Looking Out My Window: Prophetic Pondering’s – Possess A Double Portion
The Lord has been speaking a lot to me these days about not only the next generation, but also past generations. Isaiah 61:4 says, “They will rebuild the ancient ruins, preparing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations”. How will this be accomplished? I sense the Lord saying, “as we not only knit what has gone before with that which is now, we will discover a generational blessing from the past, linking with a generational blessing of the present, catapulting My body into a generational blessing for the future”.
“This is what the Lord says: ‘You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope'” (Jeremiah 29:10-11).
Declare My Blessings, Not The Enemies Curses
As we move forward with God and in the fullness of His plan, I firmly believe He is saying to the Body of Christ, “stop looking to the past and stop thinking you need to spend time breaking off generational curses. The curses from the past have been broken. Now is the time to move into My intended blessing and start declaring my promises of generational blessing for the days ahead.”
A few weeks ago I jotted down the following thoughts during prayer;
Isaiah 61, a well know chapter, but many times only for the opening verses. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies” (Isaiah 61:1-2).
Before moving beyond these two verses it’s worth noting God’s anger is “against our enemies”, not against us. In times past this passage tends to heap condemnation on believers as some have said the only way to step into the Lord’s favor is to escape the anger of God against us. This is simply not the case. God promises to come against our enemies, not against us.
Verse 4 is a call to “rebuild and reestablish what earlier generations lost”. Isaiah 61:7 releases a “double portion” blessing, while verse 10 addresses what our response to God should be as a result of the entire chapter; “I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For He has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10). All too often believers seem underwhelmed, almost taking for granted what God has done as we’ve spent more time attempting to break off curses of the past. The Lord is saying “it’s time to be overwhelmed with joy once again and declare My blessings over your life.”
As we are “overwhelmed with the joy of the Lord”, this in turn releases “the double portion of prosperity in our land, establishing everlasting joy in our lives!” We will suddenly find ourselves “possessing the double portion” God has planned for us!
As I’ve also been studying and teaching on the Seven Letters to the Churches found in Revelation, I see connections of restoration and a call to restore believers to the foundation of God. I believe we are heading into a time of where we need to focus on calling believers back to the foundations of God. While there is a need to also call unbelievers to repent, the Letters in Revelation call believers to repent. As we call believers to repent and stop accommodating the culture of society and today, we will truly begin to see God’s army coming into a place of alignment, assignment, refinement and ultimately definement in order to “quicken the day of the Lord”.