From the desk of Steve Shultz:
When God begins to speak of the future…that is, when God prophesies to us, the devil is right there trying to give us "his own prophecies". The devil's prophecies are always a bold "in-your-face lie". The devil attempts to convince us that God is telling us dreadful things await us.
In this word from the Lord, Sandie speaks of the wonderful things God has planned and then she gives a warning about a lying spirit that is called 'A foreboding spirit'. This is that same spirit from the devil with a special mission – to lie and bring fear about the future.
Ignore any spirit or flooding of thoughts that suggests God is not bringing good to His people in this 2014 year.
2 Chronicles 20:20 tells us to: "Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper."
Be blessed by this word and in ALL that God has for us this year!
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Prophesy to the Dry Bones: "The Time to Access the Unseen is NOW"
On a recent morning I awoke to the voice of the Lord saying, "It's time to rise up with the impartation of Ezekiel to prophesy to the dry bones. For what seems impossible to the natural eye is now possible to access through the eye of faith and a fresh anointing. The time to access the unseen is NOW."
There was more He spoke to me, which we will talk about in a bit. For now, I want to focus on the fact that there is a fresh anointing, a fresh mantle, for each of us to receive from Heaven. This anointing will release life to every area that appears desolate, dry, and dead. This anointing is also coupled with resurrection power! Saints of God, it's time to begin to access the unseen with a fresh strength, focus, and empowerment!
Allow me to encourage you today. Take a moment, right now, to pause and reflect on the truth that God is empowering you, placing a fresh mantle upon you, so that you can begin to prophesy and speak to what appears dead, hopeless, and cut-off so to witness fruitfulness and fulfillment once again. Romans 8:9-11 tells us that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is also in us because He lives in us. I believe this means that certainly we will also be resurrected from the dead, as Christ Himself was, but that also we have a divine power within us to resurrect dead situations or promises that appear completely cut off and separated from us.
...But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you. Romans 8:9-11 (NIV)
When God points out any area into which we are to begin to prophesy, He gives us the power (as we speak His perfect will) to shift what appears impossible. Many Believers have felt "cut-off" from their future. How is that? How can we be cut-off or separated from fulfilling destiny? Dear ones, the answer lies within the revelation we receive as we do a careful study of God's NOW time while also studying Ezekiel 37. Let's delve into that together. Allow me to continue to write more about being "cut-off" from destiny as this article continues to unfold. Precious Believer, let me assure you – it's time to possess your prophetic promises!
The Time Is NOW
Hebrews 4 is one of my favorite chapters. In this particular chapter, we are encouraged to mix our faith with the Word of the Lord and enter into our Promised Land. This Promised Land is a land full of promises as well as a place of rest. We know today that as New Covenant Believers that this land is not a simple piece of real estate. Jesus Christ is our Promised Land of Rest. We rest in Him and the finished work at the Cross.
Still, just as Israel had to go to war for their Promised Land, we also face an enemy in our territory. The Lord also spoke to me very clearly that in this season we will contend against the foreboder. Be on guard! The foreboding spirit is a lying, demonic spirit that falsely prophesies to us! It speaks totally opposite what God speaks concerning us and our destiny. It is a stronghold that is directly connected to the occult. This means that a foreboding spirit attempts to hinder revelation. Dear Believers, don't listen to the lies of the enemy during this season. He will attempt to distract your focus from expecting breakthrough to an expectation of bleak hopelessness.
We are encouraged that our time is NOW, or TODAY, "and that while it is still today we are to possess what God has given to us!" (see Hebrews 4:1-6). God is mantling you to speak your future into existence – to speak to what appears cut off and lost – and possess what is rightfully yours as a Son or Daughter of the King of Kings! So, read on and let's see how to do that together.
Prophesy Into Your Future
Ezekiel was an example of someone who was mantled with authority to speak into a situation with the purpose of witnessing God's will come forth. In Ezekiel 36:21-24, we read where Israel had been scattered and it was God's will to bring them back together and bring them into their own land. Then in Ezekiel 37:1-14 we read how God instructed Ezekiel to speak into a desolate situation:
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
I said, "O Sovereign LORD, You alone know."
Then He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'"
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'" So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army.
Then He said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, My people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put My Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'" NIV
I hope you noticed the words in bold in this previous passage. Take some time and re-read this passage. As you meditate over the spiritual significance of this Scriptural passage you will notice that there are several dimensions of divine prophetic fulfillment to which we also can attach our faith and witness the resurrection of what was once dead, lost, or cut-off from destiny:
1. When God instructs us to prophesy the word of the Lord, the future and destiny begin to come together in order to become fulfilled. Can you just stop a moment and use your imagination? When Ezekiel prophesied God's will over those bones, the bones began to come together. Imagine dry, dead bones being resurrected by the word of the Lord and coming together for completion!
Now, imagine your scattered prophecies, unfulfilled, being resurrected and coming together once again. Prophecy by prophecy – word by word – rising up with life and coming together to bring you into fulfillment! Wow! How awesome is that?
2. God "lifed" the words which were spoken! Yes, God put His very breath into those bones to which Ezekiel was prophesying. Imagine life coming into your very own situations which appear dead and desolate. God is breathing life into every area of hope deferred right now! Today!
3. There was resurrection power released into those dry bones! Dear ones, once again, let me remind you that as you prophesy into your destiny, the same power which resurrected Christ is also alive in you. Expect breakthrough!
4. You will stand! What an encouragement from the Lord He is giving us right now. We will stand and not be defeated in this season. When God resurrects something in our lives – whether it be His resurrecting dreams, vision, hope, or promises – He intends for us to stand in the victory that was already won at the Cross! This means that we need to attach our faith to what He is promising today and stand in that promise. When we witness the breakthrough, we are to still stand and continue to close the door to a foreboding spirit that lies and declares that only doom, gloom, and shameful circumstances are in your near future.
5. You are no longer "cut off" from being completed – in every area! God has a plan for your life and He is watching over His words concerning you. He is promising to bring the details of your fulfillment together.
Sons and Daughters, this is your time to let go of all doubt and unbelief. Let go of religious mindsets that would cause you to believe that God has to do something according to your personal expectations. God will breathe into your situations, yes, but His ways of bringing things together might challenge your mindsets.
I have recently written a book that will empower you as you learn to let go of all that may be limiting you. In my book, Letting Go of Your Limitations: Experiencing God's Transforming Power, I discuss at great length areas that might be holding you back from experiencing and demonstrating the power of God. I write about the need to let go of:
• pressure to achieve results (due to religious performance)
• reliance on yourself
• efforts to please God on your own
• defeated attitudes
• squelched passions
• hardened hearts
• and much more!
I am recommending this book because I know God has so much for you to accomplish through His strength. When the bones came together, as Ezekiel prophesied, it was GOD who brought the completeness – not Ezekiel! Ezekiel's responsibility was to be obedient to the directives of the Lord. Yes, God anointed His words, but the resurrection life came from God. To believe that we, ourselves, can do this without being anointed with His power will completely defeat us in this season. It will be relationship and not religion that empowers us for a TODAY victory.
Please allow me to pray for you: Father God, I pray for every reader today. I pray that their eyes are opened to the truths of Your Word and that their identity in You is fortified. I pray that hope and faith arises within each one and that they are empowered to see their future and begin to speak into it once again. Thank You, Lord, for resurrecting what has appeared dead and barren. Lord, You are never not pursuing us! Thank You for encouraging us today with prophetic promise. In the name of Jesus, Amen!
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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.