“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.” – Isaiah 60:1-5 (NIV)
At our recent Thursday night prayer meetings we have been taking time to ask the Lord how he would like to direct our steps in this year – 2018. Then, we would be quiet and listen. We have been hearing a number of specific things that have been confirmed “in the mouths of two or three witnesses”. Even this past Sunday with our friend, Patricia Bootsma, who was not aware of any of the things that the Lord was telling us, we heard him confirm and emphasize some of these promises! Here are a few of them:
Arise, shine … the glory of the Lord rises upon you! – The Holy Spirit has been promising us that there will be an increase of His Manifest Presence on us in this coming season. Of course, the Lord is always with us. But there is an increase of the evidence of his Presence and activity among us. As a result, there will be an increase in signs, miracles and BIG HEALINGS in our midst. We love the goosebumpies and warm fuzzies that we experience in the Presence of the Holy Spirit but we want an objective, tangible proof of God with us! So, keep coming Holy Spirit!
Nations [peoples] will come to your light – In conjunction with this glory of the Lord, we will see fruit in the form of increased growth in numbers of people joining us and growth in terms of people going deeper with God. We will see souls coming into the Kingdom! (As firstfruits of this promise, on Sunday, we had someone say the prayer to receive Jesus during communion!) Increase will come as prodigals return home; family members turn to Jesus!
Your heart will swell with joy – because of what the Lord does in our midst, there will be renewed joy and excitement in our hearts! Increase will come in the area of finances and in the ability to gain wealth. I hope you realized that something was released into the atmosphere when Patricia was speaking about this aspect. Creative ideas for wealth generation are coming to those who are ready. Of course, we’ll feel better if we know that the ultimate motive is for the sake of making Jesus known.
So, CTF Scarborough, arise and shine! This will be your finest hour yet, in Jesus name!
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Love, joy and peace and shabba!
Ramesh and Elsie