The Lord has really been speaking to me a lot lately about the spirit of religion and how it hinders and binds along with many other strongholds in our lives. But right now we come together and are stretching out into the beyond—into the realm of faith.
God has put this word in my spirit for the Body of Christ, and I must prophesy to any one with ears to hear: There are some bound by religion and traditions; bound by the limitations of past experiences and bound by the fear of failure; bound by the fear of man and bound by insecurities and personal doubts. God says you are coming out and up. He is setting you free! You are going to get what the devil said you couldn’t have. You are going to do what people said you could never do.
It is time to get a hold of the horns of the altar and persevere in prayer until the very atmosphere becomes pregnant with the tangible presence of Jesus. When Jesus shows up, miracles happen. He reminded me today of the man with the withered hand and how all the religious crowd watched ever so carefully to see if He would heal on the Sabbath. Many times it is religion itself that is the greatest hindrance to the manifest presence of Jesus. However, when God gets ready to bless you, He is not going to consult with the self-righteous hypocrites, He is not going to ask their opinion, He is just going to do it.
Everywhere Jesus went, the religious Pharisees and hypocrites opposed Him and that religious spirit is still very much alive today. However, He had a prophetic word for them when He said, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34).
If you are hungry and thirsty for God, He will climb over the top of a thousand relics of religion to get to you. He will meet you at the point of your need. He will touch your life that it may never be the same again.
Jesus looked at this man, and He saw more than just a withered hand, He saw a withered life. Life is not always fair (and it has withered up your hand of faith), it has withered up your expectation of better days. Now you have quit dreaming, you have quit reaching, you have quit expecting—you have just settled down into only existing. I want you to listen closely to what Jesus said to the man with this withered hand when He said, “Stretch forth thy hand” (see Matthew 12:13).
So I am saying to you: I know it is going to be hard. It will take some effort. I know you’re going to have to push past bad experiences of the past. I know there will be some pain. I know it’s going to make some people mad, but go ahead and stretch forth thy hand. The glory of God is in the cloud, not the crowd. You may feel like gravity is just pulling you down, and you are destined to live this withered life. I want to tell you that even gravity itself can’t hold you down if you have got enough power. It doesn’t matter if all the forces of the universe are waged against you. If God be for you, who can be against you?
I decree that you be loosed from human limitations, from religious limitations, and from demonic limitations, placed on you by the world. I came to tell you today that: It’s yours! You can have it! It is your Father’s good pleasure to give unto you the keys of the Kingdom (see Luke 12:32). I came to tell you today that the devil is a liar and that you can have what he is telling you that you can’t. You can reach it if you’re willing to stretch for it.
Stretch out beyond religion, stretch beyond the comfort zone. Stretch beyond people’s opinions of you. Isaiah 54:2-3 said, “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them (stretch) forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, (lengthen) thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.” In other words: God is saying there is so much power released in your stretching that it will even reach your seed. There are generational blessings that are released when you stretch into the faith realm.
Even as I try to conclude these words, I feel a stretching anointing. A very strong presence of the Lord fills the atmosphere around me. Somebody is breaking out, no longer held back by the disappointments of past defeat, but today you are breaking the barrier. You have been camped out in the same place too long. It is time to pack up your tent and start walking.
Right now, under this anointing, we are creating some sonic booms in hell, we are rattling the walls of hell as we stretch forth into the realm of faith for the promises that God has awaiting us. I don’t know what it is that God has promised you that you have not seen manifested just yet, but I came to tell you: God is not with holding it from you, He is just requiring you to stretch to get it. Take hold of it for God never called you to the withered life, but the abundant life!
Your life may seem withered, but a flower of hope is beginning to bloom!
Hezekiah’s Wall Ministry