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The Great Exchange
In prayer recently, I heard the Lord say that 2020 was the time of the great exchange.¬†In my asking, He elaborated further: "2020 will be the year where many pastors and leaders will walk away from the church to pursue the true dream of God on their hearts, which is in media and the marketplace.¬†They will walk away from the church positions that they were good at, but not made for, and fully into where they are called to be.¬†Many of these leaders have counted the cost in private, the cost of ridicule, rejection and reproach from the church because they are leaving 'the ministry.' The reality is that they will be stepping into their greatest ministry efforts as they shift into these old assignments that they are now taking hold of."
The other side of this great exchange will be the shifting of media/marketplace men and women into more traditional ministry roles.¬†Just like the others, these people were made for traditional ministry and they know it, but they've been afraid of the rejection that will come from their friends and peers once they make that move.
The Lord says, "Do not be afraid because I have judged that fear and arrested it, making you free to run. This is the establishing of proper leadership and solid structures for the advancement of the Gospel across many spheres."
He says, "Yes, I have a remnant, but when I said that I did not mean only in the church.¬†I have a remnant of Believers in every sphere of society.¬†They are being positioned rightly in this time not simply for revival, but for the purposes of properly covering, stewarding and maintaining this next move of My Spirit."
The Lord gave me a few verses that the leaders of this great exchange will be known by:
• Psalm 78:72, "And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them."
• Proverbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
• Proverbs 11:14, "For lack of guidance a nations falls, but victory is won through many advisers."
• Isaiah 55:8-9, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.¬†As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts."
• Psalm 32:8, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you."
Media Mind Offenders
In 2020 you will see media influencers influencing the Church like never before. If the Church does not have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying many will be offended. Surprisingly, much of this will come by way of YouTube. I saw many YouTube influencers, people with millions of followers, encountering God in dramatic ways. I saw that there were leaders in the Body of Christ working with these YouTube influencers behind the scenes, teaching them the Word of God, praying for them, prophesying their divine destinies and delivering them from oppression. You will see many come out and begin to talk about their battles with depression and suicidal thoughts and how God came in and helped them through all of that.
Yes, their walk will be new, and they will mess up at times, but God's intended purpose is to use them to reach a generation of youth that are discipled more by YouTube than the church. These influencers will be heralds of the goodness and reality of Jesus. There are people in youth groups all across the nation that have been secretly praying for these influencers, asking the Lord to save and heal them. The Lord is responding to the prayers of the saints.
The Church will be divided by discernment. You will clearly see a great divide between those that discern rightly and those that do not discern at all. God is calling His people to discern on a higher frequency. He gave me three key verses pertaining to the topic of discernment:
1 Kings 3:9, "So give Your servant a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of Yours?"
1 Samuel 16:7, "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.¬†The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'"
1 Thessalonians 5:21, "But test them all; hold on to what is good..."
Many in media will be led to the Lord by those who discern rightly this year. The Lord is opening up opportunities for Believers to have kairos encounters with "the rich and famous" for the purpose of their transformation. If we discern rightly, these encounters will lead to many saying yes to Jesus.
I heard the Lord say that He is a promise keeper, and in 2020 He was going to fulfill the promises He made to many wives, mothers and grandmothers to encounter and revive their men.¬†I heard the declaration of this Scripture rising from the earth for men:
1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
I saw many men's gatherings happening around the nation, some very large, that were not filled with entertainment but with deep worship, inner healing and mass deliverance.¬†There¬†are men that God has raised up in this hour that have not been seen or heard from yet because He has kept them hidden. They are marked by prayer and consecration. They were clothed in meekness and gentleness, praise emanates from their lips.
Anthony and Melissa Medina¬†are a husband wife team with a mandate to ignite hope, healing and spiritual hunger. Their vision and passion is for hosting the presence and power of God to change lives and transform nations. Together, they founded HopeFires International, an itinerant ministry by which they engage their complimentary gifts to deliver sound, Biblical teaching, prophetic ministry, and demonstrations of God's power to heal and set people free. Anthony and Melissa are recognized prophetic ministers and members of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders. They are also pastors of prayer and prophetic ministry at Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, TX where they reside with their son, Caleb.