She's also highly pastoral, something we don't always connect prophets to, meaning she cares for the sheep and is set on building the Church at large.
At the same time, she is fierce and tenacious like a lion and doesn't back down in the face of spiritual warfare and adversity. Her integrity is refreshing and a voice to pay attention to in this season and for years to come. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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The Deep Places
I believe, in this season, it's important to not miss what God is doing. In the midst of the chaos and darkness God is preparing the new to come forth.
One of the main ways the Lord speaks to me is through the dream realm. I've noticed, over the past 3 three months, many of the dreams and words that I have gotten have contained water in them and the deep places of God. In the midst of what has been going on, don't miss the invitation being released to go deeper in the things of God. Where the Lord wants to take us as the Body of Christ requires us to get out of the shallows and into the depths of God.
There are certain revelations that can only be found in the deep places of God. Ezekiel 47 makes reference to this. In this chapter, Ezekiel talks about how the angel of the Lord brought him into the river of God ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep, and then to the point it was over his head. This is a picture of how we can grow in the depths and revelations of God. As high as we want to go in God, we also must be willing to dive into the depths of God.
In a recent dream, I was at a gathering of leaders and one of the leaders told me I would have to go to Japan to complete a dive. In the dream, I went into an open vision where I was in Japan with a special ops team, diving off diving blocks into the ocean. In many of my dreams before, I've been a part of special ops teams. Just like in the natural, in the spirit these special ops teams represent specialized teams that focus on specialized missions in the spirit. Often times, through prophetic intercession, you can take care of things in the Spirit to stop them from manifesting in the natural. These teams are usually comprised of intercessors and prophets.
As I began to do more research and read articles on the connection to Japan and diving, I discovered there is a specialized group of women divers called "ama." Ama means "sea women." These ama are Japanese divers, famous and known for collecting pearls. This is a Japanese tradition that most likely goes back 2,000 years. The ama, even in modern times, do not use modern diving equipment to dive. They traditionally wear white to help make themselves unnoticed by sharks when they dive. The ama are able to dive 30 feet, holding their breath up to two minutes. Although this practice is dwindling, the amas are a distinguished part of Japan's history. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
When I pressed into the spiritual significance of what the Lord was showing, I began to sense that the Lord is raising up prophetic companies of women who will carry wisdom and revelation.
How to Carry Pearls of Wisdom and Revelation
Throughout the Bible, pearls prophetically represent revelation or Heaven's treasure. In Matthew 13:44-46, Jesus uses parables to teach on the significance of pearls, or the pearl of great price: "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it."
From these Scriptures we can conclude that in order to obtain a pearl, it will come with a price. In the natural, in order for a pearl to form, it develops out of a place of great irritation. Many want to carry great pearls of wisdom and revelation, but don't want to pay the price or go through the "irritation" and developmental process.
To carry revelation requires a certain stamina in the spirit, and a willingness to go deeper. In the natural, the ama divers had to build their lung capacity to be able to hold their breath to go down to certain depths to retrieve pearls. It's the same in the spirit; you build your spiritual stamina by increasing your time in the presence of God, fasting, praying, and building your capacity to pray in the Spirit (Jude 1:20).
Wisdom throughout Proverbs, especially, is personified as a woman. In the first few chapters there is a contrast between Lady Wisdom and the foolish woman. In order to have have access to this heavenly wisdom we must submit our hearts to Wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 declares, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom..." When we carry reverence or a fear of the Lord it begins to open the door to heavenly wisdom.
Wisdom isn't just having good advice for someone. One of the Hebrew words for wisdom is "chokmah," meaning "skill in war, wisdom in administration, wit." Worldly wisdom is cheap and doesn't require much of you. If you want to build something eternal that will last the test of time, you need Heaven's wisdom. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Proverbs 14:12). Wisdom and revelation will lead you to life and realms of glory. (Photo via Public Domain Pictures)
God Is Raising Up His Daughters!
I believe in this hour the Lord is raising up His daughters who will carry His wisdom and revelation. This will be the finest hour for the daughters of God. God is raising up His Esthers, Deborahs, and Marys. Throughout the Bible and history the Lord has used women to preserve nations, birth generations, judge, prophesy, hold positions of authority, etc. This is a counterattack to the demonic agenda of feminism. There will be a dividing line that will distinguish the true from the false.
In James 3 it talks about when there is worldly wisdom it breeds disorder, unrest, rebellion, and every evil thing and morally degrading practice (James 3:15-16). When wisdom is released from Heaven it's pure, unwavering, and carries the fruit of righteousness.
As the women of God arise in this hour they will carry an undeniable, weighty wisdom and revelation that comes from Heaven. These women will not only rise in the Church but in the seven mountains of culture. Proverbs 4:8-9 declares, "Exalt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you."
As these daughters of God rise up and continue to , there is a generation of daughters coming behind them looking to and learning how to carry the pearls of wisdom and revelation. The Lord gave me this vision that just as a mother or grandmother would pass down a pearl necklace, so the Lord is passing down pearl necklaces to His daughters. For they have counted the cost to wear the pearls.
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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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