Enjoy this word today through Demontae Edmonds. Demontae always has real encouragment from the Lord!
And while I have you, can I prevail on you to see this note below about year-end giving?
We are in urgent need to help fund the 2019 operations of this ministry.
Can you help us during this very crucial time of the last few days of the year?
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Please know that our gratitude to you knows NO BOUNDS. Derene and I are praying that all who give to us will have MORE than a 7-fold return BACK TO YOU!
The Holiday Season
For many, the holiday season brings thoughts of gifts, joy, cheer and Christmas melody. Sadly, for others, it is a time of dismay and heartache. Financial hardships and an inability to bless others with gifts the way one desires can cause discouragement. For others as the end of the year approaches, it is a reminder of all that did not happen in their life. Also, the enemy may plague one's thoughts with the idea that they're not where they wish to be in life. For these individuals, a feeling of disappointment often sets in during the holiday and New Year season.
"The truth is God is a good God. God is a great God and He wants to help deliver you from your present circumstances."
There are also those, like a friend of mine, who have lost a loved one during the holiday season. Especially if the loved one was close to them, like a child, parent or sibling. Grief and depression may often visit them each year. At the far end of the spectrum are those who deal with hopelessness during this time of year.
God told me to tell you, "STRENGTHEN THE THINGS THAT REMAIN." These were the exact words spoken by Jesus to the church at Sardis in Revelations 3:2: "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain..." You may have suffered loss but the Word, faith, hope, prayer and thanksgiving remain in your heart. Use these spiritual tools to strengthen yourself as we cross into the new year. Your 2018 and present may not be perfect, but God has a prophetic plan for your life. The fact that you are still breathing and able to give praise to God is a sign He is not finished with you yet. Your best is yet to come.
King David was not unfamiliar with grief, heartache and feeling helpless. While in Ziklag, King David and his men were all overcome with a tremendous sense of loss and hurt when the Amalekites attacked their camp. The Amalekites burned the town of Ziklag, and even worse they kidnapped all of the women and children (1 Samuel 30). Imagine your entire family and the families of your beloved friends being abducted all at once.
To add insult to injury, "...the people spoke of stoning him..." He became "...greatly distressed" (1 Samuel 30:6). In a time of helplessness there is always help from above. In a time of hopelessness there is always hope from above. David decided to strengthen the things that remained. He lost his worldly possessions, respect and family, but he still had God.
1 Samuel 30:6, "...David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." There are times when we do not receive a direct word from a prophet, or a preacher is unable to lay hands on us and solve all of our internal conflicts. During these times we have to learn how to encourage ourselves by meditating on the Word, speaking the Word of God over ourselves, and reminding ourselves of the promises of God over our lives.
David not only encouraged himself but he "...inquired of the Lord" (1 Samuel 30:8). In the face of insurmountable odds, David musters up his faith and seeks God. He poses the question to God in 1 Samuel 30:8, "Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them?"
David could have given up hope when all seemed lost, but the audacity of his faith provoked a response from God. 1 Samuel 30:8, "And He answered him, 'Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.'" David's hope was renewed with that one prophetic word from the Lord. (Photo via Unsplash)
God is speaking to many of us today what He spoke to David in pastimes. God is telling us, "Don't quit. Don't throw in the towel. You may have lost money, friends, relationships, and even time. You will recover all if you trust Me." You will overtake the enemy of your soul and gain victory if you keep your faith in God.
2 Corinthians 1:20, "For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him amen, unto the glory of God by us."
Worship in Spirit and Truth
I've always pondered the words of Jesus in John 4:24, "God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth." I heard preachers share on the topic but I never felt satisfied within in my spirit with the answer they gave. One day I asked Father God, "What does it mean to worship in spirit and in truth?" His response to me was, "I will tell you later!" I felt a little blown off, but trusted that God had a divine purpose in saving the answer until "later." Unbeknownst to me, it would be years later before the circumstances would arrive that would give place to this revelation unfolding in my life.
"The fact that you are still breathing and able to give praises to God is a sign He is not finished with you yet. Your best is yet to come."
Fast forward a few years later. It was the holiday season and I was greatly distressed. I was under heavy financial burdens, and things in my life didn't look like they were lining up with the prophetic promises spoken by God. The more I prayed, the more that it seemed like I hit a brick wall. Things worsened until one day I sat on the couch in a stupor. I felt a cloud of heaviness resting upon me. I thought about praying or calling someone, but felt immobilized by this cloud of depression weighing me down and causing inaction. I heard the voice of the enemy telling me, "You are a failure!" Instead of resisting the voice, I internally agreed. There was nothing in my life to prove the enemy otherwise.
A phone call came from a prophetic friend named Clark. Clark began to tell me that God stopped him and had him praying for me. He lived in another state and was a prophetic seer. He told me to go upstairs and lay on the floor and worship God. The Spirit of God had alerted him to my state of grief and oppression. When I couldn't cry out for help for myself, the Holy Spirit raised up a standard on my behalf.
As I went upstairs to worship I uttered the words, "God, You are good and You are great." My mouth said the words but my heart was disconnected from the truth of these words. I was just going through the motions. I felt beat down and dejected. As I kept saying these words in faith, all of a sudden it was as if spiritual blinders were removed from the eyes of my heart. I received a divine revelation in an instant and began to proclaim out of the deepest part of my soul with zeal and faith, "God, You are good! God, You are great! You are awesome and there is none like You!"
Immediately, the weight of oppression from the enemy lifted. Loneliness, discouragement and anxiety fled from my soul like a bird fleeing from a cage when the cage's door is open. I had received a revelation of what it meant to worship in "spirit and in truth." I was worshiping God because of WHO HE WAS and not because of what He had done, could do, or was about to do. A revelation of who He was alone, apart from my circumstances or present condition, caused me to worship in a deeper way than ever before. Father God had kept His promise of revealing the mystery of John 4:24 to me.
The truth is: God is a good God. God is a great God, and He wants to help deliver you from your present circumstances. He desires to give you a hope and a prophetic future of promise. After this moment, things began to change around me, but things first changed in me with a divine revelation that renewed my faith in His great love for me and for others. (Photo via Unsplash)
This holiday season, let's learn to worship in spirit and in truth!
Prepare for a Harvest
Now prepare for a harvest. Renew your faith in the breakthroughs that didn't happen in 2018 and expect for them to happen in 2019. The prophetic promises that were not fulfilled in 2018, renew your hope in and expect them in 2019. Remember that God wants you to PURSUE your promises, OVERTAKE the enemy, WORSHIP Him in spirit and in truth, and RECOVER all in 2019. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Freedom 4 the Nations
Demontae Edmonds serves the Kingdom of God as servant, prophet, and apostolic leader. He has ministered throughout the United States and abroad. His heart is to reveal the reality of Jesus Christ and the glory of God in a real and tangible way. God has used him to bring healings, deliver major prophetic words for nations, economies and top church and secular leaders in several nations. He has accurately prophesied detailed events, including US elections, Nigeria's 2016 elections, and other specific world events. Apostle Edmonds resides in Virginia and is proudly the husband of Jessica and they have two lovely children.
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