(Jennifer LeClaire) As I mentioned in my last article, The Lord spoke these words to me:
“I am promoting My faithful ones in this season to positions in My spirit and in the natural that defy human reasoning. My faithful ones have prayed and sought My face and walked in My will with the little things, and I am making them ruler over more in My kingdom. Those faithless ones will be demoted while my faithful ones are raised up in this hour. Those walking in pride will be brought low. Those walking in arrogance will not stand in My special places in this season. But those who have walked in the low places with Me, I will exalt and raise up and send out with an anointing to stand and withstand in this hour.”
In part one, I offered three ways to respond to this prophecy. Here are three more.
1. Trust God with the timing. Ecclesiastes 3 declares, “To everything there is a season.” Many times, we think we can change our times and seasons, but Daniel 2:21 makes it clear that this is God’s role and explains, “He removes kings and sets up kings.” David rightly told the Lord, “You are my God. My times are in Your hand” (Ps. 31:14-15). Remember, “For neither from the east nor west, nor from the wilderness comes victory. But God is the judge; He brings one low, and lifts up another” (Ps. 75:6-7).
2. Work on your character. If you were ready to handle the promotion now, God would give it to you now. Many times, we need to develop the character that will keep us to where the anointing takes us. Romans 5:3-5 tells us patience produces character. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you areas of your life that need work—and then ask for the grace to get to the next glory.
3. Practice humility. Humility has no rights. Here are three witnesses to keep in mind: “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6-7); “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10); and “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11).
Finally, once God exalts you, stay humble. Pride comes before the fall.
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Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, co-founder of awakeningtv.com, on the leadership team of the New Breed Revival Network and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening; Mornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God; The Making of a Prophet and Satan’s Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Jennifer’s Periscope handle is @propheticbooks.