Last month the Lord God released a powerful word for His people, a command, for the entire year of 2017. It’s an awesome and exciting word! As the last day of January drew to a close it was brought to my attention that I needed to shut down briefly to receive the Lord’s next word of direction (in correlation with the 2017 word).
As I sat waiting to hear the Lord speak, I suddenly felt the fluttering of butterfly wings and the pricks of pins and needles. Then, I had a vision in which I saw a giant hammer come into view. The hammer moved in front of a wide window. With one swift swing the hammer completely shattered the window pane.
BREAK THE CEILING!
It is time for you to BREAK THE CEILING! I have watched you come time and time again to the point of fruition but you never give birth to the fullness of that which I placed in your heart and mind to sow. Therefore, you always fall short in reaping the harvest I intend for you. I intended for you to reap 100 fold but you never sow 100% of yourself into that which I place in front of you to do. Stop straddling the fence between mediocrity and excellence.
Now, take that which I have given you and invest it. Do not be like the unjust steward. Be precise in managing resources and time. You cannot double what you throw away. Stay away from unfruitful events where gossip is the number one activity and time is wasted thinking about the past. Steer clear of cheap talk. It will cause barrenness and drought. Be vigilant in studying My word which will grow and flourish in you, feeding you and those you minister to. There is provision for the vision. Obedience will unlock the door, while faith will open it.
It is time to invest yourself fully into your calling. Take that which you have been taught in secret, all your understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and gifts and put them to good use. Hold back nothing. Be careful this season to run with those who are not afraid to break the ceiling over their own lives, to live like they walk in the spirit. They think without limits and aim for that which have been said cannot and have never been done.
Break out of doing enough. Break out of limiting yourself by adhering to the standards of others. Break out! Break out! Break out! BREAK OUT so you can BREAK THROUGH to new ground!
You said, “Yes, Lord.” Not once but many times. In every season you labored to give Me the very best you had to offer, even when you believed you had nothing to offer. You stayed (where I planted you) when others left. You suffered and stayed the course, though you could have gained material wealth as payment for compromising your faith. You have not been perfect yet you have been faithful. You trust Me with your life and your decisions reflect that truth. Your season of secret preparation is over.
Now, it is time to move! Move forward, upwards, and beyond. Move beyond what you believed you could do. Become greater than you ever were. Become stronger, wiser, and more resilient. It’s time to get up! Time to shine. Time to speak. Time to put up or shut up. I didn’t put you here (on earth) to look the part. To look like royalty. To look like a visionary. To look like an eagle. To look like someone who has authority, power, and dominion. I put you here to usher in dynamic change in others. And it starts with you. Right now. Right where you are.
The cloud of uncertainty that once lingered over your life is gone. Be fearless in My love! Spread your wings and take flight. Pick up the pace and run! Remember I am the wind beneath your wings. I am He who restores to you the years the locusts have eaten. Don’t stop giving Me your best. Sow abundantly. You shall certainly reap in joy. This year be willing to be stretched further for your higher calling in Me. Stay rooted in Me, confident I am working all things together for your good.
Coming from a place of transparency, I confess to you all that I am just stepping out of season of blind struggle. I had too much on my plate with no real path of direction. There were meaningless deadlines on my calendar to produce dead works of disaster. I found myself frustrated with my poor results and lukewarm receptions of what I felt drained me to produce. I mustered up fits of ‘why’ and came up with broken solutions that made things worse. I turned to the lowest of the low, which was a pity party and I screamed out to God asking why things were not working out in my favor. Then in turn, all this hard work for nothing was costing me time and effort, which was being taken away from my family. My passion for writing, and overall joy in spirit was turned into desolation. Then in study one day I was reminded: “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush”. Luke 6:43-44; Holy Bible NKJV.
I began to wonder, what kind of fruit was I really producing these days? We should all come to ask ourselves that question; what kind of fruit do we bear? What are were working towards, and what results are we producing? Let’s think of this not just in regards to ministry but in daily life, period. What about our families, marriages, kids, friends, employment, and even personal time away from everyone? Are we sowing seeds in those areas that have blossomed into beautiful fruit or has it sprung up rotten to bring in a spoiled harvest of headache? Or have we really been doing a lot of talking and not sown anything at all and sitting with a naked tree? That is another area that cost me a lot of precious time. I spent time planning, talking, and dreaming, but never putting the proper foundation in action to accomplish a goal.
Believe me, the personal realization of accepting ownership of my faults, has changed my work ethic and prayer life. I realize that there is much to be done and in a proper order to receive great fruit from a hard labor. I haven’t gotten to a place of definitive achievement yet by any means, but I want to and I will bear good fruit in every season I’m given. Those areas that have blossomed rotten fruit I give it to the Father and ask Him to prune it away. Those areas that are still small buds, I give them time to mature and not despise the days of their small beginnings. Ultimately I ask God what fruit He would have me to bear and all this fertilizer I see around me will be used to make something beautiful for His Kingdom. He makes beautiful things out of us and through us, if we allow Him to guide us. So I ask you, what’s up with your fruit these days? How will you be known? Let’s feel empowered and encouraged, to walk this life out together.