DAY NINE: It’s Vindication Time!
Today I’m continuing to introduce you to some prophetic ministries I trust. It’s actually quite hard to prophecy in general and in writing, rather than to an individual (though the Bible is full of it!), so I’m truly impressed when prophets of integrity seem to “hit the nail on the head” so often.
Nate Johnston seems to do just this, and frequently blesses me. Here’s a word released in recent weeks (Check out links and the full word at the bottom) – and stay connected to them, they’re awesome!
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ON THE PATH OF CONFLICT, I AM LEADING YOU TO A PATHWAY OF MY VINDICATION! (By Nate Johnston)
Earlier this week, I had a dream where I was being pursued by wild beasts and lions that were chasing after me. I knew that I was going after the calling that God had placed on my life, and yet I felt like I was being pursued at every corner. Have you ever felt like this too? Then suddenly a flaming sword came down into the road and divided it—separating these beasts from me, so they were unable to get to me.
Then I heard a voice say, “Sever the path. Close the door. Shut all access points. This is a new chapter; this is a new path. Walk in it!”
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)
I knew this was an instruction of the Lord to sever and bring closure to areas of the past, but I also knew this was the Lord speaking about how we had entered into a time of the closing of an old door and the beginning of a new one—the severing of an old path and the beginning of a new one. I knew immediately this was for the pioneers who’d been pioneering on a particular journey for such a long period of time. It was for those who’ve been in transition for a long period of time and have been walking a certain way, they have now become familiar with the different aspects of the road—the different enemies, the different hurdles, the different issues, and the specific terrain. But I knew this was the Lord now saying, “Hey, this new path you’re about to walk on is going to look very different from what you’ve known.” I also knew it was the Lord speaking about the ending of a season of warfare and opposition and the beginning of a season of protection and favor, and the restoration of joy and strength.
I knew this was the Lord speaking into a new path and a season of time where we will have the ability to focus on the building rather than just the defending—like Nehemiah in the rebuilding of the wall where his people had to constantly hold a sword in one hand and a building tool in the other. This would be a season where we can use both hands and all our effort and might can be focused on the building, where we won’t have to constantly keep defending ourselves from the ravenous beasts that have been at our doorstep.
A scripture came into my spirit instantly;
And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (Isaiah 35:8-10 NIV)
AND YOU WILL FINALLY BIRTH IT!
And then I heard the Lord say, “And now comes the birthing that has been delayed! I’m cutting off all access points so that the birthing suite will be safe for you to birth what I’ve given you to birth!”
“This will be a season,” says the Lord, “where you will be able to completely feel safe. Many have been waiting for a long season, many have been waiting for an environment and a habitat that feels safe for them to birth what I have given them—and this will be that season,” says the Lord. “It will be a season where you do not have to look over your shoulder anymore, waiting for something that is trying to take you out. This will be a season where you’ll feel peace, the release, and the ‘go’ to finally plant your feet and birth what I’ve given you, and you will build in peace,” says the Lord.
IF YOU DREAM IT, I WILL BUILD IT
“You will have the resources, you will have the funds, you will have the support to be able to build what I’ve given you. You will have the infrastructure, you will have the plans, and you’ll know that it is a season, a grace, and a time to be able to establish what I’ve given you. You will wander no more—you will stop looking and you will not have to continually be seeking—but you will find and you’ll establish your feet and plant your feet in the land that I’ve given to you,” says the Lord. “You will finally build and establish that which I’ve put on the inside of you. But will you dream with Me or will you keep looking at your circumstances and letting them taunt you? For if you dream it, I will build it! “
LET THE OLD PATH GO
As I was talking to the Lord about all of this, I felt a strong sense of needing to surrender everything that I had walked through and was still carrying—mindsets, fears, people, all of it! So what was I carrying?
“Your directions and your will,” I heard Him say. Ouch.
“Your failures and thinking this will end badly,” I heard Him then say. Ouch again.
“Ok Lord, I lay it all down. I have to step into this with fresh eyes and a heart uncluttered.”
Will you lay it all down and surrender everything? I feel such a fear of the Lord over this new path. It feels like holy ground and we shouldn’t step into it with the same familiarity—we need to leave that on the old path. What do you need to let go of? What about the people on your old path that didn’t—or couldn’t—come with you? On this new path, you can’t be focused on what other people are doing and saying or you will miss what God is doing. You can’t look around at Sodom like Lot’s wife did and also be able to hold your gaze with Jesus. You are going to have to tune out the disapproval and noise of others and make the only thing you hear and see the King of Glory.
Let it all go… ALL FOR JESUS!
Read the full word by Nate here: https://www.nateandchristy.co/the-path-of-holinessand bookmark their prophetic words page. It’s frequently updates and blesses me so much.