There are many who have been through a difficult season, but the Lord is encouraging His faithful ones who know Him and proclaim that He is good in every season. He is proclaiming they are entering a time where they will see how He has so masterfully woven all things together for their good.
Testimonies of how His goodness and justice manifested in the lives of His people will abound and will draw others to know His faithfulness and to know Him as a good Father.
Goodness of God Seen in the Process and Detail
I heard the Lord say, "It is in the pressing and shaking that closer alignment comes with My heart, Word and ways for those who surrender to My process. This is the time where many will shout of My goodness, for they will look back on the process I have led them through and the path I have led them on, and they will see My goodness in every step—for in every step I was intricately weaving together Romans 8:28 for them. I am the God of detail and My people will see My hand in the smallest of details of their lives.
"I see the end from the beginning, and those that trust Me and the path I have prepared for them will look back and see how I used every season and every detail for their good, to bring them to the place I have now positioned and prepared them to step into."
Romans 8:28 (TPT) says, "So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God's perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are His lovers who have been called to fulfill His designed purpose."
Those Who Sing of the Goodness of God
The Lord says, "I search the heart and I am looking for those who sing of My goodness in every season. I have never promised a trouble-free path, and actually warned that in this world there would be trouble, but those who truly know Me and My ways are steadfast in their knowledge that I am good. They speak of My goodness even in the midst of trials, for they know I am faithful to fulfill all I have promised. They trust the path I have prepared for them and they know I am for them and am working all things together for their good.
"Those who speak of My goodness, know My faithfulness. They know I will never leave them or forsake them. They know I prepare a place for them in the presence of their enemies. They know I order their steps as they are surrendered to Me and led by My voice. They know My ways are higher and they rest and trust in Me. They know the plans I have for them are to give them a future and a hope.
"They know My word does not return void but accomplishes all it is sent forth to fulfill. They know My word and they know Me. Their journey of intimacy with Me has uncovered more and more of My heart and ways, and they sing of My goodness in every step of the journey. To know My ways is to know My faithfulness and goodness."
Psalm 23:5-6 (ESV) says, "You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
Psalm 31:19 (TPT) says, "Lord, how wonderful You are! You have stored up so many good things for us, like a treasure chest heaped up and spilling over with blessings—all for those who honor and worship You! Everybody knows what You can do for those who turn and hide themselves in You."
Psalm 100:5 (ESV) says, "For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations."
Heart Knowledge of God as a Good Father
The Father says, "The more My people know Me, the more they know My ways and the deeper is their trust in Me as a good Father. In this era of the heart, I am raising up those who carry My heart and the transformational message of the Father's love. I am restoring and healing many with heart wounds. Many will have radical encounters with Me and will say, 'How great is the Father's love for me,' as My love transforms them. Their head knowledge of My love will become heart knowledge.
"My people are only seeing a glimpse of the gifts I have stored up for those who fear Me. In the months ahead My people who are aligned with My heart, Word and ways will see Me move on their behalf in extravagant ways. The faithful ones will see Me reward their steps of faithfulness and obedience in ways they couldn't have imagined, as they see the manifestation of My goodness abound in their lives."
James 1:17 (TPT) says, "Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change."
1 John 3:1a says, "Look with wonder at the depth of the Father's marvelous love that He has lavished on us! He has called us and made us His very own beloved children."
Testimonies of God's Goodness
The Lord says, "The testimonies of My people will not only speak of My goodness but of My righteousness and justice. In this hour of divine intervention and justice, I am overturning the plans of the enemy. Freedom, healing, restoration and recompense will flow to My people as accounts are brought before Me and settled by My divine verdict."
I saw a vision of a courtroom in heaven and I saw books and accounts presented to the Father as the righteous judge. The Father was delivering verdicts in favor of His people. I saw situations and circumstances presented to Him, and the rulings He gave released justice and divine intervention into the lives of His people. I saw a multitude of accounts being settled. Each person's testimony spoke of God's goodness and was sealed with Psalm 34:8 (ESV): "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!"
Next, I was shown plans of the enemy being overturned by the hand of God. I saw that the tables with the enemy's schemes, plots and plans were being disrupted and overturned. I knew that many of the testimonies of the people involved would be the cancellation of enemy's plans, the overturning of injustices and turning what the enemy meant for harm into good for God's faithful ones.
Allow Hope to Arise
I heard the Lord say, "Many have gone through a time or pressing and shaking but through this time, I am making all things new. As you remember My faithfulness and your heart sings of My goodness, your hope will arise for all that I have prepared on the path before you. Much may change around you but I am unchanging, for I am the same yesterday, today and forever. I am a good Father, and you will see My goodness woven around every detail of your lives."
May our hearts sing of God's goodness in every step of our journey, and may we have expectant hope for all that lies ahead. We serve a good and faithful Father who will move on our behalf in extravagant ways and is working all things for our good. Taste and see that the Lord is good!
Katie Barker is the cofounder of Bring the Fire Ministries, along with her husband Aaron. They live on the Tweed Coast of Australia with their four children. Bring the Fire Ministries is about bringing revival fire to the nations and ministering to others through the power of the Word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Katie's desire is to see believers understand their kingdom authority and position, use the spiritual gifts they have been given and impact their areas of influence for the kingdom of God. She also has a heart for revival and to see the body of Christ united and awakened.
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