Eagles are everywhere in the Old Testament; have you noticed? It’s because God is trying to use their example to teach us many things. He is making comparisons between us and this amazing bird—if only we will choose to rely on His strength for everything.
“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary” (Isa. 40:31).
Our all-sufficient Creator does not leave us on our own any more than a mother eagle leaves her chicks on their own. And He cares for us in every way, anticipating our weaknesses and putting fresh wind under our wings day after day and year after year.
As we follow the Lord and follow His call, we can certainly get weary. He wants to show us how to have both of our wings ready—the Word of God and worshipful prayer—so that when the wind of the Spirit comes in force, we can climb up and draw beautiful circles as we wheel in the sky.
Everywhere in Scripture, eagles represent swiftness and strength—and the glory of God.
Eagles as a Prophetic Symbol
Today the Holy Spirit in all His fullness is being sent forth into the entire world as believers who are filled with His Spirit release His prophetic anointing, bringing impact and influence everywhere they go.
Jesus dispatched His disciples to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19) carrying the light of the world.
Great Diversity of Prophetic Anointing
I cannot emphasize enough how big God is.
We see an almost bewildering variety of gifts, anointings, ministries and combinations across the body of Christ.
As we enter the year of 2020, clear 20/20 vision is vitally important both in the natural and in the spiritual.
This requires insight from the Spirit of God and the Word of God revealing the heart of God. It is neither “near sighted” nor “far sighted,” nor is it “night blindness.”
Clarity of sight comes from equal deposits of the Word of God and the Spirit of God, combined with hands-on experience.
3 Bible Verses for 2020
“They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed” (2 Chron. 20:2).
You have to run over the devil before he runs over you.
You are standing on a battlefield (perhaps a different one than you were last year at this time). You may be standing in the middle of an army or you may be standing all alone. Are you just going to stand there, waiting to see what will happen? Or are you going to do something that will allow you to get and keep the upper hand?
King David gave us a Psalm that we should graft onto ourselves so that we can be true overcomers: “I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed” (Ps. 18:37, NIV). Earlier in the same Psalm, he expressed his utter dependency on God when his enemies proved to be too strong for him: “He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support” (Ps. 18:17-18).
He was a true overcomer—determined to make an end of his enemies, but always aware that he needed help doing it.
Why Is Satan Picking on You?
Since the beginning of time, the Holy Spirit has looked for people through whom He can manifest Himself.
At the time of the creation, He “hovered” like a hen over her baby chicks (see Gen. 1:2).
After the Exodus, Moses said, “Oh, that all the people of the Lord were prophets” (Num. 11:29b).
The prophet Joel foretold a day when prophecy, dreams and visions would become widespread (see Joel 2:28-29).
After Jesus came and the Spirit was given to the church, Peter announced that the day prophesied by Joel had arrived (see Acts 2:14-21).
Today, we are still living in that day and God is ministering His gifts to those who will receive them and release them to raise a dying world to true life. God wants to give us gifts so that we can spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Faith matters. Faith is the constant, abiding trust in something. True faith is the constant, abiding trust in God Himself.
By that we mean faith toward God, not faith in our feelings, our circumstances or other people, even leaders.
True faith is in the present tense as distinguished from hope, which is future-oriented.
Faith comes after repentance and is of the heart, not of the mind.
Where Is Your Faith?
Battle is part of the Christian life. There is a real enemy and you were born into a war. So, seasons of struggle are a given.
But can you shorten your seasons of struggle? I believe you can, and I believe that the Bible is filled with good advice toward this end. You do not need to prolong the agony. You can arise and conquer.
One of the enemy’s ploys is to make you roll over into a passive position. When that happens, you are no longer actively engaged and the devil can roll over you. It is important to daily arise, speak to your inner man and remind yourself of the foundational truths in the Word of God! As you rise up, these truths become weapons that drive the enemy back and make quick work of the battle.
Even if you have been through a few skirmishes before, you can’t just slide into automatic pilot. It is vital to use your most effective weapons, ones that are tried and tested. These are weapons that work—but you must work them. Did you catch that? For the weapons to work, you must work them!
Around the globe, I have taken an unofficial survey. I often ask the attendees, “What does the Holy Spirit do? What makes up the ministry of the Holy Spirit?”
I always get great answers such as the Holy Spirit is the gift giver, sanctifier, bears fruit, brings conviction, speaks to us, intercedes through the believer, magnifies Jesus, releases dreams and visions and so much more.
But one answer I have never heard from anyone anywhere.
The Holy Spirit Listens!
One of the ongoing activities of the Holy Spirit is listening and then communicating.
In prophetic intercession, the Spirit of God pleads the covenant promises made throughout history to be enacted in our day.
This inspired form of intercession is the urge to pray, given by the Holy Spirit, for a situation or circumstance about which you may have little natural knowledge. But you are praying the prayer request that is on the heart of God.
As much as any time in history, it is time for believers in Jesus to take up the call to pray what is in the heart of God to be enacted for this generation!
How Does Prophetic Intercession Work?
I believe we are entering an apostolic era when heavens are going to break wide open over cities. There will be teaching, revelation, expression and experiencing of this on a scale unseen at least since New Testament days, if ever. Homes, families, congregations, parks, hospitals, city halls—all will become “ground zero” for open-heaven manifestations.
I have faith for this divine realm to be extended over entire regions for protracted periods of time.
From all my years traveling in many nations and helping to light fires in many places, and having interviewed and walked with many “fire starters,” I have learned one very important principle:
Before there is ever an open heaven over a congregation or a city or a nation, there first is an open heaven over a person.
What kind of person might have heaven open above them? It is someone who becomes radically undone in the Lord, someone who is absolutely “wasted” on Jesus. Whenever heaven opens over an individual, they carry that open heaven with them wherever they go and become climate-changers. They become history-makers.
God is looking for candidates in this generation who will be seated with Christ in the heavenly places and call forth God’s destiny and design into the earthly realm. It has happened before in all historic awakenings. I am talking about ordinary folks who surrendered to an extraordinary God.
Will You Open the Door for Your City?
Dreams are known as “the sleep language,” and since the time of creation God has brought divine revelation to mortal men and women while they are sleeping. Scripture even calls a prophet a “dreamer of dreams” (see Deut. 13:1; Num. 12:6).
Many Christians hold the mistaken impression that prophetic dream encounters are reserved for a small, elite group of especially sensitive or gifted people. But this simply is not the case.
I can testify personally that God has communicated and ministered to me in amazing ways through dreams.
For example, the Lord has used dreams to heal my emotions and give power to my personal ministry. Through dreams, the Holy Spirit enhanced my ability to open my eyes of faith and see myself as God does. Also through dreams is where I first began to carry the “burden of the Lord” of prophetic intercession in compassion for others.
Recently, there has been a stirring controversy over the issues of women in ministry and leadership roles.
I am rather shocked at some of these views resurfacing and even grabbing our attention as they have. Putting down women and calling out premier leaders such as Beth Moore, Paula White Cain and others is just plain not right.
We are each accountable for the light we have. And to be honest, I was once in that narrow camp myself.
We are each on a pilgrimage and I have been on mine. Since the recent negative articles and statements have been released, the Holy Spirit has arrested my attention and reminded me of my journey in the faith as being the co-founder of Women on the Frontlines with my late wife, Michal Ann Goll.
So, I feel I should step to the plate and help undo some of the harm that has occurred as of late.
Releasing Value and Worth
A strategic new governmental prayer movement is beginning called One Voice Prayer Movement, chaired by Paula White Cain, Todd Lamphere, Dave Kubal and Jon & Jolene Hamill. Others such as Mike and Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets and myself help to comprise the core team for this valiant new effort.
In June while ministering in Miami at King Jesus Ministries, I proclaimed that soon there would be the beginning of the greatest governmental prayer movement in the history of the United States—and possibly be a model for governments of the nations. I had been given dreams at the beginning of 2019 where I saw that a united prayer force would converge to intercede for all three branches of government and eventually cover in prayer every cabinet member. I waited for the right location and time and released this prophetic word in June at Apostle Maldonado’s School of the Supernatural.
Let’s Make History Together
Early in the modern prophetic movement in 1988, I remember learning the importance of the three-stage process of properly handling revelation. These three basic but essential principles each build upon one another: (1) revelation; (2) interpretation and (3) proper application.
Without discovering that framework, we might have continued to take every word literally, never realizing that God might sometimes speak in symbolic language. These three principles have become vital building blocks for understanding the prophetic.
We also learned there is a trifold nature of the prophetic. It is: 1) partial; 2) progressive and 3) conditional. So, let me build on these foundational principles with some additional understanding to unpack the anatomy of a prophetic word.
In today’s global society we continue to see an increase of violence, rampant shootings, riots, tumultuous weather patterns, racial strife, instability in North Korea, chaos in Syria and the Middle East, Russia’s re-emergence, and wars and rumors of wars (Matt. 24:3-14).
How are we to respond in these perilous times? (2 Tim. 3:1). These events leave us with a simple choice that we must make. This one question must be answered: Will we respond in fear or faith?
In a time of confusion, strife and fierce anti-Semitism, the stateswoman Corrie Ten Boom declared, “There is no panic in heaven! God has no problems, only plans.”
If the church is pushing the panic button instead of faith, trust, prayer and confidence toward God, what do we expect the world to look like? Rather, we must create a culture of faith instead of fear!
What Time Is It?
Often at the head of the new Hebrew year, the Holy Spirit speaks concerning things to come. As I have prayed and sought the face of God, I have been given a series of revelations concerning the new era we have entered as of 5780 and beyond. In this period, we are not just crossing from one year to the next, but from one era or decade to the next.
I have chosen the title “8 Proclamations for 5780 & Beyond.” Let me unpack this one phrase at a time. The number 8, of course, is the number of a new beginning. The number 5 is the number of grace and 7 is the number of completion. So, by grace we are completing past assignments and we are moving into a new decade in the kingdom of God. We are crossing over from one side of the river where promises are revealed to the other side where promises are manifested.
I agree with others that we are shifting from an emphasis of the “Year of the Eye” to the “Year of the Mouth.” But since my expertise is not in Hebrew numeric symbolic interpretation, I feel safer to stay in my lane of prophetic teaching, encounter and revelation. With that in mind, here are the proclamations I have been granted.
Proclaim for All to Hear
Praying in the Spirit activates the grace of God to pray perfect prayers in any situation. These prayers go beyond our own agendas and beyond our rational understanding.
When we pray in the Spirit, divine insight enlightens our hearts so that we can hit the mark when we pray.
Praying in the Spirit With Eager Expectation
We prophetic people come in all shapes and sizes, and our upbringing and personal experiences vary widely. But in my view, many of us tend to be more sensitive by nature, which may make us better prophets, but which may also make any form of rejection more painful.
What do I mean by rejection? Part of rejection is not feeling understood or valued and therefore being unwanted. Rejection makes you feel excluded, not part of the group, as if you are on the outside looking in. You so much want people to love you, and you are dismayed repeatedly when they do not even seem to care.
In my own family growing up, I suffered much verbal abuse from my father. God made it right at the end of my dad’s life, but in the meantime, I had to learn how to walk in forgiveness and how to conduct myself as a son to God as my perfect Father. I had to learn not to fear retribution. My heavenly Father loves me simply because He had made me. I am His; He said my name was inscribed on the palms of His hands (see Isa. 49:15-16). This is true for you as well.
God’s healing touch manifested itself over time, sometimes in dramatic ways and sometimes through my concerted effort to establish His truth in my heart. I learned (and I’m still learning) how to trust Him all the way, all the time.
Rejection: Signs and Causes
Prophecy is for everyone. It is difficult to convey this concept enough in our world of superstars—both in the church and outside it.
But Scripture is clear—every believer is prophetic, and every believer can prophesy (see Num. 11:29 and Acts 2:16-18).
So whether you have prophesied for years or are just getting started, here are 10 practical guidelines that will help you grow in prophecy and keep your gift solidly grounded.
10 Practical Ways to Help You Prophesy
Wisdom is invaluable for any believer and all the more when exercising your prophetic gift. We need all the wisdom we can get, particularly when we are handling words of revelation in these perilous and controversial days.
The following prophetic wisdom lessons from my years in prophetic ministry will help you discern what to do and what not to do as you grow in your prophetic gift.
What Not to Do