At the start of this year the Lord gave a word for 2017 that we are on the cusp of a pivotal season in the Kingdom, and this year will be a great season of victory for the children of God if we would seek Him, moving in alignment with Him + Throne Room wisdom. The Lord was also clear that we His children are called to take new territory and reclaim previous territory that have been stolen.
I was teaching in the Antioch Academy on Saturday when I felt the Spirit of the Lord come upon me and I began to prophesy, “In order to move forward, you need to go back. Look your painful memories squarely in the face, and let the light of God come through. When you do, your painful memories will become powerful testimonies. And the glory of God will shine through your life to the world.”
We’re entering into a month of breakthrough. Small increments of breakthrough are coming. God is not only restoring all the years the locusts have stolen from us, but also preparing us to take new ground – spiritually and literally!
HOPE is key in this season!
The enemy of our soul has launched targeted attacks in the very areas that we have been contending for. But this is a wonderful opportunity for us to overcome to the glory of God! Now more than ever, we should keep our gaze on Jesus Christ rather than on what the enemy is doing.
Don’t give up! Hold on to hope! Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Choose to align with HOPE, not fear!! What you behold is what you will become — look to the heavens, not earth nor hell. When the battle intensifies is when victory is greatest. Victory is at hand.
“Then he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, ‘Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, ‘You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.'” — 2 Kings 13
Do not be discouraged if at first you don’t see your victory manifest. Breakthrough will first happen in the spiritual, then in the natural. Just because you can’t see it in the physical does not mean it isn’t happening in the spiritual. Keep on striking the ground!
Fruitfulness is coming upon us, and has already come. What has been barren and withered for so long will begin to revive and flourish. And the good news is? All that you need for breakthrough has already been given to you; it’s already there! The Lord has deposited that miracle within you and it will bear fruit as long as we walk in accordance with the principles of the Kingdom.
Aligning your heart with the principles of the Kingdom for victory:
- Prepare. I sensed the Lord say we’re not to ask Him for the breakthrough… because He’s already given it to us. Rather, we’re to ask God “What must I do to prepare my heart & life so it is good soil for that seed to bear fruit?”
- Persist. Stand at your post, don’t give up. Keep striking the ground. In the heat of the battle God will give you the strength you’ll need to press through, and then you’ll break through into victory. He who is faithful with little will be entrusted with more.
- Praise. Arise, beloved. Come into His presence through an offering of worship. There is a divine exchange waiting to happen. Release what is not of Him (fear, discouragement, greed, pride) for the things that come from His throne (godliness with contentment, wisdom, heavenly strategies).
- Partner. If we would be willing to humble ourselves, lay down our own agendas/ambitions, and work in partnership with God, these are the tools we will be given in the clash of the kingdoms.
a. Influence: He is going to enlarge our territory. New ground. Victory over the length and breadth of the land. And not just enlargement but increased depth in our influence. He will release the authority and anointing to impact our spheres of influence in deep and lasting ways.
b. Wisdom and Revelation: We will move in divine understanding. If we would lay aside our human wisdom and plans to take on His, we will begin to move in a higher realm. We will be able to take our places as “seated with Him in heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6) and become heavenly administrators of His will on earth.
c. Signs and Wonders: There will be an increase in the miracles and shekinah presence of the Lord. These signs and wonders will be signs that make the world wonder, and in wondering they will find God as their answer.
Beloved, this is our time. Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you!
Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24).
This parable illustrates the levels of our walk with God.
1. Falling to the Ground: Tearing Down of Wrong Mindsets
This could also be called the “Infant stage” in a believers’ walk with God. Much like caring for an infant or a budding flower, this is a stage that is full of the Father’s grace and protectiveness. The believer’s spirit is not yet strong enough to take rigorous disciplines, and therefore it must only be nurtured, fed and nourished at this point. It is a season where the believer’s heart, mind, and spirit are being prepared and made ready for the harder task of surrendering his/her will to God. God does this by revealing who He is and who we are.
I have found that at this stage, there is a very strong emphasis on the unconditional love of God for the specific person. This is a vital part to the healing of the heart. Restoration work is done in the heart and mind – what I mean is that God will begin to surface issues of self-rejection, shame, unforgiveness, pride, etc., and bring healing and restoration in those areas. He will target wrong thought patterns, and teach the believer to start to see himself, his world, and God through the light of Truth.
To put it succinctly, the key word at this stage is “Identity”. When we begin to understand His identity and therefore begin to discover our identity in Him, the desire to walk close to Him will burst forth in our hearts.
When the believer’s identity and relationship with God is built up on the right foundation, he/she is ready to move to the next level.
2. Dying: Surrender of My Will to His Will
In the first stage, the believer’s identity is being reiterated, and I have found one name to be the core of all other facets of our identity – the name of “Beloved”. Henri Nouwen (1992) had the “inner conviction that the words ‘You are My beloved’ revealed the most intimate truth about all human beings.” Now I will expound on why I have come to believe that taking on the identity of Beloved is key to the second stage – the dying to self and surrendering all to God.
In all three biblical accounts of the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3), God declared Jesus as His beloved, and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove upon Jesus. This is the only biblical account in which the Holy Spirit comes as a dove; in every other account He usually comes with fire and strong wind. Why is this so? I believe it is because Jesus knew and accepted His identity as Beloved of God (“Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” Luke 2:49), and therefore had fully submitted Himself under God. He never did anything apart from God (John 5:19), and therefore Holy Spirit found in Jesus’ heart a perfect resting place, without having to strive against the flesh.
Someone else puts it this way, “There’s only one man who has ever received the Holy Spirit like a dove, and that is Jesus. That is because when the Holy Spirit came down to Jesus, Jesus was perfectly compatible, of one essence, and the Holy Spirit just snuggled in. He was at perfect peace in the person of Jesus. Jesus got the dove, but we get fire; we get the baptism of fire. And the reason is that God is not indifferent about having His full possession of you and me.”
Growing into our identity as Beloved goes hand-in-hand with submitting of our will to the will of God. It is a natural progression. The reason is because that is the picture of a beloved!
Song of Solomon 8:5 says, “Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?” There is the picture of true lovers, the Lover who offers the strength of his arm, and the beloved who rests in her lovers’ strength. When we understand our Beloved-ness, surrendering to God is no longer a chore but a joy and a delight! In another sense, this submitting of my will to God’s will can also be called “voluntary helplessness”.
The above-mentioned scripture from Song of Solomon takes place as the lovers are coming out of the desert – that is often the place that God takes us so we learn to lean on Him.
In the desert, there are no resources, status, people, etc., only God. It is there that God teaches us how to let go of human reasoning, wisdom, and agenda; in short, dying to self. This is restated in Hosea 2, where God pursues His beloved till she has nowhere else to turn to except Him.
The fire and desert are part of God’s beautiful mercy and deep love for us! He loves us too much to let us go.
However, this stage of fire and/or desert will not make sense if we do not understand that it happens because we are so beloved. Most who did not press through stage one will not last long in this stage, because they might fall under confusion/condemnation thinking that God is a religious deity with a huge cane in His hand, ready to smack us every time we make a mistake. Or they might think that God has abandoned them. Both ways lead to a religious mindset. Religiosity is the work of man and the flesh, which means man relating to God according to man’s plans, instead of man living by God’s plans. This again proves my point that stage one (knowing who I am and knowing who God is), is necessary for stage two (surrendering to God).
In John 15, our Bridegroom beseeches His beloved to abide in Him and remain in His love. Jesus’ analogy of the Vine and the branches fully encapsulates what surrendering to God is all about.
- Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing that has lasting value. Every man-made plan will be utterly destroyed in the testing of fire (1 Corinthians 3:13, Hebrews 12:29) and the shaking that will come before Jesus’ return (Haggai 2:6-8, Hebrews 12:25-29).
- God is the gardener. It is He who gives us the will and grace to abide in Jesus! He is the one who grafts the branch into the Vine, and He is the one who keeps it there. He prunes and does all the work necessary for the branch to be able to bear fruit. Just as religiosity is the work of the flesh, likewise abiding in Christ cannot happen by human effort – there has to be a surrender to be able to surrender!
- Jesus is the Living Vine. He gave Himself fully for me by taking all my sin, shame and infirmity and dying in my place. He still gives Himself fully for me by interceding for me at the right-hand of God. Yesterday, today, and forever, all of Jesus is freely available for me. “All the vine possesses belongs to the branches. The vine does not gather from the soil its fatness and its sweetness for itself – all it has is at the disposal of the branches.” Thus, our surrender to God is not the command of a narcissistic ruler, but one of an unselfish God of love who longs to give all of Himself in exchange for all of Him. It is a deal that is to our advantage, really, for we are exchanging our ashes for crowns, and getting pure wine in exchange for ordinary water. What a wonderful God! When I understand it this way, how can I help but want to surrender freely all of me for all of Him?
- I am the branch. The branch is that part of the Vine which produces the fruit, with which God desires to feed a hungry world. Andrew Murray says, “Such is the wonderful condescension of the grace of Jesus that, just as His people are dependant on Him, He has made Himself dependant on them. Without His disciples, He cannot dispense His blessing to the world…” A branch is dead on its own; it is only alive when connected to the Vine. All the fruit that the branch produces comes from the nourishment, life, and supplement of the Vine. Likewise, I have no ability to bear fruit apart from Jesus.
There is a call from the Throne of God to live a fasted lifestyle, choosing to die to self in every area. Jesus must be Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all. As you can tell, this stage can take a really long time to get through, and some sadly do not get through it but have chosen to remain in stage one. But those who choose surrender will enjoy the bounties of the next stage!
3. Bearing Much Fruit: The Fruit of A Surrendered Life
As mentioned above, we can only bear fruit when we abide in Christ (become empty + take on His fullness), and the fruit we bear will be for a dying world. For the events that are going to take place in our world, Christians need to abide so deeply in Christ that we will not be shaken by the things that happen all around us.
This stage comes with an increase of authority, anointing, favor, and responsibility. It is when the Father says, “It is time. You’re now ready to step into the flow of My purpose for your life.”
The Lord has so much He wants to give us, but in His love He will not give us what we cannot handle. Stages one and two are meant to prepare + mature us for stage three.
The world is crying out for the sons & daughters of God to arise and take their place as co-heirs with Jesus. Our generation needs us to reach maturity and bear fruit for their thirsty souls.
Beloved, we are on the cusp of a pivotal season in the Kingdom. It will be a great season of victory for the children of God if we would seek Him, moving in alignment with Him and Throne Room wisdom.
THE CLASH OF THE KINGDOMS
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
Light will get brighter and darkness will get darker. Evil will keep increasing in the world, BUT there will also be an increase in the influence and power of Light. The contrast of light vs. darkness will become so stark that there will no longer be any gray areas. Every person will have to make a choice. No longer will anyone be able to say, “I did not know…”. Such will be the intensity of the contrast between kingdoms.
We are entering into a moment in God’s timeline when He is going to show the world His glory, and He is choosing to do it through us His children. It is up to us to represent the Kingdom of light in a way that points the world to His Kingdom.
If we would be willing to humble ourselves, lay down our own agendas/ambitions, and work in partnership with God, these are the tools we will be given in the clash of the kingdoms:
- Influence: He is going to enlarge our territory. New ground. Victory over the length and breadth of the land. And not just enlargement but increased depth in our influence. He will release the authority and anointing to impact our spheres of influence in deep and lasting ways.
- Wisdom and Revelation: We will move in divine understanding. If we would lay aside our human wisdom and plans to take on His, we will begin to move in a higher realm. We will be able to take our places as “seated with Him in heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6) and become heavenly administrators of His will on earth.
- Signs and Wonders: There will be an increase in the miracles and shekinah presence of the Lord. These signs and wonders will be signs that make the world wonder, and in wondering they will find God as their answer.
A SEASON OF TAKING NEW TERRITORY
“Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to you… I will give you every place where you set your foot. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you… Be strong and very courageous.” Joshua 1: 1-7
We have a huge commissioning on our hands to bring the culture of Heaven into all spheres of this earth. There is a great sending the Lord is doing across the earth in all 7 mountains of society. He wants to give us every place we set foot on… and that means we’ve got to get moving!
Because of our new assignments, the enemy has tried to discourage many of God’s people in their hope on this earthly territory. He has sought to hold many back from fulfilling their God-given mission through discouragement, intimidation, and comparison. This has caused many to turn their eyes away from the Lord and onto themselves. The key to overcoming the enemy’s assignments is this: Hope. Look to the Lord and take courage.
Jesus says that He has taken back jurisdiction plus given us authority over this earth. It’s no longer satan’s territory. When the enemy presses in, look to Jesus. Keep your eyes on Him. Exalt Him, not your circumstances. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the battle belongs to the Lord. We will raise up a standard: Jesus.
Your new authority and commissioning is coming. Stand firm, walk tall, and step out in faith that you have a good Father watching over you.
RECLAIMING PREVIOUS TERRITORY THAT HAVE BEEN STOLEN
Last year (2016) was one of great opposition in the spirit realm against His faithful servants, but God is saying, “Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Don’t let go of your inheritance. Fight for it! Victory is yours.” It is time for us to storm the enemy gates and take back what is rightfully ours. This includes our spiritual inheritance, finances, relationships, health, joy, etc. We can overcome by standing firm upon His promises and under the shadow of the Almighty.
Don’t be weary in holding on to faith and hope; don’t give up just before you receive your provision from Heaven!
It is time to get aggressive in both the fruit and gifts of the Spirit. The earth is longing for the sons of God to rise up and take their place. We are called to influence and dominion that was abdicated by Adam and restored to us through Jesus.
Hallelujah, because God is mighty in us, we can be mighty in Him! Arise, Christian soldier, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
We’ve been in deep abide mode since November. We felt the call to take this season to press in deeper and wait on the Lord for His blueprints for the ministry in 2017. We are so excited to let you know that we’ve received those blueprints and I can’t wait to share them with you when we launch all the new things in 2017! Meanwhile, here are some key changes I’m allowed to share with you.
A new ministry name. We are very clearly no longer just a women’s ministry, and haven’t been functioning as one in more than a year. With all the various ministry arms serving men & women equally, we sense a shift in where God is calling us. The new ministry name is a prophetic change, and all will be unveiled come January 1st!
No longer just a women’s ministry. Alex and I have been seeing the Lord lead our communities (Prophetic Equipping, CreateCollective, etc) in a very specific way, and sense that it’s time to streamline all the communities. As we began to seek the Lord on how to align our structure to where He was moving in all this, we got the following: Growing in the 5-fold, going into the 7 mountains, with prophetic insight and apostolic strategies.
A prophetic-apostolic hub. This new structure includes an Assembly (traditionally called a church, biblically named an ekklesia), an Academy (with 5-fold equipping tracks), and many other arms. Basically, it’s what we’ve been doing so far under Godly Womanhood Ministries… just a few times bigger. The mandate of this hub will be to grow believers in the 5-fold gifts and to release them into the 7 mountains. Why a hub? Because it is a place of sending and receiving and equipping.
We’ve received many confirmations from established prophets, and are still seeking counsel from those wiser + more experienced than we are. Below is a prophecy that very accurately describes where we’re headed.
We are in the process of building the physical + online structures for this hub.
You will get to see the full, detailed, ministry blueprint when we launch January 1st, 2017.
And don’t worry, we won’t let you miss out on the action! Announcements will be made here, on our Instagram and Facebook, and pretty much everywhere we can share it from! We definitely want to keep growing with you guys, and it doesn’t stop here.
What about my writings + prophetic words? This space began as a blog, and no matter how far the ministry grows, writing will always be one of my top callings. I am so excited to let you know that with the building of the new online hub, this website will revert back to my personal writing space! Come January 1st, this will become a place where I write articles from my heart + prophetic revelations from God.
What about the Godly Womanhood Shop? One of the changes will be the move to a prophetic resource shop that serves both men and women… and that means the closing of the Godly Womanhood Shop. It’s been a super fun couple of years; we’re so grateful for all that God has done, and we’re so excited for the new + bigger things ahead! To celebrate, we are putting up soon-to-be-gone items at more than 50% off on the e-store! These are products that will be discontinued in the new ministry platform — a small selection of products that are NOT listed in the sale section will continue to be sold in the new store. We wanted to give you an opportunity to get them before they’re gone forever.
Big changes are happening over here, and I’m awed + excited + a little overwhelmed in a good way sometimes. I’d really appreciate all your prayers for Alex, myself, the team, and the ministry.
Also, if you have any questions or things you’d like to clarify, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!