The morning of May 1, 2019, I felt intense, overwhelming pressure building in the spirit. It was a struggle to keep my eyes focused on the Lord. But I knew the Holy Spirit wanted me to still myself.
I sat down and began taking slow, deep breaths, as happenings of the previous couple of weeks began swirling and pressing in around me. Deep pain and agony welled up within my heart. And then suddenly,
The intense pressure took on the form of a dark cloud which I could see surrounding me in the spirit. The cloud grew, and just as the pressure seemed more than I could bear, the words to a beautiful song came up in my spirit. Slowly, I began singing ‘I Love You, Lord (see song below).’ I raised my hands to God and began worshiping Him with all my heart.
As I worshiped Him in song, I was vaguely aware that the dark cloud surrounding me had turned into flames of fire. The flames began to grow taller, coming closer. But as I continued singing, the joy and peace of God filled every fiber of my being, and my spirit began to soar.
I closed my eyes, and knew the flames had reached me as I felt a comforting warmth spread throughout my body. Just then I heard the Lord say,
“Let the fire consume you!”
As my flesh was consumed, my spirit was released, rising high above the flames.
(End of Vision)
I was going through a particularly agonizing situation when this vision was given, but the Lord’s shown that the entire Body of Christ is experiencing the same thing – extreme pressure coming from all directions.
Brethren, God’s saying the pressure most are feeling will soon increase to a level we have never experienced. This is what’s ahead for the Body of Christ.
First, we are not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). There’s a particular pressure/weapon which was used against Jesus, that will also be used against His people.
The Lord’s sounding an alarm to the Body of Christ, alerting us to the spirit of slander.
Slander: definition/Google Dictionary – to slander, make false and damaging statements about (someone), defame, tell lies about, speak ill, libel, smear, tarnish, taint, misrepresent….etc.
The kingdom of darkness is expert in the use of this deadly weapon. Because of its multi-pronged effect, slander has the ability to impact every area of your life. It will set fire to your reputation, finances, even your very health. It surrounds in a 360-degree circle and begins pressing in.
James 3:6 says, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity…and sets on fire the course of nature (our life); and it is set on fire of hell.”
Your enemy knows the first response of the flesh is to protect itself. His plan is for this “self-protect” mode to kick in when slander comes against you; that you’ll begin running around doing damage control to extinguish the fire; thinking you can outrun the enemy, counter the lies, save your reputation, family, relationship(s), etc.
If this is your response, you’ll find yourself out from under the protective covering of God, fighting in your own strength. You’ll be right where the devil wants you – in his territory!
God wants His people to understand that division is taking place. The Dividing Line is being drawn. We are to be encouraged and not lose heart; for the fire the enemy unleashes upon us for harm, God will use for our good – if we allow it (Gen. 50:20). The division will be painful, but necessary.
The fire unleashed by these untamed tongues will serve to manifest the condition of individuals, families, churches, and countries. It will have a purifying effect, separating those of the flesh from those of the Spirit.
Jesus forewarned us of these times (Matt. 10:36), saying even those of our own household would come against us. But He also gave instructions, along with His perfect example of how we are to handle the lies of the enemy.
Jesus never sought to save His own life, and He said those who do would lose it! (Luke 17:33). He wasn’t concerned about His reputation or what anyone thought (Phil. 2:7). When they spewed lies about Him at His trial, He didn’t even open His mouth!!!
Throughout the Word, God says HE is our defender! There’s a time to speak, and a time to be silent. Jesus said He only said what He heard His Father say, and did what He saw His Father do.
We must follow the example of our Lord. The Holy Spirit will show us when to speak and what to say; or, as I’m being shown, will have us remain silent – and Let the Fire Consume Us!
Saints, please reread the vision shared at the beginning and take before the Lord in prayer. I pray as we see clouds gathering around us, our eyes will be lifted to Him. As the flames encircle us, may our songs of praise and worship be a sweet sound in His ear.
Excerpt from ‘I Love You, Lord’ by Tetra
I Love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul, rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In Your ear
2 Corinthians 2:11, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Psalms 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
Psalms 50:15, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me.”
Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to good…to save much people alive.”
James 3:6, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity…and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Matthew 10:36, “And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household.”
Luke 17:33, “Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever loses his life shall preserve it.”
Philippians 2:7, “But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant…”
1 Peter 2:21-23, “…Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”