'Slay The Oxen Tear Your Old Mantel' Nate & Christi Johnston
A few days ago I kept hearing the Lord say “Slay the oxen and birth the new!” and I felt this was for so many who right are in the TENSION of two assignments and struggling with how to fully embrace the new thing God was wanting to birth because it was so unfamiliar. But just like Elisha in 1 Kings 19 God is asking us to slay the oxen, or “Let go”, “Break connection” and END the last assignment and season once and for all. When Elisha did this He was already anointed and commissioned for his new assignment but simply hadn’t walked it out yet!
NEW ANOINTING, & NEW UNCTION
There is a new anointing on your life right now for the new assignment . A new UNCTION, a new FIRE, and a greater increase of favor to walk in Gods plans for your life, but you MUST end the old. In 2 Kings 2 Elisha comes to his next upgrade and ending of his season as servant to Elijah when he asked and received the double portion mantle. It says that he tore his cloak as a sign of ending the past season and fully embracing the new. Right now the clarity you need, the direction you need, and the fresh FLOW you need is in the letting go and the embracing the package you didn’t expect.
LATE BLOOMERS IT’S TIME!
Many still feel barren, empty-handed, and haven’t seen the awaited arrival and revealing of what God has been nurturing in them, but I hear the Lord saying that it’s DELIVERY TIME for the NEW THING! You may feel like you have missed it but you haven’t, it’s just been delayed because the enemy has been fighting you all year to prevent it coming. Now it’s time for those who feel like late-bloomers to finally birth and bring forth heavens dreams, ideas, books, songs, ministries, projects, and movements to the earth. There will be no more blockages, no more delays, no more distractions and diversions holding up the delivery date. It has to come forth! As God was speaking this to me I kept hearing the prophecy from Isaiah 54:1;
“Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor, because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord”
You think you have missed it but you haven’t.. you are about to reap DOUBLE! You are about to see what God births through MULTIPLY!
THERE WILL BE NO MORE DELAY
Earlier in the year I prophesied the following vital revelation and keys I feel are very significant for those God is stirring and birthing through right now. I heard the Lord say “Don’t delay, its time to release the movement NOW!” I felt such an urgency on this instruction as if we were at the kairos moment the transition and preparation has led us to birth these ministries, expressions, streams and movements from heaven. I instantly thought of the scripture in Revelation 10:6-7
“No more delay! For in the day when the seventh angel is to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets”
The urgency of the hour is the revelation of heaven being revealed, and who has God chosen to reveal His messages? Us! His messages have been designed uniquely and wrapped intricately within us and our own lives ordained to be released to draw people to Jesus and give Him glory. The instruction of the hour is “Don’t forsake what I have placed inside of you but allow me to bring it to completion!”
NO MORE INTERRUPTIONS
As soon as I woke up I kept hearing two words, “Interruption” and “Assassination” and I felt prompted by Holy Spirit to pray and break off a specific demonic agenda that comes against movements and movement carriers. The assignment of assassination has tried to prevent momentum by interrupting the work of the Holy Spirit bringing overwhelming doubt and confusion, tiring opposition and spiritual harassment, and most obviously choking the voice of these ones carrying these movements. But the justice of the Lord is roaring over His people and every single arrow that has been fired is being returned, every single bind is being undone, and for weariness and discouragement is coming a fresh strength and joy for the vision.
“Listen carefully, I have created the smith who blows on the fire of coals, And who produces a weapon for its purpose; And I have created the destroyer to inflict ruin. No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,And this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord” Isaiah 54:16-17
David was birthing a movement when Saul sought to assassinate him and interrupt the destiny God had for the nation, but nothing could stop it, and I prophesy that NOTHING will stop the movement you are birthing either! I command these assignments of interruption and assassination to cease right now over those reading this in Jesus name!
WHOSE APPROVAL ARE YOU AFTER?
There are many tactics the enemy uses to delay what God wants to birth through us but as I was in conversation with the Lord I kept sensing the pursuing love and approval of the Father combating the fear and disapproval many feel in this stage of their spiritual pregnancy. His love right now is breaking the religious shackles of those who have not launched out due to fear of failure, in fear of what people will think, and fear of not having people’s approval and green light.
So many of you are carrying powerful movements but are waiting for someone to call your number and approve you before you jump out, roll out the red carpet, open the door, and give you a platform. I did this for years and all it did was create frustration in me and resentment that no one was seeing what I carried. All the while God was simply asking me to trust HIS approval and begin to step out daily. God is fanning flames in this season that will be wildfires for the nations. Some of the most powerful movements of this season won’t be birthed from the stage and lathered in the approval of the masses, but birthed in obscurity bathed in the fire of the secret place. If God has called you and anointed you and you feel that release then GO!
“ For truly, if you are called to a life-union with the Lord, you are already a free man! And those who were called to follow Jesus when they were free are now the Messiah’s slaves. Since a great price was paid for your redemption, stop having the mind-set of a slave. Brothers and sisters, we must remain in close communion with God, no matter what our situation was when we were first called to follow Jesus” 1 Corinthians 22:24
Fear is coming off those who have felt timid about moving forward, every weapon sent to take you out is being stopped and instead you will feel the loving approval of God championing you forward!
THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
Movements go through a very messy journey before they become tangible and often in this process carriers are tempted to abort the mission before it even sees the light of day! I recently had a vision of the hand of God grabbing rolls and rolls of memories and seasons of people’s lives and attaching them together to be used for something significant. I knew what I was seeing was a photography cutting room and represented the “process” we all go through, but I kept hearing the phrase “the rejection floor” as if these were the moments people faced severe rejection and opposition to their calling, gifting, and the movements they carried. God was collecting these fragments and bringing healing to hearts by resurrecting what looked dead when people had judged and weighed them. Many movements have been tested in fire over and over and even rejected by man so that you wouldn’t be able to point back to yourself or others when Gods light shone upon it and blessed it. Your seasons of rejection are going to be the fuel for what you are about to release but no you won’t look back in bitterness anymore, you won’t look back and feel the stabbing pain but you will realize that it has only ADDED to the potency of what you are birthing! As the Lord took these rolls suddenly they began to play up on a movie screen, but instead of looking messy and chaotic there was a celebration as if the Glory hidden by God even in those hard memories was revealed!
There are those who felt like they have been in this darkroom for a very long time waiting without any change. I saw these people like cellars of aged fine wine that the Lord was taking out of its season of maturation. These are those who have felt “in the waiting” and to the point where you have released it to the Lord but this has been a season God has been stirring up your womb and causing you to dream again, heal from the disappointment and pick up the baton again. You have been asking God “Why has it taken so long?” but in this season you will see why God has caused the wine to mature and ripen longer because of the impact the movement in you is going to have. Not a drop will be wasted and this will be a season of dreams fulfilled and seeing things you had on paper materialize.
PROTECT THE DELIVERY!
God has been warning me and showing me how we need to prepare and protect in a birthing season of movements more than ever. You may already have the crib set up but now it’s time to think about the delivery.
I had a dream just before writing this word where I was In my home and i had a brand new car in my living room I was marveling at. But outside were people circling the house trying to distract me and get in. In dreams generally new cars represent new ministries and movements and upgrade. The home represents your heart and life and in this case it represented protecting my borders from an external invasive force. So back to the dream – i went to the door and began quarreling with one of them but as soon as I did it stirred up a thronging of an angry mob who began trying to shake the house. I knew this was demonic because even the demon Jesus casted out of the possessed man was called “mob”. The warning of this dream was not to engage with the enemy but to take authority and command him to leave. Guarding your perimeters is about making sure there are no areas of access to the enemy or anything in common with him. What are you entertaining? Protect the borders of your heart and your home, family, and destiny will be untouchable.
WHO IS IN THE DELIVERY ROOM?
Right after Jesus cast the “mob” out of the man, he went healing a few others but one in particular was the young girl who was the daughter of a religious leader.
“When they arrived at the home of the synagogue ruler, they encountered a noisy uproar among the people, for they were all weeping and wailing. Upon entering the home, Jesus said to them, “Why all this grief and weeping? Don’t you know the girl is not dead but merely asleep?” Then everyone began to ridicule and make fun of him. But he threw them all outside” Mark 5:38-40
The Holy Spirit was really highlighting this story to me because I believe its key for us in this season. When you are on the brink of your greatest breakthrough and miracle, when you are about to SEE your promise birthed, you have to also cast out any voices of doubt, confusion, or anything that is opposing what God is trying to do through you. Like the quote “When you are birthing, you can’t have everyone in the delivery room with you”
This speaks to me again of this urgent hour to ensure that NOTHING PREVENTS THE BIRTH!
Who is in the delivery room with you right now? Who are you letting into your heart space? Are you casting your pearls before people who don’t believe in where you are going?
PACK YOUR BAGS
As a call to action I feel like the Lord saying GET READY. I remember weeks before our daughters were born we prepared an overnight bag for the hospital, and I feel that the Lord is saying “PACK YOUR BAGS, GET READY!” Because even if you don’t see it or feel it God is going to UNVEIL what has been inside of you all this time.
How can you pack your bags? Here are some practical keys;
• Live intentionally OFFENSIVE against the fear and anxiety that tries to cause you to retreat or steal your joy
• Surround yourself with TRUTH and worship your way into continual peace
• Speak and
Gods promises so that you aren’t being seduced by the lies
• Take authority of any witchcraft and spiritual assignment trying to numb you, muzzle you, blind you, veil you, and intimidate you.
• Take communion often! There is POWER in the blood!
• Remind yourself of the victories and milestones
• Celebrate the impending birth and get expectant
• Cast off the tiredness and weariness, ask for new strength!
• Put the vision before your eyes, fix your eyes forward not behind you!
Nate & Christi