On October 17, 2019, I heard these words in a dream, “Awake”! Get your life in order. It woke me up! As I prayed and pressed into this proclamation to understand the Word of the Lord, He revealed to me what this meant. It was a clarion call for the body of Christ to awaken from our sleep and come into alignment with God’s kingdom and our kingdom assignment. We are to put off the works of the flesh, live for Christ, and advance His kingdom (Ephesians 5:8-21; 1 John 1:5-7; Isaiah 50:4-5). Awake to righteousness (1 Corinthians 15:34)! We are to renew our mind (Romans 12:2), walk by faith (Romans 1:17), and think kingdom thoughts (Philippians 2:2-8; 4:8).
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:11 – 14 (NKJV)
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you, yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say,” Peace and safety!” Then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. Those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 – 8 (NKJV)
When Jesus was in the world, He was the light of the world (John 1:1-14; 8:12; 12:35, 36). Now that Jesus has returned to heaven, believers are to be the salt and light of the world ( Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Peter 2:9). We have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and conveyed into God’s kingdom through His Son (Colossians 1:13). We are not to conform to the world and its culture (Romans 12:2) but follow after Christ (Matthew 16:24) and release the kingdom of God into the earth (Matthew 28:18-20).
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.” Luke 11:33 – 36 (NKJV)
We need to see things through God’s perspective (1 Corinthians 2:16; 2 Kings 6:16-17). The Lord is calling His church, the body of Christ, to awaken to the things of the Spirit and His kingdom (Matthew 13:16; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 4:18). The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was on the Day of Pentecost, 50 days after Passover (Acts 2:17). We can now see into the spiritual realm (Acts 2:17; Matthew 13:16). He gives us the ability to see powerful visions and dreams! We have anointed eyes to see (2 Corinthians 4:18). The Holy Spirit wants to reveal God’s mysteries to us (Deuteronomy 29:29; Daniel 2:22; 1 Corinthians 2:10).
During these past few months, we have heard this cry to awaken from other prophets (Amos 3:7)! The enemy has tried to discourage the body of Christ with the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. But the Lord is using this time for our good and His purposes (Romans 8:28). He has brought us into the secret place and has called us to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and repent so that He can heal our land and bring us into the next step and calling for His Bride, the church (2 Chronicles 7:14).
We are to get ready and prepared for a tremendous outpouring of His Spirit, bringing in a great harvest of souls and revival. How are we to get ready? Repentance is the first step (Revelation 2-3). We have followed after idols and have become like the world. We have left our first love and become self-centered. We have forgotten who we are in Christ and the covenant that we have with the Father through Jesus and His finished work on the cross.
He wants to show us once again who He is as our covenant-keeping God during this attack from the enemy just like He revealed Himself to the children of Israel as they came out of Egypt. He is Jehovah Jireh (the LORD will provide; Genesis 22:14); Jehovah Rapha – the LORD who heals you; Exodus 15:26); and Jehovah Nissi – (the LORD is my banner; victory; Exodus 17:15).
Pentecost is coming this year on May 31, 2020. I am expecting a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us. Many are joining together to fast and pray for 21 days from May 11 – May 31, 2020, to pray through to breakthrough!. We need to break the stronghold of the enemy and usher in revival (Isaiah 58:6-14). The floodgates of heaven will open, and we will see Miracles in May!
The next step is to allow the Lord to stretch us. The church must be willing to be stretched beyond her norms. He uses tests, trials, and the challenges of life to bring growth in faith, gifts, talents, trust, and dependency on God, etc. Sometimes we shrink back when we come up against something bigger than us because of fear. But we have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Nothing is impossible with Him, but apart from Him, we can do nothing (Luke 1:37; John 15:5).
He is doing a new thing, and we must be ready for it. Leave the past behind unless it needs to be dealt with and healed, so it can’t hinder what the Lord wants to do in and through us. There may be things in our soul that need His healing touch so that our light can shine brighter for Jesus (Luke 11:33 – 36). Ask the Holy Spirit to show you, and He will bring revelation. Allow Him to bring these soul wounds into His light so that you can walk in health and freedom! (Ephesians 5:13; Jeremiah 30:17; James 5:16).
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 (NKJV)
We must walk in forgiveness and love (Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 12:29-31; Galatians 5:6). We are to run our race with endurance for His prize. We need to put off everything that hinders and entangles us from running the race that God has called each one of us to complete here on earth (1 Corinthians 9:24; Galatians 5:7; Philippians 2:14-16; 3:14; Hebrews 12:1-2).
Get into His Word and spend time with Him in prayer and worship. Listen to His voice and obey it. Choose to obey Him always (Psalm 119:33-34, 112; James 1:22-25) Do whatever He tells you to do (John 2:5). We need to follow the Holy Spirit and pray for God’s grace (Zechariah 4:6-7).
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18 – 19 (NKJV)
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22 (NKJV)
“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations and make the desolate cities inhabited.” Isaiah 54:2 – 3 (NKJV)
I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. Psalm 119:32 (NKJV)
We are Zion, which represents the place that God has chosen to dwell, and the glory of God is there. It is a place of abundant provision, salvation, and Blessing (Psalm 132:13-16). It was a physical place in the Old Testament. However, now we are Zion because God chose to live in us by His Spirit when we became born again. Christ is the cornerstone of Zion (1 Peter 2:6; Colossians 1:27).
Are you ready for increase, expansion, and enlargement? We must come out of Babylon, which represents spiritual captivity (Revelation 18:4) and come to Zion, a place of freedom, protection, and restoration (Galatians 4:24-26; Hebrews 12:22-24). We can deliver ourselves (Isaiah 52:2; Zechariah 2:7)!
I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place. Psalm 118:5 (NKJV)
Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, streaming to the goodness of the LORD – for wheat and new wine and oil, for the young of the flock and the herd; their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all. Jeremiah 31:12 (NKJV)
We are coming into the days of the great harvest of souls in these last days. The enemy is putting increased pressure on the saints, deceiving them so that they won’t fulfill God’s purpose for their lives (1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 5:8-9). We are not to be unaware of his tactics (2 Corinthians 2:11). We must be believers who walk according to the Word of God and by His Spirit so that we do not fall into deception.
We are kings and priests unto God the Father through the blood of Jesus (Revelation 1:6; 5:10). Our priestly ministry involves interceding for our families, cities, and nations, etc. Our kingly ministry involves decreeing (speaking) God’s Word from heaven to bring it into the earth so that it can manifest here. What we say will be established (Job 22:28)! He is awakening our voice to declare His Word and who He is even though the enemy is trying to silence us. Don’t be afraid, Speak what the Lord puts on your heart and in your mouth to declare! His Word includes the written Word, Word of Christ (Rhema), and Word of prophecy (2 Chronicles 20:20). Jesus is the living Word (John 1:1, 14; 1 John 5:7). God’s Word is light and gives light to our path (Psalm 119:105, 130).
I believe the Lord is bringing another Great Awakening and revival to the earth, such as we have never seen before. As we preach the Word, there will be signs and wonders to confirm the Word (Mark 16:20; Acts 4:30; 14:3; 15:12; Romans 15:18, 19; Hebrews 2:4) that will be greater and increased than in previous times (Isaiah 9:7; 54:2-4; Psalm 102:12-22; Acts 6:7; 15:15-18; Matthew 13:31, 32)!
God’s plans are for an increase, and His kingdom is advancing. Are you ready to advance with Him? We are to do the work of the kingdom. He partners with us to bring His kingdom to the earth (1 Corinthians 3:9; 12:27; 2 Corinthians 6:1). We are not to be barren but fruitful (Galatians 4:27; John 15:1-8). Take all the weapons, the authority, and position He has given you, and advance with His Armor on following the Holy Spirit!
Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! For thus says the LORD: “You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the LORD God: “My people went down at first into Egypt to dwell there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. Now, therefore, what have I here,” says the LORD, “That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them wail,” says the LORD, “And My name is blasphemed continually every day. Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: ‘Behold it is I.’” How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Your watchman shall lift up their voices, with their voices, they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the LORD brings back Zion.
Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord. For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isaiah 52:1 – 12 (NKJV)