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Veronika West: "Bitter Waters Are Being Made Sweet"

Veronika West
Mar 1, 2023

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Steve ShultzWe know we serve a mighty God of redemption...who always wants to restore and redeem what was lost.

God has been speaking this theme over and over again about bringing great restoration...and, folks, we've seen nothing yet!

What are you wanting to see redeemed in your life, your family's lives, your region, your nation?

This is a much needed word for the hour from Veronika West of Ireland, as she gives us the word of the Lord:

"Watch! For I am turning, reversing and redeeming lost time. I am changing and transforming the bitter waters to sweet springs of refreshing and restoration. I am reviving and renewing strength, power and might to those who have become spiritually dehydrated and depleted. I am reinstating, rebuilding and reestablishing true Kingdom identity and authority. Watch! For a great awakening is now taking place in the earth."

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I heard the Spirit say, "Behold, the times of refreshing, renewal, restoration and revival have come, for I am taking My people on a journey from 'Marah' to 'Elim'.

"Watch! For I am turning, reversing and redeeming lost time. I am changing and transforming the bitter waters to sweet springs of refreshing and restoration. I am reviving and renewing strength, power and might to those who have become spiritually dehydrated and depleted. I am reinstating, rebuilding and reestablishing true Kingdom identity and authority. Watch! For a great awakening is now taking place in the earth."

Weary Ones in a Barren Desert

After hearing these words, I saw a powerful picture in the spirit realm, where many were walking in a hot, dry and barren desert. There were no visible signs of life other than weary, tired and exhausted souls. Some were staggering; some were desperately trying to move forward, straining and striving to put one foot in front of the other. I could hear their desperate cries for refreshing and restoration. Many were praying, waiting and watching for divine intervention, and for a way out of the dry, barren and hot desert place.

Now, as I looked a little closer, I saw that some seemed to be wearing what looked like crowns upon their heads, but their crowns lacked luster; they were without brilliance or shine. They looked heavy, worn and rusted through; and the weight of their crowns was like an iron yoke that slowed them down, depleting them of all strength, power and might.

The lies of the enemy had taken their toll on these people's minds, stealing and stripping them of their true Kingdom identity and authority as His anointed kings and high priests.

Now, as I began to inquire of the Lord as to what I was seeing, He showed me that the picture represented many in the Body of Christ in this season who have become spiritually dry, dehydrated and depleted of all life, power and their true Kingdom identity and authority. He showed me that deep disappointment has turned to desperation; passion has turned to passivity, complaining and complacency; zeal and vision have turned to hopelessness and fear. Many have been on the verge of spiritually giving up and giving in! (Photo via Rawpixel)

The spirit of grief and sorrow has overwhelmed and overpowered many. The spirit of confusion has taken hold of hearts and minds. The lack of clarity and godly wisdom has begun to cause many to lose direction and discipline, and spiritual death has seemed imminent.

As I listened to the Lord, I began to cry out for a manifestation of His mercy and His grace in this season. I asked the Father to intervene in the lives of these weary warriors who longed for liberty and freedom, and for the fulfillment of dreams and visions they once carried. I cried out to the Lord to break the chains that bound them, and to revive and renew their minds to their true identity as His kings and high priests on the earth. I asked the Father to breathe new life and fresh revelation into their hearts – that the crowns upon their heads would once again shine brightly with the radiance and brilliance of His glory, and that the heavy weight of false identity would be removed and replaced by a yoke of true sonship.

Bitter Waters Turned Sweet

Now, as I pondered this word and prayed for the Body of Christ, the Holy Spirit led me to read Exodus 15. There we see Moses leading his people through a hot and barren desert; many were thirsty with their mouths bone dry and their bodies severely dehydrated. Their situation also looked desperate.

Many were in danger of dying from thirst and hunger when suddenly they came to water! Thinking that their problems were over, they threw their weary bodies into the water, looking to quench their thirst, only to discover that the waters were salty and undrinkable.

One can only imagine the deep disappointment, grief and desperation that must have quickly taken hold of their hearts and minds. We see how many cried out to Moses, their leader, complaining, grumbling and murmuring against God. The people called that place "Marah," which means bitterness.

Now Moses, upon hearing the desperate cries of the people, turned his heart toward God and cried out for deliverance on their behalf. Immediately, God faithfully answered and revealed to Moses a stick – a piece of wood – that lay upon the ground. He instructed Moses to throw the piece of wood into the bitter waters. As Moses obeyed, the waters were immediately made sweet and the people began to drink. At once, their bodies, minds and spirits were revived, refreshed, renewed and restored.

A Journey from Marah to Elim

Then Moses led the people to a place called "Elim," which had twelve springs and seventy palm trees. Prophetically, I believe that many have been embarking on this long and treacherous journey from "Marah" to "Elim" in this season. Many have been in the place where the waters have been bitter and undrinkable. Spiritual dehydration has depleted many of God's vital strength, might and power. Hope and vision have been deferred; hearts have become sick and weary. (Photo via Pixexid)

But wait! Fear not, for God has heard the desperate cries of His people for divine intervention! Watch, for God is about to reveal to you a new way and an unexpected yet simple solution that will suddenly bring you forth into the place with twelve springs and seventy palm trees. Watch, listen and pay attention in this season, for the Spirit of God is speaking a word of instruction to His people.

If you will hear, trust, obey and follow His leading, God will sweeten the bitter waters. He will heal and reveal new pathways that will lead you to "Elim," the place where radical restitution and timely restoration and revival can fully manifest in and through your life.

I decree: In the days ahead, as you take your "Marahs" to God (those bitter experiences; those things that have seemed impossible, irreversible and unredeemable) and surrender them to Him, He will hear from Heaven and turn, reverse, redeem, restore, renew and revive every aspect of your life. What has been depleted and stripped from you – God's strength, might and power, as well as your true Kingdom identity and authority – will be fully restored to you. Look and see! In this season, the Lord is leading you by a new pathway to the place of twelve springs and seventy palm trees. It is a land of a great awakening to true sonship.

The Divine Exchange

As I personally mediated over this powerful word about surrendering all of my own bitter experiences (Marahs) from the past, the Holy Spirit showed me the Cross made of wood. There, a divine exchange took place on my behalf, when Jesus, my Savior, shed His precious Blood to redeem, restore, renew and revive every area of my life. There He took upon Himself a crown of bitterness in order that I may fully experience the sweetness of eternal life.

I give Him all the glory, honor, power and majesty! He is the King of kings and Lord of lords!

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Veronika West
Ignite Ireland Ministry

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Veronika West has been anointed and appointed by God as a prophetic voice to the nations. Veronika has a heart to see everyone in the Body of Christ fully activated and released in their Kingdom identity, purpose and destiny. Being born and raised in Africa, she also has a passion for deliverance ministry and seeing the hand of God set free the captives that are bound. She enjoys teaching the Word of God through practical application and supernatural impartation. Veronika heads up Ignite Ireland Ministries, and currently teaches a broad range of prophetic truths to those who are actively seeking to walk in deeper realms and dimensions of the prophetic ministry and office. Veronika is married to Andrew West, and together they have two children.

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