Recently, one morning, I heard Holy Spirit say to me, “I am calling My women out of the caves.” As I prayed into this word from heaven, the Lord showed me hundreds of women hiding in caves because of fear, failure, or fatigue. I then saw the women running from the caves with good news. It was clear that many had overextended their season in the caves and what was intended to be their secret place had become their hiding place. Today, God is calling you out of hiddenness and to the frontlines.
In the New Testament we find that Jesus had a group of female disciples who followed Him, whom Luke called “the women” (Luke 23:55; Acts 1:14). And since Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then of course female disciples are still following their Savior wherever He leads. As God releases the great company of women commanded to share the good news in Psalm 68:11, we will see thousands more following Christ out of love, adoration, and devotion to Him. Women are being released to step into a new boldness in the Lord.
Run for Your Life
A couple memorable cave experiences can be found in the book of 1 Kings. Remember that the murderers Jezebel was going to have the prophet Elijah killed but God provided protection and provision, as He still does for His people today. First Kings 18:4 says, “For when Jezebel destroyed the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water.”
Unfortunately, the spirit of Jezebel is still active in the earth today. The body of Christ made great strides in overcoming this spirit several years ago; however, as we have relaxed following the victory, and as an Elijah company is arising, we are seeing this spirit frequently raise its ugly head once again. As we live out Acts 2:17, God pouring out His Spirit on all people, and as we prophesy, let’s stay alert and remember that this spirit is out to kill the prophetic. We are never to tolerate it (Revelation 2:20).
One of the reasons that many women are in caves is because of hurts and rejections they have experienced throughout life. I can’t even begin to count how many people have shared their stories of hurt and pain with me and while they were wounded many inadvertently made ungodly covenants as they ran into caves. The confession usually goes something like this: “I’m so hurt. I’m just going to love the Lord and worship Him in my secret place because I sure struggle with His people right now.”
I do understand that hiding in a cave can make a person feel safe, but in actuality it’s a false security and it does not line up with the Word of God. In the Great Commission we are commanded to go into the whole world, and 1 John 4:20 says that we are to love our brothers and sisters in Christ: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” So, beloved, we must love our brothers and sisters as we go and serve Christ in them.
Let’s rejoice in the fact that there is always agenuine safe place for all believers—it’s in the shadow of the Almighty’s wings. This true security is a supernatural act of protection, not an excuse to hide. We must learn to love and serve the bride of Christ even with all of her spots and wrinkles, for our gifts are not to be hiddenfor ourselves but they are to be given away to others. Come out, come out, wherever you are!
Developed in the Dark Room
It’s wonderful to know that the character of Christ can be formed in us, even if we’re in a cave season. We can learn a lot if we remain teachable and determined to become better and not bitter:
We learn to stay in the safe place after slaying giants (1 Samuel 24:3).
We learn to love (1 Samuel 24:10).
We learn not to touch God’s anointed (1 Samuel 24:10).
We learn mercy and forgiveness (1 Samuel 24:10).
We learn of the Lord’s provision (1 Kings 18:4).
We learn when to cry aloud to the Lord (Psalm 57:1).
We learn that miracles can be birthed in caves (Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:1–7).
We learn humility (Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:1–7).
We learn to delight in hiddenness and live to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7).
We learn to hear the Lord’s still small voice (1 Kings 19:9–12).
We learn there is a season to all things (1 Kings 19:13).
What Are You Doing Here?
As the Lord releases a great company of women throughout the earth, let’s take a look at 1 Kings 19:13–16 (NLT) to see what happened to Elijah as he was hiding in the cave. God asked Elijah a question as he stood at the mouth of the cave:
The Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied again, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” Then the LORD told him, “Go back the same way youcame, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet."
In unpacking these Scriptures, it’s great to see that God didn’t lose track of His elusive servant, though Elijah had been hiding in a cave for quite some time. God had been watching over him and supernaturally ministering to his needs. But the cave season was coming to an end. Elijah had been resting, giving time to get his heart and soul right, so that he could continue on in his destiny and now God calls him back to the mountain to take a stand.
His heart must have been pierced by such a searching question from the Almighty: “What are you doing here?” I believe the Lord is asking many of us that same piercing question today: “What are you doing here?” Or perhaps we need to ask ourselves, “Am I in the right place?” Are you sensing a nudge from the Lord that’s making you uncomfortable? If so, let’s remember that the Lord often comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. Our faith, spiritual gifts, and Christlike character grow by being stretched, not by lying dormant in a cave.
And then, in the solitude of Mount Sinai, perhaps at the same “cleft of the rock” that Moses hid in thousands of years before as God’s glory passed by (Exodus 33:22), God showed up to give direction to His prophetic servant. It is amazing that God told Elijah to go back on the same road and along the same path that led him to the cave. Oh, how different this trip would be! Elijah was no longer fatigued or frightened by Jezebel; rather, he left the cave anointed by God and ready to be a heavenly force to be reckoned with. I hear the Lord saying, “Go! Get your eyes off of yourself. Here are your new marching orders; love, serve, anoint, appoint, and raise up successors.”
Exchanging Grave Clothes for Bridal Armor
John 11:44–45 tells us of the raising of Lazarus from the dead: “The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’ Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him.”
This is a season where God is exchanging your grave clothes for the armor of God. I declare to you today. “Come forth now, with boldness, with purity of devotion and passion after God. Exchange the grave clothes that held you in bondage for pure, white linens, the righteous acts of God's holy people,
and declare the good news of the kingdom of God so that many will believe in Him!”
Just think what would have happened if Jesus had stayed in the cave. Thank goodness He arose from the dead and walked out of the tomb in resurrection power. In Romans 8:11 the apostle Paul makes it clear that the Holy Spirit, the agent of Jesus’s resurrection, lives within every believer: “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” I speak life to dreams, marriages, businesses and families today. Come forth! You shall live and not die!
Psalm 57:1 is a beautiful tribute regarding David as he fled from Saul and hid in the cave, and it’s valid for you and me today: “Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by.” Destruction has passed you by, beloved, and you are commanded to arise and shine. The Lord has softened your heart and given you a breastplate of righteousness. You’re a radiant bride, soft on the inside and tough as nails on the outside. A heavenly, royal wedding gown covers the armor as you march in the great army of women. God is calling His women out of the caves.
Copyright © Paulette Reed Ministries.