Vision - Rise Up

Pressing Toward the Goal - Rise Up Holly Cawfield

I think of this vision as a companion piece to The Test Of Breakthrough.

Part 1
I see us, those of us who have been through the crucible.  We are rising together and our hospital gowns of illness, our prison garb and tattered clothes of circumstances have finally been replaced by white robes.  We rise slowly…gracefully and begin to look at one another with a deep sense of awe.  Our hearts are filled with joy but it’s a deep inner joy that’s quiet and grateful and most of all filled with worship.  Hot tears of the deepest worship are flowing down our faces.

And the Lord says to you:

"You’ve walked the road to the cross, hung there, felt the mockery and shame and the death as you have identified with Me.   This has been your ’white funeral.’  I tell you,  now it is time for the resurrection. 

Your captivity is ending so prepare to be commissioned and know the plans I have for you are very good.

Keep building the bridges as you intercede. War against the enemy.  Declare truth and open or close spiritual doors in your life and on behalf of those I have put on your hearts.  I have given you the authority.  Let your tears flow as you lift them to Me and as you rise during the night to cry out.

Rise up for I have given you the victory.

Take courage for I am with you.  Seek My wisdom for the door I am about to open and for the sake of those for whom you are interceding.

Be careful when you think you are standing strong.  You are still subject to temptation so lean on Me and watch Me as I continue to keep those temptations from becoming too strong ….and remember I always provide a way out of them."

"Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love?  
Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, 
or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 
Even the scriptures say, 'For your sake we are killed every day,
 we are being slaughtered like sheep. No, despite all these things, 
overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love.  
Death can't, and life can't.  The angels can't, and the demons can't.  
Our fears for to-day, our worries about tomorrow, 
and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away.  
Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, 
nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us 
from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8: 35-39

Part 2 

As we all stood in white worshiping the Lord, Jesus appeared at the front of our group.  He then came to us, one person at a time.  He looked into the eyes of the first person, put His hand on the side of his face and tears were streaming down His face.   It was one look from the Master with tear-filled eyes which spoke into the heart and spirit of that person, telling him He understood, He knew all that he had suffered and with that, the man’s tears flowed.  It was a moment of grieving for all that had been.  Jesus understood and gave the man his moment of grief for in that was a final healing from the years of sorrow and suffering.

Jesus then moved on to the next person and did the same thing until He had been to each one of us.    When He came to me, my own tears seemed to come from the depths of my being but what I discovered was that not only were they tears for all I’d been through but also for what the others gathered there had experienced. 

The tears didn’t last as long as I might have expected  though because as each tear that dripped off my face it took with it the pain. 

What I have been given to understand from this is not only does the heart of the Lord grieve with us as we've gone, and continue to go, through the trials of this purification process but we have emerged with hearts that have been changed.  We can truly feel the pain others have had.  Many of us would say that if  we told anyone what we’d been through they wouldn’t believe it and certainly would be unlikely to understand how we could ever cope with it.  Of course, each of us have had a path tailor-made for us by God and with it, His grace to see us through.  The details of the experience are not the issue especially but our changed hearts are and the ability to genuinely feel the pain of someone else does require a changed heart.

Another very important thing I believe the Lord has shown me is the way this vision has expressed true unity of spirit.  While we have traveled our paths individually, hidden away and unknown to one another,  we were united in the Spirit by His Spirit.  This is true unity for which the Church has struggled in a man-made fashion in the past.  Now the Lord is doing this work of restoration and producing unity and harmony.

“Your love for one another will prove to the world 
that you are My disciples.”
John 13:35

We’re still in the clean-up stage of this time we’ve been in and there are details the Lord is sorting out in us.  We must keep praying and doing the warfare.

I believe it’s vital that we intercede for others at this time…..most particularly those who might be considered our ’enemy’.   It appears to be the key, or one of the keys,  that will unlock the door to the next step or phase on our paths.  Just as the Lord said to Job’s ‘comforters’:

“My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer on your behalf.  
I will not treat you as you deserve, for you have not been right
in what you have said about Me, as My servant Job was.   …..
When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes.”           
Job 42: 8 and 10

While everything we have been through has been a process of purification for us it has also been for others.  There has been a very real sense of laying down our lives and through this we are going to help others as they go through their own process. 

So much has been said about the Joseph company and in Genesis 44 there is a picture of Joseph as Pharaoh’s right hand man after the pit and dungeon days.  We see Judah, who had sold his brother Joseph into slavery, now a changed man who is willing to sacrifice his life in the form of slavery for his brother Benjamin.  It’s rather like a chain reaction ….we go through our purification process and in turn we help others to go through theirs'.  It’s part of the Great Commission of making disciples or ‘spending our lives in service to other Christians’. (1 Cor.16: 15)

“All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  
He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us.  
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.  
When others are troubled, we will be able to give them  
with the same comfort God has given us. ….
So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation. 
For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, 
can be an encouragement to you.  
Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.”
2 Corinthians 1: 3-6

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Holly Cawfield