From the Father’s Heart:
I am doing a new thing, always. New things in ancient ways, always new and yet never-changing. I am the God of the impossible and am over-the-top creative. Watch what I can do, even in a suddenly moment. Keep your eyes open and watch.
Watch what we can do. Watch how I partner with the people of God – those who are bold and undignified enough to follow, those who aren’t afraid to BE different and shine to be seen in ways that the world despises. The world hates the light, for they love their deeds done in darkness.
Who will come? Who will (in righteousness, in holiness, and with a willingness to be persecuted for godliness) come before My throne for their marching orders, for their assignment in the Spirit? Who will hide themselves in the secret place to FIND strength and support – mercy and grace for the days ahead – to BE built up?
Who will ignore the “false limelight” and even (seemingly, but not actually) sacrifice the applause and affirmation of men FOR MY pleasure: to please Me and FIND My strength and power.
Come, hide yourself in Me. Be hidden.
Ask. Seek. Knock. Find and be found.
I will strongly support those fully dependent upon Me in these days. Look to no one else and to no thing. Nothing else will do. Eyes on Me. This will build faith and confidence and security.
Will I find faith on the earth? Will you hold it as your most prized possession and relentlessly avoid anything and anyone who steals that confidence from you?
Holiness and radical obedience will be your covering. And both take great faith.
“You of little faith” – if you look at the phrase in scripture, it is always THE malady. Above all else, pray that your faith will not fail. Mix what you hear of My truth with faith.
Faith is the key for the next season, and it will be played out in holiness and godliness. And it will be opposed and hated. You will be persecuted.
Be ready. Ready yourselves in My Presence, in humility, in bowing the knee to Me alone (not bowing to this world’s system).
I have come to set the captives free. I proclaim freedom!
Do not shackle yourself with SIN, in thought or action.
Free from sin, alive to God! Live in this space of mind.
Slaves of righteousness. That is freedom!
Free to obey!
This word was originally written in my journal on Oct 11th of this year. As I share it today and long to insert all the scripture references like normal so that you don’t miss a single truth that this holds from the Word of God and where to find it, there are just too many. And I don’t want to muddle up the simplicity. So I’ll just make a list of some of them below so that you can simply hover over the reference and it will show up in a pop-up box.
But I also want to take this opportunity to highly encourage you to make a thorough reading, meditating, studying of scripture a priority in this coming year. We MUST know the truth of His Word! Maybe you love it and have been distracted by all the changes of the past years and not given it its necessary prominence in your life or perhaps the Bible has always been hard for you to read at all – wherever you are there is always room to grow. I feel like I will probably share some more encouragement in this area in the weeks to come as we begin a new year, but would you put it to prayer? wherever you are, whatever your current attitude or daily practice is, would you pray for a deeper hunger and thirst and love for the truth of His Word, would you ask Him to bring it to life and take you deeper and deeper and deeper and lead you into all truth? It’s what He does and a prayer He longs to answer. Faith is the key to the next season and “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Isaiah 43:19; Hebrews 13:8; Luke 1:37, 18:27; suddenly – 2 Chronicles 29:36; undignified – 2 Sam. 6:22; shine Matt. 5:16, Phil. 2:15; hates light- Jn 3:20; Matt. 5:10; Heb. 4:16; please Him – Col. 1:10, Matt. 7:7, strongly support – 2 Chron. 16:9; eyes on Him- Heb. 12:2; Luke 18:8; faith not fail – Luke 22:32; mix with faith – Heb. 4:2; captives free – Luke 4:18, Is. 61:1, 2 Tim. 3:12, Matt. 10:22; Heb. 12:1; Rom. 6:11, 6:18