Did you know that “Your destiny is wrapped up in the same package as the resistance to that destiny!”? It is a spiritual law that we cannot have one without the other.
Why? First, it is simply because “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Any seed is most vulnerable and most easily aborted while still in the womb. And so it is with our destiny and those promises of God that have not yet manifested in the earth realm. They exist in reality, in the realm of the Spirit and in the womb of faith. But during this time, we must guard our promises faithfully, not sacrificing them on the altar of doubt or discouragement, comfort or convenience.
The second source of hardship is one we do not often recognize: Father God, working behind the scenes, allowing resistance to sift through His strong and loving hands, with the goal of strengthening us. Without this process of preparation, we will not be strong enough to properly steward that promise when it comes, and will then be judged accordingly. And so, this resistance weeds out those who are not willing to pay the price and strengthens those who persevere. Sadly, because the western church has been conformed to a culture of ease and self-gratification more than to the true and often mysterious ways of God, many misunderstand the dual purpose of hardship. Suffering actually reveals and refines our hearts, preparing us to handle, with maturity and selflessness, the things of greatness the Father has waiting for each of us, His children.
If you have been walking through some resistance lately, take heart! The Father has had much to say on the topic, and is cheering us on! He recently encouraged us with the following word:
“For each person called to the forefront of My army during this season, I am allowing a personal battleground–something tailor-made for each individual–over which you must be victorious. You must overcome first in this place. You must grow strong enough to lead others into battle and to fight in the Spirit realm.
Do not succumb to the lies, or feel that I have forsaken you. Do not become discouraged, as if your prayers are in vain. Though it is in My power to remove these obstacles from before you, it is in your best interest that they remain, so that you are able to grow strong.
Revelation 12:11, ‘And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.’ You cannot be an overcomer without having something to overcome.
First, ask My Spirit of Truth to help you identify your enemy. Then seek Me for the strategy. Then stand firm.
You are not failing, but are becoming strong. This season is not about ‘deliverance from’ but about walking through… about overcoming!”
Recently, during a time of prayer for All Things Restored, one of the intercessors felt impressed by God to run around the building, not knowing why. The following day, the Father revealed to her that we were prophetically acting out Jeremiah 12:5, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?”
The Lord then began to speak, asking us if we really knew the magnitude of what we are contending for and if we really thought that these things would come without resistance. For All Things Restored, the answers were obvious. We are saying yes to the restoration of all the realms and dimensions that were lost to Adam and that were given back to us in Christ. Many of these places have been usurped by those walking in darkness, and yet we know they belong to the children of God and were purchased by the precious blood of the Lamb. Of course, there will be resistance to the shift that is taking place! The same is true for the destiny of each individual or Body of Believers on the earth today. The magnitude of the calling necessitates massive preparation!
James 4:7 tells us to submit to God, while resisting the devil. By posturing our hearts and praying in this way during times of adversity, we are allowing God to grow us to maturity, while refusing to come into agreement with the lies of the enemy or receiving anything that is from his hand. We do not need to “lean on our own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6), but can simply rest, relying upon the indwelling Spirit of Truth (John 16:13) to sort it all out.
Throughout human history, Satan has unleashed destruction upon mankind, gambling that they will sell their birthright, and yet knowing that, if they refuse, he will regret his part in accomplishing the plans and purposes of our God (I Corinthians 2:8, Romans 8:28).
So, if you have been hesitant to walk through doors of destiny or have not responded to the spiritual hunger for more within you because it was difficult or inconvenient or because you didn’t understand this strengthening process, now is the time to say YES and to begin to advance. If you have been easily distracted or dissuaded or are feeling purposeless, now is the time to receive fresh strength and a sense of purpose and destiny from the Spirit of God. And if you have been standing firm, be encouraged! It will be worth it!!
During a recent time of worship, the Lord said that He was going to carry us higher than the eagle flies. He then sent a huge angel, glowing white, with outstretched wings, to place wings of fire upon each person who said yes. They were “wings of fire to carry us higher”– high above this realm and its distractions, struggles and limitations. The Holy Spirit continued to unfold this revelation, showing us that these wings of fire represented our burning hearts, our passion, our intimacy with Jesus. This is what will carry us to higher heights.
For many in the body of Christ, the past season was an “eagle” season, a time in which the prophetic gifts were released. We encountered God in exciting ways in this realm through the revelatory gifts, dreams, visions, words of knowledge and prophetic ministry. But we are entering a season in which He is calling us higher.
The Lord then began to encourage us not to seek Him in the same way we did in the last season. He is shifting us from always expecting Him to come to us in this realm and is teaching us how to come to Him and to abide with Him in higher dimensions… in those heavenly places where we are seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:6). Then, so tenderly, He began to break off of us confusion, misunderstanding, condemnation and disappointment, helping us to understand that we have not done something wrong and that He has not abandoned us. We are simply in transition.
We are like the Shulamite woman in Song of Solomon chapter 5, when her bridegroom knocks upon the door of her heart. He has already awakened her love and ignited her passion, but by the time she opens the door, He is gone and she is forced to leave the comfort of her bed chamber to search for Him. “Has anyone seen my Beloved?”
It is crucial that our passion and intimacy lead us into these spiritual realms and dimensions. If we do not enter this way, we will be like those in John 10:1-10 who go in a different way and who Jesus calls “thieves and robbers.” Without entering through intimacy with Jesus, we will be like those in Matthew 7:22-23 who do great signs, wonders and miracles and yet the Lord says, “I never knew (was intimate with) you.”
It is now on God’s time clock to unlock the spirit realm to mankind, and when He does so, He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:17), just as it rains upon the just and the unjust alike (Matthew 5:45). And so those who do not know Him may walk in a measure of truth. The key difference will be relationship, not with the “Universe” or a Higher Power, but with God our Father, Jesus our Husband and Holy Spirit our Guide, Teacher and Friend.
So, Father, we thank You that we have truly been born again and are literally of a new bloodline. Thank You, Jesus, for demonstrating the most perfect love as You laid down Your life for us, Your bride. We say YES to Your love! May our burning hearts be the wings of fire that carry us higher, and may our passion cause us to leave our comfort zone and to pursue You into new dimensions!
In recent months, we have been pressing in, co-laboring with the Lord in the healing and restoration of our souls. We have learned the importance of allowing Him to heal our emotional wounds and to “transform us by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2). These emotions, wounds and ungodly beliefs form the stronghold in which demonic spirits seek to reside. But, in order to know how to deal effectively with them, we must not confuse their voices with our own. Often, familiar spirits speak in the first person. If they have been passed down to us generationally, they are all we have ever known, and so we do not realize they are not actually our own thoughts and feelings.
So, what is the strategy for defeating these spirits and walking in the victory Jesus purchased for us at the cross? First, we must yield to Him, appropriating His healing and liberating work to the strongholds in our soul. Then, we must ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern and recognize whether we are dealing with our own thoughts or a demonic entity. Most often, we are actually dealing with both. And so we will need to receive healing for our emotions and truth for our minds. Then, we must deal ruthlessly with these demonic spirits… because we have been given all authority!
Recently, during worship, the Father sent fiery heavenly beings with lion faces to come and place on each person who was willing a lion face of their own. We received the grace and strength to rule and reign… over our own beings, over the forces of darkness that seek to hinder us and over this earth that God has given us to steward.
So, join us by faith now and receive your roar!
Jesus, thank You for Your finished work on the cross. I receive Your healing and Your freedom into every area of my soul and into my physical body. Holy Spirit, You are the Spirit of Truth who lives inside of me, guiding me into all truth. I ask You to give me discernment and to help me learn to recognize the voice of the enemy so that I don’t believe the lies. And Father, right now, I receive the lion face and the lion nature You are giving to me, so that I can rule and reign with You. Into my life and into the earth I roar: “Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”
For quite some time, the Lord has been very clear that we are in a season of being prepared to rule and to reign with Him. He has given us numerous keys, such as allowing Him to heal our souls and to purge us of false judgment. Our heart’s desire is to say yes always, holding nothing back, and to yield humbly to this deep work of preparation and maturation.
Several weeks ago, in our corporate gathering, we were led by the Holy Spirit to crown the Lord with our worship. We saw clearly that we were placing upon Him a crown of praise in the place where the crown of thorns had been. It was a holy moment, as He was enthroned on the praises of His people. Then, suddenly, the atmosphere shifted as the Holy Spirit downloaded a song calling for the mature sons of God to arise and to take their place. He was saying that, in this hour, He is tearing down kings and setting up kings, shaking those things that can be shaken so that His unshakable kingdom will remain. And then, to our surprise, He crowned us as kings. Like the Roman centurion who understood both having and being under authority, we began to see that true spiritual authority flows out of utter submission to the King of kings.
The following week, the Father sent the Fear of the Lord into our midst, accompanied by a tangible sense of His great mercy. We began to realize that they are sent to us to enable us to see our shortcomings so that we can repent and come back home. They are also sent to us to enable us to rule righteously.
Then, several weeks later, we corporately entered a realm of worship that went far beyond words or songs. As the sound and the frequency of heaven was released in our midst, we found ourselves standing in the gate, decreeing and declaring God’s heart and His will. We were saying yes to His love, His gifts, His mercy, His righteousness and all that He has for us. And we were saying no to injustice and the things that grieve His heart. Since that day, the Lord has been singing over His bride, “Isn’t she beautiful? She is the gate of heaven!” It is a sobering and exciting assignment that has been given to all God’s people to release His presence and His will upon the earth. And by walking with Him in humility and intimacy, we will be well prepared to steward all that has been given to us through His shed blood.
So be encouraged… What God is doing at All Things Restored is simply a barometer of what He is doing globally. It is available to all who truly know Him and are willing to yield to His preparation. So, step in by faith:
Father, I submit myself to Your lordship and Your preparation, and I stand in the place of authority that You have for me. I receive the Fear of the Lord and a deeper revelation of Your great mercy, so that I can receive Your Truth, repent and find restoration, and so that I may rule righteously.
Today, I choose to love and accept myself and to see myself as You do: Your gate of heaven upon the earth! Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth, through us, Your people.
Here is a prayer to help you begin to engage with the Heavenly Hosts that Father has sent around your life. This is just a starting point for you to ultimately get to a place of discerning the Ones that Father is sending realizing more and more that this is normal Christianity. Blessings&SHALOM!!!