Between now and the new year, I believe the Holy Spirit will be healing and doing deep heart work in many people who have still been carrying the wounds from this past year, the past era of transition and trials, and also from the their lives as a whole. I believe it will be a time of incredible deliverance and encounter, if we will posture ourselves in His presence and not try to scramble to make things happen before the year is out.
Deliverance of Shell Shock Syndrome
"They are in SHELL SHOCK," I heard the Lord say the other day. Shell shock was a term created in World War 1 to describe the type of post-traumatic stress disorder many soldiers were afflicted with as a reaction to the intensity of the bombardment and fighting that produced helplessness, panic, and inability to reason, sleep, walk or talk. In short, it's the TRAUMA, stress and fatigue from long seasons of combat.
Many have been shell shocked, and with it has come an inability to function in the way they used to. They have struggled to dream, pray and even have hope and expectation for anything ahead. So if you find that you are experiencing these symptoms of battle fatigue to any degree, know that God wants to remove the shock and damage done to you emotionally and mentally, as well as bring healing to your physical body.
Deliverance of Crippling Disappointment
On the night Reinhard Bonnke passed into glory, I had a dream of the great cloud of witnesses urging people to carry the torch into the nations—the very torch they had carried in their lifetimes. I knew this dream was also about legacy and not wavering, despite the myriad of setbacks people have faced. Then this Scripture came to mind:
"As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life's marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us." (Hebrews 12:1)
God was further reiterating that He was not only healing many right now, but He was also revealing the why: we have a magnificent race set before us, and a legacy to write for those to come. The enemy has tried to thwart and rob us this season by derailing many of us from our purpose through deep wounds of disappointment. These wounds have been so deep for many that it has been difficult to imagine life beyond them; in fact, many are in a place of looking back over the year, saying, "This is not what I imagined the year would be. These promises didn't come to pass." And they have been falling in a heap feeling hopeless, defeated and bitter.
Breaking Bitterness and Stepping Into New Clothes
As I am writing this, I keep seeing the word "poisoned," because the enemy has been trying to poison and embitter people to God's purpose and plans as well as His promises and prophetic words. There has been a recent assignment of disbelief sent to poison the Church to keep them from partnering with God for what the Word says, and from the prophetic words over their lives. But right now, the Holy Spirit is exposing the source of these lies and removing the poison that has been infiltrating many, pitting them against the truth of what is about to be revealed.
I had a dream the other night where I was in some kind of ground-zero scene, where chemical warfare had taken place and many were covered in this thick, black, slimy substance. Many were running around screaming, unable to get the slime off of them; and it was on me too. Then someone in the street pulled me into the door of a building and said to me, "The old clothes must come off!" I felt vulnerable, and then I was naked, but I knew it was the only way to remove the slime. Then straight away, I looked and saw I was wearing clean, new clothes. (Photo via Public Domain Pictures)
This dream represents the new clothes of a new season that God wants us to step into and wear, but many are still walking around slimed and feeling contaminated by the season (and many seasons) they have walked through. Yes, it requires being vulnerable before the Lord and letting go of the old clothes and ways; but as God clothes you with the new, with it will come freshness, purity, a fresh passion and a strength you didn't have before!
Deliverance of Long-Term Trauma and Childhood Wounds
Jesus did a miraculous work in setting me free from some very deep wounds from my childhood that looked impossible to remove. They had become monuments in my life, affecting my identity, relationships and destiny to the point that I was like a walking leper, unable to ever enter into or experience the new life Jesus wanted me to have.
I had another dream that I was a young child living in a western slum and having to constantly run and hide from people (including neighbors and parents) just to stay safe and protected. The environment was so chaotic and dysfunctional that it took me a while to stop crying after waking from this dream. I felt the pain of this child so deeply, and the lonesome journey of basically missing out on a childhood, a supportive family and the fundamentals of a healthy upbringing. I knew this child represented those who have lived horrific memories back from their childhood, and God is dealing with many of them, once and for all.
As someone who has carried memories and trauma for a very long time, let me say that JESUS is the only one who can heal these types of wounds, and the only one who can bring healing to trauma and memories from long ago. "Where in the Scriptures is that?" you may ask. Read the following passage from Scripture below as medicine. Then invite the Holy Spirit to come into every bad and traumatic memory from your childhood, or life, that has been a place from which you've been unable to move.
"Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." (Psalm 103:1-5)
As I am writing this, I am feeling the power and presence of God working already to set people free. Holy Spirit, I ask that You would bring COMPLETE healing and freedom to every person reading this, in Jesus' name.
The Strings Have Been Cut!
I have never seen a season where God has been so swiftly dealing with controlling spirits and agendas that have been keeping people bound. Initially, this manifested through the exposure of unhealthy and unequally yoked relationships and alignments; but He has also been revealing the higher levels of agendas to assassinate the prophetic call of a generation commissioned to be mighty voices in the earth.
If you have experienced this, you know how limiting it can be—like trying to be a firework under a lead bucket. These spiritual agendas want to stifle and squash the prophetic calling down to a weak and diluted version of its former self in order to own and manipulate people for their own cause or gain; and, ultimately, to keep people bound who are meant to be the deliverers of a world that is bound!
"The strings have been cut!" I heard the Lord say recently. I believe we are about to see such a huge exodus of people who have grown up under this narcissistic agenda suddenly come into freedom and fullness! (Photo via Wallpaper Flare)
Declare today: "Devil, those strings have been cut. I'm no longer under your agenda!"
Removing the Arrows Out of Your Back
The last area of deliverance and healing that I want to highlight (although God shared many more) is a critical one, especially because this one alone, if not dealt with, will keep you crippled coming into 2023, and God doesn't want that for you.
I saw a vision of arrows in people's backs like I have seen many times before while praying for people, but I knew this was specific to those who had been wounded by people in this season of transition. These arrows were the words and judgments; the slander and accusations; the competition, jealousy and divisive chaos sent by insecure and wounded people who have inflicted wounds on you and others. These arrows were the deep betrayals and relationship breakdowns that many didn't expect in this season. Imagine trying to fight your way forward and looking over to see your brother or sister, who is meant to be on your side, shooting you down.
Right now God is removing every arrow and wound, but these wounds go down deeper than most because they are the ones you didn't expect. They are the wounds that the enemy likes us to keep open so that they affect everything we say and everything we do, causing us to live skeptical and suspicious of people, and to live life like a closed book. Let God heal those wounds right now; let Him take out every arrow. It almost took you out, but now it's time to move on and open your heart again as God brings you the right people to run with.
"Marker" Encounters Crossing Into the New Year
The greatest tragedy of wounds and pain is that they can rob the intimacy and connection with God that we are designed for. In a dream the other week, a general in the Kingdom handed me a pack of permanent, multi-colored Sharpie markers and said, "Get ready, this is going to change your life!"
When I woke up, the core message of this dream bubbled up from my spirit. God has MARKER encounters coming to us in the next few weeks that will bring healing and restoration, BUT they will also be encounters that will mark us for life and LAUNCH us out into the new year.
So whatever you have been facing; whatever demonic forces have been trying to keep you bound; whatever deep wound and trauma you have been carrying; whatever betrayal you have been trying to be free from—the past memories and sting; the disappointment or bitterness that you have been dealing with—the Blood of Jesus speaks a better word over you today. And it's time to come into 100% freedom so that you are clutter free and whole stepping into 2023.
Pray with me: "Holy Spirit, cleanse me, heal me, restore me, renew me and encounter me in, Jesus' name!"
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Nate Johnston¬†is a prophetic voice and worshiper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural lifestyle. Through his ministry school "Everyday Revivalists," he leads people from the basics of the Gospel through to being sent and released into their mission field, as well as championing and raising up emerging prophetic voices around the world. His burning cry and desire is to see the Body of Christ become a beacon for the lost by raising up a generation that walks in the love and power of God, representing Him well. Nate and his wife Christy have three daughters, Charlotte, Sophie, and Ava and live in Dallas, Texas.
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