In this season I've been feeling the burden of the Lord for the Body of Christ. Recently, the Lord has given me a series of dreams that have grieved my heart for the Church. Many are hurting, especially leader, and the enemy is looking for ways to expose and take out leaders. The week before we entered into March, I began to feel the wind of God blow again. This was prophesied by many this would be a year of the wind or winds. Where there had been a lull in the spirit, I felt the wind of God picking up again. I heard the Lord say, "My winds of transition are blowing again. It's time to finish of projects, assignments, and even some relationships are shifting from this season. My grace is lifting from things of this past season, and will be on the new I'm releasing." John 3:6-8 TPT, "For the natural realm can only give birth to things that are natural, but the spiritual realm gives birth to supernatural life! “You shouldn’t be amazed by my statement, ‘You must be born from above! For the Spirit-wind blows as it chooses. You can hear its sound, but you don’t know where it came from or where it’s going. So it is within the hearts of those who are Spirit-born!” As believers we are called to walk in and by the Spirit. We must learn to keep insync with the Spirit. When we digress from being insync with the Spirit, we risk missing the things of God or being a target for the enemy,
Recently I had a dream that shook me a bit because of the intensity of the dream. I sense we're coming into a season that will be very polarizing. I believe as much as the Wind of God will be blowing so will the winds of the enemy, the winds of adversity. The enemy always makes a counterfeit to the things of God. We have to use wisdom and discernment to know the difference. In the dream it was evening, and I had gotten in my car to go somewhere. I had just just buckled my seat belt and was getting ready to turn the ignition. Suddenly, out of nowhere the most violent wind I've ever experienced began to blow and push my car. The wind took my car for several miles until I ended up in a neighborhood. There were two cars in front of me that survived, and there was a car behind where the driver didn't survive the impact and had died. The others drivers tried to call 911 but I knew the driver was gone.
Sometimes we won't always see what's going to come at us. The enemy can't necessarily stop what God is doing in your life, but he will cause a sudden wind or opposition to arise. 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." I believe this is a season of great opportunity, but with opportunity comes warfare. The winds of warfare will try to distract, take you off course, cause you to loose momentum, or literally take you out. In the dream above, cars can be a prophetic representation of ministries. I believe me buckling my seat belt in the dream represented the belt of truth, being girded with truth is imperative when the winds of adversity begin to blow. The truth of God's word protects us in the midst of the winds of the enemy.
In the dream above, one of the drivers (ministries) didn't survive because of the impact. In this season there's going to be some casualties. No everyone or every ministry will handle the shaking well. The winds bring a separating and a defining to our lives. To survive the winds of adversity we have to be anchored in God. When we aren't anchored in God's word and His truth, we become easily shipwrecked. In 1 Timothy 1:18-19 TPT Paul tells Timothy, "So Timothy, my son, I am entrusting you with this responsibility, in keeping with the very first prophecies that were spoken over your life, and are now in the process of fulfillment in this great work of ministry, in keeping with the prophecies spoken over you. With this encouragement use your prophecies as weapons as you wage spiritual warfare by faith and with a clean conscience. For there are many who reject these virtues and are now destitute of the true faith (shipwrecked faith)." The word of God and prophetic words are weapons of warfare we must use to overcome. The word of God releases the power to overcome.
We can't be afraid to go through things. No matter the intensity or duration of what's going on, we must remember greater is He that's in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). You are anointed to fight and overcome your warfare. The winds may blow, but we don't have to be shaken. The Lord will use what the enemy make for harm to work in your favor. In the last part of the dream I found myself miles away from where I started. The enemy's push back is God's set up to catapult you beyond the opposition. I prophesy and declare the winds of adversity are turning in your favor, are going to work in your favor. The push back is releasing the momentum and acceleration that will launch you.
Prophet Madeline James
I believe the Lord is highlighting the joy of the Lord, and the oil of joy in this hour for His people to once again walk in. I believe joy is a forgotten anointing we can carry as the people of God, and its a great weapon of warfare. It's the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage! In Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 Jesus begins to prophesy about himself,and tell how the Lord has anointed him. Isaiah 61:2-3 declares, "The Lord has anointed me...to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."
In the passage above we see the oil of joy is the antidote for mourning, heaviness, and it releases strength to stand as an oak of righteousness to display God's glory in our lives. When we walk in heaviness, sadness, oppression, depression, it dims the light and glory of God in our lives we are supposed to carry. Heaviness, oppression, and the spirits associated with them have a way of permeating our bones and spirit, that causes us to lose our strength and joy. Psalm 34:5 says, "Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;no shadow of shame will darken their faces." When we walk with heaviness and oppression it causes us to walk with our heads down because of the weight of the oppression, and it often comes with shame. It's important for us to learn to look up to the Father. Looking to the Father, releases His light and glory upon us dispelling darkness and releasing joy over us. If the enemy can get us to look away we loose the source of our strength.
Joy is needed for our spiritual strength and stature. In Nehemiah 8, The Israelites are coming back from a place of bondage and captivity and Nehemiah tells them, "Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:9-10). Once again there is exchange for grief and oppression, His joy is our strength.
Joy brings elevation and ascension. Hebrews 1:9 say, "You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” When you are anointed with the oil of joy, it causes a separation. The word in the Hebrew for above is para means from, beside of. What is meant to hold us down and keep us in a dark place, the oil of joy causes us to break away and live above whats trying to hold us down. When anointing is released its often done on the head. The head represents authority and mindsets. As the oil of joy is released, it releases authority to break off thoughts, mindsets, and strongholds that are not of God. "God has not given you the spirit of fear but love, power, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)."
The oil of joy upon our lives releases the fragrance of Heaven. Psalm 45:7 (TPT) says, "You are passionate for righteousness and you hate lawlessness. This is why God, your God, crowns you with bliss above your fellow kings. He has anointed you, more than any other,with his oil of fervent joy, the very fragrance of heaven’s gladness." Once again here we see the oil of joy crowns us causing us to rise in authority and glory, and it releases the fragrance of heaven over our lives. The fragrance of God attracts the things of God to our lives, favor, honor, grace, joy, peace, victory, etc.
The oil of joy is connected to and releases breakthrough. David said in Psalm 51:12 (TPT), "Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say." The oil of joy protects your passion, and no matter the circumstance joy helps us to obey which brings lasting joy and breakthrough. As Jesus was going to the cross Hebrews 12:2 says, "Because of the joy set before him he endured the cross." Joy causes us to endure through the pain into glory. We need to let go of happiness and grab unto joy. Joy is eternal and cannot be moved by circumstances. It's been tested and proven. When we walk in joy it causes us to walk in the things of the spirit because, its the fruit or the character of the spirit (Galatians 5).
When the oil of joy is released is releases overflow in our lives. Isaiah 35:10 says, "and those the Lord has rescued will return.They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." Have you been overtaken by His joy? God wants to over take your life with His joy. When His joy flows in your life it removes every hindrance and obstacle that is blocking you from experiencing His fullness. The joy of Lord brings refreshing and releases the fullness of God into our lives (John 15:11).
I believe one of the markings of the move of God will be the oil of joy released over His people. I saw the Lord pouring the oil of joy our over His people. Services will be marked by laughter, joy, dancing, and the expressions of joy. The people of God need to learn how to laugh again, to really experience the joy of our salvation. As we begin to marinate and saturate in the oil of joy, heaviness, oppression, mental illness, depression, will begin to lift and break off of God's people. His joy brings the strength we need to stay in the battle and win the victory. Let the Lord overtake you with His joy and watch your enemies flee, oppression lift, and your strength be renewed again. The joy of the Lord is your strength and will cause you to prosper!
Prophet Madeline James
We are in a great time of acceleration, transition, and upgrade. It's essential and important to position yourself to move with the leadings of the Holy Spirit. Many times we think we're waiting on God, but more often than not he is waiting on us. The things are of the Spirit are always moving, birthing, creating, producing, etc. Sometimes we are hindered, or have trouble flowing with the momentum of the spirit we don't have the capacity need. Capacity can be defined as the maximum amount that something can contain, the amount something can produce (dictionary.com). Our capacity is enlarged when we allow the Lord to take us beyond our natural limits and logic, into His realm where anything is impossible to those who believe (Mark 9:23). We grow from glory to glory when we allow the Lord to break our natural barriers and limitations. The place where He puts His super on our natural.
Often times we pray for the Lord do things we're not really willing to step out for. Our capacity will only grow when we're willing to do something we've not done before. We pray prayers to walk in the supernatural and miraculous without counting the cost. To truly walk in those things requires a surrender and death to self. When we are willing to let go, we can move with the speed and the momentum of the spirit of God. Amos 9:13-14 (MSG) says,“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree.“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings!"
I had a dream recently where I received a call to have my bags packed and ready to meet at the Chicago O'Hare airport for a trip. Chicago is nicknamed for the Windy City. I believe in the spirit it represents the place to catch the wind and the momentum of the spirit to go in the direction He is leading. As I arrived at the airport, I stood in the parking lot looking at the planes taking off. I noticed these planes were different. There were very high tech, almost star trek like. As the planes would take off I noticed during their take off when they were ascending they had to do a certain flip to catch the current of the spirit in the direction it needed to go. Looking at these planes maneuvering in the air gave me butterflies, but I knew what needed to be done to go where we needed to. The things of the spirit will always take you out of your comfort zone. I buckled in and closed my eyes we took off. You have to be willing to face your fears to reach new realms and places in God.
A couple other things to look at in the dream. When I got the call I had to be willing to go at a moments notice. Are you ready to answer the call when the Lord says it's time for this or that. I also had to be ready, packed, and at the airport by a certain window of time. Timing is everything when it comes to the things of the spirit. Ecclesiastes 3:1 declares "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." When it talks about a season and time, the Hebrew talks about a set appointed time for the things of God to occur. We must be a prophetic people that can discern the now moments and appointed times to maximize the activity of Heaven. Right now we are in kiaros moment, a now moment where there is window of time in the realm of the spirit to advance and excel. When we miss our kiaros moments it releases delay and stops the momentum of God in our lives. It's my prayer you remain sensitive and discerning of the times and seasons in your life to know when to launch forward.
Not only do I believe its a time of acceleration and momentum, but it's a time where God is releasing His velocity over us. Velocity can be defined as the measure of how fast something is moves in a particular direction (dictionary,com). Velocity is speed with direction. When I read that it hit my spirit. Many of you have been moving with acceleration and momentum, but have lacked direction. When we lack direction, we miss our mark or intended target. There is less impact, and sometimes can make things messy because we are shooting in the dark. The Lord is releasing a spirit of accuracy and velocity, to those willing to submit to His instruction. Accuracy is defined as freedom from mistake or error, precision entry (merriam-webster.com). It's not that we can't make mistakes, there is grace for that. But we're in a season where we can't afford to miss it, we need direction and precision. The plane in the dream was very high tech and technologically advanced. With advancement comes precision and accuracy.
It's my prayer you not only ascend with the momentum of the Lord, but that the velocity and accuracy of the Lord cause you to hit your target to release maximum impact.
Prophet Madeline James
In the last few days there has been such a stirring in my spirit, I can't shake it. This stirring is for the new the Lord is bringing forth and unfolding in this hour. The momentum is building. As I was ministering recently, the Lord began to speak prophetically through me this was a time of closing out one chapter to start another. Many in the Body are having a hard time moving forward because some of the prophetic promises spoken have expired, or for whatever reason the fullness of some prophetic words were not fully manifest. The promises of God in His word never expire, but certain prophetic words are time sensitive or have a window of time to be fulfilled in. It's time to move forward.
God is working everything together for our good, according to His purposes. Song of Solomon 2:10-11 declares, "Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling. Come away with me! I have come as you have asked to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one.11 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." Things have been shifting and transition for while. The verse numbers in this passage are prophetic, 10 prophetically means to set in order, and 11 is the number of transition. Over the past few days I keep seeing number combinations such as 111, 222 333, 444, 555. This is prophetically speaking that the Lord is setting order and bringing alignment into your life, and in the things of the spirit.
Anytime something new begins, something must die. Recently my oldest daughter had a dream about me relevant to what is happening in this season. In the dream she fell asleep and dreamed I was drinking tea. After I drank the tea, my stomach started to hurt and then I died. In the dream she woke up and realized I was ok, and doing things around the house. Tea comes from leaves which represents healing/detox. Our stomach/belly represents our core, our heart, and the seat of our emotions. Revelation 22:2 says, "The river was flowing in the middle of the street of the city, and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life, with its twelve kinds of ripe fruit according to each month of the year. The leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing of the nations." As we receive healing, we can now become leaves that bring healing to the nations. My death in the dream was a spiritual death of dying to self, so the Lord can birth something new. Many times when we desire for the Lord to do a new thing, there's dying to self or a coming to the end of ourselves so the new can be born. Isaiah 43:18-19 is one of the main scriptures for the hour, because there is an ending of an era to begin a new one. It says, "Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it?" To fully receive and walk in what we are hungering for we have to stop looking back, and run forward will all that we have.
In this time of the Lord closing one chapter and beginning another, the momentum is building. As the momentum is building it's causing an expansion and great push to happen in your life. What you've been feeling is growing pains! Momentum can be defined as the strength or force that allows something to continue or grow stronger, or faster as time passes. This is an Isaiah 54:2-3 moment,"Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes,3 For you will spread abroad to the right hand and to the left." In the stretching and lengthening there will be disruption. The ground or the foundation that once held will not do. So as you expand there will be an upheaval of the ground around. Don't be distracted by the dust kicking up, or the things being unearthed. Keep pressing forward because this is your season of enlargement.
The momentum is causing a stretching and an acceleration in your life. Just as an airplane accelerates and ascends, there is an altitude and breathing adjustment that must occur to function at a new altitude. What you're experiencing is a horizontal and vertical expansion as the Lord is enlarging your capacity. Just breathe. There is grace to adjust to your new normal. The momentum of the Lord is launching and catapulting you into the greater.
Prophet Madeline James
I believe the greatest days of the Church are ahead. It may seem a bit dark and bleak right now with the government shutdown, and the recent passage of another full term abortion. But there's always hope, because Jesus is the hope of glory in us (1 Corinthians 1:27). In times like these and ones to come, the church cannot remain silent, go into crisis, and remain in self preservation mode. What's happening now are divine opportunites for the people of God to arise. We are Kingdom people with a Kingdom mandate to govern with the influence God has given us. We must remember our place of power and governing is in the place of prayer and intercession. We cannot get mad at sinners for doing what sinners do. The war will not be won over arguments,because the war isn't about flesh and blood. We are in a spiritual war.
One of the greatest tactics the enemy is using in this hour to silence the people of God is fear. Many in the Body are afraid to rock the boat. What will it take to provoke you? The Father is looking for a righteous remnant to rise up and proclaim righteous in our nation. We don't have to stand by and watch, and just let things have. We have to remember we are of a different kingdom, and God's Kingdom trumps this earthly realm. We have the power through prayer to pray out ungodly politicians and those in positions of power, and pray in righteous and godly leaders. Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people."
In Matthew 22:14 it says, "For many are called, but few are chosen." To do great things for God there is no secret formula. Everyone has been given an invitation into greatness. Those who fully surrender and give God their yes, God uses for great things. This was true of the prophet Daniel. I believe the Lord is raising "Daniels" up in this hour. In Daniel 1:8-9 says, "But Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by [eating his portion of] the king’s rich and dainty food or by [drinking] the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might [be allowed] not to defile himself. Now God made Daniel to find favor, compassion, and loving-kindness with the chief of the eunuchs." Like Daniel we must determine in our hearts and minds not to defile ourselves, or allow the world to set our standards. The word of God is our standard and always will be. Because Daniel purposed in his to stay pure, it caused the favor of God to fall upon him and his friends.
I had a recent dream where the spirit of the Lord was resting upon my life causing favor and blessing. In the dream those around me began to ask out of distain, "What's so special about you? Why do you keep succeding," I told them it was nothing I was doing, but it was because of the Spirit of God (Zech 4:6). The Lord is looking for people in this hour to mark with His spirit. The definition to mark is, to make a visible impression or stain on. Like Daniel, when we determine in our hearts and minds to walk in the spirit of excellence and purity, we become a landing strip for the spirit of God in our lives. Excellence is the way of the Kingdom. God wants to mark your life with His Spirit so it becomes visible to all. When you prosper in favor, it's not just for you, it affects and benefits those around you. Daniel 1:17, 20 says, "As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all [kinds of] visions and dreams. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding concerning which the king asked them, he found them ten times better than all the [learned] magicians and enchanters who were in his whole realm."
The Lord wants to put His people in every realm of influence in society. We can't fear what's outside the church. We are a kingdom people mandated to govern all realms, and establish God's Kingdom. When you purpose and determine in your heart to walk in excellence and purity, His spirit will mark and rest upon you. You don't have to make things happen, Allow His spirit to work in your lives. When His spirit rests upon you, increase and favor will touch every area of your life. Be a place where His spirit can rest and dwell. His spirit can take you further than any gifting or skill.
Prophet Madeline James
As we continue walk into 2019, the winds of transition and acceleration are blowing strongly. Can you feel it? It's important not to miss this kiaros moment. 2018 was a tough year for many, A year of massive warfare and opposition. But I feel the urgency of the Lord to remind His people, don't allow the trauma or the intensity of the warfare from this past season to paralyze you from moving forward. I see many in the spirit boxed in or afraid to move, because they're afraid of repeating the same cylce of warfare. Beloved, the winds are blowing, and things are shifting and aligning.
A couple mornings ago I was making breakfast, and the Lord suddnely invaded my thoughts. I clearly heard the Lord say, "This is a season of big moves." That phrase was spoken so sharply it began to resonate through my spirit. The Lord reminded me of a recent word I posted for 2019, that it would be a year marked by faith. Faith doesn't hesitate, it sees and moves. In 2018 there was a great contending for the promises and the enemy may have delayed things for a season, but in this season you will make up lost ground. Isaiah 43:18 (MSG) declares,“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?" This is an important scripture to keep in mind for this season. Shake off and let go of whats happened. Stop replaying the video over and over what happend in past seaons. You have to be alert and present in the moment so you don't miss your kiaros moment to take that step or steps of faith.
Faith doesn't take small calculated steps, it follows unabandoned wherever God is leading. Faith isn't subject to the circumstances around it. It causes the conditions around it to become submitted to it. Faith is God's reality for us, that He desires to bring us into awareness of. We are each given a measure of faith (Rom 12:3), in which we function and operate from.This is the season where the Lord wants to stretch and grow your measure of faith. Something can't be stretched until it's pushed to it's limits and beyond. What big move or steps of faith is the Lord calling you to take? Big moves, cause you to move from once place in the spirit to another (2 Cor 3:18). When faith is released it attracts and draw the things of God into your life.
Get ready to take to big steps in this season. Big moves will lead to great advancement. Amos 9:13 (MSG) declares, "Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel." Bold faith will lead to get payoff in this season. There is a reward for those who diligently seek and go after the Lord. This is a season of big moves!
Prophet Madeline James
As we entered into 2019 there was shift. The Body has been in a massive shift over the past couple of years, as we are getting ready to step in a new era. The Church’s finest hour. There has been much contending in the heavenlies over the promises of God for His Church and His people. The warfare has caused a delay and unfulfillment in promises, causing heart sickness. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” The promises of God are yes and amen. I believe we’re moving into a season of promises fulfilled. Where there has been great delay, there will be a great release of restitution and God’s goodness.
On the night of January 1, 2019, I was spending time with the Lord, and an angel of the Lord came to me. I asked the name of the angel, and he replied Dan. I looked up the meaning of the name Dan, and found it means God is my judge, and judgment. I asked the angel of Lord to release judgment in my favor for any cases that were open in the courts of Heaven. Psalm 103:20 says, “Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.” I felt a peace as the angel left to fulfill the assignment.
During the morning of January 9, 2019, I had a powerful dream depicting an upgrade and an increase had occurred over my life. In the dream I had interviewed with the Father for a job position concerning my destiny. I passed the interview and was granted a promotion. This meant a great shift in my life and for my family. As I opened up my journal to write down this dream, the Lord reminded me of my encounter with the angel Dan. It had been exactly eight days since the encounter. The number eight prophetically means new beginnings. The Lord told me I passed the interview because the verdict was ruled in my favor. Psalm 82:1 says, "God stands up to open heaven's court, He pronounces judgement on the judges."
The warfare you’ve been facing the past several months has been about your destiny and your increase. The python spirit has attacked many in the Body of Christ, trying to suffocate and constrict keeping many from walking in promise. The Lord is putting His foot down and saying, “Enough is enough.” Psalm 18:19 says, “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” The enemy knows the magnitude of what’s getting ready to shift in your life. You’ll literally be moving from one state in the spirit to the next. Glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
I want to prophesy the same grace that was released over my life to yours. I prophesy that as your book of life is brought before the courts of Heaven, the Father is releasing the verdict in your favor. Where the enemy has tried to steal, kill, and sabotage your promise, you shall walk in your promise. Hell cannot stop what Heaven has authorized over your life. The verdict has been rendered.
Prophet Madeline James
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
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
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.