This prophetic blog by Sara Maynard of Redleaf Prayer has been very well received. May the Lord use it to inspire and activate you in prayer. Click here to read.
A Powerful Prophetic Dream from Denni Roy
" ... that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death..." Phil 3:10
The scene opened to the backstage of a play or drama that had just been completed. I had been in this dramatization and was dressed as the lead character: Jesus!
I discovered I was wearing His clothes, I looked in a mirror, & saw my features were like Jesus, my eyes were like His, my characteristics & even mannerisms were like Christ. Inwardly, my heart was being greatly confronted of where I was not yet like Jesus, yet at the same time was being reformed at seeing myself look like Jesus. It was transformational from outside image to inward shifts.
I saw the crown of thorns on my (His) head, blood, bruises, stripes on my (His) body. And realized I (He) was alive & moving by resurrection life...this was the Lamb of God, this was signifying the Cross, the sacrificed Life, alive by the Power of God.
The next scene, I am still in Christ's character and people are drawing near, I become filled with knowledge of Jesus's ministry on earth, become flooded with hearing and feeling the deepest needs in human hearts, am flooded with feeling God's deep knowledge and His heart for each one, each heart is intensely personal to Him. He wants engagement and to interact with real people, real hearts, real issues.
I start calling out and pointing to each person, declaring "The Father wants you, He desires you, He died for you!" Hearts were cracking open at the encounter of seeing Jesus before their eyes....even though it was me in Him and Him in me, in this most incredible union.
End of dream.
The Holy Spirit ministered that the season of suffering many have walked in (or will walk in) is full or power and purpose to work more of Christ within, more union.
As we choose to act like Christ, dying to flesh, carrying our cross during all the "dramas" playing out it will bear the fruit of more becoming like Jesus in a deeper place than we have ever been.
The Church, the Body of Christ will be molded to be His image bearers, we will move out from "playing a part", playing Church and even imitating Jesus, to where we BECOME like Jesus.
This is His workmanship to be wrought within believers. What do we see when we look in the mirror of His Word? Does the image we reflect back resemble Jesus Christ?
The bridge to this deepening union in Christ, to a new depth in spiritual maturity is the fellowship of His suffering...it is not all the bad or heart-breaking things that happen but the choice to fellowship with Jesus in the midst of those things we suffer, it is the choice to peer into His Word in the suffering season. Many times, believers break down, or run, or try to escape at this juncture....instead we are to "Cross" over. Resurrection power will break forth for those who have been in the season of suffering and for those who will go into such seasons. The season of intense testing, wilderness, trials, fires, suffering, persecution, troubles will birth the image bearers of Christ, carrying resurrection life and power.
Oh the thoughts and works of God!!
Recieved December 31, 2019
An excerpt from a prophetic interview with Patricia King - Dec 3, 2019
"Today especially we are in a very strategic time, we’re in a transitional time, so it’s really important that we prophetically hear accurately from God concerning this time. So the grace that was on the last season has lifted because it’s moving, but we aren't yet in the new season fully so we are in this transitional place.
In that transitional place it’s absolutely important that we listen to what God is speaking prophetically. What is He saying? And I believe that we are not just in a new year, or a new decade but we are in a new era. If you look back say, to1967, we saw the Charismatic renewal be birthed through the Catholic Church actually, then it went on into the Anglicans, and the different denominations got ahold of it. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit, great grace, the Jesus People movement came in, and all the coming outpourings of the Spirit right from the late sixties until now were marked by great grace. A lot of the teachings were on the graces of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the power of the Holy Spirit, the unconditional love of the Father heart of God, all these things that brought us near to the heart of God, His love, His great goodness, His mercy and all that. So that’s been a very important season in Church history, it was an All Saints movement in a way because we were called in that season to all join in, all can prophesy, all can ministry healing. This was not for a few, but for an entire body.
So that was a wonderful season but we are feeling a shift. At the end of this last season we’ve been noticing some extremes surface. Many people have been concerned about the extreme grace teaching that has given an appearance that grace gives license to sin (which is absolutely not grace at all). So that’s been addressed, and we know prophetically that we are going into a season where holiness, consecration, the fear of the Lord, exposure, all these things are going to be emphasized. It’s going to be a different season. And so we want to carry all the goodness of God that He gave us in this last season — Ezekiel explains, in Eze 47, where he talks about the river and it began at ankle deep but then it went to knee deep and loins and over the head. You don’t loose the ankle level of water when you go to the knees, you take it with you. So I believe we need to discern that, and in it, how do we position ourselves? We can’t presume it’s going to be like any other move, it’s not going to be like the First Great Awakening, the Second Great Awakening, it’s going to have a uniqueness to this next move. So we need to be in the Presence of God to prepare ourselves."
from Sara Maynard
In early August, during a time of prayer for revival in Canada, I had a vision. I saw myself working as a labourer digging out and building canals in the City of God, to prepare for the next revival. It was happy labour, full of anticipation and purpose.
Canals create structures for the water to fill and beautify the city, they give the whole city easy access to the water. The canals in the vision were lined with cement, so the water stayed clean and the boundaries of their banks didn’t crumble. I heard: “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.” Ps 46:4
Then the scene changed and I saw the city without the canals. A great flood came in and the water had no where to go to be retained, so it receded and in its wake — a tremendous destruction.
I knew implicitly that God was longing to pour out a great flood of His Spirit, but was holding back because we hadn’t prepared. If revival came now, we would not be able to steward it well. Yes we could have glory meetings, but wouldn’t be prepared to disciple the harvest. He is looking for us to build for what is coming, not for the level of water we experience now.
Then the Lord began to identify the specific “canals” He wants built and prepared.
The canals He showed me were: the gospel, (really understanding it and applying deeply it in every area of our lives) / maturing in use of gifts / biblical leadership with accountability / consistent heart healing / spiritual disciplines including deep prayer lives / community / theology / missional focus / servanthood / etc. Many of these areas we haven’t built into our churches in the deep robust ways we’ll need. It’s been easier to be shallow.
He’s asking us now to invest intercession and labour into the building of these canals as well as interceding for the outpouring, so we can genuinely host an outpouring, and preserve every drop of this precious water for generations.
from Howard Espie
Listen to this short word from Scottish prophet, Howard Espie, for the Canadian Church. Howard has been mentored for years under Kenny Borthwick and John Paul Jackson, he now lives in Canada and the Lord has given him a deep love for the Canadian Church.
By Fr. Stephen Barbour
October 30, 2015
True North Conference
Recounting a prophetic word received a year earlier while on a private group tour of Parliament:
“So as I am sitting in his seat [Prime Minister Stephen Harper] praying, the MP who had let us in had asked if we would pray for more of the presence of God in the House of Commons. I’m sitting there and Jesus starts to speak to me of His sovereignty. I think that all of us had this sense going in to Parliament of the awe and the authority we’d feel there — but there’s actually a real lack of it.
And so as I’m sitting there, God starts speaking to me about His sovereignty and His authority. He tells me, ‘Stephen, this Prime Minster is not going to win the next election’ and He begins to tell me about what’s coming for Canada and that the one who will replace him will actually have scandal (and while we’re praying for positive), there are going to be things of evil entering Parliament Hill. And He assured me, ‘Stephen, this is part of my plan, because I will have dominion from sea to sea.’
And I think we’ve begun to be afraid of what this next Prime Minister is going to do and He’s saying, ‘No, no Church, I am trying to build something glorious in this country, and I am sovereign and I am the reigning King, and I will have dominion from sea to sea in Canada.’
So as He was telling me this, I actually began to be really excited, and we could feel the anointing of God in our country and His superiority and His power seemed to trump everything in that room and we were in awe being there together. So He told me, ‘as the world begins to look at Canada for all the negative things, for the scandals that are going to come, for the evil that will take place, the world is going to look on Canada with disgust.’ And He said, ‘in that time, I am going to build My Church and and they are going to build a stage for the whole world to see my glory in this country.’
So where we’ve been worried about politics and government, He said, ‘I and turning the eyes of the world to this country so the Church can stand and show the world my glory.’ So Church, He’s calling us to look at this election with heavenly perspective, that He is sovereign, He is reigning and in His perfect and holy plan He is calling the Church to rise up and proclaim His glory and to convey His love and grace to the world around us.”
by Sara Maynard
Photo credit: dailywildlifephoto.nathab.com
The Purpose of the Prophetic:
"The primary purpose of spiritual gifts (including prophecy) is
to cause the Church to flourish --
because the Church is the hope of the world."
The Plumbline of the Prophetic:
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit (the essence) of prophecy (Rev 19:10). This is not testimonies about Jesus but the testimony of Jesus — which is the gospel. So if in our prophesying we’ve succumbed to the pressure to be like Christian fortune-tellers bringing forth predictions, but who don’t point people to Jesus, His cross and the power of His resurrection— we’ve missed the mark.
Prophecy is for strengthening, encouragement and comfort (1 Cor 14:3). This is what the gospel, (the Good News) does in our lives, but as it does, it doesn't enable our dysfunction and immaturity, rather, it calls us to freedom in holiness, surrender, and carrying the cross. If our prophesying is omitting the challenges of the gospel, and has become only affirmations with predictions of promotion, wealth and favour, we are prophesying amiss. We likely have been swayed by the fear of man, or a desire to be liked, which are fatal flaws for a prophetic person.
The Renewing of the Prophetic
Many years ago I had a vision of an old-school filing cabinet which was full of prophetic words people had received and saved. The wind of God came and the papers flew out of the cabinet, with the light ones flying away and the weighty ones, the ones that had the true substance of the word of God in them, remained. It was an image of separating of wheat and chaff. This sifting was to help us to believe what God had spoken, and to let go of that which had come from man’s hopes and good intentions for us.
We are in a time where God is breathing in a fresh way on the promises He’s given us. Let’s not be afraid to let go of the words that were presented as “prophetic words’’, but which were actually from a human source and which stroked our egos and coddled our flesh. At the same time let’s revisit the words we have saved that have great weight on them, that are full of the gospel, that have truly come from God. These are the words that call us to love and trust and joyfully surrender to our wonderful Jesus more; they are full of a future and a hope for us personally and for the Church of Canada.
Let’s revisit them, pray over them and let’s believe again.
In a recent Ears to Hear Network meeting, the contrast between Mary and Zechariah was highlighted by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1). The sharp contrast lies in their responses to the proclamations of the angel Gabriel. Zechariah was receiving the news that his prayers had finally been answered and he would become a father. It was the miracle he had longed for, cried out for, yet, when the promise of the answer came - he responds in unbelief. "How shall I know this?"
Mary on the other hand, hasn't been praying for a child, hasn't been longing to be the mother of the Messiah, so this news is a total shift in the direction she expected her life to take. Yet when she hears the promise of Gabriel, her response is a faith-filled wondering, she then receives the calling and promise with surrender.
Soon after we have Mary's glorious song--sung in faith before she can physically feel the divine life moving inside of her--a prophetic song that has become an anthem of worship for the Church through the ages. It's so full of the gospel, that at times it has been outlawed. However Zechariah, even though he was a godly man, a priest and an intercessor was silenced until faith could grow in his heart.
Like for Zechariah- unbelief will mute the Church; it has muted the Church where it has gained ground. However, faith, true faith, will give the Church--like Mary--a glorious, powerful, even-- irrepressible voice.
About these words...
Ears2Hear loves and honors Canada's prophets! Listening to the prophets is of course a key part of listening to what the Spirit is saying to the Church. We walk closely with the Canadian Prophetic Council, to hear what is being shared in this forum as well as walk in relationship with other prophetic voices.