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 ListÂ subscribe here.)
Lately, the Lord has been speaking to me about the power of the Word of God. When we release the Word of God it carries the anointing to break us through to our next era. I know "breakthrough" can seem a bit cliche at times, and it's been worn out, but I truly believe we are in a season of breakthrough as we get ready to step forward. This is significant and necessary because we are stepping into a new era and time.
Breakthrough and Shift
Breakthrough is defined as "any significant or sudden advance, development, achievement, or increase." It is also defined as "an act or instance of moving through or beyond an obstacle." I truly believe these definitions are what Heaven is desiring to manifest in our lives. Breakthrough is your portion.
As we move into the last few weeks of 2019, I want to encourage you that God has not forgotten you. It may seem like the opposition around you is caving in and another year is going by without any change. There is always hope because Jesus is the hope of glory. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Your night season is shifting.
Another word we often use is "shift." To "shift" is "to move from one place, position, direction, etc., to another." I believe the God of breakthrough is coming to shift many of you in a new direction. You're going to find yourself going in one direction, then suddenly the Lord is going to shift you and break you through to a new direction. Breakthrough is here – it's now.
Work the Word and It Will Work for You
What is the word or Scripture the Lord has give you for this season? It's time to pick it back up again. Jeremiah 23:29 declares, "'Does not My Word burn like fire?' says the LORD. 'Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?'" When you begin to declare and decree the Word it becomes like a hammer to smash the obstacles and the stubborn places that have blocked you from moving forward.
The Word of God is not just words written on paper. The Word of God is living and active. We have to learn to activate the Word of God in our lives by releasing the Word of God. When we learn to work the Word it will work on our behalf. The Lord watches over His Word until He sees it complete the assignment it was intended for. When we release the Word, the angelic is dispatched to help assist us bring the Word of God forth into manifestation in our lives, ministries, and businesses.
Battering Rams and Sledgehammers
When the Word of God is released it carries a force behind it to break the toughest and hardest walls and opposition. Ezekiel 26:9 states, "He will pound your walls with battering rams and demolish your towers with sledgehammers." The battering rams and the sledgehammers are a representation of the Word of God, and the force behind it.
In ancient times, battering rams were a weapon used to break through the gates or walls of a besieged city or castle. I want you to envision writing the Scripture or the prophetic word the Lord gave you for this season on the battering ram. As you begin to declare the Word of God like a battering ram, with the backing of Heaven, you will break through the gates and walls that have kept you from breakthrough to your next.
Fire Your Arrows of Victory!
In closing, I want to share some revelations from the story of King Jehoash and the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 13:14-19). In this story, Jehoash comes to visit Elisha on his death bed, desperate because he fears Aram. In verse 15 the prophet tells the king to grab the bow and arrows. The arrows represent the Word of God and the prophetic words that have been spoken over your life. They are weapons we can use to fight back. When the enemy releases his arrows or words, we can prophesy back with the arrows of the Lord.
In verse 17 the prophet tells the king to open the eastern window. It's time to open your spiritual vision to see as the Lord sees. In the Bible, the east can represent the place where the glory or His presence resides. The prophet told the king to shoot the arrow where the glory was. The prophet called the arrow "the Lord's arrow of victory." The glory and His Word will manifest the victory every time.
In verse 18, Elisha tells the king to take the other arrows (Word of God) and strike the ground. This was a prophetic act declaring the victory of the Lord. The king struck the ground only 3 times, and the prophet got mad at him and told him, "...You should have struck the ground five or six times..." (2 Kings 13:19).
The king struck the ground according to the measure of his faith. Striking the ground 3 times only enabled a partial victory and breakthrough. The prophet wanted the king to strike the ground 5 or 6 times to bring the total victory and breakthrough.
We have to stop settling for partial breakthroughs and victories. Take the arrows of the Word of God, and strike the ground for the complete manifestation of victory.
As you strike the ground with the arrows of the Lord, God is bringing a completion to your warfare and the season you've been walking through. As you step into the new, you're going to walk in the manifestation of the breakthrough; a sudden act of moving beyond the obstacles that have hindered you in past season.
Breakthrough is here and now. Strike the ground and release the breaker!
Madeline James Ministry
Madeline JamesÂ 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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