At the beginning of 2018, I began to pray and ask
the Lord what we can be expecting in the coming year. I heard the Lord speak and He said, “April, I want you to look at your life.” I had to ponder on this for a while because I really didn’t understand what the Lord was saying. Then suddenly, the Lord said, “I really want you to look at your life – look at yourself.” I heard Him say the word, BIRTHING. At the time, I was just a few weeks pregnant and just kind of getting into the swing of things with the pregnancy. I began to look at my own life and the promises God has given me.
A little backstory to this pregnancy and how all of this came about….my husband Ben and I have two other girls – Kiana and Everly. I had done made my mind up that we were not going to have any more children because life was going in a different direction with ministry and such. How many of you know that man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps? (Proverbs 16:9)
So often we make our own plans, but the Lord has other plans for us.
I was sitting in service one day last year and I heard the Lord speak to me. I saw my husband’s face and I heard the Lord say, “Do not withhold his promise from him.” Immediately I saw a vision of an infant child and I just began to weep because in that moment, I knew my plans were not the plans of the Lord. I had already planned my steps, but the Lord was redirecting me in the way He wanted us to move. As He spoke that to me, I thanked Him for giving us clarity on what we needed to do. We began to prepare to have another child. We had a miscarriage and that was a difficult time because we really thought that was it….but Isaac was coming. We got pregnant again and this year, we took off with a full-fledged healthy pregnancy. I heard the Lord say, “Just as you are going to give birth in the physical to your husband’s promise, some other people out there are going to get their promise this year.” We have entered a season of birthing the promises of God.
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I just want to speak that over you right now – some of you have dreams and promises and visions on the inside of you that God has given you for your life. The Lord is releasing right now that He will not withhold His promise from you. Whatever is coming against you, whether it be an obstacle or an attack, we are coming into a season of the fulfilled promise. In this next season things are coming. You are going to see the manifestation of all the dreams, visions, and promises from the Lord that have been tucked away in your heart.
Right now, things are developing and you’re feeling that stirring waiting for it to come forth. You know conception has happened and you’re not quite sure how the promise is going to get here. The enemy tries to tell you that your promise is not coming. The enemy wants to steal our promises, to steal our visions, and to cause us to abort the things that God has put within us.
I just want to encourage you today and tell you that you are on the right track. You’re going forward into what you need to be doing and God will not withhold your promise from you.
Habakkuk 2:3 – “This vision is for an appointed time. But at the end it will speak, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”
An appointed time. Today is the day, the season, and the hour for you. God sets seasons and appointed times….I am telling you that you are sitting in your appointed time. This is the year. This is the season. This is the time.
Don’t give up just yet….what you are waiting for is about to be birthed.
This is not a time for you to relax or move backwards – this is a time for you to press in, push, and move forward. The very thing you’ve been waiting for is crowning and then you will receive your promise. God is a man of His word and He is so faithful to perform that which He has spoken to us.
When we had that miscarriage, the enemy caused me to begin to have questions and doubts about if I heard the Lord even speak to me correctly. Because the very thing I thought was going to be birthed, that promise that was going to come forth, didn’t happen at that time, so I began to think that I had missed God.
No, I did not miss God. We are right on track.
So many times, before we birth something, we go through pains, trials, fears, tests, doubts, and temptations. I want you to understand that the spiritual warfare is so strong right now because the enemy knows what you’re carrying. The enemy knows what you are about to birth. The enemy knows that what God is about to release through you is going to help many, many people….and he is afraid of that. So, there is warfare that comes. But our God is faithful. He will take what the enemy means for your harm and use it for your good. (Genesis 50:20)
God will fully equip you for whatever you have to face….you’ve just got to hold on and do not quit.
Though the promise seems slow in coming, wait for it. It is sure to come, and it will not be late. Our God is an on-time God. His is never late. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) He will always be right on time.
This is your now season.
Don’t quit. Don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9 – “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”