I am burdened today for those battling heavy emotions during this difficult and trying season of COVID-19 and its aftermath. I feel the fierce love of the Father over each and every one of you. Today, I pray you sense the deep comfort and fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
I was reading one of my favourite passages of scripture this morning, Isaiah 40. There is so much hope in these verses. This is a prophetic book but I would love to share some prophetic musings for our current times.
Your warfare has ended
So many of you are so battle weary. I see tired eyes and drooping shoulders. Many of you are dragging your sword behind you barely able to take the next step.
But the voice of the Father is speaking “tenderly” to you right now. His love is silencing the voice of the accuser. Many of you have been burdened by condemnation but the Father has declared you, “Forgiven!” You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. In the Name of Jesus, receive a double portion of blessing for the sin that has been forgiven you. Why? Because GOD is good!
Speak tenderly from the heart to revive those in Jerusalem, and proclaim that their warfare is over. Her debt of sin is paid for, and she will not be treated as guilty. Prophesy to her that she has received from the hand of Yahweh twice as many blessings as all her sins.
Isaiah 40:2, TPT
He is making the crooked places straight
Behold, He has set before you a straight and even path. Many of you have felt you have been stumbling. The Lord of hosts declares it was not a stumble but a “stepping stone”. He has decreed the crooked places to be straight!
The crooked places shall be made straight.
Isaiah 40:4b, NKJV
Remember to trust God completely at this time as it is HE who makes your paths straight. This setback has been a setup to greater levels of victory in the Name of Jesus!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6, NASB, emphasis added
The glory of the Lord has been revealed
We’ve heard the word “unprecedented” thrown around quite a lot these past few months. How about “unprecedented glory”? We are at a tipping point in human history and the chosen of the Lord need to lift their heads and see what is just over the horizon.
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Isaiah 40:5, NKJV
If you are feeling discouraged, it is time to get excited for what is set to be the greatest outpouring of the Spirit of God this world has ever known. Hallelujah!
His Word stands forever
How do we know these things will take place? Because the Word of the Lord stands forever! It is immovable.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.
Isaiah 40:8, NASB
As with all prophetic words, I encourage you to weigh this with the Lord and in line with Scripture. One thing IS sure, however, and that is the Word of the Lord. What has the Lord said to you? What has He promised you? A sure Word of God will come to pass so I encourage you to continue to contend for the promises of God. Do not lose heart.
Nothing has escaped His notice
So many of you have felt abandoned and rejected during these difficult times. So much hardship has come upon us all. For some this has been a heart-breaking reality. I have seen truly horrific images of suffering across the world during COVID-19. I am so deeply moved and grieved by it. Imagine how much this moves the heart of your heavenly Father? He loves us with an everlasting love and the presence of suffering does not mean the absence of His love. Quite the opposite. NOTHING has escaped His notice.
Lift up your eyes on high and see! Who has created these? He Who brings out their host by number and calls them all by name; through the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything.
Isaiah 40:26, AMPC
The same God Who holds the stars in place–a number too large for us to count–can hold you together too. He sees ALL. Surely He is your vindication and your comfort.
Have you not known?
For all of the battle-weary, heartbroken, disenfranchised and despondent, I have words of encouragement to lift you today. He is imbibing you with fresh might and power today. His Spirit wind shall carry you and give you the perspective of an eagle. You have the strength to continue. The Breath of Life is breathing on you afresh. Take heart.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31, NKJV
Wait on the Lord. SURELY He will…