your sails, your mindsets, you're going to catch the His wind again. His wind is taking you to new places in Him. The winds are bringing refreshing. Where you have felt defeated in your winter place, His wind is going to empower you to move forward into new places.
Prophet Madeline James
Lately the Lord has been speaking to me about catching the wind of God. In this season for the Body of Christ we have entered into a window of breakthrough and acceleration. It's important to know the times and seasons you're in so you don't miss your widow of breakthrough. Ecclesiates 3:1 says, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter." The word season in the Hebrew is zeman-it means a set appointed time. Time in the Hebrew is eth-is an event, purpose, or occassion. Matter in Hebrew is chephets which means desires or longing. Right now you and I are in a set appointed time by Heaven to bring about Heaven's longing for us.
Recently the Lord gave me a vision of the library of Heaven. I saw the angels go over to this ceratain section of books and scrolls that were appointed for this time upon the earth. The angels were buzzing with excitment because these scrolls had never been opened untill now. These scrolls are the blueprints and the plans of Heaven for this hour. The Body of Christ is closing an era and stepping into a new era in this hour. Heaven is excited about your destiny and the things God has planned for the nations.
We are in a season of transition as we have stepped into the month of November, the eleventh month. The number 11 prophetically means transition. Many are in a season of transition and crossing over to a new place God has prepared for you. Deuteronomy 11:10-12 says, "For the land which you are entering to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered [e]it with your foot like a garden of vegetables. But the land into which you are about to cross to possess, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year." You're getting ready to crossover into a place of promise the Lord has prepared for you in this season.
To cross over and possess the promise, you have to go through the valley of Baka (Psalm 84). Right before times of breakthrough God will often lead us through narrow and tight places. The pressure and the closed in feeling many of you have been feeling, is you walking through the narrow place. Many die spiritually or get stuck in the hallway of transition because they stop movng forward, they don't have the endurance and stamina to go through. Go brings us through narrow places because not everything can go with us into our new season. We have to leave the baggage from our last season. You're in a hallway right now attached from your last season to your new season. To reach your breakthough you have to go through.
1.We can learn many lessons from David and how you walked through seasons of transition and warfare. Psalm 84:4 says, "Blessed are those who dwell in your house they are ever praising you." Do you have a dwelling place? Where is the place you dwell? One of David's secrets to sucess was learning to dwell (live, abide) in the place where God dwells. You will produce the place you are planted in and dwell in. When we dwell in the God realm, we are surrounded by His presence. We need to stay in the presence of God to stay alive. His presence is the air, the ruach breath of God that causes us to come alive. Psalm 92:10, 12-14 (TPT) says, "Yes! Look how you’ve made all your lovers to flourish like palm trees, each one growing in victory, standing with strength!You’ve transplanted them into your heavenly courtyard, where they are thriving before you. For in your presence they will still overflow and be anointed. Even in their old age they will stay fresh, bearing luscious fruit and abiding faithfully." When we dwell in the God realm we have an endless supply of His presence and anointing that will cause us to be strong, overflow, and thrive enabling us to bear luscious fruit in our lives.
2.In order to go through to our break through, we must put our strength in the Lord. Psalm 84:5 says, "Blessed are those who strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage." As strong as David was, he knew the importnce of trusting in the strength of God and not his own. The Lord tells us His grace is sufficent in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). The word suffient in the Hebrew means limitless supply. Many of us become weary because we start to rely on our own strength and abilities instead of God's strength and abilites. There are no limits to His strength and empowerment. In our humanity we are limited. Relying on God is not so much a strength issue, its a trust issue. What you put your trust in is the place you draw your strength from. We have to make sure we are putting our trust in the right things and the right people. David lived from a yielded surrended place fully trusting God, and that enabled him to tap in supernatural strength.
3. Your valley of weeping is changing to overflowing. Psalm 84:6 says, "As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it will pools." There will be times or seasons you will have to pass through the valley of Baka (Weeping). Your breakthrough is on the otherside of your weeping, but you have to go through. If you're not willing to go through, you wont get to reap or possess what is waiting for you on the other side. Ask the Lord what is on the otherside waiting for you. Sometimes we forget in the middle of our warfare and weeping what God has promised us on the other side, and we need reminded. There's a reward for those who diligently see the Lord (Hebrews 11:6). Diligently is defined as constant in effort, persistant in doing anything. God is looking for those who will stay consistent and persistant. Psalm 23:4 (TPT) says, "Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness,fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace.The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near." Sometimes God's path for our lives will take us through the dark places but we are never alone, He is with us. I love that David says I will not fear because you have already conquered me. What conquers you will lead you. In Psalm 84:6 its says as they walked through the weeping valley it began to change to a place of overflow. You have to continue to go through the valley, because each step is prophesying and bringing transformation to your valley. Your valley of weeping is turning to a place of refreshing and overflow.
4. On your way to breakthrough the Father wants you to learn how to walk from strength to strength. Psalm 84:7 says, "They go from strength to strength." Strength means might, abilty, wealth, force. Strength to strength comes when we learn to wait upon the Lord. Isaiah 40:29-31 says, "He gives strength to the weary, and to him who has no might He increases power, Even youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly. But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for, hope in Him) will gain new strength and renew their power. They will lift up their wings (rise up close to God) like eagles. They will run and not become weary. They will walk and not grow tired." In vers 31 the Hebrew word for wait is qavah, which means to wait, look for, linger for. Renew is the Hebrew word chalaph, which is to pass on, to come on anew, sprout again, to change or substitue. When we wait on God its an active waiting. It becomes as place of exchange and renewal. As you wait you begin to mount up, ascend, and arise. It's not something you have to force, it naturally occurs when we dwell with the Lord. God wants you to catch the wind of His spirit in this hour, and begin to soar to breakthrough and new places in the realm of the spirit. In that passage of scripture where it says young men and youth, its not referring to age but a state of maturity. Our immaturity will cause us to lean on our own strength and ability to make it happen. When we learn to position ourselves, maturity comes with strength in the waiting.
I pray this word enourages as you are walking through this season on transition. Don't stop in the middle of your transition. As you wait upon the Lord, you'll begin to tap into the God realm where there is endless strength and grace for you to grab ahold of. In this season the Lord is going to teach you how to go from strength to strength causing you to soar to breakthrough. Each step you take in your Valley of Baka, is prophesying transformation and overflow. You're promise is waiting on the otherside of your weekping. Keep pressing through, breakthrough is your portion!
Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.