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4. Hope for the future. In Ezekiel 37:14, notice the verse: "'I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,' says the Lord." This was the prophetic destiny released in Ezekiel 36. The word of the Lord had come full circle!

But what if Ezekiel had stopped pressing forward after the bones had come together and there was no breath? That's what we tend to do in the body of Christ.

When things don't turn out as we thought, we give up. But as Ezekiel prophesied, resurrection power was released so that the graves could be opened, and the people brought into their own land.

If we keep moving forward through the levels of prophecy, God will perform His will in us. Discouragement has no place in us as God's people.

We all have wilderness seasons that are ordained of God. The Israelites were held captive in the wilderness because of their unbelief and hardness of heart, but Jesus resisted the devil in His wilderness season and came out of it filled with power for His future (Num. 14:33-34; Mark 1:13).

If you are willing to press toward your prophetic fulfillment in God's time, your season of desolation will not be prolonged. However, if you allow the enemy to overcome you with discouragement, hopelessness and a lack of faith, you too may find yourself in a prolonged season of desolation that leaves you wandering for many years.

Begin prophesying your destiny and declaring the fulfillment of God's purpose in your life. Receive His wisdom and declare that every strategy of the enemy that has interrupted God's plan for you will be exposed.

Let your faith be stirred and your strength renewed. And may God's glory be seen in your life. Your best is yet ahead!

Read a companion devotional.

Chuck D. Pierce is president of Glory of Zion International Ministries and also is part of the Global Harvest Ministries team. Rebecca Wagner Sytsema is co-author with Chuck D. Pierce of several books, including God's Now Time for Your Life.

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