What do you see for your future? Do you see hope or despair, faith or fear? Joel 2:25–27 gives us a promise of restoration, "I'll make up for the years of the locust, the great locust devastation — Locusts savage, locusts deadly, fierce locusts, locusts of doom, That great locust invasion I sent your way. You'll eat your fill of good food. You'll be full of praises to your God, The God who has set you back on your heels in wonder. Never again will my people be despised. You'll know without question that I'm in the thick of life with Israel, That I'm your God, yes, your God, the one and only real God. Never again will my people be despised.”
Are you tired of the enemy stealing from you and plundering your hope and dreams? Isaiah 42:22–23, “But this is a people pillaged and plundered, all trapped in holes and sequestered in prisons. They are there to be plundered, with no one to rescue them; there to be pillaged, and no one says, “Return them!” Which of you will listen to this? Who will hear and give heed in the times to come? CJB
God is calling us to repent once again and listen to his voice of deliverance and salvation. He wants to give us understanding in everything as we prepare our minds for service, exercising self-control, and placing our hope in the grace of Jesus Christ.
We are not to pattern ourselves after the people of this world, but let God change us from the inside out so we have a new way of thinking. Then we will be able to decide and accept what God wants for us. We will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.
We must be made new in our hearts and in our thinking, becoming that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him. There is no way we can hide what we are thinking from God because God already knows our deepest thoughts. He understands what the Holy Spirit is saying, because the Holy Spirit speaks to people in the way that agrees with what God wants. We are called to think of ourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.
He has good news that will set the captives free and open the prison doors. God is gathering the prodigals, healing the broken hearted, restoring hope, and planting vision in the heart of his bride.
Isaiah 43:1–5, Jacob, the Lord created you. Israel, the Lord made you, and now he says, "Don't be afraid. I saved you. I named you. You are mine. When you have troubles, I am with you. When you cross rivers, you will not be hurt. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not hurt you. That's because I, the Lord, am your God. I, the Holy One of Israel, am your Savior. I gave Egypt to pay for you. I gave Ethiopia and Seba to make you mine. You are precious to me, and I have given you a special place of honor. I love you. That's why I am willing to trade others, to give up whole nations, to save your life. "So don't be afraid, because I am with you. I will gather your children and bring them to you.
Friends it is essential that our focus returns to, and remains on God so we are encouraged in the midst of change, transition, and the shaking of the earth. God has a divine plan for our successful future Jeremiah 29:11. To leave the past and all its failures and disappointments, and enter into our future there must be steps taken to enter into the new. We are leaving an old season and advancing into a new season. Recently, I had a dream in response to my asking the Holy Spirit to help me understand where we are in the time table of transition and change. I dreamt of a yellow car full of people. The vehicle represented people’s lives, their careers, churches, businesses, and decisions that they are in the middle of the process of making in regards to changes. The car was yellow because everyone was used to using their minds, their intelligence, and powers of reasoning, to make decisions. No one was seeking God or asking how to make the transition successfully. The car was at the half way point on a big major highway. It had come to rest in the middle of a crossroad or intersection. As the on coming traffic would pass back and forth on either side of the car I could feel the force of the wind from the oncoming vehicles shaking the car. It was not possible to continue forward because the windshield was fogged over, it was not cleared enough to see where to go next, or how to turn. It was too risky to go in reverse. I knew that would mean we would be loosing ground. The Holy Spirit said, “We need to wait on him and the leading of His Spirit for our next move, or our next step, no matter how scary, and uncomfortable it feels right now.” He said, “He is going to give new vision, and lead us in a new way. He wanted us to be totally dependent upon his voice, his vision, and his leading.”
Isaiah 43:18–21says, "Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise. NKJV
God is giving us prophetic insight to see our new season but, we must wait until our eyes are given vision and our ears hear his voice saying, “This is the way walk ye in it!” Isaiah 30:19–22, O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left. And you will defile your graven images overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to them, "Be gone!" NASU
The Lord revealed the next steps Jeremiah was to take to enter into his new season to achieve his future. At first Jeremiah was not able to see his future clearly, his boldness, and clarity didn’t come until God removed his fear, doubt, and excuses. We are always so eager to point out our sin, weaknesses, and lack of training, skill, and failures. We are full of reasons why we can’t do something, or why we are not the right person for an assignment. We offer excuses when God comes to send us forth in our calling. God was establishing Jeremiah as a prophet. Jeremiah could only focus on his past weaknesses because he couldn’t see his bright future.
Jeremiah 1:4–10 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, "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." Then I said, "Alas, Lord God Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth." But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak. “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant." NASU
God’s loving persistence with Jeremiah gave him skill and understanding to develop his prophetic eyes to see vision and his ears to hear the word of the Lord. Jeremiah 1:11–12, The word of the Lord came to me saying, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" And I said, "I see a rod of an almond tree." Then the Lord said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it." NASU God continued to articulate Jeremiah's potential and refused to allow Jeremiah to focus on his excuses, fears, or failures.
God also speaks to the positives of what we are, and what we can become, rather than emphasizing the negatives. For example, God does not speak to our sickness and disease; he speaks to our health. He does not speak to our poverty or lack; he speaks to our wealth and abundance. He does not speak to our failure or mistakes; he speaks to our success. He does not focus on the past; he speaks to the now and to the future. God speaks the language of hope to encourage each of us to succeed. We do not like to be left in the dark so God brings us into the light. He wants us to know the wonderful plans he has for our futures as much as we want him to reveal them to us.
When we capture a picture of light and God’s goodness for our lives in the midst of the dark place of our existence, we have “vision.” Vision releases hope. Hope enables us to change. Change releases destiny. Destiny drives us out of the now and propels us into the future. Once we catch a glimpse of who we are in the future we are able to bring it into the reality of today. This is one of the major ways God is able to accelerate good in our lives through dreams and visions. The more we can see and believe, the more we can become. We must see it to be it! God births dreams and visions in us in order to bring revelation, illumination, and inspiration. Revelation is the discovery of truth. Illumination is spiritual or intellectual enlightenment. Inspiration is communicating the understood, discovered truth to others. To inspire means to inhale, or breathe in the Spirit to stimulate the mind, to create or to activate the emotions to a higher level of feeling. To spiritually inspire is to guide, affect, or arouse by the divine influence of the Holy Spirit. Through revelation, illumination, and inspiration, the Spirit of the Lord is calling to the Holy Spirit within us as he leads us into the deep things, secrets, and mysteries of God. The DNA within each of us sings a different song.
Psalm 42:7–8 reads: Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me–a prayer to the God of my life (NIV).
God has been speaking to me that “It’s time to widen” and advance, to receive his promotion and increase. But, if I focus on the difficulties of my past season instead of the potential of my promising future, fear will stop me from making the necessary changes to step into the new. Isaiah 54:2–8, Make your tent bigger. Open your doors wide. Don't think small! Make your tent large and strong, because you will grow in all directions. Your children will take over many nations and live in the cities that were destroyed. Don't be afraid! You will not be disappointed .People will not say bad things against you. You will not be embarrassed. When you were young, you felt shame. But you will forget that shame now. You will not remember the shame you felt when you lost your husband. Your real husband is the one who made you. His name is the Lord All-Powerful. The Holy One of Israel is your Protector, and he is the God of all the earth! You were like a woman whose husband had left her. You were very sad in your spirit, when the Lord called you to be his. You were like a woman who married young, and then her husband left her when God called you to be his. God says, "I left you, but only for a short time. But with all my love, I will bring you back to me again. I became angry and turned away from you for a short time. But I will comfort you with kindness forever." The Lord your Savior said this. The past is over; it cannot dictate your potential, expectations or hope unless you give it permission to rule your present and future. God has promised to remove the shame, embarrassment, and the reproach that cause fear. God is calling you back to your first love with all of his love.
Deuteronomy 30:11–14, tells us success is in our mouth! “For this commandment which I command you this day is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off. It is not a secret laid up in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven and bring it to us, that we may hear and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear and do it? But the word is very near you, in your mouth, and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it.” AMP God wants us to decree his word to release favor, breakthrough, strategic alignment, and prosperity. When we decide the past is over, and it is time to step into a new day, in a new way, God’s light will shine brightly on the new path. Job 22:28–30, “You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light of God’s favor shall shine upon your ways. When they make you low, you will say, there is a lifting up; and the humble person He lifts up and saves. He will even deliver the one for whom you intercede who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” AMP
The fire of God touched the mouths of Isaiah and Jeremiah with a supernatural bestowment of grace so they would speak forth his words of life concerning the future. God is placing his powerful words within the mouth of his anointed bride. She will confess God’s Kingdom has come and that his will be done on earth, in each earthen vessel, as it is in heaven. The Lord desires that we have the God kind of faith—which is faith like God! It is time to have the faith of God manifesting in our lives! His supernatural empowerment is opening double doors to our future as he goes before his bride to keep the gates open. He is making the crooked places straight, and revealing the treasures that have been hidden in secret places of darkness Isaiah 45:1–3. To move forward into our new season will require that we develop faith for more of His grace. God is imparting grace to remove and overcome our every weakness empowering us to move forward. Jeremiah told God that his lack of maturity and eloquence of speech would prohibit him from speaking for God. Therefore, by touching Jeremiah's weak areas, God imparted a divine grace which overrode Jeremiah's weakness. God believes in us. He promises that if we will have faith in God and in His divine empowerment, God will provide what is needed for us to fulfill our future. 2 Peter 1:2–4, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” NKJV We are not alone in our lives journey. God promises to go before us and defeat our enemies. He lives largely within us, and He daily walks beside us—constantly encouraging. Each new day is fresh and we receive fresh grace and mercy. Satan’s lies scream you are not called, equipped, nor anointed; if we listen to, or agree with his lies we won’t believe that God’s grace can take the place of our greatest weakness.
Every night the Holy Spirit comes to hover over us with his loving embrace to overshadow us with dreams and visions so we will conceive our potential. Mary was overshadowed by the presence of the Holy Spirit, and she conceived Jesus, the Son of the living God. When Gabriel announced that she was to birth the Son of God, she said, "Be it unto me according to Thy word." (Luke 1:38). God’s touch resolved any questions, or fear Mary was struggling with. In Mary’s moment of belief and faith God imparted a supernatural grace to empower her to envision and receive her future.
The Holy Spirit guides and teaches us as we step into every new season. God’s promises are true. The word He speaks to us prepares us to see our future. Jeremiah 1:12, “Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.” AMP God fulfilled his promises to Jeremiah and he will faithfully fulfill his promises to you, his bride too! The word watch, shaqad, means "to be alert, i.e. sleepless; the awakening one; hence to be on the lookout (whether for good or ill) to hasten, remain awake, to keep watch of, watch for, and be wakeful over." The same word can be translated into almond-shaped, to make like (unto, after the fashion of almonds), ‘Almond blossoms.’
Once the Lord had placed His words in Jeremiah's mouth, He inquired once more, Jeremiah, "What do you see?" This time Jeremiah did not answer with another defense, reason, or justification, for his lack or weakness, but Jeremiah responded properly as prophetic vision was given to him, “I see a branch or shoot of an almond tree the emblem of alertness and activity, blossoming in late winter.”
The almond tree is the first to bud forth, or awaken in a new season with blossom cups that are shaped like almonds. On my nutrition and plants and flowers dream symbol cards the almond also represents virginity; hope; watchfulness and fruitfulness; health; gifts, authority, happiness, offering your best, Gen 43:11, diligence and hard work will result in increased production harvest, and profits resulting in wealth, God’s choice, success and financial gain. Num 17:8 God’s faithfulness awakening Jer. 1:11–12.
When Jeremiah received God’s grace his eyes were opened to see from God’s perspective. God’s vision enabled Jeremiah to overcome his weakness and boldly step into his destiny and near future. When we receive God’s great grace in this season of transition in our lives our eyes will also be opened to see from God’s perspective concerning our destiny. The prophet Jeremiah was ‘awakened’ to see his new season and future. He received grace to fulfill his divine destiny call. Each morning we awake from a new dream, it is a new day, a new beginning, a new awakening; we open our eyes to see by the dawns early light. God is pouring out fresh grace, enlightenment, and spiritual dreams that will awaken us to our new season. Heaven is drawing near to empower us to fulfill our destiny. The Lord sends his angels to watch over, guide, and protect each of us, to ensure his word comes to pass in our lives. God is a protector and a defender of the weak so He continues to speak to our potential. God is the only one who knows the future! It is time to draw close to God so we can see our divine destiny and future.
The windows of heaven are open and a call has been issued for us to come up higher to see the Valley of Dry bones from a heavenly perspective. As we speak prophetic words of salvation and life to those who are spiritually dead or sleeping, we will raise souls from the dead, and draw them to God’s eternal life and truth. It is a decisive time for many who are waiting to enter into the Kingdom life. Prophesy to their dry, dead bones. By faith, command God’s breathe to enter this scattered disjointed army so that they will rise up and live. God’s anointed word will not return void, simply be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Ezekiel 37:1–9 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know." Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD." So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.'"
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