"This is what God says...'Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.'" (Isaiah 43:16,18-19, The Message)
Dreaming helps us formulate new strategies and allows for maximum capacity of creativity as we pursue new "frontiers." We will pioneer and take new territory in the spirit in this new era and in the natural. It's time to dream with abandon once more and stir hope for what is yet possible, and build what hasn't yet existed. Dreaming doesn't just activate hope and provoke creative juices, it stirs faith to go where we've never been before.
It doesn't take a prophet to know that the world is in a season of rapid change. As things shift and change, God is compelling His people to prophesy and decree what He is saying. He wants us to partner with Him to establish on the earth the dreams and plans of Heaven, as we, the Body of Christ on Earth, are called to pioneer change and extend into new territory. We are being invited to walk in something fresh, something brand-newâ€”and it's time to dream again!
A Dream About Dreaming
When I was in Italy, I had a powerful dream that ironically was about dreaming. I was standing in a field, which represents the harvest, and I saw, placed in my hand, a new, ultramodern, handheld technology that I did not recognize but knew was cutting edge and an extremely helpful tool used for the harvest. It was also very cool looking! It contained new strategic wisdom, fresh blueprints, divine revelation, and pioneer thinking that brought breakthrough for a new era, and helped fast-track vital information. I also knew the purpose of this device and technology was to help win the harvest, and it contained new, innovative downloads that unlocked harvest. This wasn't an upgraded version of the old, it was something new. I wanted it! What a gift!
The device required a code, though, to gain access to the revelation it held, and I didn't have the code! As I was desperately trying to work out the password to gain access to all this revelation, wisdom, and breakthrough, a hand suddenly appeared in front of me and I was given a handwritten note. The note clearly said, "THE CODE IS DREAM." Then I woke up.
I knew right away the access code, or password, was dream to enter the fullness of all God has available in this era. Fresh strategy, energy, revelation, and anointed wisdom is required for this next season as we haven't walked this path before. Stirring not just fresh ideas, but fresh perspective and creative, new thinking processes were required because God is releasing new breakthrough advances that are revolutionary game-changers, and not just upgrades of past innovations. To access this new wineskin, dreaming is essential. It isn't just good practice to dream, imagine, and envision right now, it is imperative for God's people, as God is reinventing, renewing, recalibrating, and reworking a custom-made wineskin for this era. The prophetic "imagineers" will pioneer a creative reformation. I realized God was saying that to take new territory it required His people to dream again.
Many people have felt the recalibration of this season as God has made room for the new. God has been removing the "unnecessary" to make space for fresh strategies that will unlock greater breakthrough. New frontiers in the spirit are before us, which require an upgraded pioneering spirit that revels in establishing the new, decreeing solutions, and building new wineskin structures of possibility, capable of stewarding accelerated change and harvest. It was important to make room for something new in our thinking, hearts, and practices.
Many have felt shut down or sluggish in their capacity to dream because of hope deferred, disappointments, and stagnate seasons. God is reactivating the pioneering spirit and creative capacity within His people. You will dream with abandon and build with fresh revelation.
The Church has been walking through a season of transition from one wineskin to a greater glory wineskin, ready to steward a greater capacity than we ever have before. The new wine is potent, intense, and explosively powerfulâ€”there has been a consecration of our hearts taking place so we can steward what is about to be poured in and out of us.
God doesn't want us to collapse under the increased weight of His intensifying glory; rather He wants us to administer it in new authority and power. It was interesting that I had this dream in Italy, as one of the purposes of this ministry trip was to dream again. The whole particular trip to Europe was a reset for Ben and me, as we were entering a new season. It was a time to recalibrate, re-envision, and build a new wineskin for a new season. (Photo via Pexels)
As we had recently moved from Australia to the US, it was a time of leaning in for fresh strategy and fresh oil. After this dream, on closer inspection of my own heart, I realized that there were areas in my thinking where past disappointments, or longevity of the battle, had put a ceiling on my ability to dream and hope. Perceived failures, disappointments, and battle weariness had dampened passion and expectation of profound good. Some areas in my heart needed a hope upgrade.
In fact, many people in the Body, who have walked through delay and prolonged challenges, are living not with just a hope deficit, but a hope avoidance. This made positioning and planning for the "new" almost impossible as our expectation of good has been minimized, or completely exhausted. We have learned to keep our expectations in check and within "doable" borders, not allowing the thrill of imagining and dreaming with God for fear of further disappointment. Essentially, this has shut down hope, which stifles creativity and puts a cap on breakthrough. It squashes our hearts, and takes the joy out of the journey.
The solution for kickstarting our hearts? It's time to dream again. Dreaming with childlike abandon and bubbling expectation stirs passion. Our hearts will come alive as we dream on purpose, dream with bubbling joy, dream as warfare, dream for fun, dream just to stir our imaginations, and dream as a declarationâ€”we must dream again.
We are in a season of accelerated change, and new frontiers of possibility and potential are needed in every sphere of society as our current paradigm of "normal" and "possible" is extended and expanded. Faith expectations are being upgraded and stretched. It's essential to dream and imagine new possibilities and expanded faith frontiers and "see" yourself achieving things you previously thought impossible. Creativity is key to supernatural answers, solutions, and breakthroughs we've never seen before.
Imagine if. Imagine how. Imagine what could be. There are fresh strategies, revelations, and creative miracles to be released that we haven't even begun to imagine are possible yet. We need to stretch our capacity to dream and decree what's possible.
Dreaming is restoring your passion, your creative edge, your heart, your hope, and your voice. There's an invitation to lay aside past disappointments, failures, staleness, and things that didn't happen as you'd hoped, and simply dream again. Hope again. Let Jesus restore your spark and unique pioneering spirit, as the act of dreaming stimulates our capacity for new and even affects how we pray. Our prayers and declarations need to reflect the God of "infinitely more."
"Never doubt God's mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for His miraculous power constantly energizes you." (Ephesians 3:20 TPT)
Dressed and Ready
There's an intercession revolution taking place right now, and your decrees are paving the way for something we have never experienced. We must dream again, and let our decrees be saturated in hope and prophetic solutions birthed from the glory realm of "infinitely more." Our voices must establish the new era we are entering.
In many ways, we are being dressed in new, custom-made clothes that perfectly fit the season. The sense many have of ill-fitting clothes that belong to a season that is finished is from the Lord, because the era has changed. The sense of displacement and that last season's strategies don't fit anymore is because that is literally the case. The enemy wants you to feel rejected and demoted; but instead, it's the past-season wineskin that is being discarded, and the sense of displacement is the sign to you that you are being promoted into a custom-made wineskin.
God is expanding the borders of your influence and releasing strategic wisdom and revelation designed for maximum capacity, maximum potential, and maximum fruitfulness. The Body of Christ is being positioned for maximum harvest as our decrees partner with Heaven's heart. The problems of this current generation are not too big or beyond redemption, as God is releasing a custom-built wineskin of potent power, glory, and solutions designed especially for now.
"Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with His label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete." (Colossians 3:10) (Photo via Piqsels)
Ask yourself, What does my "new wardrobe" look like in this season? As God is upgrading, anointing, and releasing strategy and tools for maximum impact, ask yourself, What is now unhelpful and what is being added? Our new "wineskin" is custom made by the Creator; allow Him to stretch you, recalibrate, and re-infuse you with freshness. I think we can agree that we are entering a new era, not just a new season; so it's important to decree into the new as our faith declarations establish destiny-producing, fertile territory. Establish your new season with decrees that build a framework of "anything is possible with God."
Take a moment with a great (great is important) cup of coffee or tea and write down some dreams and decrees to speak over the next decade. What are you seeding into the spiritual ground around you with your voice? What are you speaking forth over the new? What are you telling yourself about your season? What faith-expanding prayers are you believing for your sphere of influence and family? Let's speak hope into the future and creative possibility becoming reality.
Doorway to Destiny Breakthrough
I had a powerful vision in worship a while ago that speaks to the Bride, the Church, as we enter a new era. I saw "the Bride" walking up to a door. Over the door was written "DESTINY BREAKTHROUGH." The door was wooden, rustic, and very humble looking. It was also tall and notably very narrow. The Bride was holding, in each hand, two suitcases. As she walked toward the narrow door, I watched as she tried to fit through the door, as she knew that what was on the other side was fruitful, fulfilling and what she was made for.
But try as she might, no matter which way she tried to fit through the door, she could not get through the narrow door while still holding onto her suitcases. Even dropping one of the suitcases didn't work as the door was extremely narrow and only just fit the Bride herself. There was a sudden awareness that to enter the days of destiny that awaits the Bride, she must drop the baggage of the last seasons. I realized, while watching this, that all the disappointments, unrealized dreams, offenses, unforgiveness, hidden agendas, unhealthy thinking, even the hurt of loss or fear of failure; anything unhelpful in our connection to God that we, the Bride, are holding ontoâ€”it all has to be surrendered to walk through the door into the era of destiny breakthrough.
To let go of the baggage, and all the baggage, not just some of it, requires humility and vulnerability. It requires trust to walk through that doorâ€”just you and God, nothing else.
I knew the Bride would do it, surrender, and let go. I recognized the courage it took to drop the baggage and walk free. I knew the Father was cheering the Bride on. On the other side of the door was unprecedented harvest and breakthrough. It was worth walking through. It was worth dropping the baggage. The amazing thing was that, on the other side of this door, the reward of what was surrendered was so much more than the cost. Unprecedented breakthroughs that unlock your destiny are beyond this door.
Swift Acceleration Encounter
Around the same time when I saw this vision of the Bride, I was awakened in the night by an encounter of something brushing against my arm. As I opened my eyes, I saw a vision of a streak of bronze-like, golden light rush by me so fast, I could barely see it. I understood immediately this was a release of "swift acceleration" and that something angelic had just visited me. There was an immediate sense of "change has come." I knew God was releasing swift acceleration upon the Church Body and turning things around to be right side up, swiftly in front of our eyes.
There's no need to fear the change that is unfolding; for those surrendered to God, it is the breakthrough season we've been decreeing. Things are happening quickly, so it's important to stay focused on God. When acceleration and change are being released, we need to remain focused on what matters, so that we are found running in the right direction. Focus determines direction.
When God-change is happening, our decrees are imperative. Our voices become the rudder, setting the direction to head in and establish new territory. This is a time to declare what God is saying, and declare with maximum faith, as we are entering the days of greater glory and maximum, unprecedented harvest.
There are rivers being made in the wasteland and roads in the desert by your decrees. We must stop wasting time going over old history and be alert to the brand-new that is bursting out.
"Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands." (Isaiah 43:18-19, The Message)
Not long after that encounter, I was in Moravian Falls, North Carolina, and I had another significant encounterâ€”this time about alignment. (Photo via Pixabay)
I got up early in the morning to pray and sensed God telling me to go and stand on the back veranda that overlooks the valley and forest. As I stood there, I had a sense of expectancy that God wanted to show me something. Then, as I looked, I saw a visionâ€”a light that looked like an angel, standing by one of the tallest trees. It was very tall, extremely skinny and narrow, and very bright. It almost looked like a beam of light that was completely straight, and reminded me of a measuring stick. I heard the Lord say it was Alignment, and a fresh release of Kingdom alignment was upon the Church Body.
I understood God was reestablishing a plumb line of holiness and positioning people for breakthrough and destiny. God is refocusing our vision to see with greater clarity and aligning us to the promise and the King's decree and mandate for this urgent hour. God is releasing breakthrough over your destiny.
There was also an urgency to being aligned to God's heart and being the King's decree for the season. God's heart is beating for the harvest and souls, and this is an urgent decree to win souls. These are the days of greater glory, which means greater harvest. A great awakening of revival glory will win the billions and answer the cry of His people for breakthrough. The Holy Spirit is aligning us to the decrees of the King. What His heart burns for, our hearts will burn for too.
It occurred to me as I wrote this, that the vision of Alignment was tall and very narrow, not unlike the vision of the tall and narrow door I saw that the Bride was being invited to walk through into destiny breakthrough. She had to drop the baggage to enter into the new. Alignment comes from humility as we surrender and trust God, stepping into the unknown. It reminds me of this poignant Scripture:
"Come to God through the narrow gate, because the wide gate and broad path is the way that leads to destructionâ€”nearly everyone chooses that crowded road! The narrow gate and the difficult way leads to eternal lifeâ€”so few even find it!" (Matthew 7:13-14 TPT)
Suddenlies are upon the Body. It is really important in times of acceleration, alignment, and change that we decree a thing so it shall be established. Things are happening quickly. It's time to dream again, hope again, and decree. God is accelerating and aligning destiny promises and bringing harvest breakthroughs in the nations.
Let your heart dream again, as every new breakthrough begins as a dream that someone dared to pioneer.
The King's Decree for You:
"I have prepared a path for you. I have creative solutions, new ideas, and new pathways of thinking. There is no limit to Kingdom creativity, so keep dreaming, My child. Dream even bigger than you have before. I have heavenly blueprints just waiting for you to engage your faith and dream again." â€“The King
My Prayer for You:
I'm blessing you to dream again, hope again, thrive again, build again, and enter into new territory. I pray blessing over your creativity and a fresh release of Heaven's strategies for the new. I decree change has come to every area of your life that God is realigning and that swift acceleration is upon your promises.
As I'm praying for you right now, I ask the Lord to bless you as you let go of all that is unnecessary and unhelpful as you move into new strategy and breakthrough. I'm blessing you to dream with the Lord of the remarkable days that you are journeying into. I pray God's mighty power in you to achieve infinitely more than your wildest imagination. I decree impartation to pioneer, establish new breakthroughs, and dream the dreams of God on the earth. In Jesus' name, amen.
â€˘ I decree I will dream again, with bubbling joy!
â€˘ I am dressed and ready for the new things God is releasing.
â€˘ I am a catalyst of God-change and restoration.
â€˘ I am a pioneer of the dreams of God in my sphere of influence.
(Used by permission viaÂ Destiny Image)
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Pour It Out Ministries
Ben and Jodie HughesÂ are the founders of Pour It Out Ministries and have been in ministry together for more than 20 years. Recently relocating to the United States from Australia, they, along with their adult daughter Keely, travel full-time around the world as revivalists, with an emphasis on releasing and equipping for revival, breakthrough prophetic worship, prophetic ministry and preaching the Gospel with miracles, signs and wonders following. Ben and Jodie are known for recently hosting the Pineapple Revival in Australia which saw thousands come from all over, initially going non-stop for 22 weeks and extending for 18 months. In addition to being full-time itinerant revivalists and prophets, they have pastored and planted several churches, trained hundreds of ministry students, recorded worship albums and other writing projects as well.
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