WHY NOT NOW? WHY NOT US?
Dr. John Holland gave a word of prophecy to Praise Chapel in 2006. I have held that word close to my heart. I believe this is the season for fulfillment.
“I have heard from the Lord. I have seen a vision. I have received a promise and I confess, I believe God has chosen Praise Chapel for a specific ministry at this time and for this people. I am to challenge you to take off the clothes of doubt and defeat which the evil one has brought to you. Arise and put on the garments of praise for the day of drought is over and the dawn of the day of spiritual rain has arisen. Rise to meet the destiny of the Lord. You have called yourselves dirt, a people of little value, but the rain of the Lord shall take the barren soil and it shall bring forth abundance. Therefore, take down the coverings of your experience and allow the former and the later rain to fall on you. Don’t fear the abundance that will come, the threshing floors shall be full, the wine and the oil shall overflow. It is the time of rain!” (Prophetic Message from Dr. John Holland 2006).”
Here is the promises God has for us.
God has more for you in this season. It is time for the church to rise in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the anointing that breaks the yoke. There is fresh anointing God is releasing. A breakthrough anointing that will result in souls being saved and churches multiplied.
1. God will renew your strength, vision, peace, and joy.
“Those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31NKJV).
Intercessory gatherings will be times of healing. Did you lose a loved one this past year? Do you feel “spiritually faint?” God will renew your strength with overcoming power and victory
2. The promise of fruitfulness.
“And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah Shall again take root downward, And bear fruit upward” (2 Kings 19:30, NKJV).
Have you struggled to be fruitful? God is going to take away barrenness. He is going to make you fruitful.
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you - The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month” (Joel 2:23 NKJV).
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:15 NKJV).
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him” (Genesis 26:12 KJV).
“For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth” (Genesis 26:15, KJV).
The enemy always tries to stop the work that God has done. God will unstop the wells of salvation. He will open the windows of heaven. He will pour out of his spirit upon this generation.
“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him” (Psalms 92:12-15, NKJV).
3. A promise of restoration of lost time and opportunity.
“The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. ‘So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you’” (Joel 2:24, 25 NKJV).
Do you feel like you missed something? Maybe you waited too long to seek the Lord? Don’t worry, God promises restoration.
4. Experience a release of the Nehemiah anointing.
“So on October 2, the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun” (Nehemiah 6:15 NLT).
This is talking about an acceleration of the work of God. Who was Nehemiah? A leader? A Rabbi? A priest? No, he was the waiter to the king. He was a common worker. That is Praise Chapel’s history and our future. God will raise up “cup bearers” and do a quick work through them in this season.
5. The Promise of Overcoming Victory.
“Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV).
“Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. ‘And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death’” (Revelation 12:1-11 NKJV).