And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. – Nehemiah 2:18, ESV
Have you felt the shift UP a gear in the spirit? Do you find yourself RISING up in new boldness? Are you sensing something BIG is on the horizon, thought you just can’t seem to put your finger on it? Is it sometimes a struggle to believe that surely GOODNESS AND MERCY are chasing you down (Psalm 23:6) because of what you see with your eyes – yet you KNOW in your heart that God is up to something BIG?
I have wonderful news for you – God IS up to something big.
In fact, I heard Him say this week to “strengthen your hands for the goodness.” There are some GOOD WORKS coming up, despite the distractions and heaviness the enemy is trying to throw at you right now.
Let me encourage you…..the harvest is ripe, and you WILL see salvations.
Signs and wonders follow those who believe (Matthew 16:17). Don’t stop believing.
Deliverance will happen in the most unexpected, most needed places. Get ready.
Communities will be transformed by Jesus. It’s an overflow from the REVIVAL that is taking place in individual hearts and Christian communities world-wide.
Cultural mountains will bow to the Kingdom of God. They’ll bow so low we will be able to get a running start and take them for Jesus.
There is a weighty glory that is coming to the Bride, and she must be ready. We must strengthen our hands and hearts for what is to come so that we can carry everything He has destined us to carry. I believe that it is far more magnificent and glorious than our wildest dreams can grasp!
For some, strengthening the hands means learning to fight. Learning to take captive those thoughts that aren’t in line with scripture, and learning to fight back with a victorious decree of truth.
For some, it actually means putting down the sword and letting God fight for you while you rest in complete and utter trust in your good, good Father.
For others, this looks like a new depth to prayer and intercession like you have never known or experienced. It looks like praying in new tongues, crying out with an all-consuming depth that takes you deeper into intimacy, or even a level of travail in the spirit that you didn’t know existed. All of it is glorious and a most beautiful thing.
Yet for many others, strengthening your hands looks like finding your roar.
Bride of Christ, it’s time to strengthen our hands….because we “aint seen nothing yet!”
— Mandy Woodhouse