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DON’T GIVE UP – A Word by Helen Cobanov

I really want to encourage those who have been feeling overwhelmed with DOUBTS, DESPAIR and the feeling of GIVING UP. The Lord has been speaking so strongly to me saying “DON’T DOUBT! DON’T GIVE UP! I HAVEN’T given up on you, so DON’T give up on Me.”

These words have struck right to my heart and mind as this has been a very real battle indeed that I too have found myself in over the past few months. I felt the Lord wanting me to share this, to encourage many who are wrestling and battling these feelings right now. You are not alone! He has you! Don’t give up! Don’t doubt!

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you: He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do no be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut 31:8 NIV

I saw a vision of the enemy with a fishing line, fishing in deep dark waters. I asked the Lord about this and He said “the enemy is “fishing” for anything he can find, in a desperate attempt to bait you and pull you mentally, physically or emotionally back into things in your past. But I am here to remind you that TODAY IS A NEW DAY! Don’t default to the things of the past. Don’t take the bait!”

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness, and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

Then I saw a vision of the enemy stirring deep dark waters, creating a whirlpool. Then the Lord started to speak to me about this whirlpool and prompted me to look up the meaning.

Whirlpool definition: A whirlpool is a body of rotating water produced by opposing currents or a current running into an obstacle. (Wikipedia)

The Lord showed me that many who have been stepping into, moving and flowing in the things He has been calling them to, have suddenly, out of nowhere, found themselves facing great opposition and obstacles! The enemy is stirring up this whirlpool in a desperate attempt to suck you under and out of the heavenly current and the call God has for you! This “whirlpool” has been unrelenting and tormenting, filling you with the feeling of loneliness and hopelessness as these lies and doubts have filled your thoughts, causing you to feel like giving up.

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But then I heard the Lord roaring over the waters “Don’t believe the lie! Open your eyes! Fix your eyes on Me! Don’t give up! I have you!” Just then the waters became calm as the hand of the Lord reached down and lifted His people into the palm of His hand. As people were lifted, their minds became clear, their sight became clear, and the waters became clear as the Lord exposed the lies and plan of the enemy.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

The skies cleared and as light beamed across the sky a rainbow appeared over the waters. As I saw this, God reminded me of His promises for my life and I felt a sudden boldness, peace and confidence fill my heart that for a time had been drowning in despair. The Lord reminded me of the Israelites before they took the promised land, and the battles and doubts they had to overcome in order to take hold of the promise.

Then the Lord said “My promises are true, I will not let you down! I go before you and I will never leave you. Fix your eyes on Me, lift your praise to Me, trust in Me, you will see. Get ready to take the promised land! Get ready to take hold of the promises I have for you! DON’T GIVE UP My child, for I am the hand that holds you! I will NEVER leave you! I have you My beloved child.”

The Lord is FAITHFUL to the very end! His promises for your life are amazing and true! Don’t let the enemy win over your thoughts, over your destiny! DON’T GIVE UP! RISE UP!

Helen Cobanov

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A word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!


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