This holiday season, I hear the Lord saying: "Come to Bethlehem!"
Bethlehem is a significant gateway and biblical marker; a place where the weariness, bitterness, and bereavement of past seasons are lifted off of you and you step into the rich promises of your new inheritance in Him. It's the place where you encounter the Christ child - but there is much more hidden wisdom about the city of Bethlehem:
Over several encounters this week, the Lord said that many of you who have been faithfully persevering on your journey are "coming to Bethlehem" in a humbled state.
Take heart: God sees you. In fact the Lord will be assigning inheritances to many of you over the next few months! I believe there is a significant empowerment coming for the Body of Christ in the Spring season to which Bethlehem points (remember Gideon's "army of barley loaves"/Passover/Resurrection Day).
The Lord is going to make up to you all the bereavement, all the loss, all the pain of disappointments and betrayals. He’s going to remove that perpetual feeling of being “cheated” out of your inheritance by people or circumstances you could not control. He is releasing keys of creativity that will open up your heavenly supply lines in times of famine.
It's important to understand how returning to Bethlehem impacts your coming harvest:
Listen to the full prophetic word on today's Bible Study podcast and step into the inheritance God has for you!
“…you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
Romans 8:15-17 NASBS
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.