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You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 NIV
The Lord is opening the path of life to you and bringing a long-awaited release of supernatural joy. Even though things may appear difficult on the outside, God is working behind the scenes and creating a path for you. Watch for pathways of life and joy to open in the midst of struggles and trials. Don't look at the surface, as God is working beneath it all to bring you into a new season.
Encounter on Yom Kippur
On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur (September 19, 2018), I was awakened with a prophetic dream and I had an encounter with the Lord about the coming year.
Dream of the Narrow Door
In my dream, I was standing in front of a huge sliding glass door that led to a place where I knew God wanted us to go this year. There was a beautiful pool of water and trees outside the door. The problem was it only opened enough for a person to squeeze through. I knew we were supposed to be moving our stuff through this door, but it was not going to fit.
As I woke up, I heard the Lord say, "This is the doorway to the new year you are entering into. You will not be able to take things from the past into this new season. It is going to be a narrow time of transition, but it is going to be worth it all."
The Ancient Path and Narrow Door
When I got up that morning, I had an encounter with God. When this happens, my Bible opens to strategic places and I begin to see and experience visions that are quite detailed and I have to use dictation software on my computer to capture them. My Bible opened to:
This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.' Jeremiah 6:16 NIV
As I entered into the spirit with this encounter, I was standing with the Lord at a crossroads. There were several different directions and roads we could take. The Lord said, "These are the choices and paths that are available to my people for this year." He asked me to choose my pathway of life.
As I looked, many of the pathways and roads were well-traveled and looked familiar. But I saw one that led up a mountain and there was a sign that was almost hidden that read, "ancient path." It was very narrow and did not look easy. The Lord saw that I was drawn to the ancient path and He nodded in agreement.
Then He said, "I have offered the ancient path to many people, but they have said, "No, we will not walk in it. It's too uncomfortable and looks narrow and difficult."
We started on the journey up the mountain along the ancient path. I was surprised how easy it was once we started. I felt light and had no difficulty at all, but we had to walk single file because the path was very narrow. When we got to the top, there was a narrow gate.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 7:13–14 NIV
The Lord said, "This year, I am opening up the ancient paths that will lead to this narrow gate. This gate and narrow road will lead you to new life, but only a few find it." I looked around and there was hardly anyone choosing this path. I wondered why, because it was full of new life and I could think, see and hear clearly.
Key to the Way of Holiness
This encounter continued the next morning, on September 20. I had already chosen the ancient path and passed through the narrow gate. Now the Lord was waiting for me. My Bible opened to:
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. Isaiah 35:8 NIV
I was standing next to the Lord and He handed me a key and said, "This is a key to the gate that leads to the Way of Holiness." I looked and in front of me was a golden gate that led to what looked like a highway in Heaven. This was a heavenly encounter, so it seemed to be partially on Earth and partially in Heaven.
The Lord said, "I am calling many of my people to walk on the highway of holiness. But they must first choose the ancient path, go through the narrow gate and then discover the Way of Holiness. These are the ones who have laid down their lives and died to their own desires. These are the ones who have suffered but are now going to step into new life."
I was shocked that there were very few people on the Way of Holiness. I knew many people had talked about holiness, but few had obtained it because it was not through works or doing the right things. It was about learning to love others over themselves.
Watch for God to open ancient paths for you. This year, be willing to take the narrow path over the wide one. Get ready to cross into a time of new revelation and restoration.