"Stay in the Place of 'Ascending' in 2020"
By Faith Marie Baczko
At the start of this year during an awesome night of worship, I was caught up in adoration and praise. I suddenly saw a vision where I was standing in a small paddle-type boat in the middle of the ocean, with my arms
raised to Heaven in worship. The waters were very choppy, but the boat was still! There was lightening, thunder and dark clouds, and the lightening lit up the sky. I stood and worshiped God in that boat, oblivious to the storm raging around me.
When the song ended, I sat down to seek God about what the vision meant. As I was deep in thought pondering this, lines from the song "Raise a Hallelujah," which was then playing, pierced through my thoughts:
I'm gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you're gonna hear my praises roar...
At that point, God revealed to me an
understanding of the vision: it was a picture representing the year ahead! He said that storms would surely come. However, for those who take their stand to praise Him, regardless of seemingly negative circumstances, and who love and serve Him with their whole
hearts, this year would be one of GREAT VICTORIES, JOY and ACCELERATED BREAKTHROUGHS!
The sons of God are being released in the image of God in vast numbers. They are sons and daughters who know their
God, who have been brought through the fire to ignite faith and great authority. They carry the high praises for their God on their tongues.
This word is not intended to highlight woes and trouble, but
rather it is about pointing the way forward for running a race of strength. I am saying, with confidence, that the way before us will clear as we raise our voices this year – the year of the voice – TO PRAISE OUR GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS!
Our Weapons of Warfare: Your Praise and God's Word
"You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!" (Songs of Songs 8:13)
Sometimes people can be shy about praising aloud, but God wants to hear YOUR VOICE! Praise is a declaration of the power, might and character of our God...out loud! God wants to hear us say the words, but praise also
works internally to change our disposition and shift us into the place of GREAT FAITH. The combination of our great faith rising before Him, and His presence moving in to inhabit our praise, creates a dynamic atmosphere primed for miracles to take place. These
are the ingredients that will ALWAYS CREATE BREAKTHROUGH!
The psalmist declared that the HIGH PRAISES of God in our mouths and the two-edged sword of the Word of God in our hands are weapons against the
enemies of God (Ps. 149:6). God has given us these tools for our protection and our strength in the decade ahead. Praise will take you quickly from a place of fear, doubt and hopelessness and into the place of faith where miracles will break out. Praise lifts
us into the ascended place of deep thankfulness and joy that opens the gates into His presence.
It is also important to remember that in a season of warfare, we cannot allow the enemy to steal our praise
and use our mouths to complain, judge, gossip and murmur, as this will rob us of possibly the greatest year of our lives!
Choose to ascend in worship, ascend in praise and rise above the chaos raging in
the earth. Resolve in your heart to keep your eyes fixed on His face in faith, regardless of circumstances. Don't be thrown, HE WILL GET YOU THROUGH TO AN ASCENDED PLACE WHERE THE ENEMY CANNOT TOUCH YOU AND MUST FLEE!
Declare in faith, "No, I am more than a conqueror. I will not allow you (the enemy) to steal 2020 from me – the year of promises fulfilled. 2020 is the year of the Lord's FAVOR. It's His acceptable year to pour out abundant blessings, restore
double, and restore and repair our cities." (Is. 61.)
Open the Ancient Gates with PRAISE and welcome the King of Glory into your circumstances, your spheres and your cities. It is time to co-create with
God to bring forth His will into the earth. When you open your mouth to praise you will see things shift quickly as Heaven comes to back you up!
During the first week of January, God confirmed the vision
He showed me by giving me songs – two in particular. They are songs that have been continually playing in my mind during certain challenges I have had to face. These songs are worth considering:
Never Walk Alone
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone...
(Song writer and song composer: Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers – for full lyrics click here)
Through the second song the Lord gave me, He was speaking into the fight and the fortitude of spirit needed to birth the dream and our destinies. The chorus greatly stirred my heart:
The Impossible Dream (Quest)
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to March
March into Hell
For that heavenly cause...
(Songwriters: Joe Darion and Mitchell Leigh – for full lyrics click here)
Praise is power! Praise is a weapon given to us by God – a weapon that we need to utilize. Use your voice
this year to not only decree the Word of the Lord but also to bless the heart of our God. He is our Father, exalt Him to the highest place in your life. He is worthy of all!
By Faith Marie Baczko, Executive Director
Headstone Ministries International | Schools of The Last Wine
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321