“How to Defeat Discouragement & See Promises Multiplied”

The Elijah List, Nate Johnston Sept. 3, 2019

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     I’m sure stirred up by the wisdom that comes from some of these younger Millennial pastors who God is raising up.

     The Johnstons of Australia are full of prophetic revelation for the Body of Christ and where we are moving.

     Nate Johnston shares these potent questions from the Lord:

     “Remember My power?” I heard the Lord ask. “Remember all those times I delivered you? All those times My delivering, rescuing power broke through the darkness and tore you out of that impossible situation? Have you forgotten?”

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“How to Defeat Discouragement & See Promises Multiplied”Nate Johnston, Gold Coast, Australia

A couple of weeks back, I was in worship when I heard the Lord say, “I am the God of miracles!” Then as I continued to worship, He said, “I am STILL the God of miracles!”

I was deeply stirred, sensing His heart for His Bride to know His miracle-working power. Often in times of great tension and warfare, we can subtly become so focused on the fight and the struggle that we slowly lose sight of the goodness of God and His unlimited POWER that is available.

Don’t Settle Just Yet!

As I continued worshiping, I began to sense that so many people are feeling they are at a place of giving in to the pressure of the season and settling. They are at a crossroad. Many Believers have been holding onto prophetic words and promises for a long time but after not seeing them come to pass for so long, they are finally at the place of giving up.

At first I was sad and I could feel their sorrow, but then I was grieved, like I could feel God’s grief for them. “Don’t settle!” I wanted to say. Then I saw a vision of someone slamming a book shut, and when I asked the Lord what I had seen, He said, “Some have turned bitter to My promises.”

I continued to worship and pray over those who were feeling this way. This was a detour right before the launch pad…a demonic assignment of DOUBT sent to DERAIL God’s people just before the grand revealing.

If you have been feeling this way, I pray that the Holy Spirit would come and pour out hope over you until it flushes out the poisonous hopelessness and doubt that’s trying to steal your joy just before a promise manifests. (Photo via Flickr)

Stirring of Faith for the Impossible

Suddenly a song began to flow out of my spirit:

“I am stirring up faith for the impossible.
To go forward you can’t rest on human Strength or the probable.
Look beyond the storm to the horizon,
And let Me stir up your faith for the Impossible.”

As I kept singing and prophesying this, I could see the Spirit of God hovering over people, destinies, families, homes, churches, ministries and cities. God was breaking off the lid of doubt and unbelief that had been creating a greenhouse effect by rapidly causing people to not rest in God’s ability to move in their lives. But faith was stirring and hearts were beginning to rise out of the defeat and disillusionment.

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

Breaker Blows to the Hard Places of Resistance

“Remember My power?” I heard the Lord ask. “Remember all those times I delivered you? All those times My delivering, rescuing power broke through the darkness and tore you out of that impossible situation? Have you forgotten?”

Then I saw the power of God, like lightning, hitting land and tearing down structures and obstacles. It was His protective and delivering power but it was also His reformative power that was breaking the Church out of a powerless and weak mindset. For in the days we live in WE MUST SEE HIS POWER!

His power will again remind God’s people of what He has done in seasons past—things which they have recently become jaded over. His power will also be a beacon to the world showing that the God we serve isn’t just talk—He’s REAL power.

Can't You Talk Louder, God?

Prophecy can’t just be talk, it HAS to and MUST carry the POWER of God on it to cause change and transform lives, but somewhere along the way we have become accustomed to not seeing His power and have based our Christianity around feasting on words alone, without expecting His power to show up in our lives.

Inspiration isn’t enough. It’s time for His power to be restored in the Church, through His prophets and through you as well. It’s time, once again, for the breaker anointing to be seen in the land and for the places of resistance to be broken.

Right now, as you are reading this, whatever place of resistance comes to mind, I want you to aim this word at that obstacle and command it to bow down and be removed in Jesus name!

“I Am Still the God of the Suddenly!”

“I am still the God of the suddenly!” I heard Him say. He reminded me of the man who was SUDDENLY healed at the pool of Bethesda, and the woman with the issue of blood who was SUDDENLY restored. He is still the God of SUDDENLYS, and He wants to come in and SUDDENLY turn around and change that situation you have been facing.

When did we make the Gospel a ten-year process to healing program? When did we lower our expectations and limit our scope of God’s reach to headaches and providing for phone bills? When did we make the Gospel palatable and sugar coated? God is STIRRING up you and me right now. He is calling out the religious mindsets we have been bound by so that we can ACTUALLY BE FREE and ACTUALLY SEE OUR BREAKTHROUGH!

God says to you today that impossibilities are His specialty and that NOTHING will be able to stand in the way of what He is bringing you into—nothing! No assignment of Hell will be able to stop what He has planned for you. But today, by faith, pick up your mat and get up out of that place of defeat. Choose to partner with His NOW power in your life.

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up! Pick up your sleeping mat and you will walk!’ Immediately he stood up—he was healed! So he rolled up his mat and walked again…!” (John 5:8-9(Photo Unsplash)

Pick up That Promise You Dropped—See? It’s Multiplied!

The last thing I saw was people picking up photographs from the ground. They were the prophetic promises God had given them that they had forfeited and thrown in the dust because of being discouraged.

The tension of transition has caused many people to retreat from faith and go back into survival mode, laying down radical dreams as a result. Many who are called to birth movements in this season have also laid down their dreams. But I heard the Lord say, “Get back your vision. Pick up your promises again because they have now multiplied!”

Then I saw myself drop down and pick up a photograph of something I had limited God in recently. He showed me His level of faith for what I had been believing for and it shocked me. This is a time of vision alignment, where God is not only wanting us to COME UP HIGHER in what we are believing Him for, but to partner with Him to SEE them come to pass. He wants us to go after the impossible.

He is calling on radical dreamers and He is recruiting the discouraged and disillusioned, first. If this is where you have been, then you are in a good place, because right now God is STIRRING you to believe again.

Cast doubt to the side. Refuse to entertain “plan B” or that backup plan if all else fails. Quit stacking cans in your basement expecting failure and ruin. Break off hopelessness and choose to allow the Holy Spirit to restore your hope and give you fresh faith for the God of the impossible, the miracle worker, to change your life this week, in Jesus name!

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” (Matthew 19:26) (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Nate Johnston
Everyday Revivalists
Email: everydayrevivalists@gmail.com
Website: nateandchristy.co

Nate Johnston is a revivalist and worshiper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural lifestyle. Through his ministry “Everyday Revivalists,” he teaches on intimacy and hearing God’s voice which was birthed from a hunger for authentic, real, and powerful relationship with Jesus. Christy Johnston was born and raised in Australia. After living the majority of her life plagued with insecurity and fear, she came to learn the power of her identity in Christ. She now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and life into Gods sons and daughters through her passion of writing, uncovering the truths of living in Grace and freedom through our identity in Christ. Nate and Christy have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and currently live on the Gold Coast in Australia.

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