Monday, April 20, 2015

The Arrows of The Lord's Deliverance

     2 Kings 13: 17-19 has an important lesson. The prophet Elisha went to the king and said, "Open the window toward the east," and he opened it. Then Elisha said, "Shoot!" And he shot. And he said, "The LORD'S arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you will defeat the Arameans at Aphek until you have destroyed them." 18 Then he said, "Take the arrows," and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, "Strike the ground," and he struck it three times and stopped. 19 So the man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it. But now you shall strike Aram only three times."…

     God's intention was to give the total victory over the king's enemies, but the king of Israel only partially followed the command to strike. Let this be a lesson to us all: If you're going to strike at anything, do it like you mean it, and be passionate about it. At this point in our history, we cannot afford to leave any enemy room to come back and rise up again. Grab the weapon that God has anointed for YOU and use it well. Whether it's worship, dance, the song of the Lord, prophecy, declarations or something else, do it with all your heart. These are the weapons God has given us to tear down the enemy's strongholds. Let the arrows of the Lord's deliverance fly!

     Not everyone will see the value in doing things the way you would do them, as you operate in your area of gifting. That's ok! Just don't stop being yourself. God made each person unique, and no one can get exactly the same results by trying to conform to the way someone else 'does their thing.' BE YOU, because the anointing gets choked out if you try to conform to someone else's preferences. Realize that is simply their personal preference, not necessarily what God would tell you to do. Yes, be teachable, and yes, be humble enough to ask yourself if there is something that you might benefit from in taking someone else's advice; BUT also remember the lesson from David and Saul. David could not fight the giant in Saul's armor. He had to stay true to what he had used before and trusted to get the job done! Trust that your anointing will flow and accomplish exactly what God intends to accomplish as you remain true to how He made you.

     The Lord will set us on fire and turn us into the enemy's torment. We become the weapon in God's hand to tear the enemy's kingdom down. When the WORD OF GOD comes our of our mouth, angels pick up those words and hurl them like flaming arrows right into the enemy's face. No more timidity! Stand up and fight!

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