My friends, today I want to share a revelation that has been unfolding since mid April. It seems that as the enemy loses hold and effect in my life that he's transferred his attacks to my daughters in an attempt to undo me there. Anybody out there relate to this? There just seems to be more oppression going on the last few weeks, and I'm discovering that this is often the case right before breakthroughs.
I'm also discovering one of his favorite tactics is to wear us out. He can't defeat us really when you think about it, when you remember that the Bible says we are more than conquerers (Romans 8:37), but the enemy isn't who I want to focus on today. Or ever, for that matter.
Today I want to share the words of Jesus and His hope for us who are in these places of tension, of waiting, between the faith of believing what we ask for is already done, but not yet seeing it with our physical eyes. The “already” and the “not yet.”
As I shared, my girls just seemed to be under attack. My youngest daughter Leslie's memory diagnosis, I believe, is intended to snatch away her complete healing from cancer—not going to happen!—and my oldest daughter dealing with anxiety. Rachel even called me in a panic one day, asking me to pray for her on the spot. She'd taken her normal walk on her favorite path and encountered snakes. A lot of them. How obvious can the enemy be? So, I prayed with her and prayed with her again a couple days later as we talked on FaceTime.
My friends, I've shared with you in the past that I work in the healing rooms, and I've learned to hear and see what Jesus wants to tell and do for those who come for prayer. The Holy Spirit will give me words or images that always astound me in that they have no real meaning for me, but hold great relevance to the person we are praying for. These moments above all else bring His deep love and passion into the focus of one who is desperate to hear God and be healed.
But, I've never gotten words and images (visions) for my girls. Until this time...
As I said I prayed for Rachel over FaceTime and the words came.
This is a time of resurrection of hope and new dreams.
First of all, you're probably wondering how I know it's the Holy Spirit or my own thoughts when I hear Him. I used to ask that a lot myself as I didn’t want to be deceived in any way. One, the words or image come suddenly and unrelated to anything I may be considering or thinking about, and two, they are not something I would think up. I can only describe it as thought, words and images not my own. And yes, I am careful to test them to be sure they line up with Scripture and God's character and truth. To test the spirits…
Now, as to these words…this is a time of resurrection of hope and new dreams.
I’ve been praying into them for understanding and whether they are to be shared or kept personal. I believe this a message for all God's children right now and here's how I came to that conclusion.
The very next day as I prayed this for my girls (that is the next step after hearing prophetic words, is to pray them to produce the fruit God intends), the Holy Spirit led me to this verse:
In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. — Isaiah 54:14 ESV
As I prayed this Scripture over my girls, I suddenly had an image come clearly into my mind. I saw Jesus holding two babies, one in each arm, but their faces were my girls, as they look now. And He said to me, "They are mine to deliver."
My friends, I was profoundly affected and moved by this powerful image combined with Jesus' words. This image and His words have been my constant companion each time I pray for my daughters. They are a constant reminder to me that He has heard my prayers and has moved to do what only He can.
And I continue to wait for this "deliverance," whatever it may be. And here is the rest of this story that helped me see this is a message for all God's children, for us, SUMites, as we pray and contend for our pre-believers to be "delivered" of unbelief, doubt, etc—whatever keeps them from saying "yes" to Jesus.
A couple weeks after this, the Holy Spirit pointed out another vital piece of the puzzle:
Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the Lord. “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,” says your God. — Isaiah 66:9 NLT
The Bible says that in Christ, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him (Col. 2:3) and that is what happens when we read the Bible and the Holy Spirit reveals the Word to us, because as John says "the Word became flesh to live among us." That is Jesus. He is the Word and as the Holy Spirit opens the Bible's meanings to us we are receiving those treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Did you notice the theme of birth in this story? It began with the word about "resurrection," which is rebirth, to the image of my girls as babies with Jesus' words they are His to deliver, to this promise from God who is telling us He is faithful. He will complete everything He starts:
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.— 1 Thessalonians 5:24 NLT
He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. — 1 Thessalonians 5:24 ESV
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. — Philippians 1:6 ESV
So what is it that Abba, King Jesus and the Holy Spirit want us to understand right now? We are in the delivery room anticipating the birth of our prayers and dreams. It's a difficult place to be at times, and the enemy will do whatever he can to wear us down and make us believe it's just not going to happen. I want to tell you, my friends, that when you are the weariest is the most important time to press in deeper and hold fast to what you know to be true. To continue to labor and contend. Your breakthrough is coming and about to be birthed.
God is faithful, He completes what He starts, He will not leave us on our own, and He is the one who will do it. He is asking us to believe Him.
My SUM family, I am contending with you for so many things in our marriages, our children and our own faith. I am on the journey with you, excited to share whatever Jesus shows me, tells me. He told me recently, "Don't waste My blood."
I believe this is a profound message as well, telling us that now even more than ever, that we are to believe and ask boldly. And Abba has told me to, "Spend more time with My Son." That word keeps unfolding more and more deeply—I hope to share more on that soon...
That is the journey I am on, dear friends. Will you come with me?
I love you so much, SUMites, and Jesus loves you even more.