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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On the morning of 2/13/20, I woke up out of a dream where I kept hearing, "You will birth the promise." I believe the dream and the message of the dream is a word for many people in the Body of Christ. Even as we have stepped into 2020, in the realm of the Spirit I sense many have been asking, "Where is the 'baby' it was prophesied I would birth? Where is the promise I've been carrying? Will I have anything to show for after this season?" These questions have come on the hills of another onslaught of warfare many have been experiencing.
I want to encourage your weary hearts: You will birth the promises of God and see the promises of God manifest in your life. Don't give ear to the lies and discouragement of the enemy, and those around you. Only tune your ears to the voice of the Lord, and shut off all others. May you posture your heart and declare as David did in Psalm 27:13 (NLT), "Yet I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am here in the land of the living."
In the dream, I was in a beautiful, white, sheer dress. I walked into a room where some friends where hanging out, possibly in Church. The walls and everything about the dream were so bright and illuminated. I walked up to my friends and I lifted up the front part of my dress, and it revealed I was 9 months pregnant, almost ready to give birth. My friends were astonished and they exclaimed, "Wow, I didn't even know you were pregnant!" (Photo via Unsplash)
Then the scene switched to me holding a baby in my arms. Once again, those around me were astonished and in amazement. As I held the baby in my arms I began to declare, "This is the baby, this is the promise that was spoken over us. It's here!" I kept declaring this over and over. The atmosphere in the dream was one of celebration, joy, and peace. The pain from carrying the promise was forgotten in a moment, because there was such blessing attached to and radiating from this baby. As I woke up I was filled with so much joy and celebration.
I feel like this is such a powerful word and picture for the Body of Christ right now. I believe this dream represents many people in the Body of Christ who have been pregnant, but the Lord concealed the pregnancy and is revealing it at the right time. It reminds me of the story of Mary in Luke 1:26-38. The angel Gabriel came to Mary and gave her a message that she would carry and birth Jesus. "Mary asked the angel, 'How can this happen, since I have not had relations with a man?' The angel answered her, 'The Holy Spirit will come over you, and the power of the Most High will surround you. Therefore, the child will be holy and will be called the Son of God'" (Luke 1:34-35).
Like Mary, many of you have asked the Lord, "How can this happen?" because you have not seen the promise. And like Mary, you have been ridiculed and scoffed at. In spite of this, the Lord has overshadowed you. He concealed the promise so the enemy wouldn't kill it or abort it.
I want to prophesy to you that there's an unveiling coming in your life. Just like I lifted the veil of my dress, the Lord is lifting the veil of your life to reveal what's been growing and maturing in secret. God concealed your promises so the enemy or others around you could not kill what was growing and developing in you. Many people will be amazed and shocked. They will celebrate with you what God has done because there will be such a fear of the Lord attached to it. They will know it is the Lord who has done this.
Another thing that stuck out in the dream was how much of a blessing the baby truly was. I didn't even feel pregnant. There was a grace to carry the baby. It brought favor, peace, and joy. It reminded me of the passage in Isaiah 66:7-8 (TPT), which says:
"Zion gave birth suddenly, even before going into labor. She delivered a son without any painful contractions. Who has ever seen or heard of such a wonder? Could a country be born in a day? Can a nation be birthed so suddenly? Yet no sooner does Zion go into labor than she gives birth to sons! (Photo via Unsplash)
"Yahweh, your God, says, 'Do I allow you to conceive and not to give birth? Do I shut the womb when I'm the one who delivers?' So rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her!"
This is what the warfare has been over – what you're birthing. You're not just birthing one promise but multiple promises. It's time to rejoice. As I declared in the dream, I prophesy over you that you will birth the promise! The promises that have been spoken over you are suddenly coming forth!
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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.