Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rejoice In Me!

Isaiah 48:1-22 “Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah, you who take oaths in the name of the LORD and invoke the God of Israel— but not in truth or righteousness; 2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and claim to rely on the God of Israel— the LORD Almighty is his name: 3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. 4 For I knew how stubborn you were; your neck muscles were iron, your forehead was bronze. 5 Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, ‘My images brought them about; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’ 6 You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them?“From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.7 They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, ‘Yes, I knew of them.’ 8 You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ears have not been open. Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth. 9 For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely. 10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed?  I will not yield my glory to another.12 “Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last. 13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together14 “Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold these things? The LORD’s chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians.15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission.16 “Come near me and listen to this:“From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there.”And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, endowed with his Spirit.17 This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. 18 If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea. 19 Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be blotted out nor destroyed from before me.”20 Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, “The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob.” 21 They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out.22 “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” 
My holy people, arise to the call of My voice. Arise and come close. Arise to hear My Great Heart and to know My will. For these are indeed the days you were created for and this time is what you have been waiting for.
All of creation has waited for this time, for it is the time I am going to be moving like no other. For there is a great work to be done, much fruit for Father and great rejoicing for the hope of My holy people is being restored for a purpose, one grander than you could ever imagine. I am causing you to live and move and have your being IN ME.
Mountains will shake as you ascend with Me. Nations will move at My Word. Cities, regions and whole areas will be affected for My Kingdom as you, My holy people, run through the cities with Me.
Our time together is sweet and it will be even sweeter as you learn to run with Me through the villages, gathering precious fruit for Father. No longer waiting in isolation, I am calling you to radically follow Me, becoming joint fruit bearers with Me. My grace is being poured out. I am moving once again. The cloud is moving. The fire is moving.
Push away the fears. Push away the tendency to remain isolated, alone and rejected. Push away what has kept you a prisoner to the past. Instead embrace Me, follow Me, trust Me with you moment by moments, as well as your distant tomorrows.
It is time to run with Me. Not move slowly, but be quick to obedience. For obedience is always better than sacrifice. I have sacrificed, so that you may move quickly with Me.
There is a fresh new sound of triumph in the air. Do you hear it? Many foot soldiers, marching triumphantly forward. Distant sounds of artillery ... the sound of My air assaults being carried out, clearing the way for you to enter into regions, cities, even nations. Now is the time. Now is the time to arise, to put on your hope again and to follow Me into victory again.
Some have been in transition for 10 years. Some have been in transition for 20 years. Yes, even some have been in transition for 30 years, awaiting My call at this time, awaiting the time to fulfill your purpose. In Me, all things will be done. In exact accordance with My plan and purpose, the sound has been released and you, My holy people, are responding. You are arising to this sound of triumph and to this sound of combined marching. Step in step, marching together, radically follow Me, demonstrating My Kingdom, fulfilling the very beat of My Great Heart.
Rejoice. Yes, rejoice. Even now. Yes, today rejoice. Don't wait. Rejoice now, for the fullness you have seen is about to be manifest. Great grace for this appointed time. Put on your armor and Rejoice in Me and with Me.

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