This morning in prayer, I had a vision of myself standing in Cologne, Germany. It looked like a place my foot had tread over 10 years ago—the Cologne Central Station with the historic cathedral nearby.
The image was vivid and steady. I saw people moving about the square. Although the scene was calm, I felt an urgency in my spirit to understand the sudden vision of Germany’s largest city. I scanned headlines and was surprised.
What I learned was this: In the past several days, there have been communication failures in the nation’s airline industry. Germany fighter jets had to intercept a London-bound flight as a result. The Cologne library has opened its doors to refugees.
Also this week, a Syrian refugee is on trial for an Islamic State bomb plot in Germany. Meanwhile, German police are warning refugees not to attend the carnival celebrations starting on Thursday, only later to apologize. But German cities are banning trucks during carnivals amid terror fears.
Angels are ministering spirits sent to serve the heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:14). Angels help us, protect us, send messages to us, unfold revelation, guard us and more. Angels are all around us.
Since the Lord gave me the prophetic word about the angels of abundant harvest, I’ve been studying angels more and more. While God must remain the center of our focus—we need to study His will, character and ways—we’d be foolish to ignore what the Bible says about angels.
The Bible mentions angels and other heavenly creatures over 370 times. They appear as men. They appear in dreams. They appear in brilliance. They appear in visions. They appear in trances. They have walked and talked with men on the earth. They move at the speed of light.
The anticipation leading up to Inauguration Day was intense. From threats of violent protests—more than were arrested and police were reportedly injured during the fray—and prophetic warnings from many leaders in the body of Christ urging prayer, it’s no wonder there was a sound of victory when Donald J. Trump officially stepped into the office of President of the United States.
But in that moment, there was more than the sound of victory—there was the sound of lions roaring in the spirit. When Trump decreed and declared so emphatically, "There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected ... by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God” roars echoed in the spirit.
It wasn’t Trump’s roar. It wasn’t the roar of false prophets with conspiracy theories that try to wring money from your pocket with fearful predictions that offer no hope of redemption or mercy.
I sense angels being dispatched to interrupt the prince of the power of the air’s perversion even now. Let’s keep praying.
As I was praying about what to share at Potus Shield, the convocation for a group of prophetic leaders working seek the Lord and prepare for transforming revival in our nation, Holy Spirit started talking to me about the media.
“There are many voices and none without signification, but I want My voice to be the loudest one people hear in the media. I want My voice echoed with clarity so that it will ripple through the lies of the prince of the power of the air. I want My truth to be established in every sphere of society. As the righteous ones rise up in the media world, the people who listen and read what is being proclaimed will begin to discern fact from fiction, truth from lies. They will begin to understand My perspective on the matters at hand and it will resonate in the hearts of many who are sick and tired and overwhelmed with the hopelessness and despair on the airwaves and in print. Many are looking for an alternative. Many are seeking truth. Pray that the blinders would be removed. Pray that hearts would be softened. Pray that boldness would arise even among those non-believers who have a heart for the truth. Pray and keep on praying because I intend to have My way in the media. The wicked one has infiltrated the airwaves but I will have the last word.”
Every morning, I gather with hundreds of people to pray prophetically in our Mornings With the Holy Spirit prayer calls. This was birthed out of a week-long prayer series for my devotional by the same name over two years ago.
These calls have grown increasingly prophetic in nature. So much so that I complied a CD of prophetic songs, sounds and decrees that defy impossibilities called Dream Wild from words released in those early morning devotions. Below I’m offering a transcript of one of my prayer sets. I know this will inspire and encourage you!
Shake off the despair. Toss aside the thoughts that have bound you, in Jesus’ name. It’s time to shake it off. It’s time to come up higher. It’s time to run faster toward the Lord. I break off the lethargy. I break off the apathy the enemy has tried to put upon you. I break it off, in Jesus’ mighty name.
When I step into cities or nations, the Lord often almost immediately speaks to my heart about what He thinks and feels. Last week, I traveled to our nation’s capitol to speak at the convocation for Potus Shield, a council of prophets and other spiritual leaders—including Cindy Jacobs, Rick Joyner, Lou Engle and Lance Wallnau—assembling to raise up a spiritual shield in Washington, D.C.
As I sat in the cab passing by the Washington Monument, the Lord began speaking to my heart about this epic city:
Washington, oh Washington, I am doing a work in you. I am working to restore the foundations and return you to your former glory. I am rooting out corruption and I am calling you back to the integrity that once marked you. I am calling for truth and righteousness. I am calling you back to your roots by rooting out that which has defiled you. I am doing this little by little but I am doing it. I am raising up Nehemiahs that will repair the breaches and I am raising up Daniels who will interpret the signs. I am raising up those who know My heart and My will for the nation to speak into the heart of America. I am raising them up to expose, to root out, to rebuild and to restore. I am raising them up.
During our morning prayer calls for my devotionals—Mornings With the Holy Spirit and now the brand new Evenings With the Holy Spirit—the Lord often speaks prophetically to the hundreds of people on the call. This prophetic word helped a lot of people, and I wanted to share it with you.
God has need of your voice but you’re waiting in the wings, you’re standing in the shadows, you’re sleeping in the cave. And God would say to you, “Come out of the cave, in Jesus name.” Come out of that cave that Obadiah put you in, surviving on bread and water and hiding from Jezebel. Come out of the cave, says the Lord, and be strong and courageous. Just as I told Joshua to be strong and courageous as he began to enter into a new season of his life, I would say to you today be strong and courageous.
Don’t look upon their faces, but look to Me. Look upon My face because I will give you an anointing that breaks the yoke. I will give you the strength to battle through. I will give you the strategy to conquer every enemy that stands in your way. But you must emerge from the cave.
When I was driving to Orlando for Christmas, I heard the Lord say, “Next.” I started meditating on that word “next.” I looked it up on the dictionary. In other words, I pressed into what the Lord ways saying. The Lord showed me next level assignments, next level warfare and next level blessings. Our cry this year is going to be, “Next!”
Here’s what the Lord spoke to my heart: “Those who are seeing first the kingdom of God this year are going to see an acceleration. You are going to advance faster than you’ve ever advanced. You will find angelic assistance on your journey, and you will need it. One assignment will come after another. At times, you’ll have more than one assignment at the same time. The warfare will also be next level but you will defeat one enemy after another after another after another. And the blessings will come in rapid succession. Each time you finish an assignment, each time you conquer your spiritual foe, you will see new level blessings in your life. You will see it as you stand your ground, as you obey My leading and as you seek My heart.”
It’s time to step out of the ordinary into the extraordinary. It’s time to step out of our comfort zone and into the abundance zone. It’s time to step out of the past and into the next! Let’s unpack this “next” word so we can cooperate with the grace of God as the Lord releases the angels of abundant harvest.
Surreal. It was Merriam-Webster’s “word of the year.”
What does it mean? You may have some idea through usage, but Merriam-Webster defines surreal as "marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream.”
“We also give as its synonyms unbelievable and fantastic. It’s a relatively new word in English, and derives from surrealism, the artistic movement of the early 1900s that attempted to depict the unconscious mind in dreamlike ways as “above” or “beyond” reality,” M-W editor Peter Sokolowski reports. “Surreal itself dates to the 1930s, and was first defined in a Merriam-Webster dictionary in 1967.
Visitors to online dictionary looked up the word “surreal” in 2016 more than any other word.
In his classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, British writer Charles Dickens opened his books with words that I can relate to: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I don’t know about you, but that describes my 2016.
There were tremendous breakthroughs, but there was also tremendous warfare. There were many new kingdom relationships formed, but some were also lost to spiritual combat. There were many new doors of opportunity, but there was also tremendous pressure! I’ve learned we do more spiritual growing during the hard times than we do during the easy times—and God is faithful.
Every year at this time I look back on the last 12 months. I take account of the good times and the bad times—I thank God. And then I declare that the coming year is going to be my year! As part of this process, though, I am also careful to leave the past in the past. I know if I want to freely walk through the divine doors God is setting before me I need to leave the pain of the past season behind. See, I take God at His Word: