I am not content with this being the end of the story for America. I am not just Sicilian. I’m not just a Sicilian grandmother. I’m a Sicilian godmother in many ways. I don’t know if you know what Sicilians are. We are different than Italians. Sicilians are Greeks, Arabs, and Italians mixed. An Italian will feed you, but a Sicilian could kill you. And so that is the kind of the peril of our time period that I wanna speak to you. And you need to have a godmother who closes some of the gaps in your life.
And I wanna begin by actually locating when we are. A lot of times, people know where they are, but they don’t know when they are. And there are times in life when knowing when you are, it’s more important than knowing where you are. I live in Colorado Springs, which means a lot of times I have to hop on a plane and connect through Dallas, Texas, or Chicago. And when you go through Dallas or Chicago, you experience a time change. Do you remember back in the days of stupid phones? Stupid phones did not change with the time zone. I had taken my boys with me on a youth ministry trip and we landed in Dallas, Texas. And I said, “Oh my gosh, guys, we’ve got two hours! Let’s go to Dickey’s Barbecue.” One of my children tried to point out, “Mom, you said we had an hour layover.” I said, “Well, obviously I was wrong. We are going for barbecue.” And so we went for barbecue and then I showed up at the gate and they were like, “You’re a platinum and you missed your connection.” Why? Because I didn’t know when I was.
I wanna tell you when we are right now. We are Acts chapter 2:17-18. And this is God talking to us. He says, “This is what I will do in the last days.” This is what God will do in the last days. He said, “I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and your daughters to prophesy.” What does that mean? It means that the sons and the daughters of God are going to stand on the face of the earth and release the words of heaven. They are going to say, “Earth! Earth! Hear you the word of the Lord!” Sons and daughters that will open their mouth and release God’s word. And then He goes on to say, “Your young men will see visions and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.”
I wanna do something here. I want every woman to stand to your feet right now. I don’t know if you understand, but the Northwest has been known for its oppression of women. And there has been a response to that oppression where women, who have known they were created for power, have leaned into witchcraft. But I break divination and I break witchcraft off of the women in this area. And I release you to be fully who God created you to be. God created woman as the answer to the very first problem. And that was, it is not good for man to be alone. You were created to be an answer. You would not be more powerful if God had created you as a man. You were hand woven in your mother’s womb for this time to be a woman. You are an intimate answer to enormous problems. And you don’t take your value from the sons. You get it from your Father. We are not going to be of those in the world who take out their anger on the men. We are going to lean into our Father and we are going to be everything that He created us to be. I want you to look at me and say, “I’m an answer; not a problem.”
Now, you know what I want you to do tomorrow? I want you to brush your teeth in the morning, because everybody should. But when you brush your teeth, I want you to look in the mirror and point your toothbrush at that mirror. And I want you to say, “There’s a problem out there that I am an answer to,” because it’s not enough to hear you are an answer unless you are released to be an answer. And women see problems that other people miss, because you’re an answer to those problems. So you have full permission to be God’s answer to world problems, in Jesus’ name. Alright, sit down.
Men, stand up. Because see, there’s a hatred right now towards the sons. And as a mother of men, I don’t like that. I wanna say this to the men that are here. You are brave men. You are men of strength. You are men of virtue, and we honor you. We thank God for your lives. We thank you that God created you to represent His strength and His glory. We thank you that you are men who bring order, so that those under your care can flourish. We thank you that God’s Spirit is poured out on both sons and daughters, and there are battles for you to fight and there are battles for us to fight, but we will not fight the men anymore. We are coming alongside of you as your intimate allies in Jesus’ name. I bless the sons of God that are here in this house. And I thank you for being here and leaning in. I’m so honored as a mother and a grandmother in this house that you would come and let me speak life to you. Go ahead and sit down.
See, in the very beginning, there was one man and there was one woman and they had one heart: God’s heart. We were never supposed to be anything but intimate allies. It was the fall that originated the battle of the sexes. And now there is no battle. God only wants us to be one. I also love that this isn’t just about gender. It’s also about generations. John and I had this incredible privilege to go to Singapore and speak earlier this year. And while we were there, we were at a church that was, I can’t remember if it’s like 8,000 people, but the average age was 21.8 years. And, John and I were just in awe. We’re like, “How in the world can a church this big have an average age of 21.8?” And pastor Lia and pastor How of the Heart of God Church explained to us, they said, “We believe that the next generation is not our replacements. We believe they are reinforcement.” And when you understand that the next generation is the reinforcement of the older generation then you treat them differently.
See, this next generation is the answer to my prayers. The things that I have prayed for years, I’m seeing coming up in the next generation. And so I’m thrilled when I get to come to a place like this and see the fruit of my prayers. You think, “But it hasn’t been as hard for them.” Well, are we gonna be those that Jesus had to rebuke? Do you remember, He’s talking about those that bore the weight of the day, the heat of the day, that labored for 12 hours, getting the same wages as those that came up in the last hour. And Jesus said, “Hey, are you mad at me because I’m generous?” When I look at you, I think about the generousness of our God. I am an old woman who is going to dream dreams, and I believe that the young women and the young men are going to speak vision and life. So I want you to know that I am honored and excited to get to actually speak into you, but you gotta know when you are.
We are in the last days. And in the last days, God says it is all hands on deck. He’s pouring out His Spirit on men and women alike, old and young, and He will cause the signs and the wonders to follow.
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