By Lana Vawser
I have been sitting on this word for a little while and felt to release it today. The Lord spoke to me recently and showed me MANY prophets that have been through an incredible ‘showdown’ with the enemy and an incredibly difficult and dark time recently.
I saw many of these prophets were sitting under a tree, exhausted, depleted, wanting to give up and discouraged and it reminded me of Elijah under the Juniper tree in 1 Kings 19. Elijah has fled for his life after Jezebel sent him a message in verse 2.
So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”
Many prophets have been in battles in this season where they feel they have been fighting for their life. Many have been in the greatest showdown of their lives, where the enemy is roaring and releasing intimidation and fear in ways that these prophets have not experienced before.
I saw these prophets have continued to stand, they have continued to fight, many of them fighting for their very destiny and continue to move in the calling the Lord has given them. In the midst of the intense battles, in the midst of the intense warfare, in the midst of the intense darkness and fear, they have remained faithful to Jesus and seeking His heart.
These ‘showdowns’ for many of these prophets began at very strategic moments in their journey where the Lord was releasing them into another level of favour, increase, promotion and opportunity to release His Word, and for many it seemed like day suddenly turned into night.
Many of these prophets have been facing the darkness and fierce battles in an intensity that they have not experienced before and they have been paying a price that many would not realise. These prophets have continued to steward the words the Lord has given them with purity, integrity, humility and continued to pour out to others even in the midst of their pain and dark night.
I saw these prophets have now gained great ground. There has been a great victory and breakthrough that has happened in the spirit and the manifestation of that freedom and breakthrough is beginning to be seen in the natural, some of the greatest victories of their lives, yet they are feeling like Elijah under the Juniper tree, where he got so low, so discouraged and so depressed that he wanted to die. (verses 3-5)
Exhausted. Discouraged. Empty. Disillusioned from the battle. Wanting to give up. Tired.
If you are reading this word, and you are one of these prophets, and you are feeling this way, then this word is FOR YOU.
The Lord spoke to me recently, for you, and He told me that He has released ministering angels to you, like He did for Elijah, to strengthen you and to minister to your heart and soul. The Lord is going to give you the deep supernatural impartation of rest through the rejuvenation of His Spirit and his ministering angels, the very deep rest that your heart and soul is crying out for.
The Lord is sending his ministering angels to strengthen you, to heal you, to empower you and to breathe hope and life into you again. In this deep exhaustion, in the struggle, in the weariness, in the discouragement, in the depths, He will show Himself strong. He is awakening the prophets to the revelation in a deeper way than ever before of His grace, His empowerment, and that is it “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit” says the Lord. (Zechariah 2:5)
These angelic encounters that are before you are going to shift everything in a moment. You will go from where you have been feeling depleted, empty, weary, wanting to give up, discouraged, disillusioned, without hope, passion or joy, to FULL and OVERFLOWING again. There is a new level of grace, empowerment and refreshing being released to you through these angelic encounters. Your hearts will be healed, mindsets shifted, hope renewed and restored.
Where you feel like you cannot go on anymore, the Lord is bringing a sudden divine turnaround and you will go further than you have ever been.
THE SPOILS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO YOU
From spoil won in battles they dedicated gifts to maintain the house of the Lord” (1 Chronicles 26:27)
The spoils that have been won in the battle that you have been fighting are now being brought to you. I had a very significant dream recently where the Lord showed me angels that were being sent on assignment to go and gather the spoils that had been won by the prophets and bring them into manifestation in the natural.
As I pondered this verse, I came across this comment on 1 Chronicles 26:27 on a website:
When Scripture talks about maintaining the temple, the original Hebrew means “to repair the house, to strengthen and consolidate what was built.” These resources were meant to maintain the temple’s original splendor.”
Where is God’s temple today? Oh, you know that. It’s made up of his people—you, me, His Church worldwide. According to Paul, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. And, like ancient Israel, our Lord still maintains his temple through spoils gained in battle. That’s why our trials are meant for more than just our survival. Through every battle, God is laying aside riches, resources, wealth for us. He’s stockpiling a whole treasury of goods from our warfare. And those spoils are dedicated to building up and maintaining his body, the church of Jesus Christ.
Not only through the battle you have faced has the Lord done a deep work in you, He is giving the spoils of war to you in abundance and not only will you see greater increase in your own life and ministry, but the Lord will use your victory, what you have gained and received through this war to encourage, strengthen, repair, and minister to others and extend His Kingdom. (https://thinkingtoday.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/the-spoils-of-war/)
There is a sevenfold restoration and recompense upon you prophets of God!
Even though you felt like you were walking a dying path, the Lord is bringing you to life. Your dreams and promises are not dying, the Lord is adding increase to them. Many of you felt you have walked a path that has been so dark, and so hard, to the point of giving up, but the Lord is decreeing the greatest promotion of your life is upon you.
Hold on! Hold on! Hold on! For He is sending ministering angels to assist you, to strengthen you and instruct you. This strengthening and empowering is going to see you empowered with such supernatural strength, that you will go further, see further, hear more clearly and move into the new opportunities, assignments and promotions upon you with greater joy, peace, clarity and passion than ever before.
YOU ARE GOING TO ENCOUNTER HIM IN A WHOLE NEW WAY
The Lord also highlighted verse 6 and following to me where Elijah had been strengthened and was now on the mountain and God was going to pass by:
“A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.”
I saw the Lord “showing up” in new ways in this season and ways that are different to how you may have experienced the Lord speaking to you before. Some of the greatest encounters with Jesus, some of the greatest touches of His Spirit, some of the greatest moments with the Lord in this season for many prophets are going to come in different ways than has been experienced or expected. For Elijah, he was so used to God showing up in “loud signs and wonders”, and here on the mountain, God shows up in the gentle and quiet whisper.
You are going to hear from the Lord and encounter His heart in a way in this season that is going to leave you gloriously undone by His power, His kindness and His love. A whole new level of AWE of God is upon the prophets and upon the body of Christ.
Prophets of God, I prophesy over you that some of your greatest encounters in this season are going to be in the WHISPERS of God and God showing up in new and unexpected ways. More is going to be released, restored and broken open for you in this season through the gentle and quiet whisper of the Lord. The Lord is depositing and imparting to you something new, something fresh, something different to see released into the body of Christ that is going to bring the body of Christ into greater alignment with His heart and this next move of His Spirit upon the earth.
Prophets of God, you are being ministered to. The Lord is adding to you, He is restoring you, He is rejuvenating you, He is giving the spoils to you, He is taking you further and higher than you have ever been. Your discernment is about to increase in double portions. Your eyes will be like the eyes of eagles on fire, to see like you have never seen before. You will encounter Him in a new way, and be invited into areas of His heart to see, hear, feel and carry what He is carrying which will be TOTALLY different to what has been carried, released and experienced before.
You have been in the fight of your life because the greatest promotion, positioning, increase of assignments, favour and increase season is upon you.
I decree and prophesy over you, that a season of GREAT JOY in what the Lord has called you to, your destiny and vision He has given you is upon you.
Even though you may not feel it, you have won a battle, you have won a war, and now the Lord is ministering to your tired, weary and discouraged hearts. The Lord has used what you have walked to extend you, strengthen you, increase your capacity and you are TALLER in the spirit and are growing further into your authority in Jesus and your mantle than you ever have been.
The temptation has been to be like Elijah and throw off the mantle and want to quit, give up or die, but hold on, a great turnaround is upon you through these ministering angels and the power of His Spirit and your mantle is about to see the fire of God fall upon it. Increase is upon your mantle!
“May he send you supernatural help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.” (Psalm 20:2)
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
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By Lana Vawser