I had a recent dream that caught my attention and gave insight and revelation to what many have been dealing with in this season in the Body of Christ. Dreams, visions and revelations are the language of Heaven. The more we have a grid for the revelatory realm, the more we can understand the things of the spirit and inhabit the realms of the spirit. Many are in a season of transition, movement, and promotion, but have been experiencing great warfare.
Over the last couple weeks I began to have a series of dreams were accusations were being made against me, I was being chased by the demonic, and I felt unusually drained. I began to inquire of the Lord what was going on because it was abnormal. I had a dream last week where I was on a plane with a known Apostle, on the way to somewhere. Planes represent going to higher realms in the spirit. On the plane we were served dinner. I took the cover off of my food, and immediately noticed there was a dead snake in my salad. The Apostle leans over and asked if I liked snake. I replied no I don't like snake or have a taste for it. He begins to tell me there is a way to deal with snakes. The Apostle told me to take the snake and you have to bite the head off first. In the dream it was exaggerated and he actually ended up eating half the snake in one bite. When he was done, he told me this is how its done in the apostolic, you have to take the head off and eat it. What attacks you can become your meal and nourishment.
I didn't realize I was dealing with a python spirit until this dream. I believe many of you have been dealing with this spirit as the Lord has been promoting you, and enlarging you in this season. The python spirit comes to constrict and choke out the prophetic breath in you. In Acts 16 when Paul and Silas where on the way to pray when they met a slave girl who was a diviner, and they encountered the python spirit. The Greek word for divination there is pythos where we get python. (Acts 16:16). She began to boast the men where men of God here to tell the town how they could be saved. What she was saying was right but it irritated Paul's spirit. It irritated his spirit because, that spirit was mocking them. The python spirit is a counterfeit to the prophetic. We see this in the Old Testament as well. In Exodus 8 Moses and Aaron had a showdown of power with Pharaoh and his diviners. The Lord caused Aaron's staff to turn into a serpent. Pharaoh commanded his diviners to do the same. Their staffs turned into serpents but Aaron's staff swallowed up the diviners staff. There is no substitute for God's power. The enemy may try to mimic the power of God, but God's power will swallow it up every time.
The python comes to control regions and choke out the prophetic voice. In Acts 16 the slave girl and her owners had the who city bought, and it prohibited the spirit of God from truly moving in their city, it was a false form of religion. When Paul cast the python spirit out of the slave girl it caused an uproar in the town, because the python spirit had been dethroned. It caused the people to come against them with false accusations and they were imprisoned. They tried to stop what God was doing,
The python spirit comes to constrict you in multiple ways. A lot of times we don't even realize we're dealing with a python spirit. In the natural, a snake will slowly began to wrap itself around a person or thing without much alarm, until it's too late and you can't get out of it's grip. When it has you right where it wants you, it goes in for the kill. Just like the natural, the python is very strategic in its attack, When you feel stifled and constricted in the spirit, its a sign of the python spirit attacking you. I really felt the python spirit constricting your mind in this season, and even using people around you to keep you in a place of constriction because of their words. When the python spirit limits your thoughts, you're not able to think God thoughts, or receive where God is trying to take you. Proverbs 23:7 (TPT) says, "For as he thinks within himself, so is he." Our thoughts and what we think about ourselves play out in our behaviors.
The enemy will also use people to constrict you by releasing word curses, accusations, and lies. Sometimes people can't celebrate what God is doing in your life, and because they have open doors the enemy will come in and use them against you. Remember our fight is not against flesh and blood, but in the spirit (Eph 6). You win the battle when take it up in the spirit. To defeat the lies, accusations, and curses, you must release the word of God. The truth of God's word will break the power of the lies and accusations. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit. Take the sword of the spirit and sever the the head of that python or serpent coming against you. When you sever the head, it has no longer has power.
Another way to defeat the python and serpent spirits is to stay close to the fire of God. We see this in Acts 28. Paul arrives on the island of Malta and starts a fire. As he adds more wood to the fire a viper can't take the heat of the fire, and comes out and bites Paul on the hand. He shakes it off back into the fire to kill, but the people are waiting for him to die because of the deadly venom. Paul was fine and the people ended up revering him because he survived. It's important to stay close to the fire, glory, and presence of God because it reveals pythons and vipers that try to hide, and lie in wait to attack. You don't have to fear the attack. The attack will come, but like Paul shake it back into the fire for the Lord to deal with it. You may have people watching and waiting for you to drop, but your life is going to be testimony of God's goodness and power. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you shall be put down (Isa 54:17). The very thing that's come against you is going to become your meal to your next!.
I prophesy and declare over you every accusation and slanderous tongue that has come against you is being brought down. I take the sword of the spirit and sever the head of the python. I speak the breath of God to be loosed over you and in you. Where the enemy has tried to constrict you bind you its being broken in Jesus name.
~Prophetess Madeline James
Recently during a church service in worship we were singing the song "Way Maker," and the Lord gave me an inner vision. In the vision I saw a person holding a lantern, and walking on this pathway in complete darkness. The Lord spoke to me and told me, "This is how many feel in the Body of Christ right now, that they are walking in complete darkness." Many feel this way, because we have been in a massive time of transition individually, and as the Body of Christ. When we have Christ with us we can never truly walk in darkness. The lantern in the vision represents the word or revelation the Lord has given you to walk this season out with. Psalm 119:105 (NLT) declares, "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." It's important to hide and store God's word in our hearts (Ps 119:11). The revelation we store in our "lamps" will guide us and be enough light for every step we take, even when we can't see what's ahead. His word illuminates the way.
The Lord is releasing revelation in this season that's causing your night season to break forth into a new day. As you come out of your place of darkness, the Lord is placing a fresh measure of glory upon your life that will cause many to turn their heads and look. The glory of God will be undeniable in your life. Over the past few days I kept hearing in my spirit the phrase, "It's time to shine," and the Lord began to confirm that word as different people would speak that phrase.
It's time for you to shine Beloved. Isaiah 60:1 (AMP) declares, "Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come,
And the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you." I prophesy to you that it's time to come out of the place of spiritual darkness, depression, and oppression, because you're being clothed with fresh glory. This glory is restoring your vibrancy and brilliance where it has been dulled. Even though there is much darkness upon the earth, it cannot stifle the brilliance of His glory upon you (Isa 60:2). You're going to shine even brighter!
Isaiah 60:3-4 says, "Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.“Lift up your eyes around you and see; They all gather together, they come to you.
Your sons will come from far away, And your daughters will be looked after at their side." The measure of glory the Lord is bestowing upon you is going to cause the nations, those, in leadership, and governmental positions to notice. The glory carries influence to govern. The nations need what you have. We become the "leaves" God uses to bring healing to the nations (Revelation 22:2).
It's time to shine and be unapologetic about the glory the Lord is releasing over your life. The glory is not a quiet thing, it will speak for you. The glory will attract the right things and relationship, and will repel whats not of Him. God places His glory upon your life for a purpose and assignment. Isaiah 60:5 says, "Then you will see and be radiant, And your heart will tremble [with joy] and rejoice Because the abundant wealth of the seas will be brought to you, The wealth of the nations will come to you." As the Lord places this glory on your life it will cause every area of your life to increase and grow. You can't stay small in the glory. You must position your heart for the increase.
As the glory begins to increase in your life you're going to begin to see a physical manifestation of it through glory dust, oil, and signs and wonders. Get ready! A few weeks ago I had a dream where I was ministering in a service. The glory of God was so thick there was a cloud in the service, and as I was praying over people they were getting healed or falling out in the spirit. When I woke up I found glory dust all over my body, bed, and the floor next to the bed. The atmosphere in my dream manifested in the nature. As I began to release this to my church members the glory dust began to manifest upon them and within the church. The glory causes everything it touches to come alive!
I prophesy to you it's time to arise and shine and come out of the place of darkness. The glory is increasing upon your life, releasing increase and influence. The glory is attracting kingdom connections and cutting away what's not of God. Embrace what He's doing in your life. Don't apologize for it you've caught heaven's attention. It's time to shine bright!
~Prophet Madeline James
A few nights ago I was sitting in my living room, and I began to notice the room fill up with angels. One angel in particular caught my attention because I saw rainbow colors above it's head. I had never seen this particular angel before. I began to seek the Lord and study to find more information and insight about what he was saying. I clearly heard the Lord say, "That's the angel of promise." This angel can be found in Revelation 10:1-10 AMP, "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed in a cloud, with a rainbow (halo) over his head; and his face was like the sun, and his feet (legs) were like columns of fire; 2 and he had a little book (scroll) open in his hand. He set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land; 3 and he shouted with a loud voice, like the roaring of a lion [compelling attention and inspiring awe]; and when he had shouted out, the seven peals of thunder spoke with their own voices [uttering their message in distinct words]. 4 And when the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them down.” 5 Then the angel whom I had seen standing on the sea and the land raised his right hand [to swear an oath] to heaven, 6 and swore [an oath] by [the name of] Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there will be delay no longer, 7 but [a]when it is time for the trumpet call of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God [that is, His hidden purpose and plan] is finished, as He announced the gospel to His servants the prophets.8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking to me, and saying, “Go, take the book (scroll) which is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 9 So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the little book. And he said to me, “Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” 10 So I took the little book from the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey; but once I had swallowed it, my stomach was [c]bitter. 11 Then they said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and languages and kings."
I believe this angel is being released in this time of transition to help assist the Body of Christ to walk in the promises that have been declared over each life. This is a season where your Book of Life is being accessed (Psalm 139:16). There has been much delay over the past few of years, causing the people of God to become dishearten and hope deferred . The enemy may cause delay through certain circumstances or warfare, but he cannot stop the promises of God unless we give him an open door. The word says the promises of God are yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20) over our lives. God has not changed His mind about the promises spoken over your life. It's time to partner with the angelic assistance the Father is releasing.
The warfare has been intense because there is a clashing of swords going on over many trying to stop many from walking into destiny promises. The destiny promises are for the next 10-15 years. We must remember our fight is not against flesh and blood, but we're in a spiritual war (Ephesians 6). In 1 Timothy 1:18 Paul told Timothy to take a hold of the prophetic promises spoken over your life and used them to help you fight the war going in your life. The Lord is faithful to His promises, he is not a man that he would lie. It's just like the story in Daniel 10, where Daniel prayed but the angel of the Lord was delayed 21 days, because he was fighting the principality of Persia. He told Daniel the Lord heard you the first time you prayed, but the angel got caught up in a battle (Daniel 10:12-13).
I want to encourage you in this season to keep pressing into the promises of God that have been spoken over your life. The Lord is sending angelic assistance to help break delay and demonic interference and hindrance. The Lord says in Isaiah 55:11, "So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." That's a powerful promise from the Father, He intently watches over His words to see the fulfillment of them over our lives, regions, states, and nations. The angel Promise is coming to break delay, and you're going to begin to feel a shift and acceleration where there has been unfulfillment. Get ready!
(Picture above used from Jermaine Nelson's word he had about encountering the angel Promise.)
Prophet Madeline James
The resurrection of Christ was not just a one time event or moment in history. When Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, he opened a new realm for us to live in. A realm can be defined as an area or sphere that is ruled by something (dictionary.com). His resurrection became a place to inhabit and step into by faith, because Jesus had conquered the realm of death. Faith is the activator to releasing and unlocking the things of the Kingdom of God. What does it look like to walk and live in the realm of resurrection life?
The Apostle Paul seem to really have an understanding and revelation of this realm, because he often wrote about it throughout the New Testament. One would would assume the disciples who walked with Jesus and experienced the death and resurrection would pen more about it. I believe the encounter with the Lord Paul had in Acts 9 on the road to Damascus was powerful and life changing, he in way died and Christ resurrected him in to a new life. We see the manifestation of this when his name being change from Saul of Tarsaus to Paul. From that moment Paul was never the same man, and began to walk in a realm of resurrection power and wrote about in the epistles.
The Apostle Paul in Colossians 2 gives us some insight into what Christ's death on the cross did, and how the realm of resurrection is now open to us. Colossians 2:12-13 TPT says, "For we’ve been buried with him into his death. Our “baptism into death” also means we were raised with him when we believed in God’s resurrection power, the power that raised him from death’s realm. 13 This “realm of death” describes our former state, for we were held in sin’s grasp. But now, we’ve been resurrected out of that “realm of death” never to return, for we are forever alive and forgiven of all our sins!" This passage is saying when we come to Christ we are buried with him in his death. All the things of our past, our flesh, before Christ have been baptized in death. But as we release our faith and believe in the resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead, that same power will be activated in our lives. When we activate our faith to release the resurrection power in our lives, we leave the realm of death and step into the realm of life and resurrection power. John 10:10 says, "The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I've come to give you live, and life more abundantly." We should refuse to settle for anything else than what Jesus paid for. Resurrection life enables us to live in a realm of overflow and abundance. The power of sin's grasp is broken. We have to stop looking back. It says in that passage we are to never return to the realm of death. It's time to leave the realm of death behind and start walking in the realm of resurrection life. That resurrection power is the Greek word dunamis or dynamite power of God. It the same power Paul mentions in Ephesians 3:20 TPT, "Never doubt God's mighty power to work in you." You have the dynamite, explosive power of God at work in your life releasing the resurrection of Christ in you. Everyday you have access to that.
In Colossians 2:14 TPT Paul says "He canceled out every legal violation we had on our record and the old arrest warrant that stood to indict us. He erased it all—our sins, our stained soul—he deleted it all and they cannot be retrieved! Everything we once were in Adam has been placed onto his cross and nailed permanently there as a public display of cancellation." I want to remind you that every violation, every arrest warrant, everything that has stained your soul has been deleted and erased like a hard drive. Whatever the enemy has been trying to hold over your head, it's been canceled. Psalm 103:12 says, "As far as from the east is from the west he has removed our sins." Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10). Day and night he makes accusations in the courtroom of heaven, but the blood of Jesus speaks a better word. Whatever struggle, sin, temptation, or things in the past you may be dealing with, know they have been permanently nailed to the cross. Jesus made a public display of the cancellation of our sins, and everything that tried to hold onto us from Adam. You can live free. The Lord isn't holding anything over your head. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1).
Lastly in Colossians 2:15 TPT Paul tells us, "Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!" Jesus dealt with and disarmed every power and every demonic force we would ever have to deal with, We have to remember when the enemy and demonic comes to attack, their power and authority has already been broken. The authority and power the enemy has is because we've given it to him. The word says Jesus descended into the depths of the earth (Eph 4:9) and defeated the devil, retrieving the keys of death (Rev 1:17-18). We don't have to death because Jesus has defeated its power and grip.
Resurrection wasn't just a moment in history. Jesus opened a realm for us to live in the resurrection of Christ and its manifestation daily. It's time to fully start living in the realm of resurrection!
Prophet Madeline James
The promises of God are a reality meant for us to step into. His promises are His reality for our lives. We must refuse to live below the promises of God. Psalm 34:8 declares, "Taste and see that the Lord is good." The Hebrew word for taste is ta'am, which means to taste, perceive, and eat. The Hebrew word for see is ra'ah, which means to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider, have vision, observe, discern. to gaze. Your taste is connected to your spiritual sight. If your taste or perception is off your spiritual sight is off.
It's important to check the fruit of what we're eating. What we are partaking and digesting affects are spiritual sight. We all have the ability to see in the spirit. Jesus said in Matthew 13:16, "But blessed are your eyes, because they see." Our spiritual sight in connected to the eyes of our understanding. The heart. In Ephesians 1:18 Paul says, "I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those called." The more we allow God's light or the illumination of His spirit to come into our hearts, the greater we can see with clarity and accuracy.
I believe many are struggling to see because, there has been a bitter taste that has crept in. Bitterness has crept in because of promises unfulfilled, and harsh seasons of warfare. Bitterness can be defined as sharpness of taste, lack of sweetness, causes deep pain and anger (dictionary.com). Bitterness will taint the well within you. Hebrews 12:15 TPT says, "Watch over each other to make sure that no one misses the revelation of God's grace. And make sure no one lives with a root of bitterness sprouting within them which will only cause trouble and poison the heart of many." When we have bitterness in our lives we'll fail to see God's goodness and glory in our lives. We can see this in the story of the Israelites in Exodus 15.
The Israelites had just seen the greatest miracle of their lives. The Lord had taken them through the Red Sea, and had swallowed up their enemies. They were singing songs of victory as they walked into their new found freedom. For three days they traveled through a desert without water, and the people began to complain. They came to a place called Marah that had an oasis. Marah means bitter. Some of the people took a drink but realized the waters were bitter. The people began to let some of that bitterness get in them, and they began to become unruly and complain. They had forgotten what God had did for them a few days ago with the Red Sea. Bitterness will hinder your ability to see the goodness and glory of God. Moses cried out to the Lord. Exodus 15:25 AMP says, "Then he cried to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a tree, a branch, which he threw into the waters, and the waters became sweet."
As I was ministering recently I began to speak about the knowledge of the glory of God increasing. One of the ways we're going to experience that is, we're going to be able to taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps 34:8). Some have been unable to experience and see the glory and goodness of God because, they have a bitter taste in their mouths. I felt my mouth begin to salivate because I could feel the people's taste buds changing. I prophesied God was changing the taste buds of the people, and they would begin to taste the sweetness of God. The change in their taste would enable them to see His goodness where they had not been able to.
I prophesy to you today the Lord is taking the bitter taste of last season, disappointments, harsh warfare, hope differed out of your mouth. Your spiritual eyes are going to begin to see with clarity and accuracy once again because, you're going to begin to taste God's goodness in your life where you have not been able to. I declare His goodness, mercy, and glory will overtake you in this season.
Prophet Madeline James
As I was getting ready for church this past Sunday, 3/31/19, I kept hearing the verse, "This is the day the Lord has made, I will be glad and rejoice in it (Psalm 118:24)." As soon as my feet hit the floor Sunday, I felt an excitement and stirring in my spirit. I could feel another shift/transition as we were getting ready to step into April. I felt another chapter close and a new one open in the heavenlies. Throughout the morning I kept hearing the Lord repeat, "This is the day I have made. This is the day I have made. This is the day I have made."
I honestly hadn't heard that scripture in quite some time. And when I did it was used for an attempt to help pull myself out of days or moments that were frustrating. I felt the Lord wanted me to look at the Hebrew for the word day. The Hebrew for day is yown, which means time, year, period, a space of time. I also looked up the Hebrew word for made, asah, means to do, fashion, produce, to make, prepare, to appoint. As I began to put these meanings to together I heard the Lord say, "This is the day, the time, the season, I have prepared, ordained, and fashioned for you. It's time to rejoice and step into what I've prepared for you." I believe this a word for the Body of Christ. This is the season, the day, the hour for the Bride of Christ to step into what the Father has prepared.
The massive transition that's been occurring in the realm of the spirit, is huge because one era is closing and a new era is opening. As I began to seek the Lord for more about this word I heard Him say, "The night season is over, there is a new day dawning." In this time of transition and birthing I want to encourage you, you're night season is really transitioning to a new day, a new season. Psalm 30:5 TPT declares, "We may weep through the night, but at daybreak it will turn into ecstatic joy." When a new dawn is coming over the horizon it breaks and dispels the darkness. That is what is occurring in this season, the new dawn is dispelling your night season.
The Lord is highlighting the oil of joy in this season. The oil of joy carries the anointing to break the yoke of heaviness and despair. In Isaiah 61:1-3 and Jesus prophesies it again in Luke 4, that the Lord has anointed him to preach the good news, declare this is the favorable year (season) of the Lord. In Isaiah 61:3 ESV it declares, "To grant to those who mourn in Zion, to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit." The Father in this season desires to exchange your sadness for joy, your heaviness for praise because this is the day and season He has prepared for you. In this season praise, celebration, joy, rejoicing will enable you to inhabit the new. In Philippians 4:4 TPT Paul tells us, "Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One." Joy, praise, and celebration will enable you to access, inhabit, and walk in what He has prepared for you.
As we enter this new season and appointed time, pay attention to the dreams you're having and who shows up in them. In Joel 2 and Acts 2:17 TPT it's prophesied, "This is what I will do in the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God." Dreams and visions are the language of Heaven. Wisdom, direction, and strategy are being released in dreams to help in this season of transition. And the Father is releasing angels of transition to help things transition more smoothly in the midst of some turbulence.
Rejoice for this is the day, the season, that God has prepared and fashioned for you to step in to.
~Prophet Madeline James
This is a season of great transition and movement. It's important we allow the doors the Lord is shutting, the relationships that are changing, and the things you've been involved in are now shifting. Individually and as the Body of Christ, the Lord is doing a new thing (Isa 43:18-19). So many times we try to take old habits, mindsets, and garments into new seasons. It doesn't work. What has worked in previous seasons will not work where God is taking His people. In the spirit I've seen many stuck in mud, and others with strings attached to them trying to pull the weights of last season into the new. It's time to get unstuck,and stop looking back over your shoulder.
We are moving into a season of the greater! Greater visitations, greater dreams, greater glory, greater miracles. The greater! Ephesians 3:20 (TPT) says, "Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you." It's important we prepare our hearts and minds to receive and inhabit what the Lord is releasing. So often we can reject the things of God because it doesn't look like, or didn't go down like we thought it should. We must set in our hearts to be those who will be led by His Spirit. We can't bow to our flesh or our fears. Fear will always keep us out of the promises of God. Mature Sons of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14 TPT). When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead our lives, He will always take us to places that require greater risk and faith. Romans 8:5 (TPT) says,"Those who are motivated by the flesh only pursue what benefits themselves. But those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated to pursue spiritual realities." When we press past our fears and securities, we'll experience and encounter greater realms of glory. This is the season of greater!
As I was meditating on this season, the Lord reminded me of the story of Mephibosheth. Mephibosgeth is first mentioned in 2 Samuel 4:4. When he was five years old. Saul and his father Johnathan were killed in battle. His nurse picked him up to flee, because they feared David would kill the rest of the family. In the chaos the nurse dropped Mephibohseth, and he became disabled and couldn't walk anymore. Fear will cause us to run from promise. They didn't know in 1 Samuel 24 David made an oath to Saul he would not kill off his descendants. Instead of waiting to see what would happen when David became king,fear caused Mephibosheth to run which caused him to become lame. How many of you have become crippled because of fear? Fear has a way of paralyzing and crippling us so we can't walk in promise.
Mephibosheth ended up exiling himself to a place called Lo-Debar (2 Sam 9:4). In the Hebrew Lo Debar means low place, not a pasture, desolate. Mephibosheth was royalty yet he was living in a place of constriction and desolation. What a contradiction. Mephibosheth had every right to be at the palace, but he allowed fear to keep him in an isolated and constricted place. In 2 Samuel 9 David asks if there are any decedents left of Saul. He finds out Mephibosheth is left. David calls for him to come to the palace. Mephibosheth fears what David has to say. David says, "7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons ( 2 Samuel 9:7-8,11)."
Mephibosheth lost his identity as a royal, he saw himself as a dead dog. King David is a type and shadow of Christ. David restored to Mephibosheth his identity and what was his. Christ wants to do that for you. When we forget who we are, we can't walk in what is ours. Our inheritance and position in Christ comes from who we are in Him. It says in verse 11 above Mephibosheth ate at David's table like one of the king's son. I want to remind you, you are a King's kid. You are seated in Christ in royalty. It's time to stop living in Lo Debar. The Father is calling you out of Lo Debar to the palace to restore what is rightfully yours. You were never meant to live in Lo Debar. You were always destined for the palace.
Prophet Madeline James
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
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.