I believe Holy Spirit is saying it is the time and season for us to begin to move into the new and great things God has for us this year. SONG OF SOLOMON‬ ‭2:10-13‬ ‭AMP says “My beloved speaks and says to me, ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, And come away. ‘For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. ‘The flowers appear on the earth once again; The time for singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. ‘The fig tree has budded and ripens her figs, And the vines are in blossom and give forth their fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, And come away [to climb the rocky steps of the hillside].’””


I believe he has been speaking to us for a while to move out of the season in our lives that was cold and dreary and move into the bright, colorful, vibrant, fruit producing season of spring, not in the natural but in the spiritual sense. I feel it is time for us to sprout up and begin to grow strong in our relationship with him so that we cannot be moved in our faith and begin to grow strong fruit that will last throughout the seasons. We are being encouraged to be like the tree of life that produces fruit in and out of season.

(“in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:2‬ ‭NASB‬‬)
 In order for us to carry that fruit, we must become strong enough to carry it. This can only come from pruning back unneeded branches and trimming the early buds in order to focus growth of the limbs and not the growth of fruit that if grown too large, to early, which may break the branches it hangs from. I believe we must be broken in order to be strong. 
In my time of fasting this last month I was reading Isaiah 58 which is titled Observances of Fasts. Though we are coming out of a time of fasting and prayer, I believe we are being invited to humble ourselves to continue to fast and pray as called individually by the Lord through our own self examination. Although we have fasted this month I feel we may still have some things to work through in our hearts. We may not have taken the fast seriously and some of us may not have fasted and prayed at all. We may be asking the Lord where He has been in this time as in Isaiah 58:3 “’Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?’ Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire…” Maybe we weren’t focused on His desires but our own. I feel the desires of our own heart in some ways have become more important than to be obedient to the desires of God for our lives. I feel the pull to just go along with our ordinary Christian walk but I also feel the pull of Holy Spirit on my heart for so much more and it takes an effort to let go of ourselves and press into the things He has for us. 
I also believe we are being called to be free from the bonds that hold us back, the yolks that control us and to also focus on producing fruit that is helpful to those that are in need (Isaiah 58:6-7).
““[Rather] is this not the fast which I choose, To undo the bonds of wickedness, To tear to pieces the ropes of the yoke, To let the oppressed go free And break apart every [enslaving] yoke? “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not to hide yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood?”
‭‭ISAIAH‬ ‭58:6-7‬ ‭AMP‬‬
I feel God is serious for us to cut off dead things that may prevent us from growing and also to prune ourselves for the growth of great fruit that is coming. We have had great words spoken for this coming year but I also feel it is up to us to be obedient to pursue them. When we are obedient, the promise of Isaiah 58:8-12 will come upon us quickly…
““Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your healing (restoration, and new life) will quickly spring forth; Your righteousness will go before you [leading you to peace and prosperity], The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. “Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry for help, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away from your midst the yoke [of oppression], The finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and [every form of] wicked (sinful, unjust) speech, And if you offer yourself to [assist] the hungry And satisfy the need of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. “And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. “And your people will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up and restore the age-old foundations [of buildings that have been laid waste]; You will be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
Mark Winchell
Prophetic Community
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