From the desk of Steve Shultz:
I always enjoy reading Victoria Boyson's articles as she is a gifted and prolific writer.
In her latest article, Victoria shares the journey of her and her husband starting a new church, some of the attacks they've encountered, as well as a word to Kingdom Shepherds arising in this time.
As Jesus' disciples, we are all called to "feed His sheep" and Victoria encourages us here:
Truly, this will be the season of the shepherds and those who the Lord has prepared for this hour will be invaluable to His Kingdom. Shepherds will rise from all aspects within the Church, especially those who've had no known ministry at all: plumbers, truckers, housewives and Sunday School teachers, etc. The heart of a good shepherd will be to help the sheep in whatever way they need it.
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"The Lord's Kingdom Shepherds Are Arising!"
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)
For years, the Lord has been speaking to my husband and me about starting a church here in Texas. It's something we've been actively planning for two years now. During that time, God has been molding and shaping His vision in our hearts of what His church would look like. I felt so strongly as I prayed for His people who are searching for Him and yearning for a connection to Him, that they needed a place to "come home to".
I have been prophesying for years of a coming wave of revival that would usher in the return of His prodigal sons and daughters. Once home they would, in turn, become strategic in the next wave of revival to gather in the lost. They are what the Lord calls, "The Bridge" to the harvest because they are familiar with both worlds, and can be a connection between them. This has been on my heart for years and is growing stronger and stronger the closer we get to this time. I do not know how many tears I've shed for His lost prodigals but I know the Lord does, and He receives my tears and the tears of many other intercessors to reach these who are so very precious to the Father.
However, before the Lord brings in the wave of prodigals to the Church, He will and is raising up His Kingdom shepherds—entire congregations of shepherds. They are those with the heart to deliver the lost and a willingness to build a blessed foundation and home for those coming home! They're the determined, faithful mamas and papas, no matter the age. They are friends of the Father who will stand alongside those fresh-hearted prodigals and will determine to restore them to who they are called to be in CHRIST!
"He will not be boxed, caged or tamed. He will roar over the nations and He will not stop until they feel His presence."
I saw an awakening of SHEPHERDS in the Church from all areas of church ministry. It's those who have a heart to feed, shelter and protect as the Good Shepherd Himself. They will fight whatever enemy they encounter and will not be drawn away from the fight, but will overthrow the enemies of the Father with greater ease than in the past. I believe His prodigals' home-coming will set in place the first wave of the greatest awakening our world has ever experienced!
This awakening will look much different than others, yet similar at the same time. It will feel fresh and alive, with a resurgence of Spirit-driven wisdom and revelation from the Word of God. It will also clean away the trauma and demonic slime that has built up in the lives of the seekers over the past several years. We will start to really breathe again and things will make more sense as you realize the battles you've faced have all had a strategic purpose in building who you are and preparing you for life in the harvest.
The Word of God will come alive to the shepherds—it will be their life source! I see a great shepherding movement rising and literally whole congregations of shepherds hunting for the Father's lost prodigals, laying down their lives to restore them. Understanding the invaluable treasure they are, they will be captivated by their heavenly Father's roar to seek, find and restore His lost ones to His family.
A Testimony: The Enemy Knows You're DANGEROUS to His Plans
All I've ever wanted to do since I was a little girl was to bless God and be a blessing to His people. I've never felt closer to living out the reason I was born than I do right now. It's no wonder that with so much at stake that the enemy would throw as much at us he could manage.
Several months ago, we met a couple from the Conroe, Texas area as we were interested in using one of their buildings to host meetings. As we got to know them, it became apparent that God had something more specific in mind for all of us. They had been praying and asking God to send someone to take over the church they pastored, and they believed that was us. They took us out to their church on the outskirts of Conroe and I thought, "Lord, this doesn't make sense." The church was an older building that would need a great deal of repair and, most importantly, it was in the boonies! But God reminded me of a dream I had had years ago of a little white church in the boonies, on the outskirts of Conroe, TX. In that dream, God poured out His Spirit on the small church and it was beautiful to behold! So, of course, I said, "I'm in Lord!" (Photo via Flickr)
After very happily agreeing to take on their church, the enemy began to level up his attack against us. I was told by someone local that I was a false prophet and they regretted that we were to have a church there. Really? I want only to reach the prodigals and those made weary by religion. So, naturally the enemy would see me as dangerous.
It did not stop there. We've been relentlessly attacked. However, we've also been tremendously blessed, happy and excited as we are on this journey with the Father; with the ultimate goal of an absolute overthrow of the principalities that hold people in bondage to the enemy. Yet, the enemy seems to keep his demonic pressure on us all and it just has to stop. I am absolutely determined; I cannot stand to watch the devil bully the people of God!
Repeatedly, the Lord told me, "Take IT to My people! Ask them for help!" So, I am finally now doing just that. I am asking you for prayer and for YOUR BLESSING on our endeavor with the Lord. I know the power of your prayers and I know that God causes us to need each other, and I need you! Many of you who live all over the world may never see the inside of our little church and will never visit Conroe, Texas, but in the Spirit we are one with one goal in mind—the relentless advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth!
Our heavenly Father will preform such incredible works of His power ALL OVER THE WORLD, because HE LOVES the lost and is unwilling to let them stay lost! He will reveal His miraculous power THROUGH US, for He wants to show the world HE IS REAL and it is HE who has the power, not His enemies.
I see, by the Spirit of the Lord, mountains of arrogance crumbling and those held in their bondage freed from the oppressor. I see the eyes of the lost suddenly opened and, realizing their great need, running to find anyone who could lead them to Jesus.
The enemy's characteristic actions toward us really do make me excited to see the Lord's plan unfold for our future. For I've always known that if you want to know your future, watch for what causes the fear to rise on your enemies. Through their reactions, you will see that God, Himself, has entered into your midst and He will rise and be found in every place on the planet.
The Father will roar and consume those wicked things that have tried to devour His Church. He will roar and destroy the oppression that's plagued the governments of this world, and He will break those who've attempted to strip His Church of the power to declare His Word and silence them forever. And they will know it is God! There will be NO DOUBT Who is behind all the miraculous deliverances that are literally wiping out years of work the enemy's labored after. Truly, satan is playing right into the Lord's hands and through his own evil and destructive agenda, he will lose some of his greatest workers. They will suddenly see him for what he is and turn to the Lord's side and tell us all how truly terrified he is of us.
The Lord's Request
What a GLORIOUS AGE WE ARE ENTERING INTO! Every Kingdom-minded Saint should prepare for victory as the evidence of the enemy's fear is unmistakable! Truly, this will be the season of the shepherds and those who the Lord has prepared for this hour will be invaluable to His Kingdom.
"They are friends of the Father who will stand alongside those fresh-hearted prodigals and will determine to restore them to who they are called to be in CHRIST!"
Shepherds will rise from all aspects within the Church, especially those who've had no known ministry at all: plumbers, truckers, housewives and Sunday School teachers, etc. The heart of a good shepherd will be to help the sheep in whatever way they need it. Only sheep can give birth to more sheep. Indeed, their jobs are to eat, grow and give birth to more sheep. The Good Shepherd knows this and expects only this. The Lord's shepherds will not put greater demands on the sheep than what they can handle; they will not weary them by demanding they become something they are not yet ready to become.
A shepherd's heart will want only to care, guide, protect, help, comfort, dwell with and love his sheep—to watch over them and fight anything that would try to devour his sheep. Shepherds don't have to be perfect, just willing. When Jesus instructed His disciples to feed His sheep, He spoke directly to the most imperfect disciple in the bunch (John 21:15-17).
In Scripture, when the Lord mentioned something twice, it was to give a greater emphasis to the teaching. Yet, in the John passage He mentioned three times to shepherd His sheep as He would. By mentioning it three times, He reveals what should be the greatest focus of our service to Him: "If we LOVE HIM." We should love His sheep—love those HE gave His life to save! This should be the focus of any true disciple of Christ, of those who have the heart of the Great Shepherd. We can't force people to grow, but we can care for them while they are growing. We can reveal to them the heart of their heavenly Father Who loves them without control or domination. We can be like His Son, Jesus, who did only what His Father wanted while on the earth (John 8:28).
Any good shepherd will not drive the sheep from one field to another without allowing them adequate time to find nourishment in that field. We too, must be patient in our guidance, trusting the Holy Spirit to do His purposed work in His sheep. He leads them to still waters and green pastures. With the Spirit's help, we give them the refreshment they need to grow there. They belong to the Lord, and we have the pleasure to care for them as He would. That is the Lord's call to His friends; that those who love Him would love those He loves.
Humble Simplicity is KEY!
Remaining SIMPLE will be key in this hour. We've seen just about every kind of "fanciness" in ministry there is, and not that they're bad, but in this hour, SIMPLICITY, authenticity and HUMILITY will be what the Lord is looking for! We can't forget that He promised to be close to the humble, and empower them. Those who are broken and desperate attract His goodness! If you want God's power, ask Him to give you a humble and contrite heart and you will change the world! And, just like Peter, the BROKEN will hear of the Lord and be made GLAD. Though you are made weak, HE will reveal Himself as strong through YOU! (Photo via Flickr)
We don't have to be boring, just genuine. Jesus will make Himself known in the bars and brothels. He will reveal Himself to Muslims, Buddhists and satanists alike. He will not be boxed, caged or tamed. He will roar over the nations and He will not stop until they feel His presence.
Get ready! Prepare your heart to receive the wave of the harvest that is coming to you! This is your hour—it is what your spirit-man has longed for! Make way, for His awakening is coming. He will call all those who are weary and heavy laden and they will come to HIM! All those who've been trampled on and tormented by life, will come to Him! He will roar over principalities and they will crumble! Those who've been held in darkness for decades will recognize His voice and they will come to Him! As they come, He will call His shepherds to the front-lines and nurture and protect all those who've longed to know Him. He will be made known through them. Be ready to receive the blessing that is coming to you!
Ask the Lord to prepare your heart. Be ready and watch as situations fall into place. God is even now turning around difficulties in favor of His plans for you. What He's been doing in your life will suddenly be made clearer to you. Take His hand and run with Him, He's going to catch you up on a path of accelerated growth in Him! Ask Him to open the floodgates for you and ENJOY!
Prepare you heart and pray this prayer from Psalm 51:7-13 with me:
"Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; You have broken me now let me rejoice. Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence, and don't take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You. Then I will teach Your ways to rebels, and they will return to You." (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Speaking Life Ministries
Victoria Boyson is a powerful and genuine prophetic voice. She is the founder of Victoria Boyson Ministries and Women of Impact Ministries, a ministry dedicated to raising up an army of women who will impact and revolutionize their world. She is a passionate speaker, operating in extraordinary authority to awaken the Church to their victorious reality. Through revelations of the Holy Spirit and the Word, Victoria is breaking down strongholds which have kept the Church from fully realizing the great commission.
Based out of the Houston, Texas area, she is called to awaken and prepare the Bride of Christ for the end-time harvest and compel His Church to embrace a passionate relationship with their heavenly Father. She is the author of The Birth of Your Destiny, His Passionate Pursuit, Awakening: The Deep Sleep, and God's Magnum Opus: The Value of a Woman.
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