I awoke this morning with the verse from Habakkuk 2:14 flowing through my mind and spirit. "For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the LORD." I heard in my spirit all of the noise coming from news reports and social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and the rest. I heard the noise of divisions, anger, hate, and rage, all resonating like "resounding gongs and clanging cymbals". It was deafening. Then suddenly I heard the voice of the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth.
I woke up this morning and the first email I opened was from the US department store, Target. They were introducing their new brands: "Project 62" and "A New Day." Immediately I knew that they hit the target of God themes for this season! A rush of hope hit my spirit as if God had just announced His purposes for this new day and time. Though the enemy makes announcements of doom, hate and darkness, our God makes announcements of hope, light and peace!
"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves." 2 Corinthians 4:7 Within every person ever created there is an eternal treasure placed within their "clay jar" that was put there to bring forth the light of Christ and to be revealed in the dark places.
I woke up from a dream hearing many voices crying out these words, "God, don't let me down." They repeated this desperate cry over and over. I asked the Lord why so many felt as though He might let them down? His answer came in a scripture. "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." Ephesians 6:16
As we entered 2017 the Father spoke to me these words, "2017 will mark a significant time in history where the prayer of My Son in John 17 will manifest in the Church like never before." The prayer of Jesus in John 17 is a prayer for God's people to come into the unity and oneness that is shared by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. "I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me." John 17:21
For a few weeks now I keep hearing the words, "This summer will be remembered as a 'Summer of miracles." I continually see the months of May through August as a swell in the Spirit that births a time in history where great miracles are seen throughout the Earth. This "swell" will be like the miracle of birthing new life and will be marked by unprecedented miracles that occur in impossible circumstance.
During our house of prayer last night I went into a vision where I saw a horse that was running with a large bit in its mouth. This horse was being pulled one way and then another as the rider controlled its movements. Then I saw that the rider upon the back of this horse was a huge demonic looking creature that was in black armor. It sat upon a heavy saddle and pulled the reins with great force upon paths of hardship.
The Holy Spirit drew my attention this morning to the story in 1 Kings 18, when Elijah and Ahab and the prophets of Baal had their showdown. As you recall, Jezebel had been killing the prophets of God and supporting the prophets of Baal and Asherah. When Elijah shows up to meet with King Ahab, Ahab accuses him of making trouble in Israel but Elijah declared that it was the king and his family that had made trouble for the nation by turning away from God to worship Baal.
Last night I had a powerful encounter with an angel and as I came out of this experience I was aware of an invitation and strong exhortation being extended to God's people from Deuteronomy 30. I heard the words, "Tell My people to choose life!" I was immediately aware of an "old familiar" spirit of death that had visited me many years ago that has been alluring people into hopeless despair. The Spirit of the Lord is calling you to walk away from the threshold of the enemy's trap that will kill, steal and destroy all that God has for you.
Every month I receive scores of letters from believers who are distraught, despairing, depressed and disillusioned. Sometimes, this can become overwhelming and requires me to "go up higher" in order to get above the noise and the atmosphere of hopelessness to find truth and greater revelation of the goodness of God and His perspective. This morning as I allowed the Spirit to usher me into His tabernacle I began to experience the contrast between heaven and earth.