Madeline James is a rising voice in the Ignite Prophetic Network and in the Body of Christ. It's been my joy to watch her grow in her gift over the past few years. She is pressing into intimacy and holiness to release a pure prophetic flow in this season.
As a Millennial prophetic voice, she is modeling the way for others, especially young women, to step out in faith and prophesy with boldness.
A Set, Appointed Time
Lately, the Lord has been speaking to me about catching the wind of God. In this season for the Body of Christ, we have entered into a window of breakthrough and acceleration. It's important to know the times and seasons you're in, so you don't miss your widow of breakthrough. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter..." The word "season" in the Hebrew is zeman. It means a set, appointed time. "Time" in the Hebrew is 'eth. It is an event, purpose or occasion. "Matter" in Hebrew is chephets which means desire or longing. Right now you and I are in a set, appointed time by Heaven to bring about Heaven's longing for us.
The Opening of New Scrolls
"You're promise is waiting on the other side of your weeping."
Recently, the Lord gave me a vision of the library of Heaven. I saw the angels go over to a certain section of books and scrolls that were appointed for this time upon the earth. The angels were buzzing with excitement because these scrolls had never been opened until now. These scrolls are the blueprints and the plans of Heaven for this hour. The Body of Christ is closing an era and stepping into a new era in this hour. Heaven is excited about your destiny and the things God has planned for the nations.
Transition Has Begun
We began a season of transition as we have stepped into the month of November, the eleventh month. The number 11 prophetically means transition. Many are in a season of transition and crossing over to a new place God has prepared for them.
Deuteronomy 11:10-12 says, "For the land which you are entering to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it with your foot like a garden of vegetables. But the land into which you are about to cross to possess, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of Heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year." You're getting ready to crossover into a place of promise the Lord has prepared for you in this season.
Crossing Over Your Valley of Baca
To cross over and possess the promise, you have to go through the valley of Baca (Psalm 84). Right before times of breakthrough, God will often lead us through narrow and tight places. The pressure and the closed-in feeling many of you have been feeling is you walking through that narrow place. Many die spiritually or get stuck in the hallway of transition because they stop moving forward; they don't have the endurance and stamina to go through.
God brings us through narrow places because not everything can go with us into our new season. We have to leave the baggage from our last season. You're in a hallway right now, attached from your last season to your new season. To reach your breakthrough you have to go through.
Here are some keys to how we cross over:
1. Dwell Where God Dwells
We can learn many lessons from David and how to walk through seasons of transition and warfare. Psalm 84:4 says, "Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they are ever praising You." Do you have a dwelling place? Where is the place you dwell? One of David's secrets to success was learning to dwell (live, abide) in the place where God dwells. You will produce the place you are planted in and dwell in. When we dwell in the God realm, we are surrounded by His presence. We need to stay in the presence of God to stay alive. His presence is the air, the ruach breath of God, that causes us to come alive.
Psalm 92:10, 12-14 (TPT) says, "Yes! Look how You've made all Your lovers to flourish like palm trees, each one growing in victory, standing with strength! You've transplanted them into Your heavenly courtyard, where they are thriving before You. For in Your presence they will still overflow and be anointed. Even in their old age they will stay fresh, bearing luscious fruit and abiding faithfully." When we dwell in the God realm we have an endless supply of His presence and anointing that will cause us to be strong, overflow and thrive, enabling us to bear luscious fruit in our lives. (Photo via Unsplash)
2. Trust in the Strength of the Lord
In order to go through to our breakthrough, we must put our strength in the Lord. Psalm 84:5 says, "Blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage." As strong as David was, he knew the importance of trusting in the strength of God and not his own. The Lord tells us His grace is sufficient in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). The word "sufficient" in the Hebrew means more than enough or overflow.
Many of us become weary because we start to rely on our own strength and abilities instead of God's strength and abilities. There are no limits to His strength and empowerment. In our humanity we are limited. Relying on God is not so much a strength issue, its a trust issue. What you put your trust in is the place you draw your strength from. We have to make sure we are putting our trust in the right things and the right people. David lived from a yielded, surrendered place fully trusting God, and that enabled him to tap into supernatural strength.
3. Stay Consistent and Persistent
Your valley of weeping is changing to overflowing. Psalm 84:6 says, "As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it will pools."
"We need to stay in the presence of God to stay alive. His presence is the air, the ruach breath of God that causes us to come alive."
There will be times or seasons when you will have to pass through the valley of Baca (weeping). Your breakthrough is on the other side of your weeping, but you have to go through. If you're not willing to go through, you wont get to reap or possess what is waiting for you on the other side. Ask the Lord what is on the other side waiting for you. Sometimes we forget in the middle of our warfare and weeping what God has promised us on the other side, and we need to be reminded. There's a reward for those who diligently seek the Lord (Hebrews 11:6). "Diligently" is defined as constant in effort; persistent in doing anything. God is looking for those who will stay consistent and persistent.
Psalm 23:4 (TPT) says, "Lord, even when Your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for You already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of Your love takes away my fear. I'll never be lonely, for You are near." Sometimes God's path for our lives will take us through the dark places but we are never alone, He is with us. I love that David says, "...fear will never conquer me, for You have already have!" What conquers you will lead you.
In Psalm 84:6 its says that as they walked through the weeping valley it began to change to a place of overflow. You have to continue to go through the valley because each step is prophesying and bringing transformation to your valley. Your valley of weeping is turning to a place of refreshing and overflow.
4. Actively Wait
On your way to breakthrough the Father wants you to learn how to walk from strength to strength. Psalm 84:7 says, "They go from strength to strength..." "Strength" means might, ability, wealth, force. Strength to strength comes when we learn to wait upon the Lord. Isaiah 40:29-31 says, "He gives strength to the weary, and to him who has no might He increases power. Even youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly. But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power. They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not grow tired."
In verse 31 the Hebrew word for wait is qavah, which means to wait, look for, linger for. "Renew" is the Hebrew word chalaph, which means to pass on, to come on anew, sprout again, to change or substitute. When we wait on God it's an active waiting. It becomes as place of exchange and renewal. As you wait you begin to mount up, ascend, and arise. It's not something you have to force, it naturally occurs when we dwell with the Lord. God wants you to catch the wind of His Spirit in this hour and begin to soar to breakthrough and new places in the realm of the spirit.
In that passage of Scripture (Isaiah 40:29-31) where it talks about young men and youth, I don't believe it's referring to age but a state of maturity. Our immaturity will cause us to lean on our own strength and ability to make it happen. When we learn to position ourselves, maturity comes with strength in the waiting. (Photo via Unsplash)
I pray this word encourages as you are walking through this season of transition. Don't stop in the middle of your transition. As you wait upon the Lord you'll begin to tap into the God realm where there is endless strength and grace for you to grab a hold of. In this season, the Lord is going to teach you how to go from strength to strength causing you to soar to breakthrough. Each step you take in your valley of Baca is prophesying transformation and overflow. You're promise is waiting on the other side of your weeping. Keep pressing through. Breakthrough is your portion! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Madeline James Ministry
Madeline James is an emerging prophetic writer and voice who desires to release the heart of the Father, and be a tuning fork for the Body of Christ. She operates in the seer and revelatory realm. Her heart is to release revelation and wisdom that will help propel and push the Body of Christ forward. Madeline is the author of Rooted In Love, Declaring Your Morning, co-author of Emerge, and the blogger of the prophetic blog Nabi's Pen. She resides in Lexington, KY. with her husband Richie and their two daughters.
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