I am so excited to release this word God gave me recently for the month of May and beyond. At first, I was amused as to why He was using a horse analogy, but once He gave me all the pieces, I was in awe. I pray you are blessed and encouraged.
Things are really starting to pick up in the Spirit. I can hear the sounds of horses as they are getting ready to be released from a starting gate. Their hooves dance in place, ready to run. Their breath is hot and heavy with excitement. There is a sense of urgency and anticipation to be released.
You have been preparing for this for an exceptionally long time. You have been in training for years. You are finally ready! You know what you are supposed to do, and you finally know what all that training was for. It was for this moment in time. This race set before you.
You were once a wild stallion, but you needed to be bridled. You needed to become a broke horse, so you could learn how to be led, how to be trained, how to carry weight and how to keep your tongue in cheek.
The Lord has given you a free spirit for a reason. But without training, a free spirit can often go rogue. It takes time and patience to teach an old pony new tricks. Friends, get ready because the Lord has prepared the way. He has set things in motion, and you are about to take off. The Lord has given you blinders.
As I began writing this, I had no idea why God was using horses as an analogy, but the Lord led me to something that is incredible.
Horses are spooked easily by nature and can often run off at the first sign of danger. If you cover a horse's head during fearful times, they will be led easily and be encouraged to take a chance they wouldn't normally take.
Racehorses are given blinders for the purpose of keeping them focused when racing. Blinders keep the horse's eye focused on what is ahead, rather than what is at the side or behind. If a horse decides to take a different route, it will simply take the jockey with it, so this can pose problems. Skittish racehorses are fitted with blinders for their own safety and the jockey's safety.
The Lord has been leading you and encouraging you to take steps you would not normally make. He is now fitting you with blinders. We often pray Lord, help me not to look to the left or to the right (Prov. 4 25-27).
God is answering that prayer. He is giving you spiritual racing blinders. So, in this season, you will not be distracted by what's going on around you. You will not look back at what has happened since you left the starting gate. You will not look back at who is behind you. You will run your own race. You will stay the course; you will stay focused, and you will keep moving ahead.
Do not fear that you have been in this race before and lost.
The Lord would say to you, "Be of good courage My child, for I have prepared this time. I have prepared this moment. It is your moment. There is no more question as to whether I am doing a thing, for I am here to declare that it is done. I have completed that thing which I said I would do, and now you must trust Me as I lead you to the finish line. You will not only win, but you will lead many others into victory. For I have great plans for you, and great celebration lies ahead."
Friends, your training has not been in vain. For all the times you prayed, fasted in secret and stood during great storms, God is now going to reward you openly. I hear the Lord say, "There is no more waiting. The shot has been fired, and it's time to run."
Amos 9:13-15 (MSG) says:
"Yes indeed, it won't be long now." God's Decree.
"Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won't be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I'll make everything right again for my people Israel:
"They'll rebuild their ruined cities.
They'll plant vineyards and drink good wine.
They'll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables.
And I'll plant them, plant them on their own land.
They'll never again be uprooted from the land I've given them."
God, your God, says so.
Gypsy Dallas Smith is called to the mountain of media. She and her husband, Daryl, are the founders of Born 2 Inspire Life, a Christian media ministry that broadcasts Voices of Hope. She is an ordained minister through Summit Bible College and holds the position of prophetic program and leadership director as well as instructor. Visit her website at gypsydallassmith.com.
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