Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Lord Reigns!

God gave me such a wonderful revelation Sunday during worship. We recently moved to a town whose name literally means "Roman fortress" or walled city. I thought, aha...Jericho! God has been talking to me about fortified cities lately. This is important for all of us because this is a time of crossing over into new things for many people. When Joshua crossed over, he came to a strong city named Jericho that was surrounded by a huge wall. This wall was something like 17 feet thick and I believe there was even a mote around it, too. Archers were positioned at the top as lookouts to protect the inhabitants of the city. It was amazing that Joshua and his men even got close enough to march around the city! But as they marched, they also observed. God had forbidden them from speaking for an entire week. I'm sure that they got quite familiar with every stone and every crack on that wall! Joshua had to survey the issue at hand because the weapons he had grown accustomed to and was familiar with were totally insufficient for the task at hand once he got into new territory.

Joshua and his men had bows, arrows and spears but nothing sufficient that would break a hole through a huge stone wall. He couldn't approach the problem like he had in the past. This battle was different. It required strategy and a word from the Lord. Many of you right now are facing a similar situation. You cannot get through the barriers that stand blocking your path. You need a clear word from God that releases strategy, and that is found only in the presence of the Lord - in anointed worship.

One thing God showed me yesterday during worship was that people spend too much time looking at the walls of their problem - the barriers and the obstacles. God told me, stop looking at walls and look up! There was no roof on Jericho! He showed me a picture of a pole vaulter going up and over and He said, "I always have a way in to every problem, I just need people to believe that I CAN do the impossible!" He also showed me angels dropping little gifts inside the walls of the fortified city with little parachutes on them, and then rain that looked like seeds of light raining down on the city. Those were gifts of revelation and other answers to prayer raining down on those that we pray for. GOD ALWAYS HAS A WAY IN! After I wrote this I 'accidentally' found this verse. Check out what Psalm 97:11 says in the Message Bible. 

"Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people, joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil." 

Isn't that a great confirming verse? Psalm 97 is the one that is known as "The Lord Reigns." You can read the entire passage by clicking here. Recently I've found a new favorite song with the same name, by Gateway Worship. I realize God was revealing the strategy to getting 'over the top' of Jericho. It's worship and prophetic declarations. Psalm 97 vs. 7,8 command the daughters of Zion to sing their hearts out! What happens when we worship God? Mountains melt like wax in His presence. Obstacles are removed. And we seed the heavens with worship so that the angels take those seeds and drop them down into the hearts of those we pray for. There's another scripture that says, "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, and their contentions are like the bars of a castle." Prov. 18:19. I believe what God is saying is that He is ready to deal with the hearts of people that have fortified themselves against Him. These are offended people who are not interested in hearing about God or the matters of their heart condition. God knows every little crack in the walls of their hearts. He knows exactly where to drop the seed so that it finds the right place to grow. Those 'seeds of light' are seeds of truth, revelation and understanding to set the captives free, so that the walls of resistance they've had up in their hearts fall down flat. So, today...worship and sing your own little song of praise to God. Start declaring that God is dropping seeds of truth and light into the hearts of those you're praying for, and declare those seeds are setting them free and causing joy to spring up in their heart. When God reveals a strategy, USE IT. Don't think it's just for someone else. It's for you, too!

No matter what obstacles you think you're facing in prayer, or no matter how closed off to things of the spirit the people you're praying for may seem, don't worry about that. That's God's concern, not yours. Just believe, because God knows how to reach hearts and turn them towards Him. He is in the miracle business! There has never been a person that needed a miracle and didn't get one simply because God couldn't do it. He is able to do all things!He is looking for faith to move mountains, and worship to seed the heavens with answers to prayer. Look up and come up higher into the secret place - that is where you receive strategy and revelation to upgrade your faith. Believe for the impossible!