I believe the greatest days of the Church are ahead. It may seem a bit dark and bleak right now with the government shutdown, and the recent passage of another full term abortion. But there's always hope, because Jesus is the hope of glory in us (1 Corinthians 1:27). In times like these and ones to come, the church cannot remain silent, go into crisis, and remain in self preservation mode. What's happening now are divine opportunites for the people of God to arise. We are Kingdom people with a Kingdom mandate to govern with the influence God has given us. We must remember our place of power and governing is in the place of prayer and intercession. We cannot get mad at sinners for doing what sinners do. The war will not be won over arguments,because the war isn't about flesh and blood. We are in a spiritual war.
One of the greatest tactics the enemy is using in this hour to silence the people of God is fear. Many in the Body are afraid to rock the boat. What will it take to provoke you? The Father is looking for a righteous remnant to rise up and proclaim righteous in our nation. We don't have to stand by and watch, and just let things have. We have to remember we are of a different kingdom, and God's Kingdom trumps this earthly realm. We have the power through prayer to pray out ungodly politicians and those in positions of power, and pray in righteous and godly leaders. Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people."
In Matthew 22:14 it says, "For many are called, but few are chosen." To do great things for God there is no secret formula. Everyone has been given an invitation into greatness. Those who fully surrender and give God their yes, God uses for great things. This was true of the prophet Daniel. I believe the Lord is raising "Daniels" up in this hour. In Daniel 1:8-9 says, "But Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by [eating his portion of] the king’s rich and dainty food or by [drinking] the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might [be allowed] not to defile himself. Now God made Daniel to find favor, compassion, and loving-kindness with the chief of the eunuchs." Like Daniel we must determine in our hearts and minds not to defile ourselves, or allow the world to set our standards. The word of God is our standard and always will be. Because Daniel purposed in his to stay pure, it caused the favor of God to fall upon him and his friends.
I had a recent dream where the spirit of the Lord was resting upon my life causing favor and blessing. In the dream those around me began to ask out of distain, "What's so special about you? Why do you keep succeding," I told them it was nothing I was doing, but it was because of the Spirit of God (Zech 4:6). The Lord is looking for people in this hour to mark with His spirit. The definition to mark is, to make a visible impression or stain on. Like Daniel, when we determine in our hearts and minds to walk in the spirit of excellence and purity, we become a landing strip for the spirit of God in our lives. Excellence is the way of the Kingdom. God wants to mark your life with His Spirit so it becomes visible to all. When you prosper in favor, it's not just for you, it affects and benefits those around you. Daniel 1:17, 20 says, "As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all [kinds of] visions and dreams. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding concerning which the king asked them, he found them ten times better than all the [learned] magicians and enchanters who were in his whole realm."
The Lord wants to put His people in every realm of influence in society. We can't fear what's outside the church. We are a kingdom people mandated to govern all realms, and establish God's Kingdom. When you purpose and determine in your heart to walk in excellence and purity, His spirit will mark and rest upon you. You don't have to make things happen, Allow His spirit to work in your lives. When His spirit rests upon you, increase and favor will touch every area of your life. Be a place where His spirit can rest and dwell. His spirit can take you further than any gifting or skill.
Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.