She's also highly pastoral, something we don't always connect prophets to, meaning she cares for the sheep and is set on building the Church at large.
At the same time, she is fierce and tenacious like a lion and doesn't back down in the face of spiritual warfare and adversity. Her integrity is refreshing and a voice to pay attention to in this season and for years to come. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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In a recent prayer time, I began to hear the Scripture Isaiah 61:4 in my spirit: "They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations."
More Exposures in Places of Influence
In 2020 we've been in a season where the Lord has been exposing and tearing down that which cannot go into the new. I had a dream in June 2020 where the Lord showed me He was bringing down those who have been in high places that have exalted themselves above the Lord. There is more exposure coming to those in places of influence.
Prepare to Build and to Plant
In the beginning of August, I had a dream where I saw the storm of this season moving out and the sun came out again. As this storm begins to shift, we'll begin to see the things that need to be rebuilt and repaired.
Isaiah 58:12 AMP declares, "And your people will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up and restore the age-old foundations [of buildings that have been laid waste]; you will be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings." What is a ruin? A ruin is "the physical destruction or disintegration of something, or the state of being destroyed; object reduced (a building or place) to a state of decay or collapse."
Part of the Jeremiah 1:10 mandate is to tear down and uproot, but we often miss the part where it says we are to build and plant where things have been uprooted. When we fail to repair or fill the gaps again, it gives the enemy opportunity to build and plant what he wants.
September: The Month of Expectancy
As we have stepped into September and are preparing to enter into the Hebrew year 5781, one of the word pictures of that year is represented through the ox. Prophetically, an ox represents strength and the apostolic grace. In the midst of all that's going on there will be a grace to build and advance. Remember, natural seasons don't dictate the spiritual seasons.
As I pressed into this more, the Lord reminded me of the story of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was the king's cupbearer. His heart was troubled when he heard the news of his people being in exile and the wall of Jerusalem left in devastation. (Photo via Pixabay)
"They said to me, 'The remnant in the province, who survived the exile, are in great trouble and disgrace. Jerusalem's wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned.'" (Nehemiah 1:3 CSB)
Nehemiah was broken and burdened by the state of his people. The Lord gave him favor with the king to build and get the resources needed. As you begin to step out and purpose in your heart to do that which God has put upon your heart, I prophesy that the favor and resources will meet you.
Know that when you begin to build and advance, there will be opposition; there will be those who don't have your heart and will come against you to distract you. This was true for Nehemiah. As he began to asses the damage, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem came against Nehemiah. They began to mock and accuse him of being in rebellion to the king (Nehemiah 2). Radical obedience will look like rebellion to those who don't understand. When you begin to build, its important to know your enemy or opposition (Ephesians 6:12).
Sanballats carry a spirit of distraction and are an enemy in secret. Sanballats are those who are wolves in sheep's clothing. Sanballat was under the rule of the king with Nehemiah, but he hated him. You must be able to recognize and discern your "Judas." Sanballats carry a religious spirit. When God increases your influence in Heaven and upon the earth, the devil will send people into your life with the intent to derail you from your destiny. Be discerning.
Tobias means "the Lord is good." When building, be aware of those you call family in the Lord that have lost the understanding for where you're going. As you advance, there will be those who don't have the capacity to go with you. The enemy can manipulate good people into becoming the enemies of your destiny. Don't get bitter; bless them and move on. Sometimes you have to separate to multiply.
Geshem means "rain storm." Geshems are those who are your enemy in the open. Identifying the demonic resistance against you will help direct your warfare. Know and discern the principalities and strongholds in your regions so you can be effective.
Throughout the book of Nehemiah these three came against Nehemiah relentlessly. They tried to distracted him, scheme against him, slander and accuse him, and even plotted to kill him. God was faithful to keep Nehemiah and expose the plans of the enemy every time.
Nehemiah 4:14-16 says: "After I made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, 'Don't be afraid of them. Remember the great and awe-inspiring Lord, and fight for your countrymen, your sons and daughters, your wives and homes.'
"When our enemies heard that we knew their scheme and that God had frustrated it, every one of us returned to his own work on the wall. From that day on, half of my men did the work while the other half held spears, shields, bows, and armor..." (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
God was faithful to His people and protected them. Throughout Nehemiah it often says that the Lord strengthened their hands to do the work (Nehemiah 2:18); God is going to release a grace upon you. No matter the warfare, you will succeed and overcome. What made Nehemiah and the people effective was that they knew how to build with one hand and be ready to defeat the enemy with the other hand. Don't fear, God is with you as He was with Nehemiah. He will empower you to complete what He has put in your heart to do.
I have a felt a prophetic stirring about the month of September. Where there has been a prophetic pause and reset, I see the pace shifting and picking up. September is the 9th month. Prophetically, 9 is the number of fullness and birthing. In July, the 7th month, the Lord showed me there was a completion happening, the turning of a new page. In August, the 8th month, we stepped in a time of new beginnings – a fresh start. And now, as we have stepped into the 9th month, I see many relaunching and launching. What God has been building in you over the past few months, in the hidden place, is coming into view and fullness this month of September.
September is a month of expectancy. Expect to see. Watch and see what the Lord will do in your life. (Note: In August, I saw a rocket launch happening in September that would bring confirmation. Just within the first few days of September, a rocket was indeed launched into space.)
Amos 9:13-15 MSG, "'Yes indeed, it won't be long now.' GOD's Decree. 'Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won't be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I'll make everything right again for My people Israel:
"'They'll rebuild their ruined cities. They'll plant vineyards and drink good wine. They'll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables. And I'll plant them, plant them on their own land. They'll never again be uprooted from the land I've given them.' GOD, your God, says so."
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Madeline James Ministry
Madeline James is an emerging prophetic writer and voice who desires to release the heart of the Father, and be a tuning fork for the Body of Christ. She operates in the seer and revelatory realm. Her heart is to release revelation and wisdom that will help propel and push the Body of Christ forward. Madeline is the author of Rooted In Love, Declaring Your Morning, co-author of Emerge, and the blogger of the prophetic blog Nabi's Pen. She resides in Lexington, KY with her husband Richie and their two daughters.
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