What Heaven is Saying TodayBy Pastor James Durham

I pray that you are having a blessed time on this final day of Yom Teruah (day of blowing shofars). I began my time of worship by sounding the shofar many times to give praise, honor, majesty and glory to the Lord. As I was doing this, I started to recall the different names people have given to this Shemitah year. So, I asked the Lord, “What do you want me to call this year?” I immediately heard the Lord speak. He said, “A Year of Restoration!” I like that! How about you? Are there some things that need to be restored in your life, your family, your business or your ministry? 

As soon as I heard the Lord say this, I was lifted into His presence and began to see many visions, pictures and short interactions with people. It happened so fast that I couldn’t keep up with everything flashing by so quickly. So, I prayed for wisdom and revelation to understand what the Lord was saying to me and showing me this morning. Almost immediately I recognized a common thread in all the things I saw. They were all about restoration. Then I prayed again for more revelation to understand the fullness of what the Lord was saying. The Lord gave me four types of restoration available this year. We can access all these things by faith, and I believe that as we move through the year, we will receive revelation for more. 

I was led by the Holy Spirit to Isaiah 49:8-9a, “Thus says the Lord: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; that You may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’” It seems clear to me from this passage that this year of restoration will have a huge impact on the entire planet earth. Wow! We really need that! I was then led to Jeremiah 30:17a, “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord,” 

The first revelation from the Lord was about His intention to restore access to Heaven and heavenly places. I received this as the Lord’s call for us to begin with a season of repentance which will open the door for these things to flow. I was led to David’s prayer of repentance in Psalm 51:10-12, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” I began to pray that the Lord would create in all of us clean hearts so that He can tabernacle with us. I believe the Lord answered David’s prayer and access to His presence was restored. If the Lord did that for David, He will do that for you and for me. This will be a season of increased visitations in Heaven. Are you ready for it? 

The second revelation I received was about a restoration of intimacy with the Lord. This is closely connected to the first revelation, but is somewhat unique. We will not only be restored to places but to the Lord and Creator of all these places. This will usher in a season of great blessing and favor from the Lord. I was led to Joel 2:25-26, So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.” All the shame and condemnation is being broken off and we are being set free to reestablish intimacy with the Lord. If you need a closer walk with the Lord, now is the season to reach out and receive it by faith. 

The next thing the Lord showed me was a restoration of relationships. Too many people are holding on to old offenses, feelings of hurt and abandonment, and deep feelings of bitterness. The Lord wants to set you free from every oppressive spirit that is blocking your relationships and He is opening the door for you to release this deliverance to others. Galatians 6:1-2, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” This year those “who are spiritual” will be very busy in the Father’s restoration business. Lord set our hearts free so that we can do you work in Yeshua’s name! Amen! 

The fourth revelation was about a restoration of things stolen by the enemy. The Holy Spirit led me to Proverbs 6:30-31, “People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; he may have to give up all the substance of his house.” This will be the year of sevenfold restoration. We can access it by faith. I am claiming it for me, my family and the ministry. How about you? If you will claim it, I will be in agreement with you. Let the law of agreement open the door for a powerful outpouring of blessing and favor from the Lord! Amen and Amen!!!

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