the key

This article by James Bailey from Z3 News has been articulated so perfectly and powerfully, dialoguing to a tee what Ive been carrying. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ, YOU WILL BE VERY BLESSED!!! (Real long but very worth your time)

In the past month or so, a flurry of prophetic words have been posted here on revealing a significant shift is coming soon, a changing of the guard, the end of a long season of waiting for many of God’s people, and the rise of those whom God will use as Josephs before the Lord returns.

I believe these words all reveal different aspects of the same events. By putting them all together, we can see more clearly what is coming. Big changes are just ahead, not only for the world, but specifically for God’s people. I believe we have reached the season when God will fulfill specific promises He has made to specific people, in some cases many years ago, which explains why Syreeta Thomas heard Him say, “Watch as I bring every promise to pass, for I AM not slack. Neither do I lie.

Those who have been waiting know exactly what this means, and Ryan LeStrange confirmed it when he saw, “Many of you are about to be announced and sudden doors will open.” Jermaine Francis also confirmed it when he heard, “Josephs Arise to Your Place of Prominence!

Syreeta Thomas heard, “It is the shifting and changing of the guard!” The old guard will soon be replaced, which means no more of their old stale, dry, boring, religious services, which cannot satisfy anyone who is truly hungry for more of God. God has prepared a new guard to take their place and they will soon come out of the places where He has hidden them.

Glynda Lomax confirmed it when she heard, “My people are entering a time of great change now.” However, there is much more to these changes than just transitions into new roles. It is also about new levels of intimacy with God, as Sherry Gorslin saw, “The hour for another level of worship is here, an hour of seeing great things manifest.” Great things will manifest as a result of our moving up to higher levels of trusting and knowing God.

Joe Joe Dawson heard from God, “Now is the Time. Breakthrough is at hand. Jesus is ruling in your favor.” He also heard, “This is the great catch-up season. I am about to catch some people up.” Long awaited breakthroughs are coming, including financial breakthroughs as God is about to catch some people up by getting them out of debt. Lana Vawser received a similar word, “The Time is Now for the Winds of Destiny and Breakthrough Momentum to Collide.

For many of us, the breakthroughs are coming just in time. We have waited so long, we are just barely holding on. I believe God had us in mind when He spoke to Lana Vawser saying, “Wounded, Weary Warriors, Your Healing Season is Upon You!” And also when He told Anita Alexander He is coming in this season and He is breathing upon those dry bones.

I don’t recall ever hearing so many similar words from so many people all within a few weeks. Clearly, God wants everyone who has been waiting to know it won’t be long now. Julie Whedbee confirmed it when she heard, “The birth pains come closer and closer now, as we are ready to give birth.

Keys Are Required:

We are living in exciting times and it is encouraging to know what is coming, but there is another side to this that we must not overlook. God has revealed these changes are not coming automatically. It is not something He is going to do on His own, but something we will do as He gives us the keys and strategies to do it. He has given us an important part to play, a necessary part. We must use the keys He gives us to unlock the doors.

Lana Vawser heard, “New Keys Bringing Sudden Acceleration into New Ground.” Julie Whedbee also heard these changes will gain momentum as God revealed to her, “A great and mighty acceleration is upon you.” Anita Alexander saw in a dream God is going to help us find the keys, as she shared in in her post, “The Forgotten Will Be Forgotten No More!” She explained the reason why we have been waiting for so long in what she called “forgotten places,”  places where we feel like God has forgotten us, is because we keep losing our keys. We must hold onto our keys so we can unlock the doors to get us out of our forgotten places.

When I heard that part of it, I was not quite as excited as when I heard the other parts. My initial thought was, “After all these years, haven’t I done enough already? After all I’ve been through, you’re telling me there is more I have to do just to get out of this mess? What keys? Where are the keys? Where are the doors?”

It sounds like we have to go on some kind of scavenger hunt to find the keys and doors. I just didn’t know if I had it in me to do all that. If you had asked me back in 1995 when I left the working world to venture into the great unknown, I would have been up for it back then. Back in those days, God spoke many great things to me and confirmed them through many prophetic words. My faith soared when I heard His promises. I was so excited and even cried tears of joy, but as I waited, the months turned into years and the years turned into decades. My hair turned gray. My kids grew up and moved away, and after all that I am still here waiting.

Recently, I reached the point where I did not want to hear any more promises from God because, after all this time, talk seemed cheap. In my not so humble opinion, it was time to put up or shut up and I felt justified about that because I only wanted to see the fulfillment of what God promised and because I had already waited way longer than I ever thought possible. I should have been dead by now many times over and I would have been if God had not bailed me out.

Things did not happen the way I expected. For a long time, I was passing the faith tests, overcoming all sorts of setbacks, relying heavily on my ace card, my daily encounters with God, entering His presence, taking refuge in the secret place of the Most High (Psalm 27:5). I was actually proud of how great I was doing spiritually, (which should have been a red flag all by itself) until about six months ago when the tests got much trickier. For the first time, I found myself stumped. God was doing some things I could not understand. It made no sense to me. It looked like He was trying to kill me. It looked a lot like that.

I discovered something I never knew existed, faith fatigue. Things that for years had been so easy for me to believe, suddenly seemed way too big for me to handle. I was humbled to see my faith tank out of gas. In the midst of the most severe trials of my life, my faith was running on fumes.

All the evidence kept pointing to the same conclusions, either God had forgotten me or He changed His mind about His promises to me. It sounds terrible to accuse God and of course it is contrary to many scriptures, but it got worse, escalating into a full-blown offense. I was mad at God and struggled with feeling like He lied to me. Even though I repented each time, I kept coming back to the same place again and again because I just couldn’t see any other possibilities. It surprised me because I thought I knew better, but I was stuck and didn’t know how to get out.

I wondered, “Why would God allow these things to happen to me? Why has He not done what He promised me? Why are things doing the exact opposite of what He said would happen?”

Obviously, those are not good thoughts. Those are deadly thoughts. Many have perished thinking those kinds of thoughts. (Jude 1:11) It’s a dangerous place to be stuck. And seeing myself stuck there made my other problems seem even worse, which had me asking another question, “God, how did I get here?”

Me-Centered Gospel:

I know some people might read this and think it could never happen to them. I hope it never does, but one reason why we think it won’t happen is because we’ve been so indoctrinated with a me-centered gospel, which tells us if it doesn’t make us more money, if it doesn’t bless us, if it doesn’t prosper us, if it doesn’t get us what we want, if it doesn’t raise us up to a position of honor, if it doesn’t do something good for us, then it could not possibly be from God. But for anyone who believes that, please answer the following questions.

First Question: Why was Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones? The valley is the low place, not the high place, not the place of more money, more prosperity, more blessings, not where anyone wants to go, especially not when it’s filled with dry bones. Our me-centered gospel tells us Ezekiel must have done something wrong. Maybe he took a wrong turn? Maybe he wandered away from God? But what does Ezekiel tell us? He said, “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry.” (Ezekiel 37:1-2)

Ezekiel was not in the valley of dry bones because he did something wrong. He was not there because of his lack of faith. He was in that place of death because God led him there!

Second Question: Why was Joseph, the son of Jacob, sold into slavery and locked away in prison for thirteen years? Prison is the worst possible place to be. It’s not a blessing. It’s not where we get rich or get everything we want. What mistakes did Joseph make to deserve his fate? His terrible woes came because God gave him dreams revealing the future, which caused his brothers to hate him so much they threw him into a pit and sold him into slavery. Joseph did nothing wrong. He spent thirteen years in slavery and prison because of what God gave him! (Genesis 37 and 41) It was God’s plan for Joseph to go into the pit and the prison.

Third Question: Why did Abraham encounter a severe famine after he left behind everything he had known to go to a land God promised to show him? When he arrived there, the famine was so severe, he had to flee for his life into Egypt, where his problems grew worse because Pharaoh took Sarai his wife! What crime did Abraham commit to deserve such trouble? All these troubles came upon him not because of anything he did wrong, but because he obeyed God. (Genesis 12)

More Questions: This same pattern is repeated in the lives of person after person throughout the Bible, but the me-centered gospel dismisses their testimonies, claiming that was just under the Old Testament, so it was different for them. But if that was true, then why was the Lord Jesus led by the Spirit into the wilderness where he ate no food for forty days and nights and was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). And why did He later suffer a brutal death that He wanted to avoid if possible? He died a horrible death because He obeyed God, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

The me-centered gospel also dismisses the sufferings of the Lord Jesus by claiming He suffered so we don’t have to. Then why did the Apostle Paul endure so much trouble? How can anyone reconcile the me-centered gospel with what he wrote here?

9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.
11 To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;
12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;
13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now. (1 Corinthians 4:9-13)

The me-centered gospel tells us these things were for someone else, but never for us. Yet, from start to finish the scriptures say otherwise. I believe the word of faith message and the prosperity message because both are scriptural. I thank God for the great teachers who have shared great revelation in those areas, but those teachings must always keep the focus on the cross, not seeking our own desires, but denying ourselves to follow the Lord wherever He wants us to go and doing whatever He wants us to do, not for our sake, but for His sake.

Those who follow the cross should not be surprised when God leads them into the valley of dry bones, into the pit, into the severe famine, into the wilderness, onto the cross, making them a spectacle to the world, hungry and thirsty, the scum of the world. Anyone who finds themselves there should rejoice because they are in good company. It is the way everyone who follows Him must go. The power of a resurrected life is found only in the way of the cross.

Bearing More Fruit:

After a long season of barrenness, a new season is upon us, and it is all about bearing more fruit. For that to happen, we know what must happen first because He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)

Our faith is like a seed. Sometimes it must fall into the earth and die before it can bear much fruit. God is preparing His people to demonstrate His power to a lost world, but His power is perfected in our weakness because when we are at our weakest place, our most vulnerable place, the place that looks like death, the place we never want to go, the place that appears to have no way of escape, then God’s power grows stronger until it reaches full maturity in us because in our dire need we press into another level of devotion to Him (2 Corinthians 12:9).

In the valley of dry bones, Ezekiel prophesied and there was a noise and a rattling and the bones came together and flesh grew and skin covered them. Then he prophesied again and “breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” (Ezekiel 37:7-10)

After thirteen years of slavery, Joseph was called out of prison by Pharaoh who said to him, “You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you. See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:40-41) Later, Joseph told his brothers, “Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.” (Genesis 45:5)

After enduring the severe famine and having his wife taken by Pharaoh, Abraham and Sarah gave birth to Isaac, just as God promised him twenty-five years earlier, even though Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah’s womb was as good as dead since she was ninety years old. Through Isaac, Abraham became the father of many nations, the ancestor of the Messiah, and today is called the father of our faith. (Genesis 21:1-5)

After forty days in the wilderness without eating any food, the devil left the Lord Jesus and angels came and began to minister to Him. (Matthew 4:11) Then He went throughout all Galilee ministering in power, “healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)

After He was crucified, died, and put into a tomb, the Lord Jesus arose from the dead in a new glorified immortal, imperishable body capable of entering rooms even when all the doors were shut. (John 20:19). He appeared many times to His disciples and then ascended into heaven. (Acts 1:9)

After being treated like the scum of the world and going forth “in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,” the Apostle Paul ministered not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that our faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:3-5)

After the valley comes the victory. After the pit comes the palace. After the famine comes the fulfillment. After the wilderness comes the miracles. After the crucifixion comes the resurrection. After the weakness comes the power of God.

Finding the Keys:

When I started my prayer time Sunday morning, I was in bad shape, stuck on, “Why God?” I was at the end of what I could endure, but after crying out to Him about it, I made a choice to just enter His presence, even without any answers to my questions. All I knew was I had no one else to turn to.

After a short time, as I was listening to anointed worship music, the Spirit of God began ministering to me and said, “This is not about you. What you are going through now is not about you. You are going through it for someone else.”

When He said that, I immediately understood this was the key to unlock the door to the next season. I also understood the someone else was someone I don’t even know and may never know in this life. All this time, I had been racking my brains trying to understand why God was putting me through these things, but I could not figure it out because I was looking at it from the wrong perspective, the me-centered perspective. I could not unlock the door because I had lost the keys, so I was stuck in the valley of dry bones.

I was not there because of anything I did wrong, but because of what God wants to do for someone else. While I was all focused on me, God was focused on someone else.

No wonder I couldn’t find the key. I was always looking in the wrong place. It was never about me. It was always about someone else.

I have not been the same since then, and I believe God showed me on Sunday I will never be the same again. My attitude has totally changed because my perspective has changed. It was a seismic shift, a major correction, a game changer moment. It was the key because it unlocked a new perspective on everything I am now enduring. Before I received that key, I was completely out of gas, but now I believe I have what I need to endure whatever comes next.

I believe it was the fulfillment of what Ryan LeStrange heard, “April is the month of the divine shake-up, a sudden month, sudden movement is going to come forth.

In this next season, the me-centered gospel will not survive and anyone who holds onto it will perish with it, and we already know many who now claim to be Christians will perish because a great falling away from the faith is coming (2 Thessalonians 2:3), but God has better things planned for us. He is calling us up to a higher level where we will gladly lay down our lives for the sake of others, allowing Him to do what He wants to do through us.

Here is God’s promise to everyone who has endured this long season and has found themselves asking, “Why God?”

“Rejoice barren woman who does not bear. Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor; for more numerous are the children of the desolate than of the one who has a husband.” (Galatians 4:27)

I encourage you to grab hold of this key, unlock the door, and proceed into the great new season ahead. I’ve had this old song stuck in my head and I feel like God wants me to share the lyrics, so I’ll close with this:

“Something beautiful, something good,
All my confusion, He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But God made something beautiful out of my life.”

(Sourced from Anita Alexander)

(A friend of mine told me this song came to their Prayer Meeting today and no one had seen this word so that was definitely God saying something! This brought things together I’ve been looking for the last 2 years and right where I was saying WHY to God and being angry too and having to repent ~ Charlene)

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