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There are times and seasons where God asks us to be as bold as lions...and, folks, we are in that day!
He is knocking at the door of our hearts and urging us to move ahead with Him.
Sylvia Neusch writes about this in her recent word and shares a word from the Lord:
This is what I hear the Spirit of God saying:
"Can you hear Me knocking? I am knocking and waiting for you to answer. I am not looking for a tentative answer but a whole-hearted response. Will you go with Me wherever I might lead you? It will not always be easy, and the way not always clear, but I am with you... It is time to be ready, dressed in your battle armor, awaiting your marching orders. You have been trained and equipped, and it is time for forward movement..."
You see, God has made us ready... We are awakening to the darkness around us, standing up to it, and saying NO to the enemy and YES to the Lord in our stance...AND this is just the beginning.
God is knocking...and it's up to us to open the door and answer His calling...moving ahead in His strength and power. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Can you hear Him knocking? Jesus is standing at the door of many hearts in this hour, and He is patiently, but intently, knocking. His knocking is a compelling invitation. He knocks and waits for our response.
Jesus is inviting us to go with Him into the new. It is a time of leaving the past behind to lay hold of the new.
A Call to the Altar
When Elisha received his call to follow Elijah, he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen. Elisha kissed his mother and father goodbye, slaughtered his yoke of oxen, then burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and give to people (see 1 Kings 19). He made a clean break from the things that might hold him in the familiar in order to fully step into the new with a whole heart.
Some believe that Elisha's burning of the plowing equipment represented an altar. God is calling us to the altar in this season. The altar is a place of sacrifice. The altar is a place where we give up and release those things that would keep us from fully embracing His call on our lives. The altar is a place where everything that is not of Him is burned up and consumed. He is a consuming fire.
Jesus is knocking, that we might welcome Him in. He wants to come and make Himself at home in our hearts. He is cleaning house, rearranging things and bringing upgrades.
"My beloved reached into me to unlock my heart. The core of my very being trembled at his touch. How my soul melted when he spoke to Me!" (Song of Songs 5:4 TPT)
Yes, Jesus is longing to unlock hearts in this hour. He holds the keys to every heart, and His touch leaves us forever changed, longing for more intimate encounters with Him. (Photo via Pxfuel)
Things may feel unsettled for many. Issues are coming to the surface requiring a response. Will we cave into the comfortable and familiar, or will we allow Him to have His full way? It is easier to stay broken than to do the hard work of healing unto restoration and wholeness, but the latter will yield fruit and benefits for generations to come. Jesus paid the price for everyone's wholeness, and He longs for all to step into their inheritance with Him.
Transitions are underway, both big and small. It is a time to keep our hearts in check, not passing judgment on the movement of others. We must keep our gaze forward and our eyes on Him. It is not the time to judge the path of another, but trust that our Father is big enough to guide their steps as well.
"Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all you ways." (Proverbs 4:25-26 NIV)
It's Time to Open the Door
Can you hear Him knocking? Even His knock speaks of love. It is not a time for hesitation. It is not a time for excuses. There is an urgency in His knocking. The time is a kairos time. It is an appointed time. There is an encounter with Him waiting for us. There is oil for our lamps. It is a time to gather oil. It is a time to trim our wicks.
"I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking: 'Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.' I have taken off my robe—must I put it on again? I have washed my feet—must I soil them again?" (Song of Songs 5:2-3 NIV)
Those who open the door to Him in this hour will dine with Him. He has a banquet table awaiting those who will enter in with Him. It is a time to buy from Him gold refined in the fire. There are white clothes to cover our shame and salve to open our eyes to see (see Revelation 3:18).
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me." (Revelation 3:20 NIV)
A Moment of Surrender
This is what I hear the Spirit of God saying:
"Can you hear Me knocking? I am knocking and waiting for you to answer. I am not looking for a tentative answer but a whole-hearted response. Will you go with Me wherever I might lead you? It will not always be easy, and the way not always clear, but I am with you.
"As you open the door and step through, know that it is a moment of surrender. It is a death to self and it is a life-filled path that will also lead you to join in the fellowship of My sufferings, but it is also the only path to hope, joy and great fulfillment. Yes, I have new realms to reveal to you, and treasures mined from the dark places that have sought to take your life. But, LIFE I give to you, My child. Ever-unfolding, ever-joyful, abundant and eternal life is yours. (Photo via Flickr)
The Awakening Alarm
"I am issuing an awakening alarm. It is time to rise from your slumber, being watchful and mindful. It is time to be ready, dressed in your battle armor, awaiting your marching orders. You have been trained and equipped, and it is time for forward movement; but first, renew your heart before Me. Receive again My cleansing, healing and refreshing waters to wash away the dirt and grime from the former seasons.
"My grace covers you, My child. My grace releases to you everything you will need. As I said to the twelve, 'Follow Me.'
"Will you open the door and come with Me?"
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Sylvia Neusch Ministries
Sylvia Neusch¬†is a wife, mother, pastor, author, prophetic voice and prophetic blogger. Sylvia operates with an anointing to sense the times and seasons and encourages the Body of Christ in stewarding the current and coming move of God. Through her writing and teaching, Sylvia has a passion to encourage and equip people to discover their true God-given identity and mature in Christ to walk in their God-given destiny. She longs to see the modern-day royal priesthood step more fully into their role of partnering with Heaven through powerful prayers and declarations. Sylvia and her husband, Richard, are the senior leaders of True Life, a non-denominational church in Round Rock, Texas. They are also the founders and overseers of the Austin School of Supernatural Ministry.
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