This morning as I was doing my laundry, I was waiting for the spin cycle to complete. I began slowly walking back and forth praying in the Spirit. As I started walking the Holy Spirit showed me a picture of lions in a zoo pacing back and forth in their cage. They were agitated from being locked up, and wanting to be set free back into the wild. They were strong and muscular and when meat was thrown into their cage they devoured it. When they are released from captivity and get back out into the wild, they are going to take off running into the environment that they were created to live in.
The Name Jesus means "Salvation." If we were living in His time on earth, in His area, that is what we would have called Him: Salvation. We often name things after a meaning. It wasn't even that uncommon of a name because there were others who had the name Jesus we can read in the Bible, like Bar Jesus. That name still today is a common name also in other countries. But God was His Father in a special way and He named Him Salvation. Matthew 1:21 says to Joseph: "She [Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus [or Salvation], because he will save his people from their sins." That in itself is plenty to think about.
Earlier this year I had an afternoon in which I sat down and reread a classic book by Kenneth E. Hagin called, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage. For about four hours I read slowly and mediated on what Brother Hagin shared. In my opinion it's probably one of the best books ever written on the subject of marriage because it not only covers the natural relationship between husband and wife, but it also makes the spiritual connection between Christ and his spiritual bride, the Church. After reading the book in its entirety it was then nighttime so I went to sleep. Later that night I had a profound vision from the Lord which brought me further understanding of Christ's love for his bride, the Church.
"'In the last days', God says, 'I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.'" Acts 2:17–18 NIV Since last Pentecost (May 31, 2020), I noticed the ability to see in the spirit started to increase. I heard the Lord say that the seer anointing is going to be re-released back to us on the 45th anniversary of the late seer-prophet Bob Jones' major encounter in Heaven (August 8, 1975).
This week I did a video call with a gifted young man named Billy who serves on the staff of a growing church in South Africa. He has a big heart of compassion for people. He knows how to make disciples. And he's a great communicator. I told him I would love it if he were my pastor, even though he's only 32. But as I encouraged him, and many young leaders like him, I'm aware that ministry is not an easy assignment. Like everything else in life, it's full of risks. And I want to make sure anyone out there who is praying about stepping into ministry knows what they will face.
This is from the heart of Jesus for some very precious people. The Lord says to you, "I AM the God of broken hallelujahs. I AM the God of YOUR broken hallelujahs. When the hardships of this life leave you weary, brokenhearted, and troubled, when the hurt weighs heavy inside, remember that I AM the God of broken hallelujahs.
Recently in a time of prayer, the Lord began to speak to me. As the Lord spoke, I could feel myself being stretched by Him. The only way I know how to describe it to you is to call it "The God Stretch." I believe that in this season, and for the rest of 2020, many will be in the God Stretch. Many times we pray desperately for increase, breakthrough and for God to move mightily in our lives. However, when those prayers are answered we often find ourselves being stretched and challenged in order to steward the answers to our prayers.
I've given a recent prophetic word that we are entering into a season of joy. That may be hard to believe when you look around at what is going on in the world today. But the trouble we're experiencing is not here to stay. No matter what it looks like right now, I encourage you to jump into the season of joy that's here now and embrace it for yourself. You know, I've spent many years learning how to understand the times and seasons of Heaven. I think that studying the natural seasons the Earth moves through every year is a good place to start.
For the past month the Lord has really placed upon my heart a burden for many in the body of Christ who have been in a place of "doubt" over their calling, their gifting, what they carry and the "expression" of that in and through their lives. I heard the Lord speaking over these ones and He said, "I AM GOING TO CONCRETE WHAT YOU CARRY." When the Lord spoke these words there was a strong sense of impartation, conviction, maturing, freedom and deliverance. I have been heralding the fear of man being broken off many lives right now and in this year. There is a deep deliverance of the fear of man happening in many lives right now and the fire of God is bringing around a conviction and concreting of what the people of God carry.
Fear is the opposite of faith, and faith and trust are interchangeable. I remember living in fear. I was afraid of storms, vehicle breakdowns and driving over a bridge with water underneath. I would fear medical ailments and financial uncertainty. I cried out to the Lord for years for a faith impartation. Every conference I went to and in my prayer time, I would ask the Lord to activate my faith. I was tormented and frankly quite done living in fear. I'm sure some of you feel that way too! I am passionate now about assisting others to freedom from fear because, as I say, freedom feels good!