Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Eph. 6:11:”13)
During a prayer meeting we attended last week, a fellow shared a challenging prophetic message. I felt it was important at the time so I jotted down what I could, and stuck it in my Bible.
From there it went home where it was placed on a stack near my desk.
Tonight I’m feeling overwhelmed, faced by the need for internal and external resources I don’t have, feeling self-imposed pressure to make decisions that can wait. And we’re going on a short jaunt for a few days
Here’s the message I found when trying to organize that stack of papers:
Arm yourself with the Word, with prayer, with praise, and with the blood of Jesus.
Put on the armor to stand against the enemy.
Become an enforcer [in the Spirit]. Use your sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
Rise up and take your place. Take your righteousness.
Don’t be shy.
Don’t be ashamed.
Don’t be afraid.
Authority belongs to me and I’ve given it to you.
It’s your will.
It’s your choice.
It’s your move.
So move forward.
Do not retreat.
Do not draw back.
Go forward and the gates of hell will not prevail.
Now, I know this message could be criticized on several counts. But you don’t know the man and you didn’t hear it in context. He’s not suggesting God wants us to foolishly take on spiritual battles we aren’t ready for.
But God is calling His people to spiritual battle. The world needs Jesus. I need more of Jesus, you need more of Jesus, we all need more of Jesus. And we won’t receive Him as we need Him unless we put on God’s armor and do what He tells us to do.
I also know I’m not the only one who has heard a message, identified it as important, and then walked away. But I’m so glad God didn’t let me get away with it. He saved it for tonight—when I’d be too tired and vulnerable to set it aside again.
I initially remembered a verse. Proverbs 25:11 reads, A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. If ever a word was fitly spoke, this one it. But there’s even danger when I revel a word—and savor it as a way of avoiding the bite
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not weighed down by condemnations by this message. In fact, I’m not as burdened as I was before it hit me.
The word convicted and liberated.
God knows how to deal with people that way.
And here’s the crazy thing: I don’t feel called to a specific function—I’m called to a different mindset.
There are times and there are times. And this is one of those times.
It is time to listen to the Spirit.
It is time to actively listen to the Spirit.
Add it’s embarrassing to acknowledge He’s saying this to me because I do hear Him—quite a bit.
I get messages now and then. God is my friend.
Yet He’s telling me to listen.
And I know it is time to hear His voice.
I know it. I feel it. He is calling me—and probably many others—to something different. Something new.
Do you feel it, too?