If you are going through a trial, I have a word from the Lord for you – “Things are not as they seem; I am resurrecting dreams!”
My husband and I recently went through one of the most harrowing trials we have experienced together in our 25 years of marriage, second only to one in which I nearly died. In the intensity of this current battle, I was very aware that this was a pivotal moment for the future of our ministry and marriage. I sensed that it was, “We’re all in or it’s all over!”
Personally, we are in the process of taking new ground, and my husband was facing some giants that threatened to terminate God’s plans. It was the same tactics used in the past to detour and delay. The enemy spews his lies to bring paralysis and make you want to give up!
I did all that I knew to do – reasoning, exhortation, declaring God’s word, and praying in the natural and in the Spirit. I sent out a request for intercessory reinforcements. The Holy Spirit began to show me the spiritual forces at work and I could see clearly the gravity of this trial. I saw a vision of my husband standing on the edge of a precipice. My hands were tied by the Lord. I was stricken; I immediately let it all go completely and surrendered to His presence. In just a few moments, my husband accepted the stretching involved in taking the new land.
I was led into an intense experience where I was immediately in His presence and enveloped in His holiness. I went down on the floor, weeping, and entered the consecrated moment. In the spirit, I saw us as white translucent beings. We were like balloons with human shape, but faceless and not fully formed. We began to be deflated and sank to the ground, then the Lord blew His breath into us. We arose, and as we released His breath it became swords made of words. Kingdom carriers! I was reminded of John 20:19-22.
“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:” (John 20:19-22 KJV)
The disciples were meeting out of fear; this was not a worship meeting. They were distraught and hopeless; their dreams seemed dead. There are times when in our desperation, in hopelessness, when it all seems dead and gone, the LORD comes and breathes new life into us for the resurrection of dreams into new assignments…that which He intended all along. The Lord is saying to many, “Things are not as they seem; I am resurrecting dreams!”
Resurrection brings multiplication! The disciples could not understand the need for Jesus to go to the cross. They couldn’t wrap their minds around it. “Get thee behind me, Satan,” Jesus said to Peter when he voiced his opposition. God had a vision of the Body of Christ much bigger than what they could perceive in the natural, and their understanding and perception of what it would look like had to die first. If Jesus hadn’t died, there would have been no resurrection or outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and God’s plan for the Church to make known to the principalities and powers His manifold wisdom would not be happening.
Tell your flesh and soul, get thee behind me! The mind of the flesh brings fleshly perceptions and causes our filter to be faulty! Every thought, every desire not lining up with where He wants to take you, lay it on the altar and let His fire burn; trust Him with the resurrection!
My husband had to fight and gain victory in his battle. I had been the stronger one, the forerunner, and thankfully the Lord used what I had gone through previously to give me wisdom on what was happening, and strategy on what I could and could not do. There are many that are going through trials right now because the Lord is resurrecting and restructuring ministries to bring multiplication and advancement! We are in an acceleration period, for the time is at hand to take new land, yet we need to stay in His peace and perfect timing for the ministry to be of His Spirit.
Resurrection of relationships. Relationships will change – personal, business, ministry. The truth is that when a person undergoes change, their relationships will have to die to the old way of doing things and be resurrected in a new form to continue. Many never fully pursue God’s calling for fear of conflict in, or loss of, relationships.
Many years ago, as I was considering attending a hands-on, five-fold ministry Bible College, I was fearful of how it would affect my marriage if I started “doing the works.” I spoke with one of the leaders, who assured me that if I stepped out into the fullness of my calling, it would spark that flame to life in my husband also. That’s exactly what happened! Step out in faith and obedience and watch God move in others’ lives. There may be some turmoil for a season, but trust God even if it doesn’t look like you think it should. God knows what each of us needs to bring us into what He has ordained for our lives.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 KJV)
Trust God; don’t worry! In the midst of this battle, I had a dream where I received a phone call from a woman who said she had a word from the Lord for me. It was “Don’t worry!” It was a NOW word for me. I have stood on the scriptures about do not worry, do not fear, take no care for your life, etc., many times when I was in worry and fear. But this is a Rhema word from the Lord for right now! DON’T WORRY! Jesus tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added unto us. This is a time of Kingdom advancement, and we must be Kingdom minded. We serve a King, we are ambassadors of His Kingdom, being sent in His Name, and He will supply all of our needs! Do not worry, do not fear; you are in your resurrection year!
Divine transactions for greater authority. There will be many divine transactions in the days ahead. Jesus has already fulfilled the requirements for our full rightful ownership of sonship benefits that we are due. We are in a time of great shaking, being stripped of all that hinders the fullness of the Kingdom in us and through us! We will see chaos in the world, but also in our personal lives as the Spirit of God shakes our internal structures. Kingdom authority will manifest after much shaking and shifting (Heb. 12:27). As we consecrate ourselves further to the Lord, He entrusts us with more. Christ in us is the hope of glory; to be full of the glory, everything not revealing His glory must be removed! Hold on tight; the Spirit of God is rearranging much, for Kingdom order is being established!
There WILL be a cost! Advancing the Kingdom may cost you your time and money. These are two key areas that show us where we are in our faith; and can aid or hinder fulfillment of the dreams God has given us. It will cost you comfort and control. You will be stretched into an arena that is not comfortable, costing you to break free of limitations you have imposed on yourself or others. God is NOT in your box. God is so much bigger, and so is His vision for us. It will cost the highest price – letting God have control!
Areas where we are lax in regard to God’s Kingdom purposes will be shaken, so that we will be willing to reset priorities and boundaries. Those places where we have been sensing the nudging of the Holy Spirit we can no longer neglect. It is time for full engagement in being Kingdom minded, diligently seeking the Lord moment by moment to align with what He is requiring. It’s not about us! It’s about making HIM known! He will open doors beyond what your mind can perceive at the moment. TRUST HIM! Let His fire burn and watch Him resurrect you into His firebrand.
“And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?” (Zechariah 3:1-2 KJV)
Our confidence, our faith, is not in the dream, but in the LORD Himself. Every trial we experience will bring us face to face with our faith in Him, or lack thereof. Will we say in that Holy moment – “Only You, Lord; I only want You! Even though I don’t see the way; even though my flesh is screaming because you are calling me out of the familiar and comfortable, I lay it all down. I refuse to perceive the present through the filter of negativity and fear, for You are near! I refuse fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of lack; all are based on unbelief and distrust of Your goodness and faithfulness. I take Rom. 12:1; and Heb. 12:28-29 as a double-edged sword and yield my body as a living sacrifice for Your will, Lord. I receive Your grace to do this with reverence and Godly fear. Consume all that is not of you, Lord, in your Holy fire, for You alone are my heart’s desire.”
March 9, 2020