Yesterday I woke up with two songs playing in my head simultaneously — I knew immediately that they were from the Holy Spirit to bring hope.
The first song was a line from the song, “When You Believe” (from the Prince of Egypt soundtrack). The line says,
“Who knows what miracles You can achieve (You can achieve) When you believe somehow you will You will when you believe…”
This is a song of deliverance from slavery and captivity. It is a redemption song of old that is declaring another time of deliverance.
The second line was from the song, “When You Walk Into The Room” and it was this line,
“When You walk into the room Everything changes Darkness starts to tremble At the light that You bring.”
I BELIEVE that as we believe it will release miracles in an unprecedented way that we have never seen before. I also had two “memories” come up on FB and both were articles I’d written about “Believing” and miracles. This was confirming of what the Lord is emphasizing.
I also believe that we are about to see Jesus walk into the darkest places and the darkest situations and the darkness will tremble and be blown away by the light that He brings. Everything changes!!
Rise up in faith and declare, “I BELIEVE!”
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If you’ve ever dealt with “hope deferred” you know that deep heartsick feeling. When my husband and I began trying to start a family we experienced years of hope deferred. Throughout those years we watched most of our friends make announcements of “We are having a baby” or “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl.”
Our only announcement each month was from our fertility doctor saying, “No change—no progress— no baby.” And every month without fail—I’d hope again (wishing that I wouldn’t!). Each month I’d dream again, I’d pray again…and I’d be devastated again. I began to hate that I would cycle from hope to despair every thirty days when there was so much to be grateful for in my life. I didn’t want to be heartsick but I couldn’t shake “hope” that would lead me there.
My husband and I had been given prophetic words by those that had no idea what we were facing; which just raised our hopes even more— only to face the month after month— year after year disappointment which made me all the more heartsick!
For the past eight years I’ve been walking with one of my children through this same journey of hope deferred. Having gone through it myself does not make me an expert at navigating the sea of emotions that have waves of hope build and then crash on the shores of her and her husband’s life like getting punched in the stomach each month. But because of Jesus— hope relentlessly returns.
For me— I have a beautiful and happy ending to my story of hope deferred! We not only adopted a beautiful baby girl but I also gave birth to two boys and a another girl! Double-double for all the heart ache and hope deferred! I am praying and believing for my daughter and her husband to have their arms filled with “desire fulfilled” very soon! I am praying for you to have your desire fulfilled as well.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire (longing) fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
That was one of the verses that I clung to during my years of hope deferred. The amazing thing is that the 11 month old baby girl that we adopted had been named by her 15 year old birth mother. The name she chose was Desiree’— which means “longed for!” Only God…she was our longing fulfilled!
Why am I sharing these two stories; one still in the grip of hope deferred and one in the reality of desire fulfilled? Because there are many of you who will read this that are in the pain of hope deferred or you know someone who is.
Did you know that there is an aspect of hope deferred that is beautiful? It is the word “hope!” The very thing that was deferred was also what was my assurance. Quite honestly in the midst of going through those years “hope” didn’t feel beautiful because it felt like a set up for disappointment and pain. But looking back I now know that hope is what moved me forward, it kept our dreams alive and our faith secure.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5
We hope because the love of God has been poured into us! We cannot escape it and if we were able to— we would have to abandoned the love of God. We’d have to lose our confident expectation that is rooted in our faith. The hope of being loved by God will never disappoint— this is the hope that comforts every other hope; it is the hope that will never be deferred, never be withheld, never be delayed and will always be the foundation of every other desire and dream.
If you are experiencing the pain of hope deferred then run fully into the arms of His love! In His arms there is not only every desire fulfilled but a comfort that only His love can provide. In the grip of His love we have hope renewed, trust refreshed, joy in the midst of pain and beauty in the midst of barrenness.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
As I have gone through seasons of pain and hope deferred I have learned to not lean on my own understanding but to lean into His everlasting arms of love. It is there that I don’t need answers to the “whys” or feel like I must harden my heart to protect myself from the pain. In His arms the hope of His love is poured into me without measure— washing away heart sickness. His love is always gives me more than I can ask or imagine! I may weep there but I’m also comforted in the grip of my true Hope! Jesus is the hope and desire of every heart…even if they don’t know it.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
In Hebrews 11:11 we read of the fulfilled promise of a son for Abraham and Sarah— but though the promise took many years to be fulfilled it says this,
“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.” SHE JUDGED (considered) HIM FAITHFUL WHO HAD PROMISED!
That is true hope! We must know and believe that He who promised is faithful! There is no separation between His promise, our hope and His faithfulness. They are braided together and to separate hope would be to judge Him as unfaithful.
“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“Hope in the Lord” will renew you and strengthen you to continue to run. Some days the only place you can run to is His arms but in that place love will be poured into your heart without measure.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
No matter what you are facing— you can put your hope in the fact that God desires to prosper you and not harm you. He has beautiful plans for you…to give you HOPE and a future of hopes fulfilled as the love of God poured out upon you.
I will leave you with these words from Psalm 33:18,
“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love…”
His unfailing love is your desire fulfilled. Keep hope alive.
Thank you to all of my readers who have stood with me in prayer and financial support during this time. Your kindness has been like breath in my lungs and honey to my lips! My husband and I pray for you allcontinually.
“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” Psalm 126:5-6
As I meditated on these two verses the Lord highlighted the portion that says, 𝑇ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑔𝑜 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑜𝑤. I suddenly was overcome by the pleasure of the Lord for His sons and daughters as they chose to sow seeds in the midst of their tears. I could feel how proud He is of His children who are pushing past their personal pain to sow seeds of worship, obedience, truth, finances, encouragement and honor.
Though many of these precious ones have slept upon pillows soaked with their own tears, they still make a choice to face the morning by sowing seeds that bring honor and pleasure to the heart of God. They know that He alone is worthy of all honor; even in the midst of their personal pain.
The enemy may work hard to cause shame and pain but God has a promise for you,
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” Isaiah 61:7
What appears now to be losses will soon prove to be your season of multiplication. Many prophetic voices are hearing the words, “Double for your troubles” and I believe this to be true. Negatives will soon be positives and not only positives but multiplications.
Hold onto hope! Though hope may feel like a “long shot” in the midst of the current circumstances and pain…still- hold onto hope and keep sowing seeds in the time of weeping.
“Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.” Zechariah 9:12
I believe that many will experience their double portion breakthrough in the month of May. I specifically sense that this month is an open door that enters the body of Christ into a time of many breakthroughs. The summer months will be marked by miracles and remembered as the summer of miracles and summer of redemption! Multiplication will mark your life!
Though tears of pain have fallen, they have watered seeds of joy that will suddenly spring forth like wildflowers that are even now covering the fields. You will stand in awe as you witness the grace, kindness and goodness of God. Your tears have fallen and watered the seeds you have sown in faith and hooe. Songs of deliverance will soon be sung and the atmosphere will be filled with the sounds of joy.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
The Lord spoke to me that today begins a month of extravagant and extraordinary grace; 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑢𝑝𝑜𝑛 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑒! He is inviting His people to 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙡𝙮 to His throne of grace where you will receice mercy, grace and help for 𝗔𝗟𝗟 that you need.
Need often causes us to become aware of our weakness and dependency upon God. Therefore, this time of need has created an invitation to “come boldly before His throne of grace.“ His throne is where our help comes from. Most are standing in unemployment lines, lines to enter grocery stores and welfare lines but there is a place that there is no line, no wait and no need to prove or explain your need- it is a place of help, grace and compassion. There is no fear or shame in this place; only help and joy.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians 12:9
In May we will see a great manifestation of the strength (power) of God being made perfect (manifest) in the midst of need (weakness). The power of God will rest upon you in ways that strengthen you, uphold you and help you.
This is not a time to come under a spirit of despair because of your need or your weakness but it is time to be clothed in bold confidence and approach the throne where our Savior is seated and distributes grace without measure- He just says, “𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙚.“
Get ready to be a walking testimony of His power and grace coming uoon you! Many will ask you how you are thriving in this time and you will take them by the hand and lead them to the throne of grace to receive help.
We will have the spirit of prophesy resting upon us as the testimony of His faithfulness is made known to those around us.
“I will make known the Lord’s faithful love and the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, because of all the Lord has done for us — even the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, which he did for them based on his compassion and the abundance of his faithful love.” Isaiah 63:7
May you approach Him with bold confidence as we enter the month of May!
Did you know that as believers we are not under the control of the chaos, confusion and circumstances of the world around us? The promises of God are above the bad reports of the earth below.
Today I was praying through the first and second chapters of the Book of Proverbs and I was so taken by the amazing wisdom that produces the promises of God to be made manifest in our lives as we “listen and obey.”
Here are just a few of them:
• If you cry out for insight and understanding, God will give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding. (2:1-4)
• As you receive wisdom, knowledge and understanding you will gain success! (2:6)
• As you live in integrity God will guard and protect your path. (2:7-9)
• As you walk in the wisdom of God you will be rescued from darkness. (2:9-20)
• As you live an upright life you will “inhabit the land and remain in it.” The wicked will be cut off and uprooted from it. (2:21-22)
• As you keep God’s commands He will give you many days, a full life and well-being. (3:1-2)
• As you hold fast to loyalty and faithfulness you will find favor WITH GOD AND MAN! (3:3-4)
• As you trust in the Lord and acknowledge His ways (not depending on your own understanding) He will guide you on the RIGHT paths. (3:5-6)
• As you fear the Lord and turn away from evil, healing will come to your body and strength to your bones. (3:7-8)
And, one last promise! This is a key one…
• As you honor the Lord with your processions and the first fruits of your increase He promises that YOUR BARNS WILL BE COMPLETELY FILLED AND YOUR VATS WILL OVERFLOW WITH NEW WINE!!
There are so many more promises that a lifestyle of wisdom and obedience ushers in. This is part of the amazing alignments that have been taking place. To live apart from obedience that comes from His wisdom is like trying to take a drink from a water fountain and turning it on but not aligning your mouth with the stream of water. The lack of alignment causes the flowing water to pour down the drain; never quenching your thirst.
We must open our spiritual mouths and then align our lives with the flowing wisdom that fills our lives to overflowing! Then our barns will be filled completely and the “vats” of our lives will overflow (a vat is a large tank that holds liquid). It’s time to hold the liquid of the new wine of His glory and His promises!
While the world eats of the “grapes of wrath” let us, as God’s people, be filled with the new wine that is grown in the vineyards of wisdom and oneness.
It’s time to align to drink the new wine!
Thank you to those who have stood with us in prayer and support during this time. We are decreeing His favor and increase upon you.
THIS CAUGHT MY ATTENTION TODAY! IT MAY BE A KEY FOR THE UNITED STATES!
Today, on Passover, Virginia announced that we have 3,333 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus. It is also, according to the Hebrew calendar, 3,333 years since the first Passover.
I felt the Lord quicken this to me and felt a correlation between Virginia being the first established colony (the firstborn) and the first Passover that saved the firstborn of the Israelites. Virginia, on a governmental level, has turned away from God and yet the Ecclesia is rising in prayer, worship and first love like never before. A fragrance is arising out of the state of Virginia. The state slogan is “Virginia Is For Lovers” and the lovers of Jesus are arising. She is the “firstborn” of the New World (first established colony) and God wants to save the firstborn!
Let’s all stand with the State of Virginia on this Passover and watch our first colony be the key to Passover! Let us see what happened 3,333 years ago happen once again!! Virginia is also the 10th State and it was on the 10th of Nissan that the unblemished lamb was brought into the houses of the Israelites. It is interesting that this is the 10th State in the Union because since I awoke this morning I began hearing the words from Hebrews 10:10 that say,
“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” Hebrews 10:10
This state is the doorway to Washington DC; it’s where the international airport for those flying into Washington DC is located (as you leave the airport you enter DC). Arlington, Virginia is a doorway or gateway. As we declare the finished and completed work of Blood of Yeshua upon the doorposts of Virginia may it cause the death to pass by Washington DC and our nation. The Passover was to protect the firstborn and Virginia was the firstborn colony in our nation. It is the birthplace of our first president and it is a key place in this hour.
Pray— declare— and speak the blood of our Passover Lamb to be upon the doorway of Virginia.
Today is the 10th day of Nissan on the Hebrew calendar, which is the last Sabbath prior to Passover. Why is this significant? This is the day that during the captivity of the Israelites in Egypt God asked them to pick a spotless lamb (one without blemish) and to bring it into the house. This lamb would reside with the family over the next few days before “becoming the Passover lamb” who’s blood would be placed upon the doorposts of their home and cause the angel of death to pass by; sparing their first born sons.
There are a few points I’d like to highlight regarding this significant day where we remember the “lamb being brought into the house.”
First, during the time of captivity in Egypt the lamb was an Egyptian idol. Many of the Israelites had come under the belief system of Egypt during the 400 years of captivity and had adopted their idols as their own. Therefore, to use a lamb, especially a spotless lamb, for the sacrifice was to break the idolatry within the hearts of the Israelites prior to their deliverance from Egypt. It was also a statement where God is announcing to the “gods of Egypt” that He alone is God.
The lamb being brought into the house to “live among them” is such a beautiful prophetic picture of how Jesus, the spotless Lamb, would come and live among us prior to becoming the sacrifice that would cause eternal death to pass by us– offering us a way to eternal life and freedom from captivity.
The 10th of Nissan was when the lamb came to live with families. What a beautiful picture of the Lamb of God who came to restore His family. I am sure that the children of the home must have played with this little lamb and enjoyed the presence of this lamb during it’s few short days inside of the home. Even today, His presence is to be enjoyed and received by the young and old alike. Who doesn’t think that a lamb is so very precious? Earlier this year the Lord told me that very soon we would see infants “entertained by His presence.” I literally saw babies in the cribs giggling and being entertained by His playful and glorious presence being made manifest to them.
During this year, the Passover season is especially recognized. Never before has the entire Earth had a “plague” or pandemic that has caused the whole human population to be asked to go behind closed doors and stay with their families. I am praying and declaring that as this is occurring that suddenly families would see “the Spotless Lamb- Jesus our Savior” in their homes and they would receive Him. I am praying this for both the homes of the Believers and the homes of those who have not recognized that Jesus is the One who saves. He is their Passover Lamb.
I declare over every home and every family- “The Lamb is in the house!” Declare these words in your home and over your family. Let His presence fill your home and bring joy to your children. Yes, the very Lamb that came to dwell among us was sacrificed for our sins but He rose again and is alive forevermore. He once again is in our house to never again leave. He will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5).
The Lamb is in the house! The blood of Abel cried out, “Justice” but the Blood of Jesus cries out, “Mercy!” His blood speaks a better word! Mercy triumphs over judgement once again.
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Yesterday I was on a global prayer call with a team that I’ve walked with for almost twenty years. As we were sharing our hearts, one of the spiritual mama’s, Donna Ruth Jordan (a leader in YWAM international and a mom in many nations), shared that just hours before our call, she was awoken by the audible sound of a harp playing. As she woke up she knew that an angel with a harp was in her home. She lives in a place called, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada (remember that name!).
When she shared this something deep quickened in my spirit that this was not only a personal visitation for this faithful woman and widow but her home was the threshold (portal) for this angel “coming to Earth for such a time as this.”
The prayer call continued but my mind could not stop thinking about this angel with a harp.
Later, the same day, I hopped onto a FB Live being hosted by our friend Jason Hershey (of David’s Tent in Washington DC). He was announcing that for the first time in four and a half years the “song will go silent” and David’s Tent will begin a time of “perpetual silent prayer.” They will enter into a “Selah” season.
The absolutely amazing part of this FB live was when Jason began to tell the story of an experience he had with some elderly Franciscan women who have kept silent perpetual prayer going at a convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin since the Civil War. It is the longest prayer meeting ever. As he shared he told about a woman that he met at this Wisconsin convent that was playing the harp during the silent prayer time. She was in her 80’s and years prior they had found a harp in the convents basement that they had restored. She shared how she now plays it during the silent prayers. Then she told him how she also has a smaller harp that she takes into hospitals and plays over patients. As she has done this, patients in comas have miraculously woken up!
When Jason shared this I almost fell over! Immediately, the Spirit of the Lord said to me, “Kathi, the angel with the harp that woke Donna up has come to Earth to release the sound that will awaken the sleepers and heal those in spiritual comas. This is a healing harp that will heal the sick and set the captives free.”
Where did this angel with a harp arrive? In a place called, Medicine Hat! This angel has come at a time when the entire world is experiencing a global pandemic and is searching for a medicine to heal those infected. Many of its victims are in induced comas and many are in spiritual comas. I believe this angel has been sent to bring miraculous healing and to awaken the sleepers.
The woman that was awoken by this angel is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother both physically and spiritually to people all throughout the world. She and her late husband, Peter, spent their lives bringing the generations together and bringing healing to nations. This is why the angel first came to her.
I have continually heard the words and felt such a deep conviction to “be still and know that He is God!” I will go to pray and no words come; just a deep contemplation of His faithfulness and sovereignty. The sound of silence is making room for the sound of heaven! The ceasing of our striving and of our sound is deafening to the enemy because it is the sound of “abiding trust!”
So now, we ask the Lord to send forth the angels with harps that heal and awaken those who have fallen asleep. We wait in silence for God alone!
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On Godmy salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.” Psalm 62:5-7
It is time to be still! There are times to raise our voices and there are times when God wants to raise His voice and release the sound of Heaven to heal the earth and awaken the sleepers. There is a tremendous and resounding thunder that is released as our souls are silenced in a posture of abiding hope and trust. The silent trust is revealing the sons and daughters that all creation has longed for. It is louder than our noise!
Be still! Let’s release the sound of silence that rings a clarion bell of hope and abiding trust in the God that cannot be shaken. Let the harps of Heaven play, let creation intercede and let our stillness shake the darkness. It is time!
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For days now, all I can say are these words, “We are being taken back to the blood of Jesus and the finished work of the cross!”
That sums up the “prophetic word for this hour” that we are in! Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the sins of the world.
Repentance is falling upon the church and it is setting us free! Why? Because it is immediately met by the blood that cleanses us and the broken body that heals us. This is the message that we must carry into the days ahead. We will see that there is POWER IN THE BLOOD—wonder working power.
We have come up with so many formulated prayers; curse breaking prayers, blood line prayers, healing prayers, deliverance prayers and “repeat after me” prayers but I believe we are going to see much of those types of prayers fall away because when the power is about to come on and it will flow from the message of the blood of Jesus and the finished work of the cross only. Manifest power will flow like never before! This simple and true message can be carried and spoken by all His people.
As we are shut in, we are like the disciples in the upper room after Jesus ascended. We are waiting for “power from on high to fill us.” The Spirit of God lives in us already but I had a vision the other day of Jesus knocking on the door of our hearts and when we opened the door our hearts were so crowded with other “spiritual things” that there was no room for Him to come in and dine with us. Then a spiritual spring cleaning occurred and it removed all that was crowding our hearts till it looked like a clean and empty room. Then Jesus set up a table in the middle of this room and put the communion elements (the bread and wine) on the table. He declared, “It is finished.” Then He sat down at the table and invited us to come and partake of His body and His blood. As we did “power from on high returned and the glory filled His temple once again.
Then I heard this verse,
I am the LORD; that is My name! I will not yield My glory to another or My praise to idols. Isaiah 42:8
The clutter (yes, even spiritual clutter) in our hearts has demanded attention, affection, and precious time. Often we have become more fascinated by our spiritual discoveries more than the Lamb that was slain. But as we are coming up to the time of Passover, Good Friday and Easter I believe we will see the true gospel set us free from the captivity of things that have vied for our time and attention more than Jesus alone! In Him are all things and all things belong to Him. His glory comes and fills the temple as we return to the Love that came into a fallen world to live a spotless life and then take upon Himself the sin of all mankind. With every lash, every thorn, every scorn and every nail; the power of sin and death were broken. The with the words, “It is finished!” He made a way for mankind to have everlasting and abundant life. All power to save, heal, deliver and set free is in the death and resurrection of our precious Jesus.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Our upper room waiting is happening now as the Spirit goes through our hearts and cleanses us of the clutter (even spiritual things) that have become idols. Power will come as the body and blood of Jesus are restored as the source of all.
When you stand in the direct sun on a clear day it will cast your shadow onto the ground with vivid and vast definition. Why? Because you are blocking the sun that is shining directly upon you. Yet, on a cloudy or stormy day, you rarely see your own shadow as there is no sun for you to block.
Sometimes in a “stormy season” of life I find that I actually see the shadow of His wing covering me more than on the clear days that are absent of storms. When I am in full dependency because circumstances are beyond my control I become so aware that I am being kept and covered by my Heavenly Father’s love and protection. Yet, occasionally on clear days (days absent of great need) I will find myself beginning to walk in “my own shadow” and begin to venture outside the shadow of abiding in Him.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1
There is something that is within human nature (or sin nature) that is prone to wander, to go our own way, to be independent, to give into the desires of the flesh. Yes, even within Christians! Though we learn through experience and spiritual maturity not to give into these temptations; still they call to us and there are still times that we give in.
For me, those times come most often when my life is “carefree” and the sun is shining— when all my skies are clear. I think that it’s just that when we don’t “feel” the urgent need for dependency or divine intervention we can begin to dwell in our own shadow. I don’t actually believe that I can ever truly leave the shadow of His wing, because I am His daughter, but my focus can leave the place of abiding and I can begin to focus on my own shadow (which is just “me”).
I remember a season in my life many years ago that was months of “clear skies!” Spiritual and circumstantial summer had come. Our family was thriving, relationships were thriving, finances were thriving, our ministry was thriving, business was thriving, and even my physical being was thriving. What a glorious beginning to that summer season it was! I woke up rejoicing and went to bed rejoicing. But as that season moved from days to months I began to unconsciously abide in and “glory in” the freedom from storms more than in the rest of the Almighty. I found myself beginning to follow my own shadow rather than abiding in His. It all looked spiritual and good but I had begun to venture out of abiding in His shadow and into enjoying the shade of my own shadow because the sun was shining so brightly in my life. Toward the end of that season (which was to be a gift from God) I found myself feeling disoriented, disconnected from God, careless in my decisions and utterly aware of the faults within the lines of my shadow. My security and rest had shifted from Him to striving to seize the days of “more than enough” (as I knew that like every season, this one would be limited in its duration).
That time in my life was a wonderful lesson on how to remember to remain (abide) and rest in His shelter rather than find my security in the “lack of storms.” I think that there is such an emphasis on circumstantial “breakthrough” in the lives of believers that we forget that He is our breakthrough! He is our dwelling place, our hope, our warmth, our light, our portion, our refuge, our abiding place and our rest. This must be established in every season.
People often focus on achieving breakthrough from adverse circumstances, but we don’t prepare to live in it when it arrives. The poverty spirit can live in prosperity as much as it can in scarcity, but it manifests as greed and independence. We know how to live in need but do we know how to live in abundance? Wealth and riches can be a far greater burden than poverty because a greater responsibility and accountability is required. I believe that God wants to entrust His people with abundance but we must be prepared to remain in Him (fully dependent, sober, humble, at rest and prayerful) or our breakthrough can become our breaking. It’s so easy to find comfort in the fullness of our flesh and soul but our spirits will always long to be satisfied with Christ alone. We must remain living out of our spirits and to train our flesh and soul to find fulfillment in God.
Let us be a people who can live abundantly in every circumstance because we live in the never-changing fullness of our Savior. We live in the constant breakthrough of His love, His grace, and His victory. We live in the shadow of His wing which gives us rest.
He is breaking us out of the mindsets of “feast or famine,” because it is there that we splurge or starve rather than abide and thrive in the constant abundance of a never changing God whose promises are true and kept in every season and every circumstance.
One last thought; when the sun is in front of me, my shadow is behind me but when the sun is behind me my shadow goes before me. Let us keep the Son in front of us and not behind us!
In every season, sunshine or storm, let us say,
“I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”” Psalms 91:2
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