Dear Stairway family,
We’re in the beginnings of breakthrough!
“The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the LORD at their head.” – Micah 2:13
This is a breakthrough, turnaround month! Watch as the Father breaks things open for you! More and more things are going to begin to fall into place! We’ve just returned from Israel and while we were there I kept seeing one almond tree after another. And then I began dreaming about almond trees and almond branches. The almond tree begins to bloom even before winter is over, so they call it “the awakening tree”. It signals a new season has come and that the rest of the plants and trees will soon follow suit.
There is a parable about the almond branch found in Jeremiah 1:11-12: Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
A footnote on the word watching tells us that the Hebrew word for “watching” sounds like the Hebrew for “almond tree”. So, the almond branch or tree can symbolize God watching over the promises He has given us until they are fulfilled. And the almond tree or branch can also symbolize awakening! He is watching over our destiny and awakening us!
This month I hear our Bridegroom-King saying to us as His Shulamite Bride,
“Arise, my dearest. Hurry my darling, Come along with me! I have come as you have asked to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now, is the time, my beautiful one. The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended, and the season of hiding is over and gone. The rains have soaked the earth and left it bright with blossoming flowers. The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived. I hear the cooing of doves in our land, filling the air with songs to awaken you and guide you forth. Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of their flowers whispers: ‘There is change in the air.’ Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now, is the time to arise and come away with me.”
– Song of Songs 2:10-13
I declare that we have crossed a demarcation line in the Spirit. We have moved into a good season. We have crossed over into a season of breakthrough and awakening in our midst. For the church is beginning to awaken to His love as the Bridegroom King! And love has a way of awakening us that guilt ridden doctrines never could!
I had a dream at the beginning of this month in which I saw many people tied to the ground like Paul Bunyan. And they’d been there for some time. Then I saw angels coming down from heaven carrying big clippers and clipping the cords, setting people free. Some of the people got up, but there were others that grabbed the ropes and tried to make them look like they were still tied down because they had lost their energy to fight it anymore.
Some of you have felt like you are just too tired to see breakthrough. You have waited so long that you’ve given up hope. But I hear a voice from heaven saying, “Arise! This is your time to arise and move forward! Let me remove your cords, the cords that have hindered you! I will strengthen you and I will help you up! Shake off the lethargy and rise up! And you will never go back to those cords again for this is a new season of breakthrough if you will just recognize it and seize this day of greater faith!
And I had another dream and I saw the disciples untying a donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem on. And the Lord said, “I am untying you. Many of the things that you were tied to are changing. For I am moving you into a new day. So, don’t be surprised if things begin to happen all around you bringing significant change. Don’t try to hold on to what I am removing. For we are moving into a reformation day and I am getting things in order for that day. And I’m pruning your life so that you will be ready. A new fire is beginning to be kindled in you. And you will burn even brighter for me because I am bringing into your life the very things that will break you through. And you will come away streamlined and ready. For the fire that I’m going to light in you will be so bright that it will burn up all the things and desires that used to hinder from moving full on for Me. And even your family will see the difference. I am positioning you to receive more. So get ready! I’m coming for you and for I have need of you!
And the Father said. “As you begin to realize that it’s Me that you are carrying you will walk in My glory, My power and My authority and even greater. For it has been said that you would do the greater works. And so, you will be amazed at what I will do in and through you as you realize that you are carrying Me. New boldness is being released and fear diminished.”
And I saw the donkey carry Christ to the mountain top. How beautiful on the mountains are those who carry the good news! Isaiah 52:7. And together you will take new ground. For it’s time for you are to move to the top of your mountain. For the Father is releasing many to a new place of influence, favor and authority.
And I saw people that had feet on fire and that they were blazing a trail (literally) everywhere they went. For the Lord is casting new vision for more new works. And many will open up new ventures as the Spirit of revelation fills them and they will run with blazing feet to accomplish the calling of God on their lives.
And others will run to the nations with a new boldness and others will stay home and will run with a vision where they are already planted. And I’m hearing the Father say,
“I am a good good Father. I have all that you need and more than enough. And I am coming to you to break open the way for you are the darling of my heart.”
“And this is my prayer for you, that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works (or breaks out) through you! Amen!” Ephesians 1:19 TPT.
TPT Bible School
It’s still not too late to sign up for our Amazing Song of Songs Class! We’re so excited about our Song of Songs course to be taught March 30 – April 1 in Pasadena, CA. We hope that many of you will come! We want to raise up 300 teachers. We only have 100 signed up so far. It’s not too late for you to sign up. We have lovers of a God coming from all over the nation to attend. If you’re serious about sharing this message of love, then you need to attend! For more information and updates please check out our website at www.tptbibleschool.com or click here for easy access.
In-person TPT Bible School Schedule
– Song of Songs – Pasadena, CA – Mar. 30-1
– Romans – Natick, MASS – June 15-17 –
– Intro to Revelation – June 22-24 – Pasadena, CA
– Romans – Oct 5-7 – Pasadena, CA
For more information and updates please check out our website at www.tptbibleschool.com
Then the next step will be to compile all our work into a completed New Testament. It will come out leather bound in four colors; black, brown, lavender & pink (maybe teal). Please pray that it comes together quickly so that we can get it out by our proposed deadline. You’ll also soon see our books on 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, Titus & Philemon coming out. It’s an exciting time for The Passion Translation! People are loving it as their lives are being changed by the transforming power of the Word!
This next year, October 31, 2017 leads us up to the celebration of the 500th year of Reformation of the church, the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. It was a day that changed the church and the world forever. I believe we are on the precipice of another reformation of sorts and without realizing it we have been planning all along to roll out the completed Passion Translation New Testament on that very day. We are nick- naming our translation, the Reformation Bible. We believe that it will truly be a great tool in this next great moving of God’s Spirit in the earth which will affect many generations to come!
A Thank you to our Partners
A special thank you to all of our Passion Translation Partners for your monthly contribution! Your contributions are what keep this translation project going! And thank you all for your donations, your incredible prayers and for following us daily on our websites. You have no idea how much we appreciate each and every sacrifice of love that comes from you! If you’re a partner we’ll automatically send you each new book of the translation (This does not include the other books, only the translation.) as it comes out as our gift to you!
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Candice Simmons is a true spiritual mom in the body of Christ with a passion to see the bride of Christ awakened and brought into the full activation of their gifts and callings. She has been in ministry for 47 years mentoring both young and old, men and women. She received Christ in the early 70’s during the Jesus movement and immediately began ministering to the next generation of young people.
In the 80’s she and her husband, Brian were tribal missionaries serving in the jungles of Panama. They were field leaders and ministered to the Paya-Kuna tribe, living on the border of Panama and Colombia for nearly 8 years. In the late 80’s they returned home and established Gateway Christian Fellowship, a hub for revival and awakening in New England where they ministered for 18 years and established a network of churches called ARC.
She was a fore-runner in establishing the prophetic in New England and taught classes on the prophetic and established a prophetic ministry in their church called Impact. She is an avid dreamer and gifted in interpretation of dreams and uses this gift to minister hope and destiny to the churches.
Today they have an itinerate ministry (Passion and Fire), traveling the nations and internationally teaching and prophesying to churches. At the same time she is helping her husband with their new Bible Translation called the Passion Translation and has co-authored three books with him; The Sacred Journey, Throne Room Prayer and The Image Maker (soon to be released) and is currently working on two more books, The Stairway and The Dreamer.