Creating the Atmosphere

The word “conducive” is not a word I hear a lot from other people. But it still has a meaning that is extremely important when referring to the way things work in our everyday lives. A school teacher has to create an atmosphere in the classroom that is “conducive” to learning. The teacher, or professor, must make himself relatable to the students in such a way that they can see his or her strength of knowledge in the course being taught. Credibility is of utmost importance to those under their direction.
On the job, or in a business, the leader of the business, whether it be the president, or the office manager or the shop floor supervisor, there has to be a “normal” expected conduct in their own behavior when it relates to productivity from employees. They are expected to truly lead. Real leadership will cause those under them to witness what it really takes to succeed where they work. They must lead by example. They must create the atmosphere that is conducive to the success of the business, as well as success for the employees.
Now, what does it take for us to create an atmosphere in the church that is conducive to receiving from God by faith? Do we personally have the faith, credibility, strength of knowledge, strength of character, and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ to create the atmosphere for people to receive from Him? What do we really, and truly need to lead others into receiving from the Lord?
We desperately need The Holy Spirit within us, to indwell us, Whom Jesus sent, as He promised in the gospel of John, chapter 15. He is the Teacher, the Comforter, that leads us along the path of righteousness for His Name’s sake. We must know His Voice with greater clarity, coming to know Him with exponentially greater desire every day that we are aware of Who He is. The more you know Him, the more you will receive from Him. The more you receive from Him, the greater your expectation of Him will become. Your own dependence on His Presence will cause you to become more and more of what you were called to be.
The indwelling of His Presence empowers you to walk in His calling on your life. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing, comprehending rhema revelation, comes by the Word of God. This refers to the Word that is Sent, the Word that accomplishes the comprehension you truly need, because of the Word’s power to transform us.
This is why Romans 12 says: “I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
This is the transformation we need in order to lead others into receiving what God has for them. For apart from Him we can do nothing that would be convincing to those watching and looking for the manifestation of the sons of God. We would be just “a sounding brass and a clanging symbol.” We would only be making noise that has no anointing, or meaning to those who are watching and looking for real leadership.
This transformation will be what enables us to create an atmosphere conducive to receiving from God. The Word of God will begin to flow into and through your life with the power of God that people are really hungering and thirsting for. What are you going to do about it?
Jesus Christ is the Baptizer. He baptizes us for the purpose of the indwelling, empowering presence of God in your life. He empowers you to receive the Word of the Lord, and the power of the Word That is Sent will be not only be self-evident in its own right, but will also be the evidence people are looking for in your life. And, hopefully, they will want what you have, which is, really, Christ in you, the hope of glory.
This will create God-given opportunities to be the witness of His transforming power. He is the Creator that will draw others into the atmosphere of the Holy of Holies; conducive for learning the Presence of the Lord, and calling upon His wonderful Name. They will find grace to help them in their time of need. For in His Presence they will find fullness of joy, and life forevermore.
prophetic article written by Thomas Downes- http://www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com

The Wedge Between You And Wisdom

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I shall say of the Lord; “You are my Refuge and my Fortress, my God in Whom I trust.” Where is the secret place of the Most High? “You are my hiding place; You encompass me about with songs of deliverance.” Why do we need a hiding place? Because there comes a time where we need a fortress, a place of refuge and protection that is found only under the covering of His Presence. The reality of His Presence is where we will find the assurance of things hoped for. Where else will you discover the secret things, the hidden things, the revelation,  the Word He gives, that opens things up for you?
Have you not known?  Have you not heard? That the Lord, the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints, nor does He grow weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like the eagle. They shall run and not grow weary. they shall walk and not faint.
For such a time as this. You are being prepared every time you seek Me says the Lord. The renewing of your mind is My working, and I have been calling out to you for that very reason. This is what has been preparing you for hearing My Voice. Every hardship you have endured has been used to drive you to My Presence, into the Holy of Holies, for you to find grace to help prepare you for the anointing in your life. I call you to turn away from your resistance to My leading, turn away from the gainsaying that has built a wedge between you and My wisdom. For wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, you will find strength in salvation; the fear of the Lord will be your treasure.
The wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure, and then peaceable, full of mercy and good fruit, easy to be entreated; it is without hypocricy and without partiality. When you follow through on even a momentary Word from the Lord, there will be a release into the supernatural intervention He has set forth for you. Where you have felt stymied about what to do about a situation, a single short statement from His heart will propel you into a new path you had never known before. For He has said many a time to you “Behold, I am doing a new thing; shall you not know it? ‘ “Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”
He is speaking things to you that had been hidden from you before now. The eyes of your understanding are being enlightened, so you will know the hope of your calling. The Presence of the Holy Spirit is making a new road for you, newly paved, that is coursing through what had been a wasteland before, but is now beginning to blossom as the rose. The understanding and comprehension of His love and direction for you are opening up for you due to the renewing of your mind. Light is shining forth now where darkness had prevailed before. Repentance, and forgiveness, are setting you free.
Now the truth that you had finally come to respond to and obey, and set your mental focus on, is beginning to propel you forward with a new purpose. The real change you have been hoping for is starting to take hold. Now you will see a new beginning. Now stay on the course He has set before you, for He Who promised is faithful and He will do it. Not by your might, not by your power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.
Written by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)

The Sword of His Mouth

Prophetic Article by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)
As I sit here pondering about what I just saw in the Spirit, words come rushing in as I try to put together the things He is showing me. The Word of the Lord is pouring forth at His own magnificent pace, while a simple man like myself can see that He is at work leading us all to a far greater weight of Glory. There is nothing hidden from the One to Whom we all must give account. All things are laid bare, and He sees all that there is, even what we may call “the best of what we have.” But we all know that the best of what we have, on our own, falls far short of the magnificent intent of His own heart.
But know this with all certainty;  that He has been calling you forth since the day you were first conceived in your mother’s womb, that you have been called forth to become a prophet to the nations. To begin to call forth those things that are not, as though they were. Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of your faith. The vision the Lord has given you has been born into your faith, born into the assurance of things hoped for, born into the evidence of the things not seen. These things are what the Lord has given you to call forth, those things that had not been known; they are now being made known by revelation.
Before now, your eyes had not seen, nor had your ears heard, nor had these things entered into your unbelieving heart, the things which God had in store for you.. But now that you have been born of the Spirit, now that the love of the Father dwells in you, these things are being made known to you, because now they are being spiritually discerned. They had been too deep for you to comprehend before, but the renewing of your mind is now proving to you what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. What you could not comprehend or accept before is beginning to make sense. Because you are presenting yourself as a living sacrifice, you are being transformed by the renewing of your mind..
At this point you may be asking, “what was that you saw in the Spirit?” What I saw was “the Sword of His Mouth” that you will discover in the book of Revelation. The Sword of His Mouth is the Word of the Lord that is pouring forth with power. The power of God is in the Word that is Sent. “I send forth My Word., it will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it”. This Word that He sends for you is the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. It is a weapon of your warfare, it accompanies the whole armor of God to use against the wiles of your adversary; the imaginations that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. It is a weapon to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

The Spirit of the Lord is enabling you to walk in newness of life. You are of God now, you are overcoming the intent of your adversary the devil, who walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but the Lion of Judah has come into your life and He is now your Shield and your exceedingly Great Reward. You are of God little children and that evil one touches you not; for Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

The People Who Know Their God: What is Your Calling?

Written by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)
The people who do know their God shall be strong and take action. This also means, the people who do know their God, shall be strong and do exploits. The people who are called by God to any specific ministry respond to it with the anointing that has been placed upon them. If the anointing is strong, the response should be just as strong. If the anointing is strong, the awareness for the need for obedience is going to produce such action that the power of God becomes obvious; signs and wonders will follow the believer.

The anointed will not follow signs. The signs of healings, miracles, confirmed prophecies, and transformed lives; words of Faith, the confirmation and manifestation of things called forth that are not, as though the were, all of these things will FOLLOW the believer. For the power of God is in the Word that is Sent: this is Rhema Word, the Word of God that is quickened by the Spirit of the Lord that has transforming, and miracle enforcing power in the life of the believer. .
What would you really call yourself in regards to your relationship to the Father?  After all, hasn’t your life been transformed since you came to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? How are you responding the the Voice of the Holy Spirit? Are you confident of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ, the day He comes back for His Bride?
If, in fact, you know that He has begun a magnificent work in you, you must indisputably be seeing the works of His hands being manifest in your life. Understand though that if you are not seeing what you would call great moves of God in your life, there is now therefore, no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life that is in Christ Jesus, has made you free from the law of sin and death.
But if you really do expect God to do great and mighty things in and through your life, then there is a basic requirement that cannot be ignored by any believer. “I beseech you brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a LIVING sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can prove the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God  (Romans 12:1-2). You will prove this with your own life. Your life will not only be the example that other people will see and observe. But God , Himself, will manifest the very meaning of what the Word of God declares about those who seek Him :
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for; it is the evidence of things not seen. It is by faith that the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things that are seen were not made by the things that are visible…..But without Faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11: 1-6). This is the result of covenant relationship with God
“As for Me, says the Lord, this is My covenant with them: My Spirit Who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendant’s descendants, from this time forth and forever.  (Now) Arise, shine, for your light has come!  And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory shall be seen upon you.”
Now hear the Word of the Lord: “My covenant with you will be an everlasting covenant, and it shall not be quenched. For My promises to you have been “Yes, and Amen”, from the very first day that I spoke them to you. For I am not slack concerning My promises to you as you might call slackness, but I have been longsuffering toward you, waiting for this day to come, where you would finally come to your senses about the calling I have put forth toward your heart. It is time for you to finally turn around and face Me, and allow Me to cleanse you from that which causes you to falter in your walk with Me. Return unto Me and I will return unto you. Though your sins have been like scarlet, I shall make you white as snow. Though your iniquities have been like crimson, I shall make you like wool. My thoughts toward you have been thoughts of peace, not of evil, to restore you back to Myself.
My anointing will flow again in your life in a way you have not expected. There will be new open doors that you have not imagined for I am doing a new thing, says the Lord. The old ways shall pass away , behold the new work will be made openly known to you, and you will walk again in the flow of the anointing. It will flow like a river of replenishing and will follow along the path of righteousness for My own name’s sake. The previous ways of thinking will no longer work because the renewing of your mind is going to reveal My own will, My own ways, My own purpose. For My thoughts have not been your thoughts, nor had My ways been your ways, therefore I will restore My purpose in you. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free, says the Lord”.
Now, be strong, and take action.

UNSHAKEABLE!

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“This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only UNSHAKEABLE things will remain.”     (Hebrews 12:27, NLT)

We are in a season of shaking in the body of Christ where the Lord is exposing and allowing all areas of our lives where we have been misplacing our trust to be shaken and stirred in order that we might put our full trust and hope in the UNSHAKEABLE One!

Some of you as of recent have been very discouraged because of this shaking and wonder what it will take to get through to the other side.  It could be your place of employment is being shaken.  It could be your finances, your health, or certain relationships.  But in the midst of this great shaking, I sensed the Lord say: “I am allowing a shaking, not to harm you but to bring you into a greater and deeper relationship with Myself.”

As we look all around us in the natural realm it is not hard to witness firsthand the great shaking taking place.  Everything around us seems to be shifting constantly.  But as we peel back the layers of what our physical eyes see, in the realm of the Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord is calling people in this hour to put their full trust in the ONLY UNSHAKEABLE ONE!

Be encouraged mightily people of God.  The shaking is only causing us to put our feet back on the only foundation that will never crack, falter, or fail.  There is only ONE ROCK worth putting our full weight upon and that is the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word to us.  He is our UNSHAKEABLE One and because of Him we can stand in the midst of storms, wage war in the battle, and stand firm in the shaking.  Everything else may be shaken but He will NEVER be SHAKEN.

In this hour the Lord is also imparting to us that when our confidence is in HIM, we shall not be moved.  We shall not be SHAKEN!

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Love: The Frontline of the Prophetic Ministry

“For the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to those who love Him by His Spirit;  For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man that is within him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is from God, that we might know the things that that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. (1Cor 2: 9 – 14).
The Prophetic Ministry is a ministry of encouragement as well as a speaking forth ministry, of the Word of the Lord that is sent. Its purpose is for the work of the ministry, and for building up the body of Christ. It is positioned in such a way, on the cutting edge of the Kingdom, that allows ordinary people like you and I, who are called to it, to be enabled by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to speak forth the Mind of the Lord as He reveals it; that which the Holy Spirit teaches. Jesus said about Him:;  “However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak,; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and show it to you.
The omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent Spirit of the Lord. is speaking all the time; at all times; and in all-encompassing timings, in perfect harmony and rhythm with every one that has received salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we have  been given the absolute right to desire and operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  And there are those who are called to, and operate in the Five Fold Ministry of apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher, and evangelist. All of this works together for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, and the edifying and building up of the Body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith, growing together as a body, edifying each other in love.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, the love of the Father is made known. The Prophetic ministry requires love through all who desire to walk in this calling.. Love through the Spirit is the driving force of prophecy, for the Lord is always calling to you to enter His Presence, always calling the person who has fallen away to come back, return, to fall in love with Him again. He is ever mindful of the state of the heart of the believer. Therefore, He says over and over again, “Return unto Me, and I will return to you.”  ” Call upon Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you know not.” “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”,” I am jealous over you with a Godly jealousy.” “I have called you by name, and you are Mine.”  He will never forget the conditions present in your life when you first called upon Him. That was the day that He finally became your first love.  And He became the lover of your soul.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes upon Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” These words were spoken by a Prophet, Who also happens to be the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. Every Word that He spoke will never  fall to the ground but will accomplish the purpose for which they were sent. Jesus Christ is the Word that was sent. For the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. The Spirit of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy. And He is the fulfillment of every Prophetic Word given by the Spirit of the Lord.
Now the Lord is that Spirit, for where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. The prophetic words He is giving you are for your future. There are those who are going to be called to speak to leaders in, or from other countries, where those who  are hungering and thirsting for righteousness are going to be carefully considering every word that you speak. They are looking for the beginnings of a new day. They are listening for the words that will be the confirming evidence of what the God of this universe has already been showing them , but they need to hear it just one more time for it to finally click, and take hold within their spirit.
They have been calling out, crying out from the depths of their entire being for the living God to give them the Word that they need to take home with them, to have a sense of finality for the things they have been hoping for. This is the front line of the Kingdom, where the hearts of those seeking for the Word that is Sent. to meet them in the place they are called. It is the intersection of the intercessors and Holy of Holies.  They are entering through the Veil (His Body). They have been washed by the Blood of the Lamb at the brazen alter (The Cross). They have been washed through the washing of water by the Word (the Brazen laver).  They are seeking and partaking in the table of showbread and the wine (Communion with the Body of Christ). They receive the illuminating presence of the Holy Spirit (Candelabra -7 Golden Candlesticks). They have been giving praise  at the alter of incense. Now, through the Veil, the Door of the Sheep, they can approach the throne of Grace to find the grace that will help them in their time of need.. Jesus is the Veil;  He is the Door of the Sheep. These things are found in the Tabernacle that the Lord designed for Moses. This is the prophetic prototype of Jesus Christ, the coming Messiah.
This is the purpose of the Prophetic ministry.  To be the mouthpiece, the oracle that speaks forth the Word of the Lord, that says; “I know the thoughts I have toward you says the Lord, “thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you a future and hope, says the
This is the purpose of the Prophetic ministry.  To be the mouthpiece, the oracle that speaks forth the Word of the Lord, that says; “I know the thoughts I have toward you says the Lord, “thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you a future and hope, says the
This is the purpose of the Prophetic ministry.  To be the mouthpiece, the oracle that speaks forth the Word of the Lord, that says; “I know the thoughts I have toward you says the Lord, “thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you a future and hope, says the Lord”.

It’s TIME to SHIFT!

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“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness.” (Isaiah 43:19, KJV)

The Holy Spirit has BURNED this word into my spirit in this season for the body of Christ.  We are in a time of great shifting and transitioning.  The Lord is bringing many of His people into a new season.  Where this past season for many has been very difficult, and also very painful for many, this new season will be marked by a fresh touch of God’s Spirit and anointing.  Times of REFRESHING in the PRESENCE of GOD are coming! Divine shifts are happening! New levels and greater depths in God! Praise the Lord!

But when the Spirit of the Lord begins to move and shift us, it is imperative that we shift and align ourselves with what God desires to do in this very hour.  It may very well be that in this season God is asking some of you to do what is seemingly impossible.  Some of you are SHIFTING in your place of employment.  The Lord is calling some in this season into full time ministry.  God is asking His children in this hour to see past the problems and the obstacles and to His PROMISE to PROVIDE and PROTECT.  Some of you are being asked by the Lord to let go of relationships that will not be beneficial in the seasons ahead.  Others have things in their lives the Lord just wants you to plainly let go of.

In order to move into the NEW we must let go of the OLD.  God is shifting some things out of our lives and also shifting and positioning us to receive more from the Lord.  God is desiring to remove old ways of thinking in order to give us His thoughts in accordance with His Word.  Aren’t we so glad that the God we serve is the One who sits upon throne declaring, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5b)

Take heart my beloved brothers and sisters in this season of divine shifting.  It can be uncomfortable, stretching, challenging, and painful yet God is bringing His people out into a wealthy place of rich fulfillment in Him.  The Lord wants to remind each of you that in the shifting He is with you even when it seems the Lord is distant or you cannot necessary sense His presence the way you would like to.  This is all a part of the shifting your experiencing and is preparing the way for you to enter into your new season in the Lord.  Even in my own personal life, my family and I are in a season of divine shifting.  This word was birthed by the Spirit of the Lord from the very season we are in ourselves.  God is looking for obedience in this hour and desiring to do so much more in us than we even realize.

God does not want us to settle for the older, lower places any longer.  He is calling us into a NEW season.  The Spirit of the Lord is saying to the people of God in this hour, “Come up higher!” As God moves we must move.  When God changes the course of direction we must adjust to where He is going and moving.

It’s TIME to SHIFT!

The Favor of the Lord

Written by Thomas Downes (www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)

Where does “favor” come from? How does it work? What makes it work? Does it just mean “doing someone a favor”? Is favor an “action word”? Is it plainly and easily visible like having a baseball placed in your hand, or holding a bowl in your hand for someone to pour into? How is it received? Does it mean doing things for someone so you can get something back? Or how about giving away something so you can hear someone say to you “What are you doing this for?”

But a new beginning is being brought into your view. It is a vision that has been held back by the adversary because he has known all along just who you are in the realm of the Spirit. There will be a breaking forth of the dam. The flood is not in the physical realm but is bursting forth just the same. Not the same as you have been expecting but the same as the Holy Spirit has been intending all along.  It is the breaking forth of the dam that has been containing the favor that has been building up in the realm of the Spirit.

There is a war going on in the heavens. There is an adversary who has worked to keep you from seeing the vision of the favor of the Lord, for he knows that without a vision, the people perish; without a vision, the people cast off restraint. Put on your armor. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Even so, the breaking forth has begun The old things are fading into the past and will not have a stranglehold on your faith anymore. There  is a revelation  of the Holy Spirit-walk, that He Himself, the Lord Who Sees, has been seeing for you for years, and now He is bringing it into your faith walk. As you have known before, the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him, but it is now being revealed. Even after years of His intent for you being seen only by Him,  now He is making it known to you by revelation. The naysayers have not known a thing about the Father’s intent for you, because His intent was not meant for them but for you, because you are called for his intent, and His alone.

Now sing out:  “Let it rain, let it rain. Open the floodgates of Heaven.” For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. The Grace that calls you is not and cannot be earned by your own works, or your own righteousness for you have been saved by Grace, not of works, it is the gift of God. Even so. the breaking forth cannot be earned by your own works or your own righteousness , it is by grace that it pours forth in your life. It is a gift. It will come by the assurance of the things hoped for, that He is revealing to you. For the evidence of things not seen is being made known by revelation.

This is the favor of God that is living, and active. It is sharper than any double edged sword. It is the Word that is Sent. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you at the due time. For He is faithful Who promised, and He will do it. He will perform His good Word toward you and lead you to rich fulfillment. Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.

Coming out of the Cocoon- “It’s Time to Fly!”

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I pray that this Word will bring a depth of encouragement to the very core of your being.  I share this Word even from my own personal experiences and it is my hope that this Word will lift up your head and the weary hands that hang down. (Hebrews 12:12)

Perhaps many of you are in a season of feeling shut in.  Shut in by the immense trials and troubles you are facing.  Some of you may feel shut in and held bound by a season of darkness and you wonder when God’s radiant light will once again shine in your hearts.  Take heart my dear beloved brothers and sisters.  It is very well possible that you are in a spiritual cocoon.  You are in the Lord’s making process.   Praise the Lord you are being made through this process.  In the making you may feel like you are breaking BUT you are being prepared by the Lord to break out and fly higher than ever before.

In order for a butterfly to be beautified and become all it was intended to be it must first submit to the cocoon stage of development.  In the cocoon stage there shows little hope for any good to come.  Cocoons are not outwardly attractive or pleasing to the eye.  Cocoons are small, tight, and dark spaces that are most undesirable.  BUT what is taking place on the INSIDE is a great work not to be regretted.  Cocoons are only a temporary place! What you are currently going through is TEMPORARY but working something ETERNAL on the inside of you.

In preparation to share this Word I sensed the Lord say that many want to follow Him as long as things are easy and comfortable.  But it is when we are able to stay the course and keep our dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ when everything seems to be shaken all around us. Butterflies must allow the cocoon process to take it’s course and so must we if are to to become all God has destined for us to become.  There are no shortcuts to being the mighty men and women of God we have been called to be.

This Word may be the exact season some of you are in.  Be encouraged and reminded today that what the Lord has BEGUN in you He will be FAITHFUL to COMPLETE.  (Philippians 1:6) Those things that have seemingly held you down will soon be broken off and you will fly higher than ever before.  And like the butterly you will be beautiful as you are being made into the image of the One who created you.  (Romans 8:29)

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