Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Taking it Back


From the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion] (Matthew 11:12 AMP).

Welcome to another Truth for the Journey. Today I want to encourage all of you to take back what’s yours. Anything that the devil has stolen from you - to take it back by force. To snatch it back.

From the days of John Baptist till now the kingdom of heavens suffereth violence, and violent men snatch it (Matthew 11:12 WYC).

David got his Stuff Back
When David returned from battle in 1 Samuel 30:1f, he discovered that everything was taken, including his wives and children. His men were exhausted and devastated over their loss. After grieving they wanted revenge and started talking of stoning David. Unfortunately, as a leader anything bad that happens on your watch, automatically makes you the fall guy. [In other words “it’s always going to be your fault,” even when it’s not! Such is life in the tough territory of leadership!]

Now when David and his men came home… they found that the Amalekites had made a raid… So David and his men came to the town, and behold, it was burned, and their wives and sons and daughters were taken captive. Then David and the men with him lifted up their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep… David’s two wives also had been taken… David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters… (1 Samuel 30:1-6a AMP - emphasis added).

So now David’s own men want to slay him! Because their grief and loss was making them mad. But how did David respond to such severe pressure? He was facing his own loss and was being accused at the same time. Did he sink into depression and become suicidal? We know that he didn’t because the passage below reveals “he encouraged himself in the Lord.” He did not consult with himself or listen to his own counsel but “inquired of the Lord…” He got his instructions straight from Head Quarters:  “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”

But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God… David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? The Lord answered him, PURSUE, for you shall surely overtake them and WITHOUT FAIL RECOVER ALL (1 Samuel 30: 6b-8 AMP - emphasis added).

David smote them from twilight even to the evening of the next day… David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken and rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing, small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken; DAVID RECOVERED ALL (1 Samuel 30:17-19 AMP - emphasis added).

Notice how David did not wait till someone else took his stuff back for him! Nor did He wait for it to drop out of the sky! Prayer is good. But once we have received clear instruction from the Lord, we must then act on it.  David would have lost his stuff forever, had he not pursued and recovered it like God told him to. David was not passive. He did not lead from the rear and was not asleep at the switch, like some politicians are accused of today! Instead David rose up [and I might add that he did not negotiate with the terrorists either] and took his stuff back for good!

Too many times we allow the enemy to help himself to our goods, without so much as a protest! We just lay down and take it, without a fight. Why? Because too many of us are punch-drunk and battle weary, that we just hardly care any more. Trouble is, we must care. The minute we side with the lie that says, “What’s the point?” we have lost.

In the book of Daniel it warns us how our enemy will: “…speak words against the Most High [God] and shall WEAR OUT THE SAINTS…” (Daniel 7:25 AMP). This has always been the enemies ploy - to exhaust, frustrate and discourage the children of God. Especially those who are doing anything significant for God. [Nehemiah for example, only suffered opposition once he started rebuilding the walls!] However, in Daniel it goes onto say, “The kingdom …shall be given to the saints of the Most High” (Daniel 7:25-27 AMP). So regardless of the opposition, God still gives us the Kingdom!

So get Back in the Fight
It’s never a good time to give up (especially when you’re on the winning team!) Instead we must see what’s really happening. The exhaustion we’re feeling is often because we’re under attack and our own lethargy will kill us, if we don’t get back in the fight! David didn’t lick his wounds. He and his men were both physically and emotionally tired - but still got back in the fight - and pursued what was rightfully theirs. David kept his wives and children but also his leadership position - because he didn’t just lay down and die.

If we side with another lie that says - spiritual warfare should be avoided because it just invites trouble - then we too will lose what’s rightfully ours (both our position and our possessions). We are soldiers of the most high God and have been dressed - for battle - and commissioned for victory not defeat. Jesus may have won the ultimate war (at the end of the book) but there’s still many battles to face and we must know what we are up against, if we are going to win.  

To avoid writing just for the sake of it, I always look to bring truth that’s relevant to people’s needs now. I know people have been under spiritual attack because they have told me. We too as an international apostolic ministry, have been under strategic-spiritual-attack for some months now. It has been prolonged and very difficult with demonic manifestations. It’s not been pretty or much fun. And we have engaged in much concerted prayer to gain our break through. So I encourage you to do the same. Not every battle is easily won - but you still must fight for what’s yours.

I often ask people who say they don’t believe in spiritual warfare, “What would you do then if someone tried to steal your wife or child [like David]?” And without hesitation they always say something like, “Well I would not let that happen!” Which is my point exactly! We cannot just let things happen without any resistance. Especially when it instructs us in James 4:7 to put up resistance: “Be subject to God. RESIST the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you” (AMP).

Even the most passive people in the world - will spin on a bottle-top - when faced with danger. Equally so, we must rise up and recognise the spiritual dangers all around us and stop passively allowing our lives to be taken right from under us!

Father thank you that you have created me for victory and not defeat. I do not want to be passive in spiritual matters. Help me by Your Spirit, to step up to the plate and take my place. You have empowered me for battle not for the rose garden. You have clothed me with spiritual armour. I don’t want to give up my position or my possessions - lead me to face and not to run from spiritual battle - in Jesus name. Amen

I am empowered by God’s Holy Spirit to live my life subject to God and to RESIST my spiritual enemies. I am not afraid. I am not passive. I will encourage myself in the Lord. Then I will pursue and recover without fail all that God has given to me. I will not allow my life to be snatched from under me, but will snatch back what’s mine. I step back into the fight. ALL SHALL BE RECOVERED. My position and my possessions. In Jesus mighty Name.