On the Threshold
As I was preparing to minister at my church last week, the Lord began to speak to me about vision and how many have become weary carrying the vision. In the beginning of the year, the Lord told me to guard the vision, because the enemy would come to attack what the Lord was unfolding. 2019 has been marked by many things. It has been a year of war for the vision over our lives and where God is taking us as we step into 2020. The war has been so great over the past 3-4 years because many in the Body of Christ have been in a massive transition. We have been exiting one era and entering a new era. How we leave one season will determine how we enter the next season.
The Lord told me, "2019 has been a war over the vision of your life. I'm releasing glimpses of your next. As you step over the threshold into 2020, clarity is coming to the vision." Many of you are on the threshold of stepping into the vision God has purposed for your lives, but the enemy has unleashed great warfare to push you back. A threshold is a place of entering or crossing over. Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 16:9 (TPT), "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." Don't back down or bow to the intimidation of the enemy. It's time to cross over into the vision God has placed in your heart.
The "Valley of Dead Dreams" and the Breath That Brings Life
The Lord showed me many have become weary carrying the vision. Some have even laid down the vision and have been asking the Lord, "Why has it not come forth yet?" I want to encourage you to pick it back up again and continue to run with the vision. The Lord is releasing a fresh wind, a second wind, to breathe upon the vision again. I prophesy that the vision shall not die but it shall come forth.
The Lord showed me that many of you have a valley of dead dreams and visions, like the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37. It's time to prophesy the breath of God once again over your dreams and visions and watch them come back to life. Ezekiel 37:9-10 says, "Then He said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath, son of man, and say to the breath, "Thus says the Lord God, 'Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.'"' So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood up on their feet, an exceedingly great army."
Dead dreams and visions are coming alive once again!
How to Steward the Vision Well
We must steward the vision well. In Habakkuk 2:1-3 we can learn how to manage and steward the vision. In the first verse he says, "I will climb my watchtower and wait to see what the Lord will tell me..." I want to encourage you to ascend with the Lord to have Him reveal, once again, what the vision is for your life. When we ascend with the Lord we can see from His vantage point, and see further than we can on the ground.
In verse two the Lord told Habakkuk to, "...Write the vision and engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets..." Allow the Lord to write the vision, once again, upon your heart. The Lord showed me that many dreams and vision were waiting to be pulled down and established as people would write the vision. When the vision is written and engraved upon your heart, no one can take it from you. The word "write" in this passage is the Hebrew word for decree.
In Job 22:28 it declares, "You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you..." The word "decree" in this passage in the Hebrew means to cut down or cut off. When you begin to write down and decree the vision, the Lord will remove every vision that's not of Him and establish what has been declared over you!
In Habakkuk 2:3 (AMP) it says, "For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time. It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, because it will certainly come; it will not delay."
A lot of times we struggle and get hung up on the appointed time. Every word and vision God has given you for your life and ministry has an assignment and angelic help attached to it to see the fulfillment of it. Don't get caught in the tension of the "now" and where you're going. Remain present in the now. If there has been delay, discern what the delay is to break it. Sometimes the delay is us, demonic interference or the vision needs to marinate a little longer. As you discern the delay don't give up hope. The Lord will give you a strategy to break the delay. In Jeremiah 1:12 the Lord declares that He watches over His word to perform it.
Pick up the vision again because you are on the threshold of crossing over. The vision hurries toward the goal of fulfillment. The Lord is releasing a fresh wind and a mantle of grace to see the vision come forth. I prophesy the vision shall come to pass and not die. New life is coming upon your dreams and visions in Jesus name!
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.