Encouragement for Those Just Stepping Out
To the many (like myself) who are stepping out into a new ministry or into a new Heavenly assignment of some sort, you are on the Father's heart.
Firstly, I heard the Father say, "I'm so proud of you and I'm your rear guard!"
As I began to pray for those across the globe who are stepping out and perhaps feeling unprepared, clumsy or uncertain, He reminded me of small children who are learning to walk, and young ones learning to ride a bike with no training wheels. I saw the wide smile of a proud Daddy, ready to catch the little ones if they fall. Not only does the Father not smack, rebuke or withhold love if you fall, but He is BY YOUR SIDE, CHEERING YOU ON, WITH OPEN ARMS, THE WHOLE WAY.
When I was a small girl learning to play softball, my Dad would coach me in batting by telling me to "Keep your eye on the ball, sweetheart." In the same way, I hear the Lord say, "Keep your eyes on ME and you'll do what I'm calling you to!"
I also heard Him say, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE NAYSAYERS! Remember, He is your rear guard (Isaiah 52:12; 58:8), so your back is protected. He also showed me that those brothers and sisters who may appear to oppose or frown upon you because of their "discernment," He is actually TEACHING THEM TO INTERCEDE FOR YOU! They are most likely in a Heavenly alignment process (if they are born again), and He is showing them how to PRAY instead of criticizing what they may not understand or see the full picture of. Don't forget that the Father cheers them on, as well. And you are both protected in His love.
He also reminded me of the Samballats, as seen in the book of Nehemiah. Those who have no real love for the Kingdom and only come to sabotage. I heard Him say to NOT ENGAGE them. When they try to pull you into an argument, a debate, or if they accuse you...simply DON'T ENGAGE. Keep a sword in one hand and just keep building with the other, eyes fixed firmly on Jesus. The Samballats are in HIS hands.
Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, "Come and let us meet together at Hakkephirim in the plain of Ono." But they intended to do me harm. And I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?"
I also heard Him say, "DON'T RETREAT BACK INTO THE CAVES! DON'T GO BACKWARDS... IT'S TIME TO ARISE AND SHINE!" (Isaiah 60)
The Hebrew word for arise here is the word qûm (Strong's h6965) which implies not only getting up from a prostrate position, but that something is ESTABLISHED and MADE VALID when one does get up. This is your time to be established, so RISE UP and SHINE WITH HIS GLORY!!!
I also felt the Father's heart for establishing an increased friendship with you. This is your season to be established in HIM, in HIS HEART and in HIS PRESENCE, and in ministering FIRST to HIM. You can SHINE to the world when you are ESTABLISHED in His FRIENDSHIP first.
In the context of your intimacy with Him, the last thing that I heard Him say to those just stepping out is this: "DO NOT LET THE FIRE GO OUT!" 🔥🔥🔥
Leviticus 6:13 Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.
Regardless of what is said, thought, or felt about your obedience, THE FATHER'S APPROVAL is all that matters, and you already have that. KEEP BURNING FOR HIM. KEEP REVIVAL FIRES STOKED. KEEP THE FLAMES GOING. Keep your heart pure and INTIMACY FIRST.
You and Him get to set the world on fire for Jesus, together! 💥🔥💥🔥