I AM RAISING YOU ABOVE YOUR CONFUSION!
The Lord is saying: “There is a wind that is beginning to blow the dust from your shelf. You are being called and will be sent forward again. There will be fastings in this next season that you didn’t experience in the last season. But the fastings will be for the enlargement of your territory. I am beginning to amass My people and join them together in troops. They will be land and structure changers. They will find and release those that were held captive by old ruling systems and release them to be restored. Many of these captives will be the leaders of My armies in days ahead. I am beginning to move on those people that have not known angelic intervention and they will know angelic intervention. I am beginning to blow again and some will say, ‘I must leave the mixed structure of my old Jerusalem, the place of my beginning that was mixed with sorrow and religion. I must come to Antioch, be renewed, and sent from there into where I need to go in the future.’ At this time, I am ordering the way for you to leave, be sent, return new, and complete what was not completed in the last season. I will come now and use what you have seen in your past as a pattern to propel you past the enemy and into the future.
“Look around you. Things might seem to be the same, but I have positioned you high on the mountain, and even the place that looks familiar no longer is familiar to you! I have raised you up to give you a vision of what I would do to bring down, build up and recreate your destiny that is waiting for you. The heavens are opening up over you and if you will ‘See’, I will use you to create the new.
“Hear the sounds of confusion that were confusing you. I have lifted you above that confused fray! I will cleanse and redirect My purposes in you. I’ve lifted you above confused noise and structures that would have held you captive. Sound has movement and confused sounds were moving around you. I will show you new ways to overrule the enemy and then you will descend as I send you back into the confused noise of the world that you once knew. You will be like a battle axe that has been anointed to cut through and form a path in the midst the enemy’s territory.
“I’ve been disciplining and training you in new ways. You will be My engineer of a NEW Highway. You will engineer the way ahead. You will move ahead in a new way. You will be an engineer. You will begin to set an order that hasn’t been set. You will begin to be the engineer and know how things are measured and lined out for the future. But you’ll say, ‘I don’t feel trained.’ But I will train you as I give you one piece at a time. I will cause you to engineer a new way. I have a heavenly release that I am bringing down upon you, and from the heavenly sound you will re-engineer the highways through the confusion in the earth realm.
“I’ve had to pluck the very depths of your soul. I’ve had to create a sound in your soul that you didn’t even know was there. I’ve had to pull your personality from deep within you, because the sounds of the world had captured My sound in you and diverted your personality. I have settled you so your impatience that was linked with the cares of the world would not rule your soul. I have formed a Rest Center on your behalf so you could gain a strategy to move through the dark night of your soul and into day. I’ve brought a new assignment to your life that will cause your personality to shine in Me. I have plucked the sound of your soul, and caused your heart to create a sound that will express My heart. Now your soul will resound with Me.” (Read Isaiah 42:12-17 in the New Living Translation)
Days 4-10 of the 40 Days to Revamp, Receive a New Vitality, and Move Forward Toward the Promises of the Next Season!
The best 40 Day Plan to review was created by the One sent to be Father’s perfect reflection. Jesus, Yeshua, the Messiah, was sent because Father loved the world enough to redeem us from the power and captivity of sin. We had all fallen short of His glory, so He sent His Son to be His perfect reflection to show mankind how to live in triumphant overcoming victory.
Jesus was God and man. He showed man the power of submission that would lead to victory. He fulfilled all requirements of righteousness. He made sure that He had done everything required from one season before He crossed into the next season. When reading through the book of Matthew, we find John the Baptist as the defining voice in the beginning of the book. John would call people to “repent” and then require them to come out to the wilderness to be baptized. Jesus went out to be baptized. John and his disciples had developed an order in the way they were paving the way for the Messiah to come. After giving a call to the people of the land, they led them out into a wilderness place. This place near the Jordan River would become “the place of the scapegoat.” John would preach repentance and turning from sins. He used language like, “You vipers, you snakes, turn now!” As they named their sins in the wilderness, then they would be baptized. This was the way of salvation for the time leading up to Jesus.
Jesus had no sin, but knew He needed to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness. However, after Jesus was initiated into ministry through John’s baptism, He spent 40 days in the desert wilderness receiving a new baptism. He was led into the wilderness by the Spirit and came out with power. He had to move from one message of change into another type of message of grace. In the wilderness, He met the devil. He resisted every temptation that would be known to man. For 40 days, His love for you and me withstood any attempt of the enemy to distract His purpose. You can move into a new grace during this time of shifting.
Nothing you are going through today can overtake you if you submit to the power of Christ in you, the hope of glory. He has overcome on your behalf. For 40 days, the onslaught of the devil was the most severe that would ever be known to man. He came out of His 40 days of resisting with overcoming power to transform the world. He triumphed over the trials of presumption and the enticements of pride. He offers a great power to you to overcome and triumph again in whatever you are facing today and the next few weeks. He has already overcome! You can overcome!
Do not give in to the pride of life or the offer to compromise. If you have been facing great temptations, shout “Go, in Yeshua’s Name!” Close the door to Satan’s temptations. Resist the tempter. Speak the right word at the right time. Declare your assigned wilderness is creating a new power within you to stand. You can resist!
Read John 3, Matthew 3-4, and Luke 4.
Meditate on 1 Corinthians 10. Memorize James 5:7-10
Leaving one season and going into the next is not always the easiest thing to do. John the Baptist had many disciples, but only Andrew left John in the wilderness and followed Jesus into the cities to eat with publicans and sinners. Our soul ties with the past structure as well as people who are unwilling to change can prevent us from advancing. The emotional tie that we need to cut with the old can be painful. Therefore, we resist the pain of change and choose to remain in what we are familiar with.
John did not seem excited about the changes that were coming to Israel through Jesus, the One for whom he had prayed, interceded, and paved the way. The message of repentance and the method of how to do it were both changing. Jesus went to the people instead of the people having to come out to the wilderness. Jesus loved the previous structure and all the people in that structure. However, He knew a Kingdom was calling and that He had to move forward to demonstrate the will of Father for the NOW! John eventually lost momentum and the passion to advance.
To embrace the new, you must let go of and quit clinging to the familiar. Matter of fact, if you hold on to the last structure, you will be limited in how you can grow, mature, and efficiently operate in time in your place of stewardship. Here are some of the areas in which we cling to the old:
Our Thought Processes – we need a new way of thinking
Old Methods – some are good, some are bad
Yesterday’s Message – great revelation but not relevant today
A Narrow Form – one that was pliable in the past season but is now becoming rigid
Established Markets – creative products for a time, but now new innovation is required
A Great Glory Manifestation – this created belief and reorganized your life; however, now God is moving in a new way that is stretching you again
A Lesser Power and Demonstration – He has more to show us
You can let go and follow! Take your new assignments! You will gain confidence as you go!
Read Matthew 11.
Meditate on Matthew 9. Memorize Matthew 9:17.
Watch your passion level! When we start losing vision for our future, we start losing passion and energy to advance. We are a people with passions and emotions like Elijah. Here are some questions to cause you to think critically:
Are you emotionally drained and expended from the last season?
Do you feel you have given your best and not seen the results you expected to see manifest?
What is the “The Word” you are warring with?
Do you need a new word for the next battle?
Are you being confronted by a strongman that makes you want to run for your life?
Have you come out of your abiding place?
Do you feel vulnerable?
Have you established your place at the gate of entry that the Lord has for your future?
Do you know where your “GATE” or position is?
Do you feel confident in your present assignment, position and role?
Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Cry out for new vision and allow the Lord to lead you from an old, familiar place. Sometimes our familiar surroundings tend to blind us. Jesus led the blind man out of town to heal him. The first time He touched his eyes, vision formed but was not clear. Cry out for clear vision! Notice the process of vision. Do not grow weary in the Lord’s process or method. Allow Him to touch you again! Allow clarity to come into your vision!
Read Mark 8:22-26.
Memorize and Meditate on Proverbs 18:16.
The Book of Nehemiah is a wonderful example and model of project development, endurance, and completion. Most likely, where you are presently positioned is a major factor in qualifying you for the future. Nehemiah was the cup bearer in the king’s palace in Sushan in Persia. His assignment gave him an advantage for his future call and positioning. Therefore, when he received a report of the brokenness of his beloved city of Jerusalem, he was already positioned to make a request to be positioned anew to accomplish God’s Kingdom purpose. Many times we do not realize that our current job, vocation, or assignment is our place of training for God’s call. The mundane duties of the day and the seemingly routine tasks can hinder us from practicing His Presence and receiving His burden. The burden of the Lord can find you if you are available to go “where you presently are”, not where you are “longing to go.”
Because Nehemiah was performing his duties at the court where he was assigned, he had access to information and could be sent properly into his next assignment. This is very similar to Moses, who grew up in Pharaoh’s court. Because he submitted during those years, Moses understood the structure and system that God was sending him in to bring change for His covenant purpose 40 years later. David had to serve in Saul’s court before he could rule in the Kingdom 17 years later.
Nehemiah’s relationship with the king would allow him to be sent to serve the Lord and his country. Because he had become trustworthy in his assignment in the king’s court, he could now receive the higher calling of the KING!
Read Nehemiah 1 and Exodus 1-2.
Meditate on and Memorize Matthew 25: 21: “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'”
“Let Me redefine your burden. This is not the burden you would choose. I will wash away the anxiety of your last burden and redefine your burden. I am ready to give you a new target and assignment. You have been so determined to stay spiritually focused in the way that you are going that you are missing My new assignment. I am giving new assignments and giving new burdens and raising up new intercessory calls. This will stop some of the warfare that you are experiencing. This is a time when you must listen and must quickly enter into your pause (selah). If not, you will be determined to correct when I am not correcting. You will misrepresent Me in the moment. I must have a people who represent Me in the moment, for moments are getting shorter. Your pause will lead you to your field. In a moment, you will be in your new field. Meet Me in the new field that I Am calling you to. I am waiting for you. This is a field you have not known how to harvest. You must glean for a season once you enter the field, and then you will be favored to reap the reward of your labor from the last season. Reaping will be an indicator that you have secured your footing in the new field.”
We are in a season in history where the church is moving from one realm of the prophetic into another. We are moving from “the sons of thunder” realm into “the Sons of Issachar” realm. The tribe of Issachar was the Torah Tribe. They knew the Word and could interpret times from the Word so Israel would know what to do. This anointing is so important this hour. We are learning to discern God’s perfect timing. Timing is not easy to learn. Great discipline defines your gift. Your gift makes room for you. Your maturing is a process! We all make mistakes by getting ahead of God’s timing or lagging behind God’s timing. There must be discipline so we learn from our missed opportunities and past passivity where we should have exercised our gift, but did not.
We cannot be a people who are just seeing problems, but we must develop the strategies to overcome and triumph. Many of us have an inner intuitive knowing or discernment. We can point out what is wrong, but never know what to do with it. This is a season of new solutions. Nehemiah saw the rubble from the season of war and destruction. When he looked at the rubble, he could also see the wall rebuilt. God is taking us beyond the rubble into a new place of building. He is calling us forth and pressing us through to get the plan.
This is not just a season to prophesy, but to execute. We love to prophesy but now we are learning how to carry the burden of the Lord. This was one of the characteristics of the Issachar tribe — they learned how to carry burdens. We are also learning how to gain insight on how to unlock provision before we move forward in fulfilling vision. You can learn about The Issachar School by going to our website (www.gloryofzion.org).
Read Nehemiah 2.
Meditate on Psalm 31. Memorize 1 Chronicles 12:32.
Nehemiah, Hannah and Jesus are examples of those who travailed to bring forth the next season. Travail is defined as birthing, delivering, being disgusted, faint, grieved, weary, distressed or troubled. The old Latin word referred to an instrument of torture composed of three stakes to which a person was tied. To travail is to be troubled, sorrowful, in agony, in intense pain, or in distress. In other words, it is not a comfortable experience. Think about Jesus at Gethsemane. He travailed until He bled.
Oftentimes, a person will initially interpret travail emotionally and become introspective. One may even suspect that something is wrong with them. However, travail is not an emotion but the burden of the Lord! A burden occurs when the voice of the Lord comes to a person and draws them into partnering with Him to birth and/or to war. The only way this burden can be released is through intense prayer. When a burden comes, you may feel weighted down by the revealed situation until it is released through sustained intercessory prayer. This is a Romans 8:22-26 time. The Holy Spirit within a person knows how to pray under this type of burden. As the person begins to pray, the Holy Spirit takes over and begins to travail within and through that person with groanings that cannot be expressed in English words.
Isaiah 42:13 says that God Himself “shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies.” Verse 14 continues, “I have held My peace a long time, I have been still and restrained Myself. Now I will cry like a woman in labor [travail].” Many times, in this narrow place, we are distressed because we are hung between two paradigms and identities. If we internalize this distress instead of straining every nerve to release what we are feeling, we go backwards into an emotional breakdown. Let the travail produce God’s plan of fullness and bring you and others forth into a new atmosphere and triumphant testimony. You will know your new choice for the life processes of God. Death’s grip will give up! You are warring out of death and into life. Once the new is coming forth you must not shrink back.
My children are now having children. In the past year, John & Stephanie had Chloe, Daniel & Amber had Lily, and Rebekah & Nathan had Samuel. Yesterday, Tiffany & Aaron Smith had Jocelyn. Justin & Jessica Rana had Reagan, and Micah & Lisa Bailey had Bethany. WOW – lots of additions in one year! This represents a great amount of travail in the past year, just with individuals in my immediate circle. Lots of anxiety, pain, rearrangement of duties, finances expended, rooms redone and houses expanded. However, the pain of the travail to bring forth is forgotten when you see the future has already been released and is maturing.
Read 1 Samuel 1& 2.
Mediate on Romans 8. Memorize John 16:20.
Nehemiah was positioned in the King’s palace and living a life of comfort and ease. This position allowed him to be sent to his next assignment. Your present assignment is important. A friend came to him to communicate the real issue of his people and the state of Jerusalem. Nehemiah was living at ease and all of a sudden this divine connection caused his emotions to be stirred, and really made his life turn upside down.
This is a time that we must look deep into every connection on our path. How is something new coming into our life? How will the new information you receive change your normal, comfortable life? When the Lord is ready to do something in your life that will benefit you and His Kingdom purposes, He knows what and who to send to create the un-nesting of your current surroundings.
I see that the Lord is ready to employ many new people in His service. He has His remnant in all places! For example, Obadiah was in the house of Ahab. In Rome, Caesar’s household was filled with Saints. Naaman’s wife’s maid was employed in Syria to connect and change, not only his life, but two nations. Esther and Nehemiah were both in the palaces of kings. Pilot’s wife played a major role in Jesus’ life. Paul was the Sanhedrin’s finest specimen of knowledge and religion. Moses was in Pharaoh’s court for 40 years. You are somewhere for a time such as this!
Nehemiah could not forget that he was an Israelite. He could not get rid of the burden and the distress he felt deep in his spirit when he discussed his people with his friend. Like Moses and Paul, he was annoyed, distressed and agitated in his spirit (Acts 7:23, Acts 16). He could not compartmentalize his emotions and alienate himself in his comfort. He had to go and visit the burdens of his people so his spirit could find relief. He had to gain favor for a massive change.
Your present place right now is very important. The people coming into your life right now are important. The information you are receiving is important. How you process new reports and opportunities is important. The divinely sent changes into your comfortable life are important for you to watch. How you release the emotions in your life is important. How you receive and exercise the favor that is being released to you is important. Your suggestions are important. You may seem to be hidden in the past season, but you are being found for “such a time as this”. Do not let your emotions stop you from moving into your next level of destiny!
Read Nehemiah 2 and 2 Kings 5:1-19.
Meditate on and Memorize Proverbs 21:1-3.
Chuck D. Pierce