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By Jeremy Lopez
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Things are really starting to pick up in the spirit. I can hear the sounds of horses as they are getting ready to be released from a starting gate. The hooves dancing in place ready to run, their breath hot and heavy with excitement. There is a sense of urgency & anticipation to be released.
You have been preparing for this for a very long time. You have been in training for years. You are finally ready! You know what you are supposed to do, You finally know what all that training was for. It was for this moment in time. This race that has been set before you.
You were once a wild stallion, but you needed to be bridled. You needed to be broke in. So, you could learn how to be led, how to be trained, how to carry weight, how to keep your tongue in check.
The Lord has given you a free spirit for a reason. But without training a free spirit can often go rogue. It takes time and patience to teach an old pony new tricks. Friends, get ready because the Lord has prepared the way, He has set things in motion and you're about to take off. The Lord has given you blinders. As I began writing this I had no idea why God was using Horses as an analogy, but the Lord led me to something that is incredible and I just love how He works.
Horses are spooked easily by nature and can often run off at the first sign of danger. If you cover a horse's head during fearful times they will be led easily and be encouraged to take a chance they wouldn't normally take.
Racehorses are given blinders for the purpose of keeping them focused when racing. Blinders keep the horse's eye focused on what is ahead, rather than what is at the side or behind. If a horse decides to take a different route, it will simply take the jockey with it, so this can pose problems. Skittish racehorses are fitted with blinders for their own safety and the jockey's safety.
The Lord has been leading you and encouraging you to take steps you would not normally make. He is now fitting you with blinders. We often pray Lord, help me not to look to the left or to the right. God is answering that prayer. He is giving you spiritual racing blinders. So, in this season you will not be distracted by what's going on around you. You will not look back at what has happened since you left the starting gate. You will not look back at who is behind you. You will run your own race. You will stay the course, you will stay focused, you will keep moving ahead. Do not fear that you have been in this race before and lost.
The Lord would say to you, "Be of good courage my child for I have prepared this time, I have prepared this moment. It is your moment. There is no more question as to whether or not I am doing a thing, for I am here to declare that it is done. I have completed that thing which I said I would do, now you must trust me as I lead you to the finish line. You will not only win but you will lead many others into victory. For I have great plans for you and great celebration lies ahead."
Friends, your training has not been in vain. All the times you prayed, you fasted in secret, you stood during great storms, God is now going to reward you openly. I hear the Lord say, "There is no more waiting, the shot has been fired, it's time to run."
Gypsy Dallas Smith