26. You Shall Go Out With Joy

Today as I was reading faith declarations, the Lord commanded me, in that gentle, compassionate way He does,

‘You shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace…’

Immediately the song ‘You shall go out with joy’, came to mind. But I wanted to find the exact scripture it originates from, and see it in context.

Isaiah 55 – a wonderful chapter. This is the part that the Lord was guiding me towards:

‘As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.’ Isaiah 55:10‭-‬12

Hallelujah – what an encouragement!

11 days ago, I received a prophecy for myself and Brian. I await the glory of this prophecy with expectant hope and anticipation. I declare it and claim it, in Jesus’ mighty name.

We have authority in Jesus’ name, because we are made righteous through Him. Yes, we are sinners, but through Him – through His obedience, we have been made righteous and have the authority to rebuke and reject any lie or attack of the enemy.

We have the authority and we have the power, in Jesus’ mighty name.

We need to use that authority and power, because we are in battle every day. How foolish, not to fight and defend ourselves. All glory to God – we fight with His strength and He instructs us how to do so.

‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.‘ Ephesians 6:10-13

(For more on what exactly it means to put on the full armour of God, follow this link: 12. Donning His Armour )

There is a rocky road on the way to this prophecy being fulfilled. As my feet stumble along the path, it is challenging and there is opportunity for discouragement. However, the Lord’s hand sustains me. He fills me with joy as I walk the rocky road.

‘The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.’ Psalm 37:23-24

His faithful love, knows no bounds. Hear how He sustains His children!

While I was declaring His peace, He said to me… ‘You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace’. That led me to looking up the scripture and finding the context: ‘[My word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it’.

The Lord was reminding me of His promise. His word will not return to Him empty.

Lord, let your glory fall!

Take note.

We have a living God who speaks and encourages and guides us day by day. He is present. He is engaged. He is involved in every small and seemingly insignificant happening in your life. When you turn to Him, He listens and speaks. His voice is quiet. But it is crystal clear and concise, and perfectly timely to its purpose. When you respond to His voice, the results are always fruitful. His is the cleanest, most crisp and perfect advice. The most important word to receive. Tune into it. Seek it out. And when you hear it, listen and act in accordance. No utterance from His mouth is frivolous or insignificant.

Thank you Lord for your timely encouragement, your ever present help, and your interest in our individual daily lives. Thank you that you are a living God whose power knows no bounds. You see us and You uphold us with Your right hand. Thank you for speaking to us and continue to speak and move in our lives,

In Jesus’ mighty name,



Abbie x