"While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said: "your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, 'Do not be afraid; Only Believe.'"-Mark 5:35-36
Recently, there have been people who have had situations arise that begin to oppose their faith in the Lord. These situations speak contrary to the words of our Precious Jesus. Many of you have knocked, persevered, waited, prayed and fasted but have yet to see a release to your promise. It has gotten to a point that even your friends and family have come around and inquired "Why bother? There is no hope. It is not going to happen." But Jesus has heard your petition and He is saying; "Do not be afraid; Only Believe!" Your Belief, your Faith will be the driving force to seeing your mountain move. It will be the driving force to obtaining your breakthrough.
Friends, I encourage you to have NO FEAR!
As you stand in Faith and choose to believe, you WILL see your promise fulfilled!
The Lord has been ministering to me about increasing expectation in 2015. Faith is a huge thing, when faith is genuine, we expect to see what we’re believing Him for. This year, God is going to blow our minds with what He can do, we need to position ourselves by expecting Him to move. Expect more, more intervention, more encounters, greater exploits, and greater clarity in hearing Him.
The Harvest is ripe and the Lord has raised up many laborers to bring it in. 2014 was an intense year for many. It was a year of Departure, transition, and positioning. This year, the Lord is pouring into those positioned to receive, those who have been laboring in the fields will see the fruit of their labor. I see a picture of a large garden bed with seeds, and seeds, and seeds planted and an explosion of growth and life as water hits it. The field is ripe and ready, swelling with the promise of glory. We’ve stepped into an explosion as the seeds that have been planted suddenly bear fruit, more seeds will sprout, and more seeds will fall and be planted. Many of the seeds will jump into fruitfulness the second their planted.
Amos 9:13 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it.
I feel like the Lord is raising expectation in America. I feel like this year will be a dramatic shift in the Church with their expectation for the miraculous. The Lord has been putting a spotlight on His power and revealing it’s for everyone who wants it. There is an increased awareness of His power to heal and the evidence of it is making an impact in the evangelical community that are more opposed to the manifestation of the Spirit. Also, many in those evangelical circles are becoming filled with the Spirit just through personal intimacy with the Lord. As the expectation rises in the Church this year, we are going to see more healings and miracles explode through every day normal believers.
As I was praying about this year, I heard Psalm 103:3. I feel Psalm 103:2-5 are going to be highlighted this year, especially God’s forgiveness and healing power.
Psalm 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
There are going to be incredible unity through the Church for those listening to the Spirit and even those in the evangelical communities that reject that you can hear from the Spirit. The Lord is waking up His bride. Unity is going to be a natural product of Listening to Him and focusing on the Commission. Pieces are going to fit together very naturally and it will be clear that it is the Lord’s doing. Whenever there has been attempts of unity, it usually fell short, but as the Church aligns herself to complete His mission, unity will be produced as the Lord releases strategies and revelation on the Kingdom of God and how to impact a city and nation for the Lord.
There is going to be such a huge shift this year in Portland and the NW. We’re already seeing a change in receptivity, hunger, and expectation in the people we’ve been ministering to. There has been an increase in those giving their lives to the Lord. Churches are reporting a sudden increase in Church attendance, God’s glory will cover this city and Portland will be an example of a city transformed. Right now, the Lord is releasing strategies for bringing Kingdom influence throughout the city, revealing strongholds and places of influence, and a grace to release the Kingdom in those places.
In November, the Lord have me a word about repayment and restoration of what the enemy has stolen, proclaiming increase and abundance for those who have been faithful. This word carries into this year.
11/4/2014 “This is a season I am bringing, a season of joy, a season of finance, a season to be merry in the provision of the Lord. I am pouring out my wisdom on all flesh, on all who desire Me. The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, watch it grow until the birds can nest. Watch My bride, My beautiful Bride adorned for her Husband. I am coming in this season, as a thief in the night to restore that which is lost, that which was taken wrongfully, this is a season of repayment. Those who have stuck by My side, who did not grow weary in the days of testing, I will be a banner over them, I will show Myself strong in them, I will take back what the enemy has stolen and they will be repaid 10 fold. There is much increase coming for those who wait for me, those who long for me, those who are with Me in the secret place of their hearts.”
Joshua Shaw 1/1/2015