5 Reasons to Have Hope (and Anticipation!) in the Trial

Today, God is encouraging those of you who are experiencing a difficult trial. He is releasing a potent tonic of hope and anticipation.

Your Father wants you to know that He has appointed a harvest from your pain.

This season of struggle has an expected end—an outcome that brings glory to God.


1. The Harvest of New Provision

harvest_from-_trial‘Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”’ (1 Kings 17:7-9)

When Elijah’s brook dried up, it was a signal that the time had come to move on.

It is possible that Elijah went through the process of watching that brook get drier day after day, before God’s word came to him.

Do you have assurance that you are where God wants you to be—and yet you are watching a source of supply dry up? It is time to anticipate.

Get ready to receive instructions concerning the new provision that is opening up for you.


2. The Harvest of a New Birth

‘A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.’ (John 16:21)

Pain may herald a new thing coming to birth—such as a new ministry, the emergence of a spiritual gift, or a new season in your life.

Travail can also relate to a prolonged season of prayer or intercession.

Is there a desire that you have been holding in your heart before God? It may seem as though the opposite of what you have been praying for is taking place—but your Father has not forgotten you.

The tipping point—God’s answer—is on its way.


3. The Harvest of Breakthrough

‘About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.’ (Acts 16:25-26)

Perhaps, like Paul and Silas, you have been pursuing God’s will for your life and that of others. Yet instead of seeing the results you expected, you find yourself in a time of spiritual warfare or persecution.

It is time to get your eyes off the circumstances and lift up your voice in praise to God—for He has a harvest for your pain.

That harvest is enlargement and breakthrough. It will result in people seeing something that only God can do—and unbelievers turning in faith to Jesus.


4. The Harvest of Righteousness

‘No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.’ (Heb 12:11)

Sin that is not brought under God’s grace results in a harvest of death (James 1:15). However, sin that is confessed, brought into the light and repented of, brings forth a new harvest—a powerful testimony of God’s grace.

Sometimes God allows pain because He is at work to produce a harvest of holiness and integrity in your life. His goal is that you become like Jesus.

God’s work in you, as you cooperate with Him, will produce a harvest of righteousness and peace. Your experience of overcoming fear, negativity, sin or temptation will become a powerful weapon against the enemy.

Your testimony will help many others who have faced the same struggles.


5. The Ultimate Harvest

‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’ (2 Cor 4:17-18)

There are times when we do not fully see the harvest from our pain this side of eternity. Life brings grief and loss. There may be a trial or sickness that does not shift, in spite of much prayer.

Know that God has given to you a hope that cannot be shaken—a glory ahead that far outweighs anything you have been going through.

And the seeds of your harvest will be poured out into generations yet to come.


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Prophecy: How to Make the Most of Your Waiting Time

When I was a child, I spent many happy vacation times at my uncle’s farm. I remember being fascinated with the boxes of chicken eggs that he kept in his shed, being incubated under red heat lamps. The constant warm temperature provided the right conditions for the chicks to grow.

My sister and I watched, spellbound, when it came time for the eggs to hatch and the tiny chicks broke free of their shells.

Sometimes a prophecy can be like this.

God’s future intention has been brought from the spiritual realm—out of the realm of mystery—and spoken into the natural realm.

Waiting for ProphecyBut there are still aspects of that prophecy that remain concealed:

  • How will this come about?
  • What is God’s timing?
  • What will the fulfillment of this word look like?

We do not have the details. It is as though we perceive only the outermost shell. Our journey of faith towards the fulfillment of our prophetic promise has begun.


What to do While Waiting for Your Prophecy to be Fulfilled

Here are three places that you can carry your prophetic word while waiting for its fulfillment:

1. Carry the Prophecy in Your Heart

‘But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.’ (Luke 2:19)

Mary treasured the events surrounding Jesus’ birth, and the announcements of the angels to the shepherds. Even though Jesus was still a baby to be cared for, He was the promised Messiah. One day in the future, He would be revealed as Saviour of the world.

Mary’s example reminds us that the first and most important place to keep a word is in your heart. Your heart is where you treasure the prophecy, anticipate its fulfillment and hold it in prayer before God.

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23)

Have you received a prophecy, and then been tempted to become doubtful or disillusioned? Today, receive the healing touch of the Holy Spirit.

Do not let the enemy sow discouragement, or cause you to be cynical and lose hope. Receive healing and hope concerning the promise of God and let faith for that prophetic fulfillment stir in your heart again. [1]


2. Bear the Prophecy in Your Mind

‘This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.’ (1 Tim 1:18)

How could Timothy be intentional about pursuing God’s purpose for his life in the face of great opposition? By remembering the prophecies given to him, and not settling for less than God’s best for his life.

The Greek word used here of waging warfare means ‘to serve in a military campaign.’ (Strongs G4756)

Does it seem as though the opposite of God’s promise has been taking place in your life? Meditate on these words of Paul. Let the boldness of the Holy Spirit rise up within you.

It is time to press back against the enemy, because you have a prophetic word from God—and that prophecy is a powerful weapon of warfare.


3. Keep the Prophecy on Your Lips

David was on the run from his enemies when he composed these words:

‘But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.’ (Ps 52:8-9a)

In David’s darkest hours, he was able to praise God and see and declare ahead of time the fulfillment of God’s promise for his life, given through the Prophet Samuel.

David kept God’s prophetic promise—not only in his heart and on his mind—but also on his lips. During the darkest hours of his life he was able to hold on, face his fiercest opposition and be ready when God’s sovereign calling on his life came to pass.

As you treasure God’s prophetic word for your life in your heart and keep it in mind, you can be active, anticipating and preparing for what God has for you.

Your prophecy is not only something to ‘incubate’ and carry in your heart—it is also a powerful instrument given to you by God.

You can wield that prophecy in faith, keeping that prophetic promise on your lips, in your prayers and in bold declarations. And in so doing, you will participate with your Heavenly Father in its fulfillment.


Notes:

[1] If a prophecy is not bearing good fruit—if waiting for its fulfillment is consistently causing discouragement or pain—it may be time to take that word through a further process of examining and weighing it up. See the following article for important information on this:

Dealing with Prophetic Disappointment—Why is My Prophecy Unfulfilled?


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3 Ways to Unlock Your Heavenly Breakthrough

Are you in need of a breakthrough in your life, family or ministry right now? I believe the following 3 points are not only timeless Biblical principles, they are also a powerful prophetic insight that will help you position for the breakthrough that you have been waiting and praying for.

1. Understand that Breakthrough is a ‘Reaction’.

Prepare for BreakthroughIn 2 Samuel 5, we read that when David was crowned King of Israel, the Philistine army came out against him. David won the battle after God spoke to him saying, ‘Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.’ (2 Sam 5:19)

He named that place ‘Baal Perazim’, meaning ‘Lord of the Breakthrough’. [1]

The key to David’s breakthrough was listening to God, and responding obediently to Him.

In spite of this powerful victory, David did not take it for granted that God would move the same way when the enemy army came against him for a second time. God’s instructions to him were entirely different (2 Sam 5:23-24).

This is an important principle, and one we see again and again in Scripture:

Breakthrough is a REACTION to an ACTION you take, that is one of obedience to God.

When you know that breakthrough is a reaction, you can seek and be open to what God is saying to you. You are sensitive and responsive to the Holy Spirit.

Step forward in the time of extremity

Sometimes God may allow an extremity—a position of great need—in your life, because He is positioning you for breakthrough.

When Moses stood with Israel between the armies of Egypt and the Red Sea (Exodus 14) they were in dire need of a miracle. God spoke to Moses, saying ‘Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground’ (Ex 14:16)

That act of obedience caused a reaction. Breakthrough! The waters parted and Israel journeyed safely through.

Standing in faith—let alone stepping forward in faith—can be very difficult when you are in the crisis. But when that step is one of obedience to God, breakthrough is the result.


2. Take the Journey of Transformation

There are times we desire a breakthrough, but God wants to take us on a journey of transformation.

We want the ‘quick fix.’ But His higher purpose for us is that we become like Jesus. He is working on our character.

‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:18)

A good question to ask is, ‘Father, is right now a season for breakthrough, or for transformation?’

Here is the main difference between transformation and breakthrough:

Transformation is gradual, but breakthrough is sudden.

Transformation takes place over a period of time, during which you are cooperating with God.

Transformation is not only about God’s work in you. Whilst waiting, you can be used of God to transform the environment around you.

When Joseph was in the darkest place, in prison, he did not wait passively for his breakthrough. He brought transformation, order and leadership to the prison environment. In that dark place, his spirit, gifts and skills shone.


3. Prepare Your Mindset for Breakthrough

There are times when we want God to act quickly, and we wonder why He isn’t.

Sometimes, our Father knows that if He brought the breakthrough suddenly, we would not be able to contain it.

He wants to pour out the abundance, but the ‘container’ of our mindset is too narrow—and the harvest our Father wants to give us would be wasted.

In order for our thinking to be enlarged, we need to take time to be saturated in God’s Word.

A change of mindset means that your thinking comes into alignment with what the Bible says. When you think according to God’s Word, you speak and act rightly.

  • Perhaps you are looking for a financial breakthrough, but God wants to first take you on a journey of renewing your mindset concerning finances.
  • You may know that there is a big ministry call upon your life—and you have been waiting for the door to open that will launch you into that ministry. But is it possible that leading up to that time, your Heavenly Father wants to upgrade your thinking, your attitude, experience, knowledge or vision?
  • Perhaps you are seeking a breakthrough in the area of healing, but God wants to take you on the journey to a healthy lifestyle—where you are taking care of the body He has given to you.

Being on the journey of transformation does not mean that the breakthrough will never take place.  It means that you are positioning for the breakthrough.

When you are aware that you are in a season of transformation, you can cooperate with what God is doing. By the time the breakthrough comes, you have a proven track record. You have participated in transformation. And you will be a good steward of what God is giving to you.


Notes

[1] Strongs ref H1167 and H6556. ‘Lord of the breaks; possessor of breaches’.


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How to Pray with Greater Faith (One Master Key)

There are many principles of prayer. However, the underlying secret to faith-filled prayer has never changed.

It is intimacy with God.

Our faith is not in a type of prayer, a principle or a formula; our faith is in a Person.

Faith_Filled_PrayerThe writer to the Hebrews says:

‘And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.’ (Heb 11:11)

Why was Sarah able to have faith and conceive? Because she considered God faithful—true to His Word.

The Greek word translated faith, pistis, means to have a belief and an unshakeable conviction about the truth of something. It means fully confident and trusting. (Strongs G4102)

What wonderful news!

Faith is not about trusting in your own condition, your own ability or works—and that includes your ability to pray.


The Key to Abraham’s Faith

What was the secret of Abraham’s overcoming faith?

Abraham knew God and he had a relationship with Him. Flowing from that relationship came Abraham’s unwavering conviction that:

  • God is a Keeper of His promises, and
  • God has the power to fulfil those promises (regardless of what things look like in the natural realm)

‘Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.’ (Rom 4:20-21)

When you have an unyielding conviction about the nature of God—in particular, His faithfulness—you have the bedrock foundation for faith.


Prayer is not a Formula

Biblical principles of prayer are powerful. They are also diverse. It is almost impossible to use every Scriptural approach to prayer all at once!

We need to remember that our breakthrough comes from intimacy with God, and responding to Him, not from a type of prayer we are using.

Faith-filled prayer is not about using a particular approach to prayer.

Sometimes, God is highlighting one particular truth because it is a ‘now’ word that He wants us to pay attention to. For a season, our faith is heightened by that revelation from God’s Word.

However, we must also continue to honour all Scriptural principles that we have learned about prayer.

Ask, ‘Holy Spirit, how are You leading me to pray?

If the Holy Spirit indicates that you are to use one approach to prayer, or press into a certain principle or Biblical promise concerning prayer, then do that.

Perhaps, persisting in prayer is the highest expression of your faith right now. Or maybe, the Spirit will lead you to stop petitioning and start praising. There may be some transactions He is calling you to make, such as repentance or intercession. He may direct you to stop praying and instead, speak atmosphere-changing words of life.


Faith is not a Commodity; it Flows from Relationship

Matthew 7:11 says: ‘If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’

Faith is not a commodity.

  • Faith arises from intimately knowing your Father, and His nature
  • It comes from having the revelation of His loving intention to give good gifts to you, His son, His daughter

Faith comes from having the conviction that your Father will reward your pursuit of Him.

Hebrews 11, the great chapter of faith in the Bible, highlights this master key:

‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ (Heb 11:6)


Take Time to Listen

Are you seeking an answer to prayer? Take time to be with God.

Listen to His voice.

A relationship goes two ways. Having an intimate relationship with God means that you are taking time to listen.

‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’ (1 John 5:14-15)

When you have heard what God has to say, you can pray in agreement with His purposes. Knowing that He is a keeper of His promises, you will pray with greater faith.

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32 NKJV)


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3 Ways Prophetic Worship Will Change Your Life

What makes prophetic worship prophetic? ‘Prophetic’ simply means that the things on God’s heart—His thoughts, intent and purposes—are being conveyed.

Prophetic_Worship_Encounter‘Prophetic’ also means that Father’s purpose is being carried out in the worship environment. Jesus said of His miracles and works, ‘the Son can only do as He sees the Father doing.’ (John 5:19)

During prophetic worship, those of us who are leading worship are engaged with the Holy Spirit.

Our desire should always be to ‘see what Father is doing and do that—to hear what Father is saying, and say that.’

As we carry out what is on God’s heart to do in the ‘now’ moment of worship, people are touched and transformed.


3 Ways Prophetic Worship Will Change Your Life

Here are 3 ways that prophetic worship can transform your life, and the lives of those you lead in worship:

1. You will Encounter God

The highest purpose of worship is communion. God created us for a face to face relationship with Him.

A traditional view of worship is that it is a one-way giving of our love to God. However, prophetic worship is ‘two-way’. Heaven is touching earth. During prophetic worship, we are encountering God.

During prophetic worship, as your heart is raised in adoration towards Him, you are being touched by God. You are hearing His voicethe whispers of the Spirit to your heart.

You catch a glimpse of Who Jesus is, and Father’s purpose for your life—and it transforms you. You are growing in intimacy with Him.


2. You will be Impacted by God’s Power—Healing, Impartation and Freedom

As your heart is lifted in love and worship to God, you are more open towards Him than at any other time.

As you worship, God is releasing something into your life. An impartation is taking place. That could be a fresh infilling of His Spirit. Perhaps God is releasing an attribute of His nature—such as faith, courage, strength or hope.

You discover it is on God’s agenda to release His power into your life, to heal and set you free.

The Bible says, ‘God sent His word and healed them’ (Psalm 107:20). During prophetic worship, a ‘now’ word of healing can come from the throne of God.

As David played on his lyre to Saul, the demonic oppression that was on Saul lifted, because of the anointing on David’s music.

During Spirit-led, Spirit-breathed worship, God’s power is being released. You can expect miracles and healing to break out in the atmosphere of prophetic worship, touching your life and others around you.


3. You will Discover a Powerful Weapon of Breakthrough

King Jehoshaphat sent the musicians ahead of his army to praise and worship God—and the enemy was destroyed by the power of God! (2 Chron 20)

Prophetic praise celebrates the fulfillment of God’s promises before they are manifested in the natural realm. It is also the Spirit-led proclamation of who God is, declaring His attributes, greatness and power.

This makes it a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare.

And while we know that an open Heaven is our inheritance, we also know that there are times we need to contend for what belongs to us.

During the times you need to contend for the atmosphere around your life and over those you lead, turn to prophetic praise and worship. As you do, you enter the realm of breakthrough.


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