Recently the Lord has been stirring and challenging my faith to grow to greater depth, He's been challenging me to increase my faith, because the faith I operated in this past season will not do for what's coming next. This is a word for the Body of Christ as a whole, The Lord is calling His Bride to operate in a greater place of faith then ever before. Faith is more than just trusting and believing God. Faith is a realm in God He desires for His people to live in, move in, and operate from. Faith is the realm in which God dwells. Hebrews 11:6 (TPT) says, "And without faith living within us it wold be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately him." When it's talking about pleasing God, it's not so much about being wrong or right. When you break down the word to the Hebew and Greek it's about coming into agreement. Pleasing in the Greek is euarestos which means, well pleasing, acceptable, fully agreeable. Faith causes us to come into agreement with the Lord, which gives us access to the supernautral Faith is the spiritual substance we need to do what the Lord has called us to do. More than ever a line is being drawn, Faith is marking those who choose to live a lifestyle of radical faith, and display the power of faith. .
As I was reading through Hebrews 11 recently, the chapter of faith, this phrase kept sticking out to me...by faith. Hebrews 11 is the chapter where the writer reminds us of the power of bold faith. The writer shares how faith empowers us to see what's in the invisible realm and bring it into our now. The writer depicts how faith moved Abel to give an acceptable sacrifice, faith translated Enoch straight to heaven, faith opened Noah's heart to recieve revelation and warnings of things to come, faith motivated Abraham to obey God's call, and so forth. Faith has a testimony. Faith is more than just an act of trusting God. When we come into agreement with faith, it activates the supernatural and gives us access to the glory realm where God dwells. Faith is a realm of the spirit. The enemy constantly contends for your faith because he doesn't want you to access the faith realm.
There is no secret formula to doing great things for the Lord, but there is a pattern Heaven responds to. Heaven responds to faith, it is the currency of the Kingdom of God. In 2019 the Lord is calling the Body of Christ higher. There are greater realms, greater supernatural experiences, greater demonstrations, and greater maniifestations we have no grid for the Lord desires to release. Faith releases the demonstration and manifestation of the power of God. You can't access the supernatural by logic, it requires us having a transformed and renewed mind to percieve the supernatural.
Hebrews 11:1 (TPT) says, "Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen." Faith is a substance that can only be seen with eyes of faith. In Ephesians 1: 18 (TPT) Paul declares, "I pray the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling." The heroes of faith in the Bible were able to display the power of faith, because the eyes of their understanding had been illuminated. Illumination enabled them to see the unseen, which caused them to walk by faith. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:7 (TPT), "For we live by faith, not by what we see with our eyes." The faith heroes were able to walk in faith because the saw faith. When we can see faith and pull it into our now, we can be lead and directed by it. The substance of faith empowers. It puts His super on our natural. Faith releases the manifestation of the God/glory realm.
In 2019 there's a realm of the supernatural the Body of Christ is going to experience in which they've not experience before. Creative miracles and manifestations we have no grid for are getting ready to take place. It's important not reject what doesn't look like the God we are used to or familiar with. The Lord has called you to do great and mighty things. It won't come without a fight, but faith will empower you to rise above, and overcome. Whatever the Lord has put on your heart for 2019 you shall accomplish it by faith! Faith is the secret (not so secret) weapon that will empower you and enable you. It's moving from the place of trust and confidence to walking in faith. Faith is always on the move, it's a matter of percieving it. 1 Corinthains (TPT) 2:9-10 says, "Things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine, these are the many things God has instore for his lovers. But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit." What we mediate on we become. The reality we focus on is the reality we'll live in and operate in and from. Colossians 3:2 (TPT) says, "Yes feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realites, and not the distractions of the natural realm." Faith is a heavenly realm and reality the Lord doesn't want you to just believe in, but inhabit. When you inhabit faith you can walk in the power of faith. Faith is a power that will release the miraclous and the supernatural in your life.
Without faith you will not be able to accomplish the great things and opportunities God has ordained for you in 2019. Daniel 11:32 proclaims, "But the people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits." Exploits are defined as bold and daring feats (merriam-webster.com). I prophesy in 2019 that by faith, you shall do all that God has prepared and ordained for you.
Prophet Madeline James
In this season of transition into the greater and the fruitfulness of God, humility will be the key to carry in 2019. Those who walk in humility, do not think of themselves greater than they are. The humble carry no pride or arrogance, and have no agenda but the Lord's. Ambition is causing many to build their own kingdom instead of the Lord's kingdom. Over the past couple weeks through a series of dreams and confirmations, a theme of humility continues to resonate in my spirit. Many of you have been in a contending place, walking through a time of process and growing pains. As you make your way out of this winter barren place, increase is waiting for you on the other side. In 2019, the increase is coming to those who have remained faithful to steward the “little” they've been given over the past couple years with integrity. Luke 16:10-11 (TPT) says, “The one who manages the little he has been given with faithfulness and integrity will be promoted and trusted with greater responsibilities. But those who cheat with the little they have been given will not be considered trustworthy to receive more. 11 If you have not handled the riches of this world with integrity, why should you be trusted with the eternal treasures of the spiritual world?"
The Father is looking for those He can trust with the increase. As the increase comes in 2019, it's important to keep the posture of humility. The Kingdom of God is an upside down kingdom. The word of God says the last shall be first, and the first shall be last (Matt 20:16). The verse is not necessarily about an order, but about how we see ourselves. If we're not careful pride can cause us to think of ourselves greater than we are. Allow the Lord to measure your heart. Don't measure your heart according to your position. Humility is the way of the Kingdom. Humility is a key that will give you access. Pride will cause you to push doors open before it's time. James 4:10 TPT says, "Be willing to be made low before the Lord and he will exalt you." When the increase comes there will be testing that comes to reveal the heart. In one of my recent dreams, I remember being on this huge platfrom and I was addressing the Church. When I was finished I had to climb all the way down the front of the platform like I was scaling a mountain. I remember thinking to myself in the dream, "I hope they don't think I look wierd climbing down this platform, but there is no other way." That's the key for your increase season. No matter the height of the elevation, there is still a humility required to walk in it. The greater the increase and promotion, the greater humilty needed to keep it. In order for me to stand on that huge platform, I had to be willing to be humble enough and exposed as I climbed down. How low are you willing to go in 2019?" May this be a prayer and practice you keep close to your heart like David did, "At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart (Psalm 5:3 TPT).
Another thing I want to address as you receieve the increase in 2019, don't be afraid to step out in faith with it. Fear is a terrible liar, and can cause you to forfiet the promise. Fear is a secondary emotion to pride. Pride is a lack of trust in the Lord, and says I can do it myself. I'm reminded of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. For some of you, the increase will come in your willingness to step out with what God has assigned to you. Sometimes we can be like the man with the one talent and hide it in the ground for fear of failure. When we fear failure, it's because we're focusing on our abilities and strengths or lack of, instead of focusing on the Lord's strength and ability through us. Fear will cause us to be steward badly. As we humble our ourselves and make room for the Lord to fill us, He will empower us to increase and steward well. Don't fear the increase, lean upon the Lord for the wisdom and guidance needed in this new season. Don't allow the increase to get to your head, stay low.
In the past couple months the Lord keeps bringing to my attention the numbers 222. The Lord highlighted Isaiah 22:22 and Daniel 2:22. In the story of Isaiah 22 we are familiar with the key of David being given, let's see why it was given. The story of Shebna and Eliakim in this chapter is reflective of what is taking place in this hour. The Lord is demoting the prideful and giving the all access pass to the humble. Shebna began to allow his authority to cause pride to rise in his heart. He began to see himself as God, and made images of himself. The Lord had enough and said this, "I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your station. 20 In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 21 and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your sash on him, and will commit your authority to his hand. And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. 23 And I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father's house" (Isa 22:19-23). Mantles are being reassigned to the humble, because pride has caused many in this hour to become their own god in their own eyes.
This is also a great hour and season of secrets, treasures, and revelations are being released from Heaven. Daniel 2:22 says, "he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him." The Father is mantling many in this hour with the spirit of wisdom and revelation. To carry and steward wisdom and revelation well, humillity and character are prerequsites. 2019 will be a great year of increase. The measure of the increase will be determined by the willingness to go low. The same humility that enabled the door of opportunity to open, will be the same or greater required to stand in it. Stay low in 2019, and watch the Lord bring great increase to your life you could've never imagined possible (Eph 3:20).
Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.