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It's very interesting how the Holy Spirit will use things that you're going through to not only prophesy to you, but also to prophesy over the body of Christ. In listening to other people and hearing what's been coming out of their mouths, I felt like the Lord wants to comfort us. There were two phrases that the Holy Spirit addressed.
A Test to Trust for the Timing
The first phrase was, "I thought by now. I thought by now." The Lord is saying, "By now you thought that child would not be a prodigal. By now you thought your finances would be different. By now you thought your health would be different. By now you thought you would've seen the manifestation of the family healing." But the Lord is also saying, "I am processing and doing things behind the scenes. Trust Me with the timing."
And you know what? I realize that it's a test for us to trust Him with the timing—test to trust for the timing; those three T's. So the Lord just says to you, "I hear you. I hear you. I hear you when you weep for your family. I hear you when you can't find that job. I hear you."
A Test of the Heart
The second phrase that the Holy Spirit addressed was, "Well, it just shouldn't be like this." And the Lord would just say to you that Satan is trying to erode your trust through circumstances that have happened to you. You may be saying, "Well, it just shouldn't be like this." Well, it shouldn't.
Satan has really come down with great wrath because he knows his time is short, and not only that, but for a lot of us, the spirit of offense is loose. And you know, the Holy Spirit has been saying to me over and over—in fact, Patricia King has written a book on this—"Are we [the Body of Christ] offendable? Are we easily offendable? Or are we unoffendable?"
And the Lord just would say, "I am allowing some things to come into your life to test your heart, to see if you are mad at Me, to see if you do not believe I am good." And you are just saying, "Well, it just shouldn't be this way." And the Lord would say, "Yes, in many cases it should not be like this. But trust Me, the things that hurt your heart are the things that I am working on. I'm a good Father and I see your pain. I see your suffering. I see your grief. I see the things that others have done—even your own family members that have hurt your heart. I will heal and I will restore because I am near to the brokenhearted."
All Things Work Together for the Good of Those Who Love God
God bless you, and thank you for letting me share with you. Let me just pray for you:
Father, I pray for those that are in that season of "I thought by now. I thought by now." And we thank You, Father, that there's going to be an extra measure of grace and strength. And for those cases of "It just shouldn't be like that," we apply Romans 8:28: "...all things work together for the good of those who love God..." So, just say it. Sometimes you're going to have to say it a lot, but every time one of those situations comes where it shouldn't be like that, the Lord says, "Believe Me that Romans 8:28 is in full effect, and it will work for your good."
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Mike and Cindy Jacobs co-founded Generals International in 1985. Mike and Cindy co-host a weekly television program called God Knows that airs in more than 200 nations. Mike and Cindy also provide leadership for the Reformation Prayer Network (RPN), an organization with representatives in each of the 50 United States, working to support and uphold biblical values through prayer and local action. Cindy is a respected prophet who travels the world, ministering not only to crowds of people but to heads of nations. Mike and Cindy love to travel and speak, but perhaps their favorite past time is spending time with their children, along with their six adorable grandchildren.
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