Wounded Warriors Arise- A Word by Angie Stolba
Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. | Micah 7:8
Recently during our worship service at church, I had a powerful encounter
with the Lord. I saw Jesus ever so sweetly in front of me, tending to my
wounds and pouring His oil and wine on them (Luke 10:34). Immediately I was
reminded of the verse in Psalm 147:3 that says, “He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.”
For me personally, this past year has felt beyond difficult, seemingly full
of tremendous loss and heartache. Even though I have tried to carry on like
a brave soldier and “fight the good fight” (2 Timothy 2:3), in reality I
have felt like a wounded warrior. In the encounter that I had with the Lord
during that worship service, it was as though I was communicating with
Jesus without even speaking a word.
Psalm 139:4 tells us that before we speak a word on our tongue, the Lord
knows it completely. In that very moment, Jesus was listening to my heart.
As I sang songs of worship to Him in the midst of my deep pain, it was as
if He was saying to me, “I know the journey has been long and difficult; I
know that things have not turned out as you had hoped or anticipated. I see
the hope deferred that has attemped to steal your joy. I understand; I get
it, even when others don’t. I know the sacrifices that have been made in
secret; I’ve seen the cost. Like Mary, you have poured out what was costly
to you at My feet, even when others may have misunderstood and wrongfully
judged you (John 12:3). Even so, Beloved, you have chosen the better thing;
it will not be taken from you.”
After hearing the Lord communicate to me, He continued to ever so gently
peer into my heart and inspect those places that hurt. He was like a good
physician, cleaning out the wounds and bandaging them so that they could
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
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Many have felt pruned to the point of having nothing left. In the natural,
a tree can be pruned back so extremely that it would appear as though it
could never survive without its branches. However, it is often that the
harsher prunings yield the greater harvest.
I feel the Lord’s heart of encouragement today towards those who have felt
wounded and exhausted by the longevity of the battle. I believe He is
calling you today, saying, “Wounded warrior, arise! You
have felt as though you have been in the fight of your life, but know this:
what has looked like severe loss will be turned into gain! As you allow Me
to heal your wounds, I will restore you, and you will dream again. You will
see My promises fulfilled in your life. Though you have once felt alone in
the dark, My light is now breaking through. The enemy has been working
overtime to bring discouragement to your heart, but the truth is that you
are closer to reaping your harvest than you can imagine. Lift your eyes, My
child, for truly your redemption draws near (Luke 21:28).”
I was reminded of a scene in the movie, Facing the Giants, when
the coach was trying to make a powerful statement to his team. There was a
key player on the football team whom the rest of the students looked up to,
but he had not been using all of his potential. One day during practice,
the coach blindfolded the young man and told him to crawl across the
football field, carrying one of his teammates on his back.
This instruction from the coach was physically and mentally exhausting for
the football player, and as he crawled further and further across the
field, he would cry out, “Coach, I’ve got nothing left! I can’t keep
going.” The coach would then reply, “Keep going! You’re almost there;
you’re going to make it!” Meanwhile, the rest of the team watched in awe,
as the young man had crawled blindfolded across the entire field,
carrying a teammate on his back. The player had unknowingly crawled farther
than the coach had even instructed him to do. When the coach finally took
off the blindfold, the young man was able to see the the great lengths that
he had traveled. The entire team cheered, watching as their exhausted
teammate realized the great task he had just completed.
The point of this grueling exercise was to demonstrate to the team’s key
player that he carried more potential and influence that he was even aware
of. The Father is saying today, “Keep going! You’re almost there; you’re
going to make it!” Like the football player in the movie, you are so much
closer to breaking through than you even realize. Now is not the time to
quit or back down. Warriors, arise! Your finest hour is upon you, and the
Lord will restore the years that the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25).
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you (Isaiah 60:1).
A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..
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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