The "YET" is what I want you to believe for in the harvest that is here as you cast your nets on the other side.
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It's time for visions and mandates to be birthed. It's time for dreams to be realized! It's the APPOINTED TIME.
The Lord spoke to me and said, "Though you think it tarries, wait!" In other words, it is not tarrying – your vision and your dream has an appointed time! Don't give up on it though it is lingering. Sometimes other things need to line up for your dream to birth in the right environment. Don't walk away from it. IT WILL SURELY COME TO PASS and IT WILL NOT DELAY. You haven't come this far to cave now! Are you weary? Yes – BUT GOD!
I felt the Lord take me to Luke 5, the story where the disciples were toiling, fishing all night and catching NOTHING. Jesus came to them in the morning when they were exhausted and told them to throw the net out one more time. Then they caught a net-breaking hall of fish!
Sometimes when we feel our weakest, frustrated and weary in heart because NOTHING is happening, the Lord comes to us and whispers, "Just one more time." Oh the resolve that is needed to surrender to that word! It can feel almost impossible! The disciples must have thought, "Do You know how much energy is required to throw this net out again?"
"And Simon answered, 'Master, we toiled all night and took nothing...!'" (Luke 5:5). In other words, "Don't you know there aren't any fish down there?" But in response Simon said, "OK, Lord, at Your WORD" (paraphrased).
This was trust, it was a declaration of surrender. Jesus, knowing He was going to call them to follow Him, wanted to demonstrate to them that He would never fail in His command, His power would always back up His instruction. Simon yielded to His command and thus it was so.
The Head Has Crowned
I feel like the Lord gave me a picture the other day of child birth in relation to birthing our visions. There is a stage at the end of the labor that is called "transition"; it is when the baby's head crowns. In other words, it is the moment that the baby becomes visible. This stage is where a lot of women feel like they can't go on anymore.
It's very intense and it's a stage where some women lose faculties of awareness. They may say things they normally wouldn't say, they may feel like they can't go on, etc. But this is actually the breakthrough stage, because when the baby's head has crowned it signifies it's nearly over with just a few pushes through the contractions.
I felt like the Lord was showing me this analogy in correlation to those who have come full term and have been in the birthing stage for some time now. I felt Him say that we are at the "crowning stage." For some in this phase, you may feel like you are up and down – normal one day, then under attack, hopeless and despairing the next, but you have actually been going through contractions. I've felt that recently the turmoil and turbulence have been extra intense. The contractions are coming closer together which means you are closer than ever to your breakthrough.
I heard the Lord say, "The head has crowned!" I felt He meant that going through these recent weeks, where the intensity has increased to the point that you feel like you will explode, is where the vision goes from being unseen to being seen.
In the areas where you have labored all night and felt like you've seen nothing, now is the time where they will begin to bud in visible forms. The head has crowned!
Now is not the time to stop. Throw the net out one more time. Keep pushing because before you know it, you will have your vision in your arms. And the joy on the other side of the travail will wash all the pain of labor away!
The Vision Will Not Lie – Vindication in the Reaping
In Habakkuk 2:3 it says, "For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie..."
I believe the Lord wants to encourage many of you who have been persecuted for the dreams you have carried because they haven't been understood by those around you. It has cost you greatly to carry and bring to full term what God has put inside of you.
Many a time the enemy has come to tempt you to abort. At different times, others, who don't comprehend the Kingdom you carry in your heart, have spoken into your life and counseled you to abort. But the Lord says that when you give birth to this mandate, this vision, it will have a voice itself, and that voice will be a voice of vindication. It will not lie, it cannot deceive, and it will speak this truth: your faith in God has been legitimate, tested and tried, and this promise and mandate is now established. It cannot be uprooted, because it is born of God and it overcomes the world; it was carried and birthed in faith.
Noah suffered great scorn and persecution, but when the rains came, his vision spoke; it did not lie, it told the truth of that which was previously only a voice in his heart. It was the fulfillment of the vision that spoke itself to those who didn't have eyes to see and ears to hear. It no longer needed Noah to voice it, the rain clouds and the rain were the voice. The manifestation of your promise in the natural testifies of God. It speaks and declares, and there will be great compensation of reward as you hold on to your fearless confidence and stand firm on your threshold.
Go with it, push through the final stages of these contractions with the joy set before you. See the promise in your arms, giving glory to God!
Revival Flame Ministries
Motivated by an intense love for the Body of Christ,¬†Anita Alexander's¬†passion and compassion is to see the Church forsake religion and tradition, awaken to the Father's love, and arise and walk in the overcoming identity as sons and daughters of the Kingdom. Anita and her husband Dr. Sasha Alexander travel nationally and internationally ministering in revival fire that brings resurrection life, healing and awakening to the Body of Christ. Together, their passion is to impart, raise up and release a generation of sons and daughters who manifest the glorious victory of the finished work of the Cross. They are co-founders and senior ministers of Revival Flame Ministries, Golden City Church, and Kingdom Academy School of the Spirit Ministry Training School in Gold Coast, Australia.