Until Now

Three times, very recently, Holy Spirit highlighted the title of this devotion to me. We know that “until now” implies a continuance of something up to a point and that a shift is present or imminent.

According to Strong’s (#5704, #6258), “until now” can mean at “this time.” And it can also reference a limit of quantity and measure, even in the area of “no more” suffering.

This is what I believe God is saying in this hour:

The completion of your assignment has begun, and it’s not just for you. Some I AM calling home to Heaven. Some I AM reassigning on earth. And in all cases, I AM calling my beloved higher.

Official documents, that you may have to file, are your certificates of completion, as well as the evidence of what I have been leading you out of. Also, there are additional steps of closure I will bring you through in the days and months ahead.

Until now, you have seen gradual change. But I am bringing you into a fast-approaching close. Therefore, focus your time and energy on Me and what I instruct you to do, so you can keep pace with Me with the least amount of stress.

What I have instructed you not to do is equally for your benefit. It isn’t that I AM against your activities. It’s that, if you work your own list, you won’t have time for Mine.

You have patiently endured persecution (1 Co 4:12-13). And now, I AM completing your mission impossible with a good ending. Your suffering, as you have known it, is over.

Because you have prioritized Me as your First Love, I AM blessing you in My “beautiful and appropriate” time, where you will experience greater measure of my divine purpose (Ec 3:11).

I AM releasing that which has been held up, including, but not limited to, finances. You will finally encounter the expanse of your dreams and the embrace of approval.

I will give you a short rest before I open up your next assignments, where you will experience a whole new freedom of rejoice.

Just as Boaz gained insight to Ruth and offered direction for My newness during Harvest time, so, too, am I giving you insight, direction and clarity forward (Ru 2).

As you move increasingly toward your new assignments with Me, know that what is in front of you has a new heart, as I have renewed yours. It will not be like before, for I have made all things new. I have been working in others’ hearts to facilitate new covenant connections that are waiting for their moments in time, as well.

I will deliver you into your new assignments by My redeeming love, and I will not stop with the heart. You will see manifest miracles in soul and body in those for whom I have given you a heart and identified to you. For I AM bringing you into more of My power and what delights Me.

I AM bringing the Kingdom breakthrough you have longed for. And, as it was for Ruth, there is a fullness of harvest for you there. I will not stop short. It will be all that I have revealed to you and more. It will be light and legacy for My Glory.

So, continue in My ways, and you will be victorious, as I cause your efforts to prosper.

I AM with you all the way. And you will not be alone.

Your new time and place await you. You are almost fully there.

Friends, whatever your story, God will get you where He desires you to be. I encourage you to take His hand, follow Him wherever He leads. Trust Him and rest in Him. He will get you to your destiny and will not fail you. He loves you with an everlasting love and delights to surprise you in the best way.

So, pray with me if you will . . .

Dear Lord,

Thank You for the power of Your gracious salvation operating in my life. Thank You for breaking the enemy’s death grip to free me from confinement and bring me into Your expanse. I trust You to show me Your way, to help me to rest in You and stay the course.

Thank You for forgiving me for much (Lk 7:47), for bringing much-needed change and for protecting me all along the way (Ps 3:3). Thank You for giving me an undeniable identity in Your Son, Jesus, and for helping me walk it out.

In His Mighty Name I pray,


This devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.

Decision Maker

The other day, I asked God what His purpose was in sending me to a new, forthcoming assignment that He revealed to me long ago. My attitude wasn’t reluctant. I was just excited about it, and wanted to better understand His perspective.

The answer Holy Spirit gave to me was simply that it delighted Him.

I honestly didn’t expect to hear this. But I loved that it was the first thing He said to me; because it prompted me to realize, once again, that our primary purpose for being here is to please God.

As I delighted in His answer, I realized that so much of the complexity I was expecting Him to share was actually behind me and that I would experience joy in new ways forward (Ps 65:8). I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:11, which always lifts my mood.

The NLT version says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.'”

We see here that our Maker desires that we seek Him with our whole heart to experience Him in new ways right now and forward. He has revelations, to share from His heart of delight, that will lift our heads and guide us onward into all He has for us (Ps 3:3).

So, as I devoted more time to Him, Holy Spirit revealed some deep specifics of a joyful thing He has just ahead that filled me even more with awesome wonder.

God has many glimpses of specific elements that will delight your heart, too.

This is a time of intimacy with God, in which He will clarify His will for our new assignments and ignite fresh passion in us. There’s a blossoming and a fullness of life and power that’s just before us (Ep 3:19). It involves more than one element of life that God has been crafting together for a long time, as He brings us into the manifestation of what pleases Him (Ps 115:3).

Holy Spirit highlighted Ephesians 2:10 NLT, which says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

I believe He’s inviting us to draw near to Him and marvel at how He continues to shape our futures and bring His goodness in the land. At the same time, He’s sharing more understanding of what He brought us through so, we can experience even more peace, release and closure to more fully proceed (Ep 1:8).

Holy Spirit keeps showing me a vision of a relay race. In the vision, I see a baton passing that’s about to occur. I see that it will manifest swiftly and very soon.

Obviously, a relay involves more than one runner to get us to the victory line. So, where one runner hands off the baton and another runner receives it, I believe this is a depiction of those who are finished with their roles in our races and are handing them off to ready runners of God’s choosing.

These fresh, ready runners, who have waited for this baton, will receive their role and run with it—all the way to victory. They will be ones who are strong in The Lord, established and have much to offer with great efficiency.

Holy Spirit revealed to me that He‘s using them for redemptive purposes in our lives—to help bring us into what has seemed elusive up to now.

So, God’s truth is that He’s leading us into His fullness of time for what He has planned for us. This includes those tasks we tried to do earlier on our own but experienced outright rejection. God’s grace is coming into place for those things, and we can even feel it coming.

Holy Spirit revealed to me that He’s “removing the withholdings,” which is depicted by the runner handing off the baton, for the purpose of expansion and that what we have to leave behind He will put in perspective for us by revelation and by His Presence.

As we continue to devote time to God, He’s offering joyful understanding to us, so that we can continue our races freely in His peace.

Holy Spirit reminded me that the righteous are crossing over into the miraculous manifestation of His promises—big, jaw-dropping ones—and that faith in Him has been our bridge.

In all of this process, it’s important to remember that God will make “everything work out according to his plan.” (Ep 1:4, 11). “Even before he made the world, our Creator loved us and chose us…” Therefore, we can trust Him as our most wise Decision Maker. And, by His triple grace, we can know that we won’t miss it (Ep 1:7).

Lord, may it be according to what delights You, as You lead us into Divine destiny.

In Jesus’ Mighty Name.


This devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.