God is a good God...and He always prepare us ahead of time. Now read on and find out how you can prepare for any winds coming our way! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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In this season, I've been feeling the burden of the Lord for the Body of Christ. Recently, the Lord has given me a series of dreams concerning ministries and the Church. Many are hurting, especially leaders, and the enemy is looking for ways to expose and take them out.
A Year of the Wind
The week before we entered into March, I began to feel the wind of God blow again. It was prophesied by many that this would be a year of the wind or winds. Where there had been a lull in the spirit, I felt the wind of God picking up again. I heard the Lord say, "My winds of transition are blowing again. It's time to finish projects, assignments—even some relationships are shifting from this season. My grace is lifting from things of this past season and will be on the new I'm releasing."
John 3:6-8 (TPT), "For the natural realm can only give birth to things that are natural, but the spiritual realm gives birth to supernatural life! You shouldn't be amazed by My statement, 'You must be born from above!' For the Spirit-wind blows as it chooses. You can hear its sound, but you don't know where it came from or where it's going. So it is within the hearts of those who are Spirit-born!"
As Believers we are called to walk in and by the Spirit. We must learn to keep in sync with the Spirit. When we digress from being in sync with the Spirit, we risk missing the things of God or being a target for the enemy.
I sense we're coming into a season that will be very polarizing. I believe as much as the wind of God will be blowing, so will the winds of the enemy, the winds of adversity. The enemy always makes a counterfeit to the things of God. We have to use wisdom and discernment to know the difference.
The Winds of Warfare
Recently, I had a dream that shook me a bit because of its intensity. In the dream it was evening, and I had gotten in my car to go somewhere. I had just buckled my seat belt and was getting ready to turn the ignition. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the most violent wind I've ever experienced began to blow and push my car. The wind took my car for several miles until I ended up in a neighborhood. There were two cars in front of me that survived, and there was a car behind where the driver didn't survive the impact. The other drivers tried to call 911, but I knew the driver was gone.
Sometimes we won't always see what's going to come at us. The enemy can't necessarily stop what God is doing in your life, but he will cause a sudden wind or opposition to arise. 1 Corinthians 16:9 (TPT) says, "There's an amazing door of opportunity standing wide open for me to minister here, even though there are many who oppose and stand against me." I believe this is a season of great opportunity, but with opportunity comes warfare. The winds of warfare will try to distract, take you off course, cause you to loose momentum, or literally try to take you out.
Be Anchored in the Word
In the dream above, cars can be a prophetic representation of ministries. I believe me buckling my seat belt in the dream represented the belt of truth. Being girded with truth is imperative when the winds of adversity begin to blow. The truth of God's word protects us in the midst of the winds of the enemy.
One of the drivers (ministries) in the dream didn't survive because of the impact. I took this to mean that not everyone or every ministry will handle the shaking well. The winds bring a separating and a defining to our lives. To survive the winds of adversity we have to be anchored in God. When we aren't anchored in God's Word and His truth, we become easily shipwrecked.
In 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (TPT), Paul tells Timothy, "So Timothy, my son, I am entrusting you with this responsibility, in keeping with the very first prophecies that were spoken over your life, and are now in the process of fulfillment in this great work of ministry, in keeping with the prophecies spoken over you. With this encouragement use your prophecies as weapons as you wage spiritual warfare by faith and with a clean conscience. For there are many who reject these virtues and are now destitute of the true faith (shipwrecked faith)" (emphasis mine). The Word of God and prophetic words are weapons of warfare we must use to overcome. The Word of God releases the power to overcome.
Greater is He Who is in Us
We can't be afraid to go through things. No matter the intensity or duration of what's going on, we must remember, greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). You are anointed to fight and overcome your warfare. The winds may blow, but we don't have to be shaken. The Lord will use what the enemy makes for harm to work in your favor. In the last part of the dream I found myself miles away from where I started. The enemy's push back is God's set up to catapult you beyond the opposition.
I prophesy and declare the winds of adversity are turning in your favor, are going to work in your favor. The push back is releasing the momentum and acceleration that will launch you! (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.