“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 40:31)
I was sitting with the Lord early this past Sunday morning (October 1) and thinking about the new year we’ve moved into according to the Hebrew calendar-the year 5778. God led me to Isaiah 40:31, and I heard Him say, “Renewal”. The word means: “An instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption, the replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run-down, or broken.” God has ‘interrupted’ the old patterns which were dominating our lives, and is replacing that which is worn out, run-down, or broken with a fresh outpouring of anointing to take us to new levels of Kingdom Advancement.
Many in the Church have become worn out and run-down following the same patterns over and over without seeing real, tangible fruit. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Writes Paul in Galatians 6:9, and we believe it with all our hearts; yet, weariness has settled in. The old patterns are ‘broken’ and deep inside there’s a longing for a something new.
This is exactly what God is doing. We have been brought through the wilderness and now stand at the place where God is about to move us rapidly into the most dynamic and prosperous time of our lives. The Lord is bringing us into His “House of Wine” (see Song of Songs 2:4) where He is giving us new wine skins to replace the old, worn out ones. These new wine skins are filled with the “Wine of Renewal”, fresh, new anointing and strength of the Spirit.
What the Spirit Saying
“Sing and rejoice, O Daughter of Zion! For you are being renewed in strength of spirit, soul and body by My power and in My love.”
“Renewed strength of creativity, the opening of doors into new realms of Glory that will bring a spark of creative energy igniting a Fire of Holy Imagination.”
“Renewed strength of faith that operates in the demonstration of the Spirit and power.
“Renewed strength of hope that sees beyond the surface, taking hold of that which is unseen and in the power of Hope-Filled Joy pulls what is unseen into what is seen.
“Renewed strength of body as I rejuvenate every cell bringing your body into alignment with Me for the sake of your purpose and destiny-You have much to experience, much to release, much to accomplish!”
“I am renewing your mind and you will think My thoughts and know My ways, for you have the mind of Christ now activated in increasing power of revelation and wisdom.”
“Renewed strength of Joy! For I am catching you up on the wings of eagles to soar upon the Winds of the Spirit, high above the earth, high above the heavens even to the highest heavens. And this will cause you run and walk and you will not become weary or faint, for I am energizing you at the core of your being, and pouring out every provision in abundance for the fulfillment of your purpose.”
“You lack nothing in this hour, nothing lacking in these days of activation, acceleration and elevation.”
“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.”
Recently I was reading in the book of Isaiah and the Lord began to speak to me out of the verse above about how He is preparing the way for the coming Glory
The Opening of the Gates
The Lord says, “Pass through the gates!”
There’s a stirring within, an accelerated awakening to a clarion call of the Spirit that has to do with “gates”. Gates are access points, or ‘portals’. Like doors they open and close the way into new places, opportunities and provision. In the spiritual realm they open and close the way into the Glory Realm of God.
Right now there’s tremendous opportunity for us. The Lord showed me gates that are being opened for us to pass through which lead us into new levels of anointing for a new day of Kingdom expansion. This anointing will be specific, creative empowerment to build up that which the enemy has sought to tear down, make straight what wickedness has made crooked, and remove all the stones of opposition and hindrance to the movement of God in the lives of His people. We are being called to pass through, or enter into the Secret Place of the Most High. Here we are anointed and empowered to return through the gates to prepare the way for the people for the coming Glory of the Lord upon the earth. This is a holy work of the Spirit. A work of building, removing and raising.
A Work of Building
The Lord says, “build up the highway!”.
The highway God speaks of is the “Highway of Holiness’’—“And a highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.” (Isaiah 35:8a). It is the spiritual path which is built up through deepening intimacy with God. Our passing through the gates is our yielding to Holy Spirit and entering the Secret Place of His Presence. Here is where the building takes place as Holy Spirit strips away old garments of religious life and clothes us with garments of ‘Greater Glory’— the manifestation of a fullness of faith from the place of the finished work of Christ. We are being brought into a strength of faith that operates from the place of “Already Accomplished”. This “highway” radiating glory cuts straight through the wilderness of sin and death, and we walk it with the demonstration of the Spirit and power to literally change the landscape with signs, wonders and miracles. The evidence of this is seen in Psalm 84:6: “As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools.”, and echoed by Paul, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7), and the writer of Hebrews, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
A Work of Removing
“Remove the stones,” says the Lord.
I lived in Vermont for many years and loved hiking the trails through the forests up in the mountains. The quiet of the woods, the beauty of streams and waterfalls, the outcroppings of rocks that opened wonderful views of the land below all made me feel alive in ways that is hard to describe. Hiking these trails is not the same as a stroll in a lovely park. There are many rocky obstacles to climb over on the way up the mountain. While that’s not a bad thing because it helps to build strength, agility and stamina; nevertheless, it can really slow down progress.
I thought of this as I read “Remove the stones”, and I heard the Lord say, “These stones are the obstacles that have hindered your walk of faith. They are the ‘stones of opposition’ that litter and clog the path before you, but I am removing every obstacle and making your path clear.”
The time has come for the stones to be removed. This is tied to the building of the ‘Highway of Holiness’. The strength and fullness of faith being released through our inner work of yielding to the Spirit of God brings with it the power to move mountains. Jesus said, “…I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you…” (Matthew 17:20) Through this work of removing we are going to see things that once stood as mountains before us, obstacles that seemed too big and formidable swept aside. What once took a lot of effort is now easy. What once took a long time is now happening quickly. For the path is being cleared and smoothed for an acceleration of our destiny and purpose.
A Work of Raising
I believe the Lord is preparing us to “raise the banner for the nations” for a major, global outpouring of Glory.
The word used for “banner” means a “Standard”. It carries a sense of a battle standard or warning sign. We are being prepared to raise the battle standard or the warning sign with the outpouring of God’s Glory. It is a banner that carries the sound of a specific message. A brief vision helps to clarify this.
I saw a mountain fortress. It’s high walls, battlements and towers were made of a stone that was highly polished and seemed to vibrate and radiate with color and sound. It’s as if the fortress itself was alive. I heard what sounded like a trumpet. At the sound of the trumpet the very atmosphere radiated with the waves of sound that shook the atmosphere of earth. The trumpet sounded three times and I watched as the massive gates into the fortress were opened. Out of the gates came an army. It was a great army of warriors, some were on horses, some in chariots, some on foot, a great army. They were dressed in white garments that shimmered in the light, and armor that looked like pure gold. The weapons they carried were instruments of worship. Instruments of every kind to release the Sound of Heaven upon the earth. Once more I heard the sound of a trumpet and I saw a banner being raised above the fortress and above the army. A banner that was ablaze with fire, the Fire of the Glory of the Lord. And, the banner unfurled above the fortress and over the army. Written on the banner in flaming gold was the word—LOVE. The word LOVE radiated with the Fire of Glory and the very word itself released the Sound of Heaven, it released a Song and the army immediately took their weapons of worship and released the Sound of Love, the New Song of the Redeemed upon the earth. And the whole earth shook in the Sound of Love.
“He brought me to the house of wine, and his banner over me was love.” (Song of Songs 2:4-5)
This is the banner that the Lord says to raise for the nations. We raise it, or lift it up in what I hear the Lord say is, “Warfare Worship of Furious Love”, the releasing of the song God placed within us which is both praise and intercession mingled into one Sound. The Sound is not a sound perceived by the natural ear apart from the Spirit. It pours forth from the Spirit of God with a power the Lord describes as “Furious Love”.
The Lord caught me off balance with the word, “furious”, because it carries a meaning of extreme anger or energy, violence, intensity, unrestrained or wild. We see the effects in the natural where there’s great destruction and harm. For example, the furious winds of a major hurricane that rips apart everything in its path, or the furious anger of a person leveled against another.
But the Furious Love of God is radically different. It does have the power to demolish strongholds and destroy the works of the enemy; but, its power is the antithesis of what we see in the natural. The Apostle Paul revealed the Furious Love of God in his letter to the church in Corinth:
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a)
These words carry tremendous power which is often lost through our over familiarity with them. I mean, they have become sentimentalized in many ways. We put them on greeting cards and magnets for our refrigerators. We read them at weddings and send them along with a gift of candy and flowers. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, it’s beautiful. It is simply that we look at love through the lens of emotions and forget we’re dealing with things of the Spirit and not the flesh. The energy, or sound, of love is not emotional but spiritual. It operates in frequency patterns outside the physical realm in absolute holiness and purity. When it intercepts the frequency patterns of earth it obliterates, or cancels out every frequency that is in opposition to it. This is where miracles, signs and wonders take place.
It is this Sound that was released by the Warriors as they raised their instruments releasing the Sound of Love in warfare. I hear Holy Spirit say, “I am re-tuning your instruments to resonate with My Sound. My Song shall be released in and through you and all creation shall respond with great joy.” The sound of earth must give way to the Sound of Heaven. The patterns which have governed worship and praise in the Church are giving way to the patterns of Heaven moving by the wind of the Spirit– A NEW SOUND IS ARISING!
Preparing the Way for the People
God has a heart for the nations of this world. Jesus commissioned His disciples saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19) His statement is not one of evangelism, but of Reformation. His desire is that the nations of this world will radiate with His Glory, will be an expression of His rule and reign on earth.
We are in the midst of a global Awakening. It is literally impacting nations all around the world. But, what are nations? PEOPLE–the heart of Isaiah 62:10 is, “prepare the way for the people.” This is important, because as the hearts of the people change so does the nation.
This is our mandate, our commissioning by the Lord. As we yield to the lordship of the Spirit, entering through the gates into deepening intimacy with Him, we will experience a powerful shift in alignment that releases new levels of anointing for a new day of Kingdom expansion. This is the day of Great Awakening and revealing of the sons of God who walk in Kingdom authority-the demonstration of the Spirit and power which will literally change the atmosphere of earth. The atmosphere of earth is being dominated by frequencies of sound that resonate with darkness; but, the Sound of Heaven is intercepting the sound of earth and interrupting the earthly patterns-shattering the darkness with the Glory of the Lord. The atmosphere of earth is being altered. It’s like wave upon wave radiating throughout the earth as the Glory of the Lord is being revealed. This is happening through the revealing of the ‘sons of God’, the Blood-redeemed who carry the Sound of Love.
“For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.” (Genesis 2:5-6)
Water rising from the earth is a prophetic picture of Living Water saturating earth with Heaven.
The image in Genesis is the pattern of Heaven we, as sons of God, release into the atmosphere. It is the tangible manifestation of Holy Spirit, and is what we so often call the ‘Glory of God’. Some translations use the word, “streams” in place of “mist”. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) Either way, the picture is the same; however, I am drawn to the word, “mist” because of its characteristics.
A ‘mist’ is not a raging torrent, not a destructive force upon the earth. A mist fills the atmosphere, saturating and softening all it envelopes. There are wonderful fragrances and aromas that are rich and refreshing. Everything seems to come to life and grow.
To me this image speaks of the healing virtue of the Blood of the Lamb, and the mercy and grace and love God desires for the liberation of Creation from her awful bondage to sin and death.
The Lord said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) He makes very clear the two opposing patterns that govern life–the earthly patterns that are filled with darkness (theft, murder, destruction), and the heavenly patterns that are filled with light (abundant life).
What patterns are you following?
Make no mistake, what we resonate with on the inside is what we release into the world around us. As believers we are created and called to saturate atmosphere with Heaven revealing the glory of the Lord, which is the essence of who He is. In other words, we are to be a reflection of Him who is Light and Life and Love.
He is our Healer, our Redeemer, our Deliverer. He is our Peace, and our Joy. He is our Provider and our Provision, our Strength, our Shield, our Shelter from every storm. He is our overwhelming Grace and Mercy. He is our All Consuming Love—He is our Lord.
We are to be Him as our beautiful selves in this world–a reflection of His fullness in us and not a reflection of darkness around us. What patterns are you following? As the Apostle Paul wrote,
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)…” (Ephesians 5:8-9)
My challenge to us all (myself included) is to “walk as children of light”. As we yield to the lordship of the Spirit and lean into Him to be filled with the ‘Pattern of Heaven’, the manifest fruit of His Presence, we saturate the atmosphere like ‘mist’, a heavenly mist that collapses the patterns of this world destroying every work of darkness.
My encouragement to us all (myself included) is that we’ve been created and empowered for this. It’s who we are, and the fullness of Christ in us makes it not only possible–it makes it real.