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Lana Vawser is one of our most popular writers at the Elijah List. Her articles which we post more often on our Facebook page, are always well received and get great feedback of how encouraging they are to our readers.
We've put together a couple of great words by Lana about birthing, dreams and our heart's desires. Seeing the birthing of our dreams fulfilled really gives us abundant life! As Scripture says, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life" (Psalm 13:12).
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"Heart's Desires and Dreams are on Fire! And Birthing the Best Version of You!"
I had a vision on a recent morning where many of the people of God were lying prostrate before the Lord. There was a deep level of surrender taking place. Instantly I knew that coming to the place of this deep surrender was painful for some at first. There was a "letting go" that was taking place. But the process of surrender was extending and the people of God lying prostrate before Him were beginning to laugh, and laugh, and laugh with great joy. There was such deep joy found in the absolute radical surrender. The people of God were experiencing joy in a measure they had not known before. The deeper they were going in their surrender of their hearts, their lives, their all, the more joy they were finding. (Photo via Pixabay)
I then saw the Lord move up to these ones lying prostrate. One by one He asked them to sit up, and they sat cross-legged and the Lord sat with them. There was a deep conversation taking place, and I could hear the Lord saying, "Tell Me the desires of your heart. Tell Me what is on your heart."
There were lots of tears. Tears of joy as they shared the passions on their hearts, their dreams. There were then tears of sadness for the many heart's desires and dreams that had been locked away for so long. The Lord laughed with them in the joy, and cried with them in the mourning. The more the people of God spoke and shared their heart with Him, the more they realized that in this deep surrender that had taken place the desires on their heart had been sifted and shifted. They were moving in the very heartbeat of God.
I then heard the Lord say, "Your deepest dreams and desires have not been forgotten or overlooked by Me. They are now going to manifest into the atmosphere as you have delighted in Me."
I saw the Lord lean forward and He blew on the hearts of His people – and suddenly I saw their hearts ON FIRE. Their hearts were burning with the fire of God. LIFE had come back to desires and dreams. Life had come to the depths of desires and dreams that no one else had seen. (Photo by Lillis Boyer "Heart of Fire and Passion" via elijahshopper.com)
"It's time for the dreams and desires that are intertwined with My heartbeat to COME ALIVE."
Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
He continued to share from His beautiful heart of encouragement.
"There is going to be provision like you have never seen. There is going to be opportunity knocking at your door like you have never seen. There is going to be favour that lifts you up because you have stewarded well and have been living with an open hand. There is going to be increase that will see you giving abundantly to people and sowing into nations that will have eternal impact.
"My fire has fallen on your sacrifice. NOTHING has gone unseen. I have seen EVERY tear, EVERY sacrifice, EVERY hand lifted in praise through the weariness, EVERY tear cried in the waiting and pain, EVERY step of obedience in the trial and hardship, and I have heard EVERY "I love You" when you don't understand. I have seen the choices to trust even when you don't understand. I have seen you continue to take a STAND even when it hurt. Your dreams and desires are now coming alive.
"Many of you have been weighed on the scales and you have NOT been found wanting. Greater things are still to come. They are beginning now. My glory is going to shine from your faces and lives like NEVER before. Many of you need to hear you have done NOTHING wrong. The 'waiting' and 'stretching time' is not a reflection of you doing something wrong but me extending you to carry more. You have heard Me saying this over and over, but fear has gripped your hearts. Continue to stay close to My heart, listening to My voice, and you will always be led and guided by My Spirit. To those I entrust with much, greater is the stretching.(Photo via Pixabay)
"Things are going to change SUDDENLY, My people. The atmosphere is pregnant with change, and SUDDENLY you will move from the contending process into a completely different land of abundance and 'living the dream.' My people, get ready to pinch yourselves, because what you are stepping into is going to be so glorious that it will feel SURREAL – everything we have dreamed about will become SO REAL."
Your heart's desires and dreams are on fire! They are coming alive!
Birthing the Best Version of You!
This year I have seen the people of God pregnant with the promises of God and coming into the time of birthing those promises. In a recent vision I saw the people of God, and they were birthing – but as they were birthing, I saw the glory of God radiating in them, through them, around them, over them. They moved from a crouching position with a sense of "travail" and "stretching" to standing tall in a position of boldness, full of courage, fearless and shining with His glory that was so blinding.
I then sensed the Lord saying, "The sons and daughters of glory are arising. My shining army is arising."
Many things have come against the Body of Christ in this season. Circumstances that have caused a pressing and stretching, opposition that has been more intense than many of us have ever faced before, opportunities that are opening up way bigger than we imagined or dreamed. New levels of trust in Him that at times are painful as a "breaking away" happens, and a new level of surrender is entered. Through all of these things, I saw the people of God in a place where the Lord is birthing the BEST VERSION OF YOU! Who HE created you to be! The continual standing against the lies of the enemy attacking the people of God in the area of their identity, to cripple them, is leading many of His people into DEEP encounters. (Photo by Kevin Moffatt "Breathe on the Bones" via elijahshopper.com)
I saw Jesus come to many of His people in these deep encounters and He was holding a mirror, and suddenly scales were falling off eyes. He smiled and said, "LOOK and SEE," and many of His people opened their eyes WIDE with a look of shock and amazement and were overwhelmed with love as they began to SEE who they REALLY ARE. Who they were created to be. As this "awakening" was taking place at a deeper level, I saw angelic hosts strapping weapons into their belts and into their hands. Weapons that were always theirs but never picked up because of their "wrong view" of who they were.
I then saw this huge pillar of fire fall from Heaven, and as it was falling I heard the words, "Fire of My love." It fell upon the people of God and began to burn up a cloak that many were wearing. The words then flooded my mind and heart, "The orphan spirit is being swallowed up and burnt by the fire of My love. No longer held back, but ready to move forward."
You are being awakened as the YOU that you were created to be. The Lord has been working deeply in your heart and your life as you have leaned into Him to bring forth the best version of you. The glorious part is, it is ALL HIS HANDIWORK! This birthing is coming from a place of deep rest, a deep place of intimacy in the secret place; the people of God are awakening and arising with His glory upon them heavier than ever.
Many have felt this has been the hardest season of their life thus far, and indeed it has been difficult, but the birthing that is happening now is positioning you deeper and further forward into the most glorious, important revelatory truth there is: YOUR SONSHIP! (Photo via Pixabay)
Be encouraged that IN the hardship and struggle, you are being awakened to who you really are, and that is the most powerful place. Powerful people are arising suddenly because of the revelation that has burned into new levels of their hearts of WHO THEY ARE and WHOSE THEY ARE!
Fear is being broken in Jesus' name. Years of tormenting fear, BROKEN. Hiding because of shame, BROKEN. Trauma, BROKEN. Lies, BROKEN!
Watch for the sudden change in your heart, in yourself. Watch for the sudden strength, watch for the sudden freedom, watch for the saddening awakening, because it is happening NOW. Explosive joy is erupting in the hearts of the people of God NOT dictated by circumstances but dictated by POSITION. A son and daughter of GOD.
Positioned for Destiny
You have been positioned for such a time as this! You are being awakened to your sonship that is birthing the BEST version of you, which is positioning you for greater release into your destiny. Two worlds are about to collide. The meeting point has arrived. Heaven meeting earth opening huge doors of destiny.
Get ready to move further forward into what you were created for! This awakening of the BEST VERSION OF YOU, who you were created to be, is bringing one of the greatest shifts in the Spirit many have seen. Out of deep rest, this awakening is bringing forth a heavenly alignment that is opening doors of destiny and opportunity, promotion and favour, as you move forward into your world of influence, as the best version of you, shining His light and glory in brighter ways than ever before.
Awakening and Opportunity are marrying! The Lord is showing everyone in your world of influence, in a new and fresh way, what it looks like to be a THRIVING, not just surviving, person. What it looks like to be FULLY ALIVE, and what is possible when God lives inside someone. (Photo via Pixabay)
Through you being awakened to who you are, moving deeper into the birthing of the best version of you, you are going to bring to you many invitations and encounters with others, to share His good news, to bring many into the Kingdom – to see many of those who know Him, but are broken and stuck, set free as you minister His love and revelation upon them.
The enemy has attempted to hinder you from moving into this realm of deeper birthing, because you are arising as the powerful person you were created to be. You are about to do damage to the enemy's kingdom and take back what was stolen.
YOU are SO loved! YOU are valued! YOU are a SON/DAUGHTER of GOD! YOU are powerful! YOU are a world changer! YOU are a person of influence! YOU are shining His glory wherever you go! YOU are equipped with EVERYTHING you need! YOU are being called and positioned for SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
Lana Vawser is married to Kevin, and they are living in Brisbane, Australia with their two sons. Lana and Kevin's heart is to see the Body of Christ develop deep intimacy with Jesus and actively hear His voice each day. They have a heart to see people free and walking in all that Jesus has purchased for them as they carry Christ into their world each day. Lana is an active member of the Australian Prophetic Council and releases prophetic words for the Body of Christ and over the nations through both the pulpit and the internet. Lana preaches regularly and ministers prophetically calling people into a constant pursuit of His heart and hearing His voice for themselves and others.
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