Waiting in the Wings

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Category: Kingdom NOW

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

In the last week or so, I have been repeatedly quickened to cars, engines, and racing. Part of the work that I do from time to time is closed captioning and transcription. This weekend I captioned a video of a race. Yesterday, I captioned a video for a classic car show. As I was working on the car show, I had the following vision. As I continued to caption, I began to feel the Spirit within me “revving” and stirring in confirmation. I felt like there was a powerful engine inside of me that I never knew existed and it was powering up for the first time in forever!

Vision: I heard the voice of a young man who I had heard while captioning the race video. He had opened the race and now I heard him saying the same line and more, “Gentlemen, start your engines! And take the stage!”

I saw all of these cars that looked just like ones from the Disney movie Cars. They all were quick to line up and take their place on the stage.

“Listen carefully,” the young man continued. “Use your engine to start another.” I saw these big keys floating over each engine, twirling around. I discerned that they symbolized the power and the unique calling inside of each engine. This power was a key to ignite the engine of other racecars.

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A Lesson from Winds of Change

One night recently, as I was getting ready for bed, I sensed a presence “arrive” in the room. I discerned that it was an angel. I quieted myself, and then I saw him in my mind’s eye. He had very long, straight pale hair. He was wearing black clothing with shiny, silver armor over it. I admit that at first, I was a little guarded because of his appearance. First, he looked a little like something out of a fantasy movie! Since I used to watch a lot of fantasy and science-fiction, I try to be careful when discerning what I see. Secondly, black isn’t usually seen as a holy color. However, I remembered from colors and meanings in prophetic artwork that black can have a positive meaning. I felt the Spirit telling me to relax and inquire; I sensed the angel’s appearance was meant to communicate something to me from my personal experiences.

I asked the angel what his name was and he said, “Winds of Change”. Now, I’ve been hearing about this angel for the last few years. And although this was my first time “seeing” him, I have definitely sensed him stirring the atmosphere at season changes—in the natural and spiritual. (In fact, just yesterday, I clearly discerned him upon the wind, heralding a season change!)

He walked over to me, placed a note into my hand, and said, “The day and the hour is at hand.” I sensed he was giving me a note from the Father and that the message was in regards to this next season change. Clearly, this angel was here to herald that it was time on the earthly clock and calendar for the fulfillment of one of God’s promises to me.

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Graced with the Dew of Mount Zion

For the last few days, I have been seeking the Lord over some areas of wounding. Some days seem all right, until the enemy aims for my most vulnerable spot and tries to remind me of the past. He tries to rob us of joy in our moments of victory no matter how small, and tempts us to wallow in our failings. I admit I struggle to recover from such stinging blows. When a few came this week, I sought the Lord for how to overcome these blows more quickly.

The other day as I cried out to Him, He responded, “I’ve given you great grace. Grace, grace, and more grace.” And then I saw His grace falling on me like a huge cloud of dew. The dew felt refreshing. I was immediately reminded of Psalm 133:

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing—Life forevermore.

I didn’t really understand the connection with this Scripture and grace but it came up again the next day. As I was working on my writing, I saw a woman standing over me. She poured a bucket of water over my head and said, “Pouring out the oil of gladness. Springtime. Immersing you. My darling children.” I sensed the woman was Zion. “Liquid gold upon your head. It’s springtime.” I knew this was connected to Isaiah 61, the anointing of the Spirit of the Lord, which gives the oil of joy or gladness to those mourn (verse 3). It is also linked to Song of Solomon 2.

Song 2:10-12 (NKJV) My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land.

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Humble Authority – The Door to More

Toward the end of 2016, I was drawn to a new piece of prophetic art that my friend Meghan Williams made. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one day and the post just before hers was a video teaching called “Clothed with Power from on High”. When I saw her art it spoke strongly to me. At that time, I didn’t know that she welcomed input when she made a piece. Still, I couldn’t help but tell her how the video before her Dyed4you Art post was quickened to me as being a great description for her picture.

A few weeks later she sent me a message thanking me for sharing what I saw— “Clothed with Power from on High” became the name of the piece. Of course, I decided to order that piece right away. It was a tough wait… even though it was only about a week. There are times when you know that something is a special message from our Abba Father. Once I got the piece I was very blessed by the artwork and the word, as usual.

A few weeks after receiving it, I had an encounter with the LORD where He gave me a new name. My given name is Lisa but one night He called me “Elisa”. As I puzzled over this I got a confirmation later that day that I had heard right. As I continued to seek Him about it, I was simultaneously wrestling with why I struggled with closeness with Him as my Heavenly Father.

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The Roaring 20s: A Movement of Unity

Last week, after I finished some freelance work for a brother and sister-in-Christ, I thought about how wonderful it can be to work—and dwell—with my brethren in unity. Not only do I truly enjoy their fellowship and friendship, but I wholeheartedly support the mission God has given them. For me, there’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing when my gifts or talents can be put to use to help others succeed. It speaks of the concept of mutual uplifting in the Body of Christ as we sacrifice our time, energy, resources, and talentsto one another.

Psalm 133:1 (NKJV) …Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] For brethren to dwell together in unity!

As I was thinking about this, I suddenly had a vision. I saw people bowing down on the ground to help one another. Suddenly, this became line after line of people bowing low. When one line was on the ground, the next line “hopped” over them. Then that line of people bowed low, and those behind hopped over. On and on this went as they formed an ocean wave. I knew this was a sign of the Body of Christ flowing like water, helping one another in unity.

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Watch Your Triumph Unfold

Heard and saw 07/31/2017: I saw a drawing of a man in a yellow shirt. His arms were raised to the sky victoriously. Season’s change. Rise up.

From past experience, I often connect the color yellow in visions and dreams to the Spirit of Understanding:

Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV) The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

Daniel 5:14 (NKJV) I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God [is] in you, and [that] light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

This morning I was praying about some matters, and I was surprised when the subject of understanding came up again. I was praying concerning broken relationships, some with family and some with friends. I was meditating on Scripture and seeking understanding that I might know how to respond in the areas where there is still division and unresolved hurt. I wanted to know if there was something I was supposed to do or say to bring a shift or bring repair. As I was grieving before the Lord, He spoke Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Then He said to me, “I have a path for you to follow and it leads into a good and large land.”

I have to admit that I am one who will keep trying over and over to fix something when it’s broken, particularly relationships. In the last two years, God has really been teaching me that although it is good for us to have a heart for restoration, it doesn’t always happen when and how we expect. And if we persist to focus our energies on it, it can actually hinder and delay us in our own mission. Victory usually comes when we let go and lean not on our own understanding, and instead, lean upon God’s. He has a perspective on our lives that we do not have. He calls us to trust in His path for our lives and the promises in His Word. This means leaving the results and the timing in His hands, forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead.

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The Wind in Your Sails

In a vision, I saw a woman standing upon what felt like a small island. I saw her from about her mid back upward, as she faced the clear blue waters. She was wearing a bikini and I sensed this meant she had been “Son-bathing” or “soaking up the Son”. There was a sailboat slowly sailing by her with no one in it. I sensed this woman’s determination to investigate this strange sight. She walked forward and actually walked on the water. This seemed like nothing to her, as if this was something she always did! Then she got into the boat and sat down. I didn’t see Yeshua in the boat but I strongly felt that He was there. The sail of the boat unfurled and the wind immediately caught in the sail. The boat took off. I wondered why I felt Yeshua but didn’t see Him. Then I heard Him say, “I’m here. I’m the wind in your sails.”

Recently, the Lord has been drawing my attention to the concept of parousia, His coming or presence. I remember learning about the word on The Quickened Word a long while ago but didn’t know much about it. When I looked it up in the article called Straightway Airlifted by My Wind, I was surprised that sailboat was connected to it, for I have been repeatedly quickened to sailboats in the last two weeks.

Mark 6:45 (NKJV) And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.

This process of being drawn to the concept of parousia through God’s breadcrumbs to me also reminded me of the woman in this vision. I sensed this sight of a sailboat with no occupant in it was a curious sight to her. It reminded me of Moses and the burning bush, how such a curious sight caused Him to turn aside and investigate. This one moment that stirred his curiosity was life-changing for Moses, and in effect became life-changing for all the children of Israel. It was his launching point.

As for the woman walking on water, I am reminded of the song Oceans (Where Feet May Fail):

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

Whatever God may be drawing you aside to in this season, it is well worth turning aside and investigating the mystery! In fact, this point in time might be life-changing for you! Let faith and a childlike curiosity draw you out into the unknown. Christ will be there to meet you and launch you forward!

Brace Yourself

Yesterday, twice within a few short minutes, I heard, “Brace yourself.” I was in the middle of something at that time, so when I heard this phrase a second time, I really stopped what I was doing to inquire. No one says, “brace yourself” unless something BIG is coming.

So, I asked the Lord rather nervously, “Um, what is getting ready to happen?” I knew it wasn’t bad but I knew it was nothing small either.

In a vision, I saw a HUGE wave coming toward me; in fact, I knew it was a tsunami! Only a few minutes before, I saw a post by someone on Facebook about “Possible Tsunami Information”. On July 12th, a 6.7 struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea. When the earth moves in that way, it can set off something else, like a tsunami. Just recently in a word, the Lord told me that as He sets us into our places, we will watch as “a chain of events unfold”. It is the same idea behind an earthquake that leads to a tsunami that then hits the land; one shift leads to another which leads to another.

But now this word and vision about a tsunami, only emphasizes the final magnitude of these individual shifts or chain of events in our lives. Furthermore, I have always linked a “tsunami movement of God”, either individually or corporately, to something that we cannot control, that will totally sweep us away, and that will forever change the landscape of our lives. The last time I had this type of vision of a tsunami, it was directly after God had radically touched my life during a worship service. He encountered me in such a way that His power and love not only touched me but radically altered me. As many warnings as I got before it happened, I could never have expected an experience like that! And yes, it changed and continues to change the landscape of my life, and in an amazing way.

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