Recently, I saw in a vision, a sword just laying on the ground and I heard the Lord say: “Many of my children have laid down their swords. It is time to take it back up.”
Immediately, I took up the sword as a prophetic act and held it up towards heaven, stating that I am taking up the sword, and I am moving in the authority given to me by Jesus and I am declaring the word of the Lord over situations as the Holy Spirit leads.”
This all happened right after I returned from North Africa, where one of my mandates was to declare and prophecy for the dry bones to come alive! This assignment has passed and now it was time to go forward and continue to move in the authority that was given to me by the Lord.
Many of His children have laid down their swords! What does that mean to you? For some, it could be they are not taking their rightful position in the body of Christ and in His kingdom.
After praying about this vision, I heard: ” “the sword of the Lord and of Gideon.” (Judges 7:20) I looked up the scripture and realized, how Gideon was called by God and the angel, who visited him in the winepress called him: “Mighty man of Valor”. Gideon had a hard time believing that he was a mighty man of valor. Soon, he saw God’s mighty power working through just a few, only 300 of Gideon’s army, who were fearless and courageous. Gideon heard someone tell a dream and in this dream, he knew God was on his side and that they would overcome the enemy. Strategies where given to him and as they followed those directions, the enemy was defeated.
THE WALL DEFENDED AGAINST THE ENEMY
Another scripture came to mind and it is in the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was called to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, which was not a light task. But he had a passion in his heart and he was weeping over the gross situation in Jerusalem. Nehemiah was given a mandate and he was using God’s strategy. He sensed every plot of the enemy and was not deterred from following through with the Lord’s mandate. The attacks of the enemy kept coming with distractions, fear, intimidation, doubt, ridicule, confusion, scheming and conspiracy.
TAKE UP YOUR SWORD ***Some who are reading this, know this is for them and they know exactly what I am saying. It is time to take up your sword and use the authority given to you again. Speak the Word of God and declare His purposes with laser-like precision.
At one point, the people who helped Nehemiah rebuilding the wall had to have a sword in one hand and worked with the other hand. This was with much determination and being intentional about what was at hand. To be intentional about what is given to us, is a mighty weapon in our arsenal. Do not give up, be vigilant and watchful instead. Realizing that the enemy roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus Christ came to give us live and live more abundantly. (see John 10:10). Therefore, lift up your sword and move forward in the power of His might, clothed in the full armor of God, withstanding the fiery darts of the enemy. Keep living the elevated life in Jesus Christ. In Him we live and move and have our being. He is the wall of fire around us and the glory in the midst of us. Truly believing that we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus even now and every declaration, every prayer and intercession is done out of this place of authority in Him and the awareness that we can sit at the Father’s table in the midst of our enemy. He prepares a table filled with goodness and our cup is overflowing as He anoints us with fresh oil. Receive the fresh oil and receive the overflow. Allow yourself to minister out of this overflow and see the captives go free, bondages are broken because of the power that is in the blood of Jesus.
What the Lord has given you to do in this hour, is not a small thing, but of great significance. Fearlessness, determination and following through with what is given to us will cause our spiritual muscles to develop and we can exercise our senses to discern good from evil.
Apostle Paul spoke about running the race with endurance and not boxing the air aimlessly. In Ephesians 5, we are exhorted to walk circumspectly knowing the will of the Father and therefore redeeming the time for the days are evil.
I pray for a fresh revelation on taking up the sword and what this entails for each one reading this exhortation. We need to seek the Lord in His glory, and exercise the authority given to us from the fact, that we are being seated in Him in heavenly places. My sheep hear My voice said the Lord as we hear Him speaking to us. In His manifest presence, we can hear the words that He speaks to us with a revelation attached to it, then we can use those words of life, light, and power to declare and degree. May God teach us to pray, to wait and to seek Him, that He can speak the words of light and life into our spirits, that we can also cry out on the battlefield, “the sword of the LORD and of Gideon” and accomplish His will and His plan in our lives and the lives of others around us. Therefore, take up your sword and learn how to wield it skillfully. Listen to the Lord and His direction and follow His lead. Know Him intimately, know yourself all wrapped up in Him and know your enemy. It is important in this hour not to be ignorant of satan’s devices.
JEWISH NEW YEAR 5777
The New Jewish Year has been branded the year of “THE RULING SWORD”. It is made up of the number 5 for grace and 3 times the 7, which stands for the complete number of God. It is also a fiery sword and as the Bible explains, that His Word is a two edged sword:
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Let’s get into the Word of God with a renewed passion and ask the Holy Spirit, to reveal mysteries to us, hidden in Christ Jesus. As we are filled with His precious, powerful Word, and as we speak it forth, we are able to reap the harvest and see multitudes coming to Christ. The Word of God will bring us into divine alignment revealing God’s purpose in our lives.
WE WERE CHOSEN
Ephesians 1: 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”