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By Doug Addison
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Watch for the next 50 days to be full of a lot of changes. Between now and the end of Rosh Hashanah (September 21–22), which is the Jewish New Year, God is aligning you for what is coming in the new year. You will see situations and circumstances suddenly turn around in unusual and unexpected ways. The spiritual atmosphere is changing and what was once difficult will become easier.
I heard the Lord say, "What looks like a loss will become your gain. Be sure to wait and watch as new doors and opportunities begin to open for you."
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 NIV
What would have taken many people a lifetime to achieve will be accomplished in a short time. God is going to start moving radically in your life over the next few months. Stay focused, watch and pray.
Get Ready to Be Stretched
Things are being brought to the surface for the purpose of strengthening you so that you can cross into the new season at hand. God is doing things outside of your comfort zone that may stretch your understanding.
We are being challenged right now to move into new levels of understanding. A new wave of revelation is being released that will help us progress into more effectiveness. It will require us to let go of some current beliefs and actions that are no longer relevant for today.
Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54:2 NIV
Trials will Bring Advancement
It will be important to not resist or run from the trials and testing that are coming. Testing is not a bad thing and God is going to use it to prepare you for the advancements and promotions that will be happening over the next few months.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2–4 NIV
We are in a time of the Lord's fire coming to test our works.
… their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 1 Corinthians 3:13–14 NIV
Words of Life Required
New power and authority are coming upon your words. You will need to be careful what you say, because your words can be spiritual life or death. They can build up and tear down, especially in the season we are now entering.
Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered.
When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked.
Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done." Matthew 21:19–21 NIV
Jesus said that our words could uproot obstacles as well as cause things to wither. It is interesting that He said, "May you never bear fruit again!"… And also, "[You can] do what was done to the fig tree."
We need to be very careful that we are not speaking withering words over ourselves or others. We need to speak fruitful words and have fruitful thoughts. When we speak negative things, it can cause our spiritual and creative lives to wither and no longer bear fruit.
God showed me that this is the condition of many people today. They have spoken over themselves, or have been spoken over by someone else, which has caused their gifts and spiritual fruit to dry up.
God is now giving us an opportunity to reverse this. We need to recognize areas of our lives that once flourished but are now withering. We can speak over these areas with prayers like, "Be fruitful and no longer wither!"
Getting Greater Authority
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Note that just before Jesus withered the fig tree and talked about spiritual authority, He cleansed the temple and drove out anything that was not of the Lord (Matthew 21:12–13). He then went on to heal the blind and the lame.
We need to cleanse our temples. We can do this by getting inner healing and repenting from anything that is contrary to God's Word. This will allow us to open up spiritual blindness and get healed of being spiritually lame, or not being able to walk in our destiny.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Mathew 21:22 NIV
As we take care of these things, we will enter into a place of greater authority in prayer. The next 50 days is going to be an amazing time that will align us with God's destiny. Do not be discouraged if it does not line up exactly on the calendar. God is full of grace and we can step into His power for our lives at any point.
Be encouraged and get ready to cross over into a new season!