Lion Bites — August 2020
Daily prophecy for August, 2020, republished with the kind permission of the Global Prophetic Alliance. Every Monday — Friday.
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31 August 2020 Perseverance
“Today, I AM releasing perseverance!
Recognise that perseverance is a GIFT, freely given by My Spirit. It is not something from your own might or strength, but it is released from Heaven to allow you to push on and keep on. It allows you “to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”*
You are so much more capable, mighty and wondrous than you think! And this is determined by what I suffered for you, not what you can do for Me. So today, partner with My Perseverance.
Some of you have been living in disregard for the current season with expectation for the new season. While I honour this as a forward-moving God, there are things that I want to show you and teach you TODAY in perseverance. Expect to daily be amazed at what I can teach you through current circumstances as I turn them for My GOOD!”
Romans 5:3-4 “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
James 5:11 “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
* Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
28 August 2020. You Will Bear Good Fruit
Don’t neglect your purpose to bear fruit — good fruit. Be reminded of the Psalm 1 blessing, that you are to be like a tree beside a flowing stream, yielding a rich, fruity harvest in season and succeeding, not withering away.
You have been gifted The Holy Spirit to work in partnership on a life-long, fruit-growing exercise so listen to Him today as He whispers to you, ‘Don’t forget the harvest’. Your farming project, together with the Spirit of God, is the cultivation of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Be expectant of more of this fruit from your life as you relate to others in fresh ways and adapt to the ‘new normals’ of friendships and meetings. Be like the owner of a vineyard or a farm, who inspects his crops every day and asks, ‘How is my fruit growing today?’
Psalm 92:12-15 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him.””
27 August 2020. His Love Burns for You
“My Child, My Love for you burns like fire, like the fiercest of fires. My Love consumes all that is unnecessary, all that is unholy and all that binds. Draw close to Me and allow the flames of my love to melt away all that you have surrounded yourself with.
Place Me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For Love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.” (Song of Solomon 8:6)
Allow yourself to be loved by the perfect love of God. Let go of all that would have you resist His fire and draw close to it. As you do, the light of the flames will illuminate the bonds and the cords that have wrapped around you, tying you up and holding you back.
The love of God will set you free from all fear, anxiety and the torture of sin. Receive His love today — draw close to the fierce fire that burns for you.
Romans 2:4 “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”
Hebrews 12:28 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
26 August 2020. Do It His Way
Do not fall into the trap of old habits, well-trodden paths or familiar ways. For The Holy Spirit says to you, “My ways are not your ways. Be obedient to me in the everything and I will help you navigate a more excellent way.”:
You may need to adjust your course at this time if you have inadvertently taken some paces without checking in with The LORD. His Word should guide your every step (Psalm 119:133). Don’t just assume that because something ‘feels’ right to you and to those around you that it must be the way. Learn to discern what the Spirit is saying. Press in and evaluate each move with Him. And He says to you, ‘I have blessings for those who are obedient to me that you have not even begun to imagine’.
Know that His way is not always the easiest-looking path to take; it can even be narrow and uncomfortable in places. But His Way is the best way. It’s the way of adventures, of signs, wonders and miracles. It’s the way of impossible breakthroughs and of inexpressibly and glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8).
Isaiah 55:8-9 :For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.””
25 August 2020. Suddenly!
“A bride, serene, beautiful, full of joy, is posing for her photographs. A block away a man is entering a smart shoe shop, pulling his wallet from his expensive pocket. Downtown, a woman in labour is safely arriving at the hospital, her husband seconds behind. At home, their toddler is standing up and taking his first step while grandma claps her hands with delight.
Suddenly, in a breath, everything changes.
A wind blows in from the harbour. It rushes through every house, every business, every factory, every shop. It lifts off roofs, blinds the eye of every window, tosses gates and walls and pillars out of its way. It rips up trees: from the roots to the branches, down come the mighty cedars. It overturns ships. It causes rivers of grain to fall to the ground and be trampled underfoot.
Such is the suddenly of the enemy.
But MY suddenly is coming! I AM on the move, mighty to save. I AM the Redeemer. I AM the Saviour. Look up! I AM ready to heal your lands all around the globe The turmoil and devastation are drawing millions into MY Household. See, I have made room for all! I desire all to be where I AM. This is your time, My Church, My Bride, to cry aloud, “Our God reigns!” This is your hour to shake yourselves, to stir yourselves up, to reach out with fearlessness, ingenuity, compassion and power. Love My broken-hearted ones. Heal their wounds. Feed their children. Lead them all to Me.”
Proverbs 24:11-12 TPT “Go and rescue the perishing! Be their savior! Why would you stand back and watch them stagger to their death? And why would you say, “But it’s none of my business”? The one who knows you completely and judges your every motive is also the keeper of souls — and not just yours! He sees through your excuses and holds you responsible for failing to help those whose lives are threatened.
24 August 2020. Stand Up and Fight
The Spirit of The LORD says to you, “Stand up and dress yourself for war. For I have called you to fight for, and from, victory. In these days of battle and tension, know that I have called you to establish my Kingdom with force.
As you stand, know that I AM ending your internal battle over whether you can fight or not; whether you are equipped enough for the battle; or even if you’re chosen for the battle at all.
Know that I have handpicked you, dressed you, and I have given into your hands the authority and power to trample on the head of the enemy and to destroy the works of darkness. Do not forget this, My Warrior! Stand up and see that you are already ready.”
21 August 2020. You Can Fly!
I looked up and I saw a huge pair of wings, unfurling overhead and hovering in the air. As I watched, The Holy Spirit said, “Tell them that they can fly. Tell them that they can soar above all that is surrounding them.”
Jesus is the ‘One Who Overcame’ (John 16:33) and He calls you to fly with Him. He is calling you up, up to a viewpoint where you will see your circumstances from His perspective — a higher perspective. Allow your prayer life to be untethered — don’t limit your conversations with God to the usual earthly lists and petitions but instead be led by Jesus to see things in a fresh way, from a new vantage point.
Things on earth look very different from heaven’s perspective. The immovable obstacles, the impossible situations and the walls that cannot be broken through are all overcome-able when you take time with Jesus to listen and look from His viewpoint. Loose yourself from whatever is holding you down and allow The Holy Spirit to strap wings to your back — it’s time for you to fly!
John 16:33 (NLT) “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
20 August 2020. Go!
The spirit-realm is noisy with shouts of the word, ‘Go!’
Like an athletics coach motivating a sprinter, The Spirit of The LORD is encouraging His People to, ‘Go now! Go! Go! Go!’ It’s a message that is contrary to the way of the world, which has been screaming at us to, ‘Stop!’
It is time for you to get up, shake off the cobwebs of the past season and begin to spiritually limber up. Get yourself ready because a big shift is in store for those who are yielded to God.
Though the world is locked-up, fed-up and has given-up on this year, The Kingdom of God has NOT stopped advancing. You are needed in the harvest fields and your light must shine again in the darkness. Prepare to be shifted forwards by The LORD, who isn’t in lockdown and who hasn’t stopped.
Matthew 28:18-19 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
19 August 2020. Established in Your Heart
“Let Me be established in your heart!
Is your heart Kingdom-focused? Is your heart rendered to the plans and purposes of the King of kings and Lord of lords?
Today, I AM inviting you to do a heart investigation, to find what is rendered to Me and My Spirit and what is lingering from the past season. For My Kingdom is always moving and changing; bringing the fresh and new! Watch your heart and see what direction it moves in The Spirit; are your tendencies to linger in the hurt of the past? Or is your heart in constant pursuit of my ever-increasing love?
Bring what needs to be brought to The Cross! Let Me cover your past with My Blood. For today is a new day to bring your heart afresh and let it be completely saturated with My Kingdom of Love.”
Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your father has been pleased to give you The Kingdom.”
18 August 2020. Prevailing Prayer
“I see the fist of a man as it crushes a nation. There it is again, in another land. A different hand but the same oppression. You see it too. I hear the cry of the people, millions and millions of people, devastated, overwhelmed — sheep without a shepherd. I know you hear that too. Reader, your prayers are powerful and effective in this most holy of battles, as you pray for the overwhelmed lands, for the victims, for the terrorised, the bullied, and the persecuted ones.
But will you pray also for the oppressors, because I love them too? Today I AM releasing to all who will choose to walk with me in this, a special enduring season of grace for compassionate, informed and prevailing prayer for the tyrants and the dictators. I have many Sauls in mind. I yearn for their salvation with a deep agony. I AM looking for unshakeable intercessors who will pledge their hearts to me. See what the world will look like as leaders of nations come to my light! Will you receive this charge? Will you embrace the unloveable ones with My Love?
To all who say ‘Yes’, I will commission you in the secret place and give you the name of the one I call you to intercede for. I will download strategy for prayer. I will give you guidance. I will connect you supernaturally to others who have the same mission. I will lead you in ways of intercession that you have not yet known.
And I will shout with joy as you finally dance in the victory parade beside your Saul!”
Acts 9:3-6 “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.””
Proverbs 29:13 “The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.”
17 August 2020. Strength for Today
“Some of you are dealing with spiritual jet-lag as yesterday’s battles have kept you up all night and drained your focus from the now.
I tell you: “Give Me your yesterday. Lay down the fight that ended with the dusk to pick up the provision of the dawn. Sit with Me to unbuckle and untie then shake loose your worries to fall at My Feet. Freshen your focus to deal with the now and rest in what has already accomplished ahead to keep today as today.””
Lamentations 3:22-24 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
Matthew 11:28-30 ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
14 August 2020. The Coming Together of Family
“No more division in family units!
I AM on your case. I AM on your family’s case. I AM permeating the very walls, the floors of the foundation of your homes and bringing My righteousness to be established in the family unit. Invite this work of My Spirit today; allow me to be me and do what I do best!
I know your family is precious to you, and I know that you love them no matter how hard it may be at times. But know that I love them even more, that I created them and know every hair on their head and every thought that they’ve ever had. I AM their Saviour. So invite me in! Allow me to establish myself in the atmosphere, and expect to see the coming together of your family within the home once again.”
Psalm 89:14 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”
Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
13 August 2020. My Plumb Line
“In this season of all things made new, it is vital that you begin to build according to My Plumb-line! In the shaking, the trembling and the reset, many of you noticed cracks in your foundation. Others saw areas fall as they had not been built upon ME. Now is the time to build again. But this time, learn from what you did in the past. This time, come to me and ask me what My Plumb-line is for it is by this standard that I desire to see all things built. Don’t linger at the old or mourn what fell, but take this as a new beginning. Take this as an opportune time to build RIGHTLY! This is the time of righteous foundations. It’s the time to rebuild marriages, family units, businesses, relationships, new endeavours and even new ministries! Take the challenge, grab hold of my plumb line and begin to build!”
Amos 7:7-8 ESV “This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them.”
Matthew 7:24-25 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
12 August 2020. Fear Filled or Faith Fueled?
Fear is trying to creep into your households, your corridors of power, even your Churches. It is contagious, it is reasonable, it is realistic — or so it says! But do you not know that there is an unfailing, insurmountable, all-conquering antidote? Oh yes, it is the glorious presence of Jesus! His is the unshakeable, undefeatable, unflappable, monumental, power-filled, perfect love that eviscerates all fear. In His presence, there is fullness of joy for all who call upon His Name, but devastation, defeat, and utter humiliation for the enemy.
Call out the Name of Jesus! See! Everything changes! The sound of His Name stuns the strutting demon of fear. The shockwave of His glory catapults fear into freefall. The Fire in His eyes evaporates fear like dribbling wax!
Allow your soul to be medicated by this reality: He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Therefore, why are you trembling, eyes locked on to fear, waiting in terror, like a traumatised deer watching a circling lion? Flick that ant off the picnic table, and come sit in MY presence and eat!
Isaiah 41:10-14 NIV “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I AM The LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
Acts 4:18,19 NIV “Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the Name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to Him? You be the judges!”
11 August 2020. I Satisfy
“I see the restlessness that you feel. I hear the questions that you quietly ask. I watch as you check the news, scroll through the feeds and search for things that will ease your anxiety, give you peace and soothe the unease.
Today, I AM asking you these questions —
What are you allowing before your eyes?
What is your focus on?
What gets your time and attention?
What is your heart set on?
I AM looking for those who will put ME before their eyes. I AM looking for those who will say, “NO!” to the things that distract, consume, and detract.
Are you satisfied by that which is fleeting? Or are you ready to find what you’re really looking for? It is easy to fill your time up with things that seem good at the moment, but it requires intent, purpose, and discipline to pursue the greater things that will satisfy for eternity. I AM looking for those who are so hungry and so ready to be filled with long-lasting satisfaction that they will begin to purposefully set Me before all things.
Ask Me to help you to finally lay down the things that have kept you from My Word. Give Me the habits that keep you from time with Me. Choose to begin to build a lifestyle of intentional, disciplined time spent with Me. Choose to be satisfied by all that I AM for I alone satisfy.”
Hebrews 12:11-14 ESV “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”
Isaiah 55:1-2 NASB “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.”
10 August 2020. There is SO MUCH MORE.
“There is more than your Church Building. There is more than your worship band. There is more than your platform, your pedestal or your stage. There is more than your understanding of who I AM and what My Church looks like.
Will you ask for the more? Are you willing to lay down the past seasons, years or even generations of what it has looked like to be My Church, My Bride? I AM moving, and I want you to move with Me. But let’s expand your mind, your willingness and your expectations. Because there’s more! And that MORE is what I want to pour out over My Church; it’s what I want to pour out over YOU!
Will you partner with Me MORE?”
John 16:12 “I have more to say to you, more than you can now bear.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
7 August 2020. Freezing and Firing
The Spirit of God is calling the Body into a hustle — a fast-paced run that is never tiring or ceasing to slow down. It is a calling of tsunami force that nothing will challenge or shadow. In a dream, He showed me a freezing and a firing. In the slowing-down to a freeze, He moves over you and purifies. Then there is furious fire, burning in the hearts of all the believers that would ignite the dry places that He wants to set alight. God is calling you to be an excited and passionate movement of people who are willing to carry the fire to ignite and burn every dry place.
Will you carry the fire?
Ezekiel 20:47 NIV “Say to the southern forest: ‘Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to set fire to you, and it will consume all your trees, both green and dry. The blazing flame will not be quenched, and every face from south to north will be scorched by it.”
Joshua 1:9 NIV “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
6 August 2020. Wisdom Calls Aloud
I heard the Spirit of The LORD say, “Wisdom is calling! Do you hear it? Are your ears tuned in to the sounds of wisdom or have you allowed them to be tickled by the sounds of distraction, fear, nonsense and worldly input?
Wisdom calls aloud; understanding is beckoning.
You may ask, ‘LORD, how do I answer wisdom’s call? How do I walk as one who understands truth?’ And I answer you with My Word: ‘Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.’*
My Children, there is no better time for you to answer wisdom’s call than now. These are the days that require you to walk in my wisdom and my understanding. They will be a shield for you in these days; they will guard your course. They will light your path. Choose to seek me and answer the call of wisdom today by searching and digging deeper into My Word. Tune your ears to My instruction and setting your face upon Me.”
Proverbs 4:5-6 “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.:
Psalm 34:4-5 BSB “I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed.”
*Proverbs 2:3-6 “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
5 August 2020. Come Up with Me
“In the midst of all the voices clamouring to be heard, I call you to rise up, to come up higher with me. Come to a place of peace, safety and security, and listen to My Voice. My Plans are to prosper you and give you Hope, but you need to hear My Voice and not the myriad of voices trying to get your attention. Come closer, come up higher and spend time with Me. Then you will walk in confidence into this new season of your life and you will no longer be swayed by what you see or hear around you. Tune your ears to hear My whisper above the cacophony that surrounds you. Let My Voice be the one that you hear before all others. I have much to share with you and much to show you. Will you come up and sit with Me?”
Psalm 61:1-4 “Hear my cry God, attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to you when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. For you have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever, I will trust in the shelter of your wings. Selah.”
4 August 2020. My Benefit Plan
“I call you righteous, but do you understand what that means? It means that in Me you have access to My benefit Plan. I AM your Healer. I AM your Deliverer. I AM your Refuge. I AM your Rock and your Justice! I AM your Provider and your Strong Tower. When you need help, call on ME! When you need wisdom, just ask. If you need strength, let me give it to you. When you need justice, declare that I AM that for you!
Take what you have need of for it is My Joy and My Delight to be your Saviour. I AM always near, always present, always desiring to be seen and known by you. Will you look for Me today? Will you let me be your Saviour and tell me what you need? Will you let me be the one who answers your cries for help? Will you believe that I do indeed hear and see you? Look to Me and let Me show you how I want to fullfil your needs today.”
Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.”
Psalm 103:1-8 “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”
3 August 2020. Choose
“This is a day of decision: see, I lay out choices that lead to life and fruitfulness, and they are open to you. It has no relevance to what circumstances you are in; you are always free to choose life in every situation. I bless you with discretion, I bless you with courage, I bless you with clarity of thinking and discernment of all spiritual forces at work. You do hear from Me — so choose. Choose life!”
1 Samuel 25:32-35 “Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand. For indeed, as the Lord God of Israel lives, who has kept me back from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely by morning light no males would have been left to Nabal!” So David received from her hand what she had brought him, and said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have heeded your voice and respected your person.””
Exodus 1:17-21 “But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.”
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