Over the past 3-4 months there was a sudden wind of opposition that arose against many who are stepping into the new things of God. This wind tried to stop, hinder, delay, and invoke fear to the point of succumbing to the opposition. We must realize the enemy always has a counterfeit for the things of God. If you notice, it never fails, the counterfeit tends to come right before the real unfolds. Despite the winds of opposition blowing, there's a sudden wind of breakthrough being released to break you through to the next. There will always be opposition as you cross over the threshold. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 16:9 TPT, "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."
A couple weeks ago I was in a church service worshiping, when suddenly there was a wind that blew by me. I thought maybe someone had walked past me, but when I looked no one was there. I continued to press into worship, and again suddenly gust of wind blew by me, even blowing my hair. It was like someone had opened the door and the gust of wind was let in, but like before no one was by me. The Lord quickened my spirit, and told me the angels of breakthrough and awakening are being released in this hour. This is an hour of great angelic activity we must partner with. I prophesied this word before the church about the sudden winds of God being released, and later that day Dallas, TX had a freak storm system that produced an EF3 Tornado that had not been seen in that region in years. In the last couple weeks its been reported in different places around the U.S. of record winds. The winds of change, transition, and awakening are blowing across the land.
When we go through seasons of great opposition, it has a way of dulling our senses and spirit if we let it. We are stepping into an Isaiah 52:1-2 season. It's time to arise from the desert place, the place of testing, and shake of the dust. Put your strength and glory garments on. It's the garments of who you are in Christ. Don't let your desert place define you. It's time to awaken to destiny. Now is the time for destiny.
The last 3-4 months have been a time of great intensity and pressure. But the Lord is using the intensity and pressure to form and fashion you for your next. Many of you came into this past season looking one way, but you will come out looking different than when you entered. There is a rebranding that is taking place in the realm of the spirit as we get ready to step into 2020. To rebrand something means to present a product or organization to the public in a new way, for example by changing its name or appearance (collinsdictionary.com).
The Lord has been using the crushing and the intensity of this season to do a new thing. Diamonds don't become diamonds overnight. They have to go through a process of intense heat, different chemicals, gasses, and pressure underneath the earth before they rise to the surface for all to see their beauty. Song of Songs 8;5 TPT declares, "Who is this one? Look at her now! She arises out of her desert, clinging to her beloved. When I awakened you under the apple tree, as you were feasting upon me, I awakened your innermost being with the travail of birth as you longed for more of me." This is the season those around you will say who is that one that arises from the desert. Those close to you will not recognize you because, the Lord has released a fresh glory upon your life. The spirit of the Lord is coming to break you through to a new place.
We find an example of this in Acts 12 when Peter was imprisoned with no hope of getting out. Herod made sure Peter was heavily bound with two chains, and guarded between two guards with other guards outside the prison cell. Peter was sleeping when suddenly an angel came. Acts 12:7 TPT says,"When at once an angel of the Lord appeared, filling his prison cell with a brilliant light. The angel struck Peter on the side to awaken him to hurry up, and the chains instantly fell off." Just like the angel came to break out Peter, there is a sudden wind of breakthrough being released to come and break you into a new place. The angel told Peter to move quickly. This is not a time to drag your feet or be double minded. It's time to step into the things of God now.
Not only is there a wind of breakthrough being released, but there's a wind of awakening hitting your life.In Acts 12:7 it says the angel hit Peter in the side. Some commentaries say it's a prophetic picture of when Jesus was hit and pierced in his side. It was a prophetic picture of hearts being awakened. Where you have felt dull or unaware of the things of God awakening is being released to your heart and senses. It's time to come alive once again!
In Acts 12:8 TPT it says, "The angel told Peter to get dressed. Put on your sandals, bring your cloak, and follow me." Where this past season has tried to strip you of who you are, it's time to put on your strength and glory garments (Isa 52:1). As the angel helped Peter escaped they went to the home of Mary and her son, John Mark. They had been praying for Peter's release. Peter knocked on the door and a girl named Rhoda answered and recognized Peter. She tried to tell everyone Peter was there but they did not believe it was him, or recognize him (Acts 12:13-15). They eventually realized it was Peter, but Peter did not stay he went ahead of them.
When Peter came out of his hard season (prison) God had rebranded him. The people that were closest to him did not recognize him and his voice, and did not believe he was there. The glory had transformed Peter for his next assignment. The people didn't recognize his voice because He gained a new authority. Also notice Peter did not stay back, he went ahead to the new. Don't stay in the familiar because it's safe Not everyone can go with you to your next. Know the season you're in.
This is a time of great destiny. Now is the time to step into destiny. God has rebranded you for the for the new, for 2020. Step into it with boldness and confidence.
Prophet Madeline James
One morning a couple weeks ago I woke up, and when my feet hit the ground I heard the Lord say, "The time is now." I began to inquire of the Lord and I ask what He meant, and He led me to Song of Songs 8:5, "Who is this one? Look at her now! She arises out of her desert, clinging to her beloved. When I awakened you under the apple tree, as you were feasting upon me, I awakened your innermost being with the travail of birth as you longed for more of me." Many of you have been in a desert season, but the Lord is calling you forth to arise, and saying its time. Your time. Time in the Hebrew is not necessarily equated to a linear time span. Time is representative of a season, or a window time span open in the realm of the spirit. We can find out more about this in Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 3 talks about times and seasons under heaven. We must learn to discern the time and season we're in, and discern the season we need to step into.
Many have prophesied stepping into 2020 is not just another year or decade, it's a new era. There is a new kingdom dispensation getting ready to be released and manifest upon the earth. The books of heaven are opening up to new chapters. Where many of you have been in transition, dormancy, wilderness, God has been positioning for you to arise and emerge on the scene in this new era. What does it mean to arise? Arise means to become apparent, emerge, to rise from a sitting or laying down position (dictionary.com).To go a little deeper lets look at the definition of emerge. Emerge is to come into view from concealment, into sight, to become manifest (dictionary.com). The hidden ones are coming into view in this season.
How does one arise from the desert and trying seasons, and what does arising do? Lets take a look at Isaiah 52:1-2 TPT, "Wake up! Open your eyes! Beautiful Zion, put on your majestic strength! Jerusalem, the sacred city, put on your glory garments! Never again will the unclean enter your gates! Arise and shake off your dust! Sit enthroned, Jerusalem! Break off your shackles of bondage from your neck, you captive daughter of Zion!" There is a wind of awakening being released in this season, that is breaking the slumber and dullness of the past season off of you. It's time to open your eyes and look again. Where your vision has been cloudy and dull, 2020 vision is being restored.
As you arise, its time to put on your majestic garments of strength and your glory garments on. Who took your strength in this past reason? What came to steal the glory
the Lord has bestowed upon your life? Garments are significant and identify who you are and what you function in. Sometimes we can allow our season, others, or the enemy to put garments on us that are not ours. What we wear will influence how we carry and see ourselves. Our garments carry our identity, authority, and the anointing and skills needed for each season. Don't allow your season to define you. Define your season by walking in who you are in Christ. You were made to carry His glory and shine bright. Don't let others or your season snuff out your light. When we put on the garments of who we are we shut the door to the enemy having access in our life.
In Isaiah 52:2 Isaiah tells us, "To arise and shake off your dust!" What was meant to bury you in last season is going to launch you in this season. You have to make the choice to arise. Nobody else can make that decision for you. When you arise you must shake the dust off. The dust is the residue of the trials and situations you've walked through. Residue can be defined as something that remains after a part is removed (dictionary.com). Residue is a reminder. The Lord doesn't want you to stay stuck or be reminded of the negative. He wants to take the bitter taste out of your mouth.
The next part of the verse after Isaiah tells us to shake it off, he says to, "sit enthroned!" That means once you shake off the residue, sit in your seat of authority. Ephesians 2:6 says, "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus." We have to take the fight to the spirit, and fight from the place of victory and who we are in Christ. Victory isn't something we strive for, it's something we walk in. When we walk in victory we can break off the shackles of bondage that ensnare us (Isaiah 52:2).
Beloved I want to encourage you to arise in this season. Shake off the dust and residue of this past season. Put on your strength and glory garments. Grab a hold of what God has for you and run with it.
Prophet Madeline James
As the Body of Christ, we are in an exciting time as we have stepped into October and 5780, We have stepped into a new season, a season of the double portion. Have you noticed the Lord highlighting the number 2 in this season? It prophetically represents the double. Despite there being much to celebrate, many are entering this season battle weary, wounded, tired, dishearten. This past season, was one of great warfare. Although there are many excited about this new season, there are some in the Body that are having a hard time celebrating the new, because they have lost hope. While there are many promises being fulfilled, there are those who are heart sick and discouraged because the promises of God have not come to pass yet in their lives. Proverbs 13:12 TPT says, "When's hope's dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life's sweetness will satisfy your soul."
What is hope? Hope is the confident expectation in God. Because of certain circumstances that have occurred over this past season, its caused a disappointment in many hearts. It's caused many to question God's goodness. But I want to encourage you to not lose hope, or throw away your hope. I want to encourage you from the words of David in Psalm 27:14 TPT, "Here's what I've learned through it all: Don't give up, don't be impatient be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting for he will never disappoint you." Although you're circumstances may have left you in disappointment, we serve a God who will never disappoint. In this season you're going to begin to see the tide turn and shift in your favor. Where you have experienced great shame, dishonor, and disappointment, God is going to give you double honor and a double portion of favor. (Isa 61:7). Tears will no longer be your portion. Joy unspeakable full of glory will be your portion. Laughter shall fill your mouth in this season. You will taste and see the goodness of the Lord like never before.
It's important we don't throw away our hope. When we throw away our hope we throw away our confidence, our authority, our identity (Hebrews 10:35) It's time to put your crown of confidence back on. When we hold onto hope, hope becomes the doorway to faith. He desires to turn your Valley of Achor (trouble) into a doorway of hope. Hosea 2:14-15 AMP, declares,“Therefore, behold, I will allure Israel and bring her into the wilderness, And I will speak tenderly to her [to reconcile her to Me]. 15 Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And make the Valley of Achor a door of hope and expectation [anticipating the time when I will restore My favor on her]. And she will sing there and respond as in the days of her youth in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt." The Hebrew word for Achor means a valley of trouble or disturbance. That's where many of you have been in this past season a valley, a season of trouble, disturbance, and agitation. You may not feel this, but it's in the trouble and disturbance that God has been strengthening you and preparing to walk through the door of hope. You're valley of trouble is turning into the door of hope and expectation. It's ok to hope again. Hope is rising in the land. I saw the Lord releasing the Angel of Hope across the land touching households. and bringing restoration. As you encounter the angel of Hope, where you've been hopeless and depressed, you're going to find yourself suddenly filled hope and expectation once again. I saw in a vision the Angel of Hope handing out balloons to those who were encountered. Prophetically balloons represent celebration, and childlike faith. He's restoring your childlike faith!
God doesn't just want us to stay in hope, he wants us to walk in faith. Because faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). Faith brings your hopes into reality. This is the season your hopes are going to begin to manifest. A couple months ago I had an encounter with the Angel of Promise in my living room. It has a rainbow that surrounds its head and can be found in Revelation 10:5-6. The Angel of Promise breaks delay. Where many destinies and promises have been held up in the spirit, the Angel of Promise is being released on your behalf to break the spirit of delay and every hindrance that has been opposing the promises of God in your life. His promises are yes and amen over you. He's not changed his mind about you or your destiny. Many of your are going to see a sudden shift and acceleration from the fruit of the Angel of Promise touching your lives.
As you wait to see the manifestation of hopes and promises, continue to wait patiently and with expectation before the Lord. Be entwined as one before him. In waiting before the Lord, he's going to strengthen and quicken you, where you have lacked the stamina and strength. He also wants to speak tenderly to you. He wants to draw you back to that place of first love. A place of remembrance and passion. When we become one with Him everything else fades away. I want to encourage you to position your heart in this season to hope again. Hope is rising in the land! Get ready to encounter the Angel of Hope and the Angel of Promise. Things are getting ready to dramatically shift in your life. A double portion of honor and favor is being poured out. Don't give up and don't loose hope. Hope and promise is being released.
Prophet Madeline James
In this season of transition we are stepping into a new era prophetically and in the natural, In the new are realms and portals of angelic visitation opening up to the people of God like never before. What has seemed hidden and inaccessible in this realm is opening to us. The veil between heaven and earth is getting thinner and thinner. As the veil gets thinner our eyes will begin to see like never before. Angels are recorded all through out the Bible and were a natural part of the lives of those who served the Lord. As time has gone on, that was never meant to stop but meant to grow. Hebrews 1:14 TPT says, "What role then, do angels have? The angels are spirit messengers sent by God to serve those who are going to be saved."
Recently, I had a dream where I was on facetime with another prophet, and they began to show me around this house that had an angelic realm in it. It was a place where Jacob's ladder was present (Genesis 28:10-19). The house was full of angelic activity, angels were descending and ascending from this house. This prophet showed me marked places around the house where the angels had been. On one wall they showed me where the angels had written 444 across the wall. It was the angelic call number in the spirit. The angel said anytime they needed something or needed help, to release or dial in the spirit 444 and they would come immediately to help.
For so long there has been a focus on the demonic and demons. It's time for the Body of Christ to shift their focus and begin to learn to not only discern the demonic but the angelic. What we focus on we will attract. Discerning of spirits is not just to discern the demonic, its to discern the presence of the Lord. If we only choose to focus on the demonic, we will miss where the Lord is working and miss partnering with the angelic. We have unfortunately made it taboo to talk about the angelic. In reality, the angelic has always been apart of the picture, and seen through out the Bible.
What is the purpose of the angelic? The angelic has been sent to help us as the heirs of salvation. As we partner with them in the realm of the spirit. Psalm 104;4 TPT says, "You make your messengers into winds of the Spirit and all your ministers become flames of fire." We also see in the Bible angels can be referred to as lightning. Job 36:32 NLT says, "He fills his hands with lightning bolts and hurls each at its target." In the Bible we see angels going to war on behalf of God's people (2 Kings 6), the often brought messages to prophets (Daniel 8), they release the judgments of God (Psalm 78:49), the help strengthen and minister to us (1 Kings 19:5), they stand in the presence of God (Job 1:6), they bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10).
Once again the angelic is becoming relevant to the Body of Christ. Many of our angels are waiting to be sent on assignment, but we have failed to do so for lack of knowledge. Angels are released when we release the word. Psalm 103:20-21 TPT "So bless the Lord, all his messengers of power, for you are his mighty hereos who listen intently to the voice of his word to do it. Bless and praise the Lord, you mighty warriors, ministers who serve him well and fulfill his desires." In this season you can expect to start having angelic encounters and in greater measures in your dreams and visions. New angels are being assigned and reassigned in this hour to ministries, ministers, and the people of God, I also see new angels being assigned over nations to deal with demonic systems to make way for the harvest that's is coming upon the earth. There will be greater angelic activity in services as we allow.
How can you recognize when the angelic is present? The gift of discerning of spirits will discern the angelic presence. You may feel a wind, a touch, or fire come on you. Sometimes you just have a knowing the angelic is present. You may see a flash, an outline, or you may see the whole angel as the Lord opens your vision up. Angels also show up in dreams. Sometimes you may also find angel feathers that confirm that they were there.
Position yourself in this season to be sensitive to the angelic activity around you. As you partner with the angelic you're going to begin to see great breakthrough and the promises of God manifest!
Prophet Madeline James
In a recent time of prayer, I had a vision of standing before double doors. As I opened one set of doors, I came before another set of double doors. I sought the Lord for more understanding, and I heard Him say, "This is the season of double doors and double favor." The Body of Christ is in a massive place of shifting and transition. To those who can endure the shifting, the shifting is positioning them for promotion. Over the last several weeks the Lord has been highlighting the numbers 22, 222, or 2222. The number two prophetically represents double. Two scriptures that are important and being highlighted in the season is Daniel 2:22 and Isaiah 22:22, Daniel 2:22 ESV says, "He reveals the deep and hidden things." Isaiah 22:22 TPT declares, "I will place upon his shoulders the key to the treasures of David's palace. He will open doors that no one can shut, and he will shut doors that no one can open." The year 2020 is a prophetic sign in the natural of the double being released in the spirit.
The shifting in this season is positioning us for fresh encounters and new revelation, because the books of Heaven have closed one chapter and have opened to a new chapter. The opening of this new chapter is releasing new mantles, a new wave of emerging prophetic and apostolic voices, new prophetic songs and anthems for the Body, new prophetic words and revelation for the Body of Christ. As we press into the hidden and deep things of God we will acquire the hidden treasures. Its the Isaiah 45 mandate. Isaiah 45:3 TPT says, "I will give you hidden treasures from dark, concealed places, and wealth waiting in secret places." His glory being released over your life is releasing a greater measure of influence and favor, steward it well.
Don't stop at the first set of double doors, go through the next set and next as they come. Each set of double doors is inviting you into new realms of God and interacting with the angelic. It's the key of David. Each realm in God has angelic assistance to co labor and operate with to navigate these realms. Many of you are going to begin to notice greater angelic activity and encounters, because the Lord is assigning new angels to your life, ministry, businesses, and assignments. The angels are releasing new blueprints in how to build and release the Kingdom in this new era. How you built and functioned in last season will be different in this season. Shift to what Heaven is releasing and you will be successful and flourish.
Not only is this a season of the double doors, but I heard the Lord say, "Its a season of the double portion anointing." For those who have gone through much warfare, and those who have been slandered and disgraced, you shall receive a double portion of blessing. Isaiah 61:7 declares, "Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy." Rejoice because you're coming into a season of double honor and joy. The Hebrew word for double in this verse is mishneh which means, double, copy, second, repetition, twice as much. I prophesy you're going to have twice as much honor and twice as much joy than you had before!
I've also noticed in my dreams lately prophetic mothers and fathers in the Body have been showing up in my dreams. It's a prophetic picture of the Elijah's and Elisha's coming together for the double portion spirit to be released. In 2 Kings 2:9 Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah's spirit. The Hebrew word for double in this scripture is shenayim, it means dual, twice, couple double. There's an exchange happening in the realm of the spirit. As the emerging, the Elisha's, honor the prophetic mother's and father's there will be a double portion of their spirit released to the emerging that will catapult them.
Prophet Madeline James
Have you been feeling the heat and pressure lately? Welcome to promotion season! I've come to learn over the years, promotion is not really about the next position or title, its about the heart.
It' s about where your heart is, and where it will go. Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." What this scripture is saying is, what is in your heart will lead and guide you. It will direct you, whether you realize it or not. Sometimes we'll be lead a certain direction and not always realize, or will have a certain reaction because of what's in our hearts. Other versions of this verse above say, "Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life."The Hebrew word for heart is leb. It means inner man, mind, will, seat of emotions and passions. The Hebrew word for the flow of springs is towtsa'ah. It means outgoing, boundary, a source, issues. What are the issues or outgoings of your heart?
When we don't guard or check our hearts, our flow or outgoing source can become contaminated. God will allow the testings to come to expose whats there. Sometimes we see it as cruel, but really its His love protecting us. He's allowing the hidden things to be exposed so it doesn't give the enemy an open door in our lives in that moment or down the road. David prayed in Psalm 139:23 TPT, "God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares." On a daily basis we have to invite the Holy Spirit to search us, because he is the spirit that searches all things. When we don't allow the Lord to test and sift us, we can't be proven. To be proven one must be tested. To walk in the new we must be sifted and tested.
Another reason why we must guard our hearts, is because the pathways of God reside in our hearts. Psalm 37:31 TPT says, "The ways of God are in their hearts and they won’t swerve from the paths of steadfast righteousness." The pathways of God or the pathway of life is found in Him. We become more aware of Him and His pathways when the eyes of our heart (Ephesians 1) becomes illuminated. When we have unresolved issues, emotions, or things that cloud the eyes of our understanding it affects the way we see. Some of you have been wondering why you haven't been dreaming like you used or discerning correctly. There's some things you need to resolve in your heart in this season. And it will also cause us to go down pathways God did not mark out for us. There is only true satisfaction and resurrection life when we follow His ways, Psalm 16:11 ESV declares, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your hand are pleasures forever more."
In this season of promotion, acceleration, and ascending to greater heights, it's important to discern the snares and traps of the enemy as you go higher. By definition a snare is a trap, a trap that uses a noose, entangled, or any type of trap. The Lord gave me a prophetic dream a couple months ago that describes this season. In the dream I was staying at the house of a prophet, and there were others also residing there in the dream. I woke up in the morning in the dream, and went up the stairs. At the top of the stairs I was talking to one of the other prophets of the house, when suddenly we started to smell something awful. I turned on the hall light, and it revealed there was dog feces everywhere in the hallway and up the stairs. I checked my feet to make sure I hadn't stepped in the feces and I haven't. I was relieved.
Prophetically in a negative light, dogs can represent those who turn on you or those who try to tear you apart with their mouth (words). Dog feces can represent offense or stepping into offense. The stairs in the dream represent going higher, and the hallway is a place of transition. In the dream I had no idea there was dog feces all around me until the light was turned on. The enemy tried to set traps for me in the darkness to step into, but the Lord guided each step so I didn't step into offense. As you ascend higher in this season of promotion, be discerning of the snares and traps of the enemy. Everyone will not celebrate or be happy about your promotion. The enemy will try to trip you up by getting you offended by those who are offended at your promotion. Don't take the bait. Go low, Stay low, Stay in love, Stay unoffendable. In this season of promotion the Lord is testing your heart all the way to the top. He's allowing the word of the Lord to test you, refine you, and prove your character. Until the time that Joseph's word of prophecy about his brothers came to pass, the word of the Lord tested and refined him (Psalm 105:19).
Prophet Madeline James
As we have crossed over into September, I have kept hearing the Lord say, "A new normal has been set." There has been a clashing of swords over many of you in this season. The reason why the fight has been so fierce and intense, is because the enemy has been fighting your destiny. Your place of expansion and living in God's fullness. This is a word for those who have remained pure, faithful, and diligent in the midst of great of great backlash. You're stepping into a season where the Lord is going to openly and extravagantly reward you. Hebrews 11:6 AMP says, "He rewards those who earnestly and diligently seek Him." This is the season the Lord is openly rewarding what has been done and sown in secret (Matthew 6:4).
The Lord is promoting the pure ones, those who's hands are clean and hearts that have remained pure. Psalm 24:3-4 TPT declares, "Who, then, ascends into the presence of the Lord? Those who are clean, whose works and ways are pure, whose hearts are true and sealed by the truth, those who never deceive, whose words are sure." Right here David gives us keys to ascending in the spirit and positioning ourselves for promotion. Don't look to man for promotion. When we seek man for promotion, they also have the ability to take the platforms away that were given, and have the authority to shut the doors they have opened for others. The word of God declares promotion comes from the Lord and not man (Ps 75:6-7), and when God opens the doors no man can shut them (Daniel 2:22). When you allow God to promote you, he will cause man to pour out favor over your life.
What does it mean that a new normal has been set? The Lord kept highlighting Psalm 18:19-20 TPT to me it says, "His love broke open the way and he brought me into a beautiful broad place. He rescued me because he delights in me. He rewarded me for doing what's right and staying pure." Many of you have been used to staying in the background, behind the scenes, snd unseen. In this season you're going to find yourself in the front, where many will see and be blessed by what you carry and what God has developed in the secret place.. This will also require you to carry yourself different, and think of yourself differently. In other versions of Psalm 18:19 it says, "You've brought me to a spacious place." When God brings you to your spacious place, you can't carry the small place mentality or the poverty mindset.into your new. Carrying old mindsets into new places will cripple your ability to really enjoy what the Lord has opened up to you.
His love has broken open the way for you in this season, for those who have remained pure and have done right even when it was hard. You're going to find yourself in opportunities, circles of people, and tables of influence you could never have imagined. This is your new normal. Your new standard and place in the spirit has been upgraded, now its time to upgrade your expectations and mindsets. This is your season of favor and promotion. He has brought you to a spacious place, The place of exceedingly, abundantly, above all you can think or imagine. God has set a new normal for your life, His normal is becoming your new normal.
Prophet Madeline James
Recently the opposition has seemed to intensify over the past few weeks. We are on the brink of great breakthrough and stepping into new seasons, callings, mantles, etc. Opposition is not always a bad thing. Opposition positions you for what's next, and for promotion. Often times we can discern the next step by the measure and the intensity of the opposition, and what the opposition is coming against. There has been a great stretching in this season, because what is next is going to require a greater capacity to walk in the fullness of the Lord. There has been pressure on all sides, Many of you have been wondering when will the pressure lift. Don't jump the process too soon, the Lord is using it to make and mark you for what's next.
We have to learn to discern what's the enemy and what is God allowing. In Luke 4:1-2, after Jesus got baptized, its says,"The spirit of the Lord drove Jesus into the wilderness." It's in this place Jesus was qualified (proven), equipped, and armed for what was next. Sometimes the spirit of God will lead us to a place of threshing and testing to prepare us for our next season. When it was time for Jesus to leave the wilderness Luke 4:14 TPT says, "Then Jesus, armed with the Holy Spirit's power returned to Galilee, and His fame spread throughout the region." The spirit of God led him in and led him out. When we allow the spirit of God to lead us, there is grace and strength released to us to go through, and then come out armed. What the Lord has been taking you through is producing new weapons and strategies for the next season, Psalm 144:1 declares, "Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle."
Not only is the Lord training you to war in a new way, He's building a tenacity and a fierceness in you. God allows the opposition to come to build our spiritual muscles. So often we contradict ourselves by saying God I want to go to new levels, but when the "training" comes we fold under the opposition. We have to be a people that know and learn how to stand in the face of opposition. We have to stop running away from the hard things. We're forgetting who the Lord is in our lives, and how we have the DNA of victory and overcoming in us. Often times we don't realize what's inside us till the Lord allows the opposition to come. God allows those moments to happen not so that we are defeated, but so we can learn to overcome. If we never overcome anything then we'll never have authority to help others or nations breakthrough.
Strength doesn't come by standing still, it comes by pushing back and not giving up. Psalm 84:7 says, "They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward," Strength in this verse is the Hebrew word chayil. Chayil means strength, might, efficiency, and force. Strength is released when we keep stepping forward. The Lord is waiting on you to make up your mind and heart. We all have the choice to go backwards, stay in the middle, or go forward. The strength in Psalm 84 is talking about a realm of God strength, not a human strength. We are supernatural beings and need a supernatural God strength to accomplish all that He's called us to do. When we learn to lean on Him, and wait on Him, He renews our strength (Isa 40:31). The Hebrew word for renew in Isaiah 40 is a constant renewal, it never runs out.
Be encouraged, what has happened in this season God is using to build a supernatural strength, might, and tenacity in you. It's the chayil of God! The chayil will cause you to overcome and do what you didn't think you could. It will cause you to have the advantage over the enemy, just like Elisha outran the chariots. David said in Psalm 18:29, "In your strength I can crush an army, with my God I can scale any wall." The key is walking in His strength not our strength. Set your face like flint and determine in your heart to keep pressing forward. As you lean into God's chayil, His strength is going to cause you to go from strength to strength as you advance in this hour.
Prophet Madeline James
There are many things transpiring and unfolding in the realm of the spirit in this season. This has been a season of great reward and great contending. The enemy can't necessarily stop what God is doing, but he can try and take out as many as he can along the way. There has been a great wave of opposition released by the enemy to try and overwhelm and take out those moving forward. 1 Corinthians 16:9 TPT says, "There’s an amazing door of opportunity standing wide open for me to minister here, even though there are many who oppose and stand against me." With great opportunity there will always be a great contending.
I had a dream recently, where I experienced this great wave of opposition. In the dream I was in the ocean by Australia. I was in this bay that led out to the ocean, and there was a big red bridge to the left. I was sitting out in the deep on a surf board with the Father next to me, There were people all over the water in different spots. As I'm sitting there, suddenly I notice something above me. When I lifted my head I saw 300-400ft above me, this massive wall of water, a tsunami wave. I immediately thought to myself I"m going to die, and I began to panic. The Father told me, "Just breathe." The wall of water came down, and I went under the water into the deep and it spit me out on the other side. I was ok, I made it through.
I believe this is a picture of what many of you may be feeling or experiencing. You were minding your business and doing your thing for God, and suddenly an overwhelming wave rose up against you. Reminds me of the story in Matthew 8, when a sudden violent storm arose as Jesus, and his disciples were going to the other side. There will always be a contending for your next. Maybe you feel like I did in the dream, or how the disciples felt, that you weren't going to make it I declare, you're going to make it. What the enemy meant for your evil, the Lord is going to use for your good (Genesis 50:20).
When I came out on the other side of the wave, it had thrown me into a new place. God will use the opposition to position you, to thrust you forward. As the water crashed down, everything that had hindered or opposed me before broke off. One of the meanings for Australia is, "The land down under." In this season there are many treasures, riches, revelations to be discovered in the depths of God. The deep places of God are crying out for the deep places in God. Some things in God can only be found and experienced in the deep. Don't allow the fear of the waves of opposition to keep you from His depths.
The bridge in the dream represents the transition many are experiencing, and the connections the Lord is orchestrating in this season. The water and the waves can represent many things. In this instance I believe it represents the voice of opposition from those around you. Psalm 66:5 TPT declares, "You muzzle the roar of the mighty seas and the rage of mobs with their noisy riots." Some times the roar of people's voices will try to come and roar over you. I declare the voice of the Lord is coming to muzzle the voices of those speaking against you and those who oppose you. Just breathe. The Lord is walking with you every step of the way. You will not drown from the opposition. You will come out on the other side victorious.
Prophet Madeline James
As I was preparing to minister at my church last week, the Lord began to talk to me about vision and how many have become weary carrying the vision. In the beginning of the year, the Lord spoke to me to guard the vision, because the enemy would come to attack what the Lord was unfolding. 2019 has been mark by many things, but 2019 has been a war for the vision over your life and where God is taking you as we step into 2020. The war has been so great over the past 3-4 years because many and the Body of Christ have been in a massive transition. We have been exiting one era, and entering a new era. How we leave one season will determine how we enter the next season.
The Lord told me, "2019 has been a war over the vision of your life. I'm releasing glimpses of your next. As you step over the threshold into 2020 clarity is coming to the vision." Many are on the threshold of stepping into the vision God has purposed for your life, but the enemy has unleashed great warfare to push you back. A threshold is a place of entering or crossing over. Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 16:9 (TPT), "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." Don't back down or bow to the intimidation of the enemy. It's time to crossover into the vision God has placed in your heart.
The Lord showed me many have become weary carrying the vision. Some have even laid down the vision and have been asking the Lord, "Why has it not come forth yet." I want to encourage you to pick it back up again, continue to run with the vision. The Lord is releasing a fresh wind, a second wind to breath upon the vision again. I prophesy the vision shall not die but it shall come forth. Lord showed me many of you have a valley of dead dreams and visions, like the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37. It's time to prophesy the breathe of God once again over your dreams and visions and watch them come back to life. Ezekiel 37: 9-10 says, "Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood up on their feet, an exceedingly great army." Dead dreams and visions are coming alive once again!
We must steward the vision well. In Habakkuk 2:1-3 we can learn how to manage and steward the vision. In the first verse he says,"I will go up to my watchtower and wait to see what the Lord will say." I want to encourage to ascend with the Lord to have Him reveal once again what is the vision for your life. When we ascend with the Lord we can see from His vantage point, and see further than we can on the ground. In verse two the Lord told Habakkuk to, "Write the vision and make it plain, engrave it on the clay tablets." Allow the Lord to write the vision once again upon your heart. The Lord showed me many dreams and vision were waiting to be pulled down and established as people would write the vision. When the vision is written and engraved upon your heart no one can take it from you. The word write in this passage is the Hebrew word for decree. In Job 22:28 it declares, "When you declare and decree a thing it shall be established for you." The word decree in this passage in the Hebrew means to cut down, cut off. When you begin to write down and decree the vision the Lord will remove every vision that's not of Him, and establish what has been declared over you!
In Habakkuk 2:3 it says (AMP), "For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time. It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, Because it will certainly come; it will not delay." A lot of times we struggle and get hung up on the appointed time. Every word and vision God has given you for your life and ministry, has an assignment and angelic help attached to it, to see the fulfillment of it. Don't get caught in the tension of the now and where you're going. Remain present in the now. If there has been delay, discern what the delay is to break it. Sometimes the delay is us, demonic interference, or sometimes the vision needs to marinate a little longer. As you discern the delay don't give up hope. The Lord will give you a strategy to break the delay. Isaiah 55:11 (AMP) declares, "The Lord watches over His word until it performs what it was intended to do."
Pick up the vision again because you are on the threshold of crossing over. The vision hurries toward the goal of fulfillment. The Lord is releasing a fresh wind and mantle of grace to see the vision come forth. I prophesy the vision shall come to pass and not die. New life is coming upon your dreams and visions in Jesus name!
~Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.