THE NEXT STEP!
HERETOFORE, I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU IN RIDDLES, BUT NOW I WILL BEGIN TO SPEAK PLAINLY IN WORDS THAT ARE EASILY UNDERSTOOD. THE TIME OF PREPARATION FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD IS UPON YOU. IT IS TIME FOR MY CHILDREN TO BE EMPOWERED TO SPEAK MY WORDS AND DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL. THOSE WORKS SHALL BE REVEALED CLEARLY TO YOU. I WILL OPEN THE DOORS TO THE WORKS I HAVE CALLED YOU TO CARRY OUT. YOU ARE TO OBEY AND TAKE THE STEPS ORDERED BY ME AND SPEAK THE WORDS AND THOUGHTS THAT I PUT WITHIN YOU TO SPEAK. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”(Philippians 2:13).
YOU ARE A PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, AND SATAN’S MINIONS WILL NEVER PREVAIL AGAINST YOU OR MY PURPOSES. YOU ONLY AWAIT MY PERFECT TIMING. “… on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it”(Matthew 16:18).
YOUR NEXT STEP IS TO WAIT BEFORE ME IN PRAYER, PRAISE, AND THANKSGIVING. YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH AND THE WILL AND PURPOSE OF YOUR GOD WILL BE FULFILLED IN THOSE WHO WAIT BEFORE ME AND COME IN FAITH AND TRUST. “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near”(Luke 21:28).
The anointing left me at this point in my writing. I stopped writing, and though I waited on God to finish His message, God inspired or spoke nothing. All desire to write had departed. Three nights later I was conscious of an exceptionally dark cloud that was over me since my prayer meeting (I had attributed it to being sick). I was stripped of all joy and all praise. The usual praise and thanksgiving bubbling up from within was gone and I was left with an empty and useless feeling. My world was suddenly filled with darkness and satan brought confirming circumstances of hopelessness for a couple of days.
All week long I had been sick and felt that my future was dark. Finally, I fell asleep and I began to dream a dream that was unlike anything I had ever dreamed. I was surrounded in my dream by erotic dancers that I knew were satanic and, without my consent, I saw myself joining in. Suddenly I awakened, and was aware that the darkness that had surrounded me for days was definitely from satan. I began to repeat from the depths of my soul, “He that is within me is greater than he who is in the world!” The more I repeated it, the greater my spiritual strength and joy became. Finally I could feel the anointing of the Lord once again.
I know God is about to do something powerful and this was satan’s last hooray! The robber is trying in every way to rob God’s children and make them believe he is in charge. He tried to show his power, but nothing can or ever will compare to the awesome power of our Creator–our God! This taught me that we must await Christ’s outpouring of power and revelation with continual faith and praise. When we let-down for one second, satan seizes that moment to glorify himself. If we wait on God and allow ourselves to become weary or discouraged (as I had because of my sickness) we become emptied of faith and praise, and satan will immediately go to work and fill the vacuum with his evil power. God is saying this is the time to praise and worship as we await the Lord’s next move in his war against satan.
The greatest blocks to satan’s intentions are praise, worship, and prayer!!! This morning when I awakened I was immediately filled with praise and worship for God. When I went back to writing, the anointing was back, and I noticed that the last paragraph I had written ended with God telling us: “Your next step is to wait before me in prayer and thanksgiving because your redemption draweth nigh!”
God speaking again: SO, MY CHILDREN, BEGIN TO LOOK UP WITH A SPIRIT OF EXPECTANCY! AS YOU AWAIT YOUR PART IN MY AWESOME NEW WORK, LIVE IN FAITH AND ABIDE IN PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING FOR MY COMING WORKS! I WILL WORK AMONG MY CHILDREN AND FOR THE RECONCILIATION OF THE WORLD! YOUR REDEMPTION AND YOUR RIGHT TO ABIDE IN ME SHOULD CONTINUALLY BRING FAITH AND JOY INTO YOUR HEARTS. NEVER ABIDE IN EMPTINESS OR IN THE DARKESS PROVIDED BY SATAN. LIVE IN FAITH AND IN THE LIGHT OF MY SPIRIT, OR SATAN WILL FILL YOU WITH HIS DARKNESS AND HOPELESSNESS!
LET US BEGIN TO PRAISE HIM!
“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalms 34:1-3).
“The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker” (Psalms 95:5).
“Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches”(Psalms 63:3-6).
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore. Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth” (Psalms 105:1-5),
“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth — praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts which are toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered” (Psalms 40:2-5).
RECOUNTING HIS GOODNESS:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever” (Psalms 23:1-6).
~Security of the One Who Trusts in the LORD.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your habitation, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample under foot. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalms 91:1-15).
Let us pray: Oh Lord, I cannot number all of Your deeds of love and blessings that You have poured down upon me, nor can I recall the many times You have delivered me from my foolishness. You have blessed me, despite my unworthiness, because of Your great love. Through Your testing You have taught me many things and I thank You for leading and teaching me Your ways. My life of blessing would not exist if it were not for Your mercy. You redeemed me and gave me life abundantly, and I want to give my life totally unto You for Your glory. Help me to live and do the things that please and glorify You, and always to have a thankful heart filled with faith in You. Make me an overcomer for Your namesake. Help me to share Your love and life within me with others. I want to be dedicated totally to You. Forgive my sins, and help me to continually grow in Your ways and live always in Your image. Thank You dearest father god, and my savior Jesus Christ, for Your great love, care, and protection over me. Make me a witness that glorifies You with my life and words. Amen.
Wait with praise and thanksgiving before our God:
“Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved” (Psalms 66:8-9).