Have you ever wondered what the wait is all about? Have you asked the Lord, when am I going to see the promises fulfilled that you have spoken over my life? Have you ever wondered if you did something wrong and that is why you are being, what feels like, delayed from fulfilling your destiny? Have you struggled with disappointment fatigue? I have struggled with all of these questions, for I do not believe there is a victory without a battle. But what I have learned in this process is that the battle is not with some external person or force that is hindering me, it is a battle within me. It is Jacob wrestling with God, saying, I won’t let you go unless you bless me, kind of battle. I think I am speaking to people who can relate, which is why when the Lord spoke this to me this morning, I knew I had to release it to my fellow women and men who are wrestling until they are blessed.
Maturity preceded victory is what the Lord told me this morning.
Maturity is a character issue. Think about it for a minute, when we were immature, we were impatient, unkind, selfish, insecure, all about us all the time. But then as we matured, got married, had kids, got that job, went on that vacation, made some more money, bought that first house, maybe been through a divorce, maybe had to bury a loved one, and the list goes on, we matured. Maturity is a character issue and maturity precedes victory. Biblically, we see maturity in 2 Peter 1 where Peter talks about how God has given us everything we need for living a godly life (v.3); how He has given us great and precious promises (v.4); then he goes on to say, “In light of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises”. Peter exhorts us to respond by becoming mature, by adding to one-character quality like knowledge, another character quality called self-control, the list goes on of what he is inviting us to add. Peter concludes by telling us this character development will make you mature, productive, useful.
Victory on the other hand is not a character issue, but a soul issue. Once we have matured, by developing the character qualities we need to be productive and useful, then God brings us into the process of dealing with the issues in our soul. We see this most clearly in James 1, where James exhorts us about finding joy in our trials and testings, so endurance can grow. James even says, when endurance is grown, we are fully developed, perfect, complete, lacking nothing. Trials, tests, and may I add time, heal our souls from the wounds inflicted on us that have caused us to believe, God is not good, God can’t be trusted, God has forgotten me, God doesn’t love me. These are soul issues that God is working out in us through the trials, testings and time. 3 John 2 says, “…May you prosper, even as your soul prospers!” God has been prospering our souls because He wants us to be victorious.
Maturity precedes victory because it takes maturity to endure to the place of victory. Jesus is coming back for a victorious church, a beautiful bride, and for that to happen He matures us in our character, then heals us in our souls, so we can be victorious. The voices that are about to arise and are already arising our voices of victory, because they have not only matured, but they have a prosperous soul, so they are walking in the victory they are proclaiming. They have learned what is means to be more than a conqueror, they exude they are an overcomer, they are victorious. Jesus has matured their character and healed their soul, so they can reign and rule as a victor, not a victim. Men and women alike all have to mature in character, prosper in their soul, so they can be a voice of victory in this hour. The church is about to be victorious again, because the voices of victory are here and they are rising.
While at lunch with one of my mentors, I was pouring out my heart in regards to some pressure that I am under and she looked right at me, without hesitation, but with determination saying, “You need to salt the river within.” I looked at her and said, what do you mean? She said, you have been salting the rivers in our land and now you need to salt the river that is your land. I was stunned by her statement, but knew it was the Holy Spirit speaking through her, so heeded her thoughts overnight, before pulling out a glass of warm water the next morning and putting salt in it. I then drank the salt water and declared 2 Kings 2:19-22 which says, “The men of the city said to Elisha, behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful. Elisha said, bring me a new jar, and put salt in it. So they brought it to him. He went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, Thus says the Lord, I have purified these waters, there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer. So the waters have been purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha, which he spoke.” Immediately after I did this prophetic act, the Lord revealed to me that our mouths need to be purified, for there is death in them.
The city that the men in these verses were referencing is Jericho. Jericho was a city that Joshua decreed should not be rebuilt by saying, “At that time (after the walls of Jericho fell) Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: Cursed before the LORD is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho: At the cost of his firstborn son he will lay its foundations and at the cost of his youngest he will set up its gates” (Joshua 6:26). Now in 2 Kings, Elisha’s men are saying, the city is pleasant but the water is bad, why? Because the man who rebuilt this city, paid for it with the death of two of his sons (1 Kings 16:34), based on what Joshua decreed. Therefore, the water was bad, because there was death in the water that ran through the city. Elisha comes and says, we are going to break this curse over this city, over this land, by salting the spring. The spring was the mouth of the river that ran through the city. Can you see the connection and why God is calling us to salt our springs (mouths)?
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit”. The Lord is inviting us to salt the river within, because there is death in the water and He wants to purify the waters within our lives, so we are only producing life and fruit that nourishes us and others. The old saying, you are what you eat is true, for we eat the fruit of our lips and if we are complaining, grumbling, fearing, doubting, or any other death producing fruit, we are releasing water that has death in it. The Rabbi’s believe, the 4 rivers in the garden of Eden are the 4 chambers of our hearts, there is a mystery here, but think of that, if out of the abundance of the heart our mouth speaks and the 4 chambers in our hearts are 4 rivers, that means if death comes out of our mouth, there is death in the rivers of our heart. It is time to salt the river within.
Now, death has many levels, it can be cursing someone or it can be complaining; it can be fear or it can be murder; so know that just because you are not doing something extreme, if there is any death coming out of your mouth, it is making your land unfruitful and the water inside of you is bad. This is not something to be ashamed of, but when we hear truth, we need to confess it as truth to God, ask for forgiveness and then turn away from it. I did not see, what I was saying as death, but when she said, you need to salt the river within, I knew she was right, so I went to the LORD and dealt with the death in my river and salted my spring (mouth). If we are honest, we all need to salt the river within. It’s not about being perfect, but it is about being honest. The LORD is wanting to make us oracles to the nations, but for that to happen, we must salt the river within.
Mark 5:48-50 “When it was almost morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the surface of the water, and he started to pass by them. When they all saw Him walking on the waves, they thought He was a ghost and screamed out in terror. But He said to them at once, do not yield to fear. Have courage. It’s really me-I Am” (The Passion Translation)
As I was reading this passage of scripture this morning, the Lord began to speak to me and say, “I am coming in a way that many will not recognize it is me, because they think they have never seen me walk like this before. I am coming in a way that is going to cause many to cry out in fear, because they do not know my ways.”
Many well known and respected prophets have said and are saying, that God is about to do something we have never seen before, never heard before, never known before. But none of them have been able to articulate what that is, what that is going to look like. Chuck Pierce says, we have never gone this way before, Paul Keith Davis says, we do not have the vernacular to describe what is coming, and Johnny Enlow says, God is inviting us to be invisible. Lance Wallnau says, very few are fighting the war to take the 7 mountains of society and Rick Joyner said, he has a sense in his spirit that something of significance is about to happen in the earth that will shake us. But not one of these people can describe, articulate or tell us what exactly God is about to do.
I would propose to you, that God is about to release the kingdom of God through people in a way that we have never seen before. To some they are going to cry out in fear, it is a ghost, it is scary, I don’t understand it, I can’t control it and I am terrified by it. The reason some will fear is because as Jesus said in the following verses of Mark 5, “…because they failed to learn the lesson of the miracle of the loaves and their hearts were unwilling to lean the lesson.” Fear is going to strike those in the body of Christ that are not teachable as the Lord manifests the kingdom in a way we have never seen before.
The key to living in the kingdom of God is to remain teachable. In the kingdom you must live in tents like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and David did, for the kingdom of God is a tabernacle, it is a tent, it is mobile. When the cloud moves, we must move, when the Lord says, lets go, we must go. Many people are going to be afraid of this next move of God, because it is just that…a move, a move we have never made before, a move we have never seen before, but it is the same God that is moving. The same God that multiplied the fish and the bread is the same God that walked on the waves. Same God, different move.
I want to encourage you today, God is coming in a way we’ve never seen before, so we must remain teachable, flexible, pliable. He will never violate His word, but He may offend your thinking. When Jesus came as God in a man’s body, He did not violate the Word of God, but He did offend the minds of men and women. He is coming in a way we’ve never seen before, so you need to know His nature, His character, His ways, so when you see it, hear it, encounter it, you are not terrified, but rather you jump out of your boat and walk on the waves with him, for remember, His intent in Mark 5:48-50 was to pass by them, not get in the boat with them.
Don’t forget your history with God and God’s history with humanity, for it is going to be the same God, but He is coming in a brand new way.
Citizen Way has a song called Set It on Fire and the chorus begins by saying, “This is the heart reset, this is the 2.0, this is the wave good bye, or is it hello? This is the new me, redeemed, set free, your love has sparked my heart and set it on fire!”
Haggai 2:9 says it this way, “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house, says the Lord Almighty. And in this place, I will grant peace, declares the Lord Almighty” (NIV).
Can you feel it? Do you recognize the change that has taken place? We have entered a new era, we have stepped into a new day. The mercy of God did it at the start of the Roman calendar 2018, the shift has been obvious to many. Prophets are prophesying shift and new all over Facebook and in pulpits around the globe. Yes, it is a new year, but this year is different, because we entered a new era. The past era was a time of mourning, but this era is about rejoicing. Something has shifted and I believe we have entered the land of the 2.0. You know the ministry you did before, then something happened and it never fulfilled its purpose? You know the person you were before, but you went through some major renovations over the past how many years and now something is new? This is the 2.0!
I know personally something has changed dramatically, it was like when the clock struck midnight and we were all in 2018, something in the spirit changed. I can’t put words to it, but I get text messages saying, this happened at church today, I am sensing this, what is going on? It is everywhere and this is not a new year’s resolution, this is a God revolution. This is the 2.0!
One thing I know, is that on Friday January 5, 2017 at 9am, the Lord spoke to me while in prayer and said, “Menorah Multiplying Mantle”. I could sense in the spirit this is what we will be wearing and multiplying in the 2.0, but what is a menorah multiplying mantle, that I did not know, but what I have learned so far, is that this mantle, which is like a King or Queen’s robe, is an important role of responsibility that symbolizes authority and people will see those who are wearing it. Not only will they see it, they will be able to wear one themselves if they want to.
The menorah is a 7 lamp, 6 branch pure gold lampstand, that would only be filled with pure olive oil and was only to be used in the tabernacle. The menorah was displayed as a war trophy and symbolizes revelation and wisdom. Remember Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17 that God would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation. I believe this is the menorah multiplying mantle that we are going to wear. We are going to see in the 2.0 tabernacle, those who are wearing the menorah multiplying mantle. They will be ones who have the spirit of wisdom and revelation. The truth they will release will be pure and unadulterated. They will not care who gets the credit, as long as God gets the glory.
The multiplication will represent the resulting operation of exponentiation. We have heard about Bob Jones’ prophecy of the billion-soul harvest, well it will be seen because of this menorah multiplying mantle. Those wearing this mantle will be so full of light, that others will want to be light in the same way and as more and more people in the tabernacle get lit on fire with the pure olive oil of the Holy Spirit and the presence of God, it will multiply. Discipleship will be organic because hungry people will always find out where the food is. Remember, Jesus said, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you at the loaves and had your fill (John 6:26). People are hungry for the pure truth of the word of God and purity is going to break the power of pluralism.
We are living in a new era, a new day, there is no going back. What we honor we empower, so it is time to honor the word of God in our lives, honor the Holy Spirit and honor the Father of glory. Things are going to accelerate now, because the Father has released a menorah multiplying mantle upon his mature sons and daughters for the sake of multiplying the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the earth for the saving of lives. This is the 2.0!
5am I wake up and immediately hear the sound of wind blowing and light hail hitting the side of the house. I think it’s storming outside, I look out the window and it is calm as can be. I go back to sleep and have a vision of two 4’s that are acting like a gate and they open to an 8. Four in Hebrew is dalet and means doorway, gate, entrance, moving into something, to open up, a place where change can take place. While eight in Hebrew is chet and means fence, inner room, private, to separate, protect, protected garden, quiet place, sanctuary.
The Hebrew year 5778, the Roman year 2018 is the year of the open door. I believe this year a Glory Storm (Ryan LeStrange) is coming that will draw people through the open door (double 4’s/doors) into the sanctuary of God’s presence on earth as it is in heaven. The gates of His presence are open to all who want to enter.
Revelation 4:1, 5 “…behold a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices.”
This will be a year where we will say with Job, “My ears had heard of You, but now my eyes see You. Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6). I believe we are going to see the manifestation of many of the things we’ve only heard about through the scriptures or through rhema. I believe this is the year of double doors of hearing and seeing opening so we can enter into the sanctuary of God like we’ve never been before. We are going to see and hear things that will literally cause us to stand in awe and wonder, who is our God?
Double 4’s are double doors that open to the 8, where we see and hear things we’ve never heard and seen before. Welcome to the New Year!
Every season has a sound, knowing the sound of the season is critical for our success in this season. Veronika West, a prophetess out of Ireland said, the Lord spoke one word to her, SHIFT! Doug Addison a prophet out of California said the Lord told him the winds of change are coming early this year. Most can sense it, the season has shifted, the winds of change have blown, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the nations are shocked, Israel is rejoicing and these are just a few of the earthly evidences of a shift, a change that has taken place. The manifestation of this shift in its magnification has yet to be seen, but it is coming and it is going to be really good. We are going to shout, sing, dance, rejoice and lift our voice, for the winter is over and the spring has sprung, the night is over and the day is upon us. Can you sense the season has changed?
With the changing of a season, there is a changing of the sound. Many have prophesied the new sound that is coming forth, but what that sound is many do not know, yet for us to be successful in this new season, we must be in alignment with the new sound. The new sound God is releasing is Proverbs 19:12, “The rage of a king is like the roar of a lion, but his sweet favor is like a gentle, refreshing rain” (The Passion Translation). We have shifted from the roar to the rain. The season of the roar has ended and the season of the gentle, refreshing rain has begun. The new sound is 1 Kings 19:11-13, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord. And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him…” (NASB).
The sound of the season is gentle, it is a soft whisper, not a loud roar. God is not coming to destroy, He is not angry, He is not coming with a whip, He realizes His people are lost, they are unclean, they are sheep without a shepherd and His heart is moved with compassion toward us, He is coming with the sound of a gentle whisper, a refreshing rain. He is coming to restore, rebuild, revive, rekindle, reform, reconcile. The sound of the season is not loud, angry, mean, or harsh, for a bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish. He will faithfully bring forth justice (Isaiah 42:3, NASB). For the oracles of God to be successful in this hour, they must know the sound of the season and that sound is gentle, it is sweet, it is refreshing. Not everyone is going to shift into this new season and release this new sound, there will still be those who declare another voice, but I encourage you to listen carefully, for the Lord is not in the wind, He is not in the earthquake, He is not in the fire, He is in the still small voice, the gentle whisper, this is the sound of the season!
I was talking to a friend on the phone the other day while walking around Wal Mart and I was telling her about a sermon I heard Paula White preach called, “A Map or A Compass”. I was so into our conversation I went to the automotive department to buy a compass, but they only had a thermometer, clock and compass combo. When I picked it up, I sensed this was prophetic and a needed tool for where we are going. I got home and the Lord spoke to me and said, “You will need to know the temperature of the atmosphere, the timing of God and the direction in which to go!” As we move forward, these three things are going to be necessary, temperature, timing and direction. Now, with that being said, I want to share with you what the Lord just said to me moments ago, I am still shouting on the inside and if I open my mouth, while typing this, you might hear me shout, for God has some really good news for us.
Genesis 1:5 says, “God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day” (NASB). Did you get that, there was evening and there was morning, that means to the Hebrews the beginning of a new day begins at night, in the evening. For westerners the beginning of a new day is at sunrise, but for God and for the Hebrews, a new day began at night or in the dark. Many of us miss what God is doing, because we don’t think like He thinks, a new day begins at night in God’s mind, therefore, we are in a new day, for it has been really dark lately, would you agree? The Bible calls deeds of darkness, drunkenness, sexual promiscuity, sensuality, strife, jealousy, lusts of the flesh (Romans 13:13-14). Can you see how we have been living in a night season, both in the world and the church?
Here is another example of life in the night. Luke 5:5 says, “Simon said, Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing…” or Isaiah 54:7-8 says, “For a brief moment I forsook you…in an outburst of anger I hid my face from you for a moment…says the Lord Your Redeemer” or Psalm 42:3 says, “My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, where is your God?” The night is a time of barreness, silence, mourning, it is a time of working hard, but catching nothing, it is a time of waiting, trusting, believing, hoping, navigating disappointment, it is a challenging time that tests your faith on a level that only the night can test it. It is not always deeds of darkness, it is also just times of being in the dark.
I believe we have been in a new day, but because it has been dark, many of us did not see it as a new day, but to God the new day began, when our darkness began. I have been, in the dark for 17 years now, not because of some deed of darkness, but I now believe it was by design, for I entered a new day and I did not know it. No one told me that a new day began in the dark. I had been saved for 10 years when this dark day began, I was in the ministry, obeying God, tithing, reading my bible daily, I was a “good Christian”, then I was invited into a new day and I believed I had done something wrong, that I was being sidelined for some sin I did not know I committed. I struggled to understand this new day, for it was dark. But even in the dark, there were prophets like Ron McGatlin, who spoke things over me in this new day, that I could not understand, for not only could I not see in the dark, I could not hear in the dark, when I first began. Can you relate? It’s been dark.
Then my eyes began to adjust about 4 years ago and my ears began to hear in a way I had never heard before. I was still in the dark, but now I entered into intimacy, revelation, understanding and a whole new world, even though it was still dark. I didn’t do everything perfectly, but I did continue to obey, even in the dark. I learned what love really is, in the dark, and now 17 years later, just today, I heard the Lord say, “The night is almost over and the day is about to appear!” I knew it was a bible verse, but where I was not clear, so thank you Google for showing me the way, quickly. Listen to Romans 13:11-12 “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now, salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near” (NASB).
I am shouting, the night is almost over, the day is near, what day, the Isaiah 2:2-4 day, the Micah 4:1-3 day, the Amos 9:11-15 day, the day of rejoicing is near, the sun is rising with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2), the night is nearly over, the day is breaking, can you see the signs of the coming sunrise, can you hear the sound of the birds singing, do you know the signs of the night leaving and the day beginning? We made it through the night and now we are going to live in the light of His presence. Will you join me in shouting, thank you LORD! and good-bye night…hello day!