Be Encouraged, Oh Shephard

     Oh beloved, I have heard your prayers, your cries, your place of hopelessness and doubt. I speak to you gently and tell you all is well. I say this, for it appears so much wrong around you, but I tell you this is only the dark before the dawn, trust in Me and I will make your way.

     I will raise those up around you that can support your vision for what this place should be, what I created it to be. And you carry on the legacy, even as Solomon did King David’s vision for the temple. I will make you great. Relax in Me and follow My promptings, for I will not disappoint. Do not fear cutting those loose who have made it hard for your people.  I will make your way.

     Will I not even raise up ten for each one that is removed. Even ten for each one with talents, and abilities, and a heart for your people. Beloved, I desire to do a new thing, what you’ve longed for but did not know was possible. Will they not speak of Me up and down the hallways and in meetings, rather than gossiping and talking dissension.

     I pour out My spirit upon this place, I alone do this. Be not afraid to change, for I have set a seal upon your heart so that these will not wound you. Know they reject Me not you, know they have desired their own gain, not fully poured out as a living sacrifice to Me, as you are and others I have anointed to fill these places.

     These have more refinement needed, but not in these places where they can harm My sheep. Let Me deal with these, yours is to make just and fair decisions and raise up those I have placed in your heart and in your path. I have enhanced your discernment so that even the hearing of their voices you will know between good and evil. You will  know their words are false and not true, you will hear the cries of the people loud and clear.

     I am bringing you into a place of intimacy with Me that you have not before known, but longed for. I will surely pour out My Spirit upon you and your people. I impart  a boldness in you that is of Me, no more will these take advantage of the one I have called to reach the nations.

  • “This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself, who foils the signs of false prophets  and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise  and turns it into nonsense,who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers,who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’ of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,’who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”  Isaiah 44:24-28