Intro From Julie A. Smith:
I had a vision a couple of weeks ago of seeing all different kinds of spiritual gifts being released over people, and I knew it was a promotion in the spirit coming over them. The process of what they walked through prepared them to carry new gifts/promotion. These gifts were everything they needed to accomplish what God had called them to and I heard the words "spiritual riches".
When Sandie Freed sent in this word a week later, her words resonated as she writes about "heavenly riches" being released in a fresh, new way. Heavenly expansion and abundance are greatly needed on the earth today, and I know God IS releasing heavenly, spiritual riches to fulfill all that He has purposed for us in this hour.
I encourage you to read and pray into this word by Sandie Freed, and please forward on to others as well – it's a great message of hope that will bless many.
Julie A. Smith, Editor
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God is Releasing Expansion and Abundance!
Recently, I had an open vision while on my way to our First Friday Prophetic Service in Bedford, TX. This vision impacted me so much that I feel compelled to share it with you, as I believe we need to position ourselves with the Word of the Lord in this season.
In the vision, I saw a very large type of "leather bag" in the sky and it hung above the earth. To fully describe it now, I would say that it looked very similar to a type of leather bank bag that we would use in banking, as it had a zipper that could be opened and closed. The bank bag was standing on its end so the zipper part was perpendicular to the earth. Suddenly, the Lord's right hand took hold of the zipper and He began to "unzip" the bag. As He did this, a powerful stream of water gushed forth from the bank bag and this water was emptied upon the earth.
God is About to UNZIP What Has Been Closed
I heard the Lord say that He is about to "unzip" what has been held up and/or closed. He went on to say that we are being empowered to access the unseen. He is about to open the flood gates and pour out His power and anointing in a dynamic way.
He also said that all which has been held captive is about to be freed and that the "riches of Heaven" are being released in a fresh, new way. Somehow I knew that we must remain open-minded as God positions each of us for this great breakthrough. We cannot attempt to control how God visits us in this season, but rather remain in subjection to His divine leading.
Saints, listen up! What do you imagine when a bank bag is unzipped? I'm sure you easily envision money pouring from the bag. Well, of course, I do believe prosperity is involved in this vision and we will discuss that more in a bit. The Lord shared with me that He is giving us the key of David to unlock what has been locked (see Revelation 3:7). Thus, the unzipping of a bank bag.
But, think about this for one minute – what was so special about David being able to unlock a closed door? Sure, he had "keys," but what was that key? I believe that one explanation of David's ability was to prophetically see beyond a closed door! In other words, he could envision God's promise on the other side of a door that was closed and locked shut. With his prophetic insight, he could open what was closed off to him – thus gaining a victory.
Dear Believer, we have access to the same key. When we see beyond what appears in the natural, we can unlock what is closed. I have always said, If you can see it, you can have it. I truly believe that God has given us the divine ability to see what is unseen!
In my previous book, The Jezebel Yoke; Breaking Free from Bondage and Deception, I write how the Jezebel spirit attempts to yoke us with a poverty mentality that keeps each of us from believing for God's best. The Jezebel spirit will not only lock up finances, but will also deceive us with her seductive words causing us to surrender to doubt and unbelief. If you will recall, it was Jezebel, the Queen of Israel and wife of King Ahab, who had Naboth murdered and stole his vineyard – now that's stealing your inheritance! Also, it was she who murdered God's anointed prophets.
Beloved, this evil spirit still attempts to rise up against your prophetic ability to "see" your promised breakthroughs! God desires to bless us, but the enemy desires for us to believe that we are not good enough, worthy enough or even anointed enough to receive it! There are many different strategies to become "unyoked" from a Jezebel attack which I have written about but, for now, know that God desires to empower your prophetic eyesight and restore your faith in Him.
Yes, this is not a time to surrender to the seductions of your accuser who says things like: God will never bless you. Just look at your life – you're a failure! You will never measure up to God's standards. He will not bless you if you are not perfect. Don't be a fool. Surely you don't really believe that God will prosper you, do you?
Dear one, God desires to "download" His perfect will concerning your life right now! Interestingly, when we examine the simple definition of something being "unzipped," we can all relate to a garment being unfastened. However, a more intense study of something being "unzipped" was quite revealing to me as I studied with spiritual insight. The dictionary offered a definition that involved computers – and actually its definition fits perfectly as we understand that God is pouring out His Spirit in huge downloads from Heaven. Again, when thinking of computers, to unzip a file is to decompress it. This is when we open a "zip file" and make it larger (more expanded) than it was so that it may be read or used.
Take another minute and analyze what we know in the natural concerning a "zip" file. A "zip file" when being downloaded, contains all the files and data needed to accomplish its purpose and yet it is unusable and unavailable to the host operating system until it was unzipped. I thought about how God "downloads" mysteries to so many of us and that revelation often comes so fast we can't understand it until we have meditated more on it.
Think about it – in a way, God downloads to us in a zip file, right? Then, as we study His Word, and as He reveals more to us, we grow in knowledge and understanding. I feel it is safe to say that God is downloading to us, right now, the revelation of many hidden mysteries. And out of that revelation, we will witness and increase in signs and wonders. It is all about God's supernatural expansion and if we can see it, we can also have it!
The Scoffer Who Missed Out
Just as in Acts 2, we will witness a fresh visitation of the Holy Spirit that will bring increase in every way. By this I mean that we will witness prosperity – no matter what it looks like in the natural because God is releasing abundance.
He is pouring out a mighty river of anointing to all who will believe and receive. I am reminded of 2 Kings Chapter 7, when Samaria was under siege and the prophet Elisha prophesied that within twenty-four hours that they would see prosperity again. There was an officer, a scoffer, who basically declared it was impossible for that to occur. Read below the verbal exchange between Elisha and the scoffer:
Elisha said, "Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria." The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, "Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?" "You will see it with your own eyes," answered Elisha, "but you will not eat any of it!" 2 Kings 7:1-2 NIV
Most of you know the story. It happened just as Elisha prophesied and the scoffer was trampled at the gate of Samaria. Dear one, breakthrough is here. Don't be a scoffer, an unbeliever, who will see it, but won't be positioned to partake of it! In the scoffer's case, he saw it all happen in the natural, but it was obviously never settled in his spirit first. We must all see breakthrough before the breakthrough. If we do this, we will certainly be able to witness God's full inheritance He has promised to each of us.
Renew Your Mind Now
The Israelites were yoked with fear while in the wilderness. They were unable to fully trust God, so a murmuring generation died in the wilderness and never witnessed its promise. I believe they just couldn't see it! They refused to renew their minds and believe that what God promised was truly theirs. I want you to know that God has victory planned for your life. Keep this passage in the forefront as you continue to believe God for your breakthrough:
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am. If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression [wherever you find them], the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and every form of false, harsh, unjust, and wicked speaking...then shall your light rise in darkness...And the Lord shall guide you continually. Isaiah 58:9-11 AMP (emphasis added)
Contemplate the previous passage right now and maybe for the next few days, while asking God to renew your mind. If you have contended against a spirit of Mammon in the past, know that it is possible that it will rise up again. You will need to renew your mind concerning God's desire to bless your future! In my book, Crushing the Spirits of Greed and Poverty: Discerning and Defeating the Ancient Powers of Mammon and Babylon, I have gone into great detail to expose the lies of accusing spirits that attempt to steal financial breakthroughs and expansion.
After meditating on Isaiah 58:9-11, take a few more minutes and read through Isaiah 54:1-4 (I have written this passage below for you to read). Ask the Holy Spirit to quicken you how to contend against anything attached to a sense of lack, poverty or loss. If you have opened doors to poverty due to a false belief system, simply repent. Christ paid the price on the Cross for you to have victory, expansion and prosperity!
Then, rise up and declare:
"God has great breakthroughs planned for me! He will break off yokes of oppression, doubt and unbelief. When I call, He will answer me with goodness. When I cry out He will say, 'Here I am!' Yes, I can truly trust the Lord!"
Again, it is a time to stand upon the promises in Isaiah 54, especially verses 2-4 (from The Message):
"Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep. You're going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family.
You're going to take over whole nations; you're going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don't be afraid — you're not going to be embarrassed.
Don't hold back — you're not going to come up short."
Beloved, if you can see it, you shall have it!
Dr. Sandie Freed
Sandie Freed co-labors with her husband, Mickey Freed, doing the work of the Lord as a ministry team. In addition, Sandie is the Founder and Director of the School of the Prophets and Apostolic Training Center in Bedford, Texas. With a strong anointing of discerning of spirits, Sandie has been known to discern territorial strongholds and release churches and regions from spiritual assignments that withhold finances, deliverances, and breakthroughs. Prophetess Sandie and Apostle Mickey are ordained with Christian International Ministries, serving on their Board of Governors and the Board of Directors. Together they serve as the Mid-Southern Regional Directors of the Christian International Network of Churches, which is the Prophetic-Apostolic oversight for Texas and Oklahoma regions, as well as several other states and regions. They have been married since 1973, and have one daughter, Kim Putman.