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This is a word I received in 2020 that is still active. Father has pressed it on my heart to post it, because the truth is we are inundated with so many words that they become like an assembly line. Truly His word has become like pearls before swine because of this. Let us treasure that which He gives us, for His WORD is life.
The battle is indeed fiercer than ever before and I find myself facing the same giants that I have overcome in a season long ago. It is as if the enemy has come with a new vengeance and has risen from the dead. Only this time, he seems bigger. My Goliath has come again taunting me, blaspheming my God and causing so much heartache all over again.
I have noticed this trend in the posts of late where other brothers and sisters find themselves overwhelmed. You are in good company. You are not alone. The battle has grown fiercer for many. However, where the first season of facing the all too familiar giants of your life was fought to reveal to you the things you need to deal with in your heart, pruning you and purifying you, this season, your weakness lies not in character, but in leaning on the arm of the flesh. Leaning on your own understanding of previous experiences. Thinking that you know your enemy, but being caught off guard by thinking you know him. This is bootcamp. This is divinely ordained so that the character He has forged in you may be tested. Your faith is to come out as pure gold, and gold has to be placed in the furnace over and over again.
This season will not require the same weapons you used previously. At least not using them in the same way. New weapons of warfare will be given you and new strategy. You do not have to figure it out, you need to wait on your marching orders from your Captain. Much more time is to be spent seeking His face for this strategy. If you look to the natural, it will appear as if nothing is happening. But in the spirit, many warring angels have been assigned to surround you. Do not fear. Do not look at what you can see, but look at what you cannot see. Look with the eyes of faith! Your Red Sea will open when you place your staff of faith and authority in it. Your Jordan will open, once His ark goes before you.
Position yourself to hear. Write down what He is saying to you and do it. Now is not the time to be wise in your own eyes. Now is the time to have the mind of a soldier. To obey instantly. To walk circumspectly. Know that your enemy is prowling around like a lion, seeking those whom he can devour. He is always waiting at the door, waiting for the door of sin to open up to him. Like Jesus, you too must have the mindset of “satan has nothing in Me.” Everyday there will be puzzle pieces. Every day He will give you your marching orders. Listen! Watch! And be constant in prayer.
Do not be disheartened. Yes, it is overwhelming, but you have to realize and know that your God is for you and not against you. Remember, you may be like a small David against your Goliath, coming with 5 small stones. Only one stone is needed and He will show you which one. Goliath is loud, cruel, probably ugly, merciless and tenacious, but you come in the NAME OF THE LORD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB. You do not come to this war as just you. You are coming under His authority, His power, and His strategy. The stone He gives you, cherish it. Study it. Look at it from all angles and then do it! Not by might, not by power but by the Spirit of God. Do not give in to self-pity. The moment you given in to self-pity, you give in to the flesh. Walk in the Spirit.
Also make sure that when He calls you aside to rest, you do exactly that. There will be times, where you physically have to rest and just do nothing. Does this seem strange? You have to remind yourself that you still live in an earthly body. He promised wisdom to those who ask Him. Expect wisdom, expect that which you ask of Him.
Some of you may experience physical pain. The Spirit is stronger than the physical. Be wise in your decisions, but do not neglect to fight this also in the Spirit. Once again, different weapons for a different season. Listen to what He says and do not be guided by your own understanding.
Lastly, this is a season. It will pass. It will not be forever. Comfort yourself with this. Do not be like Peter that looked at the storm, but look to Him. Keep your eyes on the Author and Finisher of your faith. He will not forsake you.
You have to go hear from Him personally what your marching orders are. Discipline is high on the list for all our orders we receive from our Captain. Our orders have to be dilligently followed through in ALL the areas of our lives.
WORSHIP in a time of pain and unbearable suffering is that which causes us to fly above our circumstances. It gives us better perspective and causes us to come out of the miry clay of self pity. To look to Him and not your storm.
WAITING does not come easily when our circumstances have been going on for years. It wears us down. But if you WAIT on Him, His promise is that He will give you new strength. He WILL give you eagle's wings... So spend that much needed time soaking in His presence and be patient. WAITING is priestly and in itself an act of worship.
Lay your WILL down. Choose to let go of your WILL, your ideas, your plan to fix it. Be WILLING to be a living sacrifice everyday... He promised to lift those up who humble themselves. Consider this your mightiest weapon in your arsenal.
The WORD is your lamp to your feet and a light to your path. In our darkest times or in times of confusion, we find wisdom in the WORD of God. Return back to those personal words He gave you and drink again from that Rock that was smitten for you. He will refresh you and His WORD will once again begin to live in you. The WORD in some of you has become like a dried little plant that needs water again. Revive this seed that has grown. Do not neglect the personal words of revelation for Bible Study. The one is for equipping, the other for edifying. Know your season.
I end this devotional with a word I received in November 2020. This word although given a few months back has been active ever since. Not only does His WORD never return void, but it continues... It is eternal.
My child, this war you find yourself in…find it not strange. Have I not said that you are at war? You can either lean on the arm of the flesh or the arm of the Lord. You choose. For though it seems unbearable, My love and guidance will not leave you. Though I seem far, I am near. Closer than your hand. I am with you to guide you with My eye upon you. If you come to Me, I will give you strategy. I will reveal to you the enemy’s plans. I will expose his schemes for your life.
Though it seems he is advancing, do not forget that I work all things for good for those who love Me and are called by My Name. The furnace hotter, but My presence closer. I am in your midst. Know that you will come out of this. For this is but a season. What seems like the enemy is only those whom I have allowed. Does this seem cruel now that you have dealt with these things before? Does it seem relentless now that you have to deal with this again? Know that your enemy is cruel and relentless. Therefore, I require you to stand having done all. Listen to My guidance in this season. Listen to My voice telling you which way to go. Do not lean on your own understanding. What used to help you, will not help you now. New war, new weapons, new strategy.
I will never fail you. Do not fear. With every temptation I will make a way of escape. I will indeed make a way where there seems to be no way. Whose report will you believe? Though it seems impossible, nothing is impossible for Me! So therefore, gird up your loins! Gird up your strength in Me and know that I fight for you. Even though it seems as if I am far, know that this season is a season I ordained to teach you to war. New level, new strategy, new authority, new weapons.
See, I am indeed doing a new thing. Can you hear them? The horses? They are coming. Are you ready? This is not a time to lie down. This is a time to focus. This is a time to set your face like a flint. This is a time of war.
Acknowledge your weakness before Me, so that I may be your strength. Childlike trust but with the mind of a soldier. Do not lean on your own understanding. Spend much time in My presence. As My Son drew near to Me in His darkest hour, know that the hour is dark. Draw near. I will never fail you. It is time to gird up your loins and face the giants. It is time for war!
1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
5 Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
10 Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's servant?
20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.
25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.