This is a photo of me as a kid wanting to learn how to swim. Once, without knowing how to swim, I took off my floaters and I went for the deep end and almost drowned. My parents had a foster child named Jim who got to me just in the nick of time! Though I was terrified after that experience, I still wanted to learn to swim without the floaters! I remember as a kid asking my dad to teach me how to swim. First, he taught me the basics: how to float, how to use my arms, how to hold my breath underwater, how to kick my feet.. As soon as I learned the basics, my dad picked me up and said, "Ok, Jess, ready?" I said, "Ready dad!" He threw me in the air towards the deep end and when I hit the water, my instincts kicked in.. I was a bit afraid, but I to my surprise, I found myself swimming! It was a rush! This story of mine is much like a lot of other things that happened to me throughout life and ministry. There were times I simply had to trust the Lord, because it was in His timing, not mine. I would later find out that God was preparing me all along. You will find yourself in the calling of God as Peter, and the Lord will be saying, "Come, walk on the water with me." Even though Peter doubted, he did walk on water - he did do the impossible! He was the only one in the boat willing to take a step of faith!
I’ll quote Babe Ruth, “I swing with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.” Babe Ruth would often take to the plate and point at the bleachers.. he was always willing to take a risk! So often, we have a foundation where God prepares us in seasons, and then He opens the door and thrusts you out into the water! My dad taught me at a young age to take risks! Many times as believers, we have a good foundation but we fail to recognize our opportunity to take a shot! We can miss our moment to take a risk. Starting a business or a ministry is a risk! So is stepping out to give a complete stranger a prophetic word, or leaving for another country to minister the gospel. Learning to prophesy is a risk; what if the word is wrong? But - what if it’s right? I’ve missed big before, but I’ve also knocked it out of the park many, many times! Learn to hear His voice and always obey! Remember, obedience is greater than sacrifice. Amy and I are praying for you, our friends and partners in ministry. We are praying that God would bless you with risk-taking faith!
Prophet Jesse Shamp
On March 5th, I had a dream about the favor of the Lord being released and a Native American tribe from New Jersey called the Ramapough. I had never heard of this tribe before, but the Lord began to speak to me about them. The Lord spoke to me, prophetically, and said that this tribe would be officially recognized by the government as a First Nations people. This is something that the tribe has been seeking since the 1980s, and with this recognition comes government favor and benefits. I saw the favor of the Lord on this tribe, and God spoke to me and said that He would begin to encounter them with His love!
I released this prophecy on March 5th, and began to pray. On March 16th, the prophecy was posted on The Elijah List. TWO DAYS LATER, on March 18th, the US Department of Justice filed a "statement of interest" regarding the tribe, which resulted in the ruling that the tribe would be officially recognized by the federal and state government as a First Nations tribe.
According to a news article, "The affirming of the two tribes as American Indians makes them eligible for federal and state services and benefits to which state-recognized tribes are entitled. Any past denials of recognition are being withdrawn." Every denial since the 1980s has been completely rescinded!
I have received word that the prophecy was sent to one of the chiefs prior to the ruling. Will you pray with me that this tribe would encounter the love and fire of God?
Here again is the word posted on the Elijah List regarding the Ramapough people:
"A Dream of Unprecedented Favor & a Gift to the Ramapough Tribe"
Amy Shamp, Nashville, TNAn Aircraft of Blessings
In a dream I had earlier this month, God spoke to me about a wave of unprecedented favor being released over His people. In the dream, the Lord came up behind my shoulder and spoke to me as He did to Moses and said, "I'm going to show you Myself and the manifestation of My favor." As I turned around, expecting to glimpse God, He was no longer there. Confused, I waited. Suddenly, I saw an aircraft. As the aircraft passed by, a latch in the bottom of the aircraft opened, and I watched as God's blessings poured out of the aircraft. God said, "This is My favor. I'm ready to release it."
Marked with His Favor
This is the Scripture that came to me in the dream: "I will bless My people and their homes around My holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing." (Ezekiel 34:26)
God sets His people apart by displaying His favor for them; it is the way that He marks a person or people. In Exodus 33:16, Moses asks God to display His favor and go with them. He asks, "...What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?" In other words, "How do I know that we are special to You, that we are set apart?" In Exodus 33:17, God replies to Moses, "...I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name."
Basically, Moses had earned favor with God. He knew Moses by name; they had relationship. They had mutual trust. Favor can open doors that no man can open! Favor with God can do things for you that no amount of influence, money, social status, or special skills can do for you. God's favor will shut the mouth of every enemy! Favor with God will take you all the way into your promise.
I decree a season of unprecedented favor over you; let every demonic hindrance be shattered by the Word of the Lord and every held-back blessing be released in the name of Jesus! Let the blessings of God rain down. God, release Your showers of blessing over Your Body!
Favor for the Ramapough
In this same dream, the Lord spoke to me about a tribe of Native Americans in New Jersey. Specifically, the name Ramapough was spoken. In the dream I asked, "What or who is Ramapough?" And the voice responded, "They are a tribe of Native Americans in New Jersey." I had not heard of this tribe before. I believe that there is a connection between favor and this tribe.
This is what the Spirit of the Lord would say to this tribe: God will release His favor on the Ramapough (Lenape) people. There will be physical demonstrations of favor for this people: favor with man, and favor with government. There is a gift that He is extending to this tribe: recognition with government and restoration of years of tension, disappointment, and struggle.
He will exchange your tears of mourning for tears of joy. Fruitfulness and increase will be poured out over the land. You will receive the petitions you have brought forth, which have been rejected for decades; justice will be released for you and your lineage will be validated, and the future of your people will be secured. God would say to you: "Watch and see what I will do for you!" The love of God will be displayed on behalf of this people and will enact healing for the tribe.
It's interesting that the Lord gave me the Scripture (Ezekiel 34:26) on the earlier portion of the dream, because many of the Ramapough people originally come from and reside near the Ramapough mountains. I believe the Lord is saying that He will bless this tribe, their homes, and their hills! He will release His showers of blessing!
An Invitation to Encounter the Love of God and Ascend His Holy Hill
In addition to this outpouring of blessings, there will be an invitation to this tribe to encounter the love of God and a beckoning to ascend the mountain of the Lord. The fire of the Holy Spirit will be made manifest to this nation! I decree a release of favor and blessing upon this tribe, that God would manifest His justice and encounter them with His fiery love!
"Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things�and the things that are not�to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him." (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)
God has chosen this people as a sign and a wonder! He desires to uplift the Lenape people, to consume them with the fire of His love.
Have you ever wished you could leave your past behind? Have you ever come into a new season and felt like a new person?
Jesse and I remember when God changed our ministry name. We had both been feeling it in our spirits for a while, and when we both came together with our suggestions, we found that God had given each of us the exact same name!
But one night, doubt began to come. I was laying in bed one night, praying and asking God.. “Is this just us? Or do you really want us to change the name of our ministry? Is this really you, God?” Soon I drifted off to sleep, and God gave me a dream. In the dream, I saw a car. On the license plate of the car, it read, “Isaiah62.”
When I awoke from the dream, I immediately looked up the verse. When I reached the second verse, it read,
“..you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.”
I couldn’t believe it. I knew that the Lord had answered my prayer, and that he had indeed wanted us to obey him and change the name of the ministry.
As I read further, I realized the entire chapter was about the kingdom of God being established! Which was the mandate God had given us.
"I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord,
give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest
till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth”
"Pass through, pass through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.”
I knew that God was giving us a new mandate, meant for a new season. He wanted us to tirelessly establish his kingdom, and raise a banner for the nations; he wanted us to build up the highway and prepare a way for the floods of souls to enter the kingdom of God!
God changed Sarai’s name (my princess) to Sarah (mother of nations).
He also changed Abram’s name (high father) to Abraham (father of multitudes).
He changed Saul to Paul! He changed Simon to Peter, meaning a rock! Jesus said, “upon this rock, I will build my church.” He gave them new names for the next phase of their callings! He called them by the identity that He had assigned to them. With this new name, came a fresh anointing, a new boldness, and a greater assignment!
What name will God assign to you for your high calling? Remember, God never desires for you to be tied down to a past that doesn’t represent who you are in God. I prophesy that God is re-naming many in the body of Christ in this season! You are ready to receive a new assignment. Get ready to be elevated to new stature in Christ!
DREAM OF UNPRECEDENTED FAVOR + THE RAMAPOUGH TRIBE 3/5
In a dream last night, God spoke to me about a wave of unprecedented favor being released over his people. In the dream, the Lord came up behind my shoulder and spoke to me as He did to Moses and said, I’m going to show you myself and the manifestation of my favor. As I turned around, expecting to glimpse God, He was no longer there. Confused, I waited. Suddenly, I saw an aircraft. As the aircraft passed by, a latch in the bottom of the aircraft opened, and I watched as God’s blessings poured out of the aircraft. God said, “this is my favor. I’m ready to release it.”
This is the scripture that came to me in the dream:
“I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26
God sets His people apart by displaying His favor for them; it is the way that He marks a person or people. In Exodus 33:16-17, Moses asks God to display His favor and go with them. He asks, “How will How else will we be distinguished from all the other people on the face of the earth?” In other words, how do I know that we are special to you, that we are set apart? God replies to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”
Basically, Moses had earned favor with God. He knew Moses by name; they had relationship. They had mutual trust. Favor can open doors that no man can open! Favor with God can do things for you that no amount of influence, money, social status, or special skills can do for you. God’s favor will shut the mouth of every enemy! Favor with God will take you all the way into your promise!
I decree a season of unprecedented favor over you; let every demonic hindrance be shattered by the word of the Lord and every held back blessing be released in the name of Jesus! Let the blessings of God rain down; release your showers of blessing over your body!
FAVOR FOR THE RAMAPOUGH
In this same dream, the Lord spoke to me about a tribe of Native Americans in New Jersey. Specifically, the name Ramapough was spoken. In the dream I asked, “What or who is Ramapough?” And the voice responded, “They are a tribe of Native Americans in New Jersey.” I had not heard of this tribe before. I believe that there is a connection between favor and this tribe.
This is what the spirit of the Lord would say to this tribe:
God will release His favor on the Ramapough (Lenape) people - there will be physical demonstrations of favor for this people: favor with man, and favor with government. There is a gift that he is extending to this tribe: recognition with government and restoration of years of tension, disappointment, and struggle. He will exchange your tears of mourning for tears of joy. Fruitfulness and increase will be poured out over the land. You will receive the petitions you have brought forth, which have been rejected for decades; justice will be released for you and your lineage will be villified, and the future of your people will be secured. God would say to you: “Watch and see what I will do for you!” The love of God will be displayed on behalf of this people and will enact healing for the tribe.
It’s interesting that the Lord gave me the scripture on the earlier portion of the dream (Ezekiel 34:26) because many of the Ramapough people originally come from and reside near the Ramapo mountain in New Jersey. I believe the Lord is saying that He will bless this tribe, their homes, and their mountain! He will release His showers of blessing!
In addition to this outpouring of blessings, there will be an invitation to this tribe to encounter the love of God and a beckoning to ascend the mountain of the Lord. The fire of the Holy Spirit will be made manifest to this nation! I decree a release of favor and blessing upon this tribe, that God would manifest His justice, and encounter them with His fiery love!
God has chosen this people as a sign and a wonder! He desires to uplift the Lenape people; to consume them with the fire of His love.
Brothers and sisters, pray this word through with me! Declare with me that the Ramapough tribe would be officially recognized by our nation’s government as a first nations tribe!
"What is my purpose?"
This is a question that we find ourselves asking often! Believers and unbelievers alike ask themselves this question: What is my God-given purpose? That's because each one of us is looking for our reason for existing. There is a desire within all of us, a longing, a need, not to to discover "a" purpose, but "our" purpose! We were hard-wired with that desire when we were created by God! We all want to believe that God has specifically designed us for a reason, for a mission that only we can accomplish!
Identity = Purpose
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, And before you were born, I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
Before you were even born, before you had any physical substance at all, God knew you! He knew you because you were a thought of God's; He knew you because He created you! Because our spirits were formed out of a thought of God, created out of His spirit, we are hard-wired to react to Him! Your spirit, your traits, your attributes, and your purpose were set forth by God in the beginning. Not only that, but you were created and formed in the image of God!
"For I know the plans that I have or you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
God has good plans for your life, not plans for tragedy, hopelessness, fear, or hurt! God has plans to prosper you, to accelerate you, to give you peace and happiness, to guide you into fulfillment and wholeness! When we discover who we are in Christ, we begin to find our purpose and design, our fulfillment. Not only were you created by God, but you were created for a purpose; there is a reason for your existence! That reason is to encounter the love of God; to worship Him, to fellowship with Him... and to administrate His specific design for your life here on earth.
"The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name Which the mouth of the LORD will designate."
Many times in the Bible, God would re-name someone in accordance with their purpose. When we aren't walking in the fulness of our identity and calling, God wants to rename us to remind us who we truly are, to launch us into a new season! God renamed Abraham and Sarah. He renamed Simon and called him Peter! He wanted Peter to know what he was truly called to do: to build the church, to be a solid rock! Jesus was saying: "Peter, you are a pillar of strength! You are going to be a father to many! You aren't unwavering, you aren't weak; you are stronger than you think!" Jesus gave him that word to sustain him in the future.
You Have a Scroll - Your Destiny is Written in Heaven!
I've heard the term "history maker" used quite often. Many of us desire to leave a legacy on earth, to make history here on earth. But in reality, we are history makers in heaven! Every action, every word we speak, every accomplishment and deed is written in heaven. Not only that, but our destiny is recorded on a scroll in heaven - before we ever accomplish what we were sent here for!
"You have seen my unformed substance, and in your book (scroll) were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious are your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" Psalm 139: 16-17
Think about that - God has a scroll of your life, in which all your days were ordained with intent, with an objective! God thinks about your life with care, with precision, and with hopefulness! God is love, and scripture says, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:7) God is hopeful for you and for your future! When it really dawns on us how loving God is, and how much he has planned for us, that is when we really begin to believe those things about ourselves! When we understand God's love and plan, we break through into our purpose with full force, confident in the support God's spirit gives us!
For Such a Time as This
I've heard people say, "I should have been born in this time period, or this decade." But did you know that God designed you for this very hour? You were chemically engineered and designed for a purpose in this era that only you can execute! Every day of your life has purpose - God is setting up divine appointments, kairos moments, and timely opportunities for you in each season of your life! The question is: Are we in tune with His spirit, so that we can recognize and discern those times and appointments?
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..." 2 Peter 3: 8-9a
Some may feel as if they have missed their purpose. Maybe you even feel as if there are years that have been wasted, or dreams that have gone unfulfilled and are unable to be retrieved. What I love about God is that he loves to supernaturally restore years, dreams, health, and time! To God, a thousand years is as a day! I've seen God supernaturally heal years worth of pain, in mere moments! There is no essence of time in heaven, not the kind of time we have here on earth!
"I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten..." Joel 2:25
God can and will restore all the lost years that the enemy tried to vanquish you! He tried to annihilate you (the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy) - but he could not stop you! God's spirit gives life - he can restore the purpose that you feel that you missed! Today is the day of salvation - and today is the day of destiny for you!
What do you see written on your destiny scroll? Have some of those things already been fulfilled? And what things still have yet to be accomplished?
"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14
Make these decrees with me:
We are living in an hour where we have seen so many great and mighty men and women of power go home to be with the Lord. That has left us with a great need in the body of Christ and for a lost and dying world! I believe with all my heart that the Lord is raising up a new generation to raise the banner of the gospel high, to draw in a great harvest! There has been much said about a new breed and a new move of God! I wanted to share some prophetic insight on what this emerging new breed will look like and this next move of God that we are entering into.
Many of the revivalists of the first and second great awakenings were circuit riders, such as John Wesley, George Whitfield, Charles Finney, etc. The Lord has been speaking to me about the coming circuit riders; the Lord told me that he is raising up prophets of Glory, those that would move in kingdom power and authority. They will be those that not only move out of gifting, but those that would minister out of the manifest glory of God! The desire of this generation is to be mantled with the very presence and glory of God as Enoch was! What we are seeing is a merging of generations just like Joshua and Caleb, those that will come together to take territory for the kingdom of God! God is building a new wineskin through the older and younger; these generations are coming together in unity to see His kingdom come and His will be done!
This company of prophets, these circus riders that the lord is equipping in this hour, will be those that God uses to birth a movement and release something fresh and something new!
"Don't Miss the Wave"
I truly feel that we are on the verge of seeing a fresh wind from heaven! It almost reminds me of how a surfer catches a wave; they are observing, anticipating the right wave, ready to take off! I want to compare this next move to a mighty wave. It will be great and it will be mighty! Every wave that God releases is different and unique. Even as every generation has their own move or wave! If we are looking for the same wave to come, we will not be prepared nor ready for what is released and like a wave, in just moments, it can pass us by! Am I saying to wait for revival or awakening to come before we act? Absolutely not. Our mandate remains the same: to enforce God's kingdom on the earth and see transformation! Our focus remains on the harvest and the purpose of the great commission. Yet, there are times of refreshing that come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:20).
There are revivals and movements of the Spirit that God breathes on, even for just a season, to revive and awaken us for the purpose of harvest! Many years ago, I released a word on the Elijah List about a great awakening in America, where I saw stadiums filled with thousands of people! There was a great corporate anointing, and signs, wonders and miracles happened out of the atmosphere! God will use many in this next move; it will not just be one man or one woman, but God will use many. I feel in this hour that God is preparing these circuit riders to be used by His Glory! I want to compare these coming prophets to Moses, Elijah and Elisha they where high-ranking prophets. They will bring restoration to the utterance gifts, power gifts and the Lord's manifest presence in greater measure than we have seen even in past moves! God is looking and recruiting this next breed for a great awakening to take place in America just as the first and second great awakening! God is sending forth those who will have an ear to the ground, those that learn to hear His voice in secret and declare what they hear publicly with great power! Those whose voices have been found in the cave, not on the platform! Those who not only know how to minister upon platforms, but know how to minister to the Lord! Our prayer should be, "Lord raise us up, and prepare us for the harvest!"
God is always moving in a new way. He is always working a new miracle, because each generation is different and each day brings new hope and a fresh blueprint for destiny. Because each year brings new challenges for human-kind, the world needs a fresh touch, a fresh wind, a fresh move of the spirit of God.
The kingdom of God is linear, not circular. This means that God’s kingdom is always advancing forward, building on, but not returning to past experiences or formulas. God’s kingdom doesn’t operate in circular patterns, but moves forward in newness and freshness, as the glory of God saturates the earth more and more.
The Lord has been speaking to me about vision in the last month, and today he showed me that not only is it important to have vision, but to have “present vision,” meaning, to always be looking for God to move in a fresh way, to always be plumbing the depths of God’s nature and personality. Our vision should always be expanding as we establish the King’s territory more and more. If we are still locked into the patterns God led us with in the past, are we still moving with the wind of his spirit?
"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Ask God to deliver you into the newness of his plans for this hour - let his spirit refresh your course and purpose.
In John chapter 5, a crippled man was laid at the pool of Bethesda for nearly forty years. He was waiting to be able to access the pool, where an angel would stir the water and bring healing to the first who stepped into its pool.
When Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” The man simply complained that nobody was there to help him into the pool. Even though the son of God stood before him, the healer of the nations, ready to help and encounter him, the man was merely focused on the way that God had moved in the past. He still expected the angel to stir the waters, not realizing that God was right in front of him, ready to release a greater blessing upon him, a new blessing!
Ask the Lord to reveal to you his plans; ask him to enlarge your vision, to show you the new way that he is moving among his people. God will always show you, because he reveals his secrets and sacred things to his friends (John 15:15). As God to reveal to you “present vision,” the ever-changing blueprint and pattern of the kingdom.
I was in prayer recently and I slipped into a vision. The Lord showed me in this vision a heart inside of a body. I instantly knew the Lord was showing me the heart of the body of Christ. As I looked at the heart I saw something wrong. There was a dark root in the heart, and the Lord reminded me of a scripture in Hebrews.
"See, to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled" (Hebrews 12:15 NASB).
The Lord spoke to me and said, "My love is the antidote for the root of bitterness."
God is releasing his love to wash away hurt, frustration, and bitterness in this season! The enemy has tried to rob your joy, peace, and love. We must remind ourselves to walk in love and forgiveness; this will enable us to overcome and be the greatest example of Christ to the world!
"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life" Proverbs 4:23 (AVS).
This verse has been continually stirring in my spirit! It so important that we walk in wisdom and guard our hearts. What we allow to take root in our hearts will effect others whom we interact with, whether for good or for bad. It iss wisdom to watch over our hearts; one translation of the Bible says guard. When we fail to guard our hearts, we are vulnerable to the attaches of the enemy. We let down our guard and he then shoots fiery darts, and we can then easily become wounded.
I want to encourage you: no matter what darts the enemy has shot at you, allow the love of God to wash over and heal your heart! I truly feel the enemy wants to shut down the prophetic voice; he has tried to stop the flow of glory, as the glory flows from the inner man, which is the heart! Yet, the enemy cannot stop what God has ordained! Let the rivers of peace and joy flow in your life! God has a call and a destiny that he wants you to step fully into. This is your hour and your time! God is gathering the Davids in from the field and calling forth the Esthers, to release a new sound! A fresh sound! I feel that there are many that God wants to heal and refresh in the heart in this hour! I sense a fresh anointing pouring forth of the revelation of the love of the Father. God will raise up prophetic voices that not only release the demonstration to heal the sick, but also those that carry the very heart of their father to heal the broken-hearted! They will not deliver a message, but will minister from the heart, the river of God's love!
I want to release a word of encouragement to you: Don't allow the wounds of this past season to flow into the next season. God is releasing the balm of Gilead to heal the wounded soul! No matter what has come against you in this past season, God is saying, "I will remove it, this feeling of hurt. I will replace it with my love and a new joy will come to you!"
The psalmist declared, "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalms 30:5 ASV). Get ready for a new joy to spring up in your heart! I pray that you would be overshadowed and filled by God's love!
"That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strong to apprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that he may be filled unto all the fullness of God" ( Ephesians 3:17-19 AVS).
When we experience the love of God, it is an experiential knowledge that passes our understanding. We literally experience tangibly, the fire of God's love! My prayer is that God would release a fresh baptism of the love of God upon the church! As I have sought the Lord over this vision, I believe the Lord has given me some insight. Let's remind ourselves that Jesus loves the Bride! Jesus loves the Bride just as I love my bride and my bride loves me. Just as marriage is a spiritual covenant that a man and a woman enter into, it is a covenant that we have entered into with Christ. The Bride and Christ are one!
"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church" (Ephesians 5:31-32 ASV).
There is a revelation that we find in marriage, as Paul compares a man and woman's union together as the bride and Christ entering into a covenant! The bride and Christ are one, just as a man and woman become one! We are just as much the body of Christ as we are the bride. Returning back to the foundation of love, how we minister to the Bride matters to the Lord. We should minister out of love and patience towards not only the Bride, but also the Word! If we are not careful, our impatience will become frustration, which can lead us to bitterness. Let's remind ourselves that love is our greatest strength! That is not to say that there are not imperfections in the Bride. Yet, the fruit of the spirit is love.
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of the water of the word, that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Ephesians 5:28 ASV).
As we minister the truth of the Word out of Love and patience, we will see the fruits of maturity bloom and increase in the Bride of Christ, as she grows in her identity more and more!
The Coming Harvest Glory
The Lord reminded me of His patience and how patience is a fruit of the Spirit. "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until he receive the early and later rain" (James 5:7 KJV).
The fruit of the earth is symbolic of lost souls, this is why the Bible calls us "first fruits." The Lord is patient for the precious fruit, the lost, the harvest. Nothing is more precious to the Father than the lost coming into the kingdom, even the lost prodigals coming home and embracing Him! The word of God declares that God will cause it to rain upon the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). God releases His showers, His glory, for the purpose of harvest! God, in this hour, is releasing prophetic mantles for those that will carry His harvest glory! They will be those that open their mouths and release the sound of heaven.. Get ready for the sound of God's love that draws the harvest!
Friends, let this be the year that you step in your divine turnaround! Let this be the year that the enemy regrets ever messing with you! I believe this year, God will turn your setback into a divine set up! Where the enemy tried to bring destruction, God will repair and and bring restoration!
"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose" ( Romans 8:28 KJV). The word of God promises us that what the enemy has meant for harm, God can turn it around for good. God will bring restoration to you and your household! Remember my friends, God is in the restoration business! God can restore us physically, emotionally, and financially! I pray that restoration would come to your household this year, in Jesus' mighty name!
"When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him" (Isaiah 59:19). God has a standard that he lifts up, and it's His word! The word of God contain His precious promises! This is the standard that God has raised! His word is a strong foundation that protects us, and enables us to stand during every storm of life!
Taking Your Mountain and Possessing Your Promise
We all have a promise connected with our destiny, and we all have obstacles in our way, or mountains. Many times, I've found that the strongest resistance comes when God is setting me up for my biggest breakthrough. It's time to speak to your mountains, and posses your God-given promise!
"Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith" (Mark 11:23 KJV).
Whatever mountain that is in your way, I want to encourage you to speak to it, commanding it to be uprooted and removed from interfering with your destiny! You can see mountains of impossibility move through the power of your words! I want to encourage you, no matter what you have been through this year, no matter what the enemy has thrown at you... God has a way to turn it around! Put your trust in a trustworthy God! I declare that every hindrance be removed from you and that you would enter fully into God's promises over your life, in Jesus' name!
I feel that many have experienced an onslaught of discouragement in this season. I wanted to give you some keys that the Lord has given me for overcoming whatever disappointment you may be facing.
1) Shake off Distractions
It's the enemy's plan to disarm you with distractions, in order to to shut down your motivation, in order to keep you from moving forward with the vision that God has placed in your heart. It may seem in the natural that you are not moving forward to the promise that he has spoken over your life, but God is working on your behalf to make a way for your destiny and your individual purpose!
2) Allow God's Word to Saturate your Heart!
As we read God's word, it encourages and strengthens our spirits. When you are full of God's word, you have the strength necessary to move on and accomplish what the Father has called us to accomplish. Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4 AMP).
3) Build Yourself Up Through Prayer!
"Ye, beloved building up yourselves on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost" (Jude 1:20). When we praying in the Spirit, we edify ourselves and build up our spirit with power and supernatural energy. We become encouraged to continue to run the race for God! We can then run toward the vision!
4) Put on the Garment of Praise that Releases Breakthrough!
The word of God promises us "beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness" (Isaiah 63:1). As we lift up praise to the Lord in the midst of everything going on around us, we are then putting on the garment of praise, which breaks the spirit of heaviness! We become clothed in the glory of God, clothed in light and power! There is something so powerful about offering up to the Lord the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15).Sometimes praise can be a joy to do and other times it is a sacrifice, because we don't feel like praising. Yet, praise is what causes the glory to cover us and manifest around us, no matter what we are faced with in the natural! I want to encourage you today to never give up and to run toward your call and the vision that he has placed in your heart!