"Stay the Course"
In recent visits to Arkansas and Mississippi, the hunger of the people, the release of revelation and moving of Holy Spirit far exceeded my expectations. These states are on God's radar – He is going to move there with the spirit of revival in powerful ways. I had an especially strong sense while there that many prodigals will soon be returning to Father. God is about to draw them back to Himself with an irresistible force!
I also heard Holy Spirit say, "Opposition, both from the Church and the world, will increase as we break out of normal. Religious spirits will insist on maintaining old structures and systems, and the kingdom of darkness will react aggressively to the spirit of revival. Don't be alarmed at this. Stay the course and resist the demonic pressure!"
The first step in resisting the enemy is being aware of his tactics. Keep your eyes and ears open and don't be surprised. Offensively resist his plans.
Just as the strategy of the Lord for John the Baptist changed when Jesus began His ministry, Holy Spirit is about to speak new plans, ideas, activities and methods to those who are listening. Change is in the air! Listen carefully for His instruction concerning your ministries and businesses!
Finally, I heard Him say, "The Intercessors are weary. Breakthroughs are hanging from Heaven waiting for those who will receive a second wind and lay hold!"
The long season of praying for revival and outpouring has caused many to grow weary. Some have lost heart; others are simply tired and listless. We must pray for them, and each of us must stir ourselves into renewed intercession, encourage ourselves in the Lord, and receive renewed strength.
Let God's wind blow on you and lay hold to His promises! He has promised and He will bring it to pass!
I met with a group of pastors in Louisiana last month whom, like many, are tired of business as usual. They are tired with of the lack of fruit, tired of competing with one another for members, and tired of losing the culture war for the soul of our nation. But they are also full of faith! This faith is motivating them to pray—really pray—and seek God together. With a burning desire to tear down walls that divide and debilitate us, they're holding joint services (on Sundays!), dreaming together and making plans to impact their region with revival and reformation. These church leaders are serious about being the Ekklesia!
Thereafter, I ministered in Canfield, Ohio and Beaumont, Texas, where we experienced powerful moves of God. Many leaders were present in each of those gatherings, crying out for God to bring awakening and reformation to America. These stirrings, and the desperation of leaders is encouraging. They are great signs of the kind of hunger needed to generate revival.
While in Ohio I received one of the strongest and most encouraging words I've been given in a long time. After hearing me teach on awakening and reformation, noted author and teacher, Dr. Myles Monroe, grabbed me—literally—and said:
"I now have hope for America!" He went on to say over and over, "You are right! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!" Then he said to me, "You are a reformer! Take it to the nation! You'll be called to Washington DC, to state capitols and to cities. They will seek your counsel and wisdom. You are called to reform this nation."
I feel this word burning in my spirit. I am thinking, praying and processing through what he prophesied. I believe God has told me a new season of great favor is coming. Many doors will open into new arenas that will bring expanded influence and fruit.
I feel this is a word for all of us. The challenges of our era will be met by incredible grace and power. Position yourself now to receive this. Spiritual promotions are being prepared now for many. Move upward into yours.
For the hope of our nation,
Dutch Sheets Ministries
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